This March, Sam Raimi takes us off to meet the Wizard, who’ll become the wonderful Wizard of Oz. Oz the Great and Powerful opens March 8 and stars James Franco as a Kansas magician who is whisked off to the magical land of Oz and forced to help save it from a trio of feuding witches, played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams.

The new full length trailer has just been released and in it you’ll catch a glimpse at just how massive and bright Raimi’s movie is. Check it out below. Read More »

Briefly: Earlier today we ran the completed banner created to advertise Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful. Since the first footage of the film premiered this past summer at Comic Con, we’ve talked about the degree to which it looks like Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland, which was a monster hit for Disney. The similarity is due in part to a common factor: production designer Robert Stromberg, who is now directing Disney’s Maleficent.

But it is also due to another common factor: those at Disney who very evidently hope the film will replicate the billion-dollar success of Burton’s movie. If you had any doubt, just check the image below, which shows they’re not taking any chances with the marketing.

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The Oz: The Great and Powerful poster released last week was nothing short of a disaster, but thankfully it seems like that was the exception, not the rule. The stills revealed earlier this week were all quite pretty, and this new poster featuring the leads (James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz) isn’t looking so bad either.

This poster, combined with the two previous ones, combine to form a triptych that shows off the verdant magical landscape, the central characters, and the oddball creatures they encounter along the way. Hit the jump to get a look at both the new poster and the full banner in advance of the new trailer drop tomorrow.

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Your trip to Sam Raimi‘s Oz is just a few short months away. Oz The Great and Powerful, Raimi’s prequel to The Wizard of Oz, has long felt miles away. But after a crazy summer at the movies and a promising fall, the film’s March 2013 release has crept up on us. That means a whole new onslaught of marketing, which recently started with some new posters. Now eight new images have been released that show the epic scope of Raimi’s interpretation of Oz, and several of the film’s stars (James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz) in all their wonderful glory. Check them out after the jump along with a few new quotes from the star and director. Read More »

One of the most intirguing aspects of Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful has been its eye-popping aesthetic. Earlier posters and the trailer were filled with dazzling color and lush landscapes — which, okay, were more than a little reminiscent of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, thanks to the involvement of production designer Robert Stromberg. But the visuals weren’t really the big problem with that movie.

The latest poster retains the same fairy tale feel, but then cranks it up way, way too high. There’s a little bit of everything here, from flying monkeys to teapot houses and a fat, happy munchkin, but the slapdash way they’re thrown together makes the poster makes it look less like a professional piece of work than a slapdash collage assembled by a hyperactive kid emulating Lisa Frank. See it for yourself after the jump.

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Bad looks pretty good in Sam Raimi‘s Oz. The director’s new film is Oz: The Great and Powerful, which tells of a corrupt, salacious magician (James Franco) who escapes a predicament by balloon, and is swept away to the magical land of Oz. There he meets three witches, Glinda (Michelle Williams), Theodora (Mila Kunis), and Evanora (Rachel Weisz).

Disney is starting to show off the witches, with a planned release of three posters, one for each. Below you’ll find a sheet featuring one of the two wicked sisters, Theodora and Evanora, aka the Wicked Witches of the West and East. But is it Kunis or Weisz in the poster? We’ve seen images of both women in the film looking a lot more… normal… than the woman in the poster below. But the image really calls back to Margaret Hamilton’s classic film depiction of the Wicked Witch of the West. Take a look for yourself and determine who this is.  Read More »

Disney collectors lose their minds for Vinylmations: three inch tall molds of Mickey Mouse painted in all kinds of different ways. Some Vinylmations are simply just artistic designs, others are specific to certain places or brands, but they’re only sold in Disney parks and stores. That, along with some characters being rarer than others and entire lines being regularly retired, make for very collectible pieces of Disney merchandise.

Disney has just revealed the latest set of Vinylmations and it’s focused on their tiny animation studio in northern California: Pixar. Characters from all of Pixar’s movies have been adapted into the Vinylmation mold from A Bug’s Life, to Wall-E, Finding Nemo and Ratatouille. There’s even a set for 2013’s Monsters University, seen above, as well as Oz the Great and Powerful and The Lone Ranger. Check them all out after the jump. Read More »

When Disney debuted footage from Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful last weekend at Comic Con, there were more than a few comparisons to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, based in large part upon one factor common to both movies. That would be the work of production designer Robert Stromberg, who also filled that role on Avatar, and is now directing Angelina Jolie in Maleficent.

The trailer release might have helped make the connection clear, and Disney has now released a half dozen photos from the film that you can peruse. These are mostly stills from moments glimpsed in the trailer, but they’re a good way to pore over the designs that Stromberg created for Raimi’s Oz, and they might help us get a good idea of what Maleficent might look like, too. Read More »

On the first official day of San Diego Comic Con 2012, Walt Disney Pictures presented a panel which included footage from their upcoming video game animated feature Wreck It Ralph, Sam Raimi‘s Wizard of Oz prequel OZ: The Great and Powerful, and the first production teaser trailer for Gore Verbinski‘s Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp. After the presentation, I took to the outside of Hall H and recorded a video blog reaction alongside Russ, Angie and Germain. Watch it now embedded after the jump and find out what we thought.

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Hall H never has any shortage of cool reveals, and this year’s Disney panel definitely delivered on that front. Among the treats they had to offer was the very first trailer for Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful, a prequel to L. Frank Baum‘s Wizard of Oz. While it’s way too soon to judge the movie as a whole, I can say without hesitation that the footage so far looks utterly gorgeous.

The trailer showing was followed by a quick Q&A session featuring Raimi and two of his stars, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis. Watch the new promo and read some choice quotes after the jump.

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