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Stephen King and boobtube fans alike can finally return to Chester’s Mill today, with the release of CBS’s Under the Dome on Blu-Ray. One of the biggest new shows of the year, Under the Dome is a 13-episode adaptation of the mammoth 1074 page Stephen King novel of the same name released back in 2009. Set in rural, Anytown USA, the series follows the lives of locals and strangers alike after the quiet little of idyll of Chester’s Mill becomes a supernatural pressure cooker. Premiering to huge numbers in late June, the series made a name for itself thanks to its big sci-fi hook, and weak summer competition. But is the first season worth investigating if you’re new in town, or is this set just for those already under the dome’s spell?
Curiously, the box set doesn’t mention that this is only the first season of the show, »
- Sam Woolf
“I think it would be tricky to have one member of the Storm family black and one white. Is he adopted? I don’t know how you would play that.”
“ This speech is my recital, I think it’s very vitalTo rock (a rhyme), that’s right (on time)
It’s Tricky is the title, here we go…”
“Tyrone Cash should be named Super Nigga.”
– Michael Davis
Mark Millar is talking about the possibility the next Fantastic Four will feature a African American in the role of the Human Touch. Run-dmc is what I think is a pretty clever answer to Mr. Millar’s assumption, namely that it would be tricky but – I think it would be right on time.
Damn – I is clever.
My quote? That’s just another dig at what I think is one of the most stereotypical backwards thinking black characters ever »
- Michael Davis
There haven't been a lot of comedy westerns save Blazing Saddles, Three Amigos and Wild Wild West, none of which were released in the new millennium. Thankfully, Hulu breathed new life into the genre with its original series Quick Draw, an improvised comedy from 10 Items or Less' John Lehrand Nancy Hower.
Quick Draw follows Sheriff John Henry Hoyle (Lehr), a bumbling Harvard grad who is so confident in his intellectual superiority he even boasts about graduating 327th in his class. Now living in Great Bend, Kansas, Hoyle attempts to introduce forensics to the local rubes, who include the dim-witted Deputy Eli (newcomer Nick Brown), the brazen brothel owner Honey (The Sopranos' Allison Dunbar) and the mopey Undertaker Vernon Shank (Cougar Town's Bob Clendenin).
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- Sadie Gennis
The Lone Ranger, 2013
Directed by Gore Verbinski.
The Lone Ranger has so many problems that a review such as this could never attempt to cover them all in depth. In the years to come someone will write a book on the production of this film, maybe paired with last year’s John Carter as the blueprints for a failed attempt to manufacture a monster hit.
The problem with this production lies in the lack of care and love for its source material and in turn the sole purpose became just another careless bloated, expensive summer film hoping for a frontloaded opening weekend and taking enough money to greenlight a sequel or two. At »
- Flickering Myth
Coogan's comic alter-ego goes big screen at last, but fear not: he's just as pathetically provincial and inadvertently offensive as he ever was – and just as consistently hilarious. A siege situation at Partridge's Norfolk radio station is the excuse to "open out" the scenario and explore the talk DJ's latent heroic side, but – as usual – the day is saved by Coogan's deft characterisation, some great writing and a love/hate fascination with Middle English mediocrity.
The Lone Ranger (12A)
Where Verbinski and Depp struck a great action-comedy balance with Pirates Of The Caribbean (and Rango), attempts »
- Steve Rose
Like a defibrillator cranked up to the highest possible voltage, Rossini's William Tell Overture is slapped on to this film twice – at first briefly, then for a while. It results in something that isn't exactly a gallop, more like the protracted convulsive thrashings of a dead horse with its hoof jammed in the electric socket. Hearing the theme is always enjoyable (specifically, the Overture's fourth "Finale" movement), and maybe it's as well to reassert a wholesome association with the Lone Ranger, his horse, Silver, and his trusty guide, Tonto – and get away from the thought of Malcolm McDowell having sped-up sex with two women in Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. But the energy, brio and brevity of »
- Peter Bradshaw
The Lone Ranger has received awful Us reviews, which is not surprising given that everything about the film screamed a disaster before it was released last month in the Us: Jerry Bruckheimer, a modern western, articles like this and Johnny Depp portraying a Native American character for some reason. These fears were confirmed when it was panned by critics. The Lone Ranger is being touted as “an unoriginal tribute to the source material” and holds a 28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on its Us release.
Depp has stated that he “doesn’t watch his own films” and that would explain a lot. Let me save you some time, don’t watch this one! This film is fated to join the grimy underbelly of Depp’s recent back catalogue such as Dark Shadows (2012), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), The Tourist (2010), and so on. This movie looks sets to be »
- Darragh O'Connor
The 14th Annual "Gathering of the Juggalos" begins today, so now seems like an appropriate time for. Big Money Rustlas (2010) Director: Sam Firstenberg Stars: Violent J, Shaggy 2 Dope, Ron Jeremy The Insane Clown Posse meets Wild Wild West. I am not a fan of the Insane Clown Posse. Aside from the "f*cking magnets, how do they work?" viral video, I haven't listened to any of their music. I didn't even know they dabbled in film until recently. »
- Jason Adams
Every summer blockbuster season gives us its share of misfires. John Carter, Battleship, Wild Wild West, Cutthroat Island – we’re not talking about quality or critical acclaim here, simply the issue of Roi – does the film perform. The knives are already being sharpened for R.I.P.D., which if you haven’t been following it features Ryan Reynolds as a recently deceased cop who joins the Rest In Peace Department alongside Jeff Bridges to police the undead.
It seems to be being slightly reductively marketed as Mib meets Ghostbusters, but its derivative concept shouldn’t be the end of it. After all, Source Code was Quantum Leap meets Groundhog Day and that succeeded commercially and critically. The concept seems fine, the trailer looks interesting enough, the cast (add Kevin Bacon and Mary-Louise Parker to those already mentioned) is really strong and the director, Robert Schwentke, delivered solid enough entertainment on Red and Flightplan. »
- Dave Roper
The term 'Wild West' was once a wonderful way to describe the communities and emerging markets forming in digital. Much like how westward expansion from the original settlements of our country created opportunity and wealth, we can draw comparisons on how a new sector of the entertainment industry has formed from its traditional roots in film, television, and radio to the same effect. While I hear it less, people still throw the term around whenever digital is discussed, especially within the YouTube ecosystem. I hate to break it to everyone, but the 'Wild Wild West' is over. Just like the actual Wild West, we expanded and built towns, businesses and put down roots. Are there still more ways to expand into new markets? Of course. But that’s nothing new. Don’t panic though, while the 'Wild West' is over, the 'Gold Rush' is just beginning. »
- Chris Landa
It's not hard to imagine that somewhere in the recesses of Hollywood, some development exec is pointing at the abysmal returns from Disney's failed attempt at a new Johnny Depp franchise, "The Lone Ranger," and saying that the western is dead because audiences don't care about cowboys.
That studio exec is very, very wrong.
The exec has some good evidence, though. "The Lone Ranger" may result in a loss for Disney totaling $150 million. One of last year's biggest flops, "John Carter," begins in a western setting. Even James Bond and Han Solo couldn't bring audience out to see "Cowboys & Aliens." Don't even mention "Wild Wild West."
But these aren't the movies that the exec should be looking at to gauge the vitals of the western. These are all perfectly good examples of why, of all genres, you don't mess with the western by adding crappy effects. If you really want »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
At the movies the past is merely a digest of recognisable tropes, offering the comforts of home – like some bad cruise liner
The Lone Ranger begins with a scene in which Tonto (Johnny Depp), now 100 years old and making a living at a traveling wild west show in San Francisco, runs into a little boy dressed as the Lone Ranger and decides to tell him the real story.
The film's producers might as well have held up a big sign outside the theatre that says: "We are worried about the fading demographic appeal of this story to the eight-year-old at whom our merchandisers say we must direct our film." Smelling fear as swiftly as a pack of wolves, the critics have pounced.
"Indigestible swill," said Screen Daily. "A catastrophe of tone," judged HitFix. "Delivers all the energy and spectacle audiences have come to expect from a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but »
- Tom Shone
It's not like anyone had especially high expectations for "The Lone Ranger." Given the movie's poor pre-release buzz and its positioning opposite the sequel to a wildly popular animated family film, pundits expected "Ranger" to do just modest business; only the might of Johnny Depp's name and the Disney marketing machine were expected to carry it to a domestic gross of about $40 million from Friday to Sunday and maybe $60 million over the whole July 4th five-day weekend.
But the movie didn't even do that well. According to estimates, it earned just $29.4 million over the three weekend days and just $48.9 million over the five days since it opened on Wednesday, July 3. Given the film's production cost, reportedly between $225 and $250 million, that weak opening makes "Lone Ranger" a flop the size Disney hasn't seen since last year's "John Carter."
Why was this Western so slow on the draw? After all, despite »
- Gary Susman
Over a very busy Fourth of July weekend, Despicable Me 2 had one of the best debuts ever for an animated movie, while The Lone Ranger got off to an underwhelming start. Meanwhile, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain crushed expectations and did fantastic business for a stand-up movie.For the three-day weekend, the Top 12 earned $221.6 million. That ranks 10th all-time, and is the third weekend in the last four to rank in the Top 15. Through its first five days, Despicable Me 2 earned $143.1 million. That's just ahead of Toy Story 3 ($141 million) for top five-day start ever for an animated movie; while the differing release patterns keeps that from being a true apples-to-apples comparison, it still does give a good idea how immensely popular the sequel was over the holiday weekend. For the three-day period, Despicable Me 2 earned $83.5 million, which is on par with Monsters University's debut a few weeks ago. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Over the extended 4th of July weekend, a lot of Americans lit up the grill and spent time with family. A lot unfolded lawn chairs and watched a fireworks show. And a whole lot bought tickets to see Despicable Me 2.
The $76 million animated film from Universal and Illumination Entertainment crushed the competition in its first five days in theaters, earning a jaw-dropping $142 million — $82.5 million of which came in during the traditional Friday-to-Sunday frame. In fact, Despicable Me 2, which features the voice work of Steve Carrell and Kristen Wiig, led the box office to the best July 4th weekend of all time. »
- Grady Smith
As disappointing as The Lone Ranger apparently is, let's keep things in perspective... Jonah Hex (2010) Director: Jimmy Hayward Stars: Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich Some guy in desperate need of Neosporin gets all pissy after his family is murdered. Jonah Hex is like a combination of Wild Wild West and Ghost Rider, and manages to be worse than both of those terrible, terrible movies. While it does border on "unmitigated disaster," as a film, Hex »
- Jason Adams
Johnny Depp's Tonto widely seen as pushing 149-minute revival out of shape
It is being billed as a reunion for the team behind the multi-billion dollar Pirates of the Caribbean film series – star Johnny Depp, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski. But the first reviews for The Lone Ranger are unlikely to help the movie mirror the success of its predecessors and recoup a reported $250m (£164m) budget.
At time of writing, the film holds a rating of 29% "rotten" on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, with several negative Us trade verdicts yet to be counted. The consensus is that Verbinski's over-long (149-minute) film tries too hard to recapture the franchise-launching magic of the first Pirates movie, Curse of the Black Pearl, while Depp's turn as heavily-made-up Native American Tonto ends up distracting attention from its title character, played by the rather less famous Armie Hammer.
Writes Todd McCarthy »
- Ben Child
One sign that After Earth wasn't going to be your old dependable Will Smith blockbuster is it wasn't scheduled for the Fourth of July. Remember when the holiday weekend was pretty much owned by the star? At least it seemed to be for a while following the success of the appropriately titled Independence Day in 1996. Of course, he only returned to the date a few times, in 1997 (Men in Black), 1999 (Wild Wild West), 2002 (Men in Black II) and 2008 (Hancock). In other years he took a different slot while the Spider-Man, Transformers and Terminator franchises have seemed to have a timeshare stake for the big occasion. This year's big Independence Day release is The Lone Ranger, which is an interesting choice given how badly Smith's own blockbuster Western...
- Christopher Campbell
If Masterchef spent as much time concentrating on the competition as it does on the brands associated with it, this could be a show worth watching
The retching groans of someone with their clammy, green face over the side of a boat is not the most obvious soundtrack to a cookery programme. Masterchef (Ten, Sunday), however, could barely contain its glee as contestants clutched the balustrades and chucked their airline dinners into the ocean off Fremantle. Dear Noelene, specs carefully clipped to her top, skin taking on the colour and texture of a squid ready for the pan, battled on as the contestants spent several hours vainly hanging on to their dignity before heading ashore to shriek at each other relentlessly.
To be fair, you could feasibly argue that all the vomiting happened during a particularly dull documentary about trawler fishing that preceded the cooking competition. But that would be being kind. »
- Vicky Frost
Apologies, Discovery: amid a slew of errands, apartment cleaning, pilot watching and Super Moon glancing, I had forgotten that Nik Wallenda was planning to make history and tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon, sans harness. These things happen.
But, when I opened Twitter for a quick scroll Sunday evening, I quickly lunged for the remote — upon reading my feed filled with tweets about Wallenda’s perilous stunt (and his jeans, and his knowledge of every synonym for “God”), I knew had to tune in.
It was New York Times reporter Brian Stelter’s tweet that initially caught my attention:
You can actually see the cable bouncing. And you can hear the wind through Wallenda's mic.—
Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 24, 2013
Oh man, this sounds intense. I better turn it on, I thought.
Pretty soon, I was in on the conversation:
Need Gif of him doing the final sprint across the wire »
- AJ Marechal
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