Oz in the News 8.23.11

Sneak Peek of Sam Raimi’s ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ Shared at D23   Raimi opened the video and explained that the film will focus on the origin of the wizard and who he was beforehand. “Oz is almost part of our DNA, this fantastic take on our own world where our dreams can come true, where we can become the people we long to be,” he said. “But also there are dangers along the yellow bring road.”  “When we first meet Oz, he’s a carnival showman, a magician,” the helmer, best known for his work on three “Spider-Man” films starring Tobey Maguire, said about Franco’s character. “Though he has a good heart, it’s gotten lost somewhere along the way.”  Franco, meanwhile, described his character as “a bit of a con, a bit of a Lothario and a seducer. When he gets to Oz, it’s a chance to redeem himself.” Concept images of the emerald city, munchkins, people travelling Oz via giant bubbles, the yellow brick road, as well as a small girl made entirely of porcelain were additionally displayed.

“Wicked” Witch Speaks Out: Dee Roscioli’s Elphaba Tells All  “Once I simply blanked out and forgot the words to “For Good.” I was singing the song and my brain just went away. I thought, ‘What am I going to do?’ But I heard myself still singing and it was gibberish. ‘Shemmeleee sinnana…’ The Glinda at the time tried to keep it together but she ended up laughing hysterically and we played along with it.”

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