Oz in the News 4.18.14

Stealing-the-Ruby-Slippers-Temp-Cover1Stealing the Ruby Slippers  Jared Canning is out of money and out of time. His gambling debts are due, and his creditors are not the kind that grant extensions. An old friend offers him a job: break into a small town museum, steal a pair Ruby Slippers Judy Garland wore in the Wizard of Oz, and share the profits when they are sold to a buyer in New Orleans. On August 25, 2005, Jared pulls off the heist perfectly. The next day, Jared watches Hurricane Katrina slam into New Orleans. His buyer, and his money, are gone.

Oz museum loses lease, finds new home, but needs money, help to reopen in time for fest  The All Things Oz Museum in Chittenango lost its lease and now has to move into its new quarters abruptly, leaving it in a financial crunch, officials say. Museum officials are scrambling to raise enough money to get work completed on the new building at 219 Genesee St. in Chittenango, next door to its former museum location. They need about $20,000 in order to get the building ready for Oz-Stravaganza 2014 set for June 6 to 8.  Anyone who wants to donate can mail a check to to All Things Oz, P. O Box 456, Chittenango, NY 13037.

“Wizard of Oz” Flower Show Preview Party – March 2014  The preview party for the second annual Flower Show of the North Carolina State Florists Association was held at the Weymouth Center on Wednesday, March 26. With the theme of “Wizard of Oz,” the floral designers decorated the rooms and grounds of the Weymouth Center in a whimsical fashion with beautiful and imaginative floral arrangements and backdrops.

Oz in the News 4.16.14

gallery3-fullUK website launched for May film Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return  The Royal Blog of Oz, the “Wizard of Oz”/L. Frank Baum blog of Dorothy and Ozma Productions, owned by Jared Davis and others in the Oz community recently reported that the United Kingdom website for Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return has launched. With the launch of the website, came some new stills and clips.  Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return will be opening in the United States this May 9, and in the UK on May 23.

Oz in the News 4.14.14

261D30EC6-E6C0-CC85-4D92E3D3818AD88CJSP Records to Release a 5-CD set, JUDY GARLAND: THE GARLAND VARIATIONS Produced by John Stedman and compiled by award-winning Garland historian Lawrence Schulman, the set will for the first time gather songs Garland recorded in the studio on multiple occasions between 1937 and 1962. Placing them back to back, the 115-track 6 ½ hour anthology will highlight songs Garland thought enough of to re-record over her 45-year career. The box set will also include essays by James Fisher, professor and head of the Theatre Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Scott Brogan, founder and webmaster of The Judy Room; Christine Andreas, the Broadway and cabaret star who recently played Garland in the theatrical production of Heartbreaker, based on John Meyer’s 1983 memoir; and Laurent Valière, a journalist at Radio France and producer/host of the program 42nd Street.

Oz in the News 4.12.14

23E63B260-EA0C-4AF4-292246299162A095Serenbe Playhouse to Celebrate 5th Anniversary with THE EMERALD BALL  The Emerald Ball will take place on Saturday May 17th, in the heart of the Serenbe community. Fans will take a trip far over the rainbow and land in a glistening world of green. Rare gems will be far from the most beautiful things on display as Ozians parade in all shades of green to celebrate the kick off to The Playhouse‘s Season of Journeys. Exquisite food and delicious drinks will be enjoyed as one of a kind Silent and Live Auction items are highlighted, then dance the night away as one of Atlanta’s hottest DJ send you beyond the stars. On May 30th a world premiere adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Rachel Teagle, directed by Brian Clowdus and presented with original puppets from The Center for Puppetry Arts will touch the hearts of young and old alike. Dorothy, Toto and all of their friends will be in Serenbe until August 2nd.

Oz in the News 4.11.14

indexConcert enters fantasy world of L. Frank Baum  L. Frank Baum is best known for his 1900 novel, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” but he wrote many other fantasies. On Sunday, UC Riverside’s Department of Music will premiere a composition based on one of his little-known stories. “The Queen of Quok” is by Tim Labor, associate professor of music and media and cultural studies. In a phone interview, Labor described it as a 20-minute piece written for a “full romantic orchestra,” similar to “Peter and the Wolf” in that musical instruments represent characters in the story. It will be narrated by actor Johanna McKay. “It’s funny and colorful, with music synchronized with the narration in clever and tricky ways,” conductor Ruth Charloff wrote in an email. “The music is a mix of big, vivid film scoring and TV cartoony commentary. Different characters are depicted not just through attaching different instruments to each, but with really funny and very differentiated stylistic insight.”

Liza Is A Hatha-Hater! Why She’s Fuming Over Judy Garland Biopic Although Liza intially supported the “Les Miserables” star, she’s changed her mind, said another insider.“ As wild an idea as it is, Liza would love to see Lady Gaga play Judy,” revealed the insider. “Liza thinks Gaga has the singing chops, and Gaga has expressed a deep reverence for Judy. “Liza is also a huge fan of Katie Holmes and thinks she’d be a great choice to play Judy. Katie sings, she dances and Liza respects her acting. Liza’s biggest fear is that the movie will further tarnish her mother’s legacy. She’s haunted by the tragic figure Anne played in ‘Les Miz’ and worries that the same kind of darkness will come through if Anne plays her mom. She thinks that Gaga or Katie will give a more uplifting performance as Judy during those difficult times.”

Upcoming Book: Annie’s Stories  The year is 1901, the literary sensation The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is taking New York City by storm, and everyone wonders where the next great book will come from. But to Annie Gallagher, stories are more than entertainment—they’re a sweet reminder of her storyteller father. After his death, Annie fled Ireland for the land of dreams, finding work at Hawkins House. But when a fellow boarder with something to hide is accused of misconduct and authorities threaten to shut down the boardinghouse, Annie fears she may lose her new friends, her housekeeping job . . . and her means of funding her dream: a memorial library to honor her father. Furthermore, the friendly postman shows a little too much interest in Annie—and in her father’s unpublished stories. In fact, he suspects these tales may hold a grand secret.

The Card Game of Oz  This new game ntroduces an innovative system called the Storyline Game System™ that adds strategy to your challenging and fun adventures through Oz. Each player takes on the role of an author attempting to construct the best story in the world of Oz. During the game, players will attempt to bring together objects, characters and locations that are appropriate together – for example, the Tin Woodman and his Oil Can – while avoiding hazards like the field of poppies and terrible beasts and villains like the Kalidahs or the Wicked Witch of the West. Each round players roll a special set of dice to determine the number of points they have for drawing and playing cards. The number of dice increases during the game, allowing the game to scale naturally while you play. The game ends when a player is able to move a Prime character – that is, one of the main characters of the story – from her Title card all the way to The End, but doing so is no simple race because the character who triggers the endgame is worth no points toward victory. Featuring hundreds of fascinating characters, events, and vistas, Oz is a world that has stood the test of time. Construct an iconic tale that is all your own!

Oz in the News 4.7.14

533efab3385ea.imageOak View Principal’s office turned into magical land of Oz for April Fools Day  Oak View Campus Monitor Treavor Maddux surprised Principal Sam Spencer for the fifth year in a row with an elaborate April Fools Day prank that transformed Spencer’s office into a place of wonder and awe.  This year’s original theme was The Wizard of Oz, complete with a handmade house falling on the Wicked Witch of the East right inside Spencer’s office. The office also had a yellow brick road, a metal windmill, a flying monkey, Kansas mural, a television with scenes from the Wizard of Oz movie, and even a hot air balloon falling from the ceiling. Maddux said the project took about 20 hours to complete.

‘Once Upon a Time’ season 3: Rebecca Mader discusses Wicked Witch make-up, nightmares from ‘Wizard of Oz’  “Between the hair and the costume and the hat and then the lighting, there’s been so much to play with in creating Zelena. But it’s not easy to get off, especially when it’s been on for twelve hours. It’s the oil that takes the paint off my face, plus two other people and hot, wet towels does the trick.”

Ding-dong! In this tale, it’s Dorothy who must die  Amy Gumm, with her pink hair and knockoff clothing, is a teenager who’s willing to do anything to get out of her trailer-park life in Flat Hill. Though armed with tons of gumption, she’s not liked at school or at home, where her single mom leaves Amy to fend for herself in an oncoming tornado.  It’s a doozy, too, and like the one that took Dorothy on a magical journey decades before, this windy disaster transports Amy to Oz. She watched The Wizard of Oz enough as a child to know what Oz is supposed to look like. However, the landscape Amy finds is the apocalyptic version — a bombed-out dystopia where there’s still a Yellow Brick Road, but the magic has been literally sucked out of the ground.

WIZARD OF OZ & More Set for TCM’s Classic Film Festival  Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) has announced that six of their classic films with upcoming tent-pole Blu-ray™ anniversary and special editions will be featured at the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival from April 10-13 in Hollywood. The films include the timeless The Wizard of Oz 75th anniversary, now in stunning IMAX® 3D.  Emmy Award®-winning producer and best-selling author John Fricke will celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz with a talk entitled Judy Garland: A Legendary Film Career. (Sunday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m). Screening to follow that evening at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® at 7:30 p.m.

Oz in the News 4.3.14

Oz Con, A Celebration Of The Wizard Of Oz, Coming To Coronado This Summer  This summer, to coincide with the 75th Anniversary of the release of film classic The Wizard of Oz, local arts groups including the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission, the Coronado Island Film Festival, the Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA), and the Coronado Community Playhouse are collaborating to present Oz-themed events that will run from July 21 through August 10. Also included in presenting the Oz events are the Coronado Public Library, the Coronado Historical Association, Coronado MainStreet Ltd., and the Coronado Parks and Recreation Department.

Warner Bros. Wins $2.57 Million Ruling Over ‘Wizard of Oz’ “We agree with the district court’s conclusion that Dorothy, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind, and Tom and Jerry each exhibit ‘consistent, widely identifiable traits’ in the films that are sufficiently distinctive to merit character protection under the respective film copyrights … Put more simply, there is no evidence that one would be able to visualize the distinctive details of, for example, Clark Gable’s performance before watching the movie Gone With the Wind, even if one had read the book beforehand. At the very least, the scope of the film copyrights covers all visual depictions of the film characters at issue, except for any aspects of the characters that were injected into the public domain by the publicity materials.”