And we thought we won't be able to see this picture much less the movie. Troubled by rumored escalating costs ($250 million and counting supposedly), Walt Disney Pictures had second thoughts about making the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced, Gore Verbinski-directed, Johnny Depp-starred "The Lone Ranger." And why not? The House of Mouse is also fighting over-budget rumors, also $250 million and counting, for the upcoming "John Carter."
But now, we received from Disney this newly released first look for "The Lone Ranger!" Depp plays Tonto, a spirit warrior on a personal quest; Armie Hammer stars as John Reid, a lawman who has become a masked avenger. Together, the two fights for truth, justice, and the cowboys and indians way.
Don't you just love how Depp is channeling Pocahontas? HA!
"The Lone Ranger" will hi-ho silver away to theaters in May 2013.
Photo Credit: Peter Mountain
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Davis Guggenheim, the Oscar-winning documentarian who gave us "An Inconvenient Truth," is focusing his lens on President Barack Obama. It's a 17-minute short film about the President's first term in the White House. Narrated by Tom Hanks, "The Road We've Traveled" the documentary will be released next week, and will play at various campaign events. Watch the trailer below:
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Warner Bros. is on a roll! The studio has announced two sequels from its current crop of releases. First, "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" made a boatload of cash for the studio, so it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that a threequel is coming!
The Hollywood Reporter is saying that the director of "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," Brad Peyton, along with co-writers Mark and Brian Gunn are closing deals to return for the third installment. The producers behind the franchise are excited to work with the creative team again, and yes, this will be a 3D adventure...yet again. But the big question -- will Josh Hutcherson and Dwayne Johnson return? "Journey 3" will visit theaters in 2014.
And then we have "Project X." Warner Bros. is keeping the party rockin'. The found-footage movie opened strong with $21 million last weekend and yup, no rocket scientist needed to get this party going and going and going.
Michael Bacall, who co-wrote the script with Matt Drake, is writing a treatment for the sequel according to THR. Bacall, perhaps an optimist, already began writing the sequel weeks before the movie even opened!
It's unclear whether the actors from the original film, Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, and Jonathan Brown, are returning for the sequel. One thing's for sure, more raucous, raunchy time will be had by "Project X" fans.
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Here's more info from Yahoo:
Agents J and K are back... in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him -- secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.
In Theaters -- May 25, 2012
MPAA Rating -- Not Rated
Genres -- Sequel, Comedy, Action/Adventure
Distributors -- Sony Pictures Releasing
Barry Sonnenfeld -- Director
Will Smith -- Agent Jay
Tommy Lee Jones -- Agent Kay
Josh Brolin -- Young Agent Kay
Jemaine Clement -- Boris
Tony Shalhoub -- Jack Jeebs
Sharlto Copley -- Griffin
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Someone like you cared a whole awful lot!
"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" earned $70.7 million for the biggest box-office debut of the year so far. The 3D animated flick featuring the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, and Danny DeVito easily beat competition! ("Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" movie review right here, and win exclusive prizes from the Universal movie right here)
At No. 2 was the raunchy R-rated "Project X." The Warner Bros. comedy sold $20.8 million worth of box-office tickets for the second place.
Previous weekend's box-office champ, the Navy Seals propaganda film, "The Act of Valor," slipped to No. 3 with $13.7 million. So far, the "Call of Duty" primer has made over $45.2 million since it opened two weekends ago.
Meanwhile, silence is definitely golden! The Best Picture of the year, "The Artist," received a 34 percent bump coming in at No. 10 with $3.9 million and grossing over $37 million total.
Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of March 2nd:
1. "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," $70.7 million ($500,000 international).
2. "Project X," $20.8 million ($1.7 million international).
3. "Act of Valor," $13.7 million.
4. "Safe House," $7.2 million ($10.8 million international).
5. "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds," $7 million.
6. "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," $6.9 million ($14.7 million international).
7. "The Vow," $6.1 million ($4.1 million international).
8. "This Means War," $5.6 million ($14.1 million international).
9. "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," $4.7 million ($6 million international).
10. "The Artist," $3.9 million ($5.3 million international).
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