Articles from December 2012

A new trailer for THE LONE RANGER–see it here!

Disney unveiled a new, longer trailer for The Lone Ranger today; in this classic Western tale, native American spirit warrior Tonto and Texas Ranger John Reid are “opposites brought together by fate” who band together to battle injustice and corruption. You can see the new trailer here:

The Lone Ranger is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Oscar-winner Gore Verbinski, with cinematography by Bojan Bazelli. The film stars Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as John Reid, the Lone Ranger, with Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Frain and James Badge Dale.

The Zone thanks Emma for sharing the trailer; you can read much more about The Lone Ranger on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

The Lone Ranger will ride into North American theaters on July 3, 2013. The UK release is scheduled for August 9, 2013.

Johnny Depp plays guitar for charity at Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding fundraiser

The photo at left shows Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper performing during this year’s Christmas Pudding concert in Phoenix, Arizona. The December 8th event raised funds for Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of teens through music, dance, and self-expression. The enthusiastic crowd got their money’s worth, too, with Johnny, Alice, and Cooper’s touring band performing a set that included “Break on Through,” Revolution,” “Foxy Lady,” “My Generation,” “Under My Wheels,” “Poison,” “School’s Out,” “Another Brick in the Wall,” and a Christmas finale (complete with sparkling confetti) of “Run, Rudolph, Run.” Pictures from the concert are available HERE.

“If there had been any doubt as to how big a deal it was when Johnny Depp signed on to play at this year’s Pudding, that was cleared up at the mid-show auction,” reports Ed Masley of the Arizona Republic. “[A]n autographed painting of Depp by ‘world’s fastest painter’ Rock Demarco, including a chance to meet the famous actor? That brought $27,000. A guitar the actor signed, which also included a chance to meet him, brought another $20,000.” Amazing!

The Zone thanks Theresa and Bon Bon for sharing the news and photos. You can read more about the Christmas Pudding concert, including reports from Zoners in attendance, on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

Johnny Depp appears at The Mint in Los Angeles–new photos!

In what is becoming a regular occurrence, Johnny Depp took the stage with a guitar for a couple of hours of rock ‘n roll on December 7th . . . this time he was playing with Bill Carter and the Blame at the Mint in Los Angeles, and among his bandmates was longtime friend Bruce Witkin. Johnny wore his customary black hat with a feather, and he was playing his new blue guitar, the Duesenberg Mike Campbell model. You can see photos from the gig HERE. Many thanks to Emma and Theresa for the pictures. You can read more about Johnny’s appearance at the Mint on the Zone’s Pit General Discussion forum, including comments from Zoners who were there — lucky ladies!

Disney closes deal for “a modern re-imagining of Don Quixote” to be produced by Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil

Add another film to Infintum Nihil’s in-development scorecard: an as-yet-untitled modern take on Don Quixote to be written by Steve Pink and Jeff Morris, and produced by Infinitum Nihil’s Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski. According to’s Mike Fleming, “The project is best described as a modern re-imagining of Don Quixote.” Longtime Zoners will recall that more than a decade ago, Johnny Depp was attached to appear as the Sancho Panza figure in Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a film that was shut down by a string of calamities chronicled in the excellent documentary, Lost in La Mancha. There is no word yet on whether Johnny will act in the new Don Quixote project or which role he might play.

Infinitum Nihil has also produced Dark Shadows, The Rum Diary, the upcoming Disney release The Lone Ranger, and Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated Hugo.

The Zone thanks humiliatedgrape for sharing the news; you can read more about the Don Quixote project on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

More music–Johnny Depp performs with Aerosmith in Los Angeles

This photo of Johnny Depp with Steven Tyler (at left) was taken during the Aerosmith concert in Los Angeles on Monday night, December 3. Johnny appeared with the band and played guitar for “Stop Messin’ Around” and “Come Together,” much to the delight of the crowd. This is getting to be a habit — Zoners will recall that Johnny played with Aerosmith during their concert at the Hollywood Bowl last summer. Photos from Monday night’s Aerosmith concert are available HERE.

The Zone thanks Lou Lou 63 and humiliatedgrape for sharing photos; you can read more about the Aerosmith concert on the Zone’s Pit General discussion forum.

Johnny Depp performs on WEST OF MEMPHIS: VOICES FOR JUSTICE album

On Tuesday, January 15, 2013, Legacy Recordings will release West of Memphis: Voices For Justice, an album of music and songs inspired by the new Sony Pictures Classics film, West of Memphis, which chronicles the case of the West Memphis Three. The album serves to raise awareness for the continuing fight for exoneration of the West Memphis Three. The fascinating track listing includes Patti Smith’s “Wing,” recorded live at the Voices for Justice benefit concert in Little Rock in 2011 (the photo shows Johnny playing at that concert); a cover of Mumford & Sons’ “Little Lion Man” by Tonto’s Giant Nuts featuring Johnny Depp and Bruce Witkin; Marilyn Manson’s cover of “You’re So Vain,” featuring Johnny on guitar; Bill Carter’s “Anything Made of Paper;” and Johnny reading one of Damien Echols’ letters from Death Row over excerpts from the Nick Cave and Warren Ellis score for West of Memphis.

The full track listing is available HERE. According to the Legacy Recordings website, purchase of West of Memphis: Voices for Justice will in part directly benefit the West Memphis Three.

The Zone thanks humiliatedgrape for breaking the news; you can read more on the Zone’s News & Views forum.