So which movies made Tarantino's list for 2013?
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.
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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On the UK market, is The Lone Ranger doomed from the start?
The Lone Ranger is just opening in the UK this weekend, but Disney’s latest attempt at a blockbuster seems pretty much dead on arrival. It stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer and is a product of the creative director/producer team of Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer. So, if the talent is all there (after all, the team’s last franchise, Pirates of the Carribbean, became a long-running success for Disney), what was it that made Lone Ranger just so… unwatchable?
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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Johnny Depp will reprise his role as the Mad Hatter for Alice in Wonderland 2 - but is this really the kind of movie Depp needs to be making?
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 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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It's not looking great for Disney going into The Lone Ranger's second weekend at the box-office.
Disney's disaster The Lone Ranger - which cost over $400 million including marketing costs - should sink without trace at the box-office this weekend given the release of several big-hitters and the continuing success of Despicable Me 2. The western-reboot took a grim $48.9 million domestic during the long holiday weekend to leave it pushing DVD and Blu-Ray sales to recoup its spending.
Johnny Depp [L] and Armie Hammer [R] As Tonto and The Lone Ranger
"...the problem with weird is that it doesn't shift tickets, popcorn and merchandise the way big summer blockbusters are supposed to," wrote Richard Jinman in his piece for The Week. The problem with that observation is that The Lone Ranger isn't weird - it's just bad, and nobody wants to watch horrifically big-budget westerns.
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Could 'The Lone Ranger' be headed for the Guinness Book of Records?
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.
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?
Continue reading: Where Does 'The Lone Ranger' Rank In List of Biggest Movie Flops?
Disney is reeling after The Lone Ranger was thumped at the box-office
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.
The Lone Ranger will rely on DVD and Blu-Ray sales to recoup its budget.
The Lone Ranger took another $10 million on the 4th of July to take its overall total to just $20 million heading into the weekend. Gore Verbinski's new movie, starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as John Reid, is tracking for a five-day total of just $45 million - miles off its reported $225 million budget.
In contrast, the minions of Despicable Me 2 are celebrating after a huge $34.3 million opening day on July 3, which sees it pacing to wrap the weekend with $125 million, almost double its budget. The original movie, starring Steve Carell as the evil genius Gru, earned $56.4 million during a more traditional three-day opening in July 2010.
Disney staff have presumably entered the sweepstakes to guess which executive will be clearing their desk first after this mess. The Lone Ranger is potentially another John Carter - the big budget flop that cost studio boss Rich Ross his job. Everyone concerned will be preying that Depp's name on the posters will be enough to pull in the crowds over the July 4th weekend, though a slew of horrible reviews and a less than prominent promotional campaign has not helped the cause.
Continue reading: The Lone Ranger Takes $10 Million. Just $205 Million To Go, Then.
Disney's The Lone Ranger may struggle to recoup its $250 million budget.
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.
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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In a week of ups and downs for our favorite celebrities, The Rolling Stones made a triumphant debut at the Glastonbury Festival, Alec Baldwin exploded on Twitter (again) and the mystery surrounding Chris Kelly's death was finally explained.
Rip This Joint! Despite what many of the critics had anticipated, The Rolling Stones made their debut at the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday with a blistering set that scored five-star reviews across the board. Mick Jagger put the current crop of rock frontmen to shame with an energetic and high-octane performance - now that's how you do it. Read more about The Rolling Stones Glastonbury performance.
Hound Dog! Are Riley Kough and Robert Pattinson a thing? According to reports in Tinsel Town, the Twilight actor has stated dating the granddaughter of a certain Mr Elvis Presley. The dirty dog. Read on to find out more about the unlikely coupling.