Oz in the News 10.28.12

‘Wizard of Oz’ movie description goes viral  An old one-line movie blurb has gone viral this week thanks to mentions all over the world wide web. In 1998, for a Wizard of Oz listing on TCM, writer Rick Polito wrote, “Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again.” This morning, Polito told JimRomensko.com, “That line is going to follow me to the grave. It was just on Leno, it was a clue in a crossword puzzle, it showed up in Playboy, and people use it as their email sigs.”

Judy Garland’s dress in ‘Wizard Of Oz’ made from cheapest material Adrian ran it up on an old sewing machine, taking care to use only the cheapest material, so that as Dorothy skipped along the Yellow Brick Road it looked like something her Aunty Em might have made. “There were back-up costumes, but none were used and almost all were lost over time. What we are selling is the one and only original,” the Daily Express quoted Caroline Galloway, spokeswoman for Julien’s Auctions, as saying. “Its sheer simplicity and astonishingly pristine condition make it one of the most important items we have ever brought to auction,” Galloway said.

‘The band were actually watching Mary Poppins’: Engineer Alan Parsons take on the Pink Floyd/Wizard of Oz phenomenon  The combination — commonly referred to now, after years of rumors and innuendo, as either “Dark Side of Oz” or “Dark Side of the Rainbow” — involves playing the 1973 Pink Floyd album alongside the muted 1939 film. There follows a number of canny instances in which the two appear to work in concert with one another. “As for the Wizard Of Oz … I have to keep correcting people,” Parsons tells Joe Bosso of Music Radar. “The band were actually watching ‘Mary Poppins’ the whole time they were making the album. (Laughs.) Or we can tell it differently and say they were watching ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!’”


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