The Lone Ranger

Why is a film in which a magic horse eats scorpions off Armie Hammer’s face so insufferably fractured and dull? Now that I’ve got your attention, consider the unfortunate fate of a film, one eager to subvert Western tradition, which becomes deeply lost in the wilderness between the arthouse and multiplex.

The Lone Ranger, masterminded by the Pirates of the Caribbean team of Gore Verbinski (director) and Jerry Bruckheimer (producer), throws out one weird idea after another — fanged rabbits factor in — almost as distractions for the fact that it wants to batter the very myth of the American west. In all cases, it does so without any significant unifying principle to weave the ideas into a movie of any compelling merit. More interesting to talk about than it is to watch in the moment, The Lone Ranger is still a dud in the end.

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Lone Ranger Gore Verbinski

When George Lucas and Steven Spielberg said Hollywood would implode because of a reliance on massive blockbusters, they were probably thinking of films like those made by Gore Verbinski. The director has done small films — even winning an Oscar for the animated Rango – but he’s best known for the three Pirates of the Caribbean movies and now The Lone Ranger, which opens July 3. His latest film was a massive undertaking that cost hundreds of millions of dollars to make and even more to market.

When we sat down to talk to Verbinski, it seemed like the time to ask him about Lucas and Spielberg’s comments. He thinks there is a problem with Hollywood’s overspending, saying “we are on a crazy road to extinction.” Below, you can read more comments along with talk of genre conventions, the William Tell Overture, Hans Zimmer, and the struggle to get The Lone Ranger in front of cameras. Read More »

Lone Ranger Armie Hammer

For actor Armie Hammer, things are going pretty damn well right about now. He broke out in an Oscar-nominated film, worked with one of the best directors of all time, and is now the title character in a big budget Disney blockbuster. That last one is, of course, Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger, a brand-new take on the classic radio and TV character featuring Hammer as the Ranger and Johnny Depp as his sidekick, Tonto. This time around, however, Depp’s the focus and Hammer is just fine with that.

In our one on one interview, the actor talked about joining the multi-billion dollar team of Verbinski, Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the thought of playing this character for years to come, his next film (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) directed by Guy Ritchie, and what would have happened if he’d played Batman in George Miller’s Justice League. Read More »

Jerry Bruckheimer

Top Gun 2 was put on hold last year following the tragic death of director Tony Scott, but now the project is slowly but surely getting back on track. “For 30 years we’ve been trying to make a sequel and we’re not going to stop,” producer Jerry Bruckheimer said at this weekend’s Produced By conference.

But before that, he’ll be ushering this summer’s The Lone Ranger into theaters. And while he’s got high hopes that the Gore Verbinski-directed Western will eventually yield a sequel as well, it’ll first have to prove its worth to moviegoers against some tough summer competition. “It’s always up to the audience,” he said. Hit the jump to read further comments from Bruckheimer on Top Gun 2 and The Lone Ranger.

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2013 Summer Wager

Did you think the end of the Totally Rad Show would mark the end of the annual Slashfilm/Totally Rad Show Summer Movie Box Office Wager? Well, you were right! The wager, as you once knew it, is gone. But we always have so much fun with the contest that Peter Sciretta, Jeff Cannata and I decided we had to keep the tradition alive in some way.

Which brings us to the latest bonus episode of the /Filmcast: The 2013 Summer Movie Wager between me, Peter, and Jeff, formerly of the Totally Rad Show and soon to be host of Newest Latest Best.

We discussed which films we felt would be the top ten highest grossing films of the summer and, oddly enough, our opinions varied wildly. Below, you can listen to the full episode, download it, and see our lists. Read More »

2013 Summer Movie Preview

Trailers! Who has time to watch them all? There are something like forty wide releases due out this summer alone. If you assume each trailer runs about two minutes, that’s about an hour and half of your life you’ll never get back. That’s time you could’ve spent actually watching one of these movies.

If you only watch one trailer this spring, then, you’ll want to make it this one. This three-minute supercut teases most of the season’s biggest releases, from Iron Man 3 to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. It’s surprisingly coherent, which may suggest that these titles aren’t as different as the filmmakers would like us to think. Or maybe it just proves that with the right music and some skillful editing, you can totally change the meaning of any scene. In any case, watch it after the jump.

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The Lone Ranger

In conjunction with yesterday’s new domestic trailer for Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger, a new international trailer has also hit the web. While this one gets into the plot a little bit — Tonto’s (Johnny Depp) reaction to meeting the Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) is a highlight — its focus is really on the action. The obviously expensive, hilariously absurd, and utterly awesome action. Hit the jump to check it out.

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New ‘The Lone Ranger’ Trailer and Live Q&A

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Disney is getting into the last phase of its push for Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger, starting with a presentation of footage at CinemaCon today. The next step is a new trailer, which you can watch below, and a live-streamed Q&A with Verbinski and his stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. You can watch that Q&A below after the trailer.

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