Although best-known as TV's "The Lone Ranger", Clayton Moore also appeared in dozens of Westerns and serials in the 1940s and 50s. The dark, handsome Chicagoan worked as a model and circus aerialist b...
A costume Clayton Moore wore as the title character in classic TV series The Lone Ranger has sold at auction for $195,000 (£113,901). The ensemble donned by the masked former Texas Ranger in the popular U.S. series went under the hammer on Saturday (12Jul14), through Waco, Texas-based auction house A & S Auction Co.
An undisclosed buyer purchased the outfit, which included matching light blue shirt and pants, a red kerchief, Stetson hat, cowboy boots and a belt holster which holds two custom-made Colt pistols.
Organisers at the auction house originally set the price at $150,000 (£87,611), but the TV artifact eventually sold for $45,000 (£26,283) more than the estimate.
The Lone Ranger character debuted in a radio show in 1933, spawning a series of books, comic books, movies, and the TV series starring Moore, which ran from 1949 to 1957.
A mask worn by actor Clayton Moore when he played the Lone Ranger onscreen is to go up for auction. The eye covering was worn by the Wild West hero character during the TV show's heyday in the 1950s and was kept by the actor until his death in 1999.
Moore played the show's hero from its inception in 1949 until 1951, when he left over a pay dispute. He returned to the role in 1954 and remained until the programme ended in 1957.
The iconic piece of memorabilia is expected to fetch $60,000 (£40,000) when it is sold by Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles on 10 November (13).
Proof of Marilyn Monroe's cosmetic surgery procedures and details of a 1957 ectopic pregnancy are to go under the hammer as part of a macabre auction lot in California. The tragic screen icon's X-rays, medical records and doctors' notes, are to be sold at Julien's Auctions Icons and Idols event next month (9-10Nov13).
Highlights of the odd lot include Monroe's skull X-ray and notes from the office of Dr. Michael Gurdin, M.D. from 1958, which are expected to fetch between $15,000 (£10,000) and $30,000 (£20,000).
The patient was listed as Marilyn Miller, to protect her identity, and the doctor noted that her chief complaint was "chin deformity".
The records offer a fascinating medical history that begins in 1950 and ends in 1962, just months before the star's death.
Listed are a 1956 bout of Neutropenia in England; an ectopic pregnancy in New York and a 1950 cartilage implant in the chin that the doctor observed had slowly begun to dissolve.
A spokesman for the auction house tells WENN, "Those with knowledge of the implant procedure have explained that this was done in association with a tip rhinoplasty, a procedure involving the tip of Marilyn Monroe's nose only."
The last entry of the medical files is fascinating - dated June 7, 1962, it reports a fall at between 2am and 3am resulting in swelling and tenderness of the nose.
Monroe was brought to Dr. Gurdin by her psychoanalyst Dr. Ralph Greenson. Her alias at the time was Miss Joan Newman.
Included in the file are "six X-rays including frontal facial bones X-rays, a smaller X-ray that is a composite of the right and left sides of her nasal bones and four small dental X-rays into the roof of Monroe's mouth, looking upwards toward her nasal bones".
Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home on 5 August, 1962.
The Julien's Auctions Icons and Idols event will also feature William Shatner's signed shirt and boots from the Star Trek series, a mask worn by Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger, a Katherine Walker-designed dress owned by the late Diana, Princess of Wales, a tracksuit James Gandolfini wore on The Sopranos, and the wedding gown Julie Andrews wore in The Sound Of Music, which is valued at an estimated $30,000 (£20,000) to $50,000 (£33,330).
So after Disney invested nearly $250 million — and a whole lot of franchise hopes — into it, The Lone Ranger is likely going to be just that: a one-off, underperforming misfire instead of the springboard for an enduring movie series. There are a lot of reasons why the Johnny Depp-Armie Hammer actioner fizzled. Did the much-coveted teen male demographic have any built-in interest in a property that's best known as a TV series that debuted in 1949? Probably not. But oddly enough, if director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer had followed the template set by that TV series, starring Clayton Moore as the masked avenger and Jay Silverheels as his Native American companion Tonto, they might have made a more successful movie. Here are six reasons why the 64-year-old TV series is better than the new film.
1. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Really Are Equals
People think that Silverheels' Tonto is just a sidekick in the original series. But from the very beginning he was the Lone Ranger's true partner. They were equally competent and enhanced each other's strengths, offering up an ideal of Anglo-Native American cooperation and harmony that obviously never happened but is a utopian vision worth striving for — especially considering the tendency of many other Westerns of the time to glorify the genocide of the Native Americans. But for that vision to ring true, the Lone Ranger can't be a bland doofus, the way he is in Verbinski's film. He can't be dragged through horse manure. The mere fact that Depp is credited above the title, before Hammer, shows that the Lone Ranger isn't even as important as Tonto in this take on the characters.
2. The Pilot Gets Right Into the Drama
Verbinski's film offers up a framing device in which the story of the Lone Ranger is being retold by an ancient Tonto in 1933. But the pilot episode of the original series, "Enter the Lone Ranger," gets right into the drama. Six Texas Rangers are led into a canyon where they're massacred by Butch Cavendish's gang — within the first five minutes of the plot.
3. It Doesn't Linger Over Personal Revenge
One man, John Reid, survives and crawls away to safety before being rescued by Tonto, just as Reid had saved Tonto many years ago. We learn later that his brother was one of the Rangers gunned down alongside him, but the "This Time...It's Personal" dynamic of Reid's journey toward becoming the Lone Ranger in the movie, doesn't exist in the show. Cavendish is evil, but not the kind of guy who actually eats the heart of Reid's brother. The idea of fighting for justice, to bring order out of chaos, was satisfying enough.
4. ...But It Doesn't Skimp on the Brutality
When the posse of Texas Rangers are gunned down in the pilot episode, Cavendish's men inspect each one, kicking over their cold corpses with their boots then leaving them out in the sun without any proper burial. Cavendish even shoots Collins, the man who helped lead the Rangers into the trap, in the back, to get rid of him as a witness. This is the archetypal template for much of today's superheroes: a tragedy-scarred survivor haunted by his past fights for a world in which such chaos isn't possible. But in the movie, the brutality against the Rangers isn't as ruthlessly mechanical, it's cartoonishly over the top (again, the eating of the heart). And when the cavalry are massacring the Comanches, senseless slaughter is glossed over by the Lone Ranger and Tonto's gallivanting around. The violence is more extreme, yet somehow less consequential.
5. There Isn't a Supernatural Element
In the movie, Reid is actually brought back from the dead by a "spirit walker," according to Tonto, meaning that he can't be killed in battle. But in the TV show, he's really just nursed back to health. He didn't need to have supernatural ability or blessing to be formidable, only his convictions.
6. The Lone Ranger Was Vulnerable
Fran Striker, who created the Lone Ranger for radio in 1933, decreed that his adventures always had to be realistic. The Ranger couldn't win against impossible odds or flee a hail of bullets by riding toward the horizon. That mantra applied to the TV show as well, meaning that the Ranger never found himself in the kind of over-the-top set pieces that are in the movie. It was attainable heroism. He could bleed, he could nearly be killed, but you believed you could be him. That's not a fantasy Verbinski's film offers its audience.
For a taste of what this great Western mythos was originally like, check out the pilot episode of The Lone Ranger TV series from Sept. 15, 1949 below.
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Many an actor has donned the black mask, cowboy hat, and mostly-for-show spurs to become the iconic Western hero, the Lone Ranger. Historically, men like Clayton Moore, Lee Powell, and Chad Michael Murray (seriously) have embodied the character in various media — and now, the world is getting a glimpse at how well Armie Hammer will handle the role.
The star of Disney's new cinematic adaptation of The Lone Ranger has released a new teaser trailer, courtesy of Apple. The video boasts a vivid Old West — complete with breathtaking desert horizons, devilish trains, and macabre nightclub entertainment — as delivered by tested visioneer Gore Verbinski, and plants its quiet heroes, the mysterious Mr. Reid himself (Hammer) and his ever present sidekick, Tonto (Johnny Depp, who looks raring and ready to steal the show in this picture).
Also seen are encouraging players Helena Bonham Carter (as the appropriately draped Red), and Tom Wilkinson (as the big bad wolf at the center of the villainy). Check out the trailer and a slew of new pics from the movie below.
The Lone Ranger comes out July 3, 2013.
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While recent animated blockbusters have aimed to viewers of all ages starting with fantastical concepts and breathtaking visuals but tackling complex emotional issues along the way Ice Age: Continental Drift is crafted especially for the wee ones — and it works. Venturing back to prehistoric times once again the fourth Ice Age film paints broad strokes on the theme of familial relationships throwing in plenty of physical comedy along the way. The movie isn't that far off from one of the many Land Before Time direct-to-video sequels: not particularly innovative or necessary but harmless thrilling fun for anyone with a sense of humor. Unless they have a particular distaste for wooly mammoths the kids will love it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift continues to snowball its cartoon roster bringing back the original film's trio (Ray Romano as Manny the Mammoth Denis Leary as Diego the Sabertooth Tiger and John Leguizamo as Sid the Sloth) new faces acquired over the course of the franchise (Queen Latifah as Manny's wife Ellie) and a handful of new characters to spice things up everyone from Nicki Minaj as Manny's daughter Steffie to Wanda Sykes as Sid's wily grandma. The whole gang is living a pleasant existence as a herd with Manny's biggest problem being playing overbearing dad to the rebellious daughter. Teen mammoths they always want to go out and play by the waterfall! Whippersnappers.
The main thrust of the film comes when Scratch the Rat (whose silent comedy routines in the vein of Tex Avery/WB cartoons continue to be the series highlight) accidentally cracks the singular continent Pangea into the world we know today. Manny Diego and Sid find themselves stranded on an iceberg once again forced on a road trip journey of survival. The rest of the herd embarks to meet them giving Steffie time to realize the true meaning of friendship with help from her mole pal Louis (Josh Gad).
The ham-handed lessons may drag for those who've passed Kindergarten but Ice Age: Continental Drift is a lot of fun when the main gang crosses paths with a group of villainous pirates. (Back then monkeys rabbits and seals were hitting the high seas together pillaging via boat-shaped icebergs. Obviously.) Quickly Ice Age becomes an old school pirate adventure complete with maritime navigation buried treasure and sword fights. Gut (Peter Dinklage) an evil ape with a deadly... fingernail leads the evil-doers who pose an entertaining threat for the familiar bunch. Jennifer Lopez pops by as Gut's second-in-command Shira the White Tiger and the film's two cats have a chase scene that should rouse even the most apathetic adults. Hearing Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) belt out a pirate shanty may be worth the price of admission alone.
With solid action (that doesn't need the 3D addition) cartoony animation and gags out the wazoo Ice Age: Continental Drift is entertainment to enjoy with the whole family. Revelatory? Not quite. Until we get a feature length silent film of Scratch's acorn pursuit we may never see a "classic" Ice Age film but Continental Drift keeps it together long enough to tell a simple story with delightful flare that should hold attention spans of any length. Massive amounts of sugar not even required.
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Hart battled dementia in his latter years and passed away at his home in Rosarito Beach, Mexico on Sunday (20Sep09), according to the Los Angeles Times.
A California native, Hart launched his Hollywood career in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1938 film The Buccaneer.
After serving in the U.S. Army, he landed the title role in the 1947 TV series Jack Armstrong: The All-American Boy and took over from Moore as The Lone Ranger for 52 episodes of the popular family show.
He was the perfect choice for the role - because he worked as a cowboy as a teenager, and had joined the cast of the show to work with a nervous Silver, the Lone Ranger's horse.
Hart gave up the role of The Lone Ranger when Moore returned to the show, but he played the masked hero again in a 1981 episode of The Greatest American Hero and in a 1982 episode of Happy Days.
He also starred in Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans, alongside horror movie icon Lon Chaney Jr.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Claire is an attractive CIA operative and Ray is an M16 agent who simultaneously leave their Governmental spy activities in the dust to try and profit from a battle between two rival multi-national corporations both trying to launch a new product that will transform the world and make billions. Their goal is to secure the top-secret formula and get a patent before they are outsmarted. While their respective egomaniacal CEOs engage in an unending battle of wills and one-upmanship Claire and Ray start out conning and playing one another in a clever game of industrial espionage that is even more complicated due to their own long-term romantic relationship.
WHO’S IN IT?
Reuniting Closer co-stars Julia Roberts (as Claire) and Clive Owen (as Ray) turns out to be an inspired idea. They turn out to be the perfect pair oozing movie-star charm and electricity in this elaborate con-game that might have been the kind of thing Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant might have made in the '60s (in fact they did in Charade). Roberts with that infamous hairstyle back the way we like it and Owen looking great in sunglasses prove they have what it takes to navigate us through this ultra-complex plot in which no one is sure who they can trust at any given moment. They play it all in high style and the wit just flows as the story skirts back and forth during the period of five years. The supporting cast is well-chosen with juicy roles for Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti (out of their John Adams duds) as the two CEOs going for each other’s throats. Giamatti who sometimes has a tendency to overdo it is especially slimy here and great fun to watch.
Big-star studio movies today rarely take risks and often talk down to the audience but in Duplicity writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) has crafted a complicated con-comedy that requires complete attention at all times just to keep up with the dense plot’s twists and turns. It’s the cinematic equivalent of a New York Times crossword puzzle and Gilroy and his top-drawer production team deliver a glossy beautiful-looking film that’s easy on the eyes hitting locations from Dubai to Rome to New York City.
Like any good puzzle it sometimes can be frustrating putting it all together and Gilroy’s habit of taking us back in time and then inching forward gets a little confusing even with the on-screen chyron pointing out where we are at any given moment. Stick with it though and you will be well-rewarded.
A scene near the end where the formula must be found scanned and faxed in a matter of minutes is sweat-inducing edge-of-your-seat moviemaking and it provides the ultimate opportunity for Roberts and Owen to take the “con” to the next level. Another where Roberts uses a thong to try and trick Owen into admitting an affair he never had is also priceless and gets right to the heart of the game-playing.
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Never. Stock up during the coming attractions. If you miss a moment of this entertaining romp you might never figure it all out.
Acclaimed Coen brothers movie No Country for Old Men picked up another top film prize in Hollywood on Saturday when it claimed gold at the Producers Guild of America gala.
The Oscar-nominated film, starring Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones, beat fellow Academy Award hopefuls There Will Be Blood, Juno and Michael Clayton to win the award.
Ethan and Joel Coen were on hand to collect the prestigious Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year award.
The film is a frontrunner to claim gold at the Oscars on Feb. 24 after picking up the Directors Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild best-film prizes, among a string of honors.
Meanwhile, another Oscar favorite, Ratatouille, was named Best Animated Film, and TV honors went to the producers of 30 Rock, The Sopranos and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.
Michael Moore’s Sicko claimed the Best Documentary honor.
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Hollywood's striking writers have halted their picketing to announce the nominees for their annual awards show.
Despite conducting a two-month strike that has threatened other award shows and prompted the cancellation of Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony, the Writers Guild of America plans to press on with its own prize-giving on Feb. 9.
Nominees announced on Friday included Juno's Diablo Cody, Tony Gilroy for Michael Clayton and Tamara Jenkins for The Savages; who will compete for the Original Screenplay honor.
Oscar favorites Ethan and Joel Coen (No Country for Old Men) and Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood) will compete with Ronald Harwood (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Sean Penn (Into the Wild) and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) for the Best Adapted Screenplay prize.
The Documentary Screenplay award nominees are Anthony Giacchino (The Camden 28), Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman (Nanking), Charles Ferguson (No End in Sight), Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side), Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham and Bonni Cohen (The Rape of Europa) and Michael Moore (Sicko).
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Legally forbidden from appearing as The Lone Ranger (won case in 1985)
First "Lone Ranger" feature
Although best-known as TV's "The Lone Ranger", Clayton Moore also appeared in dozens of Westerns and serials in the 1940s and 50s. The dark, handsome Chicagoan worked as a model and circus aerialist before heading to Hollywood as a stuntman and extra in 1938. With the help of his girlfriend, actress Lupe Velez, he began getting roles in 1940. He made brief appearances in a handful of UA films ("Kit Carson" and "The Son of Monte Cristo", both 1940; "International Lady", 1941; "The Bachelor's Daughters", 1946), but spent most of the decade at minor studios like Monogram and Republic.
Dawn Moore Gerrity
Married 1943 until her death 1986
Married 1992 until his death 1999
"I've been The Lone Ranger for 30 years, and I intend to be The Lone Ranger for the rest of my life; I've decided I'll stay The Lone Ranger until I'm called" --Clayton Moore, quoted in The New York Times, September 6, 1979.
"I try to lead a good, clean life; I don't smoke; I don't drink; it's not that I'm trying to be a goody-good, but I just don't want to" --Moore to The New York Times, September 6, 1979.