Oz in the News 12.30.15

first-look-at-dorothy-and-scarecrow-on-nbc-s-emerald-cityGet the First Look at Dorothy and Scarecrow on NBC’s ‘Emerald City’  Set to bow in the fall, the upcoming series features Adria Arjona in the lead role of Dorothy Gale, whose first look has arrived in the form of picture debuted via EW. In the photo, she’s is seen aiding Lucas a.k.a. the Scarecrow (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), who is “suffering painful trauma that causes him to lose his memory.”
Another image gives a look at Florence Kasumba as the Wicked Witch of the East. She and the Wizard of Oz, played by Vincent D’Onofrio, are “contending with a looming war between kingdoms and belief systems.”  Dorothy, meanwhile, is desribed as a 20-year-old woman who is “struggling to reconcile with her mother, who abandoned her as a child.” In another twist, Toto is now a trained K9 police dog. “Emerald City” has been dubbed a “modern and dark re-imagining of” the classic tale “The Wizard of Oz”. David Schulner serves as showrunner and executive produces the series along with Shaun Cassidy. “The Cell” helmer Tarsem Singh will direct the drama, which has received a 10-episode, straight-to-series order from NBC. No premiere date is set for the show just yet.

Best-Bekaar: Emily’s Oz, Disney Side leave a mark We had to rack our brains to pick a couple of great global ads in a year when the epic fails outnumbered the epic split and its ilk by a wide majority. We finally remembered this one, among the few ads this year that got props from the notoriously cantankerous George Parker who writes the hilarious abrasive and absolutely NSFW Adscam blog. In just about a minute, ‘Emily’s Oz’ reimagines parts of the Hollywood classic The Wizard of Oz as perceived by a blind little girl. The cowardly lion is a tiny furry creature “like a toy poodle”. The tin man has a big toe the size of a house. The scarecrow has tubes stuck to his body. Beautifully rendered in a production by Goodby Silverstein & Partners for Comcast’s Xfinity which offers talking guides for visually impaired movie watchers. Chances are once you see this, you will want to go through the making of and even sample a version of the ad with a talking guide. Heart-warming and moving without being exploitative, this is our pick of the lot for 2015.

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