Category Archives: Oz in Pop Culture

Oz in the News 3.16.18

Oohs and Oz: No places like home for this exhibit The magical musings of “The Wizard of Oz” and its 1978 counterpart, “The Wiz,” have eased on down to the Waynesboro Public Library in the form of a local memorabilia collection. Ramona Gordon, whose collection is featured in the exhibit, and WPL librarian Rebecca Lamb created an exhibit of costumes, tickets, posters, books, toys and more. “I could not believe some of the materials that Ramona pulled out of boxes for the display,” Lamb said. “Some of ‘The Wiz’ items are so rare they are not included in the official guide to Oz collectibles.” “I thought it would be fun to show ‘The Wiz.’ There aren’t as many Wiz collections,” Gordon said. “I just hope people will enjoy it.” The collection will be up at the library through the end of March at the Waynesboro Public Library, 600 S. Wayne Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 22980.


Oz in the News 3.10.18

The Dark Side of the Rainbow It’s unknown who first came up with the idea of playing the two works simultaneously, but it was first brought to the public’s attention by Charles Savage, who penned an article for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on Aug. 1, 1995. In it, he noted that if you start the band’s CD as the MGM lion roars for the first time onscreen, the songs and the video sync up in eerie ways during several places. The piece was called “The Dark Side of the Rainbow,” which has since become the common name given to the mashup. Over the years, Savage’s story spread and, two years later, MTV gave it a national audience in a featured news segment. The album’s engineer, Alan Parsons, was asked at the time if all this was intentional. He denied it. “There simply wasn’t mechanics to do it,” he said. “We had no means of playing videotapes in the room at all. I don’t think VHS had come along by ’72, had it?” Parsons is correct. Even though recording television programs via videotape was introduced in 1956, they were originally designed for professional use, and didn’t become available for home users until the mid-’70s. Floyd drummer Nick Mason, however, had a droller denial. “It’s absolute nonsense,” he said. “It has nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz. It was all based on The Sound of Music.”

Oz in the News 2.28.18

Jurassic Park, Mary Poppins and The Wizard Of Oz prove that films CAN be better than books, new survey reveals BRITS prefer a night out at the movies to watch their favourite books being played out on the big screen, rather than reading the book itself. The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins and Jurassic Park are among the book-to-movie adaptations Brits prefer in film-form, a study has found.  Classic tales were the favourite of a poll of 2,000 adults. It found that after reading the book and seeing the story unfold on the big screen, many were won over by the movie version of classic tales.  The research was done by Vue cinemas to celebrate World Book Day (Thursday 1st March 2018) and identify the greatest movies which have made masterpieces of memorable story tales. A spokesperson for Vue said: “Some of the greatest films ever made have their roots in literature and there are plenty of high-profile book-to-film adaptations like Ready Player One hitting the big screen soon.

Oz in the News 2.23.18

Imagineear creates multimedia guide for Louis Vuitton Legendary Trunks exhibition Legendary Trunks – The Exhibition includes exquisitely-crafted luggage created by Louis Vuitton for Hollywood icons Judy Garland and Lily Pons. It was created by Dutch theme attraction company Jora Vision. Appropriately enough, it is a travelling exhibition. Following its highly-acclaimed debut in Amsterdam, the exhibition now moves to Gothenburg. Over 300 pieces are showcased, all belonging to a private Swedish collector, with some dating back as far as 1850. Collectively, they provide a snapshot of the style and glamour of the golden age of travel. Stories associated with the trunks are woven through the interactive, immersive attraction, and reveal secrets of celebrity ownership, powerful personalities, exotic travel, elegance and adventure. Legendary Trunks – The Experience now moves to Galleri Fredstan in Gothenburg, Sweden and opens from March 16th to August 19th 2018.

We’re not in Kansas anymore: ‘The Good Place’ takes the yellow brick road to philosophical salvation “Best Self” is probably the episode that most spells it out, with nods like the aforementioned hot-air balloon, a reference to “Dr. Oz,” Jason ending his meandering story about one of his experiences in life by saying “it was all a dream,” and Michael echoing a famous Oz theme by saying the “Good Place was in the Bad Place all along.” Vulture also picked up several other subtler Oz homages. But it was the moment I saw the hot-air balloon in the first scene of “Best Self” that made me suddenly realize all the characters perfectly. But why all the Wizard of Oz references? And to what end? While an undergraduate at New York University, I took a class called “Individuals and Society,” a kind of introduction to Philosophy and Political Science rolled into one. My professor, James Colaiaco, posited an interesting interpretation to The Wizard of Oz, where the Yellow Brick Road represented the 8-Fold Path of Buddhism. He likened the Oz characters discovering they possessed that which they sought the whole time to the teachings of the Buddha.

Oz in the News 2.21.18

Black Panther Beats Wizard of Oz as Rotten Tomatoes’ Best Movie Ever Black Panther has passed The Wizard of Oz to become Rotten Tomatoes top movie of all time. The aggregated review site keeps a list of the top 100 movies, based on the number of reviews a movie receives and how positive those scores are. The wave of overwhelming positivity has helped push Marvel’s latest to the very top, above some of the most classic movies ever made, including The Wizard of Oz, which has held the number one spot on the list for quite some time. But there’s a new king in town and his name is T’Challa. Rotten Tomatoes’ top 100 movies of all time list takes into account every movie on their site with at least 40 different reviews counted. They then use what they call their “Adjusted Score” to determine the ranking. Their Adjusted Score is said to account for the variation in the number of reviews per movie and uses it as a weighted formula to determine the ranking. Whatever the case may be, their formula has placed Black Panther above the likes of The Wizard of OzCitizen Kane and The Third ManThe Wizard of Oz has a better Tomatometer score, with 99 percent. The movie has 110 reviews counted and just a single one of them is negative. Black Panther may have the lower score, sitting at 97 percent, but with 310 reviews counted, that helped it rank higher on Rotten Tomatoes’ list.

Oz in the News 2.17.18

Run, Dorothy, Run! Launching for PSVR Next Week Virtro Entertainment has announced today that their upcoming “rhythm runner” for the PSVR, Run, Dorothy, Run!, will be releasing for PlayStation VR on February 20, 2018. For those that might not have caught on, the game does star Dorothy and takes place in the fantasy world of The Wizard of Oz, in which you play as Dorothy, the girl from Kansas who ends up in Oz. Billed as a “rhythm runner,” is set around you having to run around and pick up the Wizard’s things, as the Wicked Witch of the West has stolen them. To help you along on your quest throughout the game, the Wizard has granted you magical shoes which allow her to always run, and the game features an electro-swing beat that should keep you wanting to move as often as possible.

St. William’s Lenten series follows ‘Wizard of Oz’ theme A three-day Lenten Mission series at St. William Parish will look at the characters and aspects in the “Wizard of Oz” to show how the story relates spiritual journeys from Lent through Easter. The Rev. Michael D. Balash, pastor, said the Lenten Mission “Finding Hope: Reflections from the Wizard of Oz” will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27. It will be offered by Friar Johnpaul Cafier of the Holy Evangelists Franciscan Friary in Chicago. Balash said the friar and his family are also the largest curators of Wizard of Oz memorabilia in the United States, with more than 25,000 items. The events are open to the public. For information, call 330-847-8677 or visit

Oz in the News 2.16.18

‘Judy’: Finn Wittrock, Jessie Buckley Join Garland Biopic Led By Renée Zellweger American Horror Story’s Finn Wittrock has been set to play Mickey Deans, the fifth husband of Judy Garland, in Judy, the true story of the singer and actress’ final concerts in London. Also joining the cast s Beast‘s Jessie Buckley as Rosalyn Wilder, the production assistant who looked after Garland during those performances. Renee Zellweger is playing the legendary singer/actress. From Pathe and Calamity Films, Judy will be helmed by British stage director and Tony nominee Rupert Goold. The film is based on a script written by Tom Edge (The Crown) and will be produced by BAFTA winner David Livingstone (Pride) for Calamity. Pathé will distribute Judy in the UK, France and Switzerland and is handling sales throughout the rest of the world. It will screen footage for buyers in Cannes after shooting March-May. Set in winter 1968, the story takes place 30 years after Garland played the iconic role of Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz. When she arrives in Swinging London to prepare for a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town, she battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans. Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Deans. And yet Garland is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood and gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. The film will feature some of Garland’s best-known songs, celebrating her voice, capacity for love and the pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer.” Zellweger notably showed off her pipes in 2002 musical Chicago, for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.

‘Cabaret’ costume among vast Liza Minnelli collection for auction Liza Minnelli’s signature “Cabaret” bowler hat, boots and halter top vest is going up for auction in a sale of more than 1,000 lots belonging to the singer, her mother Judy Garland and movie director father Vincente Minnelli. California auction house Profiles in History announced on Wednesday that the “Love, Liza” auction in May, the first from Minnelli’s vast personal collection, would also include her 1971 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow as well as her hand-annotated shooting script for “Cabaret.” The Judy Garland memorabilia includes an MGM studio paycheck that was issued when she was 13, before she appeared in her first film, along with a green tramp clown tailcoat she wore for a 1956 photograph by Richard Avedon.