Oz in the News 1.30.15

jupiter_ascending_character_poster_2‘The Matrix’ Creators Launch a New Epic With ‘Jupiter’  “I remember having a conversation with Andy about how there’s something missing from my experience in ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ Dorothy is pretty much the same at the end as she is at the beginning. Whereas Odysseus goes through such an epic shift in his identity.” So Jupiter Jones (Ms. Kunis’ character) has a few things in common with Dorothy Gale from “Wizard of Oz.” “That’s why she has the blue and white gingham on when [Jupiter and Mr. Tatum’s character, Caine] first meet,” Lana says. Together they go on a wild, otherworldly adventure. Jupiter Jones returns not only with a new appreciation of her life at home but with greater confidence and power. The Wachowskis even set up Mr. Tatum’s part-canine role as a sort of Toto-like traveling companion. Andy, who tends to interject one-liners while Lana elaborates, jokes about the challenge of giving Mr. Tatum’s makeup the right look: “Obviously [the producers] had their concerns about whether Caine was going to look like John Candy in ‘Spaceballs.’

West End’s WICKED Extends Through April 2016  WICKED, the classic West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to announce the opening of its 19th new booking period, on Monday 2 February 2015 at 10am, with 500,000 new tickets going on sale for performances until Saturday 30 April 2016.  While continuing its open-ended West End run, the spectacular, multi record-breaking UK & Ireland Tour has already sold over1 million tickets since its premiere in Manchester in September 2013. The tour will conclude in July 2015, with a return to the Greater Manchester area (to The Lowry in Salford), following engagements in Plymouth (where it is currently playing),Bristol, Sunderland and Aberdeen.

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