Oz in the News 10.11.13

09/10/13 Cheffins Halloween book auctionsPrices set to go over the rainbow as rare first editions of The Wizard of Oz, Dracula and A Clockwork Orange go up for auction in Cambridge  Book lovers can follow the yellow brick road down to an auction next week to get their hands on three first edition classics – for a rather large price tag. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and A Clockwork Orange are all set to go under the hammer next week to make up to £15,800. Charles Ashton, a book expert at auctioneers Cheffins, will be auctioning the book on Thursday, October 17. He said: “All three of the books have come from different collections and all of the vendors are from Suffolk, Hertfordshire or Cambridgeshire. “Each of the books are very different to each other. The desirability of them is partly their rarity as they are all first editions and they are all in good condition.”  For more information, go to cheffins.co.uk/fineart/catalogues.asp

Turner Asks TTAB To Block Disney’s ‘Oz’ Trademarks  Time Warner Inc. subsidiary Turner Entertainment filed several trademark opposition proceedings against the The Walt Disney Co. on Monday, seeking to block Disney from registering the name of its recent “Wizard of Oz” reboot.
Turner’s four complaints with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board came in response to Disney’s 2011 application to register four trademarks for “Oz The Great and Powerful,” the name of the studio’s film released this year starring James Franco and Mila Kunis.

Don’t be afraid of the actor behind the curtain  Cedric Smith hadn’t been in a stage production for 20 years. And he never appeared in a musical. Yet, the gifted Canadian actor relished delivering the dual role as Professor Marvel and the Wizard in the touring “Wizard of Oz,” with the yellow brick road leading to the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco from Oct. 16-27.  “One of the best conversations I’ve had had been with a couple of Russian women who told me the only piece of American literature they studied going back to Stalin was ‘The Wizard of Oz’ because it’s viewed as a key to the American psyche,” said Smith.

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