Oz in the News 2.13.12

Dorothy and the Witches of Oz: There’s no place like homage  Paulie Rojas is a bold and beautiful up-and-coming actress that stars in the iconic role of Dorothy Gale in Dorothy and the Witches of Oz, which opens in the Valley’s Harkins Theaters on Feb. 17. Paulie (aka Ana Paula Rojas) will be making a special appearance on opening night premiere and is thrilled about the U.S. release of this modern interpretation of the L. Frank Baum classic books.  Meet Ms. Rojas at the film’s red carpet premiere event at Harkins Superstition Springs Theater in Mesa, 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17. Hit the link to buy your tickets in advance.

Disney, Warner Bros. Fighting Over ‘Wizard of Oz’ Trademarks On Wednesday, an examiner at the United States Trademark Office suspended Warners’ trademark attempt because Disney had come first. But that’s not the end of the story, if a recent 8th Circuit Court of Appeals decision and lots of activity at the Trademark Office are any indication. Although Baum’s book and accompanying illustrations are in the public domain, judges at the 8th Circuit last year decided to give Warner Bros. “character protection” under its copyright on the 1939 film starring Judy Garland. In the case, which concerned a company that attempted to sell film nostalgia merchandise, the appellate circuit ruled that it would be hard to visualize these characters without watching the movie, even if one had read the book beforehand.

Interview with author Elliot Tiber  Elliot Tiber, born in 1935, is an interior designer, artist, memoirist, screenwriter, humorist, and activist. He studied at Hunter College in New York, the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and at the Sorbonne in Paris. His best-selling 2007 memoir, Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life (Square One Publishers), written with Tom Monte, was adapted as a movie of the same name by director Ang Lee. The film opened in the United States in August 2009. His follow-up prequel, Palm Trees on the Hudson: A True Story of the Mob, Judy Garland & Interior Decorating (Square One Publishers), was published in 2010.

Author Gregory Maguire on his novel “Wicked” and its trek to musical superstardom Each year during his childhood, when the movie would air nationally on TV, Maguire would rally the kids in his neighborhood in Albany, N.Y., to act out all the parts in the tale of Dorothy Gale and her fateful trip to the Land of Oz. “After a while, to keep my playmates occupied, I began to tinker with it,” Maguire recalls. “‘This time, you be Dorothy, you be the Cowardly Lion, and you can be Captain Hook.’ Someone would say, ‘Captain Hook isn’t in that story,’ and I’d say, ‘Excuse me, but it’s our story now, and we can do what we want with it.’”

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