Johnny Depp’s Lone Ranger Begins Shooting

 

After a rough start, the filming of Johnny Depp’s star-studded Lone Ranger project has finally begun.

 

The latest Disney collaboration was shelved due to budgetary concerns six months ago, but has been picked up again by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Goreverbinski. Shooting has kicked off in the southwestern United States.

Johnny Depp stars as Tonto, the Lone Ranger’s faithful sidekick and Social Network breakout star Armie Hammer will play the titular role. Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, William Fitchner, and Ruth Wilson are also attached to the project.

The reboot of the comedic Western will center around Tonto’s recount about  John Reid’s transformation into the justice-seeking Lone Ranger, which means a lot of Johnny Depp screentime! Depp has been involved with the movie ever since Bruckheimer first brought the idea to Disney.

The movie will be shot in New Mexico and will move on to various locations including Arizona, Utah, and Colorado.

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Dancing With The Stars Celebrity Cast Revealed

The dancing rumors and speculations can finally be put to rest! The new cast of Dancing With The Stars has been revealed, and there are some big names on their way to the ballroom this season. From professional athletes to TV hosts and stars, this season appears to be an eclectic group with little to no dance experience – just the way it should be!

Here are Season 14′s celebrity contestants:

Jack Wagner, star of “Melrose Place” (dance partner: Anna Trebunskaya)
Melissa Gilbert, Laura Ingalls of “Little House on the Prairie” (dance partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy)
Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers all-time leading receiver (dance partner: Peta Murgatroyd)
William Levy, telenovela star (pro partner: Cheryl Burke)
Sherri Shepherd, co-host of “The View” (pro partner: Valentin Chmerkovskiy)
Katherine Jenkins, opera star (dance partner: Mark Ballas)
Gavin DeGraw, singer (dance partner: Karina Smirnoff)
Martina Navratilova, tennis star (dance partner: Tony Dovolani)
Roshon Fegan, Disney star (dance partner: Chelsie Hightower)
Maria Menounos, TV host (dance partner: Derek Hough)
Jaleel White, Urkel – Star of “Family Matters” (dance partner: Kym Johnson)
Gladys Knight, music legend (pro partner: (dance partner: Tristan MacManus)

The new season of “Dancing With the Stars” premieres in a live two-hour event on Monday, March 19 at 8/7c on ABC!

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Berenstain Bears Co-Creator Jan Berenstain Dies at 88

Jan Berenstain, co-creator of the Berenstain Bears books, died Friday after suffering a stroke on Thursday.

Jan, and husband Stan, wrote and illustrated the children’s books, which were inspired by their children, and later by their grandchildren. The books featured Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Brother Bear and Sister Bear, and sent a message of family values, kindness and generosity. The Berenstain Bears stories were about kids’ common concerns, like visits to the dentist, peer pressure, summer camp, a new sibling, the first day of school, getting kids to do chores, etc.

Jan and Stan Berenstain married in 1946, and had a cartoon series in McCall’s and Good Housekeeping magazines, as well as art featured in The Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s. Their first book, The Big Honey Hunt, was published in 1962, and they went on to write over 300 titles, published in 23 languages. Stan died in 2005 at age 82.

Son Mike worked as an illustrator for his mother’s books, and son Leo handles the business end of the family franchise. Mike will continue the legacy.

In addition to her two sons, Jan is also survived by four grandchildren. RIP, Mama Berenstain.

 

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Leap Year Fun Facts

Over 2,000 years ago Julias Caesar, the leader of the Roman Empire, invented the leap year, adding an extra day to our calender every four years. The Julian calender had only one rule; that every year that was evenly divided by the number four would be considered a leap year.

His model was eventually corrected 1,500 years later to include several more rules. The year must still must be divisible by four but if it is divisible by 100 it must also be evenly divisible by 400. Because of this, certain leap years occur every three years rather than four.

So why do we need leap years anyway? The extra day keeps our Gregorian Calendar in line with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. Without an additional day in February every four years, we would lose about six hours off of our calender every year. It doesn’t sound like much, but after 100 years our calender would be off by about 24 days!

Check out some leap year fun facts below! 

- Several celebrities were born on February 29th including rapper Ja Rule and singer Dinah Shore.

- In Irish tradition, February 29th is a special day set aside for women ask for a man’s hand in marriage instead of the other way around.

- On February 29, 2012, 56 countries will observe Rare Disease Day, calling for more reasearch into ailments that have no cure.

- February 29th plays a pivotal role in the fictional comic opera, The Pirates of Penzance. The hero Frederic is bound to his apprenticeship until his 21st birthday, but because he is born on the 29th, technically he is much younger and won’t reach 21 until his eighties.

- The probability of having a leap day birthday is about 1 /1,461, or 0.068 percent.

- Amy Adams and Matthew Goode star in a romantic comedy entitled Leap Year about a woman hoping to propose to her boyfriend on February 29th.

- In 2004, The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King won all 11 Oscars for which it was nominated on February 29th.

- People born during a leap year are usually called leapers or leaplings.

- In Greece it is considered bad luck to get married on February. 29th.

What will you do with your extra day this year?

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