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Oz the Great and Powerful

  1. Oz the Great and Powerful Only Comes Out Today, But Disney Already Has a Sequel Planned. Because Of Course They Do.

    thanks but no thanks

    I don't know why I'm even surprised by this.

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  2. Watch James Franco Get Utterly Schooled Trying to Out-Geek Stephen Colbert On Tolkien [VIDEO]

    Questions! Questions That Need Answering

    James Franco was on The Colbert Report last night to promote Oz the Great and Powerful. And the Oz portion of his interview is fine. But if you skip to 5:19 you can see the good stuff: Franco tried to tried to trip up Colbert—who is the biggest Tolkien geek Peter Jackson has ever met, if you'll remember—with a question about The Silmarillion. The result is hilarious. James Franco, you sweet summer child. One does not simply challenge Stephen Colbert on his Tolkien knowledge. (via: MTV Movies Blog) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  3. Things We Saw Today: Mulan Meets the Doctor

    Things We Saw Today

    By Karen Hallion (Khallion on Etsy, where prints of this should be available soon). Now is a good time to get this Doctor Who/"I'll Make a Man Out of You" mashup stuck in everyone's heads. You're welcome. (Chocolate & Cream Cake)

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  4. Robert Downey Jr. Might Have Starred In Oz the Great and Powerful Until He Was Mean to a Plant

    A Lesson in Humility

    Once upon a time, in a land far away, director Sam Raimi decided he wanted Tony Sta—sorry, Robert Downey Jr. (easy mistake to make) to play the lead in Oz the Great and Powerful. It didn't work out, of course. Negotiations fell apart and the role eventually went to James Franco. But why? There's a very scandalous reason. Wait for it… Wait for it…

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  5. Warner Bros. Putting Together A TV Series Where The Wizard of Oz Meets Game of Thrones

    Cautiously Optimistic

    Warner Bros. are working on a new television show that could be pretty great if done well. It's The Wizard of Oz meets Game of Thrones and it's called Red Brick Road. Uh oh, sound ominous. 

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  6. Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful Gets a Full Trailer

    Cautiously Optimistic

    Oz the Great and Powerful just rubs me the wrong way, and I doubt it has anything to do with the intentions of the people behind it. There's a part of me that, despite how hard I try to just judge the concept on its own merits, is put off by this re-folding of Oz story. Dorothy defeats a formidable female foe at the behest of a benevolent, if somewhat cryptic (seriously, Glinda, we couldn't just explain the shoes at the get go and let her choose?) female figure of power. It's not like Wicked isn't already a hit broadway production, so I'm a little leery of a movie that plucks the only male character of power (and let's remember that it was a power based on illusion and deceit, however well-meaning) from the story of The Wizard of Oz movie and reforms the setting to be about a bunch of powerful women begging him to solve their problem and telling him he's a fabled hero. That said, I don't expect anyone to agree with me, trailers are not the full measure of plot, the movie still has a bunch of great actresses in it, it looks like it'll be a delight to the eyes at the very least, and I'm stupidly happy to see the porcelain people from the book get their due in a movie adaptation. What do you guys think?

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  7. Things We Saw Today: President Lincoln Riding A Velociraptor

    Things We Saw Today

    Sequel to Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter? No, awesome photo series from Andrew Becraft. See which other "great leaders" he sat atop "terrible lizards" on The Brothers Brick. (via io9) 

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  8. Watch The First Trailer For Oz: The Great And Powerful

    All this has happened before...

    A lot of new footage is being premiered at Comic-Con this weekend in San Diego. Some of it will be delivered to the masses post-con, some won't, and plenty will even though it's not supposed to. But what we have here is the first look from Disney at director Sam Raimi's dive into the world of L. Frank Baum, Oz: The Great and Powerful. The film stars James Franco as Oz himself, Mila Kunis as Theodora, Rachel Weisz as Evanora, and Michelle Williams as Glinda. You won't see the Scarecrow, Tin Man, or Cowardly Lion in this film apparently but you will see Raimi's pal Bruce Campbell (just not in this trailer) and the 1973 Oldsmobile. Oh and, don't adjust your monitors. (via Blastr)

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  9. Things We Saw Today: Two Guys, A Marriage, & A Comic Shop

    Things We Saw Today

    Congratulations are in order for Ohio couple Scott Everhart and Jason Welker who tied the knot yesterday at Midtown Comics in New York City. The two had their first date at a comic-related event so it only made sense to get married in front of a wall of comics. All Astonishing X-Men #51 to be exact. (via The Advocate) 

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  10. Sam Raimi Producing a New Poltergeist Movie, But Not Directing [Sad Face]

    Cautiously Optimistic

    Ahhh, le sigh. Another horror remake. But, what's this you say? It's Poltergeist? And Sam Raimi is attached? Well, I guess if it has to be a remake, then a Poltergeist remake with Sam Raimi isn't all that bad. Except he's not directing, only producing. Oh. Hmmm. Okay, I'll bite. Let's find out more about this Sam Raimi-produced Poltergeist remake.

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  11. Warner Bros. Trying to Trademark Everything About The Wizard of Oz — But the Original Work Is Public Domain

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    So, back in 1939, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer made a little movie called The Wizard of Oz, based on an 1899 novel by L. Frank Baum called The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Fast forward to 2012, when the story has been retold and adapted in a variety of ways, usually referring back to the novel. Why? Because it's in the public domain, meaning, there is no issue of copyright or trademark. However, now that Disney has filed to trademark Oz, the Great and Powerful ahead of the 2013 release of its movie of the same name, Warner Bros. is clearing its throat, trying to remind everyone (as if we'd forget) that it owns the rights to The Wizard of Oz, and it filed for its own trademark of "The Great and Powerful Oz." And now, they're going after everything Oz-related, claiming that no one could have gotten their Oz-related ideas from anything but the movie -- not even the novel that Warner Bros. based its own movie on.

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  12. A Hanukkah Miracle: Bruce Campbell Is Back in Oz: The Great and Powerful!

    And All Was Right With the World

    If you were disappointed last month to hear that dashing man-about-town/cult favorite Bruce Campbell was cut from Sam Raimi's upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful, we have some very excellent news to share with you! Apparently, the scene that was cut is back in, and now we will see yet another "pivotal" Campbell cameo in a Sam Raimi movie. It's better than Christmas, because Hanukkah is already here! A Hanukkah miracle, indeed!

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  13. Bruce Campbell Announces That He’s in Sam Raimi’s Oz!

    If a tree falls in the wood and no one is there to Tweet about it, does it make a sound? Just a thought. Apparently, official casting news really does happen on Twitter, because that is where cult horror icon -- and Sam Raimi confidante -- Bruce Campbell announced that he will be in Raimi's upcoming Oz, the Great and Powerful. And I just realized, I will follow Bruce Campbell anywhere, including to Oz.

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  14. Sam Raimi to Direct 3D ‘Wizard of Oz’ Prequel, Robert Downey, Jr. May Star

    Though he had previously said otherwise, Sam Raimi has accepted the offer to helm Disney's Oz, the Great and Powerful, the planned prequel to the original Wizard of Oz tale. Previously, directorial names like Adam Shankman, Timur Bekmambetov, and even Guillermo del Toro had been thrown around. This will be Raimi's first official directorial project since exiting Spider-Man 4.

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