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Oldest Oscar Winner - and First Consecutive Winner - Dead at 104

30 December 2014 2:15 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Luise Rainer dies at age 104: Rainer was first consecutive Oscar winner, first two-time winner in acting categories and oldest surviving winner (photo: MGM star Luise Rainer in the mid-'30s.) The first consecutive Academy Award winner, the first two-time winner in the acting categories, and, at age 104, the oldest surviving Oscar winner as well, Luise Rainer (Best Actress for The Great Ziegfeld, 1936, and The Good Earth, 1937) died at her London apartment on December 30 -- nearly two weeks before her 105th birthday. Below is an article originally posted in January 2014, at the time Rainer turned 104. I'll be sharing more Luise Rainer news later on Tuesday. January 17, 2014: 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 »

- Andre Soares

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‘Catherine The Great’ Leads The Blacklist 2014: Full List — Update

15 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Updated With Full List Of Scripts, Writers, And Reps: Catherine The Great, about the rise and life of the famous (sometimes notorious) 18th-Century Russian monarch, was the top vote-getter among 70 scripts chosen for the 2014 Black List of the year’s best un-produced scripts. The screenplay, by Los Angeles writer and producer Kristina Lauren Anderson, was announced as part of an hour-plus process on Twitter and YouTube this morning.

Each of the 70 screenplays on this 10th annual list was chosen by a group of 250 development executives, agents and other Hollywood insiders as among the year’s best un-produced scripts in a process overseen by Franklin Leonard of Anderson’s screenplay received 51 votes.

Other notables in the list include writer/actor/director Kenneth Lonergan with Manchester-By-The-Sea, which is being produced by Matt Damon and Chris Moore. Randall Green had two scripts make the list, The Swimsuit Issue and Cartoon Girl. »

- David Bloom and Jen Yamato

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The Black List Announces 2014 Screenplays

15 December 2014 11:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Catherine the Great” by Kristina Lauren Anderson took the No. 1 spot on this year’s Black List of the top unproduced screenplays.

The script centers on the upbringing and marriage of the woman who became the empress of Russia.

The annual lineup consists of the year’s best unproduced scripts in Hollywood as voted on by more than 250 studio execs. Previous alumni of the list include “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Argo,” “The King’s Speech,” “Foxcatcher,” “Whiplash” and “The Imitation Game.”

This year’s announcement was made by tweets with a YouTube link to a video announcement. Participants included Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Banks, Daniel Radcliffe, David Oyelowo, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Rian Johnson, Ava Duvernay, Damien Chazelle, Phil Lord & Chris Miller, Matthew Weiner and Billy Ray.

The first project announcement, presented by Nathan Fillion, was for “Professor Pasghetti” by Jeff Feuerstein. It centers on a famous children’s author with an affinity for drugs and hookers. »

- Dave McNary

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Wicked movie rumoured for 2016?

2 December 2014 4:35 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A big screen version of the hit stage musical Wicked has been talked about for a number of years now. Stephen Daldry (The Reader, Billy Elliot) has been linked to direct but as yet no other information has been confirmed by Universal; however we may be seeing the movie adaptation a lot sooner than we first anticipated.

FilmDivider are claiming that one of their sources witnessed the Screen Film Summit presentation by Vue Cinemas CEO Tim Richards and during the slide-show Wicked was being hailed as a highlight of the 2016 release calendar.

If this is indeed the case then we should be getting some official clarification from Universal very soon as casting and production would be due to begin early next year.

Wicked is a 2003 Broadway musical – and later hit the West End – based on the 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, which is itself an alternate adaptation of L. Frank Baum »

- Gavin Logan

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Watch: Men In Funny Clothes In It's A Disaster Director Todd Berger's World Premiere Music Video For Maxie Dean's Tornado

25 November 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Nope it's not Kansas. It ain't Oz either. Instead it's La's trendy Echo Park neighborhood that plays home for this brand new music video for the band Maxie Dean's hit song Tornado. The world premiere of this stylized vid comes to us courtesy of director Todd Berger who you may know as member of the comedy troupe The Vacationeers and director of the 2013 apocalyptic laugher It's A Disaster. Here's what Mr. Berger had to say about his inspiration: We all know that L Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz was a satire of the 1890's Us economy with the Yellow Brick Road representing the reliance on the gold standard, The Scarecrow representing the plight of the American farmer, the Tin Man representing the...

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"Oz" Author Baum Gets A Biopic

19 September 2014 8:18 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

New Line Cinema has acquired Josh Golden's spec script "Road to Oz" which chronicles the early days of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" author L. Frank Baum.

Baum was a prolific writer who penned that famed book and its thirteen sequels. He also wrote over two dozen other books. The plan is to lock in a director Asap, while the script itself has been nominated for the Nicholls Fellowship award to be announced next month.

Nellie Bellflower, who produced the J.M. Barrie biopic "Finding Neverland," worked with Golden and Michael Mislove on developing the script. Bellflower, Mislove and Beau Flynn will produce the feature.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 »

- (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 | | See recent 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 Fendelman)

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

2 March 2014 8:13 PM, PST | | 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, »


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