Tattle: Depp's 'Ranger' rides into sunset

Posted: August 15, 2011

TOUGH BREAK, Kemosabe.

Walt Disney Studios' big-screen adaptation of "The Lone Ranger," with Johnny Depp starring as Tonto and Armie Hammer ("The Social Network") as the masked man, has been shut down, according to an unnamed source.

Deadlinehollywood.com said that the movie had difficulty reducing its estimated $250 million cost to $200 million.

How could even producer Jerry Bruckheimer spend $200 million on a western?

* A movie that now may get off the ground is the fourth edition of the "Austin Powers" series.

Can Mike Myers' British super spy regain his mojo? A Hollywood bereft of new ideas sure hopes so.

No Game to L.A. police

Rapper The Game, who incited a telephone flash mob that overwhelmed the emergency phone system at one of L.A.'s busiest police stations, could face criminal charges, police said Saturday.

The Game tweeted the phone number of the Compton station Friday and told his 580,000 followers to call the number if they wanted an internship, always- busy department spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

The station's phones started ringing Friday night, and the lines were jammed for hours. During that time people with legitimate issues that included a missing person, spousal abuse and two robberies were also trying to call in, Whitmore said.

The Game later posted that his account had been hacked but also tweeted that it had been an accident.

"Yall can track a tweet down but cant solve murders!" The Game's tweet said. "Dat was an accident but maybe now yall can actually do yall job !!!!"

The Edge of litigation

U2 guitarist The Edge (aka David Evans) and several of his alleged business partners - whose plan to build a cluster of mansions overlooking Malibu failed to get past state regulators - have sued the California Coastal Commission.

The suits argue that the basis for the commission's decision to deny their permits was illegal.

The commission determined there was enough evidence to show that the project was under common ownership, coordinated and led by The Edge, but the group says that the plan comprises five owners, each building giant mansions on separate lots.

According to The Edge, the homes, to be built on 156 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains, were to be be some of the most environmentally sensitive in the world.

"When we buy property zoned for residential use, we expect to be able to build a home," said Fiona Hutton, spokeswoman for the property owners.

Project opponents, including the National Park Service, said that the development would scar the expansive ridgeline.

Tattle milestones

It's been a very busy last few days for celebrities. On Thursday, Joy Behar married her boyfriend of 29 years, Steve Janowitz. On Saturday, her "View" co-host Sherri Shepherd married fiance Lamar Sally. On Friday Brooke Burke married her longtime beau, David Charvet, and Heather Locklear got engaged to longtime beau Jack Wagner.

On Wednesday, Alice Richmond got a baby sister. That's when Upper Darby's Tina Fey gave birth to Penelope Athena Richmond, her second child with husband Jeff Richmond.

And yesterday, Hilary Duff announced on her website that she's pregnant. We're assuming the father is her husband, hockey player Mike Comrie.


* According to TMZ.com,  

Oksana Grigorieva wants $500,000 from Mel Gibson for the trauma he caused her teenage son with Timothy Dalton.

What about the trauma he caused the rest of us?

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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