New International Trailer for THE LONE RANGER

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In case you didn’t get your fill of Disney’s The Lone Ranger yesterday from the new trailer debut and Steve’s interviews with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and star Armie Hammer, a new international trailer has now made its way online that offers up even more new footage.  This trailer focuses more on the fiim’s humor and, unsurprisingly, Johnny Depp (he’s a big draw overseas, you know).  Director Gore Verbinski has a real knack for crafting exciting and coherent action sequences, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what he’s put together for this mega-budget Western.

Hit the jump to watch the international trailer.  The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, and Helena Bonham Carter.  The Lone Ranger opens on July 3rd.

New Trailer for THE LONE RANGER Starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, and Tom Wilkinson

by     Posted 1 year, 188 days ago

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Disney has released a new trailer for director Gore Verbinski‘s upcoming film The Lone Ranger.  This lengthy theatrical trailer begins by focusing on the origin of Armie Hammer‘s titular ranger and how his partnership with Johnny Depp‘s Tonto was forged, and from there we get quite a few looks at the many characters and set pieces that make up the action/adventure pic.  There are more than a few similarities to be found between this and Verbinski’s Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, as this trailer showcases a massive scale, a kooky Depp performance, plenty of dirty, nefarious characters, and a possible supernatural element.  The visuals here look gorgeous, and while I’m not sold on Depp’s performance or even necessarily the story, I’m still eager to see what Verbinski has cooked up on a very big screen when this thing hits theaters.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, and Helena Bonham Carter.  The Lone Ranger opens on July 3rd.

New Character Posters for THE LONE RANGER Featuring Ruth Wilson and William Fichtner

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A few days ago, Disney released The Lone Ranger character posters for lead actors Armie Hammer, who plays the eponymous ranger, and Johnny Depp, who plays his sidekick, Tonto.  They’ve also released a poster for Helena Bonham Carter‘s character, Red. Today, Disney has released posters for Ruth Wilson (Luther) as Rebecca Reid and William Fichtner (The Dark Knight) as Butch Cavendish.  Reid is described as “made for finer things, yet possesses the grit and independence of a frontierswoman. Her spirit is caught between two men: her husband Dan, and his younger brother, John.”  As for Cavendish, he’s “a ruthless outlaw whose terribly scarred face is a perfect reflection of the bottomless pit that passes for his soul.”  Life is so much easier when people who are ugly on the outside are also ugly on the inside.  You can judge that book by its cover.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, James Badge Dale, and Barry PepperThe Lone Ranger opens July 3rd.

First Trailer for ELYSIUM Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and Sharlto Copley

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The first trailer for District 9 director Neill Blomkamp’s highly anticipated sci-fi film Elysium has been released.  The story takes place in 2159 where two classes of people are roughly divided: the wealthy live on a man-made space station called Elysium, while the rest of the humans inhabit an overpopulated and ruined Earth.  The trailer begins by showing us the luxurious world of Elysium before revealing the grungy, desert-like Earth.  Blomkamp looks to have crafted an incredibly detailed and vast sci-fi world here, and the visuals are absolutely stunning.  The action sequences look excellent as well and Damon appears to be kicking all kinds of ass, but most importantly Blomkamp has crafted yet another timely, socially-conscious story that speaks volumes to the current issues facing our world.  A wholly original sci-fi property that asks audiences to think while also providing entertainment value in spades?  Count me wholeheartedly in.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here for Steve’s video blog recap after seeing 10 minutes of footage and interviewing Blomkamp.  The film stars Matt Damon, Jodie FosterSharlto CopleyWilliam Fichtner and Diego LunaElysium opens on August 9th.

WRONG Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  Wrong opens today in limited release.]

In 2010, Quentin Dupieux‘s Rubber hit the screen to critical acclaim. The acclaim was mostly along the lines of “The best killer tire movie you’ll ever see.” Despite its odd-ball premise and protagonist, Rubber did seem to have cohesive subtext about criticizing the audience and purposely messing with their expectations. By contrast, Dupieux’s new movie, Wrong, is all killer tire and hardly anything to say. That’s doesn’t make it a bad flick. Strangeness along the lines of a killer tire can still be pretty funny, and Wrong‘s off-kilter reality offers plenty of laughs. It’s just too silly and devoted to strangeness to make any exploration of a convoluted subtext worth considering.

THE LONE RANGER International Trailer Packs an Explosive Punch

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A third new trailer for Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, is now online.  The international trailer comes with Japanese narration, but the action transcends any language barriers.  Focusing on stunt sequences, explosive pyrotechnics and even some hidden-weapon gadgetry from star Helena Bonham Carter, the new trailer is short on dialogue, but certainly delivers on the excitement.

Also starring Tom Wilkinson, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, William Fichtner and Ruth Wilson, The Lone Ranger rides into stateside theaters July 3rd.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

PHANTOM Review

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I love submarine movies, and I can’t figure out why they’re so rare.  They’re inherently claustrophobic, you don’t need many sets, there’s fantastic use of sound and silence, actors have room to deliver terrific performances, and if the sub is equipped with a nuclear warhead, then the stakes can’t be higher.  What’s not to like?  Submarines also have a great sense of mystery since there’s no way to see what’s outside once the ship is submerged.  Writer-director Todd Robinson tries to tap into that mystery in his new film, Phantom, but he stumbles over his clumsy attempts to hide his characters’ pasts and motives.  Thankfully, removed from the mystery, Phantom is a tense submarine picture featuring strong performances, and an understanding of the genre’s dramatic assets.

New Trailer and Poster for WRONG from Director Quentin Dupieux

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Fans of Quentin Dupieux’s film Rubber look to be in for another dose of weirdness if this new trailer and poster for his next film Wrong are any indication.  While Rubber dealt with a homicidal tire with telekinetic powers, Wrong tones it down just a bit and focuses on Dolph (Jack Plotnick), a man who wakes up one morning (at 7:60) and realizes that Paul, his dog/soul-mate, has gone missing.  What follows is sure to be a strange adventure as Dolph encounters some rather odd individuals on his quest to find Paul.  Also starring Eric Judor, Alexis Dziena, Steve Little and William Fichtner, Wrong will be available on VOD starting February 1st, with a theatrical release on March 29th.  You can also check out the previously released teaser trailer and Matt Goldberg’s review of the film here.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer and see the poster. 

First Trailer and Poster for Submarine Thriller PHANTOM Starring Ed Harris and David Duchovny

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The first trailer and poster for the period submarine thriller Phantom have been released online.  The film stars Ed Harris as the captain of a Cold War Soviet submarine who, after being rushed into a classified mission, discovers that his submarine is being taken over by a rogue KGB group.  David Duchovny plays the leader of the KGB group, and this trailer looks like it may just give away the entire plot of the film.  We haven’t seen a good submarine thriller in quite a long time, so here’s hoping Phantom delivers.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the poster.  Written and directed by Todd Robinson (Lonely Hearts), the film also stars William Fichtner, Lance Henriksen, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Jason BeghePhantom opens on March 1, 2013.

New Trailer for THE LONE RANGER Starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer

by     Posted 1 year, 314 days ago

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A new trailer for director Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Rangerhas been released.  This new trailer finally takes a little bit of focus off of Johnny Depp‘s Tonto and places it on the eponymous character (Armie Hammer).  We learn a little bit of the hero’s back story, and that Silver is a very odd horse.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever get used to Tonto’s fractured dialogue or Bojan Bazelli‘s washed-out cinematography, but Verbinski’s earned my trust, so I’ll keep hoping that this movie delivers.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson, and Helena Bonham Carter.  The Lone Ranger opens July 3, 2013.

First Trailer for SEAL TEAM SIX: THE RAID ON OSAMA BIN LADEN, AKA CODE NAME: GERONIMO

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The first trailer for SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden has gone online.  With as historical an event as the death of bin Laden, you would think that either this film or Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty would have provided a sense of tension, raised stakes or even a question of moral ambiguity that surely came with the operation.  Neither trailer gives a sense of this, so at least SEAL Team Six isn’t out of its league with Bigelow’s bigger budget.

SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, aka Code Name: Geronimostars Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Freddy Rodriquez, Xzibit, Kathleen Robertson, Eddie Kay Thomas, Kenneth Miller, Robert Knepper and William Fichtner. Written by Kendall LampkinSEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden premieres on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday November 4th, just before election day.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

First Trailer for THE LONE RANGER Starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer

by     Posted 2 years, 18 days ago

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The first trailer for director Gore Verbinski’s (the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy) The Lone Ranger has been released.  Though the film features what are likely a couple of showy performances from Johnny Depp (Tonto) and The Social Network‘s Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger himself), this trailer is mostly about trains.  Matt made a similar comment regarding the footage shown at Comic-Con, so it’s safe to assume that the mode of transportation plays a large role in the film.  Verbinski appears to have put together one hell of a pretty-lookin’ movie, but we don’t see or hear enough of Depp’s Tonto to judge whether he’s veered too far over the top or hit that Jack Sparrow sweet spot.  I’m encouraged by Verbinski’s talent and the impressive line of actors in the ensemble (including trailer-narrator Tom Wilkinson as the villain), so hopefully we’re in for a big, fun Western adventure.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson, and Helena Bonham Carter.  The Lone Ranger opens July 3, 2013.

Johnny Depp in Costume on the Set of LONE RANGER

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If you’ve spent the better part of your work week in search of grainy topless photos, search no further because you’ve come to the right place!  We’ve got twenty images of Johnny Depp from the set of The Lone Ranger.  The Gore Verbinski film adapts the iconic radio personalities of John Reid, aka The Lone Ranger (as played by Armie Hammer) and his Native American compatriot, Tonto (Depp).  After the production looked to be in dire straits earlier this year with a rapidly-swelling budget, but a Comic-Con trailer and recently posted set photos have shown that The Lone Ranger is back on track.  Hit the jump to see the new set photos of Depp in costume as Tonto.

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires AT ANY PRICE with Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron; Drafthouse Films Nabs North American Rights to RUBBER Helmer’s WRONG

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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American and Eastern European rights to director Ramin Bahrani’s At Any Price.  Dennis Quaid stars as an ambitious farmer who is a father to a rebellious son (Zac Efron) with aspirations of race car driving.  An investigation into the family business brings the pair together in order to preserve their livlihood.

In other acquisition news, Drafthouse Films has picked up North American rights to Wrong, from Quentin Dupieux (Rubber). The picture centers on Dolph Springer (Jack Plotnick), a man embarking on a metaphysical journey to find his lost dog, while encountering strange characters along the way.  Hit the jump for more on both projects.

Production Begins on THE LONE RANGER Starring Johnny Depp; First Synopsis Revealed

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After a rough pre-production period, filming is finally underway on Oscar-winner Gore Verbinski‘s adaptation of The Lone Ranger.  More importantly, Disney has released the first synopsis for the movie.  It’s not big on details, but the gist is that Tonto (Johnny Depp) talks about how he teamed up with John Reid (aka the Lone Ranger; played by Armie Hammer) and how they bonded during their adventures.  It’s an origin story/buddy movie, and that seems like a fine approach to the material.  The devil is in the details, but we shouldn’t expect on hearing those for quite some time.

Hit the jump for the press release which includes the full text of the synopsis.  The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson, and Helena Bonham CarterThe Lone Ranger opens May 31, 2013.

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