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.



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