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Johnny Depp wants 'The Lone Ranger' to back off Tonto: Why is the f–––ing Lone Ranger telling Tonto what to do?'

Johnny Depp hopes to make a big-screen version of The Lone Ranger soon, but the masked guy who ends up yelling “Hi-yo, Silver!” better get used to being the sidekick.

This is sounding like Tonto’s movie.

“I remember watching it as a kid, with Jay Silverheels and Clayton Moore, and going: ‘Why is the f—ing Lone Ranger telling Tonto what to do?’” Depp tells EW, recalling the 1949-1957 TV show, which was seen decades longer in reruns. “I liked Tonto, even at that tender age, and knew Tonto was getting the unpleasant end of the stick here. That’s stuck with me. And when the idea came up [for the movie], I started thinking about Tonto and what could be done in my own small way try to — ‘eliminate’ isn’t possible — but reinvent the relationship, to attempt to take some of the ugliness thrown on the Native Americans, not only in The Lone Ranger, but the way Indians were treated throughout history of cinema, and turn it on its head.”  READ FULL STORY

Rachel Weisz in talks to join Disney's 'Oz' prequel

Would you believe Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis as sisters? You know, the broom-riding, flying-monkey commanding, perhaps green-skin-hued kind of sisters.

Weisz is the latest big name in talks for Disney’s upcoming Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz, the Great and Powerful – produced by Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland) and directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) — potentially joining Kunis as one of the film’s evil witches. In the story, which takes place before the classic L. Frank Baum tale, the witches war with James Franco’s titular wizard, who starts out not so great and powerful, but rather as a snake-oil huckster whisked away to the magical land.

The deal with Weisz is not yet locked, however, according to sources close to the production. Robert Downey, Jr. was expected to play the wizard at one point, but the negotiations fell through. The title is attracting interest from major talent, however, partly because of the runaway success of Wonderland, which earned more than $1 billion worldwide.

Oz, the Great and the Powerful is expected in 2013.

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'Three Stooges' scoop: 'Glee' star Jane Lynch and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' star Larry David wooed for roles

Larry David is talking with his old friends the Farrelly brothers about playing a role in their upcoming Three Stooges movie.

He’s got the right first name, and could certainly rock the hair-do, but he’s not in contention to play Larry the Stooge. (Anyway, that role has already been granted to Will & Grace‘s Sean Hayes.)

The Curb Your Enthusiasm star confirmed through a representative today that he is in the early stages of working out a role in the comedy, which follows the three dimwitted brothers as they eye-poke their way through various misadventures.

Everybody’s favorite Machiavellian cheerleading coach, Glee‘s Jane Lynch, has also signed on for a role in the movie, according to Fox. READ FULL STORY

Farrelly brothers circling potential Moe for 'Three Stooges'

One actor up in consideration for the role of Moe in the The Three Stooges doesn’t have a household name, but it sure stands out on a marquee: Chris Diamantopoulos.

The 35-year-old actor, who played the president’s chief of staff on Season 8 of 24, has also appeared on The Starter Wife, Nip/Tuck and The Sopranos. He is no stranger to playing iconic figures, though the bowl-cutted Moe would be a change of pace for any actor. Diamantopoulous appeared as Frank Sinatra in the mini-series The Kennedys, and he played Robin Williams in a 2005 behind-the-scenes TV movie about Mork & MindyREAD FULL STORY

'Scream 4' star Neve Campbell on the film's difficult production: 'It wasn’t an easy shoot'

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Tomorrow is the day Scream fans have been waiting over ten years for: Scream 4 finally hits theaters. Neve Campbell once again reprises her role as Sidney Prescott, who now is a self-help author returning home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. Says Campbell, “She’s come to a place in her life where she’s overcome all of her issues and found a way to come out into the world again and be happy.” Being a Scream film, it takes mere minutes for the blood to begin spilling. EW talked to Campbell about Scream 4′s tumultuous production, whether she’d do a Scream 5, and her memories of shooting the original classic.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What do you remember about reading the original Scream script?
I thought it was amazing. I thought it was really great. I truthfully hadn’t read that many feature scripts but I definitely had the instinct that it was fantastic. When you don’t wanna put the thing down when you’re reading it, you know that it’s good.

What do you remember about filming the first movie? READ FULL STORY

'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' trailer with James Franco: What do you think?

When I first heard that James Franco would be starring in a new, big-budget prequel to The Planet of the Apes, my heart sank a little. Mainly because I wish the best for Franco and got a little queasy thinking about how he’d deliver the line: “Get your paws off me, you damned dirty ape!” But also because Tim Burton’s god-awful 2001 reboot, Planet of the Apes, was still a fresh wound that hadn’t completely healed yet. Well, I sure feel a lot better now that I’ve seen the first trailer for 20th Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes (which hits theaters on August 5). It looks pretty friggin’ dope. READ FULL STORY

The Making of 'Scream': Matthew Lillard looks back on filming the horror classic

In honor of the release of Scream 4 this Friday, EW is looking back at the original 1996 film and talking to cast members about their best production memories. Matthew Lillard played Stu Macher, who was ultimately revealed to be one of the film’s two killers, along with best bud Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich). “It’s weird now that so much time has elapsed and we all know that it’s become iconic, like a piece of film history,” says the actor. EW talked to Lillard about reading the original script for the first time, filming the movie’s intense climax, and if he’s sad that his character didn’t make it to any of the sequels.  READ FULL STORY

'Scream 4' star Courteney Cox on David Arquette: 'We're probably better now than we were during that movie'

Courteney Cox reprises her role as tabloid reporter Gale Weathers in Scream 4, out this Friday, but it’s a very different Gale than we’ve seen in the other films. “Her life is pretty dull and she wants some excitement,” says the Cougar Town star. “She’s been married to Dewey for like 10 years. She’s been writing books. She’s completely tapped out and going through a major dry spell. Sidney comes into town to promote her book.” And that’s basically when all hell breaks lose and folks start dyin’. EW talked to Cox about the movie’s difficult production, her memories of the original film, and the status of her relationship with husband David Arquette.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Do you remember reading the original Scream script for the first time?
Oh yeah. I went after it! I wanted to play that part. I loved it. I thought the script was funny and scary, and the opening with Drew Barrymore was insane. I was such a huge fan. READ FULL STORY

Ben Stiller circling 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

For years, the idea of remaking the 1947 Danny Kaye comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has been kicking around Hollywood. Stars like Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Owen Wilson, and Will Ferrell have circled the project — based on a 1939 short story by James Thurber about a perpetual daydreamer who escapes from his mundane existence into his vivid fantasy life — and directors like Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg have considered taking a crack at it, but it’s never been amounted to more than a Mitty-esque pipe dream. Now, though, it may be closer to reality than ever: EW has confirmed that, as first reported by Deadline, Ben Stiller is in talks to sign on to the project, drawn in by the latest pass at the script by Steven Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness). If Stiller — who is about to star in the latest Broadway revival of the play The House of Blue Leaves — locks onto the film and a director climbs on board (maybe Stiller himself could even do the job), 20th Century Fox could conceivably get The Secret Life of Walter Mitty into production later this year.

Dave Franco jumps into '21 Jump Street' but still no word on a Johnny Depp cameo

Dave Franco is going back to school — but not to pursue a Ph.D in literature like his multi-tasking older brother, James. EW has confirmed that the younger Franco is joining the big-screen reboot of the 1980s TV series 21 Jump Street, playing a popular high school student who also happens to be a villainous drug dealer. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are set to co-star in the movie as narcotics officers who go undercover as teenagers in a high school. Rumors have circulated for a long time that Johnny Depp, who was vaulted to teen idoldom on the original 21 Jump Street, might make a cameo in the movie, which begins shooting later this month. Last year, Depp told EW he was open to the idea: “I’m hoping they’ll let me do a cameo,” he said, adding with a laugh, “Someone will say, ‘Whatever happened to Tom Hanson?’ and they’ll find me somewhere hoarding jars of peanut butter and shaking in my underpants.” But while a source close to the production says they would love the rumors to be true — and, according to Deadline, a day has been set aside in the production schedule for a potential Depp cameo — there’s still no official word on whether it will actually happen, with or without the peanut butter.

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