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Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 Movies Of 2013 (So Far)


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Movie buffs have begun to anticipate Quentin Tarantino's Top 10 movies lists in recent years. The legendary director's run-down of his favorite movies of the year has made for interesting reading in recent years and is often regarded as the antithesis of the Academy's choices of the year's best.

Juno Temple Kathryn HahnJuno Temple [L] and Kathryn Hahn [R] In 'Afternoon Delight'

He passed on devising a list last year, owing to Django Unchained, though in 2011 Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris - a wonderful movie that actually went onto win Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars - topped Quentin's list, edging out Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the excellent Moneyball, with Brad Pitt. Tarantino threw in a couple of curveballs with X-Men: First Class, The Skin I Live In, Attack The Block and Warrior.

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The Lone Ranger Review


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Everything about this film screams excess, from the ludicrous two-and-a-half hour running time to the whopping scale of the action sequences to Johnny Depp's bizarro costume. But this reunion between Depp and his original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy director Verbinski is a solidly made romp that actually has some genuine laughs and thrills. There's certainly never a dull moment.

It's set in late-1860s Texas, where John Reid (Hammer) arrives to visit his brother Dan (Dale), whose wife Rebecca (Wilson) is John's former flame. After an elaborate prison break, John is deputised and joins the posse of rangers hunting down the escapee. When they're ambushed, John is the lone survivor, nursed back to health by quirky outsider Tonto (Depp), a Native American who knows how to get to the bottom of what's going on here. So they go undercover to find the truth, which involves a secret silver mine, construction on the first transcontinental American railway, and tensions between European settlers and the native Comanche community.

The script is a complex riot of details that resolutely refuse to gel into a coherent picture until the screenwriters are good and ready to fill in the gaps. In the mean time, they throw the characters into a series of madcap action set-pieces that are wildly cartoonish in the way everyone just dusts themselves off afterwards and carries on. From train crashes to horseback chases, this is non-stop action. And Verbinski is an expert at staging these massive sequences, so they're a lot of fun to watch, especially when the film is populated with such energetic characters.

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Gore Verbinski - Celebrities outside C London Restaurant - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 21st July 2013

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Gore Verbinski

Armie Hammer, Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp - Disney's 'The Lone Ranger' UK Film Premiere- Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 21st July 2013

Armie Hammer, Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp
Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp
Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers
Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers
Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers
Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers

Is 'Alice In Wonderland 2' Such A Good Idea For Johnny Depp?


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At the turn of millennium, Johnny Depp made five movies, Blow (2001), From Hell (2001), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Once Upon A Time in Mexico (2003), and Secret Window (2004). The majority of these movies were pretty good and even those garnering mixed reviews featured strong performances from the chameleon, Depp.

Johnny DeppJohnny Depp [L] and Armie Hammer [R] In The Lone Ranger

This week, the Hollywood actor agreed up star in a sequel to 2010's fantasy blockbuster Alice in Wonderland. Yes, the film grossed $1 billion, though it wasn't very good. Tim Burton sacrificed all the magic and heart of the original for a pointless 3-D treat, with Depp's Mad Hatter character appearing superfluous - if that's at all possible.

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Where Does 'The Lone Ranger' Rank In List Of Biggest Movie Flops?


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Ok, so by now everyone's well aware that Jerry Buckheimer and Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger is a monumental flop - a serious disaster that could cost Disney $150 million. The Johnny Depp-Armie Hammer starring western took just $48.9 million over the usually lucrative five-day Independence Day weekend - leaving it miles from its $175 million marketing budget, not to mention its $250 million production costs.

The Lone Ranger
Johnny Depp starred as Tonto and Armie Hammer played The Lone Ranger

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Disney is praying for a return of $150 million abroad, taking its worldwide total to $275 million and $150 million short of its $425 million total budget. "It's very disappointing," said Disney executive vice-president of worldwide distribution Dave Hollis. "Everything was perfect on paper, so today was incredibly frustrating." The problem is, nothing could be described as perfect. If Hollis is referring to Johnny Depp than it's lazy marketing. If he's referring to Verbinski in the directorial seat, or the bloated budget, than it's just stupid talk. The Lone Ranger has received some of the worst reviews of the year - it's a terrible movie - and unfortunately, nobody wants to watch big-budget westerns. Did Cowboys and Aliens teach them nothing? 

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Disney's Ex-Chairman Suspended 'The Lone Ranger' Production Over Budget Fears


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Disney's head honchos are reflecting on a "disappointing" and "frustrating" few days after its $250 million budget blockbuster The Lone Ranger took just $48 million over an extended five day weekend. The dismal performance marks a serious blunder for producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski and lead actor Johnny Depp.

"It's very disappointing," Disney executive vice-President of worldwide distribution Dave Hollis told the Hollywood Reporter, "Everything was perfect on paper, so today was incredibly frustrating." The reboot of the 1950s radio show, and 1950s television show, starring Armie Hammer as John Reid, rolled out in theaters on July 3 though Cowen & Co analyst Doug Cruetz predicted a $100 million write down for Disney - which will require explaining. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Disney stumped up a further $175 million for a worldwide marketing campaign - taking its total budget to $425 million, an incredible amount that will not be matched from box-office and DVD sales. Experts suggest it may earn $150 million for a worldwide total of $275 million.

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Oh Lonesome Me: The Lone Ranger Crushed Early At Box Office


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Disney's big-budget The Lone Ranger may only earn $50 million at the box-office this weekend after getting crushed by Universal's Despicable Me 2 in the opening few days of the box-office. The Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig voiced family flick is tracking for a $35 million Wednesday, whereas The Lone Ranger should only take around $11 million.

The Lone RangerJohnny Depp [L] and Armie Hammer [R] As Tonto And The Lone Ranger.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Despicable Me 2 will prove to be a huge box office hit over the Fourth of July weekend, with strong reviews and the hugely popular Minions leading the promotional trail. Meanwhile, The Lone Ranger - with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer - is likely to take around $50 million, meaning it will need to do huge business internationally to recoup its mega budget of $250 million. Director Gore Verbinski and Depp reunited with Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Buckheimer, though the Hollywood A-lister's casting as Tonto appears to have been a misguided move and audiences appear underwhelmed with Hammer as the Ranger. 

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'Despicable Me 2' Breaks Box Office Records As Minion Fever Grips UK


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Despicable Me 2, the sequel to Illumination Entertainment's well-received 2010 animated movie starring Steve Carell as an evil genius, has stormed to the top of the UK box office to record the biggest opening weekend of the year. The sequel, starring Carell and Kristen Wigg, landed the top spot with takings of £14.8 million to oust Man of Steel and Brad Pitt's World War Z.

Minions Despicable Me 2The Minions Are The Real Winners From Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2 took over £12 million more than the Superman movie, and demolished the likes of This Is The End, Hummingbird and Behind the Candelabra. The animated sequel once again revolves around Carell's Gru character, now a reformed father-figure who cares for three young children in suburbia.

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The Lone Ranger: When Was The Last Time Johnny Depp Got So Little Attention?


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You'd be forgiven for assuming Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger was still weeks away from its cinematic release, with animations Despicable Me 2 and Monster's University dominating the movie talk ahead of the weekend's box-office. Hell, people are still talking about World War Z and The Heat more than Johnny Depp's new movie.

Johnny DeppJohnny Depp [L] and Armie Hammer [R] Star In 'The Lone Ranger'

The Hollywood actor plays the Native American spirit warrior Tonto in Verbinski's re-telling of the classic story, with The Social Network's Armie Hammer the underwhelming choice as John Reid, aka, the Ranger. It's difficult to figure out why Disney's big-budget new movie has flown under the radar, though a flurry of tragic reviews and grumblings over the representation of Native Americans has severely dented public anticipation.

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Gore Verbinski - The Lone Ranger Video Interview


Video Interview with Gore Verbinski

Director Gore Verbinski is interviewed about his new movie 'The Lone Ranger' in which he collaborates again with Johnny Depp, who starred in his three 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies and his Oscar winning animated feature 'Rango'. He talks about balancing tragedy with comedy, writing in Tonto's perspective and working with Johnny.

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Video - Director Gore Verbinski Talks Acting Chemistry At 'The Lone Ranger' World Premiere


Oscar winning 'Rango' director Gore Verbinski helms the stunning re-make of the classic 50s Western 'The Lone Ranger' starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp as the title character and Tonto respectively. He discusses how their professional chemistry was a key part of the film on the red carpet at the world premiere.

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Gore Verbinski Saturday 21st January 2012 The 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards held at The Beverly Hilton - Arrivals

Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin and Gore Verbinski - Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Gore Verbinski London, England - 'Rango' - photocall held at Claridges Tuesday 22nd February 2011

Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin and Gore Verbinski
Isla Fisher and Abigail Breslin
Isla Fisher and Abigail Breslin
Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin and Gore Verbinski
Abigail Breslin and Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher and Gore Verbinski

Gore Verbinski - Saturday 19th May 2007 at Disneyland Anaheim, California

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The Lone Ranger Movie Review

The Lone Ranger Movie Review

Everything about this film screams excess, from the ludicrous two-and-a-half hour running time to the...

The Lone Ranger Trailer

The Lone Ranger Trailer

John Reid is a Texas ranger; law-abiding and glad to ride alongside his brother, following...

The Lone Ranger Trailer

The Lone Ranger Trailer

John Reid bears the alias of the Lone Ranger and uses his title and his...

The Lone Ranger Trailer

The Lone Ranger Trailer

John Reid is the Lone Ranger; a law-abiding man of justice from Texas who resolutely...

Rango Trailer

Rango Trailer

Rango is a chameleon who isn't particularly content living the life of the general chameleon,...

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