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    The Weird, Murky Cancellation Of LONE RANGER | CHUD.com

    I don’t think I’m claiming any great wisdom to say that my first reaction to the Lone Ranger cancellation was pretty much, “well, duh?” It’s not exactly reading the most obscure of tea leaves to think that after such a painful flop as Cowboys & Aliens (despite big marketing, big names, and big effects), any blockbuster that seems the least bit dusty is going to get the stink eye at studios these days– especially one that was looking for a +$250m budget.

    Things might still be a little nebulous though, as insider reports have been quoted as saying Monday (today) could bring different news. Well keep our ears perked up today, but chances are this project is scrapped, even if Johnny Depp was especially enthusiastic about it.

    The weirdness of this whole thing is that a) turns out that stupidly large budget may have been due to a werewolf-centric blockbuster effects approach to the story, and b) Depp’s passion for the blockbuster may have stemmed from his desire to do right by a Native American character. Those two are actually innately combined, as apparently this take on the story would have had Depp’s Tonto front and center, leading the way through a story filled with mysticism and magic, all stemming from the Native American spirituality that would inform the story. So ultimately less Zorro and more Pirates of the Carribbean, even if Johnny Depp was supposedly interested in a very delicate, nuanced look at the Native American culture, combined with a much less ostentatious performance than he delivers on the high seas.

    Also: much of Depp’s interest is attributed to his desire to fulfill “his Marlon Brando” legacy…

    “Deep is partly Native American himself and he was partly mentored by Brando, who was a big Indians’ rights advocate. So he didn’t want to do any kind of jaunty performance that plays it light and spoofy with the Native American thing. No Captain Jack crap this time around.”

    So obviously this was more than just mining an old brand, but affixing a known name and set of characters to a blockbuster story that mixed a Bruckheimer approach to big-scale adventure, with the esoteric interests of Depp. That sounds exactly like the kind of project that would develop between typically lucrative trifecta of Disney, Bruck, and Depp, but as films creep closer and closer to costing half-a-billion, all in, to make and market… we’re going to keep seeing these big-budget shutdowns and cases of studio cold feet.

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    That John Carter movie looks bad. I think it's gonna tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adgy-san View Post
    That John Carter movie looks bad. I think it's gonna tank.
    I'm not sure we have really seen what that movie has to offer yet. Stanton is working feverishly on the visuals and I think Disney keeps twisting his arm to force him to show what he is not yet ready to show. Granted, you may be right...the preview really feels...off. But, I still have a glimmer of hope on this one, and I gotta figger Disney does too because they have a **** ton of cash hanging on this one.

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    Walton Goggins Joins ‘G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation’ | Geeks of Doom

    Well, this just got a little better. Goggins is pretty awesome, he can go from pulp dreck like this to the Lincoln movie. Damned well should win the best supporting emmy for his tremendous work on Justified...and if you haven't seen the Shield(you hearing me Kingsqueen???) you should. Before Breaking Bad it was the best show on TV.

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    Empire Big Screen ‘11 Review: By Crom, ‘Conan The Barbarian’ Is Unbelievably Awful > The Playlist

    “Conan The Barbarian” just comes across as half-assed; a quick, cheap, cash-grab with nothing but contempt for its audience, something that would look shoddy even if it were the direct-to-DVD movie it so often resembles. And you should stay away from it like it was a horde of bandits coming to burn down your village. [F]

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    Empire Big Screen ‘11 Review: ‘Warrior’ Is Silly, Over-Familiar & Enormously Effective > The Playlist

    But really, the film’s blue-collar tale is something like the filmic equivalent of a Bruce Springsteen song (the film is bookended by a pair of songs by The National, who are in some ways a successor to The Boss). And not a subtle, darker, late-period track, but a balls-out anthem like “Born to Run.” You might have known it off by heart for the majority of your life. You might groan when someone puts it on the jukebox, or when you hear it on drive-time radio. But when you hear it played by the E Street Band at full volume at Madison Square Garden, there’s no denying a certain artistry to it, and it’s almost impossible not to sing along. [B]

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    'Conan the Barbarian': Ahnuld, Where Are You Now That the Remake Needs You? | The Wrap Movies

    The new movie has its moments, and easily pleased die-hards will probably love it, but “Conan the Barbarian” feels a bit like a money grab, latching onto an old property and lazily exploiting it rather than celebrating what made the material such fun in the first place.

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