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Saul Dibb’s World War II drama Suite FRANÇAISE has added Sam Riley to it’s cast that already includes Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas and Matthias Schoenaerts. The film is based on the novel by Irène Némirovsky and Riley will be playing Benoît Sabarie, a French solider who escapes from German captivity and returns home to the family farm where Michelle Williams conceals him from the authorities. Williams’ herself has her own worries having fallen in love with a German Officer (played by Matthias Schoenaerts).
Riley broke out playing Ian Curtis in 2007′ Control where he received positive reviews for his portrayal of the troubled Joy Division front man and was last seen in Walter Salles’ On The Road and vampire flick Byzantium. He is currently filming Western Das Finstere Tal and has just finished up on Robert Stromberg’s directorial debut Maleficent; the re-telling of the story of ‘Sleeping Beauty »
- Victoria Bull
With director Sam Raimi’s fantastic prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Oz The Great and Powerful, now on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with VFX Supervisor Scott Stokdyk. As most of you know, the film centers on a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics (James Franco) who finds himself transported to Oz, and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). Loaded with incredible visuals, amazing 3D, and a beautiful world created by production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland, Avatar), Oz is the type of movie I believe families will watch together for years to come. During the interview, Stokdyk talked about his early work on Starship Troopers and The Fifth Element, collaborating with Sam Raimi, what he learned on Oz that he can apply to future work, the technical challenges, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
How much are you willing to spend on a Blu-ray combo pack if you don’t get any special features? I’ve posed this question in so many words in past Disney Blu-ray Roundup columns, and it’s perhaps never felt more pressing than today, specific to three of their four new releases. (We’ll get to Oz the Great and Powerful a bit later on.) One of Disney’s more prevalent decisions relative to home media in the last few years has been releasing as much of their older feature content as possible, as quickly and simply as possible. There are quite a few Disney full-length animated features that don’t yet have Blu-ray releases, but by the end of 2013, that number will be dwindling close to zero. Today, Disney releases three films from directly after their Renaissance period of the 1990s: The Emperor’s New Groove, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, »
- Josh Spiegel
In anticipation of the June 11 release of Oz the Great and Powerful on Blu-ray and DVD (you can order your copy by clicking right here), actors Mila Kunis and Zach Braff sat down for a Q&A during which they discussed their roles in the film, and their careers.
Q: How did you get involved with Oz The Great And Powerful?
Kunis: When I first met with [Oz The Great And Powerful director] Sam Raimi, we talked for four hours about the different characters – but from the very beginning, I gravitated toward Theodora. I had a great meeting, but I never thought for two seconds that I would appear in the movie. But then, a week later, Sam called and offered me the role. I was like, “What? Seriously?”
Q: What was it like to walk on to the »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
With director Sam Raimi’s fantastic prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Oz The Great and Powerful, hitting DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D on June 11th, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Joey King (who plays China Girl). As most of you know, the film centers on a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics (James Franco) who finds himself transported to Oz and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). Loaded with incredible visuals, amazing 3D, and a beautiful world created by production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland, Avatar), Oz is the type of movie I can see families watching together for years to come. During the interview, King talked about her reaction to seeing the finished film for the first time, collaborating with Sam Raimi, what it was like walking on the yellow brick road for the first time, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
“J.J. is the genius kid who has a great personality too so you can’t hate him,” chuckles long-time J.J. Abrams collaborator Scott Chambliss who has done production design work for him ever since they brought the television series Felicity [Wbtn, 2000 to 2001] to the small screen. “He’s quick on the draw and is also brave. The telling moments for us in terms of the transition were at the beginning of Mission: Impossible 3 . It was being strongly suggested to him that he surround himself with a bunch of well-known seasoned pros on every level, in front and behind the camera. J.J. made a strong case that he’d do a better job for them if he brought some of his key players with him; once J.J. »
Certainly the first box-office surprise hits of the year cam with the release of director Sam Raimi’s 3D fantasy adventure Oz The Great And Powerful. Adapted from the famed novel series by L Frank Baum, the Walt Disney-produced prequel to The Wizard Of Oz, will soon make its way onto the home entertainment DVD, Blu-ray and download formats to capture the magic once again and we have all the release details in the following press release.
Debuts On Disney Blu-ray™, Digital Download,
3D Blu-Ray™ And DVD On 1 July 2013
The fantastical family adventure “Oz The Great And Powerful” debuts on Disney Blu-ray™, Digital Download on iTunes, 3D Blu-ray™ and DVD on 1 July 2013. Audiences are invited to step into the enchanted and vibrant world of Oz to discover the story of small-time circus magician, Oscar Diggs, as he embarks on a quest to restore unity and peace to the land »
- Craig Hunter
Richard Madden: Game of Thrones’ King of the North to play Prince Charming in Cinderella Richard Madden, Game of Thrones‘ King of the North Robb Stark, has been cast as Prince Charming in Disney’s live-action retelling of the Cinderella fairy-tale. A few days ago, Lily James (Wrath of the Titans, Downton Abbey) was announced as the actress to try on Cinderella’s tiny glass slippers. The other major Cinderella cast member announced so far is Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator), who’ll play the evil Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother — perhaps with shades of Queen Elizabeth I? Cinderella follows in the (sizable) footsteps of other fairy-tales that have reached the world’s screens in recent years: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010), starring Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, grossed $1.02 billion worldwide. Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror »
- Zac Gille
Oz the Great and Powerful is coming home pretty quickly, and on June 11th you’ll be able to catch the magic. There’s plenty to recommend about this release just based on the film (catch our podcast review here), but here’s one that looks to be filled with interesting extras as well.
Not only are there several featurettes – catch the full list below – and a Second Screen offering, but you also get My Journey in Oz, a personal story produced and directed by James Franco. Something like a super production diary, this looks to be more than your normal bonus material. You can check out a clip of that extra below.
Unlike many recent releases, which seem to be showing a trend towards a downturn in bonus content, this one is packed. Music featurettes, character and creature featurettes, Zach Braff takes you behind-the-scenes of his own personal adventure working voice magic, »
- Marc Eastman
Video On Demand, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $39.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $44.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo $44.99
Disney returns to Oz with a prequel this time in Oz the Great and Powerful.
Based on author Frank L. Baum’s classic children’s stories, the fantasy movie imagines how the illusionist Oz might have made it to the magical land.
Screenwriters Mitchell Kapner (The Whole Nine Yards) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rise of the Gaurdians) start their story with Oscar Diggs (James Franco, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), a.k.a. the small-time circus magician Oz the Great and Powerful. He’s more con artist than magician, and when his dubious ethics push him into a hot air balloon to avoid a beating, Oz gets whisked away from dusty Kansas to a magical land.
In Oz, Diggs discovers that there’s a prophecy that »
Confirming a rumor report we published back in late March, Disney today announced a June 11 release date for Oz The Great and Powerful on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD.
Disney is releasing a total of three Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D skus of Oz The Great and Powerful. The Blu-ray combo pack is straightfoward with a DVD and digital copy of the film also included in the package. A single-disc Blu-ray version will also include a digital copy.
The Blu-ray 3D edition sheds all other formats save for a digital copy. The only way to own the Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray versions of the films is to buy both skus individually.
The following bonus features are only available on the Blu-ray combos »
Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful will once again provide audiences with a magical entertainment experience when it debuts for in-home release on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital and On-Demand, June 11, 2013.
A must-own for any home entertainment collection, the Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) of Oz: The Great and Powerful brings the epic adventure to life with its vibrantly colorful picture and sound, and boasts a sensational variety of never-before-seen bonus materials including: "The Magic of Oz: The Great and Powerful Second Screen Feature" that provides viewers with an immersive opportunity to journey into the fantastical lands of Oz; James Franco's personal story of his journey to the land of Oz that is produced and directed by the Oscar nominated star himself; Golden Globe nominee Mila Kunis' makeup metamorphosis which is hosted by Academy Award-winning makeup artist Howard Berger; A back-stage journey through each of the »
There's no place like home video: Oz The Great and Powerful Blu-ray and DVD details have been released!
No need to click your heels together folks - your wish is coming true sooner than you think. Disney has released details on the upcoming Oz The Great and Powerful Blu-ray and DVD sets. It streets June 11 and the details straight from the House of Mouse follow, after this clip from the disc's special features:
Disney’s “Oz The Great and Powerful” will once again provide audiences with a magical entertainment experience when it debuts for in-home release on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, Digital and On-Demand, June 11, 2013.
A must-own for any home entertainment collection, the Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) of “Oz The Great and Powerful” brings the epic adventure to life with its vibrantly colorful picture and sound, and boasts a sensational variety of never-before-seen bonus materials including: “The »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
Sharlto Copley is reuniting with Neill Blomkamp for a third time. The director has chosen Copley as the lead in his next feature, entitled Chappie. Blomkamp is keeping plot details about the project under wraps, but did say that the film will be a sci-fi comedy set in an “unusual” place. As for Copley, there’s no word on who he’ll be.
Blomkamp’s casting choice doesn’t come as a huge surprise. He started his career with Copley as his lead actor, in 2009′s District 9. Their next collaboration is Elysium, another sci-fi film which also stars Matt Damon. The film opens in theaters this August 9th.
Source: THR »
- Laura Frances
Little is known about the story of Chappie, except that it is a sci-fi comedy that takes place in a "unique setting." The actor teased his involvement in the project with a Facebook post over the weekend.
Though it's not a huge surprise given their friendship, EW has confirmed that writer-director Neill Blomkamp and star Sharlto Copley will reteam for a third science fiction feature film, Chappie . Detail's on Chappie 's plot are few, but it is said to mix in a comedy element and boasts an "unusual setting." Blomkamp and Copley first worked together on 2009's District 9 . Their next, Elysium , hits theaters on August 9. Copley can also be seen coming up in Sebastian Cordero's Europa Report , Spike Lee's Oldboy and Robert Stromberg's Maleficent . »
Odd List Simon Brew 25 Apr 2013 - 06:50
As blockbuster season is now underway, with the release of Iron Man 3 and Oblivion, it's traditional for us to look ahead to what's coming next summer, and to examine what treats are on the horizon. We've thus sliced out the big films, that we know of now, that are being released between April and August 2014 (Noah, due at the end of March, just misses the cut, as does early March Tom Cruise vehicle, All You Need Is Kill).
And while there's some familiarity to them, there are signs it might just be a more interesting summer than you may think....
Someone at Marvel has been watching the paintball episodes of Community too. That would explain »
Jp 3D preview in early April at the Academy's Goldwyn theater, Life of Pi screening, and panel discussions: AMPAS focuses on various 'breakthroughs in visual effects' in Hollywood movies The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a special preview of Steven Spielberg's 1993 sci-fier / adventure Jurassic Park, recently converted to 3D, on April 2 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater located on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. (Pictured above: A famished Tyrannosaurus Rex considers eating a cab, wheels and all.) The preview is part of a series of evenings that will tackle "breakthroughs in visual effects" in American cinema. The series ends on May 6, following a screening of Ang Lee's 3D drama / adventure / fantasy Life of Pi, also to be held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. According to AMPAS's press release, the JP3D preview will feature a discussion following the film. In attendance will be several of the movie's crew members, »
- Anna Robinson
Despite several new releases this past weekend, Oz: The Great and Powerful finished in first place at the box office again. With a domestic total of $145 million and counting, the L. Frank Baum prequel has already proven to be immensely profitable for its Disney overlords, and boy do the overlords know it. With word out that screenwriter Mitchell Kapner has already begun working on a purported sequel, questions of the Oz franchise’s direction have gotten mixed into the half-furor of movie blog-dom. Which characters might return? Is Sam Raimi coming back? What’s even left to tell?
That last question might be the most compelling of all, since the Oz franchise seems to be setting itself on a trajectory similar to the Star Wars Prequels. And that’s probably not a good thing.
Roses are CGI, Violets are CGI, Everything Is CGI
Oz’s most distinctive feature was its bright, »
- David Klein
Disney started developing the Oz the Great and Powerful sequel before director Sam Raimi’s film even opened at the global box office, prompting confusion among people who were under the (mistaken) impression that Raimi had created a prequel that directly leads into the story for The Wizard of Oz (as opposed to, a spiritual predecessor to the 1939 movie).
Raimi and his Oz production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland) had to be careful, when it came to paying tribute to the 1939 classic’s representation of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. That’s because WB/MGM owns the rights to certain Wizard of Oz iconography that did not originate in L. Frank Baum’s source novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” – such as the Ruby Slippers – and those items cannot be reused in any Oz ...
Click to continue reading No Dorothy in ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Sequel; WB Developing New »
- Sandy Schaefer
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