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Journey to those thrilling days of yesteryear... THE LONE RANGER set with a wonderfully silly news team commentary...

Hey folks, Harry here...   The local Albuquerque news team's EYE IN THE SKY - recently discovered out in the New Mexico desert, that Hollywood was building a town - and they've surmised that the town, that I'll just call "Rock Ridge" - just because that's what I automatically assume all facade western towns in the middle of nowhere to be...   But the News Team believes the town to be of some use in the film THE LONE RANGER.   I can't wait to read talk back's commentary upon this news team commentary.   It's actually why I'm posting the story.   Here ya go...  Have fun...  Thanks to Bobovision for the heads up!

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  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:01 a.m. CST


    by ichoselife

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:02 a.m. CST


    by kingralphuk

    NobOdy cares for this film

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:05 a.m. CST

    if done right...

    by darthadv

    this could be a fun film to see... but in this day and age of big sci-fi action adventures, can they find a way to wow audiences with a kid-friendly western?

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:12 a.m. CST


    by RRL

    Those newscasters- I don't know, it's like a scene from some satirical movie about the vacuous pop-future... I was waiting for them to go into a story about the week's top "mini-tunes" and then maybe an ad for "Shimmer- a desert wax AND a floor polish"! Surreal.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:13 a.m. CST

    And yes, those people are getting paid.

    by RRL

    And paid way more than you would assume.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:24 a.m. CST

    I want to hear a Zimmerized William Tall Overture!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Seriously, it better happen!

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Big fan of Verbinski, but..

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    ...honestly I really wish this were a straight-up ernest take on the mythology instead of a tongue-in-cheek revisionist comedy. Johnny Depp as Tonto, the brains behind the opporation, and John Francis Reid (The Lone Ranger) as a bumbling incompetent? - Really?

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:29 a.m. CST

    So it is Pirates of the Caribbean set in the Wild West?

    by KilliK

    i love Hollywood's originality.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Pretty sure that was oak, teak and mahogany.

    by Fred

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:32 a.m. CST

    I doubt this can equal Richard Donner & Mel Gibson's take on "Maverick".

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    That was a really great western/comedy take on an established property! Executed pitch perfectly! "Little Big Man" accomplished this genre fusion extremely well also. Never had much use for "Blazing Saddles". I'd rather watch "Shanghai Noon" to be honest. But anyway, not in love with the idea of turning "The Lone Ranger" on its head like Depp & Verbinsky are planning, but we'll see.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:44 a.m. CST

    So the top guys took a $50 million pay cut..

    by BenBraddock

    ... and the movie is still costing $200 million. And that newscaster didn't even bat an eyelid!

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Seriously? A comedy?

    by Fremen

    Oxymorons aside, why the hell would they turn an iconic American classic Western series into a comedy starring a barely-any-Indian-blood actor? The hubris of some of these actors is appalling.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:52 a.m. CST

    I personally liked the news story

    by Jonathhan Kana

    it was extremely hokey and the younger newscaster was legitimately stoked for the whole thing. I kinda felt like I was back in the 80s for a minute. it just felt rather...innocent. I kinda hate that I can even commentate on it from the outside in like that now, I cant even revel in the awesomeness of it all like that young newscaster, all I can do is nod my head wistfully, as I am happy for his energetic approach to the thrill of move making magic. they just need him saying "that lone ranger city came on like gang busters!" to make my life complete

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Geez Harry lighten up

    by slder78

    They sounded like they were told by the director to vamp and when you go off the teleprompter who the hell knows what'll come out of your mouth off the cuff. Like I don't know that Evil Dead post you put up earlier about who was playing Mia, Jane something or other...Y'know going through an entire post without ever giving her last name as if her name was Cher or Madonna or Jane from Tarzan. You want to see some screwed up news teams, go watch any L.A. station. That'll make your eyes and ears bleed.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 2:30 a.m. CST

    RIP Bill Hinzman.

    by SebastianHaff

    All hail the cemetery zombie! You will be missed, sir.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 2:47 a.m. CST

    I guess I'm just numb to it.

    by gotilk

    That *news* team isn't anywhere near as bad as some I've seen here locally in California. But you know what DOES bug me? (I know, you're just dying to know) I HATE HATE HATE those flipped flatscreens made to look like giant smartphones. *That'll get the kids to tune in!* Umm, no. It just looks like you're trying too hard.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Why Hollywood, why ?

    by Keith Maniac

    The Lone Ranger, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers etc, all beloved popular characters from a long time ago, camp, colourful, simplistic, innocent, all of them. Just like any other good pop culture, a reflection of their time. Generations to come will re-visit these tv shows, comic strips, books and enjoy them, with the understanding that their character and structure were formed during an earlier, different zeitgeist. Considering this, can Hollywood in their innocent, unknowing, wide eyed, ham-fisted lunge for cash exhume these at rest properties and make them dance to a 21st century beat ? NOT A FUCKING CHANCE That wont stop them ensuring that the footnote to these characters will be an almost unrecogisable, distorted after thought which will open and close over one week in another dreary summer of re-re-re- heated meals, smothered in sickly cgi sauce.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 4:11 a.m. CST

    The biggest hit of summer 2013 -

    by john

    The Lone Ranger! Not a chance.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 5:09 a.m. CST

    I saw nothing unusual about that newscast

    by Eyegore

    Perfectly normal behavior for newscasters. So, Harry, is this your idea of a 'when you see it, you'll shit brix', and you're laughing because there's nothing to see and you're just trolling us?

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Next we well see J. Depp as Cheta in TARZAN.

    by IwatchMovies

    There is such good material for movies out there. Please God fail, fail, fail, fail .......

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 6:15 a.m. CST

    There was nothing unusual about the newscast.

    by beastie

    Maybe they messed up something about the Lone Ranger lore and the geeks jump all over it like newscasters had missed something that was common knowledge. Just a regular local newscast like ones out of any market from L.A. to Miami to New York.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Ben Gazzara dead. Sad face.

    by Tristan

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Now I can log into AICN w/ Fbook or Twitter?!

    by Motfilms

    Spare me, assknockers. Also, Longer Ranger will be shit.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 7:39 a.m. CST


    by SminkyPinky

    I disagree - it's a Johnny Depp movie from the people who brought you Pirates of the yadda yadda yadda... Also, to hell with always going for the built in audience. As little of a risk as this film is, they need to be taking more risks. No risks = no Star Wars, no Blade Runner, in fact shitloads of revered films would not exist if they always went for the built in audience.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Superman's revenge.

    by UltimaRex

    Calling it now.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Oh, and on that subject...

    by UltimaRex

    Armie Hammer for JLA's Superman. Yes they are recasting for JLA.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Armie Hammer for JLA's Superman.

    by UltimaRex

    In case WB only reads the subject line.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 8:23 a.m. CST

    marineboy - Bambi II already been made!

    by theBigE

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST


    by Marillion

    Those people get paid a lot LESS than you'd imagine... I used to be in the media here in Albuquerque and had to get out because it paid so little.. Unless you're the veteran anchor who has been here for years and heads up the main newscasts, you're lucky to break 30 or 35k a year. This movie set is about 10 miles from my house.. I will have to take the dogs for a run over there and check it out.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    I'm an older dude

    by RG

    But I always thought that the Lone Ranger was pretty lame...

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    X-Files Movie

    by amrcanpoet

    I remember when reports blew up all around LA about mysterious bio-domes appearing overnight in the Bakersfield desert. It was later confirmed as set pieces for X-Files: Fight the Future. Love this kind of stuff. A nice reminder that not everything is made with CGI or against a blue screen these days.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    At least this ranger speaks english...

    by Mark Perry

    Remember the Lone Ranger movie from the '80's with Clinton Spilsbury as the ranger? He couldn't speak a lick of english, so they got Mike Hammer (Stacey Keach) to dub his voice. Movie was pretty forgettable... Toys were cool though, the ranger could quick draw and fit the horse pretty well. He always kicked the shit out of my Ponch action figure.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    And the point of posting this story is..........

    by batman74

    I'll echo what others have said. This is a local newscast. I see nothing different here from other local newscasts all over the country. Harry, if you want to see something cringe worthy try watching a local news team gush and enthuse over an annual Butter Bean festival. That's right, a 2 day event for Butter Beans that happens every year. Funny stuff.

  • You don't say.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Newscasters or

    by MrDexter

    The Book of Mormon cast? You make the call.

  • It will put the Sweethaven set from Popeye to shame

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Dont let Janet Reno see that! she'll burn it down with ATF tanks.

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    with kids inside.