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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.

Bradley Cooper drops out of 'Jane Got a Gun'

And another one bites the dust. EW has confirmed that Bradley Cooper is the latest big name to exit Jane Got a Gun, a western starring Natalie Portman in its title role. Cooper was set to play an outlaw who swears revenge against a rival gunslinger (Noah Emmerich) — a part he inherited after two successive leading men dropped out of the film.

Originally, Portman was to star opposite Michael Fassbender — but Fassbender abruptly left the project in early March. According to The Hollywood Reporter, his exit was motivated by scheduling conflicts; several delays had pushed back Jane‘s production start date, and Fassbender needed to be free to film X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is currently in production.

Fassbender was replaced by Jude Law, and Jane was scheduled to finally begin shooting on March 18. But original director Lynne Ramsay failed to show up for the first day of filming, indicating that she had quit the production — and prompting Law to exit the film as well.


'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

The Lone Ranger is 'the good' -- now meet 'the bad and the ugly': Butch Cavendish


Now that is one ugly hombre. Say howdy to the outlaw Butch Cavendish, the ruthless sidewinder who leads the Cavendish Gang in director Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger. That’s a face that barbed wire might improve —  in fact, this black-hat Butch is so unsavory that he could be a refugee from Verbinski’s previous project, Rango, the Oscar-winning 2010 animated film that ditched the standard “cute animal” approach and instead devoted its pixels to create some of the most butt-ugly varmints in Hollywood history.

In this just-released character poster from Disney, it’s a bit hard to tell, but that is veteran character actor William Fichtner behind that Cavendish glower. Many moviegoers will remember Fichtner as the defiant, shotgun-toting bank manager who crosses paths with the Joker in the opening sequence of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Fichtner also had memorable turns in Go, ArmageddonCrash, Heat and Black Hawk Down and played the Melrose-reviving producer Phil Yagoda on Entourage. 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.


Sundance 2013: Miller twins explain how the West was won with 'Sweetwater'

Six years ago, Logan and Noah Miller ambushed Ed Harris after a screening at the San Francisco Film Festival and told him that he had to play their late father in their movie. Daniel Miller had passed away on a jailhouse floor four months before after a life marred by alcoholism, but before he’d died, the identical twins had promised him that they would make a movie about his life — and that Ed Harris would play him. Despite no Hollywood experience and no financing in place, the boys were persuasive and Harris rather quickly agreed. “They’re smart and I just couldn’t say no,” Harris told EW in 2010. “They wouldn’t let me say no. They’ve just got this energy that’s pretty undeniable.”

Touching Home, which also starred the brothers as aspiring baseball players — which they had been in real life — opened in a handful of theaters in April 2010. But that little-seen movie was just the beginning of a beautiful friendship — one whose most recent fruit is the violent Western Sweetwater, which just debuted at Sundance. Set in New Mexico Territory in the late 1800s, the movie stars Mad Men‘s January Jones as a vengeful wife who strikes back at a religious zealot (Jason Isaacs) who wants her land and may have killed her husband. And of course, Ed Harris is along for the ride, playing an eccentric, long-haired sheriff sent to the town of Sweetwater to investigate two other unsolved murders. READ FULL STORY

'Cowboys & Aliens' reveals how to hook up with Olivia Wilde


All right, by “hook up” I mean literally attach a hook to her and yank the beautiful actress as high as 80 feet up in the air.

This clip from the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of the sci-fi/western mashup (in stores on Tuesday) shows that it wasn’t just digital trickery that enabled director Jon Favreau to snatch Wilde off the back of a running horse when alien ships attacked her and Daniel Craig. It took a couple cranes, a lot of cable, a 12-foot ratchet and an actress who is a very good sport to add a little realism to Cowboys & Aliens.

As you watch the clip after the jump, ask yourself: What did those horses assume was going on? I assume one said to the other: “Quit asking questions, Buttercup! Nosy horses get turned into one of those mechanical dealies she was riding before.” READ FULL STORY

Arnold Schwarzenegger's western 'The Last Stand' starts filming today. Check out that supporting cast!

The Arnold Schwarzenegger Comeback Express continues chugging along. First came last week’s sneak peek at Expendables 2, which reunites the actor with fellow ’80s action icons (and Planet Hollywood investors) Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone for more male-menopausal buttkicking. And today marks the the first day of filming for Schwarzenegger’s first starring vehicle since he began his political career. Earlier this summer, it was announced that Schwarzenegger would star in The Last Stand, a western from director Jee-woon Kim (The Good, The Bad, The Weird). Somewhere along the way, the project accrued an intriguing amount of interesting supporting players: According to a press release from Lionsgate, the film will co-star Forest Whitaker, Luis Guzman, Johnny Freaking Knoxville, the essential Peter Stormare, the even-more-essential Harry Dean Stanton, and Zach “Matt Saracen” Gilford. READ FULL STORY

Johnny Depp's 'Lone Ranger' officially rides again, schedules May 31, 2013 release

Maybe there’ll be a little less silver in those bullets, but The Lone Ranger has cut costs enough for Disney to give the movie the green light. Disney announced today that the film is back on track, and the new release date is May 31, 2013. “Johnny Depp, Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski are such a talented combination and we’re thrilled to get back to work with them on The Lone Ranger,” a Disney spokesperson said.

The update on the classic cowboy epic was set to star The Social Network’s Armie Hammer in the title role and Johnny Depp as Indian scout Tonto, but when the budget soared to $250-million-plus, and Universal/DreamWorks’ Cowboys & Aliens underperformed at the box office, studio heads cried “Whoa!” In mid-August, two months before shooting was set to begin, the film faced the possibility of being scrapped completely. READ FULL STORY

TRAILER revealed for badass bible-thumping 'Machine Gun Preacher'

Sam Childers was a biker, a brawler, a drug dealer who sought redemption in Sudan, turning his bare-knuckle and bullet-slinging rage on warlords who were turning kids into child soldiers. Have a peek at this action-drama from director Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Quantum of Solace), out Sept. 23.

Childers is one of those rare characters who, if he was purely fictional, nobody would buy this story for a second. But he’s a real-life Rambo type, who still runs an orphanage/mission there — but he’s no angel. Screenwriter Jason Keller describes Childers as “reckless,” “wild-eyed,” and “always looking for trouble.” When Keller first met him with plans to adapt his story into a film, the lifelong tough-guy was characteristically hostile.

See below for how their first meeting nearly turned into a fight, and how Childers later dragged the screenwriter along on a few death-defying vigilante missions, and the one thing in the script that made the preacher’s temper flare … READ FULL STORY

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