Monthly Archives: November 2011

Oz in the News 11.30.11

The Wonderful Wizard of…Arkham?!?  This week’s Line it is Drawn is comic book characters mashed up with the classics of Western Literature. You can check the gallery out here. One of our artists, Sean McFarland, wanted to wait until he colored his piece for me to share it (especially given the topic, black and white would seem out of place).

‘Raising Hope’ Recap: “Bro-Gurt”   Burt used his brain to come up with a unique idea. Virginia proved she had a heart when she encouraged Andrew to share the idea of Bro-Gurt. Andrew found his courage by standing up to The Wizard. Jimmy, however, just wants to go home which The Wizard says he could have done all along. If any you find this reference confusing, I really don’t know what to do with you.

New mates for Santa on parade  The jolly red man will be dancing down the yellow brick road with an impressive team of Wizard of Oz characters in this year’s Nelson Santa Parade. A team from Community Art Works, the community art centre in Paru Paru Rd, will be entering The Leader Nelson City Santa Parade on Sunday with the theme Return to Oz. A team of volunteers, members from Disability Support Services (DSS), and other people from the community who made art at the centre will be dressed as the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, and donkey among others. There will even be an Emerald City.

‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ still looking for (very tall) extras in Michigan   Casting Associates is looking to cast people who are 6′6″ (six foot six) or taller for the feature film “Oz: The Great and Powerful”. Talent will be needed for shooting in December 2011. You must have a clear schedule. Available Roles: Extras:Ages 18+, open ethnicity, 6′-6″ or taller. Compensation:
These are paid roles. How to Apply: If you are interested in applying, please email your complete contact information and a recent picture to:  NOTE: No other submissions at this time please.

Oz in the News 11.28.11

Angelo Tirotto twists Oz in ‘No Place Like Home’   The Image Comics horror series was inspired by The Wizard of Oz and the setting of L Frank Baum‘s fantasy world. The series is illustrated by Richard Jordan and focuses on a young woman called Dee who leaves Los Angeles to return to her Kansas childhood home when her parents are killed in what seems to be a freak tornado. “The realisation her life has so suddenly and dramatically changed leaves her emotional and overwhelmed,” Tirotto told Comic Book Resources.

Cape collector auctions off movie memorabilia for charity   “People say, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, I can’t believe there’s Dorothy’s dress!’ It makes me feel wonderful that I saved all these things… These costumes have a direct and meaningful connection to people.  But, I’m tired of traveling, I’m tired of being responsible for it. I just want to find a new home for my collection where the public can still appreciate it,” said LeBold, 72, of Brewster. “I don’t want to see it broken up.”

Oz in the News 11.27.11

Basehor museum travels to ‘Oz’ for Christmas exhibit  Volunteers at the Basehor Historical Museum might never stop adding scenes from “The Wizard of Oz” to the museum’s Christmas exhibit if it didn’t have to go on display soon, Ken Massingill says. “Once they get an idea, it just goes and goes and goes, until we run out of time,” said Massingill, himself a volunteer at the museum. The museum’s year-end exhibit, “Winter Wonderland of “AAHHZZ,” goes on display Saturday, where it will remain through Jan. 1. In order to help celebrate the end of the 150th anniversary year for the state of Kansas, it will incorporate a number of scenes from the 1939 film that museum director Carla Crawford says “kind of put Kansas on the map,” “The Wizard of Oz.”

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre Showcasing Memorabilia From Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland  A rotating selection of a 800-plus store of famous outfits from films, Grauman’s says it plans to show Marilyn Monroe‘s gold lame gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Vivien Leigh‘s drapery gown from Gone with the Wind and Judy Garland‘s Wizard of Oz blouse among many others.

Maguire talks about closing the ‘Wicked’ chapter  “We got our first library cards with as much solemnity as we got our first communions. My parents did not tell stories per se, nor did they read aloud to us. But they did talk at great length about the peculiar characters in our larger family. Around the dining room table we traded stories.”

Caissie Levy, Danielle Hope and More to Join Jonathan Reid Gealt for London Concert Debut  The concert, set for 7:30 PM at St Andrew Holborn, London, will feature Caissie Levy (Hair, Ghost); Jonathan Williams (Les Miserables); Danielle Hope (The Wizard of Oz); Kelly-Anne Gower (Blood Brother UK tour, Les Miserables); Stuart Matthew Price (Shrek, Parade); Emily Tierney (The Wizard of Oz); John Addison (Phantom, Les Miserables); Jodie Jacobs (Rock of Ages); Matthew Barrow(The Wizard of Oz); Ceili O’Connor (The Wizard of Oz); Katie Hall (Les Miserables, Phantom of The Opera) and Lewis Grant (State Fair) and a sixteen strong Arts Educational Choir.

‘Santa Claus’ tale coming to Stow Players  All of Baum’s wonderful characters from his original book, including Ak, the Master Woodsman (Andrew Frawley of Akron), Queen of the Woods (Francine Roberts of Akron), King of the Knooks Will (Alex Orvosh of Stow), the bookkeeper who’s out to catch Claus, and fearful King and Queen Awgwa (Charles Leonard of Akron and Dawn Zinsmeister of Tallmadge), come to life on the Stow Players stage.

Oz in the News 11.25.11

Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood on display at Turning Stone  The exhibit will feature 30 rare costumes in six separate rooms. John Lebold began collecting costumes at the age of nine with his first purchase being for his mother – a dress worn by Hollywood legend Marlene Dietrich. In his teens, Lebold was hired by Paramount Pictures as a “dresser,” and since then, his collection has grown to over 1,500 pieces. Along with Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, there are also pieces worn by Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor and even James Dean.

C5 to spend Xmas with Oz  UK terrestrial Channel 5 has confirmed it will air swords and sandals miniseries Ben Hur alongside The Witches of Oz as part of its Christmas schedule. The two part series follows a children’s writer named Dorothy who comes to realise the magical world of Oz that features in her books is real. She must then prevent the Wicked Witch of the West from carrying out her plans for world domination. The miniseries comes from Palace Imaginarium in the US and is distributed by MarVista Entertainment.

What The Wizard of Oz Can Teach Us about Bullying  Though almost all of us have seen The Wizard of Oz numerous times, we insist on ignoring its message. In your childhood you may have missed its significance, but the Emerald City is a metaphor for our nation’s modern, shiny government capital and the Wizard for its almighty leader. Like Dorothy, we believe that government can legislate for us a completely safe environment. Last week, a leading anti-bullying organization disseminated a petition to President Obama urging him to demand that the government carry out its mandate to eliminate bullying from schools. Yes, we believe that our president, like the Wizard of Oz, possesses the power to get rid of bullying––but he’s been holding out on us!

Oz in the News 11.24.11

Kindred Spirits presents: The Judy Garland Christmas Show  There’s kitsch. There’s camp. Then there’s the Judy Garland Christmas Show, perhaps the single most absurdly divine thing to ever be produced by the 1960′s television industry. Kindred Spirits presents its 4th Annual Judy Garland Christmas Show & Sing-Along December 4th at Meteor (2306 Genesee St) at 5 pm.  With Nancy Ford emceeing, the Judy Garland Christmas Show & Sing-Along has become a Houston holiday tradition. In addition to the show and complimentary eats there’s also a raffle for a flat screen television.

Michelle Williams Adds Depth to Glinda The Good Witch in OZ: The Great and Powerful  “It’s definitely not ‘Wicked’ inspired. It’s a movie that would pre-figure the ‘Wizard of Oz.’ So I don’t have to do a Billie Burke imitation. I’m playing a younger Glinda, so I’m not bound by Billie Burke’s performance. I don’t get to say, ‘Toto, too!’ Thank goodness!”

Playtime Productions celebrates 25 years of fairy tales and fables Renaye Leach can make magic happen almost anywhere, from a library to a gymnasium stage to a health center lobby. Leach is the artistic director of Playtime Productions, a Monona-based theater troupe for kids in third through eighth grade that tours around Dane County twice a year. For the past 25 years, Playtime has performed wherever there is space for a portable set and 25 young actors to present kid-friendly, musical versions of fairy tales, fables and classic stories. The ensemble’s current production, a cyberspace adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz” called “WWW.OZ,” runs in the Overture Center Playhouse on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Original Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers on Display at Plaza Athenee – December 5, 2011 The Wizard of Oz’s Ruby Slippers will be the stars of an exclusive Afternoon Tea at the Plaza Athenee in New York on December 5, 2011 from 4-6pm. This private viewing of the original screen used Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” will be a onetime special event at the Hotel Plaza Athenee before they go to auction on December 16th in California presented by Profiles in History. The pair on display was used when Dorothy clicks her heels three times to return to Kansas, stating “There’s no place like home.” The slippers are appraised in excess of $3 million. Additional information can be found on the website

Oz in the News 11.22.11

In-your-face exhibition Artist Matthew Reinhart gave the public a peek into his imaginative and intricate world of creating pop-up images Saturday at the Center for the Visual Arts. “It’s always fun for me to create something like this and have young people read it,” he said of the pop-up books he makes. Reinhart gave a lecture as part of the opening of “The Wizards of Pop: Sabuda & Reinhart,” an exhibition presented by the Greater Denton Arts Council. The exhibit displays 60 images from 13 picture and pop-up books by artists Reinhart and Robert Sabuda, including The Jungle Book, Cinderella, Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the Encyclopedia Prehistorica series.

The Wonderful Wizard of Bolton  Dorothy has been moved from Kansas to Bolton and up dated to the present day, where she hates the grimy old town while yeaning desperately for a pair of trainers.This works rather well, clearly connecting young audiences with the story from the very beginning and bringing them back to the town’s soggy earth at the end with the message that perhaps life in this forsaken neck of the woods isn’t that bad after all. But there’s no “Over The Rainbow” or “We’re Off To See The Wizard”, instead there’s a new score by Octagon regular Barbara Hockaday.

Michael Cumpsty, Jay Russell, Tom Pelphrey Round Out Cast of ‘End of the Rainbow’  “End of the Rainbow” is coming to Broadway this Spring after a successful run in London. The show has some previews scheduled in late March and is scheduled to begin its Broadway run in earnest in early April. The show has just rounded out their cast with Michael Cumpsty, Jay Russell, and Tom Pelphrey. “End of the Rainbow” is a play about the last days of Judy Garland. It is set in 1968 London, England and features some of Garland’s best know songs. The play features “Over the Rainbow,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” and “The Man that Got Away” to name a few.

Oz in the News 11.19.11

Radio France to Honor Judy Garland on her 90th Birthday  Radio France will celebrate Judy Garland’s 90th birthday with a live broadcast on June 10, 2012 during which Laurent Valière, producer and host of France Musique’s 42e rue (42nd Street), will present the complete music to A Star is Born. A yet to be annouced pianist and a few singers will perform all the songs in the score, including ones written for the film but unused.

Mila Kunis nervous over ‘Wizard Of Oz’ role  “It’s a bit nerve-wracking, I won’t lie. It’s been an amazing experience. It really has. The sets are gorgeous and stunning. Everybody in the film are amazing people and Sam’s doing a beautiful job of directing it,” she said.

Author Gregory Maguire talks about living in Concord, final “Wicked” novel Finishing “Out of Oz” is a feeling similar to that of sending your children off to college; they’re on their own now, they are free. I knew I had to explore the green-skinned grandbaby born to Elphaba and tell the story of what happens to her as a young girl. It’s bitter sweet.

Oz in the News 11.18.11

Michelle Williams: I’m reinventing my ‘Wizard of Oz’ character  “I’ve already watched the ‘Wizard of Oz’ a lot, because it’s one of my daughter’s favorites,” Williams said during a recent trip to Los Angeles to discuss “My Week With Marilyn,” which opens here Wednesday. “But Sam didn’t want to be bound to Glinda of old, anyway. He wanted a fresh take on it. In the ‘Wizard of Oz’ film we all know and love, she’s omniscient and doesn’t have a lot of human qualities. She’s not fully realized in that way — she’s not a dimensional person. That’s where she ends up, and my Glinda is where she’s starting out.”

Oz in the News 11.16.11

‘Wizard of Oz’ Munchkin Karl Slover dies at 93 The 4-foot-5 Slover died of cardiopulmonary arrest Tuesday afternoon in a central Georgia hospital, said Laurens County Deputy Coroner Nathan Stanley. According to friends, as recently as last weekend, Slover appeared at events in the suburban Chicago area. Slover was best known for playing the lead trumpeter in the Munchkins’ band but also had roles as a townsman and soldier in the film, said John Fricke, author of “100 Years of Oz” and five other books on the movie and its star, Judy Garland. Slover was one of the tiniest male Munchkins in the movie. Long after Slover retired, he continued to appear around the country at festivals and events related to the movie. He was one of seven Munchkins at the 2007 unveiling of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame dedicated to the little people in the movie. Only three remain of the 124 diminutive actors who played the beloved Munchkins. “He has a genuine immortality,” Fricke said. “Of the 124 little people, he’s one of the handful who got to enjoy this latter-day fame, to have people know who he was and be able to pick him out of the crowd in the movie.”

Three Heel Clicks to Beverly Hills: ‘Wizard of Oz’ Ruby Slippers On Display  Worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 classic film, the slippers will display at Solange-Azagury Partridge in Beverly Hills from November 14 through November 15. The iconic footwear will be showcased at an anniversary party for the jeweler before heading to NYC for Icons of Hollywood, a three-day auction spearheaded by Profiles in History. Solange has partnered with the L.A. Opera for the event, and 10% of the total sales proceeds will benefit the opera.

Television: ‘Oz’ comes to ‘The Middle’  In the perpetual search for something Sue can do, this may be perfect: A community production of “The Wizard of Oz” accepts all kids, without auditions. Things get complicated, however, with Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Bob (Chris Kattan) in the show.

Oz in the News 11.14.11

‘Wizard of Oz’ munchkins visit Naperville  The yellow brick road brought two of the original the munchkins to suburban Naperville on Saturday. Margaret Pellegrini and Karl Slover both appeared in the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz.’ They signed autographs and posed for pictures at Hollywood Palms on Saturday. Pellegrini appeared in multiple scenes of the movie, including a role as one of the Sleepy Heads. Slover was one of the trumpeters in the mayor’s procession. The two also hosted showings of the movie.

Michigan film industry: Where is it now? Where is it going?  At sound stages in Pontiac’s Raleigh Michigan Studios, actor James Franco has spent much of this summer and fall portraying a Kansas circus musician who finds himself coping with life in the Land of Oz. Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams perform as witches who wonder if Franco is the wizard they’ve been hoping for. “Scrubs” star Zach Braff rounds out the impressive cast of Walt Disney Pictures’ movie, “Oz, the Great and Powerful.” This star-studded film, directed by Michigan native Sam Raimi, is being filmed here thanks in part to Michigan’s once “great and powerful” film incentive. Now, that incentive has been decreased and people around the state wonder about the future of the state’s film industry.

Q&A: Gregory Maguire on ‘Out of Oz,’ last in ‘Wicked’ series  “You know, I watched Ursula Le Guin write “The Earthsea Trilogy” and then 18 years later come up with a fourth book, and I also saw Arthur Conan Doyle try to push Sherlock Holmes off a cliff only to find that his readers were throwing down ropes saying he can’t die. So I suppose I honor those possibilities, but I do believe it is the last one.”