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Hi-yo, Silver! More 'Lone Rangers' on the way

July 3, 2013

YellowBrix

July 03--Hi-yo, Silver!

Armie Hammer, who's the title character in "The Lone Ranger," and Ruth Wilson, who plays his love interest, have signed on for a trilogy. But what about Johnny Depp as Tonto? The star refused to sign a multi-picture deal, but he told E! Online, "if they started talking sequel on this I'd be ready to go in a second." Why (besides the money)? "We had a good time," he says. "The most trouble we had was keeping a straight face."

Lessons in 'University'

Pixar loves to tuck hidden gems into its animated films, and "Monsters University" is no different. They include:

--A113: This number on the School of Scaring classroom is in every Pixar movie, an homage to the CalArts classroom of Pixar honchos John Lasseter, Brad Bird and company.

--Pizza Planet: The delivery truck from "Toy Story" is in the driveway of the JOX frat house.

--Luxo: This ball with the red star is in graffiti at the Scare Games' first challenge. It starred in Pixar's first short film in 1986.

By the way, "Monsters University" will be shown with captions for the hearing impaired at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Boulevard Drive-In in KCK.

Speaking of Pixar, the studio announced it is going to focus on original films, releasing one a year, starting with "The Good Dinosaur" next summer, followed by "Inside Out" in summer 2015. Sequels and prequels will be relegated to every other year: The "Nemo" sequel "Finding Dory" is due in late 2015.

'Iron' clad

Now that the year is half over, let's check on the box office standings so far. "Iron Man 3" seems to have a lock on No. 1, but expect all the other rankings to change soon.

1. "Iron Man 3," $405.4

million

2. "Man of Steel," $248.6 million

3. "Oz the Great and Powerful," $234.8 million

4. "Fast & Furious 6,"

$233.4 million

5. "Star Trek Into Darkness," $220.6 million

6. "The Croods," $184.4 million

7. "Monsters University,"

$170.4 million

8. "The Great Gatsby,"

$142.4 million

9. "Identity Thief," $134.5 million

10. "World War Z," $123.7 million

As you wish

Once again it's almost time to grab a blanket and head to Crown Center Square for its series of free outdoor movies the next few Friday nights. Festivities begin with food trucks and artisans at 5 p.m., local bands at 7 and the films at 9. The lineup: "The Princess Bride" July 12, "Weekend at Bernie's" July 19, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" July 26, "Grease" Aug. 2 and "Iron Man" Aug. 9.

Sharon Hoffmann, shoffmann@kcstar.com

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