New Year TV Spots For Sam Raimi’s ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ Well, it’s 2013 and that means we can wipe the slate clean in all kinds of ways. Gone are the days obsessing over The Avengers and Dark Knight Rises. Now it’s about the latest and greatest. One such film, or at least Disney hopes, is Sam Raimi‘s Oz The Great and Powerful. The big budget prequel to the classic 1939 film stars James Franco as a magician who is run out of a small town, only to end up in Oz. There, he encounters magic beyond his wildest dreams as he’s forced to choose sides in an epic battle for the land between three sisters: Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). Raimi’s film will be released on March 8 and Disney released two spots during the New Year’s Eve celebration to get fans excited.
Defying Gravity: ‘Wicked’ Soars to Broadway Box Office Record The blockbuster musical “Wicked” set a new box office record for all of Broadway last week, grossing $2,947,172 for nine performances between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, using $300 premium tickets to edge out the previous all-time record set by “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” last season. “Wicked” also ended 2012 as the highest-grossing Broadway show for the ninth consecutive year, according to a statement from the show’s press representative. The musical, a sort of “Wizard of Oz” prequel focusing on the witches, has held that No. 1 title since 2004, its first full year running on Broadway.