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 »

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 »

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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 »

Bruce Campbell doesn’t appear in all of Sam Raimi‘s films, but in the years since their work on the Evil Dead movies, the actor’s become a familiar — if small — presence in many of them. So we were a bit disappointed last month to hear that Campbell wouldn’t be making a cameo in Raimi’s next picture, Oz: The Great and Powerful, despite earlier reports that he’d been slated to appear. But now it seems Campbell’s back in after all, and what’s more, that he’s already shot his “pivotal” (not really) part. More details after the jump.

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Sam Raimi doesn’t have Bruce Campbell to kick around anymore. Not in Oz: The Great and Powerful, at least.

Raimi made an early career out of kicking Campbell’s ass on a regular basis through the Evil Dead films, and the actor has cameoed in many of Raimi’s features that followed. He was set for a cameo in Oz: The Great and Powerful, which stars James Franco as the man who becomes the Wizard of Oz, and Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams as three sister witches with whom he becomes entangled when he finds himself in their land of Oz. But that cameo is no longer happening. Read More »

The worst thing about Disney not allowing any cameras or phones into their big movie panel at last weekend’s D23 Expo is, instead of seeing gorgeous images from The Muppets, The Avengers, John Carter, Oz The Great And Powerful, Wreck-It Ralph and Brave, you get three film-bloggers on a rooftop.

In an effort to let everyone know what exactly was show at the D23 Expo, and what we all though of it, Germain Lussier and Peter Sciretta joined Alex Billington of FirstShowing to discuss the brand new footage from all of the above movies. The conversation, which took place on the roof of the Anaheim Convention Center with Disney’s California Adventure as a back drop, was long but we’ve got it broken down by time so you can pick and choose what you want to watch. Check it out after the break. Read More »

In recent years, Comic-Con has been criticized for becoming too Hollywood as all the major studios would come down to San Diego and woo fans with their upcoming projects. This year, Disney — which owns both Marvel and Pixardidn’t have a big presence there. Most surmised that was because Disney has its own version of Comic-Con, The D23 Expo, a few weeks later. That was confirmed a few weeks ago and now we have details on specifically which movies Disney will have on hand at D23, which takes place in Anaheim, CA from August 19-21. And if you thought Comic-Con was being invaded by movies, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Confirmed films to have a presence at D23 are as follows: The Muppets, John Carter, Brave, The Avengers,  Frankenweenie, Oz: The Great and Powerful, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Wreck-It Ralph, and Monsters University. Attendees will also get to see the new, 3D version of The Lion King. Read more after the jump. Read More »