Oz in the News 2.28.13

James-Franco-and-Sam-Raimi-on-SetSpeaking With The Wizards Of Oz  Sam Raimi: “I drew it all from the great author L. Frank Baum, his vision of Oz, that he had written about in 14 some books. And then, I was also inspired by the illustrator, W. W. Denslow, he was the original illustrator of the L. Frank Baum books. So a lot of inspiration was taken from his drawings. But I was also inspired by the great classic movie, Wizard of Oz, of course, who would not be inspired by that? A lot of the visuals of the movie, but more than the visuals; what inspired me about the Wizard of Oz movie, was the character’s sense of love that they have for each other. How friends come together and that very soulful sweet message that comes at the end of the picture when we learn from the Wizard that all of us are complete, all of us broken, lonely individuals are completely, we have within us the thing to make us complete if we only recognize it. That gave me a great source of inspiration.”  James Franco: “I’ve been a fan of the Oz books, L. Frank Baum Oz books since I was a boy. I read all of them when I was age 11. They were some of the first books that I read on my own for pleasure and I’ve worked with the director, Sam Raimi, in three previous films and so this was another chance to work with him. And then in addition to that, I saw the role as something I could have a lot of fun with and, and could be fairly creative with. He was written as a comedic character within this fantastical world, and I found that combination to be fairly unusual and I just thought it would be a juxtaposition of two different things, comedy and fantasy that would, would result in something entertaining.”

Making Oz the Great and Powerful took courage  Like Kunis’s witch, Williams’ Glinda is iconic but the actress tried to ignore referencing The Wizard of Oz. So did Kunis, whose Theodora transforms into a nostalgically evil likeness after a series of events. “In order for me to wrap my head around what I was doing I had to think of Theodora in a separate context,” said Kunis. “Here is a girl who falls madly in love and she doesn’t have the emotional tools to deal with rejection.” Mostly, she tried to avoid the original wicked witch performance. “I wasn’t going to touch it,” she said. “What I do is a love letter.”

Big Dog Ink Gets Even More Wicked with Legends of Oz  In Legends of Oz, Big Dog Ink takes advantage of the limited series format to bring you in depth looks at the origins of some of your favorite characters.  The first in the collection of planned character studies and standalone vignettes, The Legends of Oz: The Scarecrow will be a two issue miniseries devoted to everyone’ favorite mysterious sidekick.  Join Big Dog Ink and writer Pat Shand as we delve deeper into the origins of the quirky Scarecrow who’s out to prove that just because she’s a mysterious puppet created by evil magic, it doesn’t mean she can’t be pure good!

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