Oz in the News 8.9.11

Nightranger: Wizard of Oz Night at Mr. Black  Somewhere over the rainbow (and over Avalon Hollywood), Mr. Black at Bardot transformed into Emerald City to celebrate the birthday of The Weekly’s own Lina Lecaro (Glinda) and party girl Cassie Carpenter (Dorothy). The wicked Wizard of Oz-themed bash also saw lions, tin men (and wo-men) and even some ruby strippers. Yes, there really is no place Hollywood.

Bruce Campbell in Sam Raimi’s “Wizard of Oz” Prequel  “I. Am. In. Oz,” Campbell wrote on his Twitter page. “Sam Raimi refuses to tell me what character I will portray. Just know that the role is PIVOTAL.” He went on to post a photo of himself and Raimi on the set of the original “Evil Dead.”

‘Oz’ offers glimpse at the beginnings of the wizard  “One of the reasons for making this kind of film now is that the technology available allows worlds like Oz to really be created in both fantastical splendor, but also in ways that it can take the viewer’s imagination to that place, and you can really be engulfed in that world,” leading actor James Franco said.

In Defense of the Medium: My Neighbor, Skottie Young  Skottie Young lives ten minutes away from the town in which I grew up. Allow me to amend that: recently-named Eisner winner Skottie Young lives in the Illinois town that’s home to my high school’s arch rival football team. Think Friday Night Lights, only with cornfields instead of cattle ranches, and you’ve got an idea about how I view this place. It hurts me to say nice things about it.  Normally, having a comic artist living near you might not be anything to make a fuss about. But both towns are what I like to think of as suburbs of the suburbs of Chicago, small enough that the high schools drew from “feeder” junior highs — needless to say, not too often does something exciting happen.

‘The Wizard Of Oz’ Is Facebook’s Most Explosive Page  This week’s fastest growing pages include many surprises, such as the number one ranking of The Wizard Of Oz page. Read on for more, and if you like what you see here, don’t forget to look over our detailed statistic tool used to build these rankings!

DVD REVIEW: ‘YellowBrickRoad’ is a modern update of ‘The Wizard of Oz’  An obvious influence is The Wizard of Oz, and the similarities to that classic film is where YellowBrickRoad finds its strongest points. If you watch the horrific proceedings closely, you will begin to realize that there are subtle hints to Dorothy and the cast of characters she meets in the land of Oz. It’s not a shot-for-shot remake, but there is obviously a correlation. (Can you spot the scarecrow? What year was the Judy Garland movie released? Isn’t it interesting that the trail begins in a movie theater?)

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