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Oz the Great and Powerful

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

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

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Questions! Questions That Need Answering

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

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. It doesn’t end well for him.

(via: MTV Movies Blog)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Mulan Meets the Doctor

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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A Lesson in Humility

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

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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Cautiously Optimistic

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

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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Cautiously Optimistic

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

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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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: President Lincoln Riding A Velociraptor

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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All this has happened before...

Watch The First Trailer For Oz: The Great And Powerful

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)

Things We Saw Today

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

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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Cautiously Optimistic

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

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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