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The History of the Forgotten ‘Wizard of Oz’ Sequel Starring Judy Garland’s Daughter

5 December 2014 11:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

This summer marked the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, and it was a big enough occasion that Warner Bros. not only retrofitted the classic fantasy film for a one-week IMAX 3D re-release but also spent $25m on marketing its brief return to theaters. Meanwhile, there’s absolutely no fanfare at all for the movie’s sequel, which also has a special birthday this year. No, I’m not referring to Return to Oz (which likely also won’t get much notice for its 30th anniversary next summer). There is another “Oz” movie that was more directly intended to be an official follow-up to the 1939 version, an animated feature titled Journey Back to Oz, which hit theaters on this day back in 1974. Aside from taking place soon after The Wizard of Oz and being mostly yet loosely adapted from L. Frank Baum’s second Oz book, “The Marvelous Land of Oz,” the »

- Christopher Campbell

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Wizard of Oz Cowardly Lion costume sells for $3m at auction

25 November 2014 9:22 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz has fetched $3.07 million (£1.95m) at auction in New York.

Actor Bert Lahr wore the outfit in the classic 1939 film.

Re-Viewed: The Wizard of Oz

Selling at a Bonham auction, the costume was made of real lion hide and featured a face sculpted to resemble Lahr's.

Also sold in the auction were items and memorabilia from Casablanca, including a piano from the 1942 film which was sold for $2.9m (£1.85m).

The early life of Wizard of Oz author L Frank Baum will be the subject of a new film.

The Wizard of Oz, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, was digitally restored frame-by-frame over the course of 18 months for a fresh run on the big screen earlier this year. »

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Cowardly Lion costume goes for $3 million at auction

25 November 2014 6:49 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Somewhere out there is a wealthy customer who just won himself one of the most expensive Halloween costumes out there: the Cowardly Lion costume from 1939's The Wizard of Oz fetched over $3 million at auction at Bonhams in New York City on Monday. According to the Associated Press, the costume was authenticated to be the one that Bert Lahr wore in the film; a back-up costume fetched almost $1 million in recent years. The costume's previous owner, Los Angeles Museum of Television founder James Comisar, said that the costume was made out of real lion skins, and was extensively analyzed to »

- Teresa Jue

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Cowardly Lion Costume, Piano from Casablanca Fetch over $3 Million at Auction

25 November 2014 4:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Wizardly sums! The costume that the matchless Bert Lahr wore as the Cowardly Lion in 1939's The Wizard of Oz and the piano Dooley Wilson played in 1942's Casablanca have each been sold by Bonham's auction house for more than $3 million. And while neither result is a record, both sale prices were at the higher end of pre-auction estimates. The Cowardly Lion costume, which had been owned by Los Angeles TV museum founder James Comisar, went for $3,077,000, which includes a buyer's premium of $477,000. The outfit - which is made of real lion's skins - had been rescued from an old »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Cowardly Lion Costume, Piano from Casablanca Fetch over $3 Million at Auction

25 November 2014 4:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Wizardly sums! The costume that the matchless Bert Lahr wore as the Cowardly Lion in 1939's The Wizard of Oz and the piano Dooley Wilson played in 1942's Casablanca have each been sold by Bonham's auction house for more than $3 million. And while neither result is a record, both sale prices were at the higher end of pre-auction estimates. The Cowardly Lion costume, which had been owned by Los Angeles TV museum founder James Comisar, went for $3,077,000, which includes a buyer's premium of $477,000. The outfit - which is made of real lion's skins - had been rescued from an old »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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This Wizard of Oz Cowardly Lion Costume Just Sold for More Than $3 Million at Auction

24 November 2014 7:14 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

How much would you spend for a one-of-a-kind Wizard of Oz costume? For one lucky consumer, the answer is in the millions. During the Bonham Turner Classic Movies auction, an unknown shopper purchased the Cowardly Lion costume for $3,077,000, which includes a buyer's premium of $477,000. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the costume had been sitting in an old MGM structure before it was saved by a junk dealer who was simply cleaning out the abandoned building. As they like to say: One man's trash is another man's treasure. The memorable costume, which is made up of a real lion's fur, is the very same outfit used in key scenes featuring the lion played by Bert Lahr. If »

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Original 'Wizard of Oz' Cowardly Lion Costume Up for Sale

22 November 2014 6:28 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film The Wizard of Oz is up for sale. The costume will be auctioned with other Hollywood items Monday in New York by Bonhams, according to a spokesman for costume owner James Comisar. See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films The big cat outfit has been authenticated as the one Lahr wore in the 1939 film, according to a Bonhams' sales catalog. It is topped by a sculpted likeness of the late actor. A secondary costume used in the film was sold at auction in recent years for close to $1 million, the owner's

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Movie Review – The Wizard of Oz: An IMAX 3D Experience

11 September 2014 10:19 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Wizard of Oz, 1939 (2014 re-release in IMAX 3D).

Directed by Victor Fleming.

Starring Judy Garland, TerryToto” the dog, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, with Charlie Grapewin and Clara Blandick, and the Singer Midgets as the Munchkins.

Synopsis:

Young Dorothy (Judy Garland) gets whisked off on a tornado, from the bland and bleak Kansas farmland she calls home, to a magical land of whimsy and colour, called Oz. Despite finally fulfilling her wish of going “somewhere over the rainbow”, and being hailed as a national hero for trampling the Wicked Witch of the East upon her landing, all Dorothy wants is to go home. Heeding the advice of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North (Billie Burke), Dorothy heads off to Emerald City, following the Yellow Brick Road, in order to see the great and powerful Wizard of Oz (Frank Morgan), who is »

- Kat Kourbeti

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The Wizard Of Oz 3D IMAX Review

10 September 2014 12:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Victor FleminG

Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton

Certificate: U

Running Time: 102 minutes

Synopsis: A twister takes the unsettled Dorothy on a journey to the magical land of Oz where she must destroy an evil witch, help a scarecrow find a brain, a tin man a heart, and a cowardly lion some courage, as well as getting back to Kansas.

When the classics of 1939 start getting 3D IMAX releases we have to ask whether they can truly stand their ground on such formats, or if this is just a shameless cash grab for a 75th anniversary. Thankfully, and amazingly, The Wizard Of Oz seems as though it was made for both the 3D and IMAX cinemas. 3D and IMAX can certainly feel gimmicky at times, even with modern releases, but here it represents the incredible world of Oz on such »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Re-Viewed: The Wizard of Oz

7 September 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It's difficult to think of a film that has inspired more urban legends than Victor Fleming's 1939 children's classic The Wizard of Oz. Depending on who you believe, Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon syncs perfectly with the action (not true), the production was cursed with a series of horrendous accidents (true), and the Munchkins were all shag-happy party animals (also untrue, but a favourite talk show gag of star Judy Garland). Perhaps the tall tales have something to do with the hellish shoot, which involved five directors and at least 15 writers, or maybe it's because The Wizard of Oz is watched by a lot of stoned people.

What many don't seem to realise is that The Wizard Of Oz is itself a remake. L Frank Baum's original 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz (the first in a series of more than a dozen books) was filmed »

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The Definitive Movie Musicals: 10-1

25 May 2014 9:32 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The end is here – if someone asked you what the most important movie musical of all time was, it would come from this portion of the list. Obviously, it’s all subjective, but it’s difficult to make a case against the influence of these films on our culture and the industry as a whole. So, cue the orchestra and practice your dance moves, because the closing number is here.

courtesy of rowthree.com

10. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Directed by John Badham

Signature Song: “Stayin’ Alive” (http://youtu.be/Fa9n7GirhsI)

After making a name for himself with TV’s “Welcome Back Kotter,” John Travolta became a star with 1977′s cultural landmark Saturday Night Fever, a dance musical where Travolta plays Tony Manero, a young man who works a dead-end job, but spends his weekends as the king of the dance floor at a Brooklyn disco. The soundtrack, which was »

- Joshua Gaul

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William Friedkin on New Technology, the 'Exorcist' Curse, and the McConnaissance

25 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Without really trying, William Friedkin has been on the cutting edge for nearly half a century.

He won Best Picture and Best Director for "The French Connection" (1971), followed it up with the scariest movie of all time (1973's "The Exorcist"), and followed that up with "Sorcerer" (1977), a movie so far ahead of its time that only in recent years has it been acknowledged as an overlooked masterpiece. (A newly-restored print of the allegorical adventure tale, released this week on Blu-ray, should help burnish the film's reputation.)

At 78, Friedkin continues to stay ahead of the pack. In his most recent movie, "Killer Joe" (2011), he cast Matthew McConaughey in an unlikely role as a corrupt cop/hitman, thus helping launch the "McConnaissance" that changed the actor's image and led to his recent Oscar victory for "Dallas Buyers Club." For his upcoming projects, he's thrilled to be working in digital and scoffs at »

- Gary Susman

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Disney's Oscar Nominee 'Frozen' Gets Jazzy at Live Musical Performance (Video)

10 February 2014 9:59 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Sunday night I attended a special "Frozen" musical performance at Vibrato Grill Jazz club with cast members Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Josh Gad (Olaf), and Santino Fontana (Hans) singing the songs of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by David Metzger. Bell was funny doing her little girl Anna for "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"; Bell and Fontana had flirty fun with "Love is an Open Door"; Gad performed "In Summer" with a bravado that reminded me of Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion from "The Wizard of Oz" (in fact, Gad admitted to me afterward that Lahr and "Oz" were indeed an inspiration); and Menzel once again brought great power and intimacy to her Oscar-nominated "Let It Go." The packed house included the husband and wife songwriting team, composer Christophe Beck, directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, »

- Bill Desowitz

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The Wizard of Oz Will Be Honored at The Academy Awards

28 January 2014 8:29 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The 86th Annual Academy Awards will honor the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, a best picture nominee in 1939, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. In addition, ABC has released a new promo featuring Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres being played off by the orchestra.

Here's what Craig Zadan and Neil Meron had to say about their tribute to The Wizard of Oz in a brief statement.

"We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year's Oscars."

The Wizard of Oz received six Oscar nominations, winning two for Original Score and Song.

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The telecast, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live »

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Angela Lansbury: return of a star who shines ever brighter | Observer profile

25 January 2014 5:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

After 40 years, the British-born actress who conquered Hollywood and starred in TV's Murder, She Wrote is back on the West End stage. As she approaches her 90s, she's in her theatrical prime

In the play Blithe Spirit, the wildly eccentric and chaotic clairvoyant Madame Arcati, Noël Coward's most colourful creation, announces that "time is the reef upon which all our frail mystic ships are wrecked".

No aphorism has ever applied less than this does to the actress now about to don the headscarves and bangles to play Arcati in the West End at the age of 88. Dame Angela Lansbury, ennobled earlier this month, has defied the laws of nature by becoming more theatrically prolific as her years have advanced. In 2007, she was Tony award-nominated for her role in a new Terrence McNally play, Deuce, on Broadway; in 2010, she was nominated again for a revival of Sondheim's A Little Night Music; and then, »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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