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Philadelphia Daily News Tattle column

August 8, 2013

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Aug. 08--PRODUCER Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp have made a lot of money together with "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.

Billions.

Even the sequels, which were ripped to shreds by critics, brought in piles of gold doubloons.

But they're still human, and they still have a thin skin.

With the box-office failure of "The Lone Ranger" (Disney estimates it could lose $190 million, which means it will probably turn a small profit) the creative trio and co-star Armie Hammer set out to find someone to blame, and since they couldn't blame themselves they instead chose movie critics.

Because their bad reviews of "Transformers" movies ruined their box office.

Not.

"I think the reviews were probably written when they heard that Gore and Jerry and I were going to do 'The Lone Ranger,' " Depp told Yahoo UK/Ireland. "I think that Gore made a very brave film."

Said Hammer, "They've been gunning for our movie since it was shut down the first time," although most critics couldn't care less about that type of production detail. "I think that's probably when most of the critics wrote their initial reviews."

Uh, no.

Bruckheimer, as a producer would, focused on the money.

"I think they were reviewing the budget, not the movie," he said. "The critics keep crying for original movies. You make one, and they don't like it."

Original?

The character of the Lone Ranger was created 80 years ago for radio, broadcasting nearly 3,000 episodes, then transferring over to TV for another 200-plus episodes. There were two "Lone Ranger" movie serials made in the late 1930s, two 1950s movies starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels from the TV series and a "Legend of the Lone Ranger" film made in 1981. There was also a "Lone Ranger" TV-movie a decade ago starring then-teen favorite Chad Michael Murray.

Maybe that's why there are so many sequels and remakes coming out of Hollywood. They've convinced themselves they're original.

Family matters

We're surprised it took this long, but now that Lindsay Lohan is out of rehab, daddy Michael Lohan has resurfaced and wants everyone to know he's on the case.

In an exclusive interview with In Touch, Michael says that he, Michael Jr. and Lindsay's sister Ali are not going to let Lindsay's bad influences back into her life.

Michael also confirmed to In Touch that Lindsay's mom, Dina, is also still in the game.

"Lindsay is talking to Dina -- it's her mother," he said. "Dina was never even brought up as someone that could be cut out of her life. . . . She needs her mother, it's a full support system -- and she needs everyone there for her."

Have you seen the black bid?

A statuette featured in the 1941 movie "The Maltese Falcon" is being offered for sale at a New York City auction.

Bonhams says the figurine is the highlight of a Nov. 25 auction. It did not provide a pre-sale estimate.

The statuette was the most important prop in the classic John Huston film, which starred Humphrey Bogart as a private eye. Bonhams says it's etched with a Warner Bros. inventory number and is the only version known to have appeared in the movie.

The auction house says that it's the first time it has come to auction. The current owner has had the statuette for decades.

Ushered aside

A judge has scheduled an emergency custody hearing requested by Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster Raymond a day after one of the pair's sons nearly drowned in a pool at Usher's Atlanta home.

A lawyer for Tameka filed the request in Fulton County Superior Court on Tuesday, and Judge John J. Goger approved it the same day, scheduling a hearing for tomorrow. The court filing says that Usher Raymond V, 5, "suffered a near-death accident" while left unsupervised in the pool.

Unsupervised? Hmm. Yesterday he was swimming with his aunt.

Usher Raymond V is one of two sons of Usher and Tameka, who divorced two years after getting married in 2007. The singer went through a long legal fight with his ex-wife and was awarded primary custody of his two sons last year.

Usher has failed to discuss issues affecting the children with Tameka and leaves the children with caregivers when he travels around the world for work rather than parenting them himself, Tameka said in a sworn statement attached to the court filing. It isn't in the best interests of the children to be left in the care of third-party caregivers, and Tameka is capable of caring for the children, the statement says.

The children have said that they'd rather be with her than with caregivers, the statement says.

The near drowning of UR5 comes nearly a year after Tameka's 11-year-old son, Kile Glover, died after being critically injured in a boating accident. The boy, who was Usher's stepson, was run over by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier, near Atlanta.

TATTBITS

--Us Weekly reports that Beyonce capped off the U.S. portion of her "Grown Woman" tour by biking three miles from her home in Tribeca across the Brooklyn Bridge to the Barclays Center.

Can you imagine the insurance waiver she must have had to sign to do that?

Did they have to close down the bridge?

Did an assistant pedal the bike?

It's cool to try to be a normal person, but if you have 15,000 people paying big bucks to watch you sing and dance, do you want to risk a head-over-handlebars spill thanks to a NYC pothole?

- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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