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Oz in the News 3.17.17

Morpurgo pens Wizard of Oz retelling for HarperCollins Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz tells the story of L Frank Baum’s original tale through the eyes of Toto, Dorothy’s trusted canine companion. Morpurgo said: “The Wizard of Oz is a truly wonderful and magical tale, but I always felt that there was one character who had little part to play in the story. Dorothy we know and love, but her dog Toto does little more than accompany her on her adventures. We never know what he thinks of all that is going on – he just gets carried around a lot. Why not tell the story again, but through Toto’s eyes! Our hope is that through Toto, many thousands of children, and grown-up children too, will come to enjoy L Frank Baum’s wonderful Wizard of Oz again.” Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz will publish on 7th September 2017 in full-colour hardback, with simultaneous publication in the UK and US, as well as in e-book and audiobook formats. Publication will coincide with the opening of Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories, a free exhibition at the V & A Museum of Childhood which celebrates Morpurgo’s life and writing. The exhibition moves from Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books, where it is currently on display, and will open on 22nd July 2017 until 25th February 2018.

Oz like you’ve never seen it before Long overshadowed by the immensely popular 1939 remake, the rarely seen silent version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (1925) will be screened one time only on Sunday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m. at the Town Hall Theatre, 40 Main St., Wilton. The program, which will include an earlier short Oz film also based on stories and characters of author L. Frank Baum, will be accompanied by Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based silent film musician. Accompanist Jeff Rapsis specializes in creating music that bridges the gap between an older film and the expectations of today’s audiences. Using a digital synthesizer that recreates the texture of a full orchestra, he improvises scores in real time as a movie unfolds, so that the music for no two screenings is the same. “It’s kind of a high wire act, but it helps create an emotional energy that’s part of the silent film experience,” Rapsis said. “It’s easier to be in tune with the emotional line of the movie and the audience’s reaction when I’m able to follow what’s on screen, rather than be buried in sheet music,” he said. The silent version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (1925) and other Oz-related silent films will be shown on Sunday, March 26 at 4:30 p.m. at the Town Hall Theatre, 40 Main St., Wilton, N.H. Admission is free; a donation of $5 per person is suggested to help defray expenses. For more info, visit http://www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com or call (603) 654-3456. For more info on the music, visit http://www.jeffrapsis.com.

 

Oz in the News 3.7.17

Wizard of Oz Collection in Grand Island, Nebraska Diane miller grew up in St. Edward, Nebraska and like many of us, she was a little spooked by some of the characters in the Wizard of Oz. She remembers crawling up in her dad’s lap when she was frightened. But, even though the movie was a little scary for young Diane, there was just something about it that she grew to love. Diane has gathered about as many different varieties of this famous foursomes as one could possibly imagine. From Play-Doh dolls to potato heads, the Kewpie dolls to pewter figurines. This long-time elementary school teacher says she has always appreciated what the movie stands for. Two thousand items later, Diane has assembled an incredible collection of wizard of oz memorabilia. From lunch boxes to puzzles to snow globes to glowing Emerald cities.

Sale 609: The Gary Dollar Collection of the Wizard of Oz Nearly 500 lots of captivating children’s books, rare illustrated works, original art, finely bound books and handsome sets, fine press books, miniature books, and more. The auction is headlined by The Gary Dollar Collection of the Wizard of Oz, gathered by Mr. Dollar over several decades, and featuring the major Oz works by L. Frank Baum and his successors, plus non-Oz works by Oz authors and illustrators, original artwork, and more, with many rarities.

Oz in the News 2.2.17

elements-of-ozElements of Oz: Producing Live Video and Interactive Theater “One of the initial inspirations for the app was creating an analog for the escapist nature of “Oz” in the devices we carry with us to escape reality on a daily basis. We also were interested in what the contemporary equivalent of Technicolor would be — and that’s where we think AR fit. The app has two basic modes — one for outside the show, and one for during the performance. If the user isn’t at the show, it provides some information about the show and has some basic AR effects — a storm (to precede the cyclone) and a few simple target-based augmentations that can be used with images from the original book’s illustrations. Once the audience comes to the show, we switch the phones into what we called “active” mode, which allowed us to trigger events based on the action on stage. The phones were connected to a single cueing server on the network, which allowed us to synchronize the behavior for the entire audience. At various times, we’d play video (like our “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” YouTube chorus) and audio clips or send text and images. In several key scenes, we would trigger augmented reality scenes, layering over the view of the stage with CG elements, like a tornado, blossoming poppies, flying monkeys, etc. It allowed us to create visual elements all around the viewer, too, not just between the viewer and the performers.”

The wizard of Emerald City “I was filming Magnificent 7 and I heard that Tarsem was doing Emerald City and was going to direct all ten episodes. So I asked right away: “Is The Wizard cast?”  They said “no” and so I immediately called my agent. ‘Get Tarsem on the phone. I want to play to The Wizard. If he’ll let me, I want to play it.’”

Musical wizard Todrick Hall heads to Oz Broadway star and newly minted RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Todrick Hall is heading to Australia with his Straight Outta Oz tour this June. Don’t miss this incredible talent at The Astor Theatre on Thursday 1st June. Tickets on sale from Tuesday 7th February at wearenice.com.au

Lions And Tigers And Bears? Meh. These 5 Scenes From ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ Are Still Creepy The Wizard of Oz has been a personal film favorite since I first saw it at the age of four. It is absolutely timeless, one hell of a production, and it still blows my mind to think that this movie came out in 1939. It’s the weird and #scary scenes that always intrigued me the most, along with the fantastic set pieces, storytelling, singing and dancing. But there are five #WizardofOz scenes in particular that are most memorable because of the oddness and fear they induced.

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 12.31.16

5659bbcb2d2e8a22Late Night in the Emerald City honoring Marcia Conwill With the glorious spectacle of Carnival, New Orleanians are often hard to impress, as our ability to throw a party is renowned. Now one more can be added to the list of the city’s legendary parties: Late Night in the Emerald City honoring Marcia Conwill. A creative statement was initially set with the invitation designed by Scriptura: a tornado of party information in gold foil set upon a Kansas farm scene, and a yellow house, floating separately in the emerald green envelope, which had a liner illustrating the Emerald City. The yellow house was the reply card, and on the other side was the information highlighted by a pair of red shoes. However, it wasn’t until party guests got to the Sugar Mill on the evening of Dec. 23 that they saw the vision: a modern re-telling of the Wizard in Oz in New Orleans. Upon arrival, guests began the evening in “Kansas” surrounded by cornstalks (and served champagne), but what truly astounded guests was the re-creation of the Conwill home. It wasn’t just the facade: when guests walked in, they realized the living room and library of the house had been recreated using the Conwills actual furnishings and art — original interior designer Sam Blount was flown in from New York make sure the rooms were exact, down to the last throw pillow. (Possibly giving a new meaning to Dorothy’s quote: “There’s no place like home.”) It wasn’t until moving towards the back door that guests saw a giant pair of red shoes positioned to look like the house had fallen on them.

Tarsem Singh is the wizard behind NBC’s ‘Emerald City,’ a modern take on ‘Wizard of Oz’ Tarsem saw the 1939 film just three years ago and says that he enjoyed the experience and described it “like a Hindi movie, incredibly kitschy and wonderful.” But his true inspiration came from the darker world of Baum’s source material and the “Emerald City” scripts (which originated with former show runner Josh Friedman). Tarsem confided to Cassidy that he’s often sent “crappy” scripts, because some believe he can make them look pretty. This wasn’t the case with “Emerald City.” Cassidy said the director loved the scripts and the characters, but wanted to take the visuals in a different direction. Tarsem’s lack of television experience did make for some awkward —  albeit humorous — exchanges. “Halfway through the thing he came to David and I on the set and said, ‘I just learned this new word, show runner, what is the show runner?’ David and I looked at each other and then I said, ‘I think that’s us.’

Oz in the News 12.20.16

ozrun1OZ 5K Run – CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) The Oz Run is a unique, fun and challenging 5K Run/Walk and Half Marathon. Organizer Tess Morgan joined Tyler Mickelson to talk about the event. She says they offer an experience like no other that people of all fitness levels will enjoy!  Fans of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” will enjoy the Oz inspired decorations and beautiful scenery in Irvine Park. Emerald City awaits triumphant finishers; they’ll celebrate with music, food and drink. Munchkin Land for the kids has a petting zoo, face painting, and games. Awards will be given for the fastest runners and winners of the Oz themed costume contest!