Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Daily Ozmapolitan: 2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 35,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 8 Film Festivals

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Oz in the News 12.28.12

winkiesOff to see the wonderful Wizard of Oz – in Irvine  What’s the South Winkie Get Together? It’s an informal conference and lunch for the local branch of the International Wizard of Oz Club. On Jan. 12, they’ll be meeting in Irvine to celebrate all aspects of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and the books that followed. At the Irvine meeting, Baum’s great-grandson, Robert Baum, will appear. He performs as his great-grandfather — there is a family resemblance — and has become a regular at Oz events, including the dedication of a Toto memorial at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Those who attend the South Winkie Get Together can participate in an Oz memorabilia show-and-tell. There will also be vendors on hand, Robert Baum, and Kirk Kushin, author of the graphic novel OZopolis. Tickets are $25 and include lunch.

Supreme Holiday Weirdness: Rankin, Bass, and L. Frank Baum ask, Should We Just Let Santa Die Already?  Doom? Wind demons? Chanting in Latin? These things alone should be enough to convince that you haven’t done Christmas right until you’ve done Christmas with L. Frank Frickin’ Baum (whose profound and awe-inspiring weirdness is overlooked far too often by the general population). This year, do yourself a favor and check out Baum’s book, the inspired Rankin/Bass production (which is as visually gorgeous as it is bizarre), or some combination thereof; the holidays will never seem quite the same again…

Oz in the News 12.20.12

1C5230036-121218-home-cowardly-lion-hmed.streams_desktop_mediumHome originally built for Bert Lahr, cowardly lion in ‘Wizard of Oz,’ put on the market  “It turns out that the lion from the ‘Wizard of Oz’ was a wizard of design,” said listing agent Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker Previews International. “He brought in one of the most celebrated architects of the day, Paul Williams, and then added his own original touches to create a countryside home in the heart of the city. The traditional architecture brings that wonderful Hamptons, East Coast feel to Los Angeles.”

Lloyd Webber on The Wizard of Oz, Over the Rainbow – and Avril Lavigne  On what’s missing from Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg’s original score for The Wizard of Oz: “There’s nothing for Dorothy – she’s supposed to be this feisty little girl who wants to get out of Kansas and we don’t have anything that suggests [this].”  On Avril Lavigne as his ideal Dorothy: “She would be good. Very, very good.”

Tams-Witmark Releases Condensed Wizard of Oz for Kid Performers  iTheatrics founder and CEO Timothy Allen McDonald collaborated with Deena R. Harburg on the adaptation. The new version includes a production guide for directors, a sing-along recording for rehearsal, a recording of the performance music and a choreography DVD.

Oz in the News 12.3.12

Is Central New York really the Land of Oz?  “This particular property is very significant,” Kathleen Sorbello-DiScenna, a 30 year Central New York L. Frank Baum historian, says. “If the two of them hadn’t met, there may have never been a writing of the Wizard of Oz, and there wouldn’t have been anything other than that, not even a Wicked.”

Comic Review: The Wizard Of Oz (Sterling Graphics)  This would make for a fine gift for kids, even though Caldwell’s artwork seems a bit estranged from the normal look of the Oz characters, but will enjoy his work more on his original series of The Dare Detectives. Oz purists might not agree with the changes in the story even though they are slightly minor, aside from leaving out the entire last quarter of the book on the quest to Glinda’s castle. Either way, the kids should like it.

Trio of Totos putting best paws forward for Toronto’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’  The nine-year-old wire-haired stage veteran (this is her fifth play) also has a leg up on some of her cast members in building a fanbase through her Facebook page (under Tilley Shevchenko). And she’s found a solid support base in her Florida-based boyfriend. “His name is Nugget and he’s her biggest fan,” Terry Shevchenko, Tilley’s owner and handler, said this week as Mirvish Productions gave members of the media a sneak preview of rehearsals for the show. “He’s a Norfolk terrier, too. … They hang out every time we go to Florida.”

Review: Judy – A Legendary Film Career  All of the stories about Judy and pills, Judy and her suicide attempts, Judy and her weight problems, Judy’s burned out career all started taking precedence over Judy Garland the actress and singer. Stripping away all the sensationalized muck about Judy Garland reveals the brilliant career of a uniquely gifted woman. The new book Judy: A Legendary Film Career by John Fricke helps rescue the artist Judy Garland from all the garbage that has been written about her for years. This magnificent coffee table book is sensational.