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It's unfortunate that director Andrew Stanton has to deal with his $250 million-budgeted “John Carter” being synonymous with high-stakes cinematic failure, but such are the risks that come with the gamble. Bryan Singer is the latest to join the club however, after “Jack the Giant Slayer” ($195 million) swiftly bombed at the box office this past weekend, earning just $27.2 million. Now, Disney is again on the chopping block with their similarly massive “Oz The Great and Powerful" (our review),” but will Sam Raimi's direction and Mila Kunis' intense likability score a successful result at last for the studio? Disney are obviously hoping for the sort of box-office that followed their 2010 Tim Burton-directed “Alice in Wonderland,” which took in more than $1 billion that year. 'Oz' is a unique venture for the studio though, one that finds its roots back during the production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” While a prequel to. »

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