Oz in the News 4.10.11

Classically Trained: Enjoying Oz with a live score Luckily there weren’t any tornadoes that night to impede mine or other Pacific Symphony concertgoers’ progress to the concert hall — just a little rain — before all were met by a mini “yellow brick road” at the entrance. In an authentic touch, the road’s beginning had the same curls Dorothy took her first ruby-slipper steps on as she started her journey to Oz.  Decorating the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall lobby were some “Wizard of Oz”-related artwork, life-size cutouts of the film’s characters and even a man dressed as the Wizard himself.  All of this made for a Hollywood-style symphonic evening, as the Costa Mesa-based orchestra played the score to “The Wizard of Oz” live alongside the iconic 1939 film.

Nominees Announced for 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Comic-Con International (Comic-Con) is proud to announce the nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2011. The nominees, chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, reflect the wide range of material being published in comics and graphic novel form today, from heartfelt autobiographical works to books aimed at kids and teens to deluxe hardcover archival editions. Unlike in past years, superheroes are very much in the minority in this year’s selections.  Marvel Comics’ “The Marvelous Land of Oz” is up for two awards including Best Adaptation from Another Work and Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team.

Vintage Classics launches cover design competition Vintage Classics has launched its fourth cover design competition for children, choosing The Wizard of Oz as this year’s book.  The competition, in partnership with the Times’ Young Times and Random House Children’s Books, will be judged by author Jacqueline Wilson, author and illustrator Louise Yates, Random House creative director Suzanne Dean, Vintage Classics editorial director Laura Hassan and Young Times editor Daisy Greenwell.  It is open to seven- to 12-year-olds, and the new edition with the winning jacket will be published on 3rd November.

Remembering Sidney Lumet and an era of New York filmmaking, director dead at 86 The passing of Sidney Lumet Saturday at age 86 ends an era of New York filmmaking. not that Lumet’s mantle hasn’t been taken up by city filmmakers, but Lumet’s specific way of dealing with the stresses, comedy, kookiness and subcultures among is was rare among directors who came after him.  He re-energized Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens by spending a year and a half filming there for “The Wiz.” But the movie is an ill-fated adaptation of a Broadway fantasia, a Harlem reworking of “The Wizard of Oz,” and though Lumet liked to say he could work in genres, this was one that escaped him.



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