Oz in the News 3.16.18

Oohs and Oz: No places like home for this exhibit The magical musings of “The Wizard of Oz” and its 1978 counterpart, “The Wiz,” have eased on down to the Waynesboro Public Library in the form of a local memorabilia collection. Ramona Gordon, whose collection is featured in the exhibit, and WPL librarian Rebecca Lamb created an exhibit of costumes, tickets, posters, books, toys and more. “I could not believe some of the materials that Ramona pulled out of boxes for the display,” Lamb said. “Some of ‘The Wiz’ items are so rare they are not included in the official guide to Oz collectibles.” “I thought it would be fun to show ‘The Wiz.’ There aren’t as many Wiz collections,” Gordon said. “I just hope people will enjoy it.” The collection will be up at the library through the end of March at the Waynesboro Public Library, 600 S. Wayne Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 22980.


Oz in the News 3.10.18

The Dark Side of the Rainbow It’s unknown who first came up with the idea of playing the two works simultaneously, but it was first brought to the public’s attention by Charles Savage, who penned an article for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on Aug. 1, 1995. In it, he noted that if you start the band’s CD as the MGM lion roars for the first time onscreen, the songs and the video sync up in eerie ways during several places. The piece was called “The Dark Side of the Rainbow,” which has since become the common name given to the mashup. Over the years, Savage’s story spread and, two years later, MTV gave it a national audience in a featured news segment. The album’s engineer, Alan Parsons, was asked at the time if all this was intentional. He denied it. “There simply wasn’t mechanics to do it,” he said. “We had no means of playing videotapes in the room at all. I don’t think VHS had come along by ’72, had it?” Parsons is correct. Even though recording television programs via videotape was introduced in 1956, they were originally designed for professional use, and didn’t become available for home users until the mid-’70s. Floyd drummer Nick Mason, however, had a droller denial. “It’s absolute nonsense,” he said. “It has nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz. It was all based on The Sound of Music.”

Oz in the News 2.28.18

Jurassic Park, Mary Poppins and The Wizard Of Oz prove that films CAN be better than books, new survey reveals BRITS prefer a night out at the movies to watch their favourite books being played out on the big screen, rather than reading the book itself. The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins and Jurassic Park are among the book-to-movie adaptations Brits prefer in film-form, a study has found.  Classic tales were the favourite of a poll of 2,000 adults. It found that after reading the book and seeing the story unfold on the big screen, many were won over by the movie version of classic tales.  The research was done by Vue cinemas to celebrate World Book Day (Thursday 1st March 2018) and identify the greatest movies which have made masterpieces of memorable story tales. A spokesperson for Vue said: “Some of the greatest films ever made have their roots in literature and there are plenty of high-profile book-to-film adaptations like Ready Player One hitting the big screen soon.

Oz in the News 2.23.18

Imagineear creates multimedia guide for Louis Vuitton Legendary Trunks exhibition Legendary Trunks – The Exhibition includes exquisitely-crafted luggage created by Louis Vuitton for Hollywood icons Judy Garland and Lily Pons. It was created by Dutch theme attraction company Jora Vision. Appropriately enough, it is a travelling exhibition. Following its highly-acclaimed debut in Amsterdam, the exhibition now moves to Gothenburg. Over 300 pieces are showcased, all belonging to a private Swedish collector, with some dating back as far as 1850. Collectively, they provide a snapshot of the style and glamour of the golden age of travel. Stories associated with the trunks are woven through the interactive, immersive attraction, and reveal secrets of celebrity ownership, powerful personalities, exotic travel, elegance and adventure. Legendary Trunks – The Experience now moves to Galleri Fredstan in Gothenburg, Sweden and opens from March 16th to August 19th 2018.

We’re not in Kansas anymore: ‘The Good Place’ takes the yellow brick road to philosophical salvation “Best Self” is probably the episode that most spells it out, with nods like the aforementioned hot-air balloon, a reference to “Dr. Oz,” Jason ending his meandering story about one of his experiences in life by saying “it was all a dream,” and Michael echoing a famous Oz theme by saying the “Good Place was in the Bad Place all along.” Vulture also picked up several other subtler Oz homages. But it was the moment I saw the hot-air balloon in the first scene of “Best Self” that made me suddenly realize all the characters perfectly. But why all the Wizard of Oz references? And to what end? While an undergraduate at New York University, I took a class called “Individuals and Society,” a kind of introduction to Philosophy and Political Science rolled into one. My professor, James Colaiaco, posited an interesting interpretation to The Wizard of Oz, where the Yellow Brick Road represented the 8-Fold Path of Buddhism. He likened the Oz characters discovering they possessed that which they sought the whole time to the teachings of the Buddha.

Oz in the News 2.21.18

Black Panther Beats Wizard of Oz as Rotten Tomatoes’ Best Movie Ever Black Panther has passed The Wizard of Oz to become Rotten Tomatoes top movie of all time. The aggregated review site keeps a list of the top 100 movies, based on the number of reviews a movie receives and how positive those scores are. The wave of overwhelming positivity has helped push Marvel’s latest to the very top, above some of the most classic movies ever made, including The Wizard of Oz, which has held the number one spot on the list for quite some time. But there’s a new king in town and his name is T’Challa. Rotten Tomatoes’ top 100 movies of all time list takes into account every movie on their site with at least 40 different reviews counted. They then use what they call their “Adjusted Score” to determine the ranking. Their Adjusted Score is said to account for the variation in the number of reviews per movie and uses it as a weighted formula to determine the ranking. Whatever the case may be, their formula has placed Black Panther above the likes of The Wizard of OzCitizen Kane and The Third ManThe Wizard of Oz has a better Tomatometer score, with 99 percent. The movie has 110 reviews counted and just a single one of them is negative. Black Panther may have the lower score, sitting at 97 percent, but with 310 reviews counted, that helped it rank higher on Rotten Tomatoes’ list.

Oz in the News 2.20.18

Follow the yellow brick road all the way to Emerald City, courtesy of WMS When it comes to Wizard of Oz themed slots there are few developers more prolific than WMS. It’s fair to say that the casino games producer has a penchant for all things Tin Man, Dorothy and wonderful wizards, and it’s new slot is no exception to that. The Wizard of Oz Emerald City is, in fact, the fifth ‘Wizard’ game to come from WMS and visually and in terms of gameplay it is more than a match for its predecessors. In short – and as you’d expect – there’s a mystical journey on off that takes players down the yellow brick road with Dorothy, Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion. Aesthetically, the game is as bright and fun as the original film, which is a good place to start. The action takes place in Emerald City, which is the capital city of the fictional land of Oz and lies at the end of the famous yellow brick road (after a journey through munchkin country).

Oz in the News 2.19.18

‘Wazir of Oz’ enchants and ensnares with a new twist on a classic tale Alumna Susan Gayle Todd is bringing the bedtime stories her husband told their children to life on stage. Written by Todd, “The Wazir of Oz” takes the classic narrative of “The Wizard of Oz,” and gives the production a Bollywood spin. “The Wazir of Oz,” is a collaborative effort between Todd and Austin-based Bollywood cover band Sacred Cowgirls. Pauravi Rana, the band’s keyboardist, said the music used for shows such as this one is taken from older Bollywood music and made appropriate for children’s theater. “The show feels a little bit like a musical, people are breaking out into dance and sometimes into song,” Rana said. “They sing for one of them from the stage, which is a real feat. We don’t play the whole time, but we try to reflect the mood of what’s going on with some of the pieces.” The cast of “The Wazir of Oz” is a South Asian majority. Todd said this was done to give the story authenticity, as well as provide an opportunity for children to learn about a culture they may not have been exposed to. The play also provides an opportunity for parents with Indian heritage to see themselves represented on stage, said Minnie Homchowdhury, who plays Pratima, the stone woman who believes herself heartless. Her role is analogous to the tin man in the original “Wizard of Oz,” whose only wish in the world is to have a heart.