Category Archives: Oz Film, TV & Radio

Oz in the News 10.15.17

With Dorothy & Alice, Netflix Is Making Crossover Fanfics Into Movies “Haunted by nightmares of Oz’s impending destruction,” the summary reads, “Dorothy Gale finds herself in a home for others like her with troubling, vivid dreams. While she is there, she meets a mysterious girl, Alice – who involves her in a perilous quest to not only save the worlds of imagination — those which we come to realize are real and not just dreams — but the world as we know it.” The script was written, fittingly, by an English teacher from Santa Monica named Justin Merz. He previously worked on Disney’s live-action movie about Snow White’s sister, Rose Red, so he’s no stranger to adaptations of old stories. According to Deadline, multiple studios were bidding on the project, including “a number of producers who were after it for its franchise potential.”


Oz in the News 10.2.17

Son of Wicked Witch of the West actor, Dorothy from ‘The Wiz Live!’ among celebrities to appear at Wamego’s OztoberFest Since Wamego’s signature event OztoberFest began 13 years ago, organizers have continuously worked to keep its offerings current. “The actors who played the munchkins used to come to the festival, and the festival was very large back then, but since then the munchkins have all passed away except for one, so the festival started dying a little bit,” said Kimberley Shepherd, Oz Museum gift shop operations manager and one of the event organizers. “So we had to start bringing in newer generations of Oz dignitaries.” This year, Oz celebrities include Gabriel Gale, who conceptualized and co-wrote the new book trilogy “Ages of Oz”; Shanice Williams, who played Dorothy in NBC’s TV production of “The Wiz Live!”; and Hamilton Meserve, the event’s keynote speaker, with his illustrated presentation “OZ, The Witch, and Mom.”

Oz in the News 9.6.17

Wizard of Ass! When Dorothy was swept off to Oz with a DONKEY in the 1910 silent movie, as footage reveals differences with the Judy Garland version of 1939 Fans of the Wizard of Oz may have become accustomed to seeing Dorothy with her trusty sidekick Toto at her side, but the original had two donkeys cast. Footage showing a century-old version of the iconic film has reemerged this week, giving a glimpse into the original stage play which made the heart-warming tale world famous. The film, which dates back to 1910, shows the classic tale played out over various scenes, from protagonist Dorothy being carried away by a cyclone to the Wizard of Oz taking off in his hot air balloon at the end of the film. But the strangest difference is the two asses that follow the main character around throughout the movie.

Judy Garland’s ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’ Out in 2018 on Jasmine Records Based on studio, radio and live recordings made between 1939 and 1961, the anthology, featuring songs composed by many of the great songwriters of the Great American Songbook, captures Garland’s voice in youth, as a young lady, and as the mature artist. At 78 minutes 35 seconds, the single-CD 24-track set, which will include a live “Why Was I Born?” (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) that was recorded in 1946 and is new to CD, has been produced, compiled and annotated by the award-winning Garland historian Lawrence Schulman, who has been responsible for numerous CD sets devoted to Garland over the past 24 years, and has also written about her extensively for the ARSC Journal and other publications.

Oz in the News 8.26.17

We’re Over The Rainbow For This Heartwarming ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Redux A group of Los Angeles-based seniors recently paid tribute to “The Wizard of Oz” to honor the 78th anniversary of the film’s release Aug. 25, and it’s safe to say we’ll never see the 1939 classic the same way again. This take on “Oz” stars a cast of performers, or “Scene-iors,” from Tuesdays With Matthew, a Los Angeles-based volunteer program for senior citizens. As seen in the video below, Sonia, 91, slipped into Dorothy’s ruby slippers, while 94-year-old Florence showcased her dramatic chops as Glinda the Good Witch. 

Where You’ve Heard That Creepy Song In Death Note Before Interestingly, the lyrics come from a seriously unexpected source: 1939’s The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her newfound Oz friends sing the song, titled “Optimistic Voices,” as they march down the Yellow Brick Road on their way to Emerald City. The entire scene is quite different from anything in Death Note, since it’s literally supposed to be optimistic. Here, the entire world is ahead of Dorothy, the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), and the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) as they’re surrounded by technicolor magic. In Death Note, the tune is a dark lullaby for a clearly tortured man. Since the original Death Note has no apparent official connection to The Wizard Of Oz, there has to be some reason the movie’s team chose “Optimistic Voices” as the song that continuously pops up throughout the project. It’s possible Light can be seen as a dark version of Oz’s The Wizard (Frank Morgan) through the young man’s creation of Kira, a persona people the world over begin believing is an omniscient god. While the aging, balding Wizard hides behind the towering, powerful image of himself, Light similarly hides behind Kira.

Oz in the News 8.14.17

Allison Mack on Getting Lost in Oz and if She’ll Ever Return to Smallville “Well, it’s a new take on the adventures of Oz, and it’s something a whole new generation can relate to. The animation itself is so fun and curious and creative. There are tons of new characters involved in this new world of Oz. We never really explored Oz as a city. Here there’s a community and problem within the community. We see a drought and the government, and all these different elements that exist with in Oz that was created for the show specifically that really flesh out what it’s like to live in Oz and the culture of Oz in a way that we didn’t necessarily see in the original film version.”

Oz in the News 8.6.17

Review: “Lost in Oz” Season 1 – Great Way to Get Lost The series can be easily followed by those who are completely unfamiliar with Oz, with a lot of the references coming off as pre-series historical context in the same way as the offhand references to the Clone Wars in the first Star Wars movie. Those more familiar with the L. Frank Baum books or the classic Judy Garland movie will be nicely thrown by the way Lost in Oz keeps throwing curveballs at your expectations. This is a very, very different Oz that crafts a lot of magical equivalents to more modern technology ranging from cars to computers and mobile phones. Some characters get revamped, like the Cowardly Lion turning into Reigh, a teenaged conspiracy theorist who links up with Dorothy and her friends to solve the riddle of the magical drought. Other characters are left almost entirely unchanged from their more familiar incarnations, such as Glinda the Good and the Scarecrow (the latter of whom suffers from memory loss to parallel his quest for a brain in the original story, but which unfortunately makes him feel a little too derivative of Dory in the Finding Nemo movies).

Oz in the News 8.5.17

Lizzy Greene Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Secrets From ‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn’s Wizard of Oz Episode “I always have [been a fan]. It used to be one of my favorite movies, growing up as a kid. I loved it because it was very colorful. And I’ve always kind of looked for the yellow brick road in real life! I thought it was real. I’ve always loved the movie. I love Toto! And the fact that we got to recreate it was so fun and I really can’t wait for everyone to see. We’ve worked so hard on this — the crew worked overtime and we worked every single day on this project. We did probably about 50 rehearsals of the whole dance number, with the “I’m Dorothy” dance number. They took it very seriously, everything had to be perfect, the movements and everything. So the finished product truly did come out amazing and I’m so excited!”