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Oscars 2014: Going the extra mile with the makeup of 'The Lone Ranger'

The Lone Ranger is a film of epic scope. Everything is larger than life. The characters, the set pieces, the costumes, and the makeup are all created to amaze. Spectacle is the point of a summer blockbuster, after all, but it can also be a film’s worst enemy. After its poor showing at the box office, the $215 million film is now best known as one of 2013′s biggest disasters. That stigma is a hard one to shake, and can often poison the perception of both the film as a whole and the individual accomplishments of the production.

Nobody knows this better than makeup head Joel Harlow, who is up for the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar, competing against the seemingly more DIY teams of Dallas Buyers Club and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. To look at the budget and then see how the film looks, it’s easy to assume that Harlow had it easy. “I hear people talking about how they were strapped for money and manpower and I get that, and to look at a movie like this you’d think, ‘Oh, they had every resource in the world,’” Harlow told EW. “We didn’t. For this movie, as big as it is, our core group was five people. We built all the prosthetics ourselves. We were sculpting when we weren’t filming. On the weekends, between shots, between setups, we’d go back to the trailers and sculpt.” READ FULL STORY

Analysis: Which summer movie had the highest social HIT score?

Despite a few real busts, this summer largely saw a rather buzzy box office — to the tune of over $4 billion so far. But it might surprise you to see which of the top 20 summer films were the most positively received by audiences.

EW has partnered with General Sentiment to develop an aggregate score to report — not just on what is trending in social media — but on what users are actually saying on social networks across the two weeks following a film’s release.

The most positive buzz on social networks, according to our data, was the discussion around Dreamworks’ animated film Turbo, followed closely by the Channing Tatum/Jamie Foxx action movie White House Down, and buddy cop Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy romp The Heat. Not surprisingly, Johnny Depp’s critically panned Lone Ranger fell near the bottom of the list, but several films that had huge pre-release buzz, including Star Trek Into Darkness and Iron Man 3, saw their social buzz wind up somewhere in the middle after release.

Using a 100-point scale for each film — a score of 50 being neutral, a score of 51 and higher skewing positive, while scores of 49 and lower skew more negative, General Sentiment and EW can catch the sentiment of the social chatter – both positive and negative. Check out the HIT score below.
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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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China boosts 'Pacific Rim' chances for sequel, points to Hollywood's future

It’s August, the time of the summer movie season when blockbuster fatigue sets in after months of various monsters, aliens, robots, and comic-book heroes pounding audiences into numbing submission. This particular summer has been notable for several box-office disappointments — like The Lone Ranger, After Earth, Pacific Rim — that arrived with high price tags, high expectations, and big-name stars or directors. Each was conceived as a new franchise that could fill studio coffers for the next decade and each failed to live up to the hype for one reason or another.

Increasingly, though, American audiences don’t get the final say on whether these characters live to fight another day. The international market now represents nearly 70 percent of the global box-office, so if China, Russia, and Brazil team up to decide that Pacific Rim — which reportedly cost about $190 million but has only grossed $87 million domestic — gets a second round, it will be done. Yesterday, Guillermo Del Toro’s robots-versus-monsters spectacle opened to packed houses in China, earning an impressive $9 million in its first day in theaters there, according to Deadline. That raises the global box office for Rim to $227 million (if Warner Bros. and Legendary can get the Chinese Film Group to pay up), with the movie still slated to open in Japan, Spain, and Brazil. Should Rim finish in the the high-$300 million neighborhood — not an unreasonable goal — Del Toro should get an opportunity to bring his sequel ideas to life. READ FULL STORY

Johnny Depp: Retirement isn't too far away

Johnny Depp, who turned 50 this summer right before the release of The Lone Ranger, continues to hint that he’s looking forward to retirement. “Are there quieter things I wouldn’t mind doing? Yeah, I wouldn’t mind that,” he told the BBC’s Susanna Reid. “I wouldn’t say I am dropping out any second but I would say it’s probably not too far away.” 

Depp reassured Reid that his retirement plans wouldn’t upend potential sequels to Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland, but the actor expressed his exhaustion at the life of an actor, echoing opinions once shared by his late friend Marlon Brando. “When you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year, for example, and you realize you’ve said written words more than you’ve actually had a chance to say your own words, you start thinking of that as an insane option for a human being.”

In June, Depp expressed similar sentiments to Rolling Stone, resenting the “life of a fugitive” that stardom demands. “I can’t say that I’d want to be doing this for another 10 years,” he said.

For a guy who talks about retirement, Depp is remarkably busy: He’s filming Transcendence for Christopher Nolan’s go-to cinematographer Wally Pfister, and he’s lined up to star in Mortdecai for his Secret Window director David Koepp and the star-studded Into the Woods, in which he’ll play the Wolf.

After the dismal debut of 'The Lone Ranger,' has Johnny Depp's craft turned to shtick?

If Johnny Depp had given a buzzy, funny, scene-detonating performance in The Lone Ranger that was clearly superior to the rattletrap Western around it, then perhaps the movie’s bleak showing at the box office wouldn’t count as a strike against him. As it stands, Depp’s black-and-white face paint and studiously deadpan acting as Tonto fitted all too snugly into the film’s overly fussy, not-entertaining-enough landscape. Depp, surely, will survive the wreckage (yes, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is on the docket, as is his role as the Wolf in a film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods). But let’s pretend, for a moment, that The Lone Ranger — a notoriously troubled production whose budget ran to a reported $215 million, and that hauled in a relatively paltry $48.7 million over the five-day July 4 weekend — wasn’t a major commercial misfire. Let’s pretend it took in $80 million or even $100 million. A number like that would have confirmed Depp’s status as Hollywood’s reigning blockbuster mascot. Yet even if it had, what The Lone Ranger confirms to me is that Depp — who turned 50 last month, and has spent nearly 30 years in show business — is in a deep rut as an actor. He may think that he’s still rebelling against the studio system, but the system is now consuming him by letting him do whatever he wants. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Despicable Me 2' wins with $44.8 million, trumps 'Grown Ups 2' and 'Pacific Rim'

In a close race that saw each of the top three films swap places between Friday and Sunday, animated smash Despicable Me 2 once again won the weekend at the box office. The $76 million family film from Universal and Illumination Entertainment fell 46 percent from its debut weekend to $44.8 million, pushing its total all the way to $229.2 million after only 12 days.

Despicable Me 2 has easily asserted its dominance over Disney’s Monsters University in the last two weekends. Though Monsters has been in theaters twice as long (it opened June 21), its $237.8 million domestic total is only $8.6 million more than Despicable Me 2. Universal’s minion-filled comedy should easily overtake its rival release sometime this week. Worldwide, Despicable Me is about to surpass Monsters University as well, as the films have earned $472.4 million and $474.2 million, respectively.

In second place, Adam Sandler’s first-ever sequel, Grown Ups 2, opened to a great $42.5 million. The $80 million Sony comedy started off slightly better than its 2010 predecessor, Grown Ups, which debuted with $40.5 million on the way to a $162 million domestic finish. If estimates hold up, Grown Ups 2 will stand as Sandler’s second-best opening ever behind 2005′s The Longest Yard, which debuted to $47.6 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Grown Ups 2' earns $16.3 million, beats 'Pacific Rim' on Friday

Following back-to-back misfires Jack & Jill and That’s My Boy, Adam Sandler needed a hit to re-establish his box office viability — and it looks he’s got one with Grown Ups 2, which topped Friday with $16.3 million. If the $80 million Sony comedy can hold off Pacific Rim and Despicable Me 2 through Sunday night, it could finish the weekend in first place with a robust $45 million, but it’s going to be a close race.

Pacific Rim, Guillermo Del Toro’s $190 million robots vs. monsters adventure, took in $14.6 million on Friday, which could lead to a weekend in the $35-40 million range. (It looks like tracking — not online buzz — was right this time.) With an “A-” CinemaScore grade, Pacific Rim could have strong enough word of mouth to reach the higher end of that range and overcome the tendency of many geek-oriented titles to overperform on opening night and lose momentum through the weekend.  READ FULL STORY

Despite 'The Lone Ranger', Disney will press on with 'branded tentpole strategy'

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Disney isn’t denying that its $225 million western The Lone Ranger tanked on opening weekend. The film earned a disastrous $47.9 million during its five-day debut, a total that has led some analysts to predict that Disney will take a $190 million write-down as a result.

“It’s disappointing,” admits Dave Hollis, Disney’s executive VP of theatrical exhibition sales and distribution. “The frustrating thing for us is that it felt like the ingredients were there.” The exec says that, on paper, the combination of “the most successful producer in history [Jerry Bruckheimer]; an award-winning, commercially successful director [Gore Verbinski]; and the biggest movie star in the world [Johnny Depp],” seemed destined to yield “great results” on par with the Pirates of the Cariibbean franchise. But that just didn’t happen.

Hollis doesn’t blame Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, or any of the filmmakers for the weak box office performance. He thinks it was a lack of familiarity with the titular masked character that did the Lone Ranger in. “The heritage and legacy of the Lone Ranger story,” says Hollis, “didn’t connect as well with the younger audience. It wasn’t something that was known, and it didn’t draw their interest as much as we’d hoped.” He’s got that right. A full 68 percent of the opening weekend audience was over the age of 25 — and a whopping 25 percent were over 50.
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Box office report: 'Despicable Me 2' leaves 'Lone Ranger' in the dust

Over the extended 4th of July weekend, a lot of Americans lit up the grill and spent time with family. A lot unfolded lawn chairs and watched a fireworks show. And a whole lot bought tickets to see Despicable Me 2.

The $76 million animated film from Universal and Illumination Entertainment crushed the competition in its first five days in theaters, earning a jaw-dropping $142 million — $82.5 million of which came in during the traditional Friday-to-Sunday frame. In fact, Despicable Me 2, which features the voice work of Steve Carrell and Kristen Wiig, led the box office to the best July 4th weekend of all time. Over the Friday-to-Sunday period, the Top 12 movies grossed $220.7 million, which marks the 10th-strongest weekend in box office history.
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