Oz in the News 11.14.12

Oz or Wonderland? Disney Really Wants Us to Equate Sam Raimi’s Latest With Tim Burton’s Fantasy Hit  What’s your take here? Cynical marketing, or just the way things are when talking about a big-budget prequel from a studio that wants to ensure it ends up with a hit? And until we see even more of the film, can we assume that the similarity between films is more than skin deep? I’m hoping Raimi’s movie has its own personality — it is Raimi, after all — but this isn’t doing much for my sense of anticipation.

Final ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ Poster and Triptych Banner Place Main Characters Front and Center  One question the triptych raises, however, is who the witch on the far left is. Does the fact that Evanora (Weisz) and Theodora (Kunis) both appear in the middle mean the green-faced woman is neither of them? Or has Disney simply decided to put one of the characters on there twice? The poses of the witch and Weisz’s center panel rendering are very similar.

Jamie McKnight joins cast of The Wizard of Oz  Jamie McKnight, who left the group formerly known as The Canadian Tenors in 2009, will play the Scarecrow in the homegrown version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new stage adaptation. Other members of the all-Canadian cast announced Tuesday include Gemini Award-winning stage and screen star Cedric Smith as the Wizard. Lisa Horner, who has starred at both the Shaw and Stratford theatre festivals, will play the Wicked Witch. The leading cast is rounded out by actor and choreographer Mike Jackson as the Tin Man, Dora Award winner Lee MacDougall in the role of the Lion, and Shaw festival veteran Robin Evan Willis as Glinda. The ensemble includes Larry Mannell as Uncle Henry and Charlotte Moore as Aunt Em.

‘Oz’-loving PRP youth sets sights on Hollywood through social media Sometime down the road, somewhere over the rainbow, movie fans are going to know the name Angelo Thomas. That isn’t the prediction of some social-media promotional team. Those are the words of movie director Leigh Scott of the Imaginarium film-production company, which makes teen-theme movies based around the story of “The Wizard of Oz.” Scott considers Angelo an invaluable resource, having given him work as social-media manager and website designer and content provider for Scott’s film “Dorothy and the Witches of Oz.” It starred Christopher Lloyd (“Back to the Future” and TV’s “Taxi”) and Sean Astin ( “Lord of the Rings” and “Rudy”).

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