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I grew up on Broadway musicals. Once upon a time when going to see a show on Broadway didn’t cost you your mortgage plus the life of your first-born, my mom and dad were avid theatergoers. They saw the original production of South Pacific with Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, the original production of Camelot with Richard Burton and Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet, and the original production of The King and I with Gertrude Lawrence and a then little-known Yul Brynner.
When they were still dating they went into town to see Oklahoma! Over the years they saw Carousel, and Brigadoon, and Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady, and Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!, and the original West Side Story with Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert. My father fell asleep at Cats and my mother said she »
- Mindy Newell
Ryan Lambie Mar 22, 2017
Fearsome monsters, grasping hands, and a suggestive tree. Here are 10 fantasy movie moments that scarred us as kids...
Sooner or later, you're going to see a scary movie. Whether you sneak down and watch a horror film on late night television, watch a Nightmare On Elm Street sequel round a friend's house or watch clips of slasher movies on YouTube, horror movies are always out there, waiting in the wings for the young and curious.
But long before most of us graduate to the stage of our lives where we start seeking out 18-rated movies of gore and terror, we reliably encounter scary moments in what might initially seem to be harmless family adventure films.
The 1980s was an »
You could be off to see the Wizard in this week’s roundup of casting notices! A national touring production of “The Wizard of Oz” is casting nonunion actors for principal and ensemble roles, plus we have opportunities in four feature films shooting around the country! “The Wizard Of Oz”Casting is underway for several principal roles as well as the ensemble for a nonunion production of “The Wizard of Oz.” The musical will hold an open casting call April 10–11 and auditions by appointment on April 12, all in New York City. Rehearsals will begin Oct. 2 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with a run slated for Oct. 27, 2017–Aug. 4, 2018. Actors will be provided with professional weekly salary, housing, and meals on performance days, under a Dutch Apple Theatre contract. “Leda”Feature film “Leda” is casting two young actresses, both ages 7–10, for a lead and supporting role. The piece will shoot this fall for approximately »
Chicago – When stage theater can cause outbreaks of elation, celebration and joy, then it must be due to Kokandy Productions’ revival of “The Wiz.” The urban reinterpretation of “The Wizard of Oz” story – told through tuneful euphoria and jubilant dance – is ecstatically produced, in every morsel of its stagecraft.
The show is at the Theater Wit in Chicago on Thursdays through Sundays until April 16th, 2017. Click here for more details, including ticket information.
Play Rating: 5.0/5.0
The cast delivers the familiar story by ramping up the comic elements, and giving the characters more high-level personalities. The four main travelers – Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion – have great chemistry, and singing voices to match that chemistry. The chorus/dancers also take on other roles throughout the high energy musical, and entertains at various times with tight and impressive choreography stylings. From the costuming to the orchestration to the use-of-stage, “The Wiz” is »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Exclusive: Russian sales company inks Asia deals with Runaway-Luminosity Distribution
Russian animation sales outfit Wizart has inked deals on recently completed 3D family feature Fantastic Journey To Oz with Runaway-Luminosity Distribution for India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan and the Maldives.
Melnitsa Studio’s spin on The Wizard Of Oz classic tells the story of the cunning Urfin whose plot to rule Magic Land is undone by Dorothy and her friends.
“Runaway-Luminosity Distribution is proud to be associated with the animated retelling of the classic story of Wizard of Oz. The animation quality of the film and storytelling is world class and we are very happy to bring this timeless story to a new generation of young audiences,” said Sailesh Dave, managing partner of Runaway-Luminosity Distribution.
Russian animation has been making headway in Asian markets. In 2015, the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
THR is reporting that New Line Cinema has acquired an untitled horror pitch from writer Mike Van Waes, which is set in the universe created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and his subsequent novels.
This marks the latest success for Van Waes, who has sold several pitches and scripts over the past year and a half, including the Black List script Hammerspace to Warner Bros., and the book proposal Peeves to Harper Collins, which has also been optioned by Fox Animation.
Baum’s Oz novels have been adapted on numerous occasions, most famously with the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland. Other adaptations include the 1975 musical The Wiz, 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful and the NBC TV series Emerald City. A movie adaptation of the hit musical Wicked is also in development for release in 2019. »
- Gary Collinson
As a musical it’s excellent — fine tunes and lyrics, great singing and dancing by the ever-youthful Fred Astaire, the glorious songbird Petula Clark, and the impishly weird Tommy Steele cast appropriately as a grimacing Leprechaun. The update of what was a politically acute Broadway hit in 1947 is awkward but the show is a melodious pleasure — great color, fine voices and peppy direction by Francis Ford Coppola on his first big studio feature.
1968 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 145 141 min. / Street Date March 7, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99
Cinematography: Philip Lathrop
Film Editor: Melvin Shapiro
Original Music: Ray Heindorf
Produced by Joseph Landon
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Finian’s Rainbow is a unique musical with a strange history. »
- Glenn Erickson
An original horror film set in the world of “The Wizard of Oz” is in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line Cinema has picked up the pitch from writer Mike Van Waes. While the film will have ties to L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” it will not be a new adaptation of the classic story. It will be an original horror tale that is set within the magical Land of Oz.
Van Waes’ is a relatively newcomer to the Hollywood writing scene. His credits include “Hammerspace,” which is in development at Warner Bros. His book proposal “Peeves” was bought by Harper Collins and picked up by Fox Animation through Temple Hill.
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- Yoselin Acevedo
New Line Cinema has picked up a pitch from writer Mike Van Waes for a new horror movie that is set in the magical world of the classic film The Wizard of Oz. The project will have ties to both the original 1900 L. Frank Baum novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. No specific story details were revealed, and it remains to be seen what characters from The Wizard of Oz will appear in this story, if any.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of this project, which comes in the midst of the studio's recent success with horror movies. New Line recently released the hit horror movies The Conjuring 2, which earned $320 million at the worldwide box office, and Lights Out, which earned $149 million at the worldwide box office, from just a $5 million budget. New Line will also release the highly-anticipated horror sequel »
March is here, and the weather is finally getting warmer! It's not quite balmy enough yet to send the kids outside to play first thing on a Saturday morning though, so if you're looking for something to fill those early weekend hours, check out the great lineup of family movies in our Family Favourites!
Every Saturday morning at 11am in select Cineplex theatres you can watch a family-friendly feature for only $2.99 per ticket, with a portion of the proceeds going towards We.org. Enjoy a classic on the big screen one more time, catch up on a newer release you might have missed in theatres, and discover a new family favourite together!
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Variety reports that The House That Freddy Built will now be The Mansion Where Munchkins Murder, with news coming that New Line has just greenlit a new horror movie based on The Wizard Of Oz. The Warner Bros.-owned studio has acquired a pitch from Black List screenwriter Mike Van Waes, offering up a horrific take on the Land of Oz, whose various villains will presumably fit right in with the studio’s roster of child murderers and creepy haunted dolls.
Of course, L. Frank Baum’s magical kingdom is no stranger to the spooky, both intentional and not. (We’re looking at you, Return To Oz.) Oz last showed up in theaters, courtesy of Sam Raimi, back in 2013. Meanwhile, Emerald City, a gritty TV sequel to the franchise, is currently airing its first season on NBC.
(Thanks to reader Daryl Walker II for the tip on the new ...
- William Hughes
I have always maintained that The Wizard of Oz is a scary friggin’ film. Nightmarish, even! Its sequel, Return to Oz, was even more horrifying; and I’ve long wondered if someone would ever truly indulge in the horrors of Oz.… Continue Reading →
The post Get Ready for a Horrific Journey Through the Land of Oz appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
As if the flying monkeys weren’t already scary enough! THR is reporting tonight that New Line Cinema has snagged a pitch from writer Mike Van Waes for an original horror film set within the world of The Wizard of Oz. We don’t yet know exactly what that means, but the site notes that the now-in-development film will have ties to […] »
- John Squires
“Like Water for Chocolate,” the best-selling novel that was turned into a hit movie, will now be adapted as a TV project.
The book will be turned into an English language series, but Endemol Shine plans to adapt it in other languages, as well.
“It fills me with joy to know that Like Water for Chocolate will be brought to television screens throughout the world,” Esquivel said in a statement.
Added Endemol Shine Studios President Sharon Hall: “The opportunity to adapt this beloved novel is a privilege. Laura’s epic love story has all the ingredients of a breakthrough drama.”
“Like Water for Chocolate, »
- Michael Schneider
Since Wrath of the Titans in 2012, Sam Worthington has successfully made the transition from leading man in studio blockbusters to dependable supporting actor in independent films. Following his last appearance as Perseus, the actor has peppered his resume with excellent turns in efforts like The Keeping Room, Everest and Hacksaw Ridge. Now, he’s back in theaters to play lead Mack Phillips in the upcoming film adaptation of the bestselling novel, The Shack.
Mack’s life is destroyed when his youngest daughter is abducted during a camping trip, with nothing but her clothes recovered from a secluded shack. After receiving an invitation possibly from God, he returns to the shack where he embarks on the spiritual journey of a lifetime.
A few weeks back in New York City, we had the chance to sit down with Worthington for an exclusive interview. The actor dished on his new film, how he selects his roles, »
- Joseph Hernandez
2 | Did Emerald City‘s “handiwork” between Lady Ev and Jack forever run The Wizard of Oz‘s “Oil me” scene for you?
3 | The way Homeland‘s Carrie has been quickly and easily shuttled between New York City and Washington, »
There is no doubt actor Johnathan Fernandez loves his job. "It's crazy. I feel like a broken record when I say that thTalksis whole thing has felt like vacation," said Fernandez during a recent telephone interview with TV Fanatic.
Fernandez is talking about is his role on Fox's hit show Lethal Weapon, a small screen reboot of the famous film franchise, where he plays Scorsese, medical examiner for the Lapd.
"I think what I like best about playing Scorsese," Fernandez shares, "is that I am mostly in scenes with Damon and Clayne, so it's really cool to see those guys all the time, because when you work on a show the cast isn't all together."
"There are a lot of things happening on the show that are shot simultaneously so I still do run into Keesha and Kevin, but they're always doing more than one thing at once.
"It's really »
- Lisa Babick
Warning: This post contains spoilers about “The Lego Batman Movie”
If you think it’s hard to keep track of all the bad guys that show up in “The Lego Batman Movie,” you should see the original list of villains that the filmmakers wanted to give cameos. In addition to the usual Batman bad guys, like the Riddler, Bane, Two-Face, Catwoman and Poison Ivy, several villains from other popular films make appearances. These include Voldemort from “Harry Potter,” the Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz,” Sauron from “The Lord of the Rings.”
“The Lego Batman Movie” director Chris McKay recently told EW that he had high hopes that some bizarre bad guys could also work their way into the story, including Daniel Day-Lewis’ Bill “The Butcher” Cutting from “Gangs of New York, »
- Graham Winfrey
To quote the classic film, The Wizard of Oz, “There is no place like home.”. For Ichabod Crane, that statement couldn’t be more right. Our resident man out of time gets to go home in tonight’s Sleepy Hollow. There he will not only find the last piece to the Philosopher’s Stone but a shocking truth. A truth that will shine a light on his epic battle with the Horseman of Death. When Malcolm told Ichabod that General Washington had used him as a sacrifice to the Stone back in Colonial Times, it shocked me. The man that was once Ichabod’s
Sleepy Hollow: Ichabod Comes Home and Malcolm Achieves Immortality »
On this episode of Emerald City, "They Came First," the Wizard scours the city for witches with West's help, Lucas learns about Dorothy's deal with the Wizard, Tip learns her true identity and Glinda restores Lucas' memories.
The Wizard of Oz has a witch problem, and he's cracking down to ensure none of Glinda's girls usurp his power. He orders that every young girl in the city be examined by a doctor. If any members of the High Council attempt to leave, they are to be killed.
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