Monthly Archives: July 2012

Oz in the News 7.31.12

Watches and lunch boxes and Teddy bears! Oh, my! Mrs. Rosebrook has stuffed Oz dolls and a set of clay dolls in a picnic scene. There are watches, lunch boxes, place mats, plates, CDs, DVDs, Teddy bears, and a collection of cows dressed in Oz outfits in her collection.  The graduate of Toledo’s Woodward High School and her husband, Howard Rosebrook, live on the family farm in Deshler. In 2000, she attended the International Wizard of Oz Club convention at Indiana University. That stunned some people. “They did roll their eyes when I said I was going to a four-day convention. It was the neatest thing. I learned so much,” she said.

Carrie Underwood “Blown Away” Premiere: Watch Country Star’s Wizard of Oz-Inspired Video  The country star reveals more about the subtle touches, like her pair of ruby slippers red shoes, in the clip. “We wanted to create this modern-day, tragic Wizard of Oz mini-movie,” the singer said in this behind-the-scenes interview from the set of the video. And from the yellow brick road to the colorful conclusion, we’d say she did.  And did we mention the puppy?

Tony winner Paul Kreppel dazzles as Wizard of Oz in Montreal-bound Broadway musical Wicked  “I had no idea what my next line was and I’m looking over at [the actress who plays the wicked witch Elphaba], and then I open my mouth and I changed one word!” Kreppel explained to me the following afternoon. “When I looked back at her I could see in her eyes that she knew I had changed the word. She was giving me that look, ‘I hope you know the rest of it because I’m not going to sing it!’”

Judy Garland’s 1960 Amsterdam Concert set for CD Re-Release  “This release will include the full programme of 30 songs as performed by Garland plus interviews with Garland, Sid Luft and conductor Norrie Paramor.  The booklet will be lavishly illustrated with photographs of Garland performing on stage at the Tuschinski Theatre.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz returns to the Kohl Children’s Museum  This fall, follow the yellow brick road to the Kohl Children’s Museum for a chance to step into the pages of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” from September 24, 2012 through January 6 2013. The exhibit features the illustrations of W. W. Denslow, a Chicago resident whose famous illustrations helped to inspire the design of the classic 1939 MGM film starring Judy Garland. The bright and colorful exhibit provides a variety of learning opportunities and hands-on activities within a three-dimensional representation of Denslow’s distinctive illustrations.

Oz in the News 7.29.12

“A Kiss for Courage” by Kay O’Rourke is among the works at “Ozvitational.”  The Tinman Gallery, 811 W. Garland Ave., will open its popular “Ozvitational” show today with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring “OzCream” from the Milk Bottle. Nearly 40 artists have submitted works based on the “Wizard of Oz,” either drawing from the 1939 Judy Garland classic or the original L. Frank Baum stories. The works cover all media – jewelry, painting, drawing, mixed media and metal and ceramic sculpture included. Among the artists featured are Sheila Evans, Kay O’Rourke, Larry Ellingson, Sister Paula Turnbull, E.L. Stewart and Mel McCuddin. The show runs through Sept. 15.

‘Oz, The Rock Opera’ swings to good music  Described by the presenters as ‘a modern, rock musical set against the themes of power, lust, greed and crime’, this play is also supposed to have ‘serious philosophical underpinnings’. So the protagonist, Dorothy in an inebriated state stumbles into a bar having accidentally crushed a woman under the wheels of her vehicle. She realizes that she has landed into the dark part of the city also called the Land of Oz and there is hell to pay for. Moving into the realms of surreal, the play gets into the thick of all evil which is a dark mix of drug dealers, whores, bars and casinos. She meets characters who are bogged by their own issues but join her to help her escape from this dark city.

L. Frank Baum Wisdom Cards  I came up with the idea of doing these Wisdom Cards whilst working on an Artist Book project, which I chose to make for L. Frank Baum, the writer or The Wizard of Oz series. I realised how profound and lovely some of the quotes from his books and letters were, so thought it would be nice to make cards with the quotes on them, as a kind of step-by-step guide to life.

Oz in the News 7.26.12

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The Wizard of Oz Experiment  Dennis Neuschaefer-Rube made two projects based on the “The Wizard of Oz” movie, one is a video/video-installation called “The Wizard of Oz experiment” which shows the movie 5829 times side by side. The movies are arranged in rows from left to right and time shifted by exactly one second each. The video starts at the top left, with the first second of the film and finishes bottom right with the last second of the film. The projection is in a continuous loop that repeats every 98 minutes. A computer voice speaks the whole subtitles of the film „The Wizard of Oz.“ in a 68-minute loop. And the other one is a book, containing 98 pages where the images (frames) are arranged chronologically in rows from left to right.

The Wizard of Oz Meets the San Francisco Symphony  Preservationists will be happy to know that the film’s original score by M.G.M.’s resident composer and arranger, Herbert Stothart, has been faithfully reconstructed. Somebody tossed out the original manuscript way-way back. The thinking was no one would need it or use it. Considering the orchestra plays virtually non-stop, those pages must have taken up a whole shelf — at least! In 1970, tons of cinematic history got tossed out and about at M.G.M. as the new studio execs sold off the contents of its warehouses filled with superstar wardrobes, period furniture and famous props. “Anyone need a lion costume and a couple o’ pairs o’ these red-sequined shoes? The label says it’s ‘by Adrian‘. Who’s Adrian?”

Oz in the News 7.23.12

‘THE WIZARD OF OZ’ — Casting Is Everything!  Would The Wizard of Oz be the classic it is with Temple as Dorothy, Bolger as the Tin Woodman, Fields as the Wizard (instead of Frank Morgan who nailed the part), Oliver as the Good Witch Glinda and Sondergaard (not Margaret Hamilton) playing the Wicked Witch as a stylish “fallen” woman?

Oz in the News 7.20.12

X-Play’s ‘Wizard of Oz XXX’ Porn Parody Readies for Casting Producers are looking to cast Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Wizard, Glinda the Good Witch, the Wicked Witch of the East, the Flying Monkeys, Auntie Em, Uncle Henry, and numerous munchkins, plus some horny high school dropout-types that Dorothy meets hooking on the yellow brick road.  Numerous parts will be available in what promises to be a rousing pornographic adaptation of the classic 1939 MGM movie that starred Judy Garland as Dorothy. The porn musical is being directed by Will Ryder and production is slated to take place this summer.

Will Once Upon a Time Travel to the Land of Oz?  “What’s interesting is if you go back and look at the pilot, there’s a page of flying monkeys in Henry’s book,” executive producer Edward Kitsis says. “If I would go back and re-watch it – or buy the DVD coming out in August – and you pause on the book, you might see it.” The scene in question is when Emma crashes her car and the book goes flying. “The book flips through a number of pages. There are glimpses of images, one of which are the flying monkeys from Oz,” executive producer Adam Horowitz adds. (Kitsis also notes that another blink-and-you’ll-miss-it image from the pilot was that of the hookah-smoking Caterpillar, which was voiced by Roger Daltrey in the Alice in Wonderland-themed episode, “Hat Trick.”)

Queerphobia, bigotry and The Wizard of Oz  At the height of the sexually McCarthyite Hays Code, which explicitly banned Hollywood from ‘any inference of sex perversion’, could the witch’s pointed spinsterdom emblematise an even worse trait? With her ungroomed appearance and plain mode of dress, her now-immortal ‘My pretty’ can be read both as predatory sexual leering and jealousy of Dorothy’s more ‘femme’ appearance – is the wicked witch, as Wicked once again hints, a caricatured lesbian? ‘It’s so kind of you’, she says, ‘to want to visit me in my loneliness.’

The Wizard of Oz: Ruby Slippers Online Slot Game Review  Fans of the original are sure to enjoy the game which launched earlier this month and is packed with bonus prizes and special features. However, at present the game is only available to players in the UK, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Isle of Man and Guernsey. The game is packed with sights and sounds from the film. The wild symbol is the “Wizard of Oz” and it can substitute for a number of other symbols in order to help create winning combinations. There are loads of feature trigger symbols: Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Lion, the Scarecrow, the Wicked Witch of the West, the Wizard and the Emerald City. These symbols will trigger different bonus symbols depending upon which have appeared on the reels.

Ding-dong! Classic to be screened as singalong  Moviegoers will be given goody bags filled with props relating to the movie — such as liquid for blowing bubbles when Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, is on the screen. Audiences can dress as their favorite movie characters and join in a costume parade through the theater. “Everybody knows the songs,” Frank said, “but not everybody knows the words.” Warner Bros. offers prints of the movie specifically for singalongs, with lyrics superimposed at the bottom of the screen.

Oz in the News 7.18.12

‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ Photos Show Off Sam Raimi’s Dazzlingly Colorful Fantasyland  When Disney debuted footage from Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful last weekend at Comic Con, there were more than a few comparisons to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, based in large part upon one factor common to both movies. That would be the work of production designer Robert Stromberg, who also filled that role on Avatar, and is now directing Angelina Jolie in Maleficent.

Stephen Daldry Courted to Direct ‘Wicked’  Daldry’s potential involvement in the Wicked movie is more unexpected, as development on it has been fairly slow-moving over the past few years. Producer Marc Platt and Universal initially planned to turn Maguire’s book into a film several years ago, but decided to bring it to the stage first instead. Since its opening in 2003, it’s become one of the highest-grossing Broadway musicals of all time, and continues to top the charts on a weekly basis. The show explores the backstory of Elphaba, the misunderstood Wicked Witch of the West, and retells some of the events of The Wizard of Oz from her perspective.  Universal’s Wicked picture should not be confused with the Salma Hayek-produced non-musical miniseries brewing over at ABC, which will hew more closely to Maguire’s book than to the Broadway show. While the Frank L. Baum story has been beloved for decades, it seems particularly in vogue at the moment. Sam Raimi’s Wizard-centric prequel Oz: The Great and Powerful debuted a trailer at Comic-Con this week, while E! announced Dorothy just a couple of months ago.

Oz in the News 7.13.12

Comic-Con 2012: ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ Press Conference with Sam Raimi  “We all love The Wizard of Oz movie ourselves. We were very careful not to tread on it. We were careful to respect it. Bur really, ours is a different story. It’s a story that leads up to The Wizard of Oz. It’s a story about a wizard that came from Kansas to the Land of Oz and how a slightly selfish man became a slightly more selfless man. And it’s a story of how he became the Wizard. It’s not really remaking The Wizard of Oz, so it wasn’t a problem that we had to deal with. We just nodded lovingly toward it and went ahead to telling our own story.”

Sam Raimi Pulls Back the Curtain on Oz the Great and Powerful  “Screenwriter Mitchell Kapner took the second, third and fourth Baum books, put the events in chronology and made up the rest,” Raimi said. “It’s based on these other Baum books but lovingly nods toward the great ’39 classic.”

Oz The Great And Powerful Comic Con 2012 Live Blog  The Oldsmobile Classic that has appeared in every Raimi movie will be appearing in Oz: The Great And Powerful! Though it’s not going to be in its familiar form– the engine has been incorporated into the Wizard’s machinery.

Comic-Con 2012: Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis open up about being witches in ‘Oz’  Williams said that the character of Glinda was “a one-dimensional character” in the original movie, but promises this new take will offer insights into why she acted the way she did.  “There was a reason Glinda didn’t go down the yellow brick road,” Williams said, hinting that it will be one of the big reveals in the movie.  “I really loved being the good witch,” Williams said, specifically the reactions she got from children when she was in costume.  As for Kunis, she confessed “I don’t know what I’m allowed to say” when asked if she’d be looking a little green as the Wicked Witch. But she admitted, “I did get to cackle,” to which Williams responded, “And what a cackle!”  Kunis said, “There’s a transformation amongst all the characters whether it be physical or emotional.” She added that unlike Williams, “I don’t get the pleasure of little kids walking past me and [smiling]. I’ll just say that.”

A Chicago Public Library branch used to house a little person’s tavern  The current site of the West Lawn branch of the Chicago Public Library was once home to the city’s only tavern run by and designed for little people. Founded by Chicago native Parnell St. Aubin, a Munchkin soldier in The Wizard of Oz, the Midget Club first opened its doors in 1948 at 6356 S. Kedzie. St. Aubin and his wife, Mary Ellen Burbach, a former Mae West impersonator with the vaudeville troupe Rose’s Parisian Midget Follies, abandoned their brief careers in show business to run the tavern.


Oz in the News 7.10.12

VFW to be host to guest from Oz The 4-foot-tall Ms. Pellegrini is to pose for photos and be present for showings of the famous 1939 movie in the hall. She’s 88 and was 15 when the movie was made. She is to attend the entire festival, which is to run from 3 to 10 p.m. Aug. 10 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 11.  During her stay here, Ms. Pellegrini is to visit with her good friend Northwood resident Debbi Dwyer, whose husband, Dana, is the VFW post’s canteen manager and arranged the appearance at the festival.  Mrs. Dwyer said she has been an unshakable fan of The Wizard of Oz since she first saw the film in 1956 at the age of 3. Indeed, parts of her home serve as a sort of shrine to the movie, displaying artifacts such as a munchkin dress once worn by Ms. Pellegrini. Ms. Pellegrini said she grew up in Alabama in a home with an outhouse; hence the title of her unpublished memoir, From the Outhouse to Oz.

MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre to Present THE WIZARD OF OZ Sing Along, 8/3-5 Magic ruby slippers, singing munchkins, a dancing scarecrow and an Emerald City all come to life again on the big screen when Theater To Go presents a special family sing-along of the classic film “The Wizard of Oz” at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre.  This interactive presentation will take place on Friday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m.  Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  Theater To Go’s master of ceremonies will lead the audience through several participation activities before the film starts,including games, a costume contest and trivia – complete with prizes! Ticket prices include an Audience Participation Kit with items to be used throughout the movie, such as kazoos, bubbles and noise makers.  In addition, everyone can sing along to their favorite songs, including “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,” and many others, as the words are projected on the film screen.

Houston Symphony Orchestra performs the “Wizard of Oz”  Experience the music from one of the most well-known films in a whole new way as the Houston Symphony Orchestra performs the “Wizard of Oz” soundtrack live while the film plays on the big screen. The movie score features Judy Garland’s original studio recording backed by the orchestra conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos.

At home with: Hannah Read-Baldrey, author and stylist  An author and stylist, Hannah, along with friend and co-author Christine Leech, last year published her first book, Everything Alice, with craft ideas inspired by Wonderland. The pair have just published Everything Oz, with 50 Emerald City-inspired projects such as a rainbow cake, ruby slippers and a Toto cushion.  “Oz seemed like a natural progression for the second book,” she says, “because it is bright and colourful and there are so many ideas from it. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author Frank L Baum wanted to write his own version of Alice in Wonderland. Most people know the film, but the book is quite different. In the book, Dorothy’s shoes are not red – they are silver. When making the film they were doing it in Technicolor and wanted to use a strong colour.”

Oz in the News 7.7.12

‘Oz house’ lore turns out to be a Baum tip  When Ginger Elliott and her husband moved to town three decades ago and were looking at homes in the neighborhood, “every Realtor told us the same story, that L. Frank Baum had lived there,” she told me. A two-page history of the home prepared in 1979 and on file at the Claremont Heritage office states at one point, “The house was also lived in at one time by Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz.” The line was crossed out, evidently when someone realized they’d been misled. Offering a fresh chance to explore the myth, not to mention the gated property itself, the house is now on the open market for the first time since the 1960s. The listing agent, Geoff Hamill, is advertising it as the “Wizard of Oz House” and using a yellow brick road as a marketing hook.

Oz in the News 7.5.12

Take a peek over the rainbow in ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ poster  The film’s own yellow brick road points straight to San Diego – director Sam Raimi will be on hand to discuss it at Comic-Con on July 12. For more on what’s in store for the annual gathering of all things geek – including why Raimi initially resisted reading the Oz script – check out our Comic-Con preview in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz #8 Review This fourth Oz adaptation series has proven to be an absolute delight from the team of Shanower and Young the last few years. Having only a nascent knowledge of the land of Oz not from reading the first novel but from, as many others do I assume, the famous film, in which our protagonist Dorothy Gale is swept away by a storm into this far off place, does not hinder the experience of reading any of the Oz series being put out by this team. This is for two reasons. First, the stories stand alone as singular narratives. This is a hallmark of a great series in any medium as the consumer can come and go as they please and not feel lost in a continuity shuffle that plagues so many monthly ongoings and mini-series. Marvel also helps by greeting the readers of the monthly publications with a one page recap of the narrative so far. While this annoys some I find it unbelievably helpful as I read so many different kinds of comics, novels, journals, etc., that such tactics help me to acclimate as a reader in the headspace of the story, especially if I have taken a break from the series or wish to be introduced to it. – Jeffrey Hayes of

Wizard Of Oz Followup Coming Out On DVD  “After the Wizard is a heartfelt, often humorous and always entertaining story about a 12-year-old girl named Elizabeth who lives in an orphanage in Kingman, Kansas. “Elizabeth has read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz a million times times. But unlike other girls, Elizabeth believes she is Dorothy … and maybe she is. “Meanwhile, the Tin Woodman and Scarecrow embark on an incredible cross-country adventure as they leave Oz to search for Dorothy in Kansas. “Traveling by hot air balloon, train, bus and foot, the endearing duo find themselves lost in a world full of colorful strangers who are familiar with them, including a group of New
Jersey schoolchildren they mistake for Munchkins and a wise Southern blind man who guides them on their journey.”