The Dish: Movie tidbits 8/21

  • Article by: CYNTHIA DICKISON
  • Star Tribune
  • August 20, 2011 - 9:40 PM

Masking the real issue

Why did Disney really pull the plug on "The Lone Ranger"? Could it be .... werewolves? The projected budget of over $200 million was the official cause of the shutdown; that figure resulted from effects-heavy CGI content "due to being a kind of Indian-spirituality werewolf movie -- aka 'The Lone Ranger Meets the Wolfman,' " reports Hollywood-Elsewhere. Might the disappointing showing for the genre mashup "Cowboys & Aliens" have more influence on Disney's decision than money?

The final reel

Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical") will direct a "Dirty Dancing" remake. Tweeted Jennifer Grey: "I love @Kennyortega and trust that he will do something special." ... Melissa McCarthy steals Jason Bateman's identity in "ID Theft." ... Rocker Patti Smith is adapting her own award-winning memoir "Just Kids" into a screenplay, with assistance from "Gladiator's" John Logan. ... Mike Myers has closed the deal for "Austin Powers 4." ... Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum are in the running to replace Bradley Cooper in "The Crow." ... Anna Paquin, Ryan Phillippe and Luke Wilson star in the familial drama "Straight A's."


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