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The real problem with 'The Lone Ranger'? It was the critics, says Johnny Depp and Co.

The Lone Ranger didn’t live up to expectations this summer, and Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, director Gore Verbinski, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer all agreed about what went wrong: It was the critics’ fault.

Promoting the film this week in Great Britain, all four men concluded that American movie critics unfairly bashed the expensive Western, leading to a disastrous opening weekend that crippled the movie’s chances with audiences and led to its paltry $87 million take so far. “I think the reviews were written seven or eight months before we even released the film,” Depp told Yahoo! UK.

“They’ve been gunning for our movie since it was shut down the first time, and I think that’s probably when most of the critics wrote their initial reviews,” said Hammer. “They tried to do the same thing to World War Z; it didn’t work, the movie was successful. Instead they decided to slit the jugular of our movie.”
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'Citizen Kane' no longer tops 'Sight & Sound' poll of the greatest films ever made: What now ranks as No. 1?

We hope somewhere in movie-character heaven Charles Foster Kane still finds comfort in the memory of his childhood sled, because for the first time in 50 years Citizen Kane doesn’t top the Sight & Sound poll.

Every ten years since 1952, the London-based film magazine published by the British Film Institute conducts a sweeping survey of renowned critics and filmmakers to determine what many cinephiles consider to be the definitive list of the greatest movies ever made. The very first poll placed Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves at the No. 1 spot. Ever since 1962, however, Orson Welles’ dazzling fake biopic has taken top honors.

Until 2012, that is. This year Sight & Sound tapped 846 critics and 358 directors to submit individual Top 10 lists. When all the ballots were tallied and aggregated, the magazine’s editors discovered that both the critics and directors had said, “Rosebud, schmosebud.” The critics’ pick for the new No. 1 is… READ FULL STORY

Samuel L. Jackson angrily responds to critic who disliked 'The Avengers'

Geek culture has become so completely mainstream that even the term “geek culture” sounds like a relic from an earlier era — a time before the biggest movies of the year were all based on the things you loved when you were in fifth grade. That’s especially true today. A decade ago, the notion of a movie like The Avengers would have seemed ridiculous, if not dangerously unstable. The last time someone combined three different movie franchises into one mega-movie, the film was called Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster and Godzilla just made Rodan look irrelevant. (Rodan = The Hawkeye of mid-century Japanese monster movies.) The Avengers has earned plenty of glowing reviews. It is also going to earn a ludicrous amount of money. Everyone involved with The Avengers is going to make many, many more movies about the Avengers. All should be well.

But every silver lining has a cloud. Yesterday, Samuel L. Jackson — Marvel Studios mascot and highest-grossing actor in movie history — took to Twitter to complain about New York Times movie critic A.O. Scott’s review of Avengers. “#Avengers fans,NY Times critic AO Scott needs a new job! Let’s help him find one! One he can ACTUALLY do!” tweeted Jackson. READ FULL STORY

'Game Change' poll: Was the movie fair to Sarah Palin? -- VOTE

Back in 2008, actor and activist Matt Damon likened Sarah Palin’s transformation from Alaskan governor to vice-presidential candidate to “a bad Disney movie.” And while “President Hockey Mom: Don’t Puck With The Commander-in-Chief” hasn’t been made (yet), HBO did tell a portion of Palin’s meteoric and controversial rise to fame, both political and otherwise, with the adaptation of John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s shocking and detailed account of the 2008 presidential campaign, Game Change.

So how did the film, which premiered over the weekend, portray Palin? It likely depends on who you ask. Some will argue that Julianne Moore‘s performance and Danny Strong’s screenplay showed Palin as nothing more than an erratic, emotional, and downright ill-informed hockey mom thrust into a world of politics far beyond her grasp. Others will argue that Game Change actually went easy on Palin and showed her in a positive light as a determined wife and mother who simply took matters into her own hands.
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Cate Blanchett on plastic surgery: 'It doesn’t fill me with admiration, it fills me with pity.'

Cate Blanchett isn’t willing to meet in the middle when it comes to the topic of plastic surgery. The au naturel Oscar-winning actress, who is currently filming The Hobbit, was asked the inevitable plastic surgery question during an interview with Fashionista.com and gave an answer that would bring a smile to any woman’s face. (Well, any woman’s face that is still capable of smiling, anyway.)

“There’s been a decade or so of people doing intervention with their face and their body. Now that we’re emerging from that people are seeing that long term, it’s not so great,” the 42-year-old — who has been put on People‘s Most Beautiful People list — said, adding, “I’m not sitting on a soapbox telling women what they should and shouldn’t do, but I know what works for me. I’d just be too frightened about what it means long term. In the end if you have all that stuff done… in the end you just see the work. It doesn’t fill me with admiration, it fills me with pity.”
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Sacha Baron Cohen's red carpet stunt as 'The Dictator': Inspired or annoying? -- POLL

They can’t say they weren’t ready. In the days leading up to the Oscars ceremony, the Academy initially tried to put a stop to Sacha Baron Cohen from arriving on the red carpet in full General Aladeen regalia to promote his latest comedy The Dictator. But the controversial comic actor, who is no stranger to awards show stunts, prevailed (the leader of the Republic of Wadiya claimed “victory” late last week when Oscar producer Brian Grazer gave the go-ahead) and appeared on the red carpet of the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday.

But the big question the morning after the madness is, did you find yourself laughing or wincing at the whole thing? (Cohen, that is. Though that might be applicable for the telecast itself.) It’s safe to say that red carpet liaison Ryan Seacrest was none too amused by the antics of Cohen’s latest troublemaker General Aladeen, particularly when he dumped the “ashes” of late dictator Kim Jong-il all over his tux. Watch it again to be the judge, and because there’s no way you weren’t going to watch it again: READ FULL STORY

Bill O'Reilly defends Ellen DeGeneres in One Million Moms, J.C. Penney controversy

In a surprising move for the conventional Fox News pundit, Bill O’Reilly came to the rescue of Ellen DeGeneres, who is currently facing heat from conservative groups over her recent partnership with J.C. Penney.

On a segment on last night’s The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly took issue with One Million Moms, the group organizing a boycott against the retailer in an effort to force DeGeneres to step down as spokeswoman. Fox News contributor and One Million Moms supporter Sandy Rios explained, “It isn’t about Ellen DeGeneres, but it’s about mainstreaming something that is not acceptable to Christian and traditional family people.” READ FULL STORY

Karl Lagerfeld calls Adele 'too fat,' settles for Lana Del Rey instead

In an interview with Metro US, fashion mogul Karl Lagerfeld, the outspoken creative director for Chanel, shared his brutally honest thoughts about pop singer Adele and her figure.

“I prefer Adele and Florence Welch,” he told the newspaper. “But as a modern singer [Lana Del Rey] is not bad. The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice. Lana Del Rey is not bad at all. She looks very much like a modern-time singer. In her photos she is beautiful. Is she a construct with all her implants? She’s not alone with implants.”

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Karl Rove says he was 'offended' by Clint Eastwood's Chrysler Super Bowl commercial

Update: Clint Eastwood responds to Rove’s comments (below).

Let’s all be grateful that the new M&M and that slingshot Doritos baby had no possible political motives, because if they had, Karl Rove might have had something to say about it. During a segment with Fox News, the network’s current contributor and the former Deputy Chief of Staff said he was “offended” by Chrysler’s “Halftime in America” commercial which featured a pro-Detroit revival sentiment and a gravelly, rousing Clint Eastwood telling viewers, “This country can’t be knocked out with one punch, we get right back up again.” (Come on Rove, you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.)
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Channing Tatum hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

Things are going to be looking a little bit different around Saturday Night Live tonight. Not only will the ubiquitous Channing Tatum be on hand to host the show for his first time (musical guest Bon Iver will make his Studio 8H debut as well), but the SNL cast will be short one member tonight. And the rest of the season, for that matter, as we reported on Tuesday that featured player Paul Brittain has exited the cast for good to “to pursue other projects.”
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