Category Archives: Oz Film, TV & Radio

Oz in the News 3.22.17

Boomerang Launching ‘Dorothy & The Wizard Of Oz’ and ‘Wacky Races’ in June Turner International has revealed details of two new WB Animation original series — Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz and Wacky Races. In the U.S., they will exclusively be shown on the company’s recently announced subscription Streaming Video-On-Demand (SVOD) service. Internationally they will air on the company’s linear Boomerang kids channel starting in June. Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz is an uplifting comedic fantasy series based on the classic L. Frank Baum book series, and set soon after Dorothy and her friends have defeated the Wicked Witch of the West. Following the original story, Queen Ozma has appointed Dorothy the Princess of Emerald City and, practically born for the role, Dorothy tackles her royal duties with enthusiasm, bravery and farm girl feistiness.

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 3.16.17

Oz Park’s ‘Toto’ Sculpture Model Has Died, And Fans Are Leaving Flowers Dedicated in 2007, “Dorothy and Toto” was the last of four “Wizard of Oz” sculptures executed by Kearney for the park. Kearney was a silversmith and goldsmith who once made a set of cufflinks for Duke Ellington before he was inspired to start making sculptures out of car bumpers. He was commissioned by the Oz Park Advisory Council and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce to create the Tin Man sculpture now at the main northeast entrance to the park at Lincoln and Webster avenues in the ’90s. Going on to work in bronze, he executed sculptures of the Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion before finishing with “Dorothy and Toto.” “The love of my life, my little girl,” Jackie Kelly, of Provincetown, Mass., said Tuesday, after her dog, daVinci, died in her sleep Sunday night. “Little dog, big heart.”

Toto was stolen from the MGM Grand ‘Emerald City’ display and taken on tour The MGM was quite a bit different from today when it first opened, with a giant lion’s mouth above the entry way, and an Oz theme inside. All was well until the smallest member of the group was abducted. “I’m deeply saddened by the loss of Toto,” the MGM’s Bill Doak told News 3. “And we’ve alerted the authorities.” “All appeared lost until we got this fax here in the newsroom,” reported News 3’s Rick Fuentes in April of 1995. “A ransom note that says ‘Step aside, OJ. We’ve got Toto.’ It says, ‘Don’t bother clicking your heels.’ Now through some very scientific tests–and watching the movie a couple of times–we have determined that this photo is Toto.” Teasing pictures showed Toto in Canada. His abductors agreed to be interviewed, in subtle disguise. With News 3 acting as an intermediary, Toto was returned at night on a pedestrian bridge. The next day, the resort sent an emerald limo to pick up the dog. “Oh, you’re back,” said the MGM’s Michelle Tell accepting the return of purloined puppy. “It looks a little broken. I think that they were trying to send the foot back, just to show that they had Toto. But we’ll repair him, and he’ll be back at the Emerald City probably tomorrow. Everybody missed you. We’re so glad you’re home. Back at the MGM where you belong.”

What’s with all the ‘Wizard of Oz’ talk on ‘The Path’? There’s a moment in the episode, aptly titled “Oz,” that puts Eddie in front of a bus full of faceless passengers. The newest vision helps to paint Eddie’s internal struggle as he begins to ascend The Ladder once again. He’s well on his way to accepting his fate, taking the steps to become the true leader Meyerism deserves. The Ladder could easily be looked at as being a road to enlightenment — akin to an isolating version of the classic yellow brick road motif. It seems that Eddie is on the right path, finally. It’s only a matter of time before he reveals the truth to every Meyerist in the compound: Removing those green-colored glasses to see this Emerald City as it truly is.

Oz in the News 3.12.17

OVER THE CHASE-BOW Come Sing and Dance for Comic Relief blown away by smash Wizard of Oz performance by the chasers from The Chase VIEWERS of Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief were blown away when the stars of The Chase gave the performance of the night. Hyper intelligent general knowledge quiz masters Mark Labbett (aka The Beast), Anne Hegerty (otherwise known as The Governess), Shaun Wallace (aka The Dark Destroyer) and Jenny Ryan (code name The Vixen) went over the rainbow for a Wizard of Oz performance. Jenny kicked off their performance channelling her inner Judy Garland as she sang a note perfect rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow dressed as Dorothy Gale. She was joined Anne who dressed as the Scarecrow, while Mark got wild to dress up as the cowardly lion, and Shaun provided some shiny excellence as the Tin Man.

Oz in the News 3.4.17

iconsquareimage0011500London Theatre Workshop in Association with Julie Clare Productions Presents JUDY! Following a critically acclaimed debut season at Southwark Playhouse under its original title, Through The Mill, Ray Rackham’s biographical musical about the life of iconic movie star and chanteuse, Judy Garland, arrives in London’s West End this Summer. Leaving behind the usual portrayal of Garland’s life as one of pure heartbreak and self-destruction, Ray Rackham has created a poignant and ultimately uplifting story portraying the star as a survivor in a man’s world. He has cleverly created an overlapping story of three ages of Judy – Young Judy (an innocent girl filled with hope and excitement as she heads toward her life-changing performance in The Wizard of Oz), Palace Theatre Judy (a woman at the height of her performing powers in the midst of a passionate romance with Sidney Luft) and CBS Judy (an older and possibly wiser woman) – that demonstrates that no matter how hard we look for love in all the wrong places, the answer is ultimately inside ourselves.

SPOILERS What Is “The Beast Forever” On ‘Emerald City’? The Finale Introduced Oz’s Biggest Threat According to NBC, the character is credited as Roquat, and a quick perusal of Baum’s Oz lore will reveal that he isn’t an original creation for the TV show — in fact, while The Wicked Witch Of The West may be Baum’s most famous villain courtesy of Margaret Hamilton’s iconic performance, Roquat is Baum’s most significant and recurring villain throughout his many Oz books. This antagonist (variously known as Roquat the Red, Ruggedo of the Rocks, or simply the Nome King) is the leader of the Nomes, who are a race of immortal, cave-dwelling rock fairies who have a deep-seated hatred for anyone who lives aboveground. He frequently clashes with both Dorothy and Ozma throughout the novels, only being defeated when they manage to steal his magic belt — the artifact through which he derives his powers. In fact, Roquat is such a prevalent presence in the books that his ultimate reveal as the show’s big bad Beast Forever should come as little surprise to fans more intimate with Baum’s source material beyond the 1939 film adaptation.

Oz in the News 3.3.17

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‘Wizard of Oz’ Universe-Set Horror Movie in the Works at New Line New Line is in early development on a horror film set in the iconic world of L. Frank Baum’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” The studio, a division of Warner Bros., has bought an untitled pitch by screenwriter Mike Van Waes. The project isn’t set up with a producer yet. Van Waes sold his Black List script “Hammerspace” to Warner Bros. last year. The story focuses on a terminally-ill teenager looking for answers about his missing father who finds a key that unlocks an opening to an alternate animated dimension. Van Waes also set up a movie version of his project “Peeves” at Fox Animation last year, with Temple Hill producing. 

The House Theatre of Chicago Announces the Return of THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE WIZARD OF OZ A twister lands our teenage Dorothy and her house in Munchkinland. Right on top of a wicked witch. Her phone won’t work, her dog is scared, and she’s desperate to get home to what little family she has left. But the town’s residents are gleefully celebrating Dorothy’s powers as the fabled Witch Slayer. When Glinda and the munchkins can’t convince her to stick around and be their new hero, they send her off on the road of yellow brick wearing magical boots soaked in the red blood of the slain witch. A favor from the fabled all-powerful Wizard will be her only chance to get out of Oz.

See the trailer for Danielle Paige’s The End of Oz — and read an excerpt Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die series is finally coming to a close with The End of Ozout March 14. When last we saw her, Amy Gumm had finally defeated Dorothy, and she and the last remaining members of Revolutionary Order of the Wicked were gearing up to rebuild Oz. But they’re shocked to find out that one of their own has betrayed them — and they might not have had the successful victory over Dorothy they thought they did. EW is excited to reveal the trailer for The End of Oz, along with an exclusive sneak peek at the first two chapters.

Oz in the News 3.1.17

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‘Emerald City’ Season 1 Episode 10 Spoilers: Dorothy Fights to Save Oz in Explosive Season Finale The official trailer for the upcoming episode shows Dorothy embracing the full potentials of the ruby gauntlets she acquired when she indirectly caused East’s (Florence Kasumba) death. As to which side she truly is fighting to preserve remains unclear, although there is a scene where Glinda seems to be telling her that she has chosen the wrong side. The stakes are high and the lines of morality blurred in the season finale of the dark fantasy series “Emerald City” airing on Friday, March 3, at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.