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Judy Garland's sweat-stained Wizard of Oz dress sells for more than $1.5m

23 November 2015 4:56 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bonhams sells pinafore dress that had one careful wearer and is believed to be one of only two such dresses Garland wore on-screen for the classic musical

The blue gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz sold for $1.56m at an auction in New York on Monday.

Related: Judy Garland's missing ruby slippers: anonymous donor offers $1m reward

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Film Review: ‘Chi-Raq’

22 November 2015 10:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It may not take much to make Spike Lee angry, but there’s no denying he gives us his reasons and then some in “Chi-Raq,” a sprawling, blistering state-of-the-union address that presents Chicago’s South Side as a cesspool of black-on-black violence, gang warfare, gun worship and macho misogyny, ruled by unbreakable cycles of poverty and oppression. All that social outrage clearly demanded similarly outsized treatment, and Lee and co-writer Kevin Willmott (“Csa: The Confederate States of America”) have found a remarkably accommodating vessel in Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata,” whose tale of an ancient Greek heroine leading an anti-war sex strike has been updated here as an alternately soulful and scalding, playful and deadly serious 21st-century oratorio. Blunt, didactic and stronger on conceptual audacity than dramatic coherence, this is still the most vital, lived-in work in some time from a filmmaker who has never shied away from speaking his mind or irritating his ideological foes, »

- Justin Chang

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Latest Trailer for The Musk Channels The Wizard of Oz

21 November 2015 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Hot damn, this is one weird trailer. If it can even be called a trailer because it seems like a safe bet that it doesn’t contain any footage from the actual film, instead opting for a parody of The Wizard… Continue Reading →

The post Latest Trailer for The Musk Channels The Wizard of Oz appeared first on Dread Central. »

- David Gelmini

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Daniel Radcliffe excited about Potter spin-off

21 November 2015 2:49 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Daniel Radcliffe will be ''first in the queue'' to see 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them'. The 26-year-old actor is excited at the thought of the 'Harry Potter' spin-off - which stars Eddie Redmayne - but is pleased he isn't going to be a part of the project and can just enjoy it as a fan. He said: ''I'm really happy they're doing it, but I like that I'm not involved. ''I know very little about it, but I'll be first in the queue.'' The 'Victor Frankenstein' actor admits the film offers he received when he first ended filming on the wizarding franchise were ''not good'', with a particular low point being a movie he was offered with 'Harry Potter' co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. He recalled: ''They weren't good [offers]. I was offered a remake of 'The Wizard of Oz' with Rupert and Emma. »

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Watch: 7-Minute Video Essay Explores The Differences In The Film Or The Novel

20 November 2015 1:18 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If your answer to the question “the film or the novel?” is “whichever one I’ll finish faster,” then perhaps you should consider new hobbies. Your real answer should be that you want to explore both paradigms; you should want to learn the perspectives, both new and old, of an engaging story. That being said, these mediums are infinitely different despite the common stories and ideas that may be at their root. A novel is composed of thoughts, of moods, of the essence of a protagonist and their innerworkings and desires. A film can have the same thoughts, moods, and essences, but you see them in the form of different scenery, a color change, a wardrobe change, or dramatic lighting. In the newest video essay from Now You See It, the idea of film vs. novel is explored and the differences in specific examples — namely “The Great Gatsby,” “The Hunger Games, »

- Samantha Vacca

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NYC Weekend Watch: Todd Haynes, ‘1941,’ ‘Gun Crazy,’ ‘Battleship Potemkin’ & More

20 November 2015 3:14 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

The release of Carol (our coverage can be found here) brings “Todd Haynes: The Other Side of Dreams,” which will pair the director’s work with his personal favorites. Safe and Imitation of Life show on Friday; on Saturday, see “Todd Haynes: Rarities” — which brings Dottie Gets Spanked, »

- Nick Newman

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‘I Hate Fairyland’ #2 is Sweet, delicious kitsch

19 November 2015 1:21 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I Hate Fairyland #2

Story and art by Skottie Young

Color by Jean-Francois Beaulieu

Lettering by Nate Piekos

Logo and Design by Rian Hughes

Published by Image Comics

In last month’s issue, readers were introduced to Gertrude, a girl trapped in the magical world of Fairyland and searching for a way home. Unfortunately, years of being trapped in Fairyland has turned her psychotic and she goes on a killing spree. Queen Cloudia has sent out Bruud the Brual to bring back Gertrude’s head. Will Gertrude and her nihilistic companion, Larry the Fly, survive the encounter with Bruud or will their heads end up as mantelpieces in his trophy room?

The issue opens with a well-dressed mouse about to narrate the story of Gertrude, the moon narrator from the last episode having ended up as bloody chunks. He meets the same untimely fate when Gertrude crushes him with a beer mug. »

- Ben Howard

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Gregg Turkington and Rick Alverson talk ‘Entertainment’ and getting inside Neil Hamburger

13 November 2015 6:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The comedian at the center of the new film Entertainment takes the stage of a prison in a cheap, ill-fitting tuxedo and oversized glasses. He has an oily, stringy comb over that reveals more than it conceals. He’s clutching three water bottles under his arm and his grating, high-pitched squeal of a voice repeating the word “Wuuhhyyyy???” does not make his act any more endearing, let alone “entertaining”. Thankfully, his offensive, vulgar joke about the difference between Courtney Love and The American Flag (you wouldn’t urinate on the flag, he says) kills.

Those in the know of anti-comedy on the par of Tim and Eric will recognize this comedian as Neil Hamburger. But Rick Alverson’s new film Entertainment, opening today in theaters and on VOD, stands apart from the cult cred Hamburger brings with him. It’s not a documentary or a behind-the-scenes look and doesn’t »

- Brian Welk

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You’ll Never Guess Who Stops by ‘The View’ to Surprise Whoopi Goldberg for Her Birthday (Video)

12 November 2015 12:47 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Whoopi Goldberg got a special surprise from good friend Robert De Niro on “The View.” The daytime talk show will celebrate Goldberg’s 60th birthday on Friday’s episode, complete with mystery guests from the Oscar winner’s past. Goldberg had to guess who was going to pop up before De Niro appeared. She got clues like his first time acting was as The Cowardly Lion in a school production of “The Wizard of Oz.” He also hinted that he had worked with a certain director a number of times (Martin Scorcese). Also Read: 'The View': Whoopi Goldberg »

- Joe Otterson

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Cannon Busters: Check Out This Great Concept Art (And A Teaser!)

12 November 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

It is already a year ago that a Kickstarter campaign was started for funding a pilot for a Cannon Busters television series. That one brought in well over its limit of $120,000, and an ongoing funding campaign added to that as well. So, where are things now? Well, pretty damn far. As a recap, this is what we wrote last year: Writer-director LeSean Thomas is primarily known for his work on famed animated series The Boondocks (which he co-directed), as well as working on Legend of Korra and Black Dynamite: The Animated Series. Now, he wants to make an animated series based on his own graphic novel Cannon Busters, described as "What happened if The Wizard of Oz met The Hidden Fortress with influences...

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Largely Forgotten, Frequent Cagney Partner Remembered on TCM

11 November 2015 3:42 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Pat O'Brien movies on TCM: 'The Front Page,' 'Oil for the Lamps of China' Remember Pat O'Brien? In case you don't, you're not alone despite the fact that O'Brien was featured – in both large and small roles – in about 100 films, from the dawn of the sound era to 1981. That in addition to nearly 50 television appearances, from the early '50s to the early '80s. Never a top star or a critics' favorite, O'Brien was nevertheless one of the busiest Hollywood leading men – and second leads – of the 1930s. In that decade alone, mostly at Warner Bros., he was seen in nearly 60 films, from Bs (Hell's House, The Final Edition) to classics (American Madness, Angels with Dirty Faces). Turner Classic Movies is showing nine of those today, Nov. 11, '15, in honor of what would have been the Milwaukee-born O'Brien's 116th birthday. Pat O'Brien and James Cagney Spencer Tracy had Katharine Hepburn. »

- Andre Soares

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AFI Fest: Harold Lloyd Classic ‘Safety Last!’ To Screen With Soundtrack From ‘Breaking Bad’ Music Supervisor Thomas Golubic

5 November 2015 12:00 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If ever a show biz professional could be trusted to layer modern cuts over a silent film classic, Thomas Golubic might come close. The music supervisor and DJ has worked on everything from “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead” to “Six Feet Under,” where he used Sia’s “Breathe Me” to stunning effect, and soon in Los Angeles he’ll be premiering a brand new take on one of Harold Lloyd’s most iconic works. This weekend at AFI Fest, the 1923 Lloyd classic “Safety Last!” screens in a 4K restoration, and will be accompanied by a soundtrack curated by Golubic with live sound effects by Mocean Worker. An original score over older films is not at all unprecedented —Giorgio Moroder, Air, and Nicholas Jaar have all tried their hand as such— but Golubic’s presentation is more in line with unexpected mashups like Pink Floyd with “The Wizard of Oz »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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27 years ago: The Beach Boys made chart history when ‘Kokomo’ hit No. 1

5 November 2015 5:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

27 years ago, The Beach Boys set two records when their song “Kokomo” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100. When the song peaked on the chart, it marked the longest gap between chart-toppers for a group (almost 22 years since 1966’s “Good Vibrations”) and the longest stretch of career No. 1s (dating back to The Beach Boys’ first, “I Get Around” over 24 years prior). “Kokomo” rose to popularity partly thanks to its presence on the soundtrack for Tom Cruise movie “Cocktail.” That place off the Florida Keys called Kokomo? It was fictional — at least at the time The Beach Boys recorded the song. But years later, a privately owned island in Montego Bay, Jamaica was named after the song. Now, though, that formerly named Kokomo Island is called Sandals Cay. Another fun fact: John Stamos is seen performing in the music video for “Kokomo” but Brian Wilson is not. Stamos, who has »

- Emily Rome

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Cummings Pt.2: Working with Capra and West, Fighting Columbia in Court

5 November 2015 12:05 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Constance Cummings in 'Night After Night.' Constance Cummings: Working with Frank Capra and Mae West (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.”) Back at Columbia, Harry Cohn didn't do a very good job at making Constance Cummings feel important. By the end of 1932, Columbia and its sweet ingenue found themselves in court, fighting bitterly over stipulations in her contract. According to the actress and lawyer's daughter, Columbia had failed to notify her that they were picking up her option. Therefore, she was a free agent, able to offer her services wherever she pleased. Harry Cohn felt otherwise, claiming that his contract player had waived such a notice. The battle would spill over into 1933. On the positive side, in addition to Movie Crazy 1932 provided Cummings with three other notable Hollywood movies: Washington Merry-Go-Round, American Madness, and Night After Night. 'Washington Merry-Go-Round »

- Andre Soares

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These 'Hocus Pocus' Cast Memories Will Give You Serious Nostalgia

29 October 2015 9:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Not a Halloween goes by without fans clamoring for a sequel to beloved cult classic "Hocus Pocus," which turns 22 this year. And while a follow-up seems about as dead as the Sanderson Sisters at the end of the flick, there are still plenty of new memories for the movie's cast to share.

In an interview with E! News, three members of the 1993 film's ensemble offered up their recollections about their time on set, ranging from the real-life friendliness of the women playing the witches to their amazement at the film's continuing popularity all these years later. Vinessa Shaw, who played Allison, the love interest of Max (Omri Katz), told E! that she and Thora Birch (who played Max's little sister, Dani) had tons of fun on the Disney lot, running around and singing songs, and getting into trouble with the young stars of "Home Improvement," which was shooting nearby.

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- Katie Roberts

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77 Reasons Christopher Lloyd Is Awesome, in Honor of His 77th Birthday

22 October 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Happy 77th birthday to one of our favorite actors, Christopher Lloyd!

The actor, who's played some of filmdom's most beloved characters, including Doc Brown in "Back to the Future," Professor Plum in "Clue," and Uncle Fester in the "Addams Family" films, was born on October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Conn.

Partly because of his height, and partly because of his manic intensity and commitment to even the wildest characters, he's portrayed a series of eccentrics, from mad scientists to aliens; had an impressive, award-winning theater career; and will always be remembered as Reverend Jim on "Taxi."

In honor of his 77th birthday, we've come up with 75 reasons why he's so awesome.

1. He's played a Klingon, a cartoon, the Wizard of Oz, an angel, a leper, and a geriatric vampire.

2. He stands an impressive 6'1."

3. Because he's so tall, he had to hunch over to appear in the same frame with "Back to the Future »

- Sharon Knolle

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Vincent D’Onofrio is NBC’s Wizard Of Oz

22 October 2015 12:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




NBC’s Emerald City mini-series has added Kingpin himself, Vincent D’Onofrio, in the role of the Wizard of Oz…

If ever oh ever a wiz there was, Vincent D’Onofrio is one because… because, because, because, because, because… because of the wonderful acting he does.

If you hadn’t gathered from the title of this article or that terrible joke, Vincent D’Onofrio has been cast as the Wizard of Oz. He’ll appear over ten episodes in NBC’s Emerald City miniseries.

The Daredevil and Jurassic World star’s version of the wonderful Wizard of Oz has been described as “a man of science in a world of magic, he rules through inspiration, fear and a tenuous accord with the grand witches.”

Adria Arjona of True Detective will play Dorothy, albeit a 20-year-old version of the character who travels to Oz with her police dog »

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Vincent D'Onofrio To Play The Wizard Of Oz

21 October 2015 4:58 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Vincent D'Onofrio has been set to play The Wizard of Oz in NBC's upcoming ten-episode, straight-to-series drama "Emerald City". The project marks a reunion of sorts with his "The Cell" director Tarsem Singh.

Adria Arjona plays a twenty-year-old Dorothy Gale who, along with her K9 police dog, are transported to the mystical land of Oz, a place of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy.

D'Onofrio's Wizard is the enigmatic leader of Emerald City, a man of science in a world of magic, he rules through inspiration, fear and a tenuous accord with the grand witches. In the series, Dorothy must become a headstrong warrior who holds the land's fate in her hands.

David Schulner and Shaun Cassidy are executive producing the project which also stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Gerran Howell, Jordan Loughran and Mido Hamada.

Source: The Live Feed »

- Garth Franklin

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Vincent D’Onofrio to Add Some Darkness to NBC’s Gritty Wizard of Oz Show

21 October 2015 3:11 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Emerald City, NBC's dark and gritty reimaging of The Wizard of Oz, has founds its heavy: Vincent D'Onofrio, whom THR reports will play the Wizard in the upcoming ten-episode mini-series. This won't be your grandfather's wizard — D'Onofrio's character is apparently "the enigmatic leader of Emerald City [who] rules through inspiration, fear and a tenuous accord with the grand witches." Just like in Daredevil! The series' Dorothy, too, is a far cry from Judy GarlandTrue Detective's Adria Arjona will star as a policewoman who is transported to Oz, which, in this telling, is "a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy" that transforms Dorothy into "a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands." Get ready to follow the yellow brick road ... to Hell. »

- Nate Jones

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Vincent D’Onofrio Cast As The Wizard In NBC’s ‘Emerald City’

21 October 2015 1:29 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC has found its wizard. Vincent D’Onofrio has been cast as the Wizard of Oz in NBC’s upcoming drama series Emerald City. The Wizard of Oz is the enigmatic leader of Emerald City. A man of science in a world of magic, he rules through inspiration, fear and a tenuous accord with the grand witches. D’Onofrio will star alongside Adria Arjona, who was previously cast as Dorothy. Cast also includes Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Lucas, Ana Ularu as Wicked Witch of the West, Gerran… »

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