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Tron: Legacy – review

18 December 2010 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Back in 1982, Disney's ground-breaking hi-tech Sf movie Tron opened in the same week as the epoch-making decision at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University to order its students to abandon pen and paper and work entirely on computers. In that film the 43-year-old Jeff Bridges played Kevin Flynn, a brilliant designer of computer games. Crossing a vital boundary, he actually entered a video game, moving from being a "user" to becoming a "programme", his aim being to frustrate an arch rival. Now, 28 years and several quantum leaps in technology later, there is a sequel, Tron: Legacy – not quite a record as Return to Oz came 46 years after The Wizard of Oz.

It's 2010, the 61-year-old Jeff Bridges is again Flynn. He's been missing for over 20 years, during which time his son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) has grown up inheriting his father's gifts and multibillion-dollar business. It transpires that the grizzled Flynn had gone back »

- Philip French

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Zemeckis's Wizard Of Oz - remake the movie or adapt the book?

17 November 2010 9:59 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

There are certain classics one would think to be immune from remakes, but anything originally sourced from a book is inevitably in the firing line. Victor Fleming's adaptation of 1939's MGM spectacular The Wizard Of Oz was re-interpreted at the tail-end of the 1970s' blaxploitation trend in Sidney Lumet's The Wiz, featuring Diana Ross, Richard Pryor and Michael Jackson.

Now CGI-cartoon meister Robert Zemeckis (who I continue to lament as a sad loss to live-action film-making), is set to revisit the story. Thing is, the same controversy appears in this case as with the new version of Total Recall; is it a remake of an adaptation or a new adaptation of the source material?

End the dispute: Zemeckis is apparently to base his interpretation on the actual script employed in the Judy Garland version for his Warner Bros.-backed movie.

Since Tim Burton turned Lewis Carroll's Alice In »

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First Images Appear From CG 'Dorothy of Oz'

2 November 2010 3:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

'The Wizard of Oz' is one of those classic films that always seems to be verge of getting the remake treatment but thankfully, no one ever has the nerve to actually go through with it. It's an effortlessly timeless film, a film that's aged so beautifully that it has the power to look even the greediest movie producers in the eye and say "Go ahead. Remake me. They'll hate you. Everyone will hate you. Make my day, punk."

Yes, 'The Wizard of Oz' is the Clint Eastwood of Hollywood Golden Age classics.

However, that has not stopped people from playing in the Oz playground, with clever deconstructions like Gregory Maguire's novel 'Wicked' and the amazingly popular Broadway musical it inspired and sequels like Walter Murch's slightly infamous 1985 'Return to Oz,' which traumatized just about every child who saw it. »

- Jacob Hall

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First Images Appear From CG 'Dorothy of Oz'

2 November 2010 3:00 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

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'The Wizard of Oz' is one of those classic films that always seems to be verge of getting the remake treatment but thankfully, no one ever has the nerve to actually go through with it. It's an effortlessly timeless film, a film that's aged so beautifully that it has the power to look even the greediest movie producers in the eye and say "Go ahead. Remake me. They'll hate you. Everyone will hate you. Make my day, punk."

Yes, 'The Wizard of Oz' is the Clint Eastwood of Hollywood Golden Age classics.

However, that has not stopped people from playing in the Oz playground, with clever deconstructions like Gregory Maguire's novel 'Wicked' and the amazingly popular Broadway musical it inspired and sequels like Walter Murch's slightly infamous 1985 'Return to Oz,' which traumatized just about every child who saw it. »

- Jacob Hall

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2010 Holiday Movie Guide - Screenings

21 October 2010 3:09 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Although the holiday season means time off work for most other industries in the U.S., it means it's awards season for the film business, which in turn necessitates plenty of tributes and accolades to be presented on the East and West Coasts at your local repertory theater in advance of the Oscars where movie stars can be seen and Q & As are conducted. Yet in New York and Los Angeles, there will be a wealth of other options as neighborhood theaters flood their screens with contemporary cinema from other parts of the world, classic movies in their full bigscreen glory, and certain-to-be-fun nods to the holidays, whether it's Halloween or Christmas. If you live in one of these areas or see fit to travel, these are the events worth the trouble over the next few months.

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'Wizard of Oz' Prequel to Add Sex, Betrayal and More Evil Witches

15 October 2010 5:20 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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Do you wish MGM's classic version of 'The Wizard of Oz' was a little more adult? No, in fact that's what people criticized so much about 'Return to Oz,' that it wasn't appropriate for kids. But it's been 25 years since Disney scared children with Wheelers and decapitated heads and now it's time for the same studio to return to Oz with a filmmaker with a horror background and a trip to L. Frank Baum's universe that's possibly even darker, and also much sexier. Sam Raimi, who was recently confirmed as the director for the "prequel"/origin story 'Oz: The Great and Powerful,' is expected to give us a little infidelity in the real world and then a lot of seduction in the land of munchkins and witches.

According to Pajiba, who has heard some details about Mitchell Kapner's script, »

- Christopher Campbell

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'Wizard of Oz' Prequel to Add Sex, Betrayal and More Evil Witches

15 October 2010 5:20 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

Do you wish MGM's classic version of 'The Wizard of Oz' was a little more adult? No, in fact that's what people criticized so much about 'Return to Oz,' that it wasn't appropriate for kids. But it's been 25 years since Disney scared children with Wheelers and decapitated heads and now it's time for the same studio to return to Oz with a filmmaker with a horror background and a trip to L. Frank Baum's universe that's possibly even darker, and also much sexier. Sam Raimi, who was recently confirmed as the director for the "prequel"/origin story 'Oz: The Great and Powerful,' is expected to give us a little infidelity in the real world and then a lot of seduction in the land of munchkins and witches.

According to Pajiba, who has heard some details about Mitchell Kapner's script, »

- Christopher Campbell

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Sam Raimi Will Officially Helm Oz

6 October 2010 2:10 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

Not that you were expecting anything less, but: Sam Raimi is now 100 percent confirmed as the director for the new The Wizard of Oz movie titled, Oz: The Great and Powerful with Robert Downey Jr. still the odds-on favorite to portray the title character of Oz. It will be hard to vie for the love of those who hold the original 1939 film in high regard, though Raimi should have little problem besting the reaction to 1985's Return to Oz or 1969's The Wonderful Land of Oz -- a film directed by Barry Mahon whose last film before Oz was titled Fanny Hill meets Dr. Erotico. [Deadline] »

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'The Witches of Oz' new poster, clips and teaser

6 September 2010 2:02 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Maybe this will help us get the taste of 'Tin Man' out of our mouths. Finally.

Not since 1987's made-for-tv Return to Oz have I been this excited about an Oz film. Let's face it - the original musical 1939 version with Judy Garland reduced the menacing, opium-induced political propaganda originally created by L. Frank Baum to so much MGM glitter and Oscar romance. But Fairuza Balk's first starring role, as Dorothy Gale who returns to Oz to face an evil Nome King, a headless princess, wheeled human punk rockers who chase you through the streets of the broken Emerald City, and talking chickens, was awesome. And since then?

Just more gibberish in musical form and a really bad made-for-tv SyFy Channel Dorothy movie that I think we'd rather all forget.

But now comes The Witches of Oz, directed by Leigh Scott (he of the many many many »

- Superheidi

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The Wizard of Oz: 71 facts for the film's 71st birthday | Catherine Shoard

13 August 2010 4:46 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

As today's Google doodle celebrates 71 years of The Wizard of Oz, we present 71 things you might not know about the musical classic starring Judy Garland

1) So frightening was Margaret Hamilton's performance as the Wicked Witch of the West that most of her scenes were heavily edited or cut entirely.

2) When the script was written, the part of the Wizard had been earmarked for Wc Fields.

3) Judy Garland's white dress was actually pink as it was easier to shoot in Technicolor.

4) A sequel using the original cast was mooted, but scrapped after Garland became such a big star and Hamilton expressed doubts over the feasibility of such a project.

5) The film has numerous lines in Premiere magazine's poll to find the 100 Greatest Movie Lines. "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain" came in at No 24.

6) "There's no place like home" came in at No 11.

7) "Toto, I have »

- Catherine Shoard

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'The Wizard of Oz' Turns 71!

12 August 2010 7:05 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

It wasn't the first film based on L. Frank Baum's classic series of books, and it clearly won't be the last by a long shot, but MGM's 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz will likely forever be the favorite adaptation of Dorothy Gale's Oz-dyssey (its dialogue will still be quoted in the year 2154, if Avatar is any fortune teller). If you're a human being you've likely watched Judy Garland and friends skipping down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City at least once or at most a billion times in the last seven decades. So join us in wishing the film a very happy birthday. To celebrate the 71st anniversary of its original release (did you notice the Google tribute?), we've collected some thoughts on and memories of the film from the Cinematical team. Here, first, is my reflection:

As much as I've gone through phases preferring other takes on Baum (The Wiz, »

- Christopher Campbell

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Assembly Required: A Walter Murch Profile (Part 2)

4 August 2010 6:44 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of three time Academy Award-winning sound designer and film editor Walter Murch in the second of a five part feature... read part one here.

“I try to choose projects that dovetail my own interests,” remarked New York-native Walter Murch. “That’s a significant part of the process – where you are really casting yourself, in much the same way actors cast themselves for a role. In an ideal situation, such as Vanessa Redgrave in Julia, an actor chooses a part that represents an emotional truth to her as an individual, which pushes her somewhere she has not gone before.” Sharing the same name as his painter father, the sound designer established himself as a film editor with the 1977 picture about a young woman (Jane Fonda) who risks her life aiding her childhood friend (Redgrave) help the French Resistance by smuggling money during WWII. Still considered a rookie at the time, »

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This Weekend in Box Office History: Comparisons for June 18-20, 2010

20 June 2010 6:04 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Here's a look back at past weekends comparable to June 18-20, 2010: 5 Years Ago - 2005 Fighting the stigma of the franchise's previous flame-out, Batman Begins had a relatively quieter start than its predecessors, but it was still popular out-of-the-gate. The movie, which was tasked with rebuilding the franchise, pulled in $48.7 million at 3,858 sites over the weekend, tallying $72.9 million since its Wednesday debut. Mr. & Mrs. Smith was second with $26 million, down a standard 48 percent from its opening. The weekend's only other nationwided release was Hilary Duff vehicle The Perfect Man, which was a non-starter with $5.3 million at 2,087 sites. * Weekend Report: 'Batman' Begins in the Shadows 10 Years Ago - 2000 Shaft claimed the top spot with $21.7 million at 2,337 locations, which was a solid but unspectacular showing for the Samuel L. Jackson-headlined remake of the 1971 movie of the same name. In second, Gone in 60 Seconds slowed 41 percent in its second weekend, grossing $14.9 million, »

- Brandon Gray <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Mysterious 'Wizard of Oz' Teaser Announces Yet Another Oz-Related Project?

16 June 2010 9:45 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

How many movies based on the Wizard of Oz mythology will you tolerate in the next few years? Right now I'm counting at least six in development, including this new, out-of-nowhwere project from Mark and Michael Polish (The Astronaut Farmer), simply titled Oz. Nobody seems to have had heard about this faithful-looking version of L. Frank Baum's stories until a teaser was posted to YouTube yesterday (and tweeted by Film Threat's Chris Gore) with a caption claiming that it comes to us from the Polish brothers and it's set to hit theaters in 2011. As for the content of the video, all it shows us is a young Dorothy and a hardly anthropomorphic Cowardly Lion walking slowly and curiously down a hall in an apparently deserted place.

Coming from someone who appreciates -- and would watch in marathon form right now if I had the time -- every Baum adaptation »

- Christopher Campbell

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Hollywood Returning to Oz Again...and Again

13 June 2010 2:30 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

We all know there's no place like home, but is there a place big enough for seven - yes, seven - more cinematic follow-ups to that classic musical it's okay to like, The Wizard of Oz (1939)?

L. Frank Baum's classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, has had its fair share of screen adaptations since it was released way back in 1900, but it appears as though a spell has been placed on Hollywood, with producers seeing big pots of gold somewhere over the rainbow.

It was revealed in April that a prequel titled Oz The Great and Powerful, which details the Wizard's early life, was gathering momentum, and came hot on the heels of news that two sequels - one about Dorothy's granddaughter, and the other about Dorothy's great-great granddaughter - were in early development.

Of course, these mooted projects are not even the half of it, with two »

- Jim Pembry

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Sam Raimi May Direct 'Wizard of Oz' Prequel

13 June 2010 9:02 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Ever since Sam Mendes told Disney he wouldn't direct the Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz, the Great and Powerful, a number of filmmakers have been linked to the project as possible substitutes. Even Guillermo del Toro was rumored to be considered. But now Vulture reports that Sam Raimi has been officially offered the gig, as of Friday morning. If he accepts, the Spider-Man trilogy director would team up with Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr., who has long been set to play the titular "wizard" for the origin story, which has been scripted by Mitchell Kapner (The Whole Nine Yards). Disney apparently wants to get this going soon, which makes sense given there are about a billion other Oz-based films in the works at various studios, so it would likely be his next film.

He hasn't signed on yet, but if Raimi heads to Oz, perhaps he won't end up doing The Hobbit, »

- Christopher Campbell

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Alice In Wonderland Blu-ray Review

5 June 2010 8:19 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It was reported in the trades this week that Tim Burton’s 3-D, live action Alice in Wonderland crossed the one billion dollar mark at the international box office. That’s a serious quantity of dollars, euros, rubles and yen spent on less than two hours of escapism during the middle of a global economic crisis, but at least this escapism has quality in spades (or is it red hearts?). A sort-of sequel to Disney’s animated film and mash-up of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Alice in Wonderland spins the fantastical tale of an older, if not wiser, Alice plunging back down the rabbit hole into an underworld that’s now a delightful combination of Carroll’s inventive imagination and Burton’s delectable visual style.  More after the jump:

In the film’s opening scenes, we are introduced to an »

- Harrison Pierce

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Guillermo Del Toro Leaves 'Hobbit' to Return to Oz?

4 June 2010 7:15 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

If you're upset about Guillermo del Toro departing Middle-earth, would you settle for his arrival in Oz? According to a Deadline piece on that "edgy," 3D, re-imagined Snow White movie we wrote about earlier, the Spanish Mexican filmmaker is "rumored" to be interested in Disney's The Great and Powerful Oz, in which Robert Downey, Jr. will play the titular Midwesterner who winds up leader of L. Frank Baum's imaginative land of yellow brick roads and good and evil witches. Just yesterday we learned that Sam Mendes exited this project, leaving it open to a number of "circling" directors, including Adam Shankman and Timur Bekmambetov. Anyone familiar with Del Toro's work, particularly the Oscar-nominated Pan's Labyrinth, knows which of the three named would be best to tackle Oz and its wonderful wizard's origins.

But did he really leave The Hobbit after all that time just to sign on to a »

- Christopher Campbell

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'The Brothers Grimm: Snow White' To Offer 'Edgy' Take On A Classic Tale, But How Does One Define Edgy?

4 June 2010 12:27 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Relativity Media issued a press release earlier today revealing their acquisition of Melisa Wallack's script for "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White," a Brett Ratner-produced 3-D take on the classic "Snow White" fairy tale — but as Ratner and his fellow producers Ryan Kavanaugh and Bernie Goldmann will tell you, "this is certainly not your mother's Snow White."

Described as putting "a new, edgy and modernized spin on the original classic fairy tale," it's a sure bet that this "Snow White" will take some significant leaps from the Walt Disney story that so many are used to. But exactly how it's going to be different is a tricky thing to puzzle out, as "a new, edgy and modernized spin" could refer to a whole slew of different styles.

Does one define "modern" and "edgy" as akin to Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," for example? Although hanging onto the »

- Josh Wigler

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Confused Views: War is Hell

2 June 2010 7:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With [Rec] 2 featuring a gun-toting Swat team, Matt Edwards attempts to cram military personnel in a few sequels of his own devising

"War! Huh! Good God y'all! What is it good for?" - Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong, War

"I only need to know one thing: where they are." - Vasquez, Aliens

Jesus wept. Apparently, Michael Bay is producing a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Surely we're at a point now where someone needs to take this guy to one side and say, ‘Look, what you're doing is awful. From now on it'd probably be best if you stopped producing anything that can't be caught in a tissue.'

The link between Michael Bay and this week's column is tenuous at best. You know how in a lot of his films there's a considerable amount of army-related action? Well, that's about as far it goes.

I went to see the excellent [Rec] 2 this bank holiday weekend. »

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