Category Archives: Oz Film, TV & Radio

Oz in the News 2.11.17


Emerald City Season 1 Episode 7 Review: “They Came First” Emerald City packed a lot into one episode this week. In “They Came First,” we got a witch hunt, a bit of romance, and a few betrayals. I think this episode was solid, and it looks like next week will be even more exciting with a huge battle sequence, and I expect it to be amazing. The graphics are not the worst, and for just season one of Emerald City, there is a lot to prove. Will you turn in next week to see who wins?

Oz in the News 2.9.17


Wizart Trailers Melnitsa’s ‘Fantastic Journey to Oz’ Just ahead of its presentation at the European Film Market in Berlin, Russian animation studio Melnitsa and distribution partner Wizart have released a brand new trailer for Fantastic Journey to Oz — an animated feature based on the children’s stories written by Alexander Volkov and set in L. Frank Baum’s magical world. Inspired by the 1963 book Urfin Joos and His Wooden Soldiers, Fantastic Journey to Oz unfolds as the cunning and wicked Urfin plots to rule Magic Land, capturing the Emerald City with his army of wooden soldiers and renaming it “Urfinville.” But his devious plans can’t last, as Dorothy returns to Magic Land just in time to help the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the now-brave Lion save their home by uncovering Urfin’s true identity.

“For a full-length animated feature film, it is highly important to create a simple family story to strike a chord with audiences all over the world. In this field, innovative technologies just help us to meet creative challenges and make the film more exciting and spectacular for the audience. The movie tells us about simple morality and values close to everyone,” said Konstantin Bronzit, an Academy Award nominee (We Can’t Live Without Cosmos) and Fantastic Journey to Oz creative producer.







Oz in the News 2.8.17


Tulsa Ballet presents the premiere of ‘Dorothy and the Prince of Oz’ The production, budgeted at $1 million, features a set design and puppetry by MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Basil Twist, costumes by noted designer Mark Zappone, and a score arranged by internationally known composer Oliver Peter Graber that combines music of Alexander Glazunov’s “The Seasons” with Graber’s composition. It also tells an original story inspired by the world created by L. Frank Baum in the 14 books he wrote that began with “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” which Liang and Graber crafted from elements of the final book in the series, “Glinda of Oz.” The plot of “Glinda of Oz” centers around a war between two factions in a far-off region of the Land of Oz, and how Dorothy Gale, the heroine of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and most of the other books in the series, is tasked with resolving the conflict. The only problem, said Angelini, “is that the book is all about the war. There is no love story, and without love there is no ballet. So Edwaard and Oliver brought in what I think is a compelling love story that makes a real impact.”

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Jersey City for the ‘Wizard of Oz’ The Yellow Brick Road leads to Jersey City on Sunday when Puppetworks brings “The Wizard of Oz” to Merseles Studios for a months-long run. “The Wizard of Oz has always fascinated me, even as a kid,” said Olga Levina, artistic director of Jersey City Theater Center. “I read many of the Oz books growing up, and even saw theater productions, before I even saw the famous movie. Dorothy goes on a quest to find the Wizard and she discovers the value of her friendship with the cowardly Lion, Straw Man and Tin Man and they all learn to rely on their own inner strengths. This is children’s theater that teaches kindness, telling a story through exploration and self-growth, where important life lessons are realized.” Special “Marionette” effects include a tornado that transports the story’s heroine from her home over the rainbow to Oz, a monkey that flies and a melting witch, and a hot air balloon ride.

Feminism, decapitation, and talking jigsaw puzzles: the wonderfully weird world of Oz creator L Frank Baum This week Emerald City, a stylised retelling of The Wizard of Oz, arrives on British TV. In the US its disturbing imagery – cruxifixitions, hands covered in jewel-like boils, a Wicked Witch of the West who “vomits” spells – has already led to the show being called the most insane version of Oz yet. But how could Emerald City possibly be stranger than Wizard of Oz author L Frank Baum (1856-1919) and the even stranger world he created in his much-loved children’s books? Let us count the ways…

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

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 1.28.17

EMERALD CITY -- "Everybody Lies" Episode 105 -- Pictured: (l-r) Stefanie Martini as Lady Ev, Vincent D'onofrio as Wizard -- (Photo by: David Lukacs/NBC)

EMERALD CITY — “Everybody Lies” Episode 105 — Pictured: (l-r) Stefanie Martini as Lady Ev, Vincent D’onofrio as Wizard — (Photo by: David Lukacs/NBC)

‘Emerald City’ throws a respectful nod to Pink Floyd & ‘Dark Side of the Rainbow’ For decades people have been obsessing over what is collectively known as “The Dark Side of the Rainbow.” In Friday night’s episode, “Everybody Lies,” Dorothy (Adria Arjona) walks into the the wizard’s castle, and hears Pink Floyd’s music playing. But this isn’t just a wink to the knowledgeable fan, or a nod to the dubious environment — it also demonstrates the great and powerful ruler’s link to the mortal realm. “There are many nods to other pop culture Oz-ian things in the show outside the 1939 movie musical,” Cassidy says. ” We couldn’t get ‘Oh Wee Oh Wee Oh,’ but we paid an insane amount of money for Pink Floyd. And I just think that’s awesome.”

Please Stop Remaking The Wizard Of Oz The Wizard of Oz is like a Rorschach test. Everyone sees in it what they want and then, if they’re writers, they go ahead and write the story. Which is how we’ve got Wicked, a dark and gritty reexamination of the Wicked Witch’s origin story. And Oz the Great and Powerful, a dark and gritty reexamination of the Wicked Witch’s origin story. And Once Upon a Time, a television show which had a plot where they did a dark and gritty reimagining of the Wicked Witch’s origin story. There was also 2007’s Tin Man, which was a science fiction take on The Wizard of Oz that really was all about just renaming things. Oz became the O.Z. — the outer zone. Dorothy Gale became D.G.; Toto became Tutor, a shapeshifting magic teacher; a “tin man” became the name for police officers. And so on. And now we’re stuck with Emerald City which, to its credit, is at least doing more with the rest of Oz lore than most of these adaptations. But like Tin Man, it has created a plot that is extremely hard to keep track of.

Judy Garland’s Body Moved from New York to Hollywood Judy Garland is no longer in New York … confused? Garland, who died in 1969, has been ensconced in a mausoleum in Hartsdale, New York ever since. We’ve learned the remains of the ‘Wizard of Oz’ star was removed from the cemetery last Thursday and placed in the cargo hold of an American Airlines flight Tuesday night from JFK to LAX. We’re told the body will be interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery at the behest of Judy’s daughter, Liza Minnelli. It’s unclear why Liza ordered the move nearly a half-century after her mom’s death. Hollywood Forever has a slew of celebs who call it home, including Cecil B. DeMille, 2 of the Ramones, Bugsy Siegel, Rudy Valentino, Fay Wray, and Jayne Mansfield. Also buried there … Mickey Rooney, with whom Judy did several movies.


Oz in the News 1.25.17


Krewe of Apollo melds Wizard of Oz and Elton John into a charming ball Combining a timeless story with classic songs by a renowned rock star for a ball? For the Krewe of Apollo, a mash-up of “The Wizard of Oz” with Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” album (along with a few of his other songs) was a charming way to theme the group’s 88th annual ball on Jan. 7 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. After the 50-year Queen was presented — Miss Henrietta Creevy Clay, who reigned in 1967 members of the krewe entered with shouts and cheers, heralding the appearance of the King (his identity is not revealed) whose costume was Wizard of Oz-meets-’70s Elton John (the heyday of his on-stage costumes) and his pages, Masters Robert Edward Milling and Robert Wade Van Horn, who costumed as members of the Lollipop Guild.

Oz in the News 1.22.17

EMERALD CITY -- "Science and Magic" Episode 104 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rebeka Rea as Sylvie, Adria Arjona as Dorothy -- (Photo by: David Lukacs/NBC)

EMERALD CITY — “Science and Magic” Episode 104 — Pictured: (l-r) Rebeka Rea as Sylvie, Adria Arjona as Dorothy — (Photo by: David Lukacs/NBC)

Shaun Cassidy on the ‘romance’ of episode 4 of Emerald City The title of this episode is “Science and Magic” and though the war between the two is a central theme in our series, I felt it had special resonance in this story because it also applies to everyone’s head and heart. Many of our characters are falling for each other here, and by the end, it’s hard not to get swept away by the romance of it all. So surrender, Dorothy. Keep your head, but share your heart, and know that Jack, and both Roans, will appreciate it.