The Lone Ranger

Rumored: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Engaged

Johnny Depp is engaged to wed his actress girlfriend Amber Heard, according to reports.

The Pirates of the Caribbean hunk began dating his The Rum Diary co-star following the breakdown of his 14-year relationship with Vanessa Paradis, the mother of his two children, in the summer of 2012, and the couple stepped out hand-in-hand as Depp promoted his blockbuster The Lone Ranger last year.

Now sources tell the pair is planning to wed after Depp popped the question to the beauty on Christmas Eve.

Another insider tells Us, “The proposal happened a while ago. She just didn’t wear the ring.”

Representatives for the famously private couple have yet to respond to requests for a comment, but Heard was photographed wearing a sparkler on her ring finger earlier this week (begs13Jan14).

If rumours of the engagement are true, it will be Depp’s second marriage – he wed Lori Anne Allison in 1983, but they split after two years.

The 50 year old was previously engaged to actresses Jennifer Grey, Sherilyn Fenn and Winona Ryder, while he also dated supermodel Kate Moss.

Bisexual Heard, 27, has never been married, but she enjoyed a longterm relationship with photographer Tasya van Ree until their split in 2011.

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‘Lone Ranger’ Will Be A Great Movie in 10 Years, Producer Says

Hollywood mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer has defended The Lone Ranger after it proved a flop with film fans, insisting it will be considered a great movie in the years to come.

Director Gore Verbinski’s modern reimagining of the Wild West tale, featuring Armie Hammer as the masked lawman and Johnny Depp as his trusted sidekick Tonto, bombed when it earned just $29.4 million at the U.S. box office on its opening weekend earlier this month.

The movie also failed to impress the critics, but Bruckheimer is adamant its detractors will look back on it with fondness in years to come — like his 1983 dance classic Flashdance.

He said, “It reminds me of a critic who called Flashdance a ‘toxic dump’. Ten years later (the critic) said, ‘This is really a good movie. I missed it.’ I think (The Lone Ranger is) going to be looked back on as a brave, wonderful film.”

‘Despicable Me 2’ Tramples ‘Lone Ranger’ at Theaters

The  minions have overtaken “The Lone Ranger.”

Studio estimates Friday show “Despicable Me 2” is trampling the Johnny Depp Western at the holiday box office. The animated Universal sequel has collected three times more than the Disney cowboy caper since both films debuted Wednesday.

“Despicable Me 2” earned $59.5 million so far, while “The Lone Ranger” took in $19.5 million in ticket sales.

Moviegoers opted for the minions over the masked man by more than 2 to 1 on Independence Day. The family film dominated with $24.5 million Thursday, compared with Ranger’s $9.86 million.

Poor reviews for “The Lone Ranger” may have translated to sluggish ticket sales. Chicago Sun-Times critic Richard Roeper called the $250 million Western “slick trash.”

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Lone Ranger’ Ambushed at Box Office, Disney May Face Loss

LOS ANGELES – “The Lone Ranger,” Walt Disney Co’s big-budget western starring Johnny Depp, performed below expectations on Wednesday night, raising the possibility that the movie could saddle the media giant with a loss on the film.

The film, which cost an estimated $225 million to produce, generated $9.7 million during Wednesday showings, falling well behind “Despicable Me 2” from Comcast’s Universal Pictures, which sold $34.3 million at the domestic box office, according to studio estimates.

Both films opened with limited showings on Tuesday. For the two-day period, “Despicable Me 2” generated $39 million and “The Lone Ranger” saw $11.7 million.

Disney estimates “The Lone Ranger” will sell $45 million for the Wednesday through Sunday July Fourth holiday weekend, below industry experts’ initial forecasts of $60 million to $70 million over the five days.

“If it does end up grossing less than $50 million over the five-day stretch, it will most certainly go down as a misfire,” said Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations, which tracks movie box office prospects.

The film’s poor opening is a black eye for producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski and star Depp, the trio behind Disney’s ultra-successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” series.

Disney made their prior success a key part of marketing the current film, and Depp’s international appeal still could help the film’s overseas box office.

“The Lone Ranger” is an action remake of a 1930s radio show and television series in the 1950s. Armie Hammer plays John Reid, the lawman who dons a mask to fight injustice in the Old West. This time, though, it is the Lone Ranger’s Native American sidekick Tonto, played by Depp, who takes center stage.

Critics have not embraced the movie. Among 110 reviews compiled on the Rotten Tomatoes website on Wednesday, just 25 percent recommended the film.

Gitesh Pandya, editor of the website Box Office Guru, estimates the film will generate $100 million in domestic ticket sales.

A $60 million opening over its first days would have generated a modest profit, according to Tony Wible, a managing director of Janney Montgomery Scott who follows Disney.

With that opening, he estimated the film would generate $180 million in domestic ticket sales and give Disney total revenues of $370 million from foreign, video and other sales.

Studios and theaters generally share box office receipts.

Disney spent $225 million to make the film and an estimated $100 million to market it.

A Disney spokesperson was not available for comment on the studio’s outlook for the film’s profitability.

“The Lone Ranger” is the latest entry in Disney’s strategy of spending more on fewer films to build franchises from big budget movies that can generate continued revenues from sequels, merchandise and outlets like its theme parks and TV properties.

The company found such success with Marvel superhero films “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3,” and with Pixar’s “Monsters University,” but wrote down $200 million when sci-fi epic “John Carter” flopped last year.

The studios will update the box office results over the weekend.

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The Lone Ranger and All The FavoriteTelevision Cowboy Heroes’ -out July 9-from Event Bookazines

New York — There are many institutions which one could argue to be uniquely American–the Constitution, jazz, blues, and baseball. Yet all are derivative and have roots in other cultures of the distant past. However, the American Western stands alone as uniquely American as, apple pie.

An entire of generation of readers will relish a walk down memory lane in this most-cherished of TV genres, as Rawhide and Deadwood producer A.C. Lyles and Western-genre expert, actor Bruce Boxleitner (How the West Was Won) punctuate this latest release from Event Bookazine with insightful commentary and one-of-a-kind memories.

Released to coincide with the release of Disney’s The Lone Ranger, starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, an entirely new audience is ready for the re-awakening of interest in what was once, hands-down, the most popular and beloved of American story-telling traditions. Westerns represent an American ideal, and a reflection of their times.

The first television Cowboy heroes (e.g., Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers) were untarnished heroes in white hats who always won and never missed a shot. Eventually they came to be represented as loners (Shane), followed by the outcast or misunderstood (Have Gun Will Travel), the wrongfully-disgraced (Branded) and finally outlaws themselves as anti-heroes (Alias Smith and Jones) in lieu ofButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Among the 13 chapters, are: The Loners; The Long Ranger: Never Alone; Gunsmoke; The Gamblers; The James Bonds of the Old West; When the Classics Were Ready for Their Close-ups; and, Revisionist History. Also, an exclusive interview with TV’s Bruce Boxleitner, who was hand-picked by James Arness (Gunsmoke) to appear in the classic epic, 1962’s How The West Was Won.

The 128-page magazine –out July 9- focuses on the most celebrated westerns; referencing other shows of each era – including, The Rifleman, Maverick, The Wild, Wild West) – as well as competing shows, focusing on the great actors and the characters they played, along with beautiful pictures from the world’s foremost collector of TV Western photography, Doug Abbot, with production notes and behind the scene anecdotes.

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Probe Launched Over ‘Lone Ranger’ On The Set Death

Health and safety officials in California have launched an investigation after a crew member died on the set of Johnny Depp’s new movie The Lone Ranger.

Welder/water safety expert Mike Bridger died on September 21st after reportedly suffering a heart attack while working inside a large liquid tank.

Officials from the Division of Occupational Safety and Health – California Department have now started a probe into the incident and they will be looking at the equipment used on set as well as the water tank itself, according to

Health and safety officers will also conduct interviews with all cast and crewmembers who were on the set at the time of the tragedy.

Bosses at Disney, the studio behind the film, have vowed to fully support an official investigation.

The final report into Bridger’s death will take up to six months to complete.

The movie, starring Depp and Armie Hammer, is due for release sometime in 2013.

Native American Tribe Formally Adopts Johnny Depp

Actor Johnny Depp has been formally inducted into the Comanche Nation as the newest member of the Native American tribe.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star has touted his unique ancestry over the last several years, recently revealing his great-grandmother was a Cherokee Indian.

And now, as Depp portrays Comanche Nation fictional character Tonto in a movie reboot of classic western TV series The Lone Ranger, organisation officials have invited the actor to embrace his family history and become an official member of the tribe.

LaDonna Harris, the president of Americans for Indian Opportunity, says, “Johnny is reprising the historic role of Tonto, and it seemed like a natural fit to officially welcome him into our Comanche family.

“I reached out, and Johnny was very receptive to the idea. He seemed proud to receive the invitation, and we were honoured that he so enthusiastically agreed.”

The 48-year-old accepted the honour at Harris’ home on Wednesday in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he is currently on location shooting the action-adventure film.

Depp, wearing ripped jeans and eyeliner, arrived bearing gifts as a customary sign of appreciation for the tribal elders and he subsequently took photographs with several members of his adopted family.

And Harris admits the group had a lovely time getting to know the movie icon, adding, “Welcoming Johnny into the family in the traditional way was so fitting. He’s a very thoughtful human being, and throughout his life and career, he has exhibited traits that are aligned with the values and worldview that indigenous peoples share.”

It’s not the first time Depp has met with tribal officials while shooting The Lone Ranger – the actor took part in a summit with Navajo leaders on the set of the movie to make sure they were OK with him filming on sacred land.

Depp and co-star Armie Hammer held a meet-and-greet with Navajo Nation elders Ben Shelly and Rex Lee Jim in April and swapped gifts and posed for photos.

Shelly said, “He was respectful, along with very patient with picture taking. It was a great honour and privilege to meet Johnny Depp and we are honoured the movie is being filmed here on the Navajo Nation.”

Photo Alert: First Look at The Lone Ranger Starring Johnny Depp!

The newly released first look for The Lone Ranger is now available. Feel free to share with your readers!
From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski comes Disney/Bruckheimer Films’ The Lone Ranger. Tonto (Johnny Depp), a spirit warrior on a personal quest, joins forces in a fight for justice with John Reid (Armie Hammer), a lawman who has become a masked avenger.
The Lone Ranger will be released in May 2013.

Disney’s Epic Adventure "The Lone Ranger" Begins Production

Production has commenced on location in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic adventure “The Lone Ranger.” The film reunites the filmmaking team of the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” blockbusters—producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski—with Johnny Depp, who created Captain Jack Sparrow in his iconic, Academy Award®-nominated performance and contributed the voice of the title character of Verbinski’s Academy Award-winning “Rango.”

Depp plays spirit warrior Tonto in “The Lone Ranger,” with Armie Hammer (“The Social Network,” “J. Edgar”) starring in the title role. Depp and Hammer are joined by a prestigious international cast which includes Tom Wilkinson, two-time Academy Award nominee (“Michael Clayton,” “In the Bedroom”) and Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner (“John Adams”); William Fichtner (Jerry Bruckheimer’s productions of “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Black Hawk Down”); Emmy Award-winner Barry Pepper (TV’s “The Kennedys,” “True Grit,” “Saving Private Ryan”); James Badge Dale (“The Grey,” TV’s “The Pacific” and “Rubicon”); Ruth Wilson (television’s “Jane Eyre” and “Luther”); and two-time Academy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”). The film is slated to open on May 31, 2013.

“The Lone Ranger” is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.


Johnny Depp’s ‘Lone Ranger’ Movie Canceled

Johnny Depp’s highly-anticipated movie adaptation of the TVwestern series will not make it to the big screen.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star had been slated to play Tonto opposite Armie Hammer’s Lone Ranger in the Disney movie, which was scheduled for a 2012 release.

But Disney chiefs have pulled their involvement in the film following alleged disagreements with director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer about the western’s budget, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A source tells the website, “Gore doesn’t want to budge for what he thinks a movie like this needs (and) the fact that it’s a Western is a definite concern.”