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Disney Stops Making “The Lone Ranger” (15th August, 2011)

Disney has stopped making its latest movie “The Lone Ranger”. Hollywood newspaper reporters say it is because the film is too expensive. They believe Disney bosses do not want to spend more than $200 million on the film. There are reports that the movie could cost around $250 million. Disney bosses have not said if or when they might change their mind. The movie’s producers are thinking about taking the project to a cheaper film studio. Another option is to film it at a later date with a smaller budget.

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Top Hollywood actor Johnny Depp was going to be the main star of “The Lone Ranger”. He was going to play Tonto – the partner of the Lone Ranger. Filming was going to start in October in New Mexico. It was going to play in cinemas in December 2012. The Lone Ranger is about a cowboy fighting the bad guys in 19th-century America. It started as a popular radio show in the US in the 1930s. It then became a world-famous TV series from 1949 to 1957. He was a hero to millions of children around the world.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1


1.

making its latest

a.

expensive

2

the film is too

b.

date

3.

spend more than

c.

their mind

4.

they might change

d.

film studio

5.

taking the project to a cheaper

e.

movie

6.

film it at a later

f.

$200 million

Paragraph 2


1.

the main

a.

of the Lone Ranger

2

the partner

b.

star

3.

Filming was going to

c.

the bad guys

4.

play in cinemas

d.

series

5.

a cowboy fighting

e.

start in October

6.

a world-famous TV

f.

in December 2012


LISTENING GAP FILL


Disney has stopped ________________ movie “The Lone Ranger”. Hollywood newspaper reporters say it is because the film ________________. They believe Disney bosses do not want to spend more than $200 million on the film. There are reports that the movie ________________ $250 million. Disney bosses have not said if or when they might ________________. The movie’s producers are thinking about ________________ to a cheaper film studio. Another option is to film it ________________ with a smaller budget.
Top Hollywood actor Johnny Depp was ________________ main star of “The Lone Ranger”. He was going to play Tonto – the partner of the Lone Ranger. Filming was ________________ October in New Mexico. It was going to play in cinemas in December 2012. The Lone Ranger is about a cowboy fighting ________________ 19th-century America. It started as a ________________ in the US in the 1930s. It then became a world-famous ________________ 1949 to 1957. He was a hero to ________________ around the world.


MULTIPLE CHOICE


Disney has (1) ____ making its latest movie “The Lone Ranger”. Hollywood newspaper reporters say it is because the film is (2) ____ expensive. They believe Disney bosses do not want to (3) ____ more than $200 million on the film. There are reports that the movie could cost around $250 million. Disney bosses have not said if or when they might change their (4) ____. The movie’s producers are (5) ____ about taking the project to a cheaper film studio. Another option is to film it at a (6) ____ date with a smaller budget.
Top Hollywood actor Johnny Depp was going to be the (7) ____ star of “The Lone Ranger”. He was going to play Tonto – the (8) ____ of the Lone Ranger. Filming was going to start in October in New Mexico. It was going to (9) ____ in cinemas in December 2012. The Lone Ranger is about a cowboy fighting the bad guys in 19th-century America. It started (10) ____ a popular radio show in the US in the 1930s. It then became a world-famous TV (11) ____ from 1949 to 1957. He was a hero (12) ____ millions of children around the world.
Put the correct words from this table into the article.


1.

(a)

stopped

(b)

stopping

(c)

stops

2.

(a)

to

(b)

much

(c)

too

3.

(a)

buy

(b)

spend

(c)

purchase

4.

(a)

brain

(b)

mind

(c)

head

5.

(a)

thinking

(b)

thoughts

(c)

thinkers

6.

(a)

earlier

(b)

soon

(c)

later

7.

(a)

pain

(b)

main

(c)

gain

8.

(a)

partner

(b)

partnership

(c)

partners

9.

(a)

game

(b)

play

(c)

drama

10.

(a)

was

(b)

has

(c)

as

11.

(a)

cereal

(b)

serious

(c)

series

12

(a)

to

(b)

as

(c)

if


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.


Paragraph 1

1.

making its esltta movie

2.

newspaper ptersroer

3.

the film is too eeiepnvsx

4.

might canehg their mind

5.

Another pintoo

6.

a smaller geudbt

 

Paragraph 2

7.

the rnptrae of the Lone Ranger

8.

play in sniemac in December

9.

a cowboy hitnggfi the bad guys

10.

a apoulrp radio show

11.

TV essrie

12.

a hero to illoimsn


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER


Number these lines in the correct order.


(    )

to play Tonto – the partner of the Lone Ranger. Filming was going to start in October in

(    )

New Mexico. It was going to play in cinemas in December 2012. The Lone Ranger is about a cowboy fighting

(    )

about taking the project to a cheaper film studio. Another

(    )

if or when they might change their mind. The movie’s producers are thinking

(    )

Top Hollywood actor Johnny Depp was going to be the main star of “The Lone Ranger”. He was going

(    )

the bad guys in 19th-century America. It started as a popular radio show in the US

(    )

in the 1930s. It then became a world-famous TV series from 1949 to 1957. He was

(    )

reporters say it is because the film is too expensive. They believe Disney bosses do not want to spend

(    )

more than $200 million on the film. There are reports that the movie could cost around $250 million. Disney bosses have not said

(    )

a hero to millions of children around the world.

1  )

Disney has stopped making its latest movie “The Lone Ranger”. Hollywood newspaper

(    )

option is to film it at a later date with a smaller budget.


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.


1.

latest      its      making      stopped      has      Disney      movie.     

2.

because      expensive      the      film      It      is      is      too.     

3.

than   more    spend    to    want    not    do    Bosses    million    $200.

4.

around      The      $      movie      250      could      million      cost.     

5.

smaller     budget     Film     it     at     a     later     date     with     a.    

6.

the    main     star.     Actor    Johnny     Depp    was    going      to   be

7.

start      going      Filming      in      to      was      October.     

8.

19th-century   in    guys     bad    the    fighting   cowboy   A    America.

9.

It      a      famous      became      -      series      then      world      TV.     

10.

He      millions      was      of      a      children      hero      to.     


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING


Write about Disney movies for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.
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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
2. DISNEY MOVIES: Search the Internet and find more information about Disney movies. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Disney movies. Include imaginary an interview with a famous actor. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
5. LETTER: Write a letter to a Hollywood producer. Ask him/her three questions about movies. Give him/her three of your opinions on Disney movies. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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