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 »

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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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After checking out the new Spider-Man film I went back to Sam Raimi‘s take on the character, and the enjoyment I got out of Raimi’s Spider-Man once more also upped my interest in his new film Oz: The Great and Powerful. We’ve seen very little from the movie so far — just one not-so-good shot of James Franco as the title character, and a pretty poster that doesn’t show much at all.

Now ET has run a quick set visit video that features an interview with Franco and some explanation of the prequel to The Wizard of Oz, in which Franco’s character finds himself in Oz and has to contend with three witches, played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams.

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‘Oz The Great And Powerful’ Teaser Poster

As it’s July 4, there won’t be a ton of updates on /Film today. There will be a few here and there, and a major one is the first teaser poster for Oz the Great and the Powerful. Sam Raimi‘s 2013 Wizard of Oz prequel stars James Franco as a circus magician who winds up in the magical world of yellow brick roads and munchkins only to find himself in the middle of a battle for the world between three witches played by Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams.

We’ll know much more about the film after next week’s San Diego Comic-Con but for now, check out Disney’s first teaser poster for the film. Read More »

It’s a pretty lousy scan, but the image below is your first look at James Franco as the title character in Sam Raimi‘s The Wizard of Oz prequel Oz: The Great and Powerful.

Surprisingly (or not) he looks a lot like James Franco, only with a hot air balloon behind him. That balloon, of course, is the method of travel in which the future fake wizard is blown off course, leading him to a wonderful land in which he encounters three witches. We should see a trailer soon, and with this image out in the wild we can guess that Disney will release some better quality images right quick. But for now, hit the jump to see Franco’s wizard-to-be. Read More »

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Comic Con kicks off in San Diego on July 11, and with the show only a month away we haven’t had too much concrete news about what will appear, and what is likely to miss the show. We know that The Dark Knight Rises won’t be there, as Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan have avoided SDCC in the past, and the film opens just after the event, anyway.

But what will be there? Quite a few studios aren’t bothering with the big Hall H panels that have been a cornerstone of the film presence in the past: Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Relativity Media, DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation reportedly won’t do Hall H panels, and Universal remains undecided on that front.

But Disney and Marvel will be in Hall H, and Warner Bros. has plans to show up with non-Nolan footage. More info is below. Read More »

Tell me if this makes sense to you. On March 8, 2013 Disney will release Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful, which is a prequel to the classic The Wizard of Oz. What better way to drive sales of the DVD release of the original film, right?

But Warner Bros. is playing its own game. The studio is making early plans for the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, which is in 2014. Part of that plan is putting home video releases of the film on moratorium starting on May 1 this year. So when Oz: The Great and Powerful arrives, there will be no The Wizard of Oz discs on shelves for people to buy. Read More »

One would imagine Sam Raimi is planning on being incredibly respectful to the original Wizard of Oz with his 2013 3D prequel, Oz The Great and Powerful. There’s just no way the filmmaker would even think to tackle such a mythos unless he could pay homage to the classic film in new and interesting ways. One of those ways has just been revealed thanks to one of the film’s young stars. Joey King, who also stars in The Dark Knight Rises, revealed in an interview that the film begins, and presumably ends, in black and white just like the original. Read her quote and more after the jump. Read More »

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