Oz in the News 7.16.11

Giant steel rainbow to soar over Sony studio What better way to celebrate the joy of filmmaking, especially by the studio that brought us The Wizard of Oz, than with a gigantic rainbow? As part of Culver City’s Art in Public Places requirement, Sony Pictures will build the massive steel-and-aluminum structure near its Madison Avenue gate. The arch will reach nine stories high, span 188 feet, and will be finished with a resin-based paint to withstand the elements. Sony chose Chicago-based artist Tony Tasset to design the sculpture, which they wanted to be “accessible and joyful.” Tasset seemed a logical choice, since he is responsible for other similarly oversized and humorous public artworks, including a gigantic eyeball in Pritzker Park, Chicago, and an immense Paul Revere at Governors State University in Illinois.

DOROTHY OF OZ Cast to Make Appearance at Comic Con  During the panel “Further Over the Rainbow: A First Look at Dorothy of Oz,” approximately 6500 lucky fans will have a chance to be the first to see a first reveal of footage and clips, and exclusive cast out-takes from the 2012 film starring Lea Michele (Dorothy), Martin Short (The Jester), Jim Belushi (Lion), Dan Aykroyd (Scarecrow), Kelsey Grammer (The Tin Man), Megan Hilty (China Princess), Hugh Dancy (Marshall Mallow), Oliver Platt (Wiser the Owl), and Patrick Stewart (Tugg). The panel will be moderated by “Access Hollywood’s” Scott Mantz. The event will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, July 23 at San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H.

Patrick Stewart Talks about His Character “Tugg” in the 3D CG-Animated Musical DOROTHY OF OZ  In addition, we have exclusive video of him speaking about his character “Tugg”.  Stewart also talks about working again with fellow voice actors Kelsey Grammer and Martin Short and what he finds so appealing about animation and Dorothy of Oz in particular.  Hit the jump to check out the exclusive video.  The producers of the film are Summertime Entertainment, Ryan Carroll, Roland Carroll and Bonne Radford.  Dorothy of Oz is set to arrive sometime in 2012.

Friend of Dorothy #2  The first issue of this series came out all the way back in September, so let’s review a bit: the comic is created by Brian Anderson, creator of “So Super Duper,” the relentlessly funny and unquestioningly LGBTQ-positive superhero webcomic. “Friend of Dorothy” is Brian’s newest project — part superhero comic, part tribute to “The Wizard of Oz,” part character study of life for gay teens.  It’s funny and exciting, with solid dialogue and pretty good characterization. I love the way Mason keeps irritating Dodo with his chatterbox tendencies, and the little details about all of Scott-John’s Oz-related weapons. The Mankeys and their mind-controlled victims are really creepy. And I like the relatively low-level of angst on display here — Scott-John and Mason are both out-of-the-closet, and though they may not be entirely happy with how their families may have reacted to their sexual orientation, they don’t let that get in the way of doing what needs to be done, whether that involves hitting bad guys with axes, scolding the increasingly grumpy Dodo about keeping secrets from them, or even just unashamedly expressing their love for each other. They’re relatively badass — kinda giggly badass, but badass nonetheless.

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One response to “Oz in the News 7.16.11

  1. How lovely will that be? If only I worked on Madison Avenue 😉 So funny reading this today too, as I had the weirdest dream last night, where I was at the theatre and two of my favourite shows collided into one – the Wizard of Oz (of course) and another oldie Yes Prime Minister. In most ways they are worlds apart, but the characters came together for one crazy night – I do let my imagination run away with me sometimes 😉

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