Oz in the News 11.13.13

F7F52DA0-A188-3C63-467134AA97DF8127Janet Kelly Offers a Series of New Adventure Stories  “Lost Lands of OZ” begins a series of new and exciting adventure books exploring the mysterious land of OZ which was originally created by L. Frank Baum in the early 1900s with the “Wizard of Oz” and 13 others authored by him. edu•characters has created a fabulously unique map of the contemporary OZ and the first book in the series, “The Rain King is Missing,” is an original story based on the amazing geography, the magical places, fascinating characters and unbelievable things that Baum created in his timeless books. Readers are introduced to the beautiful fairy princess, Ozma, who is the real ruler of OZ. Although only 16 years old, Ozma is the most omniscient and omnipotent in all of OZ. She fairly rules over the land of OZ with Glinda, the good witch. However, today evil clouds hang over Emerald City. Wicked forces in the Outer Lands of OZ are trying to take control of the magical kingdom by capturing the Rain King.

‘The Wizard of Oz’ Turns 75: A Look Back at a Film Classic  The Wizard of Oz was a popular hit in 1939 but more than half its audiences were children who usually paid a dime to get in. At a cost of $3 million, the movie didn’t make a profit until a rerelease 10 years later. But when it began playing on TV in 1956, it became more special than ever because it was right there with us in our own home, in our very living room. And, to quote Dorothy, “There’s no place like home!”

BOOK REVIEW: “The Wizard of Oz – The 75th Anniversary Companion”  This new book is filled with fun facts and tidbits such as this concerning all of the actors, and touches a bit on the “hanged man” scene and takes a look at cut out segments of the film like “The Jitterbug” number. “The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Companion” is a lavish book written by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman, and designed in close collaboration with Warner Brothers. This is an over the top, above and beyond, Anniversary edition. One hundred and seventy-six pages hardcover coffee table book perfect for Ozophiles, film buffs, and fans of the movie. There is a forward by Caren Marsh-Doll (Judy Garland’s stand in for the film) and then an introduction by the authors. The book opens up with an entire section on the book series and Lyman Frank Baum. It then blends into MGM obtaining rights. From there it is a feast for all the senses; old photographs and promotional stills are blended with fascinating facts and stories about the director, actors, stage hands, camera men, anyone and everyone who had a hand in making this film.

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