Oz in the News 10.5.12

Warner Bros. to Celebrate 90th Anniversary With New Logo, Massive DVD Collections  Warner Bros. chairman Barry Meyerand other executives revealed the new 90th anniversary logo as well as multiple new DVD and Blu-ray Disc collections coming in 2013, including enormous 100-film DVD and 50-film Blu-ray collections.Warner has created two new documentaries and spent time and money restoring classic films for the 90th. One such classic The Wizard of Oz, will get special 3D treatment next year for its disc release, which includes a theatrical release to kick it off.

Smithsonian to lend Dorothy’s ruby slippers to UK  Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” are leaving Washington on their first international journey to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Judy Garland wore the shoes in the 1939 film in which she played a Kansas farm girl on a magical journey. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced the rare loan of its popular slippers Thursday. They will be shown with Dorothy’s blue-and-white gingham dress in “Hollywood Costume,” an exhibit opening Oct. 20 in London. Curators say it’s the first time Dorothy’s dress and shoes have been together since the movie was filmed. The dress is part of a private collection.

Wizard Of Oz Pinball Launch Date Approaches; Sneak Previews Set For Manhattan And Orlando  The Wizard of Oz game won Pacific Pinball Expo’s Overall Best of Show award.  Next week, the new pinball machine makes a stop at New York Comic Con in midtown Manhattan. New York Comic Con, the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention, takes place at the Javits Center from Oct. 11 to 14. Last year’s show drew more than 105,000 pop-culture adventure seekers. Two WOZ pinballs will be on display in booth 1683.

Butler Project in Aitkin Launches National Judy Garland Talent Search  In advance of the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz in 2014, the National Judy Garland Talent Search hopes to find one finalist per U.S. state to compete for the national title. Contestants, ranging from 18 to 45 years of age, will be judged based on their overall appearance and vocal talent. Individual state finalists will gather in October, 2013 in Aitkin, MN, at the newly restored Aitkin Opera House at Butler’s, the exact location where the Minnesota native, then named Frances Gumm, performed on-stage as part of the Gumm Sisters vaudeville act in 1925 at just three years old. The winner of the nationwide contest will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and a set of professional headshots, in addition to widespread press exposure on local, regional and national TV news outlets, along with national recognition. They will also make an appearance at the 2014 Judy Garland Festival, held every year in Garland’s birthplace of Grand Rapids.

Sarah Saltzberg Hosts THE WIZARD OF OZ Sing-A-Long for Halloween Festival at Bucks County Playhouse, 10/27  The movie screening, hosted by Broadway’s Sarah Saltzberg (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) will kick-off with a costume contest in which everyone who has come in costume will be invited onto the stage to show off their look. Awards will be given for the most courageous costume “The Lion Award”, the most heart-warming costume “The Tin-Man Award”, the smartest costume “The Scarecrow Award”, and the “Wizard-Award” for overall crowd favorite. The afternoon’s host will then lead the audience in a brief vocal warm up and take everyone through their complimentary goodie bags, containing various items to be used at strategic points throughout the film.

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