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Chat with 'Rango' director Gore Verbinski on Feb. 10

February 6, 2012 |  5:11 pm


“Rango” is an oddly philosophical tale of a little lizard, voiced by Johnny Depp, who finds himself wearing the sheriff's badge in a harsh outpost known as Dirt. The Gore Verbinski film is a mash-up of the classic western and a postmodern sensibility –- it’s far less cuddly or cookie-cutter than most animated features, which Verbinski says is by design.

So far, "Rango" has found success, whether at the box office or in awards season. The movie is nominated for an Oscar in the animated feature category, and it just picked up the top prize Saturday at the Annie Awards, presented by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood.

Verbinski admits, though, that taking chances is never easy. "In a world of data of what works and what doesn't work, when a producer's intuitive responses are trusted less than research, I think it's forgotten that an audience wants something new," he said.

To that point: Verbinski and Depp are re-teaming for a revival of "The Lone Ranger," which would be something of a dusty counterpart to their three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. Expect a wholly different take on the classic western radio and TV series.

So how did Verbinski come up with those loopy characters? And did the voice cast really wear costumes and meet on a set rather than a recording booth?

The director will join us at 11 a.m. Friday (Feb. 10) for a live chat about "Rango," the Oscar race and more. Sign up below:


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--Geoff Boucher

Photo: "Rango." Credit: Industrial Light & Magic/Paramount Pictures

'The Artist' stars and other Oscar nominees set for Santa Barbara film fest Saturday

February 2, 2012 | 11:56 am

The Artist

Among the many events for Oscar nominees to attend as awards season heats up is the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which this weekend will feature panels with filmmakers including “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius and “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig.

The festival, which kicked off Jan. 26, wraps Sunday after a weekend of multiple panels and final screenings. Among the films still screening are the Adrien Brody-starrer Detachment and the documentary Nothing Like Chocolate,” which received a standing ovation at its premiere last weekend.

Sharing the stage with Hazanavicius and Feig at the directors panel at 11 a.m. Saturday are five other directors who also helmed Oscar-nominated films, including “Rango” director Gore Verbinski and "Hotel Rwanda" director Terry George, nominated this year for his short film, "The Shore."

Los Angeles Times columnist Patrick Goldstein will moderate the Movers & Shakers panel at 2 p.m. Saturday for a Q&A with six filmmakers behind some of this year’s Oscar best picture nominees, including “The Descendants” producer Jim Burke and “Hugo” producer Graham King.

SBIFF also presented awards to Viola Davis, Christopher Plummer and Martin Scorsese. On Saturday, "The Artist" stars Bérénice Bejo and Jean Dujardin will receive the festival's Cinema Vanguard Award.

Festival tickets and schedule are available at Sbiff.org.


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Photo: "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius (left) will participate on SBIFF's directors panel Saturday. The film's stars, Bérénice Bejo (center) and Jean Dujardin (right), will receive the festival's Cinema Vanguard Award that evening. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times.

Golden Globes: 'Rango' director Gore Verbinski tries something new

December 15, 2011 | 10:53 am

Gore Verbinski directs Rango
For “Rango” director Gore Verbinski, the first time was a charm. His first film to venture into the realm of animation garnered a Golden Globe nomination for best animated feature.

“We tried to do something different,” Verbinski said of the film, which tells the tale of a pet chameleon who finds himself with big shoes to fill as the new sheriff in an Old West town. Johnny Depp, a frequent collaborator with Verbinski (“Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3”), voices the title character.

“I have this faith that under all the business of show business, that there’s this kind of sense that people want something new,” Verbinski said. “I believe it’s our job to try to do things a little differently, so [being nominated] kind of reaffirms that in a way.”

Up next for Verbinski is “The Lone Ranger,” a film based on the iconic western hero. Armie Hammer (“The Social Network,” “J. Edgar”) will play the title role with Depp as Tonto, his trusty sidekick.

Regarding the film, Verbinski said, “I feel that it’s been talked about so much, I think it’s time to go make it now. Again, we’re going to try and do something a little different. I think Armie is going to be fantastic and really perfect for the role. I’m trying to do this tonal mismatch — imagine Jimmy Stewart trapped in a Sam Peckinpah movie.”


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— Oliver Gettell

Photo: Gore Verbinski, center, directs voice actors in "Rango." Credit: Stephen Vaughn / Paramount Pictures


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