Monthly Archives: November 2019

Oz in the News 11.30.19

Witch’s son to speak at free screening of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Hamilton Meserve, son of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) will introduce the film, starting at 1:45 p.m. Meserve will offer insights about the 1939 classic film before the show, and stay afterwards for questions from the audience on the film or his mother, who spent many years in the Boothbay area from 1961 until her death in 1985. Meserve is Board President of the Harbor Theater, a Lincoln County Commissioner, and has had a home on Southport Island for almost 60 years. The Harbor Theater is at 185 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. The event takes place on 12/28/19 at 2pm.

Oz in the News 11.26.19

Murals herald ‘Oz’ weekend To mark the 25th annual production of “The Wizard of Oz” by the Community Theatre of Greensboro, NC this weekend, Kotis Street Art commissioned a series of Oz-inspired public art across the city. The works, created by Greensboro artist Raman Bhardwaj, come courtesy of Greensboro developer and restaurateur Marty Kotis. Kotis is creator and curator of Kotis Street Art, a collection of murals on buildings owned by his development company, Kotis. These murals and their locations are:

  • The Wicked Witch of the East, with her feet sticking out from Dorothy’s house, on a wall in the back of Pig Pounder Brewing, 1107 Grecade St.
  • The Cowardly Lion on a wall in the back of Pure Barre, Westover Gallery of Shoppes, 1310 Westover Terrace, Suite 105
  • The Tin Man at 3950 W. Market St., near Jan’s House
  • Toto at the Experiential School, 301 S. Church St.
  • The Wizard at Bruegger’s Bagels, 2924 Battleground Ave.
  • The Scarecrow at Painted Plate at the Vineyard, 3404 Whitehurst Road
  • Glinda the Good Witch near Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, 1424 Westover Terrace
  • The Wicked Witch of the West at Tracks development, 516 Federal Place
  • Flying Monkeys at Dram & Draught, 300 W. Gate City Blvd.
  • Yellow Brick Road; the Lollipop Guild; and the Human Wizard with the Wizard Gatekeeper at RED Cinemas, 1305 Battleground Ave.
  • Judy Garland as Dorothy, featuring the lyrics to “Over the Rainbow,” on the back of Red Cinemas

Oz in the News 11.24.19

‘SNL’: ‘Wizard of Oz’ Sketch About Mad Munchkins Is Wicked Funny There’s no place like home but sometimes it has unexpected shortcomings of its own. That was the lesson learned by the still-concussed Dorothy Gale (Kate McKinnon) in the black-and-white “alternate ending” to The Wizard of Oz, the celluloid artifact that was spotlighted tonight on an Saturday Night Live sketch. McKinnon’s Dorothy is back in her bed Kansas with her head spinning and trying to set out her memories of the fantastical realm that she visited on the far side of the rainbow. Just like the familiar version of the MGM classic, Dorothy tells the farmhands that they were there in her dream as Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion. The scene veers, however, when Doctor Pickens (Will Ferrell, walking on his knees) asks if he was in the dream.

Oz in the News 11.21.19

Glinda the Good Witch’s Wizard of Oz wand to auction at Bonhams The wand will cross the block in Los Angeles as part of an auction celebrating Hollywood memorabilia from its “greatest year” of 1939. Although the wand never appeared in the finished film, it is the only surviving example created for the production by the renowned costume designer Gilbert Adrian. It was originally made for Billie Burke, who played Glinda the Good Witch of the North, and was likely used in behind-the-scenes wardrobe tests. But when it came to filming, the use of new Technicolor film meant the production team had to re-think their designs (most notably by changing the colour of Dorothy’s slippers from silver to red).

‘Judy’ Hair and Makeup professional Reveals how Renee Zellweger Became Judy Garland The designer explains that Zellweger wore a small nose prosthetic and dental retainers that not only would alter the shape of her teeth to match Garland’s but also modify the way her jaw sat. The dental work was the trickiest, Woodhead says, because by 1968, Garland’s teeth were “quite gnarly.” He explains, “Had we been absolutely accurate, it would have been very distracting.” Zellweger needed to wear the teeth not only to act but to sing. “Renée had a set of teeth that she could rehearse with,” Woodhead says. “She spent several weeks with these teeth and by the time we came to film, she was completely used to wearing them, so it didn’t impede her.”

Amazing Wizard of Oz cake wins gold at international competition North Devon sugar artist Karolina Andreasova was part of a 12-strong team that won gold with their Oz-inspired creation at the Cake International Sugar Craft Show in Birmingham’s NEC. The Sugar Chronicles team won first prize with their cake which shows various Wizard of Oz characters in a tableau – every single piece of the exhibit was made from sugar.

Oz in the News 11.20.19

OZ: THE EARLY YEARS TRADING CARDS BRING HISTORY AND ART TO INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN The indie card set is available through the crowdsourcing site, Indiegogo, giving collectors a chance to get in on the set in a variety of forms and price levels. Oz: The Early Years delves into L. Frank Baum’s fantasy world through both the original books and the series of silent films. And while the cards do their part in showcasing the stories and the characters within, it also looks at the creators and artists who brought Oz to life early on.Although trading cards are the primary part of the Oz: The Early Years campaign, there are some other items available including a comic book, playing cards and greeting cards. Pledges start at $2, which get contributors a digital copy of the comic book. For those concerned more about the trading cards, there are several options. Five-card packs are $8. From there, sets are $25. Additional levels are available as well that offer more items. A full breakdown of available items are listed on the campaign page.

Oz in the News 11.19.19

Amblin, Michael De Luca Tackling ‘Martian’ Author’s Fantasy Graphic Novel ‘Cheshire Crossing’ The fantasy mashup tells the story of Dorothy from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Alice of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Peter Pan’s Wendy, who meet in boarding school for troubled young ladies. They each believe they’ve traveled to a fantastical world but no one else does. When their world-hopping sees Captain Hook and the Wicked Witch of the West team up to combine their magical villainy, the trio must band together to thwart them. The graphic novel began life as a piece of fan fiction that Weir wrote prior to finding best-selling and Hollywood success with Martian, his book that inspired the Ridley Scott-directed film adaptation starring Matt Damon. Sarah Andersen, best known for the webcomic Sarah’s Scribbles, illustrated the book, which Penguin Random House published in July.

Oz in the News 11.15.19

‘Return To Oz’ Is The Most Fascinatingly Imperfect Film Available On Disney+ Influenced by dark fare like Night of the Hunter and Roald Dahl’s “The Wish,” Return to Oz exists in a post-apocalyptic hellscape where “Wheelers,” monsters with wheels that squeak like Dorothy’s gurneys, threaten to chop little girls in pieces. Take note of the sound design of the film. It is, after all, Murch’s metier. Dorothy’s old friends have been turned to stone or sad, hoarder’s knick-knacks decorating an evil Nome King’s (Williamson again as claymation) parlor. Her only allies are wound-down clockwork soldier, a spindly, pumpkin-headed thing, and a reluctantly-reanimated moosehead that worries it’s not “well-made.” The effects work by a splinter group of former Jim Henson Creature Shop players is exquisitely, indescribably, deliciously wrong. But the moment Return to Oz really sings is a sequence where Dorothy falls through a psychedelic void while a very rich monarch complains about wanting more. “But you have so much,” Dorothy says. “That’s not the point,” he says, and so our late capitalist dystopia is formulated like a patient etherized on a table.

Oz in the News 11.14.19

Finally, a Mad Men–Style Show About Judy Garland’s Hollywood There’s a new TV show in the works about Stevie Phillips, the high-powered female manager and agent for Judy Garland. Phillips also managed numerous other stars, including Garland’s daughter Liza Minnelli, Bob Fosse, Robert Redford, Henry Fonda, David Bowie, and more. Yes, this does seem like something that would spawn forth from the Murphyverse, but somehow, it has not. Deadline reports that Stevie is an adaptation of Phillips’s 2015 memoir Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me. The book is described as a dishy examination of one woman’s journey from being a Mad Men–era secretary in Manhattan to managing some of the biggest stars of the day, as well as a look at Garland’s tumultuous career. Stevie will also include time spent with Sue Mengers, the legendary agent and a close friend of Phillips. (She’s the “Sue” in the memoir title.) A brief New York Times review of the book characterized it as an unsparing, if cruel, look at some of the legendary figures in Phillips’s life, namely Garland. Phillips writes bluntly about Garland’s issues, including allegations that the star self-harmed.

Oz in the News 11.12.19

Learn How THE WIZARD OF OZ is Being Restored Behind the Scenes at Warner Bros. The Wizard of Oz has been restored a number of times but this is the very first 4K HDR edition of the 1939 classic! In honor of the release of this rendition of the film, Collider was invited to Motion Picture Imaging at Warner Bros. to get a behind-the-scenes look at the facility and exactly what it takes to bring The Wizard of Oz to screen with an expanded color platelet and contrast range.

Oz in the News 11.9.19

Wizard Of Oz Festival In 2020 Less Than 2 Hours From Kalamazoo The Wizard of Oz is possibly the greatest and most iconic movie of all-time. But the book by Frank L. Baum is what inspired it all. The town of Chesterton, Indiana will be hosting Wizard of Oz Days, May 22nd & 23rd in 2020 and is a must go for any true fan of the book/movie. The drive is only 1 hour and 45 minutes from Kalamazoo, and promises to be an event like none other at the Duneland Falls Banquet & Event Center, 1100 North Max Mochal Highway (SR 149) in Chesterton, IN.

Holland Oz brick campaign extended through end of 2019 Fans of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” still have the chance to purchase a brick that will be placed at the Holland sculpture portrayal of characters from the literary classic. Personalized engraved bricks can be bought for $100 for placement on the yellow brick road in Centennial Park in front of the seasonal Oz book sculpture made of plants. Bricks can also be purchased for $200 that will be installed in the yellow brick road outside of the Herrick District Library near an Oz sculpture of the donor’s choosing. The brick campaign is in collaboration with the city of Holland and will run through Dec. 31.

Head inside the Warner Bros. Archive and meet the guardians of ‘Oz’ MPI colorist Janet Wilson is responsible for the dazzling 4K Ultra HD version that is now available to own and she is no stranger to the land of Oz. For the last 20 years, she has overseen every remaster and is confident that this latest version is far and away the best The Wizard of Oz has ever looked. Working from an 8K 16bit scan of the original negative, she goes through the movie shot by shot, tweaking the look of every frame. In front of her work station are two regular television monitors with, on either side, a pair of additional displays that are designed to offer incredibly precise color.