Oz in the News 11.6.12

The Facebook Wizard of Oz Game review  The Wizard of Oz is a disappointingly unoriginal game at its core, then, but its solid presentation and good use of its source material do make it worthy of note. It would have been nice to see Spooky Cool Labs take a more creative approach to its gameplay, but what we ended up with isn’t a bad game as such — just one we’ve already seen many times before today, and one we will probably see again many more times after today.

Media giant Hearst jumps into gaming by investing in Wizard of Oz social game publisher “We believe Spooky Cool has achieved a step function improvement in social and mobile gaming with their 3D game engine that powers The Wizard of Oz. Joe and Larry are two of the best land-based casino and pinball game developers in the world,” Sassa said. “We plan on pairing our intellectual property and access to third-party intellectual property with the game development expertise of Spooky Cool to build a big presence in this space.”

Over the Rainbow viewers pick Danielle to play Dorothy  Viewers of the CBC reality show Over the Rainbow have chosen Danielle Wade to play Dorothy in a new musical production of the Wizard of Oz. “I honestly couldn’t believe it when they called my name,” said the 20-year-old from LaSalle, Ont. “I never thought this would happen. This is incredible.” Wade beat out two other finalists — A.J. Bridel, 18, of Kitchener, Ont., and Stephanie La Rochelle, 18, of Ottawa — to earn the right to wear the ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz show set to debut in December at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto.

Ontario actress wins role in CBC-TV contest  “This is incredible,” a stunned and teary-eyed Wade said after her name was announced at a live finale attended by theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber, who created the new stage adaptation.  “I could listen to you all night,” he told Wade when she was named the winner Monday. “You’ve got the most fabulous voice, and do you know what? I can’t wait to work with you.”

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