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. 

‘The Lone Ranger’ Gets a ‘Blunderbuss’

Life out of stripes is looking good for indie rock mainstay Jack White. Not only did the long-haired rocker release his first solo effort, Blunderbuss, this week to impressive ratings, but the one-time member of The White Stripes also landed a pretty impressive side gig: Writing the music for Disney’s upcoming film The Lone Ranger.

"Jack’s an amazing songwriter with a unique style," Jerry Bruckheimer, who’s producing the 2013 vehicle, told Variety. "We’re thrilled to hear his fresh take on the William Tell Overture."

White also knows a thing or two about being in a weird, sexually ambiguous pair. While we can’t say for sure if anything is going on between The Lone Ranger (played by Armie Hammer) and Tonto (Johnny Depp), their relationship has always been suspect. Ditto for White and his former bandmate Meg White, who long claimed she was his sister but was eventually outed as his ex-wife, giving the Pitchfork set their closest ever brush with Jerry Springer-style drama.

It’s not White’s first time at the, uh, rodeo. He’s made music for a James Bond flick, 2008’s Quantum of Solace, and the 2007 movie Cold Mountain—two pieces that apparently made enough of an impression to hire the guy for his first full score.

“[Director] Gore [Verbinski] hatched the idea and Johnny was thrilled with it," Bruckheimer said. "We’re all very excited to have him on board."

Here’s a few other rockers who’ve given Hollywood their business.

Trent Reznor. The Nine Inch Nails frontman might have amassed an army of brooding teens in the 90s with his parent-baiting, industrial anthems, but now he collects awards—Reznor won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his score to The Social Network and was nominated for another Globe for his work on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Jonny Greenwood. Radiohead’s global popularity just wasn’t enough to keep guitarist and keyboard player Greenwood busy, so he struck out on his own, scoring films like 2007’s mustache extravaganza There Will Be Blood and last year’s Tilda Swinton school shooting stunner We Need To Talk About Kevin.

Karen O. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman has always made music that’s cinematic in scope—try walking down the street listening to Fever to Tell and not imagining yourself in a movie—but she branched out to actual celluloid in 2005 with a song for horror bomb House of Wax. Since then she’s worked on both Jackass 2 and Jackass 3D as well as I’m Not There and, most notably, did the entire score for Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are. 

How to Get on Forbes’ List of the Highest-Paid Men in Entertainment

Forbes released their list of the highest-paid men in entertainment, and in a shocking turn of events, Frank Stallone has assumed the top spot. We’re just kidding, of course, but the list only goes to ten and we assume he is number eleven. The rankings use estimated earnings between May 2010 and May 2011, and some of the entrants will surprise you.

Forbes lists can be infuriating reads in times of economic strife, but instead of enviously glaring at it, try to learn from the list. In the spirit of the getAbstract business books summarized in the SkyMall catalog, we present short tips on what you can glean from these mega-wealthy men of entertainment, and how to emulate them. See you on next year’s list!

Tiger Woods – $75 million ● Become the best golfer in the world. ● Sign various sponsorship deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars. ● Cheat on your wife and have lots of ambien-induced sex with porn stars. ● Become relatively bad at golf. ● Lose many of your sponsorships, but retain enough to stay on the Forbes list.

Howard Stern – $76 million ● Convince millions of people to listen to you every morning. ● Convince millions of people to pay to continue to listen to you every morning.

Leonardo DiCaprio – $77 million ● Learn how to speak with a Boston accent. ● Practice using it in The Departed. ● Use it again in Shutter Island. ● Don’t use it in Inception. ● Receive adulation and praise for your versatility.

Dr. Phil – $80 million ● Become friends with Oprah. ● That’s pretty much it.

James Patterson – $84 million ● Think of a story idea that a shut-in would describe as “thrilling.” ● Find a co-author or co-authors to help think of exciting adverbs. ● Remember to end chapters with your main character about to open a door.

Simon Cowell – $90 million ● Leave a lucrative singing contest on Fox. ● Start a new singing contest on Fox.

Elton John – $100 million ● Learn the piano. ● Get knighted. ● Buy an English-Swahili dictionary. ● Highlight “hakuna matata.” ● Have no worries.

Steven Spielberg – $107 million ● Produce Harry and the Hendersons. ● Just keep on milking that cash cow.

Jerry Bruckheimer – $113 million ● Open a map. ● Find different locations for CSI shows. ● Hire Justin Bieber to play a terrorist.

Tyler Perry – $130 million ● Dress in drag. ● Make vague allusions to the Bible. ● Become friends with Oprah.