Oz in the News 8.2.11

Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne Marries Couple Onstage to Close Osheaga Festival  Moments before the last song, on the last day of Osheaga (July 31), Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne took several deep breaths and stopped the show. Having just finished a complete run through of their 1999 psychedelic comeback album, ‘The Soft Bulletin,’ possibly for “the last time ever,” the shaggy Coyne — looking somewhat stirred from the emotional resonance of the album’s epic closing song cycle — paused to call out two fans, one dressed as Dorothy, the other as a lion and held a marriage ceremony onstage.  As the band played a lovely muzak version of the band’s mega-hit ‘Do You Realize,’ Wayne explained the situation, officiating in a uniquely Flaming Lips manner. “By the power of the Flaming Lips, the universe and LSD, I now pronounce you man and wife!” he exclaimed as the band kicked in to a full-blown celebratory version of their most famous tune.

James Franco: ‘Oz: The Great And Powerful’ Going ‘Very, Very Well’   “I’ve been in Detroit for almost a month now and we were rehearsing for quite a while and we’ve been shooting for about a week and it’s going very, very well,” he told Access. “I am playing the Wizard of Oz, but if you’ll remember, the Wizard in the original 1939 film is an older man, so it’s another great opportunity to kind of do a new rendition on a franchise or a tradition, but it’s in a fresh way. There are no real expectations of how the younger version of Oz should be,” he explained. “I do follow a tradition, but I also have a certain amount of freedom to create the character. The original book came out in 1900,” he told Access, “A lot of it will kind of take place a 100 years ago, so if you can imagine that kind of suit.”

Judy Garland: 75 Years of Magic  An exhibition presenting the iconic images and portraits of Judy Garland in her major roles as film and Broadway star can be viewed online at Big Eye Gallery. Running in conjunction with the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Judy Garland film series, Judy Garland: 75 Years of Magichonors the brilliantly rich body of work this astoundingly short life contributed to cinema, acting, and music. In collaboration with The Kobal Collection Big Eye Gallery presents Garland’s work in “For Me and My Gal,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “Strike Up the Band,” “Ziegfeld Girl,” “Words and Music,” “A Star is Born,” and of course, “The Wizard of Oz.” Photographers Eric Carpenter, Clarence Sinclair Bull, and Frank Cronenweth among others capture Garland on stage and behind the scenes with the famed and talented of her time such as Lana Turner, Mickey Rooney, and Vincente Minnelli. Big Eye Gallery (www.bigeyegallery.com) is making the exhibition’s limited edition framed prints available for purchase.  The extraordinary example of this contralto voice now may be heard again through photography reaching beyond the stills of hilarious, seductive, and intimate moments in the life of Judy Garland.


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