Oz in the News 1.10.13

pinball01_MJP1164.jpg.CROP.article568-largeCan This Man Save Pinball? An arcade entrepreneur has a plan to resuscitate the dying pastime—with a little help from the Wizard of Oz  Each Oz pinball machine is the size of a casket built for a member of the Lollipop Guild. On this day in early fall, millions of dollars of parts—LED lights and emerald-green legs and a forest’s worth of anthropomorphic plastic trees—are sitting in cardboard boxes, waiting to be fished out by arcade-world craftsmen. On one assembly line, they’ll put together the machine’s heart, adding rails, rollover buttons, and magnets to the yellow-brick-road-laden playfield. They’ll also add the brains, stuffing the PC board, power supply, and other electronics inside the Wizard of Oz’s exterior shell.

Rachel Weisz juggled Bourne and Wizard of Oz shoots  “I was going between the two, so I did two months on Oz, two months on Bourne, a month on Oz, a month on Bourne. It was very schizophrenic because they are very different genres. I had agreed to do Bourne, and then I read the Oz script and I was like, ‘Wow, I really love this wicked witch’ and they managed to make it work for me to do both films.”

Actor lands part in Wizard of Oz  Randall is in the cast of Webber’s production of The Wizard of Oz, making its North American premiere at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, and Webber is expected to be in town for the official opening on Sunday. “We understand he might drop in, and we’ve been working hard (in rehearsals) so we don’t disappoint him,” said Randall, who grew up in Mississauga.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz: Actors tackle beloved roles  “Oh my gosh, it’s a fabulous feeling to be wicked. I’m colder, crazier. I have the classic lines; full prosthetic nose and chin; deep, deep green. I like to think of myself as a loving person in real life but, when I’m onstage, it’s every sister for herself. I think the audience are pretty scared of me. There’s a lot of little girls dressed as Dorothy, as course, but then there’s some older women wearing red sparkly shoes. They’re the ones I go after.”

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