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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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Preview of Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower: Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner’ #1

10 August 2014 8:30 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

One of the more surprising successes in comics during the last decade was Marvel’s literary adaptations like Ender’s Game and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The longest running of these adaptations and possibly the most popular were their comics set in the world of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. After over a year since we last one-shot, So Fell Lord Perth, and two years since the last mini-series, The Man in Black, Marvel is bring The Dark Tower back with The Dark Tower: Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner.

Now with a preview for the first issue, releasing in September, Marvel looks like they’re keeping The Dark Tower just as dark and strange as the fans have come to expect.

For more info, check out what Marvel has to say below:

This September, Stephen King’s fan-favorite Dark Tower epic returns to Marvel for an »

- Max Molinaro

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See the Trailer for Titan's Collected Edition of The Weirding Willows

1 July 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

With Vol. 1 of the hardcover collection of Dave Elliott's The Weirding Willows (art by Barnaby Bagenda and Sami Basri), arriving Today, Titan has released a trailer to make sure you haven't forgotten. Vol. 1 also includes an exclusive brand-new chapter.

Step into The Weirding Willows… and be transported to worlds beyond your imagination.

The 104-page A1 Presents: The Weirding Willows Vol.1 Hardcover is published by Titan Comics.

The series by Elliott, Bagenda, and Basri includes such characters as Alice from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll; Damon Frankenstein from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; Mole, Ratty, Mr. Toad, and Mr. Badger from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum; Dr. Henry Jekyll from Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson; and many more. Colorists are Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, »

- Debi Moore

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Titan's First Collected Edition of The Weirding Willows Includes a Brand-New Chapter

2 June 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Dave Elliott's The Weirding Willows (art by Barnaby Bagenda and Sami Basri) is the ultimate literature/pop culture mash-up featuring some truly classic characters. With the Vol. 1 hardcover arriving July 1st, we have more details and a look at the cover.

Step into The Weirding Willows… and be transported to worlds beyond your imagination. This astounding first collected edition includes a brand-new chapter, exclusive to this volume.

The series by Elliott, Bagenda, and Basri includes such characters as Alice from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll; Damon Frankenstein from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; Mole, Ratty, Mr. Toad, and Mr. Badger from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum; Dr. Henry Jekyll from Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson; and many more. Colorists are Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, »

- Debi Moore

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The Best (and Worst) of Oz

27 May 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is the eighteenth film set in Oz. Or the seventeenth, if you discount 1978’s The Wiz, which doesn’t exactly take place there, but rather in a fantastical Oz-fitted New York City. Or maybe Dorothy’s Return is actually the nineteenth, if you count the 1921 silent film adaptation which never actually made it to movie screens.

The point is, over the last century, filmmakers have been drawn back to L. Frank Baum’s magical source novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; there’s something fundamentally cinematic about Dorothy, Toto and her colourful troupe of friends skipping down a yellow brick road to an emerald-green city. Here’s a brief look at the most successful big-screen adaptations – and a few of the very worst.

The Best The Wizard of Oz (1939)

When you think ‘The Wizard of Oz’, you think 1939’s pop culture-spewing, endlessly iconic The Wizard of Oz. »

- Gary Green

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Fortitude Int'l signs Young Santa

17 May 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fortitude International has acquired international sales rights to L Frank Baum adaptation Young Santa.

Sean McNamara, whose credits include Soul Surfer, will direct from a screenplay adapted by David Casci and Joel T Smith.

Gudrun Giddings and Christian Arnold-Beutel produce with Fortitude International partner Daniel Wagner of BiFrost Pictures

Production on the Santa Claus origin story is set for later this year and the producers are out to cast. Baum famously wrote children’s classic The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz.

Fortitude International, launched by Nadine de Barros and producers Wagner and Robert Ogden Barnum, is in Cannes with a slate that includes The End Of The Tour.

The David Foster Wallace biopic will star Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired all English-speaking territories earlier this year. 

de Barros is also talking up the Barbra Streisand directing project and will announce further details in due course.

Fortitude’s war chest »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Film Review: ‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return’ is For Kids Only

10 May 2014 6:20 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The so-called “legend of Oz” will cease to be legendary if they keep producing lame re-engineerings of the 1939 classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Close on the heels of last year’s dud, “Oz the Great and Powerful,” comes the dully rendered “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.”

Rating: 2.5/5.0

The screenplay – by Adam Balsam and Randi Barnes – is strictly boilerplate, with no consideration for creating something different for the Dorothy and Oz story, just an odd updating of the Kansas atmosphere and a rather depressing disaster area in the town after the first tornado. The voice casting of TV actress Lea Michele (“Glee”) as Dorothy is a sure sign of a way to lower the budget, and although some of the elements are interesting (the voice of Patrick Stewart as a talking piece of wood), overall the film will work as a glazed-eye babysitter for the kids, while adults »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Oscars 2014: Pink pays tribute to 75 years of 'Wizard Of Oz'

2 March 2014 8:13 PM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Los Angeles, March 3: Singer Pink regaled the celebrity-studded audience at the Dolby Theatre as she paid a tribute to the 1939 musical fantasy film 'The Wizard Of Oz' at the 86th Academy Awards here Sunday.

Veteran actress Whoopi Goldberg gave the introduction note to the special segment and acknowledged the presence of late iconic actress Judy Garland's three children - Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft, at the event.

Pink crooned the evergreen 'Somewhere over the rainbow' from 'The Wizard Of Oz', the commercial adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

Ians »

- Shiva Prakash

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NBC Gives Series Orders To ‘Emerald City’ & ‘The Slap’, Pilot Order To Katherine Heigl Drama

19 January 2014 9:35 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Updated: NBC has given a 10-episode order to Emerald City, an Oz-themed drama from Siberia creator/showrunner Matthew Arnold. The order comes after the project recently underwent a rewrite by Josh Friedman. The two  will executive produce through Universal Television where Friedman is under a deal. A writers room is slated to get up and running soon but casting may be postponed until after pilot season.   Emerald City is described as a modern and dark reimagining of the classic tale of Oz in the vein of Game Of Thrones, drawing upon stories from Baum’s original 14 books that include lethal warriors, competing kingdoms, and the infamous wizard as we’ve never seen him before. A head-strong 20-year-old Dorothy Gale is unwittingly sent on an eye-opening journey that thrusts her into the center of an epic and bloody battle for the control of Oz. Following the success of the 1900 The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Labeouf, Bay Remembered: 104-Year-Old Double Oscar Winner and Birthday Celebrant Ignored at the Globes

14 January 2014 6:28 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Luise Rainer today: As of last Sunday, the two-time Best Actress Oscar winner is 104 years old Inevitably, the Transformers movies’ director Michael Bay (who recently had an on-camera "meltdown" after a teleprompter stopped working at the Consumer Electronics Show) and the Transformers movies’ star Shia Labeouf (who was recently accused of plagiarism) were mentioned — or rather, blasted, in current media parlance — at the 2014 Golden Globe awards show, held this past Sunday, January 12, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Left unmentioned, however, was London resident and two-time Best Actress Oscar winner Luise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth) — who just happened to turn 104 years old on the day of the Golden Globes ceremony. (Photo: Luise Rainer in the mid-1930s.) Luise Rainer movies Of course, quite possibly none of the people attending the Golden Globes had ever heard of — let alone seen a movie featuring — Luise Rainer (or »

- Andre Soares

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