Oz in the News 5.26.14

537ffef86d0ad.imageAbingdon businesses getting in on Emerald City fun with Oz themes “Abingdon, like Oz, is a very special place,” said Kevin Costello, director of the Abingdon Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, in a written statement. “It is wonderful to see our shops and restaurants getting in to the spirit of Barter’s big summer musical and offering fun Oz-themed promotions all along our red [not yellow] bricked sidewalks downtown. This promises to be a magical summer in Abingdon.”

What Investors Can Learn From the ‘Legends of Oz’ Failure  There’s a sketchy backstory to the film’s production that’s risen to the level of finger pointing and conspiracy theories. All we can say for sure is that Legends of Oz was largely funded by six-figure contributions from individual investors. At least one report says the producers raised $100 million for the movie and at least two sequels by cold-calling prospects. Alpine Pictures’ Summertime Entertainment division produced the movie in concert with India’s Prana Studios. Clarius Entertainment distributed Legends of Oz, but apparently without offering enough support to draw a meaningful audience. BoxOffice.com estimates marketing and distribution spending at just $15 million for a movie that cost $70 million to produce. Legends of Oz had grossed just $7.2 million worldwide heading into the long weekend.

Wizard of Oz coming for kids  Actress-director Li Xinling led her Xinling Theater to present a modern take on the classical work, The Wizard of Oz, which will be staged from May 30 to June 2 in Beijing’s Fenglan International Small  Theater, to celebrate the upcoming International Children’s Day. Based on the novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L.Frank Baum and The Wizard of Oz, a 1939 American musical fantasy film, the play will have actors interact with multi-media installations, creating a dreamland for both adults and children, according to the director. Young Chinese composer Ding Ke has composed over 20 original works for the show. Before the show, the production team has also invited parents to write letters to their children, which will be read after the show.

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