Oz in the News 3.18.13

Francisco-Hernandez-Wizard-of-OzThe Unbeatable Wizard: ‘Oz’ Tops Box Office for Second Week  “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” from Walt Disney Co., was the most popular film in the U.S. and Canada for the second weekend in a row, grossing an estimated $42.2 million. The relatively modest 47% drop from its opening weekend indicated good word-of-mouth for the $200 million-plus production. “Oz” has now collected a total of $145 million domestically, putting the picture on a good path toward profitability.

We’re Not In Kansas Anymore: Music Of The Wizard Of Oz  Since it was first published in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s classic novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” has been adapted for stage and screen a countless number of times. But that hasn’t seemed to diminish the story’s popularity. The latest iteration, Disney’s “Oz the Great and Powerful,” brought in more than $150 million during its opening weekend. Along with those many adaptations has come a great deal of music – some of which has become just as classic as the story itself. Joining us with some of those songs is Wizard of Oz historian John Fricke.

Oscars flashback: Did ‘The Wizard of Oz’ wow voters?  In addition to Best Picture, “Oz” was nominated in five other categories: Best Color Cinematography,(Harold Rossen), Best Art Direction (Cedric Gibbons, William A. Horning), Best Special Effects (A. Arnold Gillespie, Douglas Shearer), Best Music, Original Score (Herbert Stothart) and Best  Original Song (Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg) for the oft-recorded “Over the Rainbow.”  “The Wizard of Oz” turned Judy Garland into an overnight sensation, and she was rewarded for her efforts with a Munchkin-sized Juvenile Oscar, presented to her by frequent costar Mickey Rooney. It was the only Oscar statuette Garland would ever receive, despite bids for Best Actress for “A Star is Born” (1954) and Supporting Actress for “Judgment at Nuremberg” (1961).


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