Monthly Archives: January 2017

Oz in the News 1.28.17

EMERALD CITY -- "Everybody Lies" Episode 105 -- Pictured: (l-r) Stefanie Martini as Lady Ev, Vincent D'onofrio as Wizard -- (Photo by: David Lukacs/NBC)

EMERALD CITY — “Everybody Lies” Episode 105 — Pictured: (l-r) Stefanie Martini as Lady Ev, Vincent D’onofrio as Wizard — (Photo by: David Lukacs/NBC)

‘Emerald City’ throws a respectful nod to Pink Floyd & ‘Dark Side of the Rainbow’ For decades people have been obsessing over what is collectively known as “The Dark Side of the Rainbow.” In Friday night’s episode, “Everybody Lies,” Dorothy (Adria Arjona) walks into the the wizard’s castle, and hears Pink Floyd’s music playing. But this isn’t just a wink to the knowledgeable fan, or a nod to the dubious environment — it also demonstrates the great and powerful ruler’s link to the mortal realm. “There are many nods to other pop culture Oz-ian things in the show outside the 1939 movie musical,” Cassidy says. ” We couldn’t get ‘Oh Wee Oh Wee Oh,’ but we paid an insane amount of money for Pink Floyd. And I just think that’s awesome.”

Please Stop Remaking The Wizard Of Oz The Wizard of Oz is like a Rorschach test. Everyone sees in it what they want and then, if they’re writers, they go ahead and write the story. Which is how we’ve got Wicked, a dark and gritty reexamination of the Wicked Witch’s origin story. And Oz the Great and Powerful, a dark and gritty reexamination of the Wicked Witch’s origin story. And Once Upon a Time, a television show which had a plot where they did a dark and gritty reimagining of the Wicked Witch’s origin story. There was also 2007’s Tin Man, which was a science fiction take on The Wizard of Oz that really was all about just renaming things. Oz became the O.Z. — the outer zone. Dorothy Gale became D.G.; Toto became Tutor, a shapeshifting magic teacher; a “tin man” became the name for police officers. And so on. And now we’re stuck with Emerald City which, to its credit, is at least doing more with the rest of Oz lore than most of these adaptations. But like Tin Man, it has created a plot that is extremely hard to keep track of.

Judy Garland’s Body Moved from New York to Hollywood Judy Garland is no longer in New York … confused? Garland, who died in 1969, has been ensconced in a mausoleum in Hartsdale, New York ever since. We’ve learned the remains of the ‘Wizard of Oz’ star was removed from the cemetery last Thursday and placed in the cargo hold of an American Airlines flight Tuesday night from JFK to LAX. We’re told the body will be interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery at the behest of Judy’s daughter, Liza Minnelli. It’s unclear why Liza ordered the move nearly a half-century after her mom’s death. Hollywood Forever has a slew of celebs who call it home, including Cecil B. DeMille, 2 of the Ramones, Bugsy Siegel, Rudy Valentino, Fay Wray, and Jayne Mansfield. Also buried there … Mickey Rooney, with whom Judy did several movies.


Oz in the News 1.25.17


Krewe of Apollo melds Wizard of Oz and Elton John into a charming ball Combining a timeless story with classic songs by a renowned rock star for a ball? For the Krewe of Apollo, a mash-up of “The Wizard of Oz” with Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” album (along with a few of his other songs) was a charming way to theme the group’s 88th annual ball on Jan. 7 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. After the 50-year Queen was presented — Miss Henrietta Creevy Clay, who reigned in 1967 members of the krewe entered with shouts and cheers, heralding the appearance of the King (his identity is not revealed) whose costume was Wizard of Oz-meets-’70s Elton John (the heyday of his on-stage costumes) and his pages, Masters Robert Edward Milling and Robert Wade Van Horn, who costumed as members of the Lollipop Guild.

Oz in the News 1.22.17

EMERALD CITY -- "Science and Magic" Episode 104 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rebeka Rea as Sylvie, Adria Arjona as Dorothy -- (Photo by: David Lukacs/NBC)

EMERALD CITY — “Science and Magic” Episode 104 — Pictured: (l-r) Rebeka Rea as Sylvie, Adria Arjona as Dorothy — (Photo by: David Lukacs/NBC)

Shaun Cassidy on the ‘romance’ of episode 4 of Emerald City The title of this episode is “Science and Magic” and though the war between the two is a central theme in our series, I felt it had special resonance in this story because it also applies to everyone’s head and heart. Many of our characters are falling for each other here, and by the end, it’s hard not to get swept away by the romance of it all. So surrender, Dorothy. Keep your head, but share your heart, and know that Jack, and both Roans, will appreciate it.

Oz in the News 1.21.17

emerald-city-science-and-magic-reviewEmerald City: Science and Magic Review “Science and Magic” is Emerald City‘s strongest episode yet, giving us three plot lines to care about as Glinda and West battle over Tip’s future, Jack is given new life as a mechanical teen, and Dorothy meets a little girl with great and terrible power. Even the Wizard’s storyline serves to broaden and enrichen the world of Oz. For the first time since this show began, Oz feels like a real place populated by people other than the main characters, which only serves to give those main characters more believablility, too. Here’s everything that went down in “Science and Magic.” (Spoilers)

Oz in the News 1.20.17

mido-hamada‘Emerald City’ star Mido Hamada talks about his role Hamada can be seen on NBC’s “Emerald City” directed by Tarsem Singh where he portrays Eamonn, the right-hand man of The Wizard. Hamada was 8 years old when he first saw “The Wizard of Oz” in Germany.  But it was “The Wiz” that left a lasting expression on him. “It was Michael Jackson playing the Scarecrow that left an impression on me,” he added. ”I was a huge Jackson Five fan.” Hamada is not quick to pick a favorite character from Emerald City. But if he had to pick – he would pick  The Wicked Witch of the West.

Oz in the News 1.19.17

judy-garland-home-exterior-832x468Judy Garland’s Childhood Home Is for Sale—and It’s Not in Kansas There’s no place like Judy Garland‘s childhood home, which, surprisingly enough, is located in Lancaster, CA, a good hour-and-a-half drive northeast of Los Angeles. Although the Antelope Valley town is a bit remote, and not one of the Golden State’s more glamorous locales, you just can’t brush the stardust off the property that’s currently on the market for $550,000. Garland was born Frances Ethel Gumm in 1922 in Grand Rapids, MN, and her family headed west in 1926. In search of the limelight, the budding star and father Frank, mother Ethel, and older sisters Mary Jane and Virginia settled in Southern California in the late 1920s. Although Garland’s childhood home, built in 1915, has been expanded and remodeled, some of the original features it had when she lived there still exist. You can gaze out the same windows, brush against the same moldings, and dance across some of the same floors (many of them, however, have been resurfaced with newer wood and tile). Some of the cupboards and cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms are also original, and likely held Garland’s belongings in the past.

Oz in the News 1.18.17

Gabby Douglas to Guest-Star on Nickelodeon’s Wizard of Oz Themed ‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, & Dawn’ The series follows the adventures of four 12-year-old quadruplets — Nicky (Aidan Gallagher), Ricky (Casey Simpson), Dicky (Mace Coronel) and Dawn (Lizzy Greene) — who don’t have much in common except their birthday. The season finale, titled “The Wonderful Wizard of Quads,” finds a hometown celebrity (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) returning to Boulder, Colo., to direct the local production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The Quads know these are the roles they were born to play, but when Dawn does not get the part of Dorothy, she goes on a mission to prove that she deserves the part over a theater diva (Jade Pettyjohn).

10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Emerald City’ When it comes to race, gender, and sexuality, you may want to prepare yourself for some conversations about nuance. First, credit where it’s due: the cast is diverse. Two major characters, Dorothy and Tip, are played by non-white actresses. Despite this, the darkest-skinned members of the cast aren’t treated very well by the script. You know the Black Dude Dies First trope? Well, the only black cardinal witch in Oz, and the darkest-skinned actress in the cast, is East, the witch best known for dying first. In fact (SPOILER) she is killed not once, but twice, the second time, tricked into shooting herself in the face. Her servants, also played by black actors, are also apparently sacrificed, and for no apparent reason. There are also some problematic stereotypes about women and consent happening here. (SPOILERS) Tip, a young boy who has been held prisoner, is busted out of his cell and runs away with his best friend Jack. But Tip changes into a girl within 24 hours of gaining his freedom. And of course, Jack can’t keep his eyes off Tip’s new cleavage. Eventually, in the middle of an argument (because Tip is understandably confused and upset and wants to go back to his old body) Jack moves in and kisses Tip. No permission. No preamble. He just goes in for the kiss. The whole thing is played off as Jack being a teenage boy who can’t control himself. Tip violently rejects his friend’s advances, and the show punishes them both for the incident. Lastly, let’s talk about sexuality. West has forsaken magic and owns a brothel. She is depicted as being bisexual, but her bisexuality is portrayed as one facet of a dissolute personality. Also, while West does own her sexuality, it is presented in a male-gaze way, rather than a part of who she is.

A traveler’s guide to emerald city, part i: welcome to westeroz Critics in 2017 reach out to points of comparison that are familiar to them, which in this case are the 1939 The Wizard of Oz, on the one hand, and HBO’s Game of Thrones, on the other. By this point, Google and Metacritic are rife with critics humorously referring to an Oz peopled by Wildling-like Munja-kins, and witches that are either brothel-masters or orphan-masters, not unlike Kings Landing’s Littlefinger and Varys. The thin comparison between the two shows doesn’t hold up once you move from tone and atmosphere to character and plot; Emerald City doesn’t have a Jon Snow or an Arya, and Game of Thrones doesn’t have a Tip or a Jack. And, each show has its own distinctive threats, so that the White Walkers and the Dragons do not resemble The Beast Forever and the stone giants. In Emerald City, magic is more ubiquitous, and even crueler than the blood-baby that crawls out of Melisandre; the magic of Oz creates a Prison of the Abject and sends women into ritual suicide.

Oz in the News 1.16.17

cd3c5709e42c0ecf‘Wizard of Oz’ ice sculptures mark Somerset streets for Fire & Ice Festival The annual Fire & Ice Festival brought Dorothy, Toto, the Wicked Witch of the West and the rest of the “Wizard of Oz” crew to the streets of Somerset in southwestern Pennsylvania. This year’s theme is “There’s no place like Somerset,” which draws on the Frank L. Baum classic and adds some local flair. The festival began Friday and continues through Sunday. It includes live ice-carving demonstrations, food trucks, fire pits and more than 35 sculptures on display along Main Street and Centre Avenue.

‘Emerald City’ Recap: Dorothy Poses as the Mistress of the East On this episode of Emerald City, “Mistress-New-Mistress,” Dorothy learns that the Wizard wants to kill her and devises an alternate plan for returning home. Tip and Jack also head to the city of Ev and the Wizard learns when The Beast will return to Oz.

Survey ranks the 25 most rewatchable films of all time FiveThirtyEight compiled a survey with just over 1,000 respondents – 1,169, to be precise – of their most rewatched films of all time. No surprises, of course, that Star Wars came out on top with a total of 98 people clocking Star Wars in the No.1 spot. The Wizard Of Oz, meanwhile, came in at No.2 whilst The Sound Of Music was No.3. The data, when broken down by gender, is slightly less surprising. Star Wars was considered the No.1 most rewatchable film by men, whilst women counted The Wizard Of Oz as their No.1. In fact, 51 women counted Wizard Of Oz as their all-time rewatchable film compared to 66 men, who counted Star Wars as theirs.

Oz in the News 1.14.17

woozyDorothy in a leisure suit? KC’s Toys and Miniatures museum explores the world of Oz The folks at Kansas City’s National Museum of Toys and Miniatures want you to ease on down the road to their renovated digs and get to know “Oz” in a new way. “Wizard of Oz” collectors from around the country have donated costumes, replica ruby slippers, soaps, party masks, valentines, clothing hangers — an entire exhibit’s worth of eye candy for “Oz” fans. And of course there are “Oz” dolls and hand puppets and play sets and other toys because — well, it’s a toy museum.“ Because our focus is on toys or miniatures, we decided that we wanted to look at the way that this novel influenced toy production,” said Laura Taylor, the museum’s curator of interpretation. “And so, although not everything we have in the exhibit is toy-related, we wanted to include things that kind of fleshed it out and gave people a bigger story.” “Over the Rainbow: Toys From the Land of Oz,” opening Saturday, is a kid-in-a-candy-store treat for fans of the “Oz” story in all its iterations. Halloween costumes based on “The Wiz,” for instance, were rare because of the red tape involved with anything having to do with Michael Jackson, who played the Scarecrow in the 1978 movie musical. But one of those “Wiz” Halloween costumes has found its way here. We hear that one museum staff member, a fan of the 1985 Disney fantasy-adventure “Return to Oz,” nearly fainted when the stunning Princess Mombi costume from the movie arrived. Most of the items displayed belong to Kansas City’s own “Oz” superfan, Jane Albright, who asked about 20 fellow members of the International Oz Club to loan one-of-a-kind pieces from their private collections. (By “superfan,” we mean a woman who moved into a bigger home two doors away so she could pull her overflow memorabilia out from closets and under beds and display everything properly — on the entire third floor.)

New Lucas Museum to Feature ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Wizard of Oz’ Memorabilia George Lucas has finally found a home for the planned $1 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The museum board of directors recently announced that Los Angeles was selected — over San Francisco — to house the planned museum. The Lucas museum will be built in Exposition Park, near downtown Los Angeles. It will feature memorabilia from “Star Wars” and “The Wizard of Oz,” as well as fine art and popular art. It will include narrative paintings, comic art, illustration, photography and other media. Lucas’ own personal art collection — including works from Edgar Degas, Winslow Homer, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Norman Rockwell — will also be featured. Lucas is financing the museum himself. He’s been working on the museum project for nearly a decade.

Oz in the News 1.13.17


Wonderful, Marvelous, Hungry: 7 characters from the Oz books we want in Emerald City There is a great wealth of marvelous characters from L. Frank Baum’s Oz books (all 14 of them!) that would fit right in on Emerald City, many of which may be too outlandish, but at least a couple of which have already been cast, or hinted at. Although this list may end up making me look very wise or very foolish, it’s with great pleasure that I pull back the curtain and let you in on these seven great Oz characters that will hopefully make their way to the small screen this season on Emerald City.