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“The Lone Ranger” gets Tom Wilkinson, Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp back for main roles

“The Lone Ranger” gets Tom Wilkinson, Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp back for main roles (photo)

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After several starts and stops, it looks like production on “The Lone Ranger” is finally ready to go full steam ahead. Disney has officially green lit the film to go into production, and that means all the major cast members are coming back to the project.

Deadline is reporting that the film’s major players like Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp and Ruth Wilson have kept their schedules open and are now back on board to film “The Lone Ranger.” In addition, Tom Wilkinson is finalizing his deal to play lead villain Latham Cole, a railroad tycoon in the Old West.

Disney (and we) seems to be hoping that “The Lone Ranger” will be a return to the success that “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” found in 2003. The film reunites Depp with director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and writers Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio. Though Hammer plays the titular lone ranger in the film, it will be interesting to see if Depp steals the show as Tonto like he did as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates.”

In addition to the four previously mentioned actors, “The Lone Ranger” stars Barry Pepper, Helena Bonham Carter, James Badge Dale and Dwight Yoakum. It is set to hit theaters in May 2013.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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