Oz in the News 1.9.17


Russian sequel of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to be turned into animated film Alexander Melentyevich Volkov, a Russian mathematician and novelist, published a loose translation of L. Frank Baum’sThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” in 1939, titled, “The Wizard of Emerald City.” While more or less presented as his own story, Volkov wrote a dedication in most early prints of the book that admitted his story was inspired by an earlier American book series, even mentioning Baum by name. While the American book was still under copyright at the time of publication of the Russian variation, Volkov did not break the law as the Soviet Union had not been part of international copyright laws until 1973. While Baum had already written sequels featuring his Oz characters, Volkov instead wrote his own sequels to the story, starting in 1963, with the publication of “Urfin Jus and the Wooden Soldiers.” As mentioned, the titular villain, Urfin Jus, was said to be a former Munchkin servant of the deceased Gingema, and he tries to take over the Magic Land with the aid of wooden soldiers after finding a magic powder that can bring things to life. Unlike the witches, however, Urfin Jus survives the story and becomes a recurring figure in later books, with five sequel books in total. In a press release, the film appears to portray Urfin Jus as something of an ant-hero, mentioning that Ellie and her friends (which include incarnations on the familiar Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion), “must find out who he really is… before they can defeat him.” The film will be released in #Russia on April 20, 2017. It is unknown at this time if the film will have an international release.


First look inside city’s new movie-themed hotel Step inside Signature Living’s new movie-themed hotel, The Arthouse. Featuring plush champagne interiors, stylish kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath, the Wizard of Oz suite has everything you’d ever need for a fabulous night in Liverpool. Sleeping up to six people in two luxury doubles and two single beds, this room has been designed with a fabulous adventure in mind and guarantee you’ll never want your Arthouse adventure to end.

NBC’s ‘Emerald City’ is a beautiful journey through Oz The series takes the story to a lot of ambitious places: It’s extremely sexy, explores violence, the aforementioned drug use, and even a gender-bending supporting character. That said, it should be noted that this Oz probably isn’t suitable for young children. The challenge for audiences here is whether they’ll be able to clear their minds of Judy Garland’s musical, suspenseful journey or L. Frank Baum’s novels and let “Emerald City” tell its own story over 10 hours. But after all, that’s the challenge NBC took on when it decided to go to Oz in the first place.

Why is it so difficult to update The Wizard of Oz? The story of Emerald City is much too busy, without any characters nearly as memorable as those in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Even Vincent D’Onofrio’s take on the Wizard — which is truly, gloriously off the wall — wears thin after a while, and many of the other actors seem to be coping by competing to see who can pout the most ripely. There are many, many worse takes on Oz out there, but Emerald City only underlines why the seemingly natural impulse to make a dark, gritty Oz reboot only undercuts what allowed the story to endure in the first place.

Emerald City: Season One Ratings The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.

Fri 01/06/2017 Episode: 01-01 – 4.698 million viewers
Fri 01/06/2017 Episode: 01-02 – 4.251 million viewers






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