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Will 'The Lone Ranger' Ride On Without Gore Verbinski?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 22, 2011 1:05 AM
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Reporting from D23, Deadline noted a curious omission in comments by Disney exec Rich (not Rick) Ross regarding the currently-stalled "The Lone Ranger." “I’m hoping to do it," he says, "I’m certainly hoping. I think it’s a compelling story and no one wants to work with Jerry [Bruckheimer] and Johnny [Depp] more than me so we’ll see how it works.” Curious is the unmentioned Gore Verbinski, who has been in the director's chair for this project coming on a couple of years now.

Latest 'Lone Ranger' Draft Ditches Supernatural Elements, But Set Pieces Will Need To Be Scaled Back

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 6:40 AM
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Not long after the shocking announcement earlier this week that "The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp was being killed off by Disney, word circulated that part of the reason the western was budgeted at a staggering $250 million was due to the presence of supernatural creatures (not as reported, werewolves). The 2009 draft we read by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio featured supernatural wolves, a legion of coyotes and the Wendigo, a cannibalistic Native American spirit capable of possessing humans. However, in a update on the ongoing saga of the film THR reveals that according to their sources, those elements have been scrapped in the latest versions of the screenplay (the most recent rewrites were by Justin Haythe), but it's still not enough to bring the price tag down.

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

Disney Shoots Down 'The Lone Ranger' Over $200 Million+ Budget

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2011 3:36 AM
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Johnny Depp may have the Midas touch in Hollywood but it seems even Captain Jack Sparrow has his limits over at the mouse house.

'The Inbetweeners' Soundtrack Features New Music By The Streets, Tunes From Ke$ha, The Vines & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 2:16 AM
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It's hard enough to keep up with TV shows on this side of the pond, so you'll to forgive us not catching up with the Brit comedy "The Inbetweeners," a popular sitcom that follows the juvenile exploits of four hapless adolescents in their last two years of high school, usually involving them trying to get laid in some capacity. And while the show -- according our U.K. writers -- is a pleasant enough blend of raunch and heart, the trailer for the upcoming big screen version certainly plays its hand a bit more broadly, so we've been a bit wary. That said, we do have another interest in the film, namely the soundtrack.

Dwight Yoakam Will Giddy-Up As The Villain In The 'Lone Ranger'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2011 10:27 AM
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Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale & Helena Bonham Carter Also Getting Ready To Saddle UpIf there is one thing that country musician and actor Dwight Yoakam does well, its act like an asshole and sleazebag. Billy Bob Thornton knew this when he cast him as the memorably repulsive Doyle Hargraves in "Sling Blade" and David Fincher realized his presence alone was worth more than pages of dialogue when he tasked Yoakam to play the unpredictable and violent Raoul. He can also be wryly funny as he's displayed in "Crank" and "Wedding Crashers" but he's gearing up for this biggest movie yet.

'Luther' Star Ruth Wilson Saddles Up For Female Lead In 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 11:33 AM
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Beats Out Jessica Chastain & Abbie Cornish For The RoleThe sausage party (thus far) of the upcoming big screen version of "The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Tom Wilkinson is getting an injection of estrogen.

Watch: Trailer For 'The Inbetweeners Movie' Shows Britain Can No Longer Claim Cultural Superiority

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 11, 2011 1:25 AM
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While it once looked as if this summer would be dominated at the box office by the superhero flick, things haven't quite worked out that way. Instead, 2011 has been the year where the R-rated comedy boom went supernova, with "The Hangover Part II" being the second-biggest grossing film of the year, "Bridesmaids" proving to be Judd Apatow's biggest hit to date (and outgrossing "X-Men First Class," "Super 8" and "Green Lantern" in the process), "Bad Teacher" taking six times its budget internationally in three weeks, and "Horrible Bosses" opening this weekend with an impressive $28 million take, beating out the more kid-friendly "Zookeeper."

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.

Channing Tatum Will Be Hot For Teacher, 'Bridesmaids' Star Ellie Kemper, In '21 Jump Street'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 14, 2011 1:46 AM
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We can't be the only ones who feel like Ellie Kemper is going to be a giant movie star. The 31-year-old actress, a graduate of Princeton, Upright Citizen's Brigade, The Onion and McSweeney's, has been one of the shining lights of "The Office" since her introduction as touched-in-the-head receptionist Erin a couple of seasons back, and after supporting roles in "Mystery Team," "Get Him To The Greek" and Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," she broke-out on the big-screen in a major way this summer in the mega-hit "Bridesmaids."

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