Oz in the News 8.10.12

Exclusive: Plot Point Revealed for Sam Raimi’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful”  Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he’s hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. However, that all changes when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, but into a better man as well.

Fashion Inspiration: Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz  Even though the film was released in 1939, Judy Garland’s Dorothy remains a fabulous source of fashion inspiration! Her gingham print dress and girly aesthetic can be used to inspire your everyday looks. Below, I’ve created several outfits inspired by Dorothy Gale.

Review: After the Wizard  “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” becomes grist for an earnest exercise in child therapy in “After the Wizard,” a maudlin drama about a modern-day Kansas girl who identifies a bit too closely with the characters in L. Frank Baum’s beloved storybook. Primarily a fish-out-of-water fantasy in which the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman find themselves traversing the Midwest, writer-director Hugh Gross’ wooden if well-meaning indie has its charms, but may leave over-imaginative tots feeling patronized rather than captivated. Pic will segue quickly to DVD following a brief theatrical release.

Garland Street Fair features contests, music and little dogs, too  On Saturday, the Garland District is putting on its 10th Garland Street Fair. Sure, it’s a tribute to Judy Garland and “The Wizard of Oz,” but it’s also a day full of kids activities and live music, food and local vendors. “We are expecting around 20,000 people to come up here,” said fair director Amy Cutler. “Something new this year is the block party that picks up when the street fair is over and runs through 10 p.m.”

JSP Records to Release Remastered Collection “Judy Garland: Creations 1929-1962 – Songs She Introduced”   JSP records will release a four-disc remastered set of Judy Garland compilation albums, billed as “Creations 1929-1962 – Songs She Introduced,” in early 2013, the London-based label announced Aug. 9. Containing 92 songs and over five hours of music, “Creations” will feature rare Garland photos and remastered recordings of songs Garland was the first to perform. They include “Over The Rainbow,” “Good Morning,” “Paris Is a Lonely Town,” “It’s A Great Day For The Irish,” “Be A Clown,” “Sweet Danger,” “The Man That Got Away” and more.

There’s No Place like The Judy Garland Museum  The Museum not only touched on Judy’s upbringing as a child performer (she began performing with her sisters at just two years old, back when she was known as Frances “Baby” Gumm) and her starring role as Dorothy, but also painted a picture of her later years. I learned about her movies, her concerts, her family (famous singer Liza Minnelli is one of her daughters), and her many devoted fans, as well as her financial struggles, relationship issues (she was married five times), and battles with depression, self-esteem, and drugs, prescribed at a very young age to help control her weight. Sadly enough, she died of an apparent drug overdose at age 47.

Review: No real magic in ‘After the Wizard’  “After the Wizard” has a tamely pleasant message about friendship, as well as the importance of reading, but no real snap or energy. A good heart and sweet message don’t make for exciting filmmaking all on their own, making “After the Wizard” a forgettable afterthought.

The Woe Is Oz Book Project  Ethan Tarshish (Writer/Creator) and Kelly Brown (Artist/Visual Producer) here. Together, we create an ongoing series called Woe Is Oz. Since its launch in February of 2009, we’ve completed four issues of the story, and now we’d like to complete the first chapter in the journey (which will encompass issues #1-6) and compile them into a printed book.

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