Oz in the News 11.11.12

New ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ Poster Takes the Kitchen-Sink Approach, With Hideous Results One of the most intirguing aspects of Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful has been its eye-popping aesthetic. Earlier posters and the trailer were filled with dazzling color and lush landscapes — which, okay, were more than a little reminiscent of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, thanks to the involvement of production designer Robert Stromberg. But the visuals weren’t really the big problem with that movie. The latest poster retains the same fairy tale feel, but then cranks it up way, way too high. There’s a little bit of everything here, from flying monkeys to teapot houses and a fat, happy munchkin, but the slapdash way they’re thrown together makes the poster makes it look less like a professional piece of work than a slapdash collage assembled by a hyperactive kid emulating Lisa Frank.

“Wizard of Oz” dress fetches $480,000 at auction  Julien’s Auctions said the price for the pinafore dress and white puffy-sleeved blouse that Garland wore throughout the 1939 film classic was in line with estimates. But it was well below the sky-high figures paid last year for Hollywood costumes worn by Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, and a similar dress worn during tests for “The Wizard of Oz” that fetched $910,000 in 2011. Auctioneer Darren Julien said the price difference was due to the fact that only a few test dresses were made for “The Wizard of Oz,” while there are about seven versions of Garland’s signature gingham pinafore. The buyer of the Judy Garland dress, made by MGM costume designer Adrian, was not identified.

Jonathon Brandmeier speaks to the last munchkin of Oz  A munchkin from Oz has landed in Chicago! Jonathon Brandmeier welcomes to the studio 89 year old Margaret Pelligrini, one of the last remaining munchkins from the classic film “The Wizard of Oz”. Margaret clears up 73 years worth of rumors and tells Johnny what it was like to be part of one of the most iconic films of all time. Find out how you can meet Margaret this weekend!

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