Oz in the News 8.14.14

Wizard-of-Oz-harry-potter-4362659-395-600Daniel Radcliffe: ‘Worst film idea I heard was Wizard of Oz remade with Harry Potter stars’ “The worst idea that ever came across to us – it was way before Potter had finished – was somebody suggesting that they remake the The Wizard of Oz movie with Emma [Watson] as Dorothy, and me and Rupert [Grint] cast as the Lion and Tin Man or Scarecrow,” he said at a press junket for his new romcom, What If. “I remember thinking, ‘That person is the laziest, craziest person in the world’,” he said, adding that it was “quite funny” on the whole.

The truth behind ‘The Wizard of Oz’  Michael Patrick Hearn, author of “The Annotated Wizard of Oz,” has spent most of his life unearthing little-known facts about the childhood classic. Hearn discovered the Baum series when he was just 10 years old. At that time, the books were banned from many libraries, but Hearn cherished the characters and storytelling. He joined the International Wizard of Oz Club in order to find out more about his favorite series. “It really was an American fairy tale,” he says. “There are so many things that relate to the American experience — the scarecrow, the mechanical man and the wizard that turns out to be a humbug from Omaha.”

Judy Garland’s Final Effort to Tell Her Own Story  Judy Garland on Judy Garland: Interviews and Encounters is the closest we will come to experiencing and exploring the legend’s planned autobiography. Collecting and presenting the most important Garland interviews and encounters that took place between 1935 and 1969, this work opens with her first radio appearance under contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and concludes with her last known interview, one taped for Radio Denmark just months before her death. What makes this collection unique is that it places Judy in the role of storyteller. She wrote a number of essays for various publications and sat for countless print, radio, and television interviews. These and other autobiographical efforts she made are proof that Judy Garland wanted her story told in her own words.

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