Oz in the News 3.22.12

‘Community’ takes on Michael Jackson, Judy Garland, and Bono  If you thought Community went all-out on its Halloween costumes, you ain’t seen nothing yet! The next all-new season three episode is about to show you just how much fun this study group can have on just a regular day. Dressing up in costumes is not just for Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) anymore!

Rachel Weisz Shares Secret ‘Oz’ Lightning Powers Weisz explained that “Oz: The Great and Powerful” takes more of the origin story approach to the classic tales. “It’s how the wizard, James Franco, ended up in the Emerald City,” Weisz said. “In the Emerald City, there live three witches: Glinda—Michelle Williams—who is the good witch, Theodora—Mila Kunis—and myself are sisters. I’m a big sister, and we both are more on the dark side.” But what’s an evil witch without some special powers? Weisz confirmed hers for the movie. “Well, I have a magic power, which is lightning,” she said. “That was the key.”

Girlfriend Getaway Finds Wizard of Oz in Wamego  Retiring to The Victory Inn Bed and Breakfast, we paused to enjoy the water fountain near the gazebo in the beautifully landscaped yard and then sat on the swing on the Victorian home’s wraparound front porch. I chose the No Place Like Home Room displaying Wizard of Oz memorabilia, while Janis slept just down the hall in a canopy bed in the larger Bistro Room, reminiscent of the sidewalk cafes in Paris.

Museum of Play hosts ‘Wizard of Oz’ weekend Are you a good witch or a bad witch? Meet Glinda the Good Witch and pose for pictures. Then ooh and aah over gigantic bubbles and entertaining humor at performances of Bubble Man Doug Rougeux’s BubbleMania on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m. Rougeux has been performing all over the world since 1984, including two national tours with Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Return to Oz with new movie release  The recently released “Dorothy and The Witches of Oz” follows the grown-up Dorothy Gale, now a successful children’s book author, as she moves from Kansas to present-day New York City. Dorothy discovers her popular books are based on repressed childhood memories and that Oz is very real. The film was shot in 60 days in Connecticut and New York, Scott said. “But the real time was spent after that,” he said. “With 1,400 visual effects, it took two years to finish.” “Dorothy and the Witches of Oz” is the first in a three-part series, Scott said. “We start shooting the sequel this summer.”

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