Oz in the News 4.28.11

Scott Campbell visita el Planeta de los Simios  Robot 6 has Planet of the Apes on the brain lately. Kevin Melrose  just finished a PotA marathon that made me want to start my own and I’m anxiously looking forward to BOOM!’s prequel comic tomorrow. But while talking primates fans wait for that, I thought it might be nice to check out Scott Campbell’s version that also includes King Kong, the flying monkeys of Wizard of Oz, the primates of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Ro-Man Extension XJ-9 from Robot Monster.

Tonight’s TV highlights: The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz – The True Story  Anne MacGregor directs this documentary about the life of L Frank Baum, who set out to write the first American fairytale, achieving his goal in 1900 when he finished The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz. It’s a thorough account of Baum’s intriguing life, speaking to relatives, literary critics and historians, and it’s boosted by the inclusion of unseen family footage of him, as well as photographs and clips from the three silent-film versions that predated Judy Garland’s Technicolor classic.

John Partridge to Host WIZARD OF OZ Comic Relief Benefit, April 21  THE WIZARD OF OZ is set to host a special Comic Relief gala performance, starring Michael Crawford as The Wizard and Danielle Hope (winner of the BBC’s smash hit Over the Rainbow) as Dorothy, and ‘Dangerous Dave’ – BBC’s Over the Rainbow’s winning Toto. The event will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday 21st April. John Partidge is set to host tomorrow night’s special gala performance of the show.

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