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Jared Harris Joins Guy Ritchie's 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.' & 'Poltergeist' Remake

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 6:24 PM
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Jared Harris
Jared Harris is one of those actors who, no matter the size or quality of the role, we still get excited about seeing onscreen (case in point: the otherwise abysmal "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"). Harris, the son of the legendary Richard Harris, makes any movie infinitely more memorable by his mere presence, adding some much-needed color to even the dreariest of studio affairs. Thankfully, a couple of said studio affairs are getting significantly less dreary thanks to Harris: the actor has recently signed on to costar in both Guy Ritchie's big budget "Man from U.N.C.L.E." and the "Poltergeist" remake for "Monster House"-director Gil Kenan.

What Kind Of Batman Will Superman Face? 5 Choices For 'Superman & Batman'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 22, 2013 3:34 PM
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What Kind Of Batman Will Superman Face
This weekend at Comic-Con Warner Bros dropped a bombshell: instead of announcing a sequel to this summer's "Man of Steel" (or a full-on "Justice League" movie), they revealed they would instead be bringing a Batman/Superman team-up movie to the big screen. Once again overseen by the "Man of Steel" team of director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer (with Christopher Nolan taking a distant executive producer role this time around) the movie will likely retain much of the "Man Of Steel" cast (including Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne), while folding in a presumably new Batman mythology. What they didn’t say was who would be putting on the cape and cowl. Let the speculation begin!

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.

Superhero Rumor Of The Day: Warner Bros. Wants Armie Hammer To Play Batman In 'Justice League' (Again)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 10:18 AM
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Get out the old bag of salt, and set skepticism phasers to stun, as yet another rumor for a comic book movie that is likely three years away has popped up. And no, we're not talking about "The Avengers 2."

'Lone Ranger' Starts Filming In February, But Jerry Bruckheimer Has To Pay If It Goes Over Budget

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 1:02 AM
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Film Now Set For May 31, 2013 Release DateUpdate: THR reports that "The Lone Ranger" is now set for a May 31, 2013 release date. The spring date is no random place on the calendar, it's the frame Disney has utilized with tremendous success for the "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movies, so no surprise, they are following that template with this film.

Eye-Popping First Look At Julia Roberts As The Evil Queen In Tarsem's Snow White Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 3:08 AM
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Plus Armie Hammer, The Seven Dwarves & MoreUpdate: People has even more pics from the movie. Check them out below.

Watch: Trailer For Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar' Starring Leonardo DiCaprio

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 19, 2011 11:12 AM
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One of the key question marks in this year's Oscar season, one conspicuously absent from our most anticipated post-fall film festival picks feature published this morning, is Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," his decades-spanning drama about the controversial head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover.

So How Come 'The Lone Ranger' Was Going To Cost $250 Million? 5 Reasons Disney Got Cold Feet

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 15, 2011 12:55 PM
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Assuming "The Lone Ranger" ever gets made, spoilers ahead

Tom Wilkinson In Talks To Join Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer In 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 23, 2011 12:58 PM
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There's nothing that can make a director look good in retrospect as someone else coming into the franchise that they birthed and messing it up even more than it already was, and that's what happened to Gore Verbinski in the last month or so. The second and third entries in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series might have been bloated and CGI-heavy (although not without their charms, we'd argue), but they were "Raiders of the Lost Ark" compared to Rob Marshall's recent fourth installment, and if nothing else it's reminded us that Verbinski is a more talented director than many of his tentpole competition.

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