Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Goon’ Poster Offends Canada; ‘Lone Ranger’ Gets a New Villain; ‘Beasts’ in the Summer

Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Goon’ Poster Offends Canada; ‘Lone Ranger’ Gets a New Villain; ‘Beasts’ in the Summer

Feb 23, 2012

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Lewd Poster, "Uptight" People Don’t Mix: Posters for hockey comedy Goon, showing actor Jay Baruchel “making a sexually suggestive gesture with his tongue and fingers” were torn down from city bus shelters in Toronto, hours before the film’s premiere. Outside advertising firm Astral Media is responsible for the action, but has yet to comment. Reports differ on the number of complaints received. On the red carpet, Baruchel said: “It must be exhausting to be that uptight.” The film opens in the U.S. on March 30. [Toronto Star]

New Lone Villain: Dwight Yoakam dropped out of the villain role in Gore Verbinski’s upcoming The Lone Ranger last Friday, and has been promptly replaced by William Fichtner (TV’s Invasion and Prison Break). A superb and versatile actor, Fichtner is a great pick to go against Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as Tonto. [Deadline]

Beasts in the Summer: The biggest buzz title that emerged from Sundance this year was undoubtedly Beasts of the Southern Wild, relating the tale of a young girl and her father; our own Erik Davis says it is “independent cinema in its purist form, and if you let it consume you, the film may even change your life.” Happily, we won’t have to wait long to see it for ourselves; Fox Searchlight acquired the film for distribution and has now set a release date of June 29. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Tap Your Heels Three Times: Thanks to Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio, a pair of the ruby slippers made famous in The Wizard of Oz have a new home. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences purchased a pair, one of four known to have been used in the movie, for a museum it plans to open in Los Angeles. Spielberg, DiCaprio, and others made donations to cover the cost. [Los Angeles Times]

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