Oz in the News 2.25.12

Leonardo DiCaprio buys ‘Wizard of Oz’ ruby slippers for Academy museum In an announcement on Wednesday, the Academy named DiCaprio as the primary benefactor in its acquisition of the shoes, which will eventually be displayed at the planned Academy Museum in Los Angeles. According to a press release, DiCaprio led a group of “angel donors,” including Steven Spielberg and Terry Semel, whose gifts to the Academy Foundation enabled the purchase.  Four pairs of ruby slippers were used in the film, but this specific pair is believed to be the primary one used for close-up shots, and in the most pristine condition. Famously, it is believed to be the pair Judy Garland wore when Dorothy clicks her heels three times to return to Kansas.

Professional Collector Gains Right To Sell Merchandise From The Vaults of Hyperion Pictures  After one year of jousting with a prominent Hollywood production company, unknown collector, John Chong, represented by Peter Law Group, wins a key legal victory is his quest to share his trove of Hollywood memorabilia with anxious patrons on eBay. The collection purchased by Chong included movie props from the original Wizard of Oz, entertainment industry awards, signed scripts and vintage movie posters. Chong’s valuation expert put the value of the entire collection in the millions of dollars.

Director Leigh Scott talks Dorothy and the Witches of Oz  In the book, Dorothy had silver slippers, but in the movie they were red to take advantage of the new Technicolor process.  The Witch design actually went back to the book quite a bit.  The umbrella and eye patch were part of Baum’s original description.  But, we really wanted to make things our own and infused a little “steampunk” vibe to the Oz stuff.  We also went with clothing and set pieces in our world that looked like they came from the 1930s, to invoke the MGM movie a bit.  You can really see that in Eliza Swenson’s wardrobe and hairstyles as well as some of the props.

Bravo TV original showstopper has Jewish presence  Toronto dentist Harvey Cooperberg and children’s performance group owner Rebecca Sutin are two of the Jewish performers who found the experience beyond memorable.
Way Off Broadway details the behind-the-scenes action from the intense auditions, the gruelling rehearsals and the drive necessary to become a united, ensemble cast performing the famous musical classic, The Wizard of Oz.

Witches of Oz Spits on L. Frank Baum’s Grave  I will just say that the execution (or lack thereof), the sub-par 1980s video-game-esque digital effects, the horrid over-acting by almost everyone in the film and the incredibly slow, dull “please kill me now” pace made this literally one of the worst movies that I have ever seen, and it is definitely the worst project to ever attempt to attach its name to the classic works of L. Frank Baum.

Review: No Place Like Home #1  So far, No Place Like Home has all of the elements of a classic. There’s a vibrant cast of characters, a rural setting, suspense, mystery, a decent amount of gore, and even a prophetic drunkard to ice the cake. Richard Jordan’s art, paired with Paul Little’s more neutrally based color palette, the prairies and farmlands of Kansas are captured perfectly. The tornado scene especially has some awesome green tones. The characters are attractive and full of life; their faces are classically drawn, with thicker lines reminiscent of a “pop art” style. Also, there are visual and verbal references to The Wizard of Oz throughout the issue. It’s pretty fun to see if you can catch them all.

CSO Presents ‘Oz with the Orchestra’  The CSO is headed to the movies at the Tivoli Theatre on March 3, 2012 in a symphonic night at the movies performance of “Oz with the Orchestra”. The CSO orchestra, conducted by Maestro Bob Bernhardt, will accompany a showing of the classic film The Wizard of Oz. Before the showing, patrons will be able to meet one of the munchkins from the movie. 88-year-old Margaret Pellegrini is one of three surviving Munchkins from the original movie. She appeared in the film as a “sleepyhead” and Munchkin villager. In addition to meeting Mrs. Pellegrini, movie-goers can also have their picture taken with a life-size sculpture of the Tin Man. Created by Kentucky sculptor Stephen Winter, the Tin Man sculpture will be on display in the Tivoli Theatre lobby. The first 1,000 patrons will also receive free Emerald City glasses.

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