Category Archives: Oz Film, TV & Radio

Oz in the News 8.9.20

Pink Floyd Engineer Explains Strange ‘Dark Side Of The Rainbow’ Coincidence  Alan Parsons — yes, that Alan Parsons — explained why in a recent conversation with Professor of Rock’s Adam Reader. Parsons was involved in nearly every aspect of the recording of Dark Side of the Moon — he even recruited “Great Gig in the Sky” vocalist Clare Torry. He says they were too busy experimenting with the recording to worry about synching the 43-minute album to a 101-minute film from three decades before. “…[I]t has absolutely no foundation whatsoever,” Parsons said of the legend. “It was a fabrication by someone who had much too much time on their hands.” But the most critical piece of evidence that Pink Floyd did not intentionally connect its most successful album to Wizard of Oz is that they would have had no way to do it even if they wanted to, Parsons added. “We didn’t have VCRs back then; how could we have done it?” he wondered. VCRs didn’t become commercially available until the mid-’70s; Wizard of Oz didn’t come out on VHS until 1989. Talk of the ‘Dark Side of the Rainbow’ synchronicity only started gaining popularity in the mid-’90s.

At Louis Vuitton, Old Hollywood Psychedelica In a 63-page manifesto for the collection made available to press, Abloh said his primary source of inspiration was The Wizard of Oz, and its all-Black counterpart, The Wiz. The fields of flowers and psychedelic proclivities enter the fold via brightly colored suiting, surreally designed sunglasses, and top hats that the Mad Hatter would kill for.

Oz in the News 7.25.20

Alabama native had role of a lifetime as a Munchkin in ‘Wizard of Oz’ Margaret Williams Pellegrini gained fame in one of the most-watched films in cinema history, yet you may not recognize this Alabama native’s name. Born Margaret Williams in Tuscumbia on September 3, 1923, she played two roles in the same film when she was only 15 years old, portraying a “sleepy head” Munchkin and a “flower pot” Munchkin in 1939′s “The Wizard of Oz.” Margaret is quoted in a biographical summary as saying she didn’t know she was a little person when she was first approached to be in show business because she thought she might continue to grow.

Oz in the News 7.9.20

‘Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo’: The Beatles and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ kept the actor sane in prison Legendary actor Danny Trejo, also known by his popular nickname Machete, has lived a very interesting life. He’s been a criminal and a celebrity and everything in between and that story comes out in the new documentary ‘Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo’. In the documentary film, Trejo speaks about his time in prison in great detail. One story that he tells us is about the time he was placed in solitary confinement and started re-enacting the 1939 movie ‘The Wizard of Oz’. “You just keep from going crazy by making yourself crazy,” Trejo explains. “I was in the hole and I was running around the cell and I would act out ‘The Wizard of Oz’. ‘Give me those shoes Dorothy’, the whole crazy movie, just to keep my brain going.” Trejo’s daughter, Danielle Trejo, also chimes in adding, “You have to cope in whatever way you can. For him, it was ‘The Wizard of Oz’.”

Eve Lindley on How ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Explains the Wild ‘Dispatches from Elsewhere’ Finale The Wizard of Oz is a huge inspiration, I think, for the overall story. When I learned that, I actually wore braids to my very first callback with Jason, because when I read the script, I was like, “Oh, four people going on a journey. It’s The Wizard of Oz. Got it.” I grew up loving The Wizard of Oz. I have images of it in my apartment that I’m looking at right now. And I think, for me, the ending is just like, we’re going to Kansas. We’re shifting into the real world. We’re dropping the Technicolor over-the-top nature of [the show]. It’s sort of classic TV to be a little over the top, like women wearing far-too-elegant outfits to go out for dinner — in real life, everyone’s in flats, everyone’s sort of a little more practical. So things like that, little things where we became a practical and real world and the acting changes and there’s hopefully something a little more subtle about the way that we’re interacting with each other. I really feel like I played two characters in that Wizard of Oz way, where you’re the Tin Man and the farmhand.

Oz in the News 7.2.20

“A PUMPKIN, IF YOU PLEASE.” WE ‘RETURN TO OZ’ 35 YEARS LATER The story, in its theatrical version, was meant as a warning against loving or relying too much on technology. Even at the end of the film, as Dorothy is discovered on a river bank, her family reveals that her doctor died in a fire while trying to “save his machines.” There are also multiple struggles with the Gump in keeping his parts together and his own self-reported satisfaction with remaining a head on a wall, rather than an assembly of parts one could find in their garage. Return to Oz is dark and eerie; the mood is a marked shift from the sunshine and rainbows of its Judy Garland-starring predecessor. Questions of mental health, the public’s fear of electroshock therapy, squeaking wheels of the henchmen, and a villain who can swap heads (heads, it should be noted, that are all autonomous and can interact with people who admire them), and music scored by David Shire (Apocalypse Now, Zodiac, Short Circuit), all make for a moody, cryptic take on the stories. One that appears closer to Baum’s vision than previous iterations.

Oz in the News 7.1.20

Die Hard named most re-watched film ever alongside Wizard of Oz and Dirty Dancing According to the research, the average Brit has watched Die Hard, The Wizard of Oz and Dirty Dancing 12 times in their lifetime. Since lockdown, that number’s surely gone up.

The 20 Most Re-watched Movies Of All Time
Die Hard – 12 times
Dirty Dancing – 12 times
The Wizard of Oz – 12 times
Star Wars: A New Hope – 11 times
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – 11 times
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – 11 times
Mary Poppins – 11 times
The Sound of Music – 10 times
Back to the Future – 10 times
The Breakfast Club – 10 times
The Lion King – 10 times
The Incredibles – 10 times
Rocky – 10 times
Ghostbusters – 10 times
Monsters, Inc. – 10 times
Lethal Weapon – 9 times
Top Gun – 9 times
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – 9 times
The Godfather – 9 times
Jaws – 8 times

Oz in the News 6.19.20

Nadine Garner on seeing The Wizard Of Oz in 1976 Actor Nadine Garner remembers her first trip to The Forum Theatre in 1976, coming in from the far reaches of the eastern suburbs on the train … “in my patent best and only leather buckle shoes and woollen stockings.” Watching Judy Garland, the wicked witch of the west and all the other wonderful Wizard Of Oz characters made Nadine realise she was “part of something big, terrifying and ultimately timeless.” Nadine is one of Australia’s most loved actors, in the theatre and on screen … and is a regular on ABC Radio Melbourne.

Oz in the News 6.3.20

Her Father, The Cowardly Lion: Bert Lahr’s Daughter Shares Her Memories of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Star “His gravesite is supposed to have perpetual care,” Jane says in an exclusive interview. “Well, I don’t know what they mean by perpetual care, but as we got there we saw there wasn’t a lot of it being done. But on his stone, a child had left a toy lion, and that speaks to me of Dad. We fixed up the gravesite, I planted a plant and we moved the little toy lion right up front and left everything in good shape. But that’s when I really think of Dad; the thought of that child leaving that lion. I can see a mother with a little boy, saying, ‘Oh, this is the lion in The Wizard of Oz’ and the toy is left in tribute. It’s so sweet.

Oz in the News 5.29.20

Doom Patrol’s Wizard of Oz-Themed Season 2 Poster Reveals Dorothy DC Universe on Thursday unveiled a Season 2 poster for Doom Patrol (seen in full below), and it is fittingly Wizard of Oz-themed seeing as a Dorothy — as in Niles Caulder aka The Chief’s daughter — is front and center. Premiering Thursday, June 25 on DC Universe (and simultaneously released to HBO Max), Season 2 of the live-action DC series has “the strangest group of heroes” — Cliff Steele aka Robotman (voiced/sometimes played by Brendan Fraser), Larry Trainor aka Negative Man (voiced/sometimes played by Matt Bomer), Rita Farr aka Elasti-Woman (April Bowlby), Jane aka Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), and Victor Stone aka Cyborg (Joivan Wade) — back to once again save the world. If, that is, they can find a way to grow up… both figuratively and literally.

Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival to be ‘a virtual experience’ June 12-13 As Dorothy Gale discovers when she leaves Kansas and sets off to find the Wizard of Oz, extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. So it is this year, when the seventh annual Michigan Wizard of Oz Festival goes virtual, in light of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order. The order was recently extended through June 12 and the festival is set for June 12-13. The Ionia Downtown Development Authority, which hosts the event, is following the governor’s guidelines “as directed,” and that’s the reason the festival will transition from an in-person event to “a virtual experience,” according to Ionia DDA Director Linda Curtis. There will still be plenty to do and see online, starting with celebrity guests telling stories from their recently published books on Facebook Live. Festival favorite Mary Ellen St. Aubin, whose late husband Parnell St. Aubin was one of the original Munchkin soldiers in the 1939 MGM classic “The Wizard of Oz,” may even make an appearance. “I spoke with Mary Ellen today. We hope to have a video from her home,” Curtis said. “That will be absolutely priceless. She is turning 100 this year.” Official characters and friends of the festival also will make guest appearances on Facebook Live — and possibly elsewhere.

Oz in the News 5.19.20

Mosaic Pays Tribute to ‘Wizard of Oz’ Author at His Chicago Home There’s no place like home — especially the home of L. Frank Baum, the author behind “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” who wrote the series while living in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. The current owner of that home, affordable housing company Bickerdike Redevelopment, decided to commission an art installation from the Chicago Public Art Group to honor Baum. “We wanted to do some kind of depiction that really represented the intersectionality between the concept of ‘there’s no place like home’ and the need for affordable housing in our city,” said CEO Joy Aruguete. Now, you can follow the iconic yellow brick road to Humboldt Boulevard and Wabansia Avenue, where you’ll find Toto taking a stroll down the brightly lit road that leads to a tile mosaic created by artist Hector Duarte, who has been creating artwork all over the city for the last 50 years. With the help of two other artists, he finished the project in about three months.

At the movies: ‘Ben Hur’ and ‘Wizard of Oz’ as Japan reopens The chariots of 1959 epic “Ben Hur” and the yellow brick road of 1939 fantasy “The Wizard of Oz” are back on the big screen in Japan as cinemas begin reopening from the coronavirus crisis with a slate heavy on Hollywood classics. Asked about the selection of films on show, a Toho official simply said: “We’re playing films that are popular.”

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – In a well-yard! St.Petersburg’s benchmark is not only spacious palaces for former noble people but also for the tiny well-yards of the apartments-for-rent for poor ones. Having been a capital for 300 years, St. Petersburg had the most expensive land in the country. Thus, 19th-century owners tried to maximize their wealth by building rental houses very close to each other without any greenery or parks, and that’s how the famous well-yards appeared and still exist in some city center districts. Nowadays, locals try to make these yards cozier and try to decorate them with paintings or even sculptures. One of my favorite well-yards is at Pravdy street 2-8 which is devoted to the American fairytale “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” which is also very popular in Russia. Start from the yard at bld.8 and try to find all the characters: The Good Witch of the North on the wall of the house, sculptures of Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion in one yard. Follow the yellow brick road at bld.4 to see the Winged Monkeys at the vizor over the entrance in the other yard (on the photo), the Wicked Witch of the East and the Wizard Oz himself (only during spring-autumn period as he is made as a flowerbed). In the middle of the kids playground, you can find Glinda the Good Witch of the South and make your wish!

Oz in the News 5.18.20

Art Matters Now — 12 Writers on 20 Years of Art: Greg Youmans on the Pathbreaking Trans Media Art of 2008 Tara Mateik is an artist with a digressive practice: one idea or interest leads to another and then another until a chain has formed of interconnected performances and videos. The project he proposed for Creative Capital was “Men with Missing Parts,” a series of performances and music videos in which he lip-synched pop songs in the guise of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. For this work, The Wizard of Oz was a way in: a means of talking about transgender identity and issues in a non-threatening and humorous manner, and through a cultural reference point with which everyone was familiar.