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 […]
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 […]
May 30, 2011 | 3:03 p.m.
Johnny Depp will be remembered as the greatest star of his time and history will rank him with celluloid legends such as Humphrey Bogart, Rudolph Valentino and Clark Gable, according to Rob Marshall, the director of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the Disney seafaring adventure that (for now) stands as the biggest international box office hit of 2011. “He’s as vivid as those great stars of the past, Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable and Errol Flynn,” Marshall said. “Many, many, many years from now, when people look at this generation of Hollywood, he will be considered the great star of this era. He’s his own thing and he takes major chances every single time he makes a film.” Marshall, the 50-year-old filmmaker who was nominated for an Oscar for “Chicago,” said he had been told by “Pirates” producer Jerry Bruckheimer to […]
May 27, 2011 | 4:31 p.m.
The day before the Disneyland premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the actress Penélope Cruz lounged back on a couch in a bright hotel room in Santa Monica and put her hand over her heart in a gesture of great emotion. “Making this film had great meaning for me and I will remember it for all of the rest of my life,” the 37-year-old star said with a kind of moist-eyed conviction that you don’t typically associate with summer popcorn films. “This became much more than a movie.” The reason went beyond scripts and box office — the Oscar-winning actress and her husband, Javier Bardem, welcomed their first child, Leo Encinas Bardem, in January and that meant during the six-month shoot for “Pirates” that Disney, director Rob Marshall, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, star Johnny Depp and the rest of the cast and crew all tilted toward the needs […]
May 19, 2011 | 4:35 p.m.
When Oscar-nominated director Rob Marshall came aboard as the new captain of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, he was immediately possessed by the siren call of one particular element in the script — beautiful mermaids. No one needs to explain cinematic possibilities of dangerous lust and predatory women to the director of “Chicago” and “Memoirs of a Geisha,” and when he took over the Disney buccaneer franchise he zeroed in on the script’s presentation of the magical aquatic creatures as a place to make his mark. “They are beautiful, seductive women but they use that beauty to lure men to their deaths,” Marshall said with an approving grin. “They are women but they are also animal. These are creatures and carnivores and they want to feed.” And when they feed, sailors in salt water are the main course. Marshall made the mermaids a paramount priority for Ben […]
May 18, 2011 | 3:16 p.m.
There’s a moment in the new “Pirates of the Caribbean” film when a peg-legged privateer calls his crew to battle stations — an enemy ship has been spotted on the horizon — and the Disney franchise appears poised for another one of its signature sea battles. But the high-seas skirmish never happens and, in a bit of shocker, not one cannonball flies in all 137 minutes of this buccaneer blockbuster. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” arrives in theaters Friday with an expensive star in Johnny Depp and a production budget somewhere north of $200 million just to make the film. Still, the project was a tighter ship when it came to visual effects and those open-ocean scenes that drive up costs on a movie. From a creative standpoint, the filmmakers say they were looking to refresh the franchise […]
May 17, 2011 | 3:43 p.m.
When it came to the Lone Ranger, the classic question was “Who was that masked man?” — but for some casual moviegoers on Tuesday the query might be “Who is that actor?” That’s because the news is spreading that Armie Hammer will portray the mysterious hero of the Old West in the new adventure film from Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, a film that will star Johnny Depp as Tonto and have Gore Verbinski in the director’s seat. Disney insiders say the deal is not 100% done but that the contracts are being written. For Hollywood insiders it’s not a shock that Hammer, who turned heads with his dual performance as the Winklevoss twins in “The Social Network,” got the role (after all, the rumors have been well circulated) but for less-immersed film fans the decision might seem like a big head scratcher. You can […]
May 16, 2011 | 2:58 p.m.
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May 11, 2011 | 11:36 a.m.
Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is one of the most anticipated films of 2011 and you can see it early — free — at the Imax/Hero Complex screening Monday at the AMC Burbank 16 theaters. Tickets will go fast, sign up now. To find out first about future Imax/Hero Complex screenings, follow us on Twitter. The 3-D film starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush and Ian McShane opens everywhere on May 20 but at this special sneak preview, Hero Complex readers can get a head start on the cinematic quest for the Fountain of Youth. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who has watched his “Pirates” franchise pull in $2.7 billion in worldwide box office, has a new partner on this installment with Oscar-nominated director Rob Marshall on board for a story that pits Jack Sparrow against the sinister Edward Teach, […]