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Holiday Box Office: 'Despicable Me 2' Leads Strong Two-Day Total; 'Lone Ranger' Trails Distant Second

The Fourth of July holiday box office was dominated by Universal's "Despicable 2," which did just under half of the total business for the top 10 films for Wednesday (its opening day) and Thursday. Box office boomed for one of the best summer boosts above last year so far. The two-day take was around $130 million. The roughly $60 million total for Independence Day -- an uneven holiday with all the competing activities -- was record level, and in terms of total attendance (after adjusting for ticket price increases and surcharges) the best since 2007 (which saw the release of the first "Transformers").
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 5, 2013 3:47 PM
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Can Runaway Western 'The Lone Ranger' Make Its Money Back? Review and Round-Up

The scuttle from the set of the prodigiously expensive "The Lone Ranger," the latest movie from the producer, writers and director behind the lucrative "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, was that Gore Verbinski was yet another runaway director run amok, not unlike Michael Cimino on "Heaven's Gate," lavishing millions of dollars on building two working 250-ton 19th-century style trains (hydraulic, not steam) to run on a five-mile oval track with a stretch of double tracks, among other things.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2013 1:46 PM
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WATCH: Armie Hammer Faces 2,000-Foot Drop in 'Lone Ranger' Featurette

Check out this new production featurette on Gore Verbinski's upcoming "The Lone Ranger," in which star Armie Hammer nervously confronts a 2,000-foot drop while filming a key scene in the canyons of Moab, Utah. In case you think any of the sequence is green-screened, Verbinski's faux-baffled response says it all: "Computer-generated what?"
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 5, 2013 2:28 PM
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WATCH: New 'Lone Ranger' Trailer, Starring Depp and Hammer -- 'If These Men Represent the Law, I'd Rather Be an Outlaw'

Check out the new trailer for Gore Verbinski's "The Lone Ranger," starring Armie Hammer as the title character and Johnny Depp as his partner in outlaw shenanigans, Tonto. This fourth trailer for the film continues to emphasize Verbinski's kooky visual style (sort of like a live-action "Rango," for which he won an Oscar), while also ramping up the mile-a-minute action. Helena Bonham Carter makes an appearance with a miniature rifle spitting bullets out of her shoe. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 23, 2013 11:49 AM
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CinemaCon: Disney Showcases Mighty Labels, 'Lone Ranger' Trailer and Q & A Live Stream, 'Monsters U' (VIDEO)

It's hard not to be impressed with the Disney empire that Bob Iger has assembled at the movie studio. It's a label strategy that assumes that if you buy the best and the brightest properties and manage them well you will come out ahead--from John Lasseter's Pixar and Ike Permutter's Marvel to Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks and Kathleen Kennedy's Lucasfilm. At the CinemaCon Disney presentation, new studio chief Alan Horn, who took over the Disney reins from ousted rookie Rick Ross, was well-known to the exhibitors, as he had been the warm and genial head of Warner Bros. for 11 years. He started out, rather oddly, stating his support of the long windows status quo, given boss Iger's known desire to squash ancillary windows and other studios' hard work behind the scenes to push back on this issue.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 22, 2013 6:00 AM
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Gore Verbinski and New Regency Bringing Graphic Novel 'Pyongyang' to Life

New Regency has acquired "Pyongyang," set up at director Gore Verbinski’s Blind Wink transmedia banner which also produced "Rango." The film is about a young animator sent to North Korea who is then accused of espionage.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 29, 2013 2:44 PM
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Trailer Watch: Depp & Hammer Put on the Mask in Verbinski's 'The Lone Ranger'

Check out the second trailer for Gore Verbinski's "The Lone Ranger," starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer as the fabled Tonto and Ranger.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 11, 2012 1:01 PM
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Watch: Johnny Depp in Eye Liner in 'The Lone Ranger' Trailer

One glance at this trailer for "The Lone Ranger" (July 3, 2013) and there's no need to announce that the remake comes from the filmmaking team behind "Pirates of the Caribbean." Per usual these days, Johnny Depp is in heavy character makeup as the brave and brilliant fool to his stalwart fair-haired companion (Armie Hammer).
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 3, 2012 11:32 AM
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Video: Things I Learned on the Oscar Red Carpet

Check out these videos shot on the Oscar red carpet with the stars and filmmakers of the nominated movies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2012 4:20 PM
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