Oz in the News 5.5.14

web1_web-roger-stanton-baumAfter twists and turns, yellow brick road at last leads to cineplex  Roger Stanton Baum was beginning to think Friday would never come. Not the day, specifically, but what it represents: the opening of “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.” The movie is based on Baum’s 1989 children’s novel “Dorothy of Oz,” the first of 16 the North Las Vegas author has written that are set in the world created by his great-grandfather, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum. As with any adaptation, screenwriters Randi Barnes and Adam Balsam had their own take on the source material, adding some things and dropping others. But then Baum was hired to pen the novelization of the movie. Writing a book that’s based on a movie that’s based on your own book has “been a challenge,” Baum admits. “That’s I guess an understatement.”

Orland Park to host ‘Wizard of Oz’ fest  The inaugural Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival is coming in September to Orland Park’s Centennial Park. Orland Park’s festival will feature rides in a tethered hot air balloon, one of the largest carnivals in the Midwest, a Dorothy Gale-themed petting zoo, interactive displays and vendors. Roger S. Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum, also will be a special guest. His bestselling 2013 book, “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return,” will be released as a motion picture this month. The Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival is scheduled to run Sept. 19 to 21. Centennial Park is at 10401 W. 153rd St. The festival will be held in the northwest part of the park and in the Metra station parking lot.

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