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Happy 98th to a Great Cinematographer!

22 November 2013 7:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Let's sing a big raucous happy birthday to 98 years young Oscar winner Oswald Morris who is still with us! That's a lot of candles. And a lot of great movies.

The British born Morris only ever received Oscar nominations for big screen musicals (Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof , and The Wiz) but that's hardly the full picture of his career. Though reknowned for his use of color -- his cinematography on Moulin Rouge (1952, recently discussed) was particularly innovative -- he also won prizes for his black and white work, most notably: Moby Dick, The Pumpkin Eater, The Hill, and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Other well known pictures include Equus, The Guns of Navarone, Stanley Kubrick's Lolita and a couple of Liz & Dick adventures (The Taming of the Shrew and Reflections in a Golden Eye). His awards haul includes 1 Oscar, 3 BAFTAs, 3 British Society of Cinematography wins and »

- NATHANIEL R

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7 NYC Landmark Scenes We Love From ‘The Wiz’

20 October 2013 2:30 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

35 years ago this week, two very different movies had their theatrical premieres. One is Halloween, a movie you all know and love and which surprisingly has very few clips available to view online. The other is The Wiz, a movie you may have never seen, heard is terrible and which fortunately has a number of scenes uploaded in order that I might illustrate and defend its worth. I might be the only one who likes The Wiz more than Halloween and very likely the only one who finds one particular scene in the all-black version of The Wizard of Oz scarier than anything in John Carpenter’s slasher classic. But I can’t be the only person with an appreciation for The Wiz. One thing about the movie that’s rarely celebrated is the fact it’s directed by Sidney Lumet. NYC’s Film Forum didn’t even include the musical in its otherwise exhaustive retrospective of »

- Christopher Campbell

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11 Super-Surprising Director Credits

18 October 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

A whole mess of factors goes into what projects a director takes on. A young up-and-comer might be happy just to get his first directing credit, regardless of what it might actually be about. A director who's been around the block might pick up a project way outside of their wheelhouse just for the experience. And the promise of a couple bucks doesn't hurt, either.

In other words, sometimes you just can't pin a filmmaker down. Here are some rather odd and unexpected director-movie pairings.

1. Sidney Lumet, 'The Wiz' (1978)

Between "12 Angry Men," "Network," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Serpico," it's fair to call the late Sidney Lumet an all-time great. But considering most of Lumet's career was dedicated to crime and drama, "The Wiz," a musical "The Wizard of Oz" adaptation set in Harlem (and, later, Oz), is a definite oddball in his canon. Starring such powerhouses of African-American culture as Michael Jackson, »

- Adam D'Arpino

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'Doctor Who' movie: Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby 'were considered'

4 July 2013 7:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby were apparently considered for a lead role in a proposed Doctor Who movie in the 1980s, a new book has claimed.

Charles Norton's Now On The Big Screen: The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Doctor Who At The Cinema alleges that Paramount Pictures was interested in taking the BBC sci-fi franchise to the big screen.

According to The Times, Norton has also discovered that pop legend Jackson was the number one target for the film project. Comedy actor Bill Cosby was apparently a back-up option.

Jackson's previous acting experience was fairly limited, with only The Wiz, his Moonwalker anthology film, and his popular music videos to his name. He was also arguably the biggest showbiz name on the planet in the late '80s, so his fee wouldn't have been considerable.

A possible Doctor Who movie has been the source of much speculation in recent years, »

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'Doctor Who' movie: Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby 'were considered'

4 July 2013 7:05 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby were apparently considered for a lead role in a proposed Doctor Who movie in the 1980s, a new book has claimed.

Charles Norton's Now On The Big Screen: The Unofficial And Unauthorised Guide To Doctor Who At The Cinema alleges that Paramount Pictures was interested in taking the BBC sci-fi franchise to the big screen.

According to The Times, Norton has also discovered that pop legend Jackson was the number one target for the film project. Comedy actor Bill Cosby was apparently a back-up option.

Jackson's previous acting experience was fairly limited, with only The Wiz, his Moonwalker anthology film, and his popular music videos to his name. He was also arguably the biggest showbiz name on the planet in the late '80s, so his fee wouldn't have been considerable.

A possible Doctor Who movie has been the source of much speculation in recent years, »

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Phil Ramone obituary

1 April 2013 9:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

American music producer who worked with many pop greats including Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra

Once nicknamed "The Pope of Pop", Phil Ramone, who has died aged 79, worked as a sound engineer and producer with an unparalleled list of popular musicians including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Ray Charles and Barbra Streisand. In 1993, he produced Frank Sinatra's comeback album Duets, which paired the crooner with a host of stars such as Aretha Franklin, Bono and Tony Bennett. Its success prompted a follow-up, Duets II, which was Sinatra's final studio album. Ramone used the celebrity guests concept again for Charles's album Genius Loves Company (2004) and duets albums for Bennett.

Ramone won 14 Grammys during his career and was in demand for television, film and stage projects. He collaborated with Streisand on soundtracks for A Star Is Born and Yentl, worked on stage productions of Chicago, The Wiz and »

- Adam Sweeting

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Phil Ramone obituary

1 April 2013 9:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

American music producer who worked with many pop greats including Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra

Once nicknamed "The Pope of Pop", Phil Ramone, who has died aged 79, worked as a sound engineer and producer with an unparalleled list of popular musicians including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Ray Charles and Barbra Streisand. In 1993, he produced Frank Sinatra's comeback album Duets, which paired the crooner with a host of stars such as Aretha Franklin, Bono and Tony Bennett. Its success prompted a follow-up, Duets II, which was Sinatra's final studio album. Ramone used the celebrity guests concept again for Charles's album Genius Loves Company (2004) and duets albums for Bennett.

Ramone won 14 Grammys during his career and was in demand for television, film and stage projects. He collaborated with Streisand on soundtracks for A Star Is Born and Yentl, worked on stage productions of Chicago, The Wiz and »

- Adam Sweeting

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10 Best Diana Ross Tracks

28 March 2013 1:42 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Diana Ross has left her mark on nearly every genre of music including disco, soul, jazz, pop and dance, as well as the mediums of film and television (who could forget The Wiz and trash classic Double Platinum?) With well over one hundred millions records sold, I assume it would be fair play to class Ms. Ross as a legend.

You would be hard pressed to find anyone that was not familiar with at least a couple of her songs – whether it be from her years in Motown girl group, The Supremes boasting such hits as ‘Baby Love’ and ‘Stop! In the Name of Love’ or her diverse and equally successful solo years.

As the legendary Supreme celebrates her 69th Birthday this week, we have taken a look back at her ten finest solo tracks – from some much loved favourites to forgotten classics.

 

10. Not Over You Yet

Diana’s last UK hit, »

- Andrew McArthur

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Happy Birthday, Diana Ross! Let's Pick Her Best Moment

26 March 2013 1:08 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Well, stop in the name of love: Diana Ross is spending this very special day turning 69 years old, which I take as a thrilling compliment to the fight for gay marriage.

What's the divine lady's greatest moment eveeeer?

In terms of singles, I'm most devoted to Diana's "Upside Down," "It's My House," "Love Hangover," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," and, in the realm of the Supremes, "Come See About Me" and "You Can't Hurry Love," which she was singing on The Ed Sullivan Show when her glistening, Faberge Egg-sized earring crashed to the floor.

If we're talking about Diana's best film, you have to ease on down the road past The Wiz and choose Lady Sings the Blues.

But if we're talking about Diana's Greatest moment, I say it exists at the confluence of film, music, fashion, utter camp, and sheer Diana fabness. While others rally on the steps of the Supreme Court, »

- virtel

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3D Animated Musical Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return Coming In Early 2014

13 March 2013 1:29 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

If you thought that Victor Fleming and Sam Raimi had already told you everything you needed to know about the cinematic side of L. Frank Baum.s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz series, then you are swirling in a tornado of misinformation. Somehow, a film more cartoonish adaptation than Michael Jackson.s The Wiz is coming to theaters. Variety reports the Oz gang will once again reconvene for Summertime Entertainment.s 3-D animated musical tale Legends of Oz: Dorothy.s Return, which is in a distribution deal with Clarius Entertainment and will see a release in the beginning of 2014. Perhaps in time to try and rack up a Best Original Song nomination? With Academy Award nominated musician Bryan Adams and Toby Chu behind the music, that's not out of the question. The film has been in the works for nearly three years, with accomplished animator Dan St. Pierre and »

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Posterized: The Land of Oz

8 March 2013 9:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

With Oz: The Great and Powerful hitting movie theaters today and having just remembered one of the all time greats The Wizard of Oz with the season premiere of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" I thought we'd honor the land of Oz, the now 113 year old creation of L Frank Baum with this week's edition of Posterized.

The Wizard of Oz (1939), Journey Back to Oz (1974), The Wiz (1978)

Under the Rainbow (1981), Return to Oz (1985), Wild at Heart (1990)

Wicked (stage musical, 2004), The Muppets Wizard of Oz (2005), Tin Man (miniseries, 2011)

I'm sure I'm missing some titles that spin heavily from the Oz myth but I came up with nine entertainments, preceding Oz: The Great and Powerful so let's discuss. (If you can think of more like Wild at Heart or Under the Rainbow that trade heavily on Oz imagery or history, without being 'Land of Oz' films, do share.) 

How many have you seen? »

- NATHANIEL R

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Why The Ruby Slippers Aren't In 'Oz'

5 March 2013 5:24 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

"The Quick and the Dead," a somewhat forgettable 1995 Western starring Sharon Stone, isn't exactly the first movie in director Sam Raimi's filmography that would be thought of as career-changing.

At the time, Raimi was already the director of the cult favorites "Evil Dead II" and "Darkman." As he explained to HuffPost, he was so unhappy with his experience on "The Quick and the Dead" that it led him to smaller, character-driven movies, like "A Simple Plan" and "For Love of the Game." Perhaps it's no wonder, then, that his blockbuster series of Spider-Man films were later lauded for character development.

Raimi's latest is this weekend's new release, Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful," starring James Franco as the wizard. "Oz" is a prequel of sorts to "The Wizard of Oz," though the production had to avoid any reference -- any reference! -- to events that occur in the 1939 film »

- Mike Ryan

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The Bizarre Omens Of Michael Jackson’s Already-Bizarre ‘Moonwalker’

1 March 2013 5:00 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Here at Junkfood Cinema, we don’t often get “heavy,” as the kids say. By the way, the kids who say that are now very old people. It’s not that we shy away from the more serious aspects of life, it’s just that jokes tend to be our bread and butter; cookie bread and handfuls of butter-creme frosting respectively. However, there are moments when filmic oddities, those written off by most, offer startling new context upon revisit that, though categorically unfunny, deserve contemplation. These moments canonize what it is we love about the discarded, the forgotten, and the schlocktastic. In the cast of this week’s entry, we elevate our trivial hobby to an issue of life and death. And moonwalking. In 1988, there arrived on this planet a strange spectacle. It was called Moonwalker, and it was a…film?…starring the most famous person on the planet. The late pop icon Michael Jackson headlined just »

- Brian Salisbury

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16-Year-Old Prince Michael Jackson Is Entertainment Tonight‘s Newest Correspondent

19 February 2013 1:07 PM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Michael Jackson's oldest son Prince has spent much of his life as a target of the celebrity media. But starting this week, he's turning the table, becoming the a guest correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. Jackson's first assignment will be an interview with the director and stars of Oz: The Great and Powerful, a film to which he has a tenuous relationship given his father's role in The Wiz. »

- Matt Wilstein

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Michael Jackson's 16-year-old son joins 'Entertainment Tonight' -- Video

19 February 2013 8:03 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Look out, world — Michael Jackson’s children are stepping into the limelight, and this time, they’re not wearing masks. The eccentric singer’s 14-year-old daughter Paris has already appeared on Oprah’s Next Chapter and in Glamour magazine, where she discussed her upcoming starring role in a film called Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys. Now Paris’s older brother Prince Michael is entering the business as well — this week, he’s joining Entertainment Tonight as a special guest correspondent.

Jackson first appeared on Et yesterday, standing by as correspondent Brooke Anderson introduced him and teased a clip »

- Hillary Busis

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Michael Jackson's Son Prince Michael Works as TV Reporter

19 February 2013 6:35 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Michael Jackson's son, Prince Michael, stepped into a world his late father knew well, becoming a special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.Mentored by the show's Brooke Anderson, the 16-year-old interviewed actors James Franco, Zach Braff and director Sam Raimi for their new film Oz the Great and Powerful for shows airing this week. "We have a mutual connection, and I have been working to do something with him for a while," Anderson tells People. "I thought interviewing the cast of Oz the Great and Powerful would be the perfect opportunity, because he's a fan of The Wizard of Oz, »

- Jennifer Garcia

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Michael Jackson's Son Prince Hired as 'Et' Correspondent (Video)

18 February 2013 5:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Prince Michael Jackson is moonwalking into the entertainment industry at the age of 16. "Entertainment Tonight" has hired Michael Jackson's eldest son as its newest correspondent.  He has already interviewed "Oz the Great and Powerful" stars James Franco and Zach Braff, alongside director Sam Raimi.  Also read: Michael Jackson's Mother and Nephew Made Permanent Co-Guardians of Jacko's Kids Prince's first gig was fitting (and maybe purposely planned?) considering his father famously played The Scarecrow in Sidney Lumet's 1978 "Oz"-inspired feature film, "The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical Wonderful Wizard of Oz." During the interview, which »

- Greg Gilman

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Prince Michael Jackson is New Et Correspondent

18 February 2013 10:26 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Michael Jackson's oldest child Prince Michael is now an Et correspondent, taking on interviewing duties to cover the upcoming sure-to-be-blockbuster, Oz the Great and Powerful.

Et's Brooke Anderson mentored Jackson through his first-ever interview with actors James Franco, Zach Braff and director Sam Raimi, discussing their upcoming film, a reimagining of the 1939 classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Jackson's father famously played The Scarecrow in the 1978 feature film The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical Wonderful Wizard of Oz, directed by Sidney Lumet. Jackson revealed to Anderson that he aspires to a career in the entertainment industry saying, "I'm looking to become well-rounded as a producer, director, screenwriter and actor."

Pics: Candid Star Shots

Anderson remarked how he seems so much wiser and older than his ripe age of 16 to which Jackson replied, “That’s what most of my people say. That was all thanks to my dad. He raised me right."

When asked by »

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“Smash” Season Two Premiere: “Bombshell, Exploded”

6 February 2013 7:10 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Previously, on Smash

When last we left our plucky band of Broadway babies, Karen was triumphant as Marilyn Monroe in the Boston tryout of Bombshell while Ivy backstage contemplated a handful of pills. We pick up three weeks later on the tryout's closing night, with Karen-as-Marilyn singing the original “Cut, Print, Moving On”. The number starts in black-and-white which makes Karen's lips look extremely creepy.

It's not doing those under eye lines any favors either

The number becomes a montage of the various characters returning to New York. Having dumped Dev for sleeping with Ivy, Karen's moved in with a friend called Ana, a new character who shares a fondness for eccentric spelling with her portrayer, Krysta Rodriguez. Dev's left Karen a letter that reads in part that he misses her terribly. Karen crumples it.

Also noteworthy: Ivy dumps all of her pill bottles in the garbage. One day at a time, »

- fakename

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