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Jonathan Crombie Dead at 48: Anne of Green Gables Star Suffered a Brain Hemorrhage Says Family

18 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Anne of Green Gables star Jonathan Crombie has died, according to CBC News. He was 48. His sister Carrie Crombie told the Canadian news organization that her brother suffered a brain hemorrhage and died in New York City on Wednesday. "He was funny, he was sweet, he loved acting, he loved comedy and singing and dancing," she recalled Saturday. "As a little kid, he just loved Broadway shows and all of that kind of stuff and would sing and dance in the living room." She added, "We've been going through lots of stories the last couple days." Born and raised in Toronto, Jonathan was discovered at 17 while performing in a high school production of The Wizard of Oz. Casting »

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6 Chances to Get Cast

17 April 2015 12:04 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Looking for some new acting opportunities? Here are six from this week on Backstage including a feature film and two improv gigs! “Aspects Of Love In A Small Town”The director for this feature film is casting three leads and a handful of ensemble cast members out of Chicago, Ill. and Los Angeles. The film centers on a small town band of misfits and closeted gays who come together to celebrate friendship and their uncertain futures after a bowling alley shutters forever. Comedy Writing/Improvisation Ensemble And Training For Actorsin Studios is seeking applications for its improv acting conservatory program, which focuses on sketch performances and writing. “Students work closely with master director Scotty Watson, as well as other professional comedy coaches from around NYC.” “The Wizard Of Oz,” Non-equity National TOURThe creative team for the touring production of “The Wizard of Oz” is casting the entire ensemble for the classic tale of Dorothy, »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - analysing the second trailer

16 April 2015 4:58 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Following the second teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we apply our caffeine-addled minds to what it all means...

There are some stories that have sidled their way into our popular consciousness so comfortingly that it's difficult to imagine modern culture without them. Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard Of Oz are two examples. Star Wars, I'd argue, is a third.

That Star Wars' characters, music and designs are a part of our pop cultural furniture goes some way to explain why, even after 38 years and three not-exactly-classic prequels, fan devotion to the franchise remains undimmed.

It was moving to watch the live feed of the celebration in Anaheim, California, where hundreds of the faithful had gathered to celebrate all things Star Wars. As easy as it is to be cynical about a multi-million dollar franchise designed to have us hungrily buying up box-sets and merchandise, there's »

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'Wizard of Oz' TV Show 'Emerald City' Gets Series Order on NBC

15 April 2015 6:19 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

NBC has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Emerald City, a show set within the world of L. Frank Baum's classic tale The Wizard of Oz. The project initially moved forward as a pilot last season, from writers Matthew Arnold and Josh Friedman, although the network didn't pick up the series. The project was reworked by Do No Harm series creator David Schulner, resulting in the dramatic reversal of a straight-to-series order.

Emerald City follows the exploits of 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog who are swept up by a tornado and taken to a mystical land far away, full of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. The show is said to put a much darker spin on the original Wizard of Oz tale, showcasing the transformation of a young girl into a "headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands, »

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‘Emerald City’ Un-Cancelled by NBC

15 April 2015 3:04 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Well, this is quite the twister. According to a new report,  NBC has un-cancelled their cancelled drama Emerald City, based on The Wizard of Oz. If you don’t remember, Emerald City was given a straight-to-series order by the network, but it ended up getting cancelled eight months ago before production even commenced, reportedly due to creative differences between former executive producer and writer Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles) and NBC itself. Here’s the logline for the show, in case you’ve forgotten: In the blink of a tornado’s eye, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and her K9 police dog are transported to another world, one far removed from our own — a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy. This is the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before, where wicked witches don’t stay »

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Fox Developing 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' Remake

10 April 2015 1:02 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Campy cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show is close to turning 40 and fans can soon celebrate the milestone with an upcoming TV remake. Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, Hocus Pocus) has been tapped to direct and choreograph the project, which is currently in development with Fox.

According to Deadline, the two-hour The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event, as it is tentatively titled, will be a "reimagining" of the feature where book and score will remain untouched, but the visuals will be reworked. Lou Adler, who produced the original film, »

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Lego Taking on Disney Infinity with Lego Dimensions (Batman, Bttf & more!)

10 April 2015 7:39 AM, PDT | Legions of Gotham | See recent Legions of Gotham news »

 The Creativity of Lego Building Meets the Epic Story-Telling of Lego Videogames for Multi-Dimensional Fun. Fan-Favorite Worlds Converge in One Thrilling Adventure -- A Dark Knight, a Wizard, and a Master Builder Traveling Down the Yellow Brick Road is Just the Beginning! 

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Tt Games and The Lego Group today announced Lego® Dimensions, an all-new entertainment experience that breaks the rules of traditional gaming to merge physical Lego brick building with interactive console gameplay in a manner only imaginable in the world of Lego games.  Launching September 27, 2015, the game will fuse many fan-favorite universes together, including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Lego Movie, The Wizard of Oz, Lego Ninjago, Back to the Future, and many more still to be announced.

Lego Dimensions, developed by Tt Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will be available for Xbox One, the all-in one games and »

- Matt MacNabb

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Lego Dimensions Game Announced: Watch Five-Minute Extended Trailer Starring a Community Cast Member

9 April 2015 6:58 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

WB Games made Lego Dimensions official today following first word of the upcoming Toys to Life gaming genre entrant that spilled online a couple weeks ago. Make no mistake: WB Games and developer Tt Games is aiming directly at Disney Infinity and Skylanders with this expansive and expensive new franchise.

Lego Dimensions was formally unveiled via a Skylanders-esque live-action trailer starring Community actor and comedian Joel McHale. He stumbles onto the game components after a package is delivered to his home, then proceeds to "build" the toy elements so that they can "come to life" inside the game.

Like Disney Infinity before it, Lego Dimensions will leverage existing and popular brands both created by The Lego Group and licensed from third parties. Some of the launch brands include DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, Lego Ninjago, Back to the Future, The Wizard of Oz, and The Lego Movie. Additional »

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Lego Dimensions Wants to Bring Your Creations to Life in a New Video Game

9 April 2015 12:46 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Between Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and amiibo, there's no shortage of toys-to-life games, but Warner Bros. is looking to add to the genre, with everyone's favorite childhood toy: Legos.  Come inside to learn more about the game and why it might be time to invest in the genre. 

Over the last few days, Lego has been teasing an announcement and this morning they revealed Lego Dimensions, a new title from Tt Games (the makers of all the awesome Lego games) that will bring together a wide variety of Lego universes plus your own custom creations together.  The game will combine physcial brick-building, with sets specific to the game and traditional gameplay, much like what you've seen in Skylanders and Disney Infinity...Except this is Lego, and thus might be way more interesting for people who've held off on the toys-to-life genre.  

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Tt Games and The Lego Group today announced Lego® Dimensions, »

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Warner Bros. and Tt Games announce Lego Dimensions

9 April 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Tt Games and The Lego Group have today announced Lego Dimensions, which will fuse together many fan-favourite universes including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Lego Movie, The Wizard of Oz, Lego Ninjago and Back to the Future in what is being described as “an all-new entertainment experience that breaks the rules of traditional gaming to merge physical Lego brick building with interactive console gameplay in a manner only imaginable in the world of Lego games”.

“When kids play with Lego bricks, they build beyond the singular brands, intermixing all of their favorite characters and universes, and we have come up with a way for players to experience that in games,” said Jon Burton, Founder and Creative Director, Tt Games. “Now for the first time in a videogame, Lego fans can play in the virtual world and in the real world – combining everything without restrictions. »

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Lego takes on Skylanders in toys-to-life Dimensions this September

9 April 2015 6:42 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lego Dimensions has been officially announced by Warner Bros.

The toys-to-life Lego adventure - similar to games such as Skylanders and Disney Infinity - is expected to launch on September 29 for PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, Xbox 360 and PS3.

Priced at $99.99 (£67), the starter pack contains Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle toys, as well as a Lego Toy Pad, a Lego Batmobile vehicle, and enough bricks to build a gateway.

The game will feature characters and toys from multiple franchises, including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Lego Movie, The Wizard of Oz, Lego Ninjago and Back to the Future.

"When kids play with Lego bricks, they build beyond the singular brands, intermixing all of their favourite characters and universes, and we have come up with a way for players to experience that in games," explained creative director Jon Burton.

"Now for the first time in a video game, Lego »

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Toys-to-life Lego Dimensions game unveiled, features Batman & Gandalf

9 April 2015 6:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Warner Bros are set to release the Skylanders-like Lego Dimensions, which unites Batman and Gandalf minifigs, Lego bricks and a videogame...

Be still our screaming wallets. The toys-to-life gaming sector's a rapidly growing one these days, with Skylanders joined by Disney Infinity and Nintendo's amiibo range.

To those we can now add Lego Dimensions, a joint venture with Warner Bros Games which unites the world of videogames with physical Lego toys.

Emerging first on Reddit, Lego Dimensions will initially take the form of a Starter Pack, which will include the game itself, a set of three minifigures - Batman, Gandalf and WyldStyle from The Lego Movie - a Toy Pad, which lets players link the figures to the game itself, and also a Lego Batmobile.

"When a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various Lego worlds," a description on Reddit reads,"different characters from DC Comics, Lord Of The »

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‘Hobbit’ Leads Pack of New Home Video Releases

1 April 2015 5:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Once again, three new releases debuted in the top three spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ending March 29.

This time, the leader of the pack is Warner’s “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third installment in the adventure fantasy trilogy, which debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert overall disc sales chart and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The film earned $255.1 million in theaters and outsold Walt Disney Studios’ “Into the Woods,” which bowed at No. 2 on both charts, by a margin of more than 2 to 1.

Into the Woods” is a cinematic melting pot of several classic Grimm fairy tales, with a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Tracy Ullman, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine and Emily Blunt. The film was a box office success, earning $127.9 million in U.S. theaters.

The third new release, debuting at No. »

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MGM’s The Wizard Of Oz Is a Box Office Bomb

1 April 2015 11:20 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The numbers are in and it turns out, MGM’s highly anticipated big screen adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a box office flop. Apparently most moviegoers weren’t really into the idea of a farm girl riding a tornado to an alternate world, stealing some dead woman’s shoes and frolicking down a yellow brick road arm in arm with a cowardly lion, tin man and scarecrow. After going through a handful of directors before landing Victor Fleming and then struggling through a number of production challenges including some serious injuries on set, The Wizard of Oz wound up running MGM a whopping $2.7 million tab, but then only went on to accumulate a total of $3 million during its theatrical run. Tack on distribution and various other costs, and that makes The Wizard of Oz a $1.1 million loss for the company. Clearly it’s »

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NBC Sets The Wiz as Next Live Musical; Broadway Revival to Follow

30 March 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

NBC has settled on the source material for its next live musical staging, and it may come as a bit of a surprise. THR reports that the network has set The Wiz as its next live television event, but this adaptation will differ from NBC’s Peter Pan and The Sound of Music in one significant way: it has Cirque du Solei onboard. The Wiz Live will be a co-production between NBC and Cirque du Solei under the latter’s new theatrical banner and will air on December 3rd, followed by a fully fledged Broadway revival of the Wizard of Oz update during the 2016-17 season. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will once again return as executive producers with Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon staging both the television production and the Broadway revival. If that wasn’t enough, Harvey Fierstein is contributing new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown. »

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NBC Teams With Cirque du Soleil for 'The Wiz' Live Musical, Broadway Revival

30 March 2015 2:58 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

NBC has revealed that The Wiz will be the network's third annual live-musical event. The latest adaptation of the 1974 Broadway show, a retelling of The Wizard of Oz with an all-black cast and a Quincy Jones-produced soundtrack, will be co-produced by Cirque du Soleil's theatrical division. After the musical airs live on NBC on December 3rd, the new Wiz will then "Ease on Down the Road" to Broadway with a revival scheduled for the 2016/'17 season, Variety writes.

At the Television Critics Association panel in January, NBC Entertainment chairman »

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NBC Has Officially Picked The Wiz As Its Next Live Musical

30 March 2015 2:10 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Once again, we're getting a live musical from NBC. After the ratings success of The Sound of Music and the more moderate success of Peter Pan, NBC has announced that it's going with The Wiz as its next live musical. The show, an adaptation of the 1978 all-black version of The Wizard of Oz that starred Michael Jackson, will air December 3. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, newly Oscars-freed, will return to executive produce. But this time around, we're getting more than just the NBC broadcast. The network has also teamed up with Cirque du Soleil to bring the show to Broadway next year. So now that the news is official, time to begin the campaign to get Jussie Smollett cast! »

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NBC Reveals ‘The Wiz’ as Next Live TV Musical Special

30 March 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC will ease on down the road for its next live musical television event: “The Wiz” will take centerstage Dec. 3, the net announced Monday.

The Wiz” marks NBC’s third such production, following the success of “The Sound of Music Live!,” starring Carrie Underwood, and “Peter Pan Live!,” in which Allison Williams played the title character.

The Wiz” will be co-produced by Cirque du Soleil’s new stage theatrical division. After the television event, the musical will make its Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season, also presented by Cirque du Soleil.

Casting for both projects has yet to be announced.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who exec produced NBC’s “Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan,” return as exec producers. Kenny Leon directs both the TV production and the Broadway revival, along with Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown.

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Beautiful Disasters: "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T"

30 March 2015 5:27 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

We spend years viewing the world through the eyes of a child before abandoning it. Not the world, that is—but we grow into players in the game of Life, rub our heavy eyelids, and take to ever-trippy existence from a heightened perspective in which our formative fears and fantasies are filtered through a scope less blurry, unadulterated. And then in doing so we leave a little something behind. For a grown-up to be considered “childish” comes with more negative connotations than posi, but to retain one’s inner child is a paramount strength. So what is the difference?Theodore Geisel, also known under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss, authored the most celebrated children’s literature of his time. He presented generations upon generations whimsical visions which, in proper auteur style, require just a single glance to recognize as work of his. Geisel’s simply-worded fables were praised for encouraging youth »

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Win Tickets To March Retro Night Of The Wizard Of Oz On April 2

26 March 2015 3:24 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

B&B Wildwood Theatre is having their March Retro Night on Thursday, April 2. They are showing the classic film, The Wizard Of Oz. Shows are at 4pm & 7pm.

This magical cinematic event finds Kansas farm girl Judy Garland (“A Star is Born,” “Meet Me in St. Louis”) caught in a tornado and magically transported to the Land of Oz. Needing help to return home, she is told to follow the Yellow Brick Road and find the powerful Wizard (Frank Morgan). On her perilous journey, she is befriended by the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), the Tin Man (Jack Haley), and the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who help her battle the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) and her flying monkeys. Based on the classic book by Frank L. Baum, “The Wizard of Oz” is a dazzling motion picture achievement, featuring unforgettable songs (including Oscar-winner “Over the Rainbow”), scenery, and costumes.

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