Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Lone Ranger’ Gets a Brother; Iran Dissolves Indie Film Organization; Where Will Oscar Go?

Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Lone Ranger’ Gets a Brother; Iran Dissolves Indie Film Organization; Where Will Oscar Go?

Jan 12, 2012


The Pacific
Who Knew He Had a Brother?: Actor James Badge Dale is the “frontrunner” to be cast as the older brother of The Lone Ranger, who is to be played by Armie Hammer in Gore Verbinski’s upcoming big-budget Western. Dale was recently seen as Michael Fassbender’s sleazy boss in Shame (and previously in TV mini-series The Pacific, pictured above); we trust you remember that Johnny Depp will be playing Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s faithful companion. (Deadline)

Iran’s House of Cinema Shuttered: The Culture Ministry in Iran has closed the House of Cinema, the country’s only organization that supported independent film. Established 20 years ago, the organization has more than 5,000 members; the group has supported the opposition movement. (New York Times)

Where Will Oscar Go?: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences recently exercised its option to consider moving the annual Oscar ceremony some place other than Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre. Yesterday afternoon, a report claimed the Academy was talking to the folks at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles; later in the day, the Academy denied it. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Digital Comedy Heading to Big Screen: Digital company CollegeHumor, which has been focusing on small screens, i.e. websites and TV shows, is making a movie. Entitled Coffee Town, it’s based on a script by Brad Copeland (Arrested Development, Wild Hogs), who will direct; it revolves around “thirtysomething underachievers,” so we hope the comedy is really, really funny. (Los Angeles Times)

In the UK, Film as Art or Commerce?: British Prime Minster David Cameron recently urged that film funding be used to help UK producers “make commercially successful pictures,” a call to action that has stirred ire in the film world. Actor Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn), for example, says that kind of thinking will “end up diluting the quality of the product and mean we don't move forward culturally." (The Independent)

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