Meet the Masked Man in Final Trailer for ‘The Lone Ranger’

Summer movie season looms ever closer, and with it, Disney’s much-hyped return of the effective trifecta behind the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski and professional Johnny Depp Johnny Depp. After what has felt like an eternity of the upcoming The Lone Ranger adaptation making its presence known here and there, with teaser after teaser, finally, the last full-length trailer for the thing is available for viewing.

Now, we even have a back story, or at least new information for those who weren’t around for the O.G. Lone Ranger in the middle of the 20th Century. John Reid (Armie Hammer) begins his career as a lawman, only to, after his brother is killed by a corrupt and wealthy figure, turn on the law and seek justice instead, with his "spirit warrior" friend Tonto and horse, Silver. Cue lots of horseback chases, references to Western justice, fights on trains and other Western-movie cinematic tropes. Also, predictably—this is a Bruckheimer/Verbinski joint after all—there are a lot of explosions. 

We also get the first substantial appearance of Johnny Depp’s Super Best Friend Helena Bonham Carter, here donning a red wig and a pronounced Southern-debutante drawl as Red Harrington (wait, I just got it… Red… Harrington). And, if you’re skeptical to or offended by the idea of Johnny Depp as Tonto, this isn’t really going to do anything to change your mind. The Lone Ranger hits theatres July 3rd, if you’re into that, and you can watch the new trailer below. 

Helena Bonham Carter, Dominic West Next to Assume the Roles of Taylor and Burton

Back in November, a little movie premiered on Lifetime called Liz & Dick, starring Lindsay Lohan as the legendary Elizabeth Taylor (and getting the look down, at least) and depicting her tumultuous relationship with actor Richard Burton. This movie had a metric ton of hype surrounding it, and everyone and your mother probably live-Tweeted it (except for our own Tyler Coates, who preferred to enlighten us on all the things he watched that weren’t Liz  & Dick). And it happened, and it was bad. And not even, like, so-bad-it’s-good, Rob-Lowe-as-Drew-Peterson bad—it was just dull.

Anyway, there’s going to be another biopic about Burton and Taylor—appropriately titled Burton and Taylor—that will premiere on BBC4 this fall, with Helena Bonham Carter and BAFTA winner Dominic West stepping into the titular roles. Unlike the more comprehensive and montage-y Liz & Dick, Burton and Taylor will focus more closely on 1983, when, years after their second divorce, the stormy couple starred opposite each other in a production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives, a play, incidentally, about a divorced couple reuniting. It’s an interesting time and place to focus on, maybe better than trying to cram such a dramatic real-life relationship into a Lifetime movie. You can already hear the Internet’s cries of praise and relief at an alternative to Liz & Dick. But this will probably get painfully overhyped too to the point where it’s not even worth watching the live-tweet stream of it.

‘The Diary Of Anne Frank’ Becomes An IPad App

A new iPad2 app providing an "immersive experience" of The Diary Of Anne Frank will include audio passages of the journal read by the actress Helena Bonham Carter.

Penguin’s Viking imprint debuted the interactive app yesterday to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day, the UK’s Telegraph reports. The app includes images from Anne Frank’s original diary and also video footage of her only living relative, Buddy Elias. Sort of like a "pop up video" for the text, readers see buttons like "View Photo" or "Read Information" which take them to additional information about the text.

The $11 app can be purchased on iTunes and was created with the approval of the Anne Frank Foundation.  

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New Trailer for ‘Les Misérables,’ In Which We Hear A Song That Isn’t “I Dreamed A Dream”

You’re probably still weeping over the first trailer for the upcoming Tom Hooper-helmed Les Misérables feelings extravaganza, which dropped earlier this year and featured a devastating rendition of "I Dreamed A Dream" from Anne Hathaway. You may have even watched that trailer on repeat several dozen times upon first viewing, which is totally okay because we did too. But pretty much every piece of promotional material about the movie since has mostly hinged on that "I Dreamed A Dream," which is great, but that’s one number out of many that make up the musical. Well, in the new UK trailer, we get some new numbers, new scenes and an even more crushing "I Dreamed A Dream," all which feed into the hype, but with at least one caveat.

Anne Hathaway still breaks your heart, "One Day More" still stirs and most of the principal cast looks pretty solid, and we get our first glimpse of Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen as the Thénardiers (the latter in the middle of "Master of the House"), which is just gonna be the greatest. But one of the bigger nagging questions about the film has been the casting choice of Russell Crowe as Javert, who gets two of, like, the best musical numbers in the whole show and requires great complexity and nuance. Crowe can act, certainly, but can he sing, or at least, deliver as Javert? As we feared before the first footage even hit the web, Russell Crowe opens his mouth, and, uh, it’s not great. Maybe Tom Hooper is just tantalizing us and he actually brings down the house with "Stars," but for now, it looks like Crowe’s Javert will be a lot of shouting and uninspired, almost nervous-sounding vocals. Woof. The rest of it looks pretty great though—it’s hard not to get excited about the barricade scenes, especially with a good round of "Do You Hear the People Sing?" thrown in for good measure. Watch. 

Here’s the Trailer for Mike Newell’s ‘Great Expectations’

For my money there’s no greater modern-day adaptation of classic literature than Alfonso Cuarón’s 1998 version of Great Expectations starring a handsome Ethan Hawke and a not-yet-oversaturated Gwyneth Paltrow. There was also a scary Robert De Niro and and even more haunting Anne Bancroft, and don’t forget about the equally terrifying score featuring the la la las of Tori Amos. (Second place, if you’re wondering, is She’s the Man, the teenage version of Twelfth Night starring Amanda Bynes, naturally.) That doesn’t, of course, mean that the classic Charles Dickens story of love, revenge, and redemption can’t hit the big screen again, which is why Mike Newell is bringing it back in all its British costume drama glory.

Newell is the director of such celebrated movies like Four Weddings and a Funeral and Donnie Brasco (as well as the less-celebrated Pushing Tin and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time). But based on the trailer alone, it looks like it’ll be a lush, faithful adaptation, one that boasts the star talents of Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter (you think she just shows up on set in her own clothes?) and relative unknowns Jeremy Irvine and Holliday Grainger. Get ready for Oscar Buzz Season, everyone!

A Surprising Appreciation of ‘Dark Shadows’

I have a confession to make: yesterday I saw Dark Shadows, the new Tim Burton joint featuring, predictably, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter as well as fresh Burton cast members like Chlöe Grace Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller, and Eva Green. I predicted that it would be awful, and most critics seemed to prove all my points: that Burton’s weird big-budget goth epics have gotten stale and stupid. But still, something drew me to the film—maybe vampiric mind control? And, um, I kind of really enjoyed it!

Like most people my generation, I have never seen Dark Shadows, the extremely popular daytime soap opera that ran from 1966 to 1971. A quick jaunt onto the show’s extensive Wikipedia page reveals it was like a late ’60s version of True Blood: there were vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and witches and was considered a gothic, campy masterpiece—just without the current vampire drama’s gratuitous sex and political subtext. It seems like the perfect source material for a Tim Burton movie (he has, after all, professed that he was a fan of the show, as did Johnny Depp), which, judging from his recent creative pursuits (Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to name a couple of cinematic clunkers), would surely be a big old CGI mess.

And it was, let there be no doubt! But that was also sort of its charm? I concede that it makes absolutely no sense, is all across the board with a bunch of different bizarre subplots including reincarnation, surprise eleventh hour werewolves, fishing politics. It was somewhere in between the movie version of The Addams Family—lovingly showing the divide between an appreciation for straight-forward gothic sensibility and the modern, normal world—and Jan de Bont’s shitbox remake of The Haunting that featured a CGI-heavy scene in which a haunted fireplace murders Owen Wilson. Yes, the creepy old house that is at the center of Dark Shadows eventually attacks its residents at the hands of Eva Green’s sexy witch, but (spoiler alert!), the scene also has Michelle Pfeiffer shooting Green with a shotgun LIKE A BOSS, and then Green’s body breaks apart in a Death Becomes Her sort of way. It’s the best ’90s movie to be released in the second decade of the new millennium! 

Let’s talk about what makes this shitshow so great: it takes place in the ’70s. It’s so super stylized with ridiculous clothes, wigs, and accessories (I have never seen so many turtlenecks under corderoy blazers); it’s the best ’70s costume design I’ve seen since The Ice Storm, and we all know that the only way that Ang Lee masterpiece could have been improved is if Joan Allen was a witch and had the gumption to punish her cheating husband with dark magic. And the music! The Moody Blues, T-Rex, Barry White. Even present-day Alice Cooper makes a cameo as 1972 Alice Cooper! That is the most stupidly brilliant thing that I wish I could have thought of myself. 

So basically Dark Shadows is a gigantic disaster that entertained the hell out of me. Let’s compare it to another pile of garbage that has captured the hearts and minds of hate-watching Americans this year. As Tara Ariano writes of the NBC musical theater drama, "Smash is the worst TV show I’ve ever loved; it might be the worst thing I’ve ever loved." Well, Dark Shadows is my Smash. I’m not proud that I loved it, but I’m not ashamed, either. 

Movies Opening This Weekend, in Order of How Much We Like Their Trailers

Some people judge a movie based on reviews, other will go see something just because it features a favorite actor. Here, we’re judging this weekend’s offerings based solely on what we see in the trailers and ranking them accordingly.

Hick: Chloe Moretz plays a runaway kid on her way to the bright lights of Vegas. On the way she meets a cast of ne’erdowells including Eddie Redmayne, Blake Lively and Juliette Lewis. It’s a story we’ve seen before, but this trailer is exciting enough that seeing it again doesn’t sound so bad.

A Bag of Hammers: This SXSW-approved indie comedy follows two con men who pose as valets as they steal their way into audience’s hearts. The introduction of a kid promises to schmaltz up the joint and might lead to a saccharine ending, but any trailer that uses The Cure so well is alright by us.

Dark Shadows: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp take on the beloved 1960s and ‘70s daytime creepfest with their signature Goth-lite touch and a cast featuring Michelle Pfeiffer and, as always, Helena Bonham Carter. The trailer doesn’t sell exactly the vampire movie we want to see, but it’s the one they’ve got.

Where Do We Go Now: A subtitled foreign number about women who are attempting to keep their village safe from a religious war and the men who can’t seem to help but start one. This won’t take care of your car-chases-and-explosions needs, but if you’re feeling brainy it could be satisfying.

Dragon Eyes: When a town plagued by drugs and gangs gets a new citizen in the form of martial arts master Ryan Hong… well, you know what happens. The fight scenes promise to be sickening, the rest will be boilerplate.

Girl in Progress: A coming of age story about a kid obsessed with coming of age stories and her immature mom. Eva Mendes had better be making this movie to pay off some sort of debt, because she should know better.

Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, More in New Clips from ‘Dark Shadows’

Johnny Depp has been all over the movie news world for the past couple of weeks now, and his two upcoming, much-hyped starring roles in Dark Shadows and The Lone Ranger have a bit in common. They’re both film reboots of popular television programs the Baby Boomers watched as kids. They both involve Depp wearing dramatic makeup.

Instead of the gothic vampire soap opera of the 1960s, the 2012 Dark Shadows, which sports the usual triumvirate of Depp, director Tim Burton and fellow Burton muse Helena Bonham Carter, seems like a ghoulish comic romp served with a side of ’70s cheese. Depp assumes the iconic role of Barnabas Collins, the heartthrob-without-a-beating-heart who the late Jonathan Frid made popular in the original show; Bonham Carter plays Dr. Julia Hoffman, the Collins family’s live-in therapist called upon to deal with the family’s long-lost undead relative. Michelle Pfeiffer stars as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, with Jonny Lee Miller (Dexter) playing Elizabeth’s brother and Chloe Moretz (Hugo) playing her daughter.

Nine new clips from the upcoming Dark Shadows were released this week, including We’re introduced to Elizabeth and Julia, who have a Bechdel test-defying discussion over whatever they shall do with Barnabas, as well as the Collins children, most notably Carolyn (Moretz), who advises Barnabas to book Alice Cooper for a "happening" at the house. There’s also a really creepy scene in which Barnabas asks Carolyn about why she’s 15 and doesn’t have a husband yet, but we digress.

Dark Shadows hits theaters May 11th, but you can check out some of the new clips after the jump.

Lonely Librarian Helena Bonham Carter Lip Syncs Rufus in ‘Out of the Game’ Video

Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright’s seventh studio album, Out of the Game, is due in stores later this month. A collaboration with everyone’s favorite record-producing Ronson (that’s Mark, obviously), the record is a collection of groovy tracks inspired by ’70s glam-rock greats like David Bowie, Elton John, and Queen. Wainwright has released the video for the title track today, which features the usually glamorous Helena Bonham Carter in a fairly dour role.

Bonham Carter plays a bespectacled librarian (not particularly of the sexy variety) who seems fairly exhausted with her work and interactions with her patrons (all played by Wainwright, doubling as his own trip of back-up singers). It might be the best celebrity lip-syncing video since Elton John’s "I Want Love"! (It certainly was time for a new addition to the genre.)

Check out the video below: