On the surface, doing a movie version of a hit TV show seems like a blockbuster slam dunk. There’s already has a huge fanbase, who will likely come out in droves to see more adventures of their favorite characters. Stick a few A-listers in the lead roles, and you should be golden, right? Wrong. Very very wrong.
Will The Lone Ranger be the second coming of Pirates of the Caribbean when it hits theaters on Wednesday? Probably not. But we’re pretty sure it’s going to accomplish something else entirely: It’s where Johnny Depp is anointing co-star Armie Hammer as his protege in the rarefied category of actors who are as ridiculously hot as they are goofballs.
They don’t call ‘em “teaser trailers” for nothing. The first preview (other than what was shown at Comic-Con) of Disney’s The Lone Ranger premiered on The Tonight Show last night, and it’s already got all sorts of critics debating the movie’s merits and flaws, despite only running for 1:37 minutes. Some are debating whether Johnny Depp’s appropriation of the 1950s TV show’s stereotypical Indian speak is racist. Some seem relieved that despite the fact that the movie is a re-teaming of Depp and his Pirates/Rango director Gore Verbinski, it’s got a serious tone reminiscent of a Christopher Nolan film. Others are calling it “an episode of Hell on Wheels with an unusually large budget.”
But you want to know our chief complaint? There are so many sexy scenes of trains, the Wild West, horses, old-timey prostitutes and rich dudes, but only the briefest of glimpses at Armie Hammer (you know, the guy whose character is the name of the movie) in a mask or grimacing and not uttering a single word. What gives, guys?
Anyway, we still think it looks cool. And we’re holding out hope that we’ll see at least one shirtless Armie pic between now and June 2013.
Just when you think every actor under the age of 30 has tried out for the role of Finnick in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, you find out that you are totally and completely correct. Glee’s Grant Gustin is just the latest man-child to throw his name into the reaping ball, joining the likes of Garrett Hedlund, Hunter Parrish and whatever actor just popped into your head after Hunter Parrish. Oh yeah, he’ll do. “I have auditioned for the role,” he admitted in an interview with The Insider today. “I don’t think [the producers] know what they’re looking for just yet, but yes, I auditioned for the role.” Hmmm, an interesting aside. Were the casting directions literally scratching their heads and shrugging in the middle of auditions? Did giant cartoon question marks appear about their heads? From all the names that have been swirling recently, all signs point to…yes.
When not subtly and hilarious undermining Kurt’s relationship on Glee, Gustin stars in the upcoming Lifetime movie A Mother’s Fear, a film which also sounds like it could be about a dystopian teen battle royale. We’re intrigued by him as a choice, but other than Glee, he doesn’t have much on his IMDB to go by. Which begs the question…who do you want to see don the trident and fishnet underwear of Finnick Odair? Right, right, all of them, but in the movie. Who do you want to see put them on in the movie?
There’s been a whole lot of neutral and black going on this awards season, and that rather works to the advantage of the stars who chose the path less traveled and wore bold colors to the SAG Awards. They stand out all the more with their blues, pinks, greens and reds. From Emily Blunt’s bright green Oscar de la Renta to Jessica Chastain’s delicious blue Calvin Klein collection, the rainbow of gowns was all the more brilliant by the sun shining during the arrivals. Thank you, brave actors for making us sit up and take notice of you before you go off to congratulate yourselves for being brave actors.
We can forgive the dodgy looking shirt and the popped collar because this is one of the nicest celebrity mugshots we’ve ever seen! There is absolutely nothing sordid about this picture of Armie Hammer. Why would anyone put this sweet, smiling man into jail, right? Armie was arrested and jailed for one night in Sierra Blanca, Texas, for pot possession last November. He was busted with three medicinal pot cookies and one brownie by drug-sniffing dogs at a border patrol checkpoint. We’ve checked out some nazzty mugshots in our time, but this is the absolute opposite of everything we’ve seen. Plus, we know he’s not exactly a hardened criminal, so we have no qualms in appreciating his aesthetics.
Take a quick look at Lily Collins and Armie Hammer in the photos from Mirror, Mirror above. Now, what would be your wild guess about their age difference? Wait, let’s make it a little harder (and play along, literal-minded folks who have already checked IMDb): Armie plays an FBI agent in J.Edgar; Lily will play a 16-year-old girl in City of Bones. That made us feel a little icky when we saw the latest Mirror, Mirror featurette, in which Lily appears to lust after a bare-chested Armie.
The Social Network? More like The Stoner Network! Eh? The Stoned Ranger? Yeah, we’re happy with that one. TMZ reports that Mirror, Mirror actor Armie Hammer was arrested for pot possession back on November 30. The time delay suggests to us that Armie’s publicist has been hustling to keep this incident out of the news. Unfortunately, our hunger for embarrassing celebrity stories cannot be satisfied. Might we even say we have the “munchies” for humiliating celeb news? No? Alrighty then.
The Lone Rangerstar was reportedly found with three medicinal pot cookies and one brownie by drug-sniffing dogs at a border patrol checkpoint. The arrest was made in Sierra Blanca, Texas, the same town where Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson have been busted for the same giggle-inducing crime. As a result, Hammer spent a one single day in jail. Let’s just hope his fellow prisoners were big Reefer fans. Because Armie was on that CW show Reaper? We are trying so hard to please you.