Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, 'Lone Ranger': Hype begins early

CREDIT: Jerry Bruckheimer via Twitter

Daybreak Daily’s afternoon examination of a very slow news day in pop-culture land finds shameless plugs, a will, other things, and the mystery music video.

‘LONE RANGER’: Release set for May 13 – of next year, per Deadline Hollywood, “Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted this photo this morning of Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the masked man, along with the intro “Tonto and The Lone Ranger Ride Again!” Disney’s Gore Verbinski-directed The Lone Ranger began production February 13 after months of off-again on-again drama over the project’s budget; the studio had pulled the plug altogether in August before reviving it after Bruckheimer and Verbinski were able to get the budget down into the $215 million range.

WHITNEY’S WILL: Of keeping things in the immediate family, per the AP, “A lawyer for Whitney Houston said Thursday that her will is a "straightforward" case and expects no complications with the administration of her estate. (The will reveals) the late superstar left all her assets to her only child, 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina.”

ANOTHER SINGING CLONE: But one of the stars is an original, per Vulture, “In another sign that TV's musical competition arms race is not abating, ABC today will take the wraps off of Duets, a talent hunt in which established stars Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke, Lionel Richie, and Jennifer Nettles of country group Sugarland crisscross the country in search of musical mates.”

GRIFFIN GIG: Pent-up yucks, per the Los Angeles Times, “Kathy Griffin must be getting impatient: Snooki's pregnant (and engaged!) and Angelina Jolie's leg is still walking around. So at long last, Bravo has given the flame-haired comedian talk show an April 19 premiere date.”

TRENDING: Didn’t see it but a lot of people did, and loved it, per the Huffington Post, “Gutsy "American Idol" contestant Jessica Sanchez took on Whitney Houston's biggest hit, delivering a performance that awed the show's judges.”

LIFELINE: Well, maybe, per E!, “Sources confirm to E! News the report that Netflix is in talks to bring the recently canceled Fox drama Terra Nova to their platform with new episodes.”

THROWBACK: An American icon, per the New York Times, “The Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman" recreates Jo Mielziner's set design for the original Broadway production in 1949.”

GIRL POWER: But across the pond, per the Hollywood Reporter, “A list of the 50 female British female power players boasts 11 names from front of camera including Helena Bonham Carter, Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Kate Winslet, Maggie Smith and Tilda Swinton.”

RIHANNA: She just can’t keep her shirt on, per Us Weekly, “After annoying an Irish farmer with her topless antics in September, Rihanna is once again baring it all for a music video. In a photo shared via Twitter late Wednesday night, the singer, wearing large bangle bracelets covered up her flawless, shirtless bod with her arms.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)