Oz in the News 3.9.12

Disney and Warner Bros. Duel on the Yellow Brick Road   For Disney, the trademark applications pertain to its merchandising plans for the 2013 release of Oz, the Great and Powerful — “a prequel to the 1900 book by L. Frank Baum, told from the point of view of the Wizard.” (Fun movie trivia: Does anyone else remember Disney’s last Oz film? Headless, princess Mambi, anyone? Dorothy at the insane asylum? I suspect Disney is hoping you’d forgotten — but I never will!) For Warner Bros., its applications (and oppositions to Disney’s applications) are geared towards protecting its rights in the ridiculously valuable Wizard of Oz film and related merchandise. And it’s no coincidence that, while Disney’s film is to be called Oz, the Great and Powerful, Warner Bros.’ new registration is for “The Great and Powerful Oz.” For Toto, these applications are all very boring. He is still caught up in the 2004 book by Roger S. Baum (L. Frank Baum’s great-grandson) and Victoria Seitzinger, entitled “Toto of Oz and the Surprise Party.” Because Toto eating cake with munchkins is way cuter than some stupid trademark applications.

Something wicked comes to Schultz  Beanie Boren, a science wiz not keen on reading, has designed a book reading machine for his science fair. Unfortunately, the machine malfunctions and brings the witches from “Snow White,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Hansel and Gretel” to life. “The whole premise is getting those witches back into the book machine,” said Owens. “Book world goes into chaos because the characters are missing. The characters work together to get the witches back into book world. It goes a mile a minute and it is lots of fun.”

‘Gone With the Wind,’ ‘Wizard of Oz,’ Michael Jackson items and more go up for auction in Milford  The calendar may show that we’re not anywhere near Halloween, but don’t let that stop you from picking out the most perfect one-of-a-kind costume you could imagine. You, my dear, are going to look magnificent when Oct. 31 finally rolls around. Handmade costumes from “Gone With the Wind,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Just to name a few. All of these costumes are coming to Costume Bazaar in Milford this weekend — more than 85,000 of them — and they are yours for the bidding. Premiere Props, known as the “world’s largest entertainment memorabilia store and auction company,” is joining forces with the Costume Bazaar, Hollywood Live Auctions and Mary’s Closet in Boston, to sell off thousands of props and costumes from major studios. To get an advance look at what’s available, go to www.premiereprops.com.

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