Monthly Archives: April 2020

Oz in the News 4.24.20

For families during isolation: shadow puppet shows in Jane Martineau’s NL home window The sky, which had been bright through the day, was settling into dusk, and the air softly echoed with the sound of birds making their last chirps before dark. On Sherman Street in New London, the big bay window of Jane Martineau’s house lit up around 7:30 p.m. The overture of “The Wizard of Oz” began to swell from a wireless speaker on the front porch, featuring orchestral versions of familiar compositions like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and the Wicked Witch of the West’s iconic theme. The title “The Wizard of Oz” appeared in the window, followed by gloriously detailed shadow images that wordlessly told the tale of Dorothy and her journey to Oz. The cyclone whirled Dorothy to Oz, she met her trio of friends there, they traveled the yellow brick road, and it was all perfectly timed to the music. The show lasted almost six minutes, and it drew neighbors out of their houses, standing the prescribed six feet apart for social distancing. A family in a car parked across the street from Martineau’s house watched the production unfold.

Oz in the News 4.18.20

Fiverr Designers Remake Classic Movie Posters for the Modern Age “Something I always go back to, personally, was how the Great Oz ended up being a con artist,” designer Tamajoshi explains in commentary accompanying the piece. “The ‘reward’ he presents them with is metaphorical, and Dorothy’s compassion is actually what helps them reach their true potential. My inspiration comes from me wanting to re-imagine the movie as a dark fantasy, and to have Dorothy look more powerful than she was originally portrayed. I mainly used the video game series Dark Souls as a style/concept reference. I am a huge fan of the Dark Souls franchise and wanted to pay homage to that as well.”

Antiques Roadshow Appraisal: W. W. Denslow-signed “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” Francis Wahlgren appraises a W. W. Denslow-inscribed copy of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” during McNay Art Museum, Hour 1.

The man behind the curtain: Lecturer reads from his 15,000-comic-book collection on Facebook Live With times uncertain and the community in need of joy, an Indiana University Kelley School of Business lecturer found a new use for his 15,000-count comic book collection. In March, Indiana University business presentations lecturer Trent Deckard started reading portions of the “Wizard of Oz” comic every two nights on his Facebook Live feed. Deckard was given a 2009 copy of “The Wizard of Oz” from Bloomington’s Vintage Phoenix Comics, which he normally visits about once every two to three weeks. He decided to read “Oz” live because it’s the best story for both kids and adults to enjoy.


Oz in the News 4.14.20

Crown Point residents deck yards with spring, Easter cheer Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and more of the Oz crew followed the yellow brick road to the intersection of West and Goldborough streets in Crown Point. The display of characters was crafted by Tim Wolak, who started working on the realistic sculptures from “The Wizard of Oz” in the 1990s. Tim and his wife, Reneé, chose to showcase the cast in the front yard for Crown Point’s spring/Easter decorating contest. “We combined them all and made Easter in Oz,” Tim said, standing on the front porch with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” playing in the background. Tim said he has been sculpting his whole life, adding he got in trouble in the first grade for sculpting a mouse made of clay and leaving it on a classmate’s desk.

New “Wizard of Oz”-themed mural goes up in Downtown Topeka NOTO artist Jennifer Bohlander designed the mural, which you can find on the wall of the Capitol Federal Home Office’s parking garage at 7th and Quincy. The mural depicts the main cast of the classic ‘Wizard of Oz,’ and allows visitors to take part in the story. “Our city is filled with creative people of all ages,” Robin Wolgast, President of the Kansas Ballet Company’s Board of Directors, said. “There is a lot of talent here, and this mural is like a pop-up theater, inviting anyone to be a star.”

Oz in the News 4.9.20

Wicked the film adaptation still on track according to the composer Stephen Schwartz Originally scheduled for December 22, 2021, the release date for WICKED has been postponed due to the global pandemic of sars coronavirus. The composer Stephen Schwartz wants to be reassuring as to the slowdown expected in the production of the film adaptation of the famous Broadway musical, directed by the British filmmaker Stephen Daldry. “Significant progress has been made both at the level of the writing of the pre-production “, “he explains. “I can’t tell you more for the moment, but we are on the right track “. The studio has not yet announced the new release date forecast, but Stephen Schwartz is being optimistic. “I can’t predict the date at which the shooting will begin. But the project is still in progress “he continued.

Oz in the News 4.8.20

‘Oz’ expert on reading the book online during COVID-19 “The Wizard of Oz” has been an essential part of out, gay Philadelphia resident Ryan Bunch’s life for 35 years. Bunch, who grew up on a farm in Louisiana, was in third grade when he first saw the 1939 film starring Judy Garland on TV during its annual broadcast. He soon found L. Frank Baum’s books in his local library and became obsessed. He also discovered the International Wizard of Oz Club in 1985 and started going to regional conventions and eventually national ones. Bunch now serves as the vice president of the Oz Club. “I found the books enchanting; I liked to spend time in the make-believe world of Oz. I grew up on a farm, and I was always different and a misfit. I read and played piano. Reading and fantasy were an escape for me.The ‘Oz’ books are very American in their topography — cornfields, wide-open spaces, scarecrow images — and they seemed real to me rather than a European fairy tale, that something magical could happen in my everyday life. I think the utopian ideas resonate with the queer experience, too; the idea of escaping to a place where you can be different and find your community. Oz becomes a metaphor of that aspect of the queer experience.”

NEH Announces $22.2 Million for 224 Humanities Projects Nationwide Several grants awarded today support the development, production, and distribution of radio and television programs, documentary films, and podcasts that bring the humanities to public audiences. Among these are grants for a two-hour film on author L. Frank Baum and the legacy of his classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and for a documentary on the life of Rywka Lipszyc, a 14-year-old girl whose diary was discovered in the rubble of the Auschwitz crematorium in 1945.


Oz in the News 4.6.20

Spike Lee, Pedro Almodovar and other filmmakers to curate exhibits for Academy Museum After a long period of eight years, since the project was first announced, the Academy Museum will now be open to the public on December 14, reported Variety. The six-level museum will be located at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. Exhibits will tell the stories of the film industry from around the world and also present the arts and sciences that go into moviemaking. Many of the planned galleries will be focused on films like `Citizen Kane`, `The Wizard of Oz`, `The Matrix` and films by Hayao Miyazaki`s Studio Ghibli.

WarnerMedia, Firm Enter into Strategic Partnership “Following the new partnership, Carton Network and Boomerang will be bringing fresh content like the all-new I, Elvis Riboldi, Lamput and Kingdom Force to their channels, as well as more than 1 000 new episodes of the channels’ favourites like Teen Titans Go, DC Superhero Girls, Apple and Onion, Zig and Sharko and Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. TNT has an exciting line-up with great blockbusters such as The Illusionist, Crank, Robin Hood, Gladiator, The Island, Jurassic Park and King Kong.”

Oz in the News 4.3.20

A Nightmare in Oz In light of this strange social phenomenon we are enduring right now as COVID-19 moves through the populace, people have turned to entertainment as a viable means of escape. That indicates, now more than ever, a need to disappear into stories. So it is with this thought that “A Nightmare in Oz” has been released a week ahead of schedule, in both paperback and digital formats.

Rob Ickes shares Somewhere Over The Rainbow “Hope y’all are staying safe during this crazy time! I wanted to share this video of me doing Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I’ve been working on this arrangement for a little while, such a classic melody and such a great learning experience for me to see where it ‘fits’ on the Dobro. I hope you enjoy it!”

Leicester Curve launches campaign to find #RainbowsofHope drawings for Wizard of Oz set design  The theatre is launching a campaign inspired by the recent social media trend, #RainbowsofHope, which has seen children across the country stick drawings of rainbows in the windows of their homes during the coronavirus lockdown to display messages of happiness and unity. Curve is now asking people to share their creations with the theatre, and they could be used on stage as part of the artwork for The Wizard of Oz. “Working with our Curve Wizard of Oz set designer Colin Richmond, we’d like to use these children’s drawings of rainbows and Oz to help inspire the set design of our Made at Curve production. We imagine our Oz as a world sketched by a child, as seen through Dorothy and Toto’s imaginations. You might see your work on stage at Curve this Christmas and it will help inspire our design process,” the statement said.

Oz in the News 4.2.20

Wilkes-Barre becomes twisted Oz in rapper Doc Not’s ‘Stay Weird’ “What was unique about this collaboration is that, after deciding he wanted a video made for ‘Stay Weird,’ Doc came to me for direction, and though he had his ‘Wizard of Oz’-inspired vision for it, he was comfortable putting a lot of the responsibility into my hands as far as bringing the necessary resources together to make it happen. Knowing I was moving back to NEPA, not long after partnering with Camp Rattler for Darkenheavy, it seemed natural to team up with [Camp Rattler founder] James [Callahan] again for this project and to shoot it in our hometown of Wilkes-Barre.” Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square tends to be a natural epicenter for weirdness, though a lot of planning was important to make the transition to the Land of Oz happen.

Oz in the News 4.1.20

Steven Spielberg Launches American Film Institute’s New Daily AFI Movie Club With ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ On Tuesday, AFI unveiled the launch of AFI Movie Club, designed to be “a daily virtual gathering to leverage our collective love of film on behalf of optimism in this time of global uncertainty.” Steven Spielberg, an AFI Trustee and 1995 recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, introduced the first movie chosen — 1939’s immortal Oscar-winning classic The Wizard of Oz — with a video (see it below) in which he is standing in front of a stunning French poster of another classic, Doctor Zhivago. In the video, he explains the reason the debut film was chosen for the honor. “I know you think you’ve seen it, but please think again because right now at this moment in our history what better message is there then ‘There’s no place like home’? ”

Canto: The Wizard of Oz Meets Dante’s Inferno in This Epic Fantasy Tale Modern fairytales are a dime a dozen. They remix the elements people remember from classic fairytales of old, without often understanding what those tropes mean to the story and what impact they have on the reader. Many forget the strength of a fairytale is in the magic of storytelling, along with the very real sense of darkness and vulnerability they bring. Canto, Vol. 1: If I Only Had a Heart is a story that manages to capture the darkness of classic fairytales by at once telling a story that is original and familiar. The creative team very deliberately invoke two particular stories when crafting this one: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and The Inferno by Dante Aligheri.