Oz in the News 3.14.13

Finley_by_Michael_KutscheGorgeous OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Character Designs & Costume Illustrations  Come check out some rather enchanting artwork created by, Michael Kutsche and Dawn Brown, for Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful. Michael focused on character designs and costume illustrations, while Dawn developed art for the film’s sets and props.

Munchkin tune tested ‘The Wizard of Oz’ composer’s mettle  “These Munchkins are little people in a joyous town of fantasy singing an up-tempo, welcoming song. There really aren’t that many ways to apply that,” Elfman said during a recent interview at his home studio in Los Angeles. Elfman said he opted to sing the number himself — without altering his voice. No Lollipop Guild retreads but maybe not a radical departure from the past, either. “They’re still singing,” he said, “and they’re still merry.”

Con Movie Review: Oz The Great And Powerful (2013)  Oz continues the lame trend begun by the Star Wars prequels–it de-fangs one of cinema’s greatest villains by revealing them to be, at heart, a lovesick fool.

Pro Movie Review: Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)  The story, and the lesson, will stick with you for years.  I didn’t want the film to end, which is how I felt after seeing The Wizard of Oz as a child.  All the characters of Oz followed me home and my imagination was twisted up as I wondered about the possibilities for many more adventures for Oz.

MOVIE REVIEW: Prequel to “Wizard of Oz” has all the magic, charm of a Disney production  This being a Disney film, I probably don’t have to point out that it’s full of unfortunate, old fairytale tropes good people are beautiful, evil people are ugly (or get turned ugly by the end); you need a man to lead an army; women with real power are evil, etc. For most viewers, the charm of the film will likely overwhelm any negative reaction to these common issues, but for some they’ll be dealbreakers.

Life Lessons From The Wizard of Oz That Every College Student Should Adhere To  In Oz, there are two Wicked Witches and only one good one, so hope for peace in the Emerald City does not seem likely. But with the help of her newly-minted friends, Dorothy is able to melt the Wicked Witch of the West and save the citizens of Oz. The competition to get the best grades in class, the most coveted internship positions, or the highest amount of job opportunities can be intense, but you should never allow that to get in the way of your morals. When given the choice, always be the Glinda and never the Wicked Witch. When someone else does well, let a house drop on that green monster, and be happy for other people, like you would want them to be for you. Just like Dorothy held tight to those ruby red slippers in the time of adversity – you can, too!

Player Wins $1,452,799.89 Playing Wizard Of Oz at Margaritaville Casino at The Flamingo in Las Vegas  At 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013, Gordon was playing slot machine Wizard of Oz – Journey to Oz located in Margaritaville Casino at The Flamingo in Las Vegas when the Top Progressive Jackpot hit and he was delighted to see that he had become an instant millionaire by winning $1,452,799.89.

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