Ruth Duccini in center
Remembering Rush City’s ‘Munchkin’ Growing up in the 1920s and ‘30s in Rush City, Ruth Robinson Duccini — at that time Ruth Robinson — didn’t know she would have a role in a film that would still be immensely popular around the time of her death, nearly eight decades later. Duccini, about 4 feet tall, was one of the 126 little people who played the roles of Munchkins in the 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz.” “When the Muchkins got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — I think there were (seven) of them there — they were going to put each of their names on the star,” Robinson said. “Ruth, she got upset and said, ‘There were 126 of us, not (seven).’ She said that wasn’t the way to do it. I think they just ended up putting “The Munchkins” on there. Ruth would have been a good union rep because she would fight for what was right.”
Ballet is off to see the ‘Wizard’ Travel with Dorothy, her beloved Toto and Yellow Brick Road friends Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion as they dance their way to the Emerald City of Oz in search of the wonderful Wizard when Canton Ballet presents its full-length version of “The Wizard of Oz.” The ballet will be performed under the artistic and executive direction of Cassandra Crowley in Canton’s historic Palace Theatre. In preparation for his new work, the choreographer listened to more than 300 CDs, looking for the music he would need for his full program of dance and ending up with multiple composers. He ultimately spent eight months in the making of Wizard, studying the original story and breaking it down into sequences to adapt it to ballet.
Who Stole the Ruby Slippers? This case needs to be solved. I believe by making a documentary on the stolen slippers we could raise awareness that would possibly lead to new information coming forward about the whereabouts of the shoes. I will be traveling to Grand Rapids, MN to conduct on-screen interviews with some of the key players in the investigations and find out the current status of the case. The film will be finished by July 2014, just in time for the 75th Anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz”. I’ll be submitting the finished short film to festivals across the country in hope of starting a nationwide conversation about the stolen shoes.
The Shadow of Oz A full-color 78-card tarot deck based on the world of Oz, illustrated by some of the most talented comic book artists of our time. All of your old friends are here, from Dorothy and the Lion to the Nome King and Kiki Aru. Discover how these primal American fairy tale characters give us insight to the archetypal forces of the imagination. Discover also how your own stories, whether in fiction or “real life”, can grow and improve when examined in the dark light of these titanic symbols. Mark Anthony Masterson, author of the modern Oz comic Dorothy, writes the accompanying text and tarot interpretations.
Once Upon a Time Takes on Oz The Wicked Witch of the West (Lost’s Rebecca Mader) lands in Storybrooke on the March 9 episode. She shares ties to two familiar characters. Viewers will learn what turned her green and will eventually meet the Wizard. “There might be some other surprises along the yellow brick road,” Kitsis says. “We’re setting up the fight of all fights: Evil Queen versus Wicked Witch!”
Oscars’ ‘Wizard of Oz’ tribute goes Pink, snubs L. Frank Baum and Munchkins 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of silver screen classic “The Wizard of Oz,” and the Academy Awards honored the 1939 movie during Sunday night’s telecast. Still, the Oscars tribute had a few bumps along the (yellow brick) road. the night failed to acknowledge the Central New York man responsible for the story and its beloved characters. Chittenango native L. Frank Baum, who published “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” in 1900 and wrote more than a dozen other “Oz” books, was completely overlooked. On top of that, late Munchkin actresses Ruth Robinson Duccini and Margaret Pellegrini were left out of the evening’s in memoriam. The annual tribute honors stars who passed away in the past year, but the two last surviving “Oz” actresses weren’t included in the list.
Oconomowoc held world premiere of ‘Oz’ 75 years ago Catherine Buckeridge attended the premiere in Oconomowoc. The 91-year-old was a teen just out of high school on that August night when she went to the Hollywood-style premiere. “We saw strangers here and we saw those lights and the confusion around the door,” she said. “Everybody was dressed in their best.” The film’s stars did not travel to Wisconsin for the premiere, but those who did attend were among the first to see the magic of film turn from black-and-white into color. “Yes, I remember that,” Buckeridge said of the moment that Dorothy opened the door to Oz. “It was very impressive because we had never seen color before.”
It’s the Oscars, not Broadway! Liza Minnelli, 67, sports blue hair streak to match gown ahead of Wizard Of Oz tribute at ceremony She comes from one of the most famous families in show business. So Liza Minnelli can be forgiven for having some fun with her Oscars outfit. The 67-year-old sported a blue hair streak to match her gown as she walked the red carpet in Los Angeles on Saturday as she geared up to pay tribute to her late mother Judy Garland’s most famous film Wizard Of Oz.
A local movie buff ’s stuff The “stuff,” most of it stored in a warehouse, is impressive. The tall, black leather shoes once owned by the Wicked Witch of the West — they were apparently waterproof — are part of Wayne Newcomb Jr.’s “Oz” portfolio. A Kelly green and cream-colored “Oz” guard uniform and a Munchkin outfit are other pieces Newcomb owns from the 1939 fantasy musical famous for its vicious tornado, flying monkeys and genius scarecrow. “Pieces from the Yellow Brick Road, people would die to have them,” Newcomb said. “Nobody knows what happened to it. There was a rumor that it was under one of the sound stages at MGM. They checked it out and it’s not there. The ruby slippers are considered the crème de la crème, but the next best thing would be the Yellow Brick Road. You tell me an item you can think of that would be more desirable besides the ruby slippers or the Maltese Falcon?”
Presentation to focus on disabilities in Oz The program, “If I Only Had a Brain: Disability & Difference in the Oz Narratives,” is free and open to the public. It will feature Joshua R. Eyler, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University. Eyler’s talk will examine Baum’s fiction about the land of Oz and the literary and cinematic legacies of this Oz mythology, using the lens of disability studies. Although disability is not the first thing that comes to mind when reading the Oz narratives, disability unquestionably and powerfully appears as a thematic current running throughout the tradition. The talk will explore how each text within the tradition picks up the theme anew to construct its own particular meaning. The program is free and will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Old Main Chapel at Shippensburg University, PA.
‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return’ Trailer 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of MGM’s The Wizard of Oz, and the folks behind a new animated sequel are hoping you’ll want to celebrate with a return trip. The new Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return trailer promises more action and adventure, as the plucky Kansan heroine (voiced by Lea Michele) is whisked back to the Emerald City once more.
Sycamore Entertainment Group To Stream The Original “The Judy Garland Show” To commemorate the 50(th) anniversary of the filming of “The Judy Garland Show”, Sycamore Entertainment will stream the 26 one hour episodes of the first and only season of the original show. In these rare episodes, Judy performs solo and in once-in-a-lifetime musical duets with the likes of Barbara Streisand, Mickey Rooney, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli and many more. These episodes are the only remaining recordings of Judy Garland performing at her peak. Starting March 29(th) , consumers can stream each one hour episode individually or as a package. Fans will be able to stream the episodes on Android, Apple IPad, IPhone, Samsung and many other devices. All of the episodes are up-converted in full HD for maximum viewing experience.
Oscars: Judy Garland’s Kids to Reunite for ‘Wizard of Oz’ Tribute Judy Garland‘s three children — Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft — will reunite at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of their late mother’s most iconic film, The Wizard of Oz, The Hollywood Reporter has learned from multiple sources. Garland’s three children haven’t always gotten along, but they are said to be on good terms these days and enthusiastic about this opportunity to celebrate their beloved mother in such a high-profile way. THR is told that specifics of what the commemoration will entail have not yet been locked down.