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'Secret Window' Pair Johnny Depp & David Koepp Reteaming For Comedy Crime Flick 'Mortdecai'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2013 8:35 PM
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You would think that after the flop of "The Lone Ranger," Johnny Depp would ride toward something safer, but the thing is, with "Pirates Of The Caribbean 5" and "Alice In Wonderland 2" both brewing over at Disney, he's got no shortage of paycheck, easy money gigs to cash in on. So instead, he's taking the opposite tack, reteaming with writer/director behind one of his more forgettable non-franchise entries.

What Went Wrong? The Good, The Bad & The Weird Of Disney's 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 8, 2013 12:24 PM
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The Lone Ranger
Disney's "The Lone Ranger," a lavish period epic directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, had kind of a rough weekend. It began with an unprecedented critical pile-on (there have been some to leap to the film's defense, like Matt Zoller Seitz, who described the movie as a "personal picture, violent and sweet, clever and goofy... as obsessive and overbearing as Steven Spielberg's "1941' — and as likely to be re-evaluated twenty years from now, and described as 'misunderstood'") and ended with a limp box office tally that couldn't even top the middling opening weekend gross of Disney's forgettable franchise nonstarter "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time."

How The West Was Almost Lost: Inside Near-Death Experience Of 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 1, 2013 1:25 PM
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The Lone Ranger
In August 2011, the unthinkable happened: "The Lone Ranger," Disney's proposed $200 million + revamp of the fabled radio serial, was canceled (the exclusive Deadline post started with the word "SHOCKER," in all caps, and described the news as a "stunning development"). The movie had a proposed December 21, 2012 release date and the participation of the team that had transformed "Pirates of the Caribbean" from a theme park staple into one of the most viable film franchises on the planet – Oscar-winning director Gore Verbinski, super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and megawatt star Johnny Depp. But the studio deemed the project too costly and risky, especially in the wake of the big budget western bomb "Cowboys & Aliens." In the final version of "The Lone Ranger," the one that opens in cinemas nationwide this week, the character is one who is brought back from the brink of death, enriched and heightened by the experience. The same could be said for the movie itself.

Review: 'The Lone Ranger' Starring Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 9:04 AM
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The Lone Ranger, Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp
"What's with the mask?" is a question frequently asked throughout "The Lone Ranger," both as a running gag and a reminder it seems, that the film will give you everything you ever wanted to know about masked hero, and then some. Walt Disney's high-priced potential franchise has a lot riding on it, and not just the pricetag which is well north of $215 million (not including marketing). If successful, it could mean yet another series tied to megastar Johnny Depp (who has a fifth "Pirates Of The Caribbean," and a second "Alice In Wonderland" brewing at the studio) and another property joining the studio's growing list of annual revenue streams. So perhaps it's not a surprise that they want to make sure that audiences everywhere get as much mythology and background on The Lone Ranger and Tonto, particularly as they are two old-fashioned, decades old characters that might be out of step with Superman and Iron Man type heroes of today. But it's just too bad all that franchise building gets in the way of telling a good yarn.

Watch: 2 Clips From 'The Lone Ranger' Showcase Railroad Mayhem & Origins Of The Mask

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2013 2:15 PM
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The Lone Ranger, Armie Hammer
If you're wondering how to celebrate your 4th of July weekend both patriotically and cinematically, "The Lone Ranger" should fit the bill. The patriotism comes from its source material, the TV show with an American hero that still remains an icon years after he rode into the sunset and the big screen spectacle is due thanks to Gore Verbinski, who throws every dollar he got into the movie. The result? Well, you'll have to wait to hear our full verdict just yet, so until then, here's a couple of clips.

Watch: Planes & Trains In New Clips From 'World War Z' & 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2013 2:00 PM
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Yes, "Man Of Steel" is now in theaters and still inspiring fierce debate (check out our The Best & Worst Of 'Man of Steel' feature), but there are still two whole months left in the summer to go, and more blockbusters hoping wring some super-dollars out of your wallet.

Watch: 2 Featurettes & 2 TV Spots For 'The Lone Ranger' Plus Over 20 New Photos

  • By Ben Brock
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  • June 14, 2013 9:41 AM
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Depp, The Lone Ranger
“The Lone Ranger” is coming down the tracks like a runaway train. In fact, from the mass of trailers, tv spots and featurettes now upon us, it would be easy to get the impression that Gore Verbinksi's forthcoming mega-western is basically a violent, live action “Thomas The Tank Engine”. Which would be no bad thing.

Happy 50th Birthday Johnny Depp: Watch His Little-Seen Directorial Debut 'The Brave'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 9, 2013 1:29 PM
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The Brave, Johnny Depp
It's hard to believe that former teen hearthrob, turned bad boy, turned one of the most inventive actors of his generation, turned... tentpole flunky -- albeit still in kooky roles -- is 50 years old. Coming to prominence as a teen idol during his 1980s stint on the TV show "21 Jump Street," Johnny Depp has been famous for almost four decades. But it wasn't until 2003 and the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" film, 'The Curse of the Black Pearl,' that Depp finally launched into the A-list stratosphere as an bankable star.

Johnny Depp May Star In 'Black Mass' After All, But Everything Is Complicated

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 9:20 AM
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Last week, it was reported that Johnny Depp was bailing on the Whitey Bulger gangster flick "Black Mass," after he refused to take a 50% paycut from his usual asking price of $20 million, to the hardly liveable amount of $10 million. But as these things usually go, that's hardly the full story or even the end of the story, as the actor has a "a 95 percent chance" to return to the project. Or not at all. You see, things are pretty complicated...

6 A-List Stars With Greenlight Power: Do They Wield It For Good Or Evil?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 3, 2013 2:45 PM
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6 Stars With Greenlight Power
The process by which movie A gets made while movies B-Z end up as so much shredded paper and shattered dreams is an arcane and mysterious one. While it seems as though most scripts, if they’re not just ignored, are simply fed into the enormous, clogged-up machine of the Hollywood system to be pawed over, derided or defended by the assistants to various junior executives at endless meetings about meetings, the accepted wisdom still runs that if you can get your script in front of one of maybe twenty or thirty specific pairs of eyes, the odds tip dramatically in your favor. These godlike beings with ”greenlight power,” however, are fewer now than in previous eras, in part because of a shift in the type of movies that make the big moneys these days (it’s not like “The Hangover Part III” or “Fast And Furious 6” were little sure-to-be-overlooked gems in need of a Selznick-type saviour to rescue them from the turnaround pile.) This casts the opening weekend disappointment of “After Earth” in an interesting light in a couple of ways.

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