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Comic Review: The Lone Ranger #25
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The Lone Ranger #25
Written by Ande Parks
Art by Esteve Polls
Colors by Marc Rueda
Letters by Simon Bowland
Covers by Francesco Francavilla
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: June 18, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99

The Lone Ranger #25 is, sadly, the last issue of this fantastic series. But, boy, does it go out with a bang!!!

Writer Ande Parks once again delivers a great, new, yet classic Lone Ranger story. It’s got all the hallmarks of the classic western hero. Throughout his run, he’s made this comic more than just a comic book. He’s brought life and REAL feelings to the readers of this title. He’s brought inspiration through this book. And, he’s showed us all that there is a hero in every single one of us, as long as we stand strong and do the right thing. In short, he’s turned The Lone Ranger into more than a great western comic; he’s given us a role model. A man that we can all aspire to be.

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Comic Review: The Lone Ranger #24
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The Lone Ranger #24 cover by Francesco Francavilla

The Lone Ranger #24
Written by Ande Parks
Art by Esteve Polls
Colors by Marc Rueda
Letters by Simon Bowland
Covers by Francesco Francavilla
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: May 7, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99

The Lone Ranger #24 proves why this comic book series is the BEST western book out there, bar none. If you’re interested in the character of the Lone Ranger or have a fondness for the western genre at all, you need to pick this book up.

Twenty-four issues in and Ande Parks proves that he’s still got it. In fact, he’s always had it, and never lost it. This issue is almost like Die Hard on a train, except better (sorry Under Siege 2). It’s filled with action and suspense and there’s a mystery going on that is partly revealed, and most of all, it’s what a Lone Ranger comic should be.

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Disney In Depth: Analyzing Disney At The Oscars 2014
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What an odd and oddly-wonderful Oscars. As the 86th Academy Awards winds down, we reflect on the shocking wins, disappointing losses, and memorably unusual moments. But here we focus on the Disney elements, whether prominent or more subtle, that persisted throughout the show.

Frozen thawed the cooler hearts of some voters, scoring it two wins. And the other Disney nominees? Not so lucky. Yet the influence of the Mouse could be felt throughout the theatre. Let’s analyze Disney at the Oscars 2014.

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2014 Razzie Nominations Announced; ‘The Lone Ranger,’ ‘A Medea Christmas’, ‘Grown Ups 2’ Get Nods
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As is tradition, the 2014 Razzie nominations were announced today just ahead of the Oscar nominations, which will be announced tomorrow. The 34th annual celebration of the year’s worst movies, directors, actors, and actresses highlights some of great missteps Hollywood has taken this past year, and boy are there some big ones.

The list includes oft-repeating nominees for the annual spectacle, including Adam Sandler, Tyler Perry, Lindsay Lohan, and Sylvester Stallone, who has received his 31st acting nomination for a trio of performances this year. Worst films of the year include Disney’s box office bomb The Lone Ranger, Grown Ups 2, and A Medea Christmas.

You can check out all the nominees and their respective categories here below.

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Disney In Depth: Analyzing Disney’s 2013 Box Office Records
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The Walt Disney Studios has once again impressed Hollywood with the news that it has topped the $4 billion mark (worldwide) for the first time ever. 2013 saw the releases of numerous tentpole pictures under the Disney brand, including films from Marvel and Pixar. But is this strategy, which appears almost go-big-or-go-home at times, positive?

The numbers tell a story, but so do the quality of the pictures. In many ways Disney beat other studios that suffered from major financial failures (most notably, Sony, which saw disappointing figures for many of its summer releases). But even with one box office bomb (sorry, The Lone Ranger), Disney made major strides. Let us explore what worked, and what could be improved in the future.

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Disney In Depth: Revisiting Jerry Bruckheimer’s Disney Film Library
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22 years and 27 films later, The Walt Disney Company will end its partnership with Jerry Bruckheimer, long renowned as one of Hollywood’s most prolific, profitable, and esteemed producers. This announcement comes in light of some massive financial failures for Bruckheimer and Disney – most regrettably The Lone Ranger’s disappointing box office figures – and the integration of Marvel and Lucasfilm into the Studio’s lineup.

But though this partnership may conclude in 2014 – essentially finishing a few years down the line with the release of the recently delayed fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film and potentially another National Treasure entry – we cannot overlook the numerous successes they shared, too. Let us review the Disney/Bruckheimer movie timeline. Buckle your seat belts, watch out for car chases and explosions at every turn, and take a ride on the roller coaster that Bruckheimer and Disney built.

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Comic Review: The Lone Ranger #16
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The Lone Ranger #16The Lone Ranger #16
Written by Ande Parks
Art by Esteve Polls
Colors by Marcello Pinto
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Francesco Francavilla
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: July 10, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

The Lone Ranger #16 is yet another shining example of how to make a great comic book. Honestly, I’m really tired of this book not getting the recognition that it deserves.

In this issue, writer Ande Parks takes us back to those thrilling days of yesteryear. The Ranger and Tonto have to travel to Chicago to track down the villain of the arc. It’s got some great fish out of water elements, and tastefully deals with the racism against Native Americans at that time in this country’s past. The book is also sprinkled with humor, as The Ranger learns that walking around in a big city wearing a leather mask doesn’t quite go so well. The villain of this story arc is particularly entertaining. He’s more than the stereotypical western bad guy. Hat’s off to Ande for turning the western genre on it’s ear and coming up with some truly unique characters.

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Disney In Depth: Why ‘The Lone Ranger’ Is Not A Train Wreck
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Saddle up! The Lone Ranger is not the train wreck you have expected. What a ringing endorsement, right? Surprisingly enough I went into this bombastic action-adventure with high hopes, despite knowing how critics tore apart Johnny Depp’s latest vehicle, and I was not disappointed. I am against the general consensus. I guess I could be considered “The Lone Positive Reviewer,” or at least one of the few.

Here are some factors that make Ranger ride into my heart, even if most felt it jumped over a cliff to its doom. Check out my video analysis below and my written thoughts after the jump.

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Movie Review: The Lone Ranger
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The Lone Ranger PosterThe Lone Ranger
Director: Gore Verbinski
Screenwriter(s): Justin Haythe, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper
Walt Disney Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 149 Minutes
Release Date: June 28, 2013

Directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), The Lone Ranger stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as a masked man of the law who, with Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp), fights greed and corruption in the American Old West.

Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, and based on the 1930s radio serial, Verbinski’s adaptation of The Lone Ranger marks the first theatrical film featuring the character in over 30 years. Written by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road) and Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, the duo behind the Pirates of the Caribbean series, The Lone Ranger is a big-budget ($250 million) western that serves as an origin story to one of America’s classic pop culture icons.

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Watch ‘Thank You, Mask Man,’ Lenny Bruce’s Classic Deconstruction Of The Lone Ranger
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Thank You Mask Man

Lenny Bruce, one of the greatest forward-thinking comedians who ever lived, once paid his own special kind of tribute to George W. Trendle and Fran Striker‘s classic western of radio, television, and the big screen – The Lone Ranger – with a brilliant monologue about why the Ranger never sticks around to be thanked by those he rescues, and why those individuals are better off not knowing.

Two years after Bruce died at the young age of 40, an animated short film was produced based on his deconstruction of the Lone Ranger.

You can watch Thank You, Mask Man here below.

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