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Armie Hammer Confirmed To Star Opposite Johnny Depp In 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2011 11:11 AM
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Perhaps it says something about the dearth of real leading men in Hollywood -- films from "Captain America" to "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Akira" have had real problems landing actors -- but Armie Hammer has had one of the fastest accelerations from unknown to movie star that we can remember. A mere eight months ago, if you knew his name, and few did, it was as a nearly man, the actor cast as Batman in George Miller's aborted "Justice League" movie. But after stealing the show as the Winklevi in "The Social Network," the actor's landed bigger and bigger roles.

Weekend Box Office: 'Rango' Wrangles The Year's Highest Debut So Far with $38 Million

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 6, 2011 6:49 AM
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CG-toons. You can’t go wrong. Even if you’re alienating viewers. While “Rango” is the first non-3D animated film of the last year or so, most were predicting a much bigger opening around $50 million or so. Still, a not-bad $38 million showing for the film this weekend, though Cinemascore audiences only rated the film a C+. Most of those negative notices are probably due to the unconventional visual style, though critics have been making comparisons to Jim Jarmusch and allusions to Hunter S. Thompson. Yeah, those references were missing from “Gnomeo and Juliet.” Still, this seems like a one-and-done affair for people not exactly associated with animated work, especially considering a very hefty price tag that won’t be recouped without a muscular second weekend hold.

Review: 'Rango' Is A Sweetly Surreal Animated Western

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 2, 2011 4:59 AM
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It's strange to think that Gore Verbinski, an accomplished visual stylist who began in commercials (he was responsible for those "Bud-weis-er" talking bullfrog ads), would want to follow up the daunting and problem-plagued back-to-back shoots of the two latter 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies with an animated film. Not only are animated films notoriously time-consuming and hard to crack, but this would be his first fully animated film and the debut feature film from Industrial Light & Magic, George Lucas' wizardly visual effects house. And this was supposed to be his "small" movie.

'Pirates of the Caribbean' Franchise Stalwart Terry Rossio Returns for 'Pirates 5'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 14, 2011 3:30 AM
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Apparently Johnny Depp isn't the only one down for another swashbuckling go-around in the enchanted waters of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. Deadline is reporting that screenwriter Terry Rossio, who has co-scripted all of the previous films (including this summer's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"), has officially signed on to pen the fifth installment. Deadline notes that this will be the first 'Pirates' adventure he's written without his longtime writing partner Ted Elliott, which indeed is intriguing.

Watch: Trailer For 'Rango' Promises Loopy, Far Out Fun

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2010 5:39 AM
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We're pretty sure that this one will require at least one viewing under the influence of certain herbs and plants, but the full length trailer for Paramount's "Rango" has arrived and it looks like a total mindfuck. In a good way.

Hi-Ho Silver: Ten People Who Could Play 'The Lone Ranger' Opposite Johnny Depp's Tonto

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 29, 2010 6:29 AM
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It's been in the works for a few years now , but Jerry Bruckheimer's Johnny Depp-toplining new version of classic pulp character "The Lone Ranger" is finally moving forward with Gore Verbinski, who previously worked with the producer and the star on the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, being officially announced as director on Tuesday.

Confirmed: Gore Verbinski To Direct 'The Lone Ranger' Starring Johnny Depp

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 23, 2010 7:01 AM
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Revealed nearly two months ago that talks had begun, Deadline confirms that Gore Verbinski has officially signed on to direct the big screen version of "The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp attached to play Tonto.

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