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The Wizard of Oz, 1939 (2014 re-release in IMAX 3D).
Directed by Victor Fleming.
Starring Judy Garland, Terry “Toto” 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.
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
By Anjelica Oswald
The Academy has a long and complex relationship with musicals, particularly with their ability to secure best picture nominations. The best picture nomination for Les Miserables (2012) at the 85th Academy Awards marked the first time since Chicago’s (2002) nomination and win that a musical was nominated in that category, and as of this moment, there aren’t many options that could break into the category this year.
Since premiering at Toronto, The Last 5 Years — the film adaption of the off-broadway musical written by Jason Robert Brown — has been receiving decent reviews but nothing that would propel it to best picture status. The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney said both Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan bring “confidence and depth of feeling” to their songs and “shift back and forth between rom-com breeziness and full-blown passion, be it the soaring highs or the heartsick lows” with ease, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Director: Victor FleminG
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
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
There's never a dull moment during Halloween, and 2013 was no different! Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady were inspired by The Wizard of Oz, channeling Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion at a private event, and Heidi Klum was almost unrecognizable as an old woman. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus brought her best Lil' Kim, Demi Lovato wasn't afraid to get a little creepy, and Julianne Hough's Orange Is the New Black costume stirred up quite a bit of controversy. Take a look at all the stars who were out in full-costumed force last year as you start planning for your own look this year! Source: Instagram, Twitter, Pacific Coast News Online, FameFlynet, and Getty »
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 »
A new documentary about one of Ireland’s best loved comedians, Tommy Tiernan, will close the Sky Road & TV Festival Denzel Washington turned up in a whole bunch of clips for The Equalizer Star Wars Episode VII was due to go back to Kerry in November, then it wasn’t Stan Lee confirmed a movie about the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, also known as Black Panther Another Game Of Thrones cast member signed on for Star Wars Episode VII Dublin is to host a charity screening of Dracula Untold The Ohio State Reformatory or as you may know it, The Shawshank reopened its doors to the public for a time An IMAX trailer for the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz had us wishing we were in Kansas The sequel to Magic Mike, called Magic Mike Xxl started shooting Ivan Reitman said that Ghostbusters 3 »
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While the #CinephilePhoto trend on Twitter is highlighting a lot of favorite shots from filmmakers and fans alike, CineFix has decided to collect what they they are the 100 Most Iconic Shots of All-Time. They start all the way in the past with some of the earliest motion pictures, moving through iconic silent films very quickly until things move very quickly beginning with Citizen Kane. Now this isn't entirely meant to be definitive, though it strives for some objectivity by including well-regarded films of history like North by Northwest and The Wizard of Oz as well as pop culture icons like Raiders of the Lost Ark and more. Here's CineFix's picks for the 100 Most Iconic Shots of All-Time (via Movies.com): While I'm not sure I entirely agree with inclusions like Pretty Woman, The Notebook or Some Like It Hot, despite the timeless nature of the latter comedy in cinema's history, »
- Ethan Anderton
John F. Kennedy famously once said that “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” Herbert Hoover once said that “Children are our most valuable resource.” Well, these guys probably felt this way because they weren’t around to see the majority of the children we will be discussing today.
Indeed, the world of cinema has given us its fair share of memorable kid characters over the years. From Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz to John Connor in Terminator 2; kid characters have a way of extracting nearly every type of emotion out of us. They can raise the stakes of an already tense situation. They can show how silly and oftentimes corrupt the world is when shown through the eyes of a child. Or, as we’ll be discussing today, sometimes they can just creep us out. Nothing amps up »
- Jesse Gumbarge
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Recently we ran a story about The Wizard of Oz returning to IMAX cinemas, to celebrate it’s 75th anniversary, and now a dedicated trailer has clicked it’s heels all the way into our inbox. The IMAX variety of Dorothy and company has been digitally re-mastered with proprietary IMAX Dmr® (Digital Re-mastering) technology allowing whole new audiences and generations to discover some classic movie magic that is faithful to the original vision whilst introducing it to a whole new audience. You can get on the yellow brick road at your local IMAX from September 12th »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Digital Spy rounds up the 5 must-see movies for September below...
Release date: September 5
Why you should see it: Dan Stevens is a long way from Downton Abbey in this upcoming thriller from Adam Wingard. The Brit actor has slimmed down, beefed up and turned violent as a soldier who infiltrates the lives of a suburban family. Critics have already been raving about the film based on festival screenings, so consider our interest piqued.
Release date: September 12
Why you should see it: In one of his final roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman is on top form as a German security agent drawn into the War on Terror in Hamburg. Based on a John le Carré novel and directed by Anton Corbijn, »
In the world of movie poster collecting, title trumps everything. A mediocre half-sheet for Casablanca or a lobby card for The Wizard of Oz will sell for thousands whereas an exquisite piece of graphic design for an obscure Czech drama can be picked up for peanuts. For good reason of course: people want movie posters to remind them of the movies they love. But I am always endlessly impressed by the bottomless well of superb design and illustration that is out there for films that have been all but forgotten. As a random example, this week the French poster dealer Dominique Besson released 171 posters for auction on eBay, and, though many of them are for well-known films I was struck by the fact that many of the most eye-catching designs were for quite obscure French films from the 40s and 50s. And all can be picked up for a song. »
- Adrian Curry
To mark the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX will be giving cinemagoers across the UK the chance to experience the timeless classic in the immersive IMAX® 3D format for the first time ever. Lovingly revived and renewed frame by frame over 18 months, The Wizard of Oz is coming back to the big screen exclusively in IMAX® cinemas across the UK from 12 September, 2014. The Wizard of Oz: An IMAX 3D Experience has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of An IMAX 3D Experience® with proprietary IMAX Dmr® (Digital Re-mastering) technology allowing whole new audiences and generations to discover some classic movie magic that is faithful to the original vision whilst introducing it to a whole new audience. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX®‘s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will allow audiences to »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Venice — Your enjoyment of dodgy comedy "She's Funny That Way" will depend hugely on your personal tolerance for coincidence as plot mechanic. How many coincidences need to occur before the characters might as well start saying "a wizard did it" by way of explaining the wherefores of the plot? What's your personal tipping point? Perhaps your answer will depend on genre. Even in sci-fi or fantasy, "a wizard did it" is still a pretty poor explanation unless the wizard has a satisfying motive. In a more realistic genre, the greater the number of coincidences, the greater the strain on audience credulity. The genre of farce, though broadly realistic (there are usually no wizards), is of course often borderline fantastical in terms of the believability of people's behavior and the frequency with which coincidence craps all over the characters' hopes and dreams. "She's Funny That Way" leans heavily on this creaky »
- Catherine Bray
Film fans can be some of the most passionate fans in the world. Many cinephiles have their rooms filled and walls covered with posters, models, books, and strange odds and ends. Some of the wealthier movie fanatics are privileged (and slightly crazy) enough to take home pieces of cinema history themselves at great costs.
Robot Mafia has an inforgraph created by Joe MacFarland that details the prices of the 33 most expensive props in history. There are some obvious ones like Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from Star Wars at $240,000, the Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz at $660,000, and James Bond’s Aston Martin from Godleneye at a whopping $4,408,456.
The most recent prop on the list is a vial of the soldier soldier serum from 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger at $3,959. The oldest item is King Kong himself, or at least what remains of him in the form of the »
- Max Molinaro
The Wizard of Oz has unveiled a new trailer ahead of its return to UK cinemas with a 3D IMAX release next month.
The Hollywood classic, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, has been digitally restored frame-by-frame over the course of 18 months for its fresh run on the big screen.
The film, which was re-released in the Us last autumn in IMAX format, will be back in the UK from September 12 courtesy of Warner Bros.
The Wizard of Oz won two Academy Awards in 1940, for Best Song ('Over the Rainbow') and Best Original Score, and was nominated in a further four categories including Best Picture, where it lost out to Gone with the Wind.
Disney revisited Baum's story in 2013 with Oz the Great and Powerful, a loose prequel »
Did you know NBC was planning on taking viewers back to the land of Oz? Well, don’t get too excited yet; unfortunately, NBC decided to renege on the adventure. The Hollywood Reporter is stating that NBC has already pulled the plug on their new take on the classic story, “The Wizard of Oz,” called “Emerald City,” even though NBC had already placed a direct-to-series order. The series was slated for a 10-episode pickup with Josh Friedman, the executive producer of “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” writing the script with Matt Arnold, the creator and writer of “Siberia.” The show was a modern and much more dramatic take on the story, [ Read More ]
The post NBC Cancels Direct-to-Series Order of Emerald City appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Over the past few years, anti-Western sentiment has spread through portions of Russian society. In fact, there.s currently a bill being debated that would ban foreign films that portray Russia or its citizens in a negative manner. Fortunately, that doesn.t mean the country has adopted a completely negative attitude toward Hollywood. In fact, the Ministry of Culture just released a list of movies it recommends all Russians watch, and it is filled with some of the greatest flicks Americans have ever produced. Of the 100 entries chosen, a good percentage of them come from Hollywood, and many of them are exactly the ones you would expect. It.s A Wonderful Life, Titanic, One Flew Over The Cuckoo.s Nest, Star Wars, E.T. and The Wizard Of Oz. Others, however, you probably wouldn.t have guessed immediately. They include Bambi, Amadeus, Apocalypse Now and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. You »
Perhaps when Once Upon a Time first hit ABC, it made a lot of sense for NBC execs to plot their own fantasy adventure series adapted from a children’s classic. Times quickly changed, though – weak storylines caused many to drop that show, and its spinoff Once Upon a Time in Wonderland proved Doa. Now, NBC’s planned series, Wizard of Oz reimagining Emerald City, won’t even make it to that stage.
After producers and network heads came to an impasse over the series’ creative vision, NBC recently chose to drop the show, which it previously gave a straight-to-series order, altogether. It’s somewhat surprising to hear this news now, given that NBC spent money talking the series up at this year’s Comic-Con (see the pic above), but straight-to-series offerings not panning out is nothing new. The same fate befell Fox’s Ancient Egyptian drama Hieroglyph earlier this »
- Isaac Feldberg
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