Oz in the News 12.1.10

Olga Nardone, 1921-2010: ‘Oz’ loses more of its living memory Olga Nardone, a Sleepy Head and member of the Lullaby League, went to her final rest on September 24 in Newton, Massachusetts. At 3′ 4″ she was often called “the tiniest Munchkin,” though that’s difficult to prove. She was 17 when Victor Fleming filmed “The Wizard of Oz” in 1938 (she was born June 8, 1921).

Wicked breaks Canadian box office record The smash musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz just concluded its third engagement in Toronto, which rivalled even its two previous sellout runs here.  During the week that ended Nov. 28, the show grossed $1,986,319, making it the highest-earning week for a show in Canadian theatre history.

Witches and villains and heroes, oh my Even the Wicked Witch had a motive, after all — she lost her sister to a violent death, and was angry from the grief. Thinking of her in sympathetic terms makes for a better movie; she might deserve to melt, but it’s still a little sad.  If only every kids’ film were quite so complex.

Google’s doodlers humanize technology with art “I watched ‘The Wizard of Oz’ over and over again and got all of the songs stuck in my head for weeks,” Dutton laughed. “What resonated with me, ever since I was a kid, was the scene with Emerald City in the background and the field of poppies. It’s such a colorful scene, and the colors are kind of Googly.”

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz v1.1 for iPad – eBook Translation in Hebrew This eBook edition is an ideal story for an adult to read to a child, whether they are both native speakers of Hebrew, or wish to maintain a connection to the national language of the State of Israel. The classic book has been translated into more than 50 languages.

The Widdy of Oz: Ann Widdecombe takes to the yellow brick road as she plays Dorothy Her flowing blue pinafore dress accentuating her generous proportions, Ann Widdecombe poses as the 12-year-old heroine of the Wizard of Oz as played by Judy Garland.  The latest indignity to be inflicted on the 63-year-old former Tory MP came in a trailer for next Saturday’s round of Strictly Come Dancing, which is on a movie theme.

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