In anticipation of the June 11 release of Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful on Blu-ray and DVD (you can order yours from Amazon by clicking here), actors James Franco and Rachel Weisz discussed their roles in the film in the following Q&As:
Q: Is it true that you trained with acclaimed Las Vegas magician Lance Burton in order to tackle the role of Oscar Diggs?
Franco: That’s very true. We shot the movie in Detroit and they hired Lance Burton to come out and train me there. [Oz The Great And Powerful director] Sam Raimi was very insistent that I have two weeks of magic training, so I went to Detroit two weeks early in order to do that.
Q: What magic tricks did you learn?
Franco: Lance taught me a lot of tricks, so I got
Screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein both took very different paths to where they are today as one of Hollywood's hottest writing teams. John Francis Daley got his start in acting with the cult classic series Freaks and Geeks and films such as Waiting before landing a role as Dr. Lance Sweets on the hit Fox series Bones in 2007. Jonathan M. Goldstein started out writing for TV shows such as Big Wolf on Campus and The Geena Davis Show, which is where he met John Francis Daley for the first time. In 2011, their writing skills were put on the map with the hit summer comedy Horrible Bosses (they're also writing Horrible Bosses 2), and they return to the silver screen this weekend with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
Everyone seemed really nice, and I got a chance to meet most of them. I do have to say that both Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams are more beautiful in person than they are in the movies. I got to talk to Sam Raimi the longest, and he's just the nicest guy! Very humble and so awesome! It was really great to get to meet him cause I'm such a huge fan.
Tomorrow across the UK sees the long-awaited released of Sam Raimi’s Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz the Great and Powerful. Last week saw the UK premiere of the film, with the entire cast in attendance, and on their promotional exerts, they took time to talk to the UK press last Friday.
A lot has been made of the “return of Oz”, and whether or not it was a risk for Raimi, and his cast, to be involved with going back and revisiting such an iconic film. “I was very frightened to approach the project because there is so much love for the original” said Raimi. “People don’t want their warm feelings for the film or childhood memories sullied” he continued, after
While at the junket, Wamg attended a press conference for the film. The conference was split into two parts. Below you will find the first half with actors James Franco, Mila Kunis, Joey King, and producer Joe Roth. Enjoy!
When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great wizard—and just maybe into a better man as well.
Q: Okay. Uh, this is for Mr. Franco. What was it like to work with Sam Raimi again, but for a completely different film now?
Franco told SFX that director Sam Raimi insisted he train with Lance Burton for two months, learning the tricks of the trade for his part as the wizard.
"Oz, my character, is a performer. In some ways he's an inventor, an artist," the actor explained.
"What he does in this film is he goes to this land where people can do actual magic and he can't. But he learns that his earthbound magic or sleight of hand, his way of entertaining people is in its own way valuable and can be used to help people."
Franco said that he picked up the classic tricks pretty quickly, but that they weren't used in the end cut.
"I learned to materialise live doves and pull rabbits out of hats. I think I did pretty well.
That's particularly true were you to depend on the "short list" released by the Academy's Documentary Branch of 15 films they deem eligible for nomination. The branch has been through turmoil in the past and its procedures were "reformed" at one point. But this year it has made a particularly scandalous sin of
omission. It doesn't include "The Interrupters" (currently scoring 99% on the Tomatometer), which has received better reviews and been on more critic's Best lists than any other.
It's not a challenge you will win, folks. Dear Zachary will pummel you every single time. But, if you're recently watched it, or for another reason feel as though the world has stacked its deck against you, we've got you covered. Choose one or more among these 9 documentaries, and the air that life knocked out of you will re-enter and flow through your lungs again. Or at least, put a smile on your face and a lump in your throat.
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Quoth the Alamo synopsis:
"This amazing documentary exposes the steamy and high-stakes world of teenage magic competitions as it follows six adolescent outsiders who all share an extraordinary passion for the art of trickery. Armed with great skill and a dazzling array of illusions, these teenagers embark from all over the world to attend the annual World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, where they each hope to be named Teen World Champion by master magician Lance Burton. From the producers of the fabulous King Of Kong, this film will leave you inspired and dumbfounded, as it showcases some of the most incredible, eccentric young performers working today."
Ardent fans of The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters have a new documentary to worship and obsess over. From the executive producers of that fan favorite comes the all-new masterpiece of fascination, Make Believe. This coming of age journey is set in the quirky subculture of magic, and it follows six of the world's best young magicians as they battle for the title of Teen World Champion.
Much as The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters pitted the heroic Steve Wiebe against douche supreme Billy Mitchell, Make Believe also find the perfect rivalry in lovable, self-taught magicianHiroki Hara, who hails from a small town in the middle of nowhere Japan. And his nemesis Krystyn Lambert, a seemingly privileged blonde haired beauty who is accused of coasting on her looks more than her skills as a magician.
Perched on top of a small hill just off Hollywood Boulevard, the magnificent Magic Castle waived its usual exclusivity policies recently and invited press into a few of its awe-inspiring rooms to meet some of the stars of J. Clay Tweel’s documentary “Make Believe.”
The basement lounge was draped in red velour, cluttered with vintage posters of the late greats and decorated with authentic props. The hushed and magical atmosphere became a bustling and electric place when four of the six teens from the film — Bill Koch, Derek McKee, Hiroki Hara and Krystyn Lambert — along with the director, producer and master magician Lance Burton himself walked in.
“Normally in life, being deceived isn’t a pleasant experience,” says Burton, explaining what takes place nightly on the Magic Castle stage. “We’re deceived by friends and lovers, politicians and used-car salesmen all the time, and it
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