There are two big batches of official images to pass along this afternoon. One is for Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger, and while the pics are technically new, they don’t show off much we haven’t seen. That is, Johnny Depp‘s Tonto looks intense and more than a bit weird; Armie Hammer looks heroic and idealistic, and their world is one well-known to followers of classic Westerns.

The other batch, from the comedy Movie 43, is a bit more unpredictable. The film is a comedy anthology, with 25 shorts from almost a dozen directors: Patrik Forsberg, Peter Farrelly, Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk and Brett Ratner. The cast includes Kate Winslet, Anna Faris, Halle Berry, Emma Stone, Terrence Howard, Jason Sudaekis, and Johnny Knoxville. The PR line on the film is that it is “not for the faint of heart,” which is fairly enticing. Some of the images below give soft clues about what to expect. Read More »

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After over four months of filming and one terrible tragedy, Gore Verbinski‘s big budget Johnny Depp Disney movie The Lone Ranger finished production this week. That work is leading up to a July 3, 2013 release date. Even after cuts were made to the film’s massive budget, rumors have the film costing upwards of $250 million but the first teaser trailer didn’t quite provide a tangable idea of where all that money was going. Now we have a clue.

Several photos from the final week of filming have arrived online and they show an incredibly massive stunt featuring Johnny Depp as Tonto, his stunt double and what appears to be a train flying through the air. Be warned that, while there’s no context surrounding these photos, odds are they contain spoilers. Check out the images after the jump.

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Crew Member Dies On Set Of ‘The Lone Ranger’

Briefly: Tragedy has befallen Gore Verbinski‘s latest film, The Lone Ranger. A crew member passed away while setting up some kind of underwater scene on Friday. Disney has yet to release his name or job description but confirmed the terrible loss in a brief statement.

We regretfully confirm that a Lone Ranger crew member has passed away after being taken to a local hospital.  Our hearts and thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues at this time, and our full support is behind the investigation into the circumstances of this terrible event.

The Lone Ranger stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. It’s scheduled for release July 3, 2013. [Deadline]

 

Disney collectors lose their minds for Vinylmations: three inch tall molds of Mickey Mouse painted in all kinds of different ways. Some Vinylmations are simply just artistic designs, others are specific to certain places or brands, but they’re only sold in Disney parks and stores. That, along with some characters being rarer than others and entire lines being regularly retired, make for very collectible pieces of Disney merchandise.

Disney has just revealed the latest set of Vinylmations and it’s focused on their tiny animation studio in northern California: Pixar. Characters from all of Pixar’s movies have been adapted into the Vinylmation mold from A Bug’s Life, to Wall-E, Finding Nemo and Ratatouille. There’s even a set for 2013’s Monsters University, seen above, as well as Oz the Great and Powerful and The Lone Ranger. Check them all out after the jump. Read More »

The surprise ending to Disney’s Hall H panel today at San Diego Comic Con was the debut of an “in production” teaser trailer for Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger. The film stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network, J. Edgar) as the title character, and Johnny Depp as the classic character Tonto.

We’ve known for some time that the film features several sequences involving trains, and that it is Verbinski’s own take on ideas familiar to Western film fans. While the footage on display today was pretty light on Ranger and Tonto, there was enough on screen to give us a good idea of the film’s energy and ambitions.  Read More »

Comic Con kicks off in San Diego on July 11, and with the show only a month away we haven’t had too much concrete news about what will appear, and what is likely to miss the show. We know that The Dark Knight Rises won’t be there, as Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan have avoided SDCC in the past, and the film opens just after the event, anyway.

But what will be there? Quite a few studios aren’t bothering with the big Hall H panels that have been a cornerstone of the film presence in the past: Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Relativity Media, DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation reportedly won’t do Hall H panels, and Universal remains undecided on that front.

But Disney and Marvel will be in Hall H, and Warner Bros. has plans to show up with non-Nolan footage. More info is below. Read More »

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Remember months ago when Disney put the development of Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger on ice because the budget had ballooned up to $250m or more? The studio is probably having flashbacks to that point, because the film is reportedly now over budget to the point where it is going to cost $250m or more; part of that budget overage has to do with the film being way behind schedule.

If the accounts are correct, Gore Verbinski may have to trim scenes back again. So what does that mean for a film that was already rewritten once late in the game, and is now being rewritten again? Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer play the leads, and they’ll play right into Disney’s plan to sell the film to audiences worldwide, but will they be enough to save the film? Read More »

Briefly: Not wanting to be left out of the fun, Disney has changed the release dates of two major 2013 releases. First, Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger has moved back from its May 31 release to July 3, 2013, a date previously occupied by Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse.

Then there’s Alan Taylor‘s Thor 2 which will arrive a few days earlier. It’s been moved from November 15 to November 8. [The Film Stage]

There’s some big movie score news today. Earlier this afternoon Moby was announced as the choice to score The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, which has Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Melissa Leo and Til Schweiger lined up to star in a story about a guy (LaBeouf) who falls for a girl (Wood) in Europe, only to run afoul of her mobster boyfriend (Mikkelsen) even as his dead mother (Leo) occasionally offers him advice.

It’s Moby’s first job scoring an entire film, which seems fairly surprising given the degree to which film scores have had an impact on his own work. Then again, Moby isn’t someone whose career I’ve followed all that closely, so it’s possible that I’ve missed other flirtations with full scores. But this quirky, noirish story might be a good fit for him.

The news of Moby’s score is eclipsed, however, by Disney’s announcement that Jack White will score The Lone Ranger, which Gore Verbinski is directing with stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Details on that are below. Read More »