6 items from 2013
James Franco seems to be everywhere on the IMDb (and on the world's screens) in 2013 Unlike the very unlucky Warner Bros., which has had no less than five box-office bombs so far this year (click on the link for more information), James Franco has been having a fantastic year so far, as he has been involved in some capacity or other in a number of widely debated films, among them two box-office successes, targeted to families of various shapes, fetishes, and entertainment orientations. (Pictured above: Franco with co-star Mila Kunis in Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful.) Directed by the Spider-Man movies' Sam Raimi, the fantasy Oz, in which Franco plays the man who becomes The Wizard of Oz, took the no. 1 spot at the worldwide box office last weekend and managed to do it again at the domestic box office this weekend, March 15-17. Also this weekend, Harmony Korine »
- Andre Soares
Say the words “Oz the Great and Powerful” out loud and I promise you’ll smile. They conjure up so many wonderful, wizardly things: Judy Garland in pigtails (before that horrible tightness set in); Ray Bolger pointing at his straw head; Bert Lahr’s juddery fisticuffs; the madly cheerful munchkins; “Toto, too”; and, if you’re old enough, the once-a-year Thanksgiving television showing that spurred so many Americans to shell out finally for color sets. Make sure to say those words before you see Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful, which will surely wipe the smile off your face.No, the movie is not a desecration — there wasn’t enough left for Disney to desecrate after the Warner Bros. legal team got through threatening copyright infringement. (L. Frank Baum’s Oz books are in the public domain; the 1939 Garland musical isn’t.) But aside from a trio of witches »
- David Edelstein
"It's a twister, it's a twister!"
So exclaims farmhand Zeke (Bert Lahr) during the first act of "The Wizard of Oz," describing the incoming tornado that will yank young Dorothy Gale's house from its very foundations and whisk it away to the magical land of Oz, where it would prove to be the inadvertent lethal weapon in dispatching with the Wicked Witch of the East.
We all know Oz is real, but the whole tornado thing is a little far-fetched. What kind of a twister would it take to send an entire house into the wild blue yonder? Or, more importantly, what kind of twister would it take to send your house to Oz?
To find out if your own home is susceptible to the sudden transportation powers of Mother Nature, click on the image below to head on over to Movoto, where you can enter the square footage and »
- NextMovie Staff
Movie: The Wizard of Oz Release Year: 1939 Studio: MGM Director: Victor Fleming, George Cukor (uncredited), Mervyn LeRoy (uncredited), Norman Taurog (uncredited) and King Vidor (uncredited director of the Kansas scenes) Starring: Judy Garland as Dorothy, Frank Morgan as Professor Marvel, The Wizard of Oz, The Gatekeeper, The Carriage Driver and The Guard, Ray Bolger as 'Hunk' and The Scarecrow, Bert Lahr as 'Zeke' and The Cowardly Lion, Jack Haley as 'Hickory' and The Tin Man, Billie Burke as Glinda, Margaret Hamilton as Miss Gulch and The Wicked Witch of the West, Charley Grapewin as Uncle Henry, Pat Walshe as Nikko, Clara Blandick as Auntie Em, Terry as Toto and The Singer Midgets as The Munchkins Cinematographer: Harold Rosson (Singin' in the Rain, The Asphalt Jungle) Note: Today's entry is running as a contribution to Nathaniel's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" series at TheFilmExperience where several others have »
- Brad Brevet
This story first appeared in the Feb. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Does someone in Hollywood have the courage to buy the Cowardly Lion? Memorabilia collector James Comisar is searching for an industry benefactor to help save one of Bert Lahr's original costumes from 1939's The Wizard of Oz. Comisar is selling the furry outfit -- acquired in 1991 from a salvage dealer who found it covered in dirt and mouse droppings in an abandoned MGM building -- to fund a TV history museum in Phoenix. Experts consider it the more historically important of the two surviving Lion costumes because
- Andy Lewis
Of Dick Van Dyke's many talents, the most remarkable may be the moment you think about him, you smile.
The affable actor, singer and dancer has that effect on audiences. His colleagues think highly of him, too. They're bestowing upon him the Life Achievement Award at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, airing live on TNT and TBS Sunday, Jan. 27.
Although his former co-star Mary Tyler Moore took this honor last year, Van Dyke says, "It never occurred to me I might be next. It was a total surprise to me. I found out a couple of months ago. They told me, and I just couldn't believe it. It was another surprise in a career of surprises."
Few people realize that Van Dyke, 87, started with Walter Cronkite. Van Dyke wouldn't come right out and say he was proud of his career, which continues with his singing quartet, The Vantastix. »
6 items from 2013
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