Oz in the News 3.29.12

Academy adds to future museum When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences gathered for a recent staff meeting at the Pickford Center in Hollywood, the group had the opportunity to see a piece of movie history that impressed even the most senior executives: a pair of ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” It was the first time since AMPAS made the acquisition in February that anyone within the org had seen the shoes, and everyone celebrated with red velvet cupcakes embellished with tiny, garnet-colored shoes. The footwear unveiling was a tangible sign of how much closer the org is getting to opening the decades-in-the-making Academy Museum of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the centerpiece of which will be Dorothy’s magical shoes. The Academy recently named execs to run the museum, which is targeted to open at LACMA’s May Co. building in 2016.

Darren Aronofsky Judy Garland Movie: Director Shoots Down Rumors Of New Biopic Via Twitter  Cross one project off Darren Aronofsky’s growing ledger. Despite a report from the website Tracking Board on Tuesday that Aronofsky would helm “Get Happy,” a Judy Garland biopic that has Anne Hathaway attached to star, the director confirms it isn’t happening. “Judy Garland story is not true,” Aronofsky wrote on Twitter. While the account is not verified by the social networking site, The Huffington Post confirmed with Aronofsky’s publicist that it is indeed the director doing the tweeting.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Wizard of Oz at the Orpheum  Forget evening-dress attire. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is encouraging patrons to don their best Dorothy, Scarecrow, and Wicked Witch costumes to win prizes at a unique screening of the original 1939 The Wizard of Oz on Monday (April 2). The VSO will provide the soundtrack, live, as Dorothy skips down the Yellow Brick Road to find her way home. Get ready for classic tunes like “Over the Rainbow” and “If I Only Had a Brain”, along with classical moments that include Robert Schumann’s The Happy Farmer, Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, and Felix Mendelssohn’s Scherzo in E Minor. And feel free to bring the munchkins.

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