Monthly Archives: August 2021

Oz in the News 8.29.21

‘Wizard of Oz’ Netflix Remake ‘Rainbow’: What We Know So Far Expanding its library of Spanish content, Netflix has teamed with Mediaset España’s Telecinco Cinema (Pan’s Labyrinth, Adú) to produce Rainbow, a modern-day take on the iconic story The Wizard of Oz with a young Spanish version of Dorothy at the forefront. Extremely prominent and acclaimed Spanish actor, writer, producer and director Paco Leon is directing the movie which has already has started production. Leon’s directing credits include Arde, Madrid and Kiki, Love to Love. Netflix’s Rainbow will be a modern-day reimagination of the classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Lyman Frank Baum that was originally published in 1900 and has since been reimagined and adapted so many times one cannot even count. The film will track the journey of a modern-day Dorothy teenage girl who embarks on a journey of her own. The film will heavily feature important aspects of contemporary culture such as dance, fashion, plastic arts and above all, music.

Oz in the News 8.18.21

Oconomowoc ‘Wizard of Oz’ mural; work of father-daughter artists A “Wizard of Oz” mural has come to Oconomowoc. “The mural is 70 feet long by 30 feet tall,” said Joseph Boysa. It might not be a yellow brick road, but there is no place like home for the mural. The artwork can be found at Oz Plaza in downtown Oconomowoc. The painters behind the design are a father-daughter duo – Joseph and Lauren Boysa. “This building is about 100 years old. So, there was a lot of prep work involved – and so that’s sort of the role I played. Getting mural ready for my daughter to paint,” Joseph said. Lauren is only 18 years old. The project has allowed Lauren and her father to spend time together before she heads off to college in the fall. “It was definitely very nice and precious to spend these last few months with my dad and working,” Lauren said. Oconomowoc was one of the first places to show “The Wizard of Oz” when it came out in 1939. Oz Plaza is dedicated to the film. Lauren said the mural is one of the biggest projects she has ever done – and she wants visitors to take note of the details. “When you step back from it, it’s hard to see all of the little details within it,” Lauren said. “But there are a bunch of Easter eggs and little town pride things, and the raccoons. And actually one of the city pillars is our classic Oconomowoc tower.” “It was so worth it all – the hard work, sweat, and tears,” Lauren said. “I think we both grew a lot as people — but also artists through the whole process.” There will be a formal dedication and ribbon-cutting for the mural at Oz Plaza at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20.

Oz in the News 8.17.21

MAD MAX Meets THE WIZARD OF OZ IN “THE O.Z.,” Now Returning To KICKSTARTER “We are incredibly thrilled for The O.Z. to make its long-awaited return to Kickstarter,” said series writer David Pepose. “Thanks to the overwhelming support of more than 1,200 backers in our last campaign, we’re excited to pull the curtain back and lead our Yellow Brick Road Warriors through even more of our dangerous and sweeping fantasy world. If you’re a fan of L. Frank Baum’s iconic Wizard of Oz mythology, you’ll love our action-packed twist with The O.Z.”

Oz in the News 8.10.21

Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine share “Back to Oz” & “Fictional California” from new LP Back to Oz” and “Fictional California” are each based on a film, in this case two poorly received sequels: 1985’s Wizard of Oz sequel Return to Oz, and 2004’s direct-to-video Bring It On Again. Both are delicate, folky tracks, and you can stream both below. UPDATE: There’s also an animated video for “Back to Oz,” which you can watch below.

About “Back to Oz,” Angelo says,”“This was a song that I had written mostly at home in California. We finished its lyrics after watching Return to Oz. The words reference an erosion of a central character’s internal reality. A loss of innocence is the impetus for a journey to find inner truth. In the film, Dorothy returns to the world of Oz to find its landscape in ruins and its citizens frozen in stone. Only she can find the ruby slippers and return peace to Oz. Only we can save ourselves, but we first have to remember who we truly are.”

“Angelo is mostly known for his intimate home recordings; his music is quiet and confessional,” Sufjan adds. “So for ‘Back To Oz’ we decided to go for something flashier. The song has a fun guitar groove, so we gave it some bass and drums, and Angelo even recorded his first electric guitar solo. It’s a sad song—being mostly about disillusionment—but it has a great party vibe too.”

Oz in the News 8.6.21

Netflix Starts Production on Paco León’s Modern-Day ‘Wizard of Oz’ Inspired Feature ‘Rainbow’ Netflix in Spain has kicked off production on “Rainbow,” a new feature film from celebrated film and TV multi-hyphenate Paco León (“The House of Flowers,” “Kiki, Love to Love”). Inspired by “The Wizard of Oz,” the film will heavily feature important aspects of contemporary culture such as dance, fashion, plastic arts and above all, music. Netflix has teamed with Mediaset España’s Telecinco Cinema (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Adú”), the powerful feature film production arm of Spanish broadcaster Telecinco, to produce the new film, which his currently shooting in Madrid. The film will track the journey of a modern-day Dorothy teenage girl who embarks on a journey of her own. According to León, he is “dead scared and hugely excited to see how this film, written during quarantine, comes out as I believe it is a step forward in my career as a director.”