Oz in the News 6.25.13

IMG_4295“Wizard of Oz” 75th Anniversary Coronado Celebration  Coronado Mayor Casey Tanaka today announced that the city will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the classic film, The Wizard of Oz with various charity events planned throughout the community. Kicking off the festivities, The Wizard of Oz will hold special screenings for one weekend only at the beautifully restored Village Theatre, beginning September 21, 2013. Proceeds from the citywide celebration will benefit local not-for-profit organizations and foundations. “We are thrilled to be a part of the 75th anniversary celebration of The Wizard of Oz,” said Mayor Tanaka. “Coronado’s historic connection with its brilliant author, L. Frank Baum, who spent a great deal of time at the magical Hotel Del Coronado and also lived on a quiet street in the Village of Coronado during some of his most prolific writing years, certainly makes this a very special event for the City.” Numerous activities are currently being planned throughout the city and may include book signings, lectures, exhibits, character look-a-like contests, a variety of charity events, including special screenings and The Wizard of Oz parade down Coronado’s main street.

OZombie is the latest Kickstarter from American McGee  OZombie is headed for Linux, Mac, PC and high-end tablets thanks to Unity and has players joining forces with the Tin Woodsman and the Lion against Scarecrow’s mindless army. The game draws not just on the first and most famous Oz book, but all 14 of Frank L Baum’s efforts – and run through the aesthetic and creative filter of American McGee and Spicy Horse, best known for Alice: Madness Returns and Akaneiro: Demon Hunters. Interestingly, OZombie is a single-player action-adventure but allows multiplayer once you’ve completed the campaign, with raids and tournaments playable with a number of characters.

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