Oz in the News 3.5.13

5130e78bcac5f.preview-620‘The Wizard of Oz’ fills his life  His collection ranges from items he has purchased to gifts he has received. His most expensive item is a replica hourglass that was $1,000. His other items range in price, but many cost $45 to $100 each. Ell hears about some of these new items on a Facebook group he belongs to called “Everything Oz.” He can communicate with others across the country who share his love.  Ell plans to watch and collect items from “The Wizard of Oz” for the rest of his life.“It is part of me, and it’s everywhere,” he said. “I enjoy it; so I guess, that’s all that counts.”

15 ‘Oz’ Adaptations You Didn’t Know You Needed (and 2 That Are NSFW)  While it may appear that Disney’s take on Oz is the first attempt at extending the Oz universe in pop culture, the merry old land of Oz has actually been spawned into so many filmic, televisual, and textual adaptations that the pieces can’t even fit into one solid timeline (it’s got at least three that run parallel to each other). But did you know that amongst those adaptations are Korean comic books, game shows, and even some mild pornographic cartoons? Well, there are. And for those who make it to the bottom, prepare to have your entire childhood completely ruined.

Banned Books Awareness: “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”  In 2004 both Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson conspired to get the movie banned from broadcast on public television because of “moral turpitude.” Robertson would publically state that “The Almighty told me that flying monkeys and witches are an affront to all good Christians.” When asked at the time if either had ever seen the movie or read the book, they denied, saying that they “feared ungodly influence.”

Top 20 facts about ‘The Wizard of Oz’  Toto the dog’s real name was Terry. She was a Cairn Terrier, who was born on Nov. 17, 1933, and went to doggie heaven on Sept. 1, 1945, at the age of 11. During filming, the dog’s foot was broken and she spent two weeks recovering at Judy Garland’s house. Terry appeared in 15 films and was mostly paid $125 per week. Did you know that her owner Carl Spitz set up the World War II War-Dog program?

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