April 17, 2013 | 2:12 p.m.
The latest trailer for “The Lone Ranger” is out, and it’s heavy on frontier action, with scenes of speeding locomotives, arid Western vistas, shootouts and one giant explosion, not to mention lots of chummy camaraderie between Armie Hammer’s title character and Johnny Depp’s Tonto. A cheeky Helena Bonham Carter also turns in an appearance. The new clip helps relate the story of how the masked man came to acquire his white hat, his best friend and his thirst for justice and suggests the same kind of comedy-inflected action-adventure that has helped make the Depp-led “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise so valuable for Disney. Set for release July 3, “The Lone Ranger” sees Depp team up again with his frequent collaborator, director Gore Verbinski. The pair worked on three of Disney’s ultra-successful “Pirates” films in addition to the acclaimed animated release […]
April 17, 2013 | 12:45 p.m.
The latest trailer for “The Lone Ranger” is set to be unveiled this afternoon, with stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer participating in a live stream discussion about the clip and the movie, which will kick off at 1 p.m. PDT. Watch it here: The promotional event comes on the heels of a new wave of character posters the studio released Tuesday — you can see them in the gallery above — and is part of Las Vegas’ CinemaCon, the annual exhibitors’ conference where the studios court the affection of movie theater owners across the country with elaborate presentations for their upcoming films. So far, the projects that have had a turn in the spotlight have included Paramount’s “World War Z” and “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and Warner Bros.’ “Pacific Rim” and “Man […]
Feb. 03, 2013 | 9:06 p.m.
How many Iron Men does it take to save 13 people plummeting earthward after a plane breaks apart in midair? Granted, it’s kind of a trick question, seeing as how there is only one Tony Stark, but the passengers’ plight made for a gripping Super Bowl teaser touting the May 3 release of “Iron Man 3.” Although “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” director Shane Black’s first entry in the Marvel series looks heavy on the action, the Robert Downey Jr. vehicle wasn’t the only upcoming blockbuster to get airtime during the big game, with new spots debuting for “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “World War Z” and “Snitch,” among other films. In all, Disney promoted three of its new releases, with “The Lone Ranger” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful” joining “Iron Man 3″ as part of the promotional onslaught. With its […]
Jan. 29, 2013 | 10:27 a.m.
Disney trotted out a brief 20 seconds of its new 90-second spot for “The Lone Ranger” on Tuesday morning, hoping to stoke interest in the Old West action-adventure that sees Johnny Depp’s painted Tonto riding alongside Armie Hammer’s masked man. The full clip will premiere Sunday during the Super Bowl pregame show. The film, set for release July 3, sees Depp team up again with his frequent collaborator, director Gore Verbinski — the pair worked on three of Disney’s ultra-successful “Pirates” films in addition to the acclaimed animated release “Rango.” Verbinski told Hero Complex in 2011 that he’s interested in a sly, somewhat subversive version of the classic Old West adventure that presents the “faithful Indian companion” as the wry central voice of the story. The plot centers on the advent of the railroad in the American West, and hijackings that […]
March 08, 2012 | 9:40 a.m.
The buccaneer genre was a Hollywood castaway before Johnny Depp, Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer proved the skeptics wrong with their “Pirates of the Caribbean” mega-success — now the same trio and rising star Armie Hammer want to disprove the conventional view that Westerns are snakebit when it comes to attracting young moviegoers. Producer Bruckheimer used Twitter on Thursday morning to give the world the first look at director Verbinski’s “The Lone Ranger,” the Disney film that overcame some oddly public budget shoot-outs and will ride against the industry assumption that the Hollywood Western long ago rode off into the sunset as a viable popcorn prospect with young audiences. Jon Favreau’s “Cowboys & Aliens” experiment didn’t do anything to change that view, although Verbinski’s “Rango” put up an animated argument against the perception. The photo shows Depp as Tonto — described by Disney as “a spirit warrior on a personal quest” — and […]
Dec. 04, 2011 | 9:48 a.m.
OSCARS SEASON Will “Rango” ride off into the sunset with an Academy Award? The Envelope is the awards insider for the Los Angeles Times and features the work of our Hero Complex writers. Here’s a look at one story from the upcoming animation issue of The Envelope; this one looks at the Gore Verbinski western that won over critics and should be a contender in the now-underway Oscar season. When you think of Johnny Depp it’s hard not to think of Tim Burton — the movie star and director tandem have worked on seven feature films together — but with the success of “Rango” it may be time to more carefully consider the collaboration of Depp and Gore Verbinski, the soft-spoken popcorn auteur who has now made four movies with the actor since 2003 and is now preparing a fifth. Depp says the two directors will never be mistaken for each […]
May 22, 2011 | 12:55 p.m.
Geoffrey Rush has been aboard the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise from the start so of course he watched with intense interest as Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer looked to replace director Gore Verbinski, who abandoned ship (so to speak) after the third film in the swashbuckling series. Rush says now he could not be happier with the new captain of the ship, Rob Marshall, whose background with Broadway and films such as “Chicago” put him in tune with Rush’s own rhythms. “Rob and Gore are just opposite sides of the same coin really,” said Rush, who plays Hector Barbossa in the franchise. “I think Gore probably comes from more of a rock ‘n’ roll and comic book angle and Rob is more from a musical theater and musical film, choreographic background. They overlap with their finely tuned comedic sense and sense of the absurd. They have a strong […]
May 22, 2011 | 8:17 a.m.
When it comes to 3-D, Johnny Depp just can’t see the appeal — literally. The star of the new 3-D spectacle “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” — as well as last year’s billion-dollar hit “Alice in Wonderland” — says that due to an eyesight defect, the stereoscopic effect of 3-D cinematic images is lost on him. “I’ve never seen the movies in 3-D,” Depp said. “I actually can’t see in 3-D. I’ve got a bum eye. So I’ve never been able to watch the movies and see what everybody else sees. “I don’t see things normally, I never have. I wouldn’t know what 3-D was if it hit me in the face. I’m more interested in 4-D and 5-D anyway. I’ll just bypass the 3 and go straight to the 4 and the 5.” The 47-year-old may have issues with depth perception but he doesn’t […]
March 15, 2011 | 3:16 p.m.
Johnny Depp said goodbye to his dear friend Hunter S. Thompson back in 2005 — the actor is the one who paid the bill for the gonzo journalist’s outlandish and elaborate funeral — but sometimes it feels as though the late writer is still around. “Hunter? He never leaves,” Depp said with a wistful chuckle, “he’s just always going to be there.” Depp is certainly helping to make sure the iconoclastic author doesn’t fade from memory. The actor portrayed Raoul Duke, Thompson’s ever-slippery narrator and tripped-out alter ego, in Terry Gilliam’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (1998) and now he’s returned to voice that role again for a desert-highway cameo in the animated adventure “Rango.” Depp has the title role in “Rango,” too, as a quirky little lizard on a spiritual journey through an Old West-style adventure, and he says that Thompson’s mad Duke also contributed to the personality […]
March 04, 2011 | 4:21 p.m.
The great American western rode off into the sunset decades ago but Hollywood is saddling up with cowboy mythology again in unexpected ways with aliens, zombies, video games and, this weekend, a spirited, scrawny lizard named Rango. “There’s something we love about the rise of that silhouette of the gunslinger and the way they make that ultimate choice of reaching for the gun at their hip,” said director Gore Verbinski, whose animated epic “Rango” tips its hat to signature moments from classics such as “High Noon,” “Destry Rides Again” and “Once Upon a Time in the West.” More than a winking tribute, though, “Rango,” which stars Johnny Depp, is part of a posse of reconstituted westerns in pop culture and with more on the way. “Cowboys & Aliens” hits theaters July 29 with a story that lives up to title […]