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Disney may lose up to $190 million on 'The Lone Ranger'

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Disney CFO Jay Rasulo told analysts on an earnings call this afternoon that the company will likely incur a loss of about $160 million to $190 million next quarter as a result of The Lone Ranger‘s weak box office run.

The Gore Verbinski-directed western, which stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, cost at least $215 million to produce but has only earned $175.5 million worldwide (it’s only opened in about 40 percent of international markets) since its release on July 3. Domestically, the film has earned $86.9 million — a larger total than Disney’s 2012 mega-flop John Carter, which topped out at $73.1 million, but an alarmingly low one nonetheless.

The news of the write-down comes one day after Depp and Hammer told Yahoo U.K. that it was critics’ vindictive skewering of the film that caused a weak box office run. “I think the reviews were written 7-8 months before we released the film,” said Depp. Hammer agreed, saying, “[Critics] jumped on the bandwagon to try and bash it. They tried to do the same thing to World War Z. It didn’t work, the movie was successful. Instead they decided to slit the jugular of our movie.”
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Who was that masked man? The Legend of Klinton Spilsbury.

Resurrecting the Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp must’ve sounded like one of the all-time Hollywood no-brainers when it was pitched to Disney in 2011. After all, the mysterious masked man used to be the all-American icon with the greatest chase-music (“The William Tell Overture”), the greatest sidekick (Tonto), and the greatest catchphrase (“Hi-yo, Silver, away!”). Plus, though Depp is playing a boldly reimagined Tonto opposite Armie Hammer’s Ranger, he was reuniting with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the creative triumvirate that made Disney billions with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. But getting The Lone Ranger into theaters has been a bumpy ride, with an enormous budget that nearly nixed the project before it even hit the trail, subsequent reports of cost-cutting rewrites, and a dangerous horseback accident that nearly mangled Depp himself.

Still, Disney’s saddle pains are nothing compared to the last time Hollywood tried to get the Lone Ranger back on the horse. Older generations will fondly recall actor Clayton Moore dishing out virtuous frontier justice on television in the 1950s, but few remember The Legend of the Lone Ranger, an expensive 1981 misfire that nearly buried the Ranger for good. It was a disaster from beginning to end — the movie’s abrasive producer was so determined to reinvent the franchise that he alienated its core fan base before the first scene was even filmed, the action sequences were so dangerous that a stunt man was nearly killed, and the filmmakers cast a complete unknown whose lack of experience and ultimate inability to sound like the Lone Ranger gave new, ironic meaning to the Hollywood casting concept of “the strong silent type.”

Producers Jack Wrather, Walter Coblenz, and Martin Starger recruited an all-star unit to bring the Lone Ranger back to life more than 30 years ago, including their director, Oscar-nominated cinematographer William Fraker (Rosemary’s Baby), who told his crew he wanted his epic to evoke the look of Lawrence of Arabia. Jason Robards signed up to play President Ulysses Grant, and Christopher Lloyd was the dastardly Butch Cavendish, the disgraced Civil War officer who kidnaps Grant. John Barry (Born Free) composed the rambling score, and a posse of great horsemen provided the old-school Western stunts. All that was left was the selection of their leading man. After witnessing how a little-known actor named Christopher Reeve made Superman fly at the box-office, the producers copied that blue-print and tapped a 30-year-old no-name actor to save the president, kiss the girl (the late Juanin Clay), and ride off on a white horse before the townspeople could thank him. Who was their masked man? His name was Klinton Spilsbury. READ FULL STORY

On the scene at 'The Lone Ranger' premiere; Plus, if the film were a Disney theme park ride

Disneyland has proven that it knows how to put on a party full of spectacle with its premieres for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. On Saturday night its neighbor theme park, Disney California Adventure, hosted its first movie premiere when The Lone Ranger debuted in the Anaheim park’s Hyperion Theater.

The House of Mouse pulled out all the stops for the big event, which featured a 1,500-foot-long red carpet stretching from the entrance of the park to the theater. Costumed characters like Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto were also present, as was the horse who plays Silver in the film. Ahead of the celebrity arrivals, jugglers on stilts entertained the crowd, and park employees passed out black masks like the Lone Ranger’s to fans and press.

The Lone Ranger brings to the big screen beloved characters from the 1949-1957 Lone Ranger TV series, which in turn was adapted from a 1933 radio show. Armie Hammer plays the title character, and Johnny Depp took on the role of his Native American companion Tonto. Pirates of the Caribbean masterminds Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer helmed the project as director and producer, respectively.
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'Fifty Shades of Grey': Armie Hammer responds to casting rumors

When Anastasia Steele first meets kinky billionaire Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, she thinks to herself, “No one should be this good-looking.” So it’s no surprise that one of the names thrown around to play the impossibly handsome leading man is the impossibly handsome Armie Hammer.

But is the Lone Ranger star game to fill Grey’s fitted suit in the potentially NC-17-rated film? Well, in a recent Playboy interview, he addressed the casting rumors:
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Tom Cruise drops out of 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.'

Even tallest-building-in-the-world-climber action star Tom Cruise has his limits. The guy cannot be in two places at once. Cruise was set to star in the Warner Bros. big screen adaptation of 1960s spy series Man from U.N.C.L.E., but his role as another secret agent in another franchise based on a mid-century TV show is getting in the way. He has dropped out of Man from U.N.C.L.E. due to Mission: Impossible 5 scheduling, EW has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news.

This isn’t the first time the long-in-development Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie has had a talent change-up. At one point, George Clooney was attached to star, with Steven Soderbergh directing. Now Guy Ritchie is gearing up to direct the project, about a pair of agents work for the international agency U.N.C.L.E, or, United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. Armie Hammer (The Social Network) is still attached to the film. READ FULL STORY

'Lone Ranger' trailer: Beware the man on the pale horse -- VIDEO

“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.” — Revelation 6:8

It you betrayed John Reid, the 19th-century Texas lawman left for dead by scar-faced bandits, you might be whispering passages from the Bible when a certain masked man remakes your acquaintance. The new trailer for Disney’s Lone Ranger almost seems to be evoking scripture, with the hero seeking vengeance as much as justice.

Fortunately, there’s a healthy dose of the yee-ha ridiculous to keep things playful, and the latest trailer seems to continue the search for that perfect Pirates of the Caribbean sweet spot between mysterious fun and glorious trainwreck. Masked vigilantes jump their horses off of rooftops and then ride them through the center aisle of a passenger train, winking ladies have double-barrel shooters hidden in their heals, and Johnny Depp’s Tonto has more than a little Capt. Jack Sparrow mixed in with his solemn Native American spirit.

The movie, due July 3, certainly delivers its own fireworks. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Emma Stone in talks to team up with Woody Allen; Plus Jennifer Garner, more

• Has Woody Allen found a new muse? Emma Stone is in talks to appear in his next film that will reportedly shoot in the south of France. The Amazing Spider-Man actress has a number of enviable projects coming up, including a film for Cameron Crowe, Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, of course the Spider-Man sequel. With her quick delivery and deft comedic timing, Stone seems a natural fit for an Allen film. Thankfully, Allen has been taking himself out of the leading romantic man equation in his more recent projects. Now we’d just like to know who her co-stars might be, the plot, the title of the film, and how we can score a set visit. [Deadline]

• Armie Hammer can’t get enough of classic television remakes. The Lone Ranger star is set to join Tom Cruise in the Guy Ritchie-directed update to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The Social Network actor will play the role originated by fellow blondie David McCallum. In addition to his role in The Lone Ranger (in theaters July 3), Hammer is also about to start work on the thriller By Virtue Fall with Kerry Washington and Connie Britton. [Deadline]

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'The Lone Ranger': Final theatrical trailer -- VIDEO

“All I know is that a man killed my brother,” says the Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) in the new “final” theatrical trailer for Gore Verbinski’s summer blockbuster, which seems out to prove that sometimes you don’t need anything more than some trains and horses to make a thrilling adventure movie.

Up until this point, the trailers for The Lone Ranger seem to have assumed that everyone would know the basic story of the 1950s television series, or at least want to know why a dirt-covered Armie Hammer would be waking up on top of some very unstable looking scaffolding. Disney’s taken a different approach for the final theatrical trailer, teasing a little bit of back story before getting to Johnny Depp’s Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s disenchantment with the law, and all those epic train sequences.

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'The Lone Ranger': 'Metaphorical universe' or just 'Wild Wild West' without Will Smith?

Tom Wilkinson grew up in England but, of course, like any child of the 1950s, he could see the Old West just fine thanks to the powerful and focused lens of Hollywood. The two-time Oscar nominee plays a rapacious railroad baron named Latham Cole (that’s him in the new poster above) in Disney’s The Lone Ranger, the most expensive western in history and a bold bid to revive that once-dominant screen genre. READ FULL STORY

'Lone Ranger' costar Ruth Wilson saddles up for epic possibilities -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

Will a western work? That’s the question with Disney’s The Lone Ranger, which arrives this summer as the most expensive cowboy film in history. The trio behind the film — producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp — are accustomed to genre skepticism, they heard the chorus of doubters when they salvaged the swashbuckler genre from the briny depths with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Jane Eyre (2006) star and Anna Karenina costar Ruth Wilson, who portrays Rebecca Reid in the film (as shown in the exclusive first-look poster above), says that Verbinski is a wild-card filmmaker up to the task of reviving a classic that seems dusty in all the wrong ways.

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