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 »

Briefly: This isn’t exactly a surprise. Sam Raimi‘s most notorious film accomplice, Bruce Campbell, has announced that he has a role in Oz: The Great and Powerful. What’s he playing? We don’t know. All we’ve got is a tweet from the actor announcing, “I. Am. In. Oz. Sam Raimi refuses to tell me what character I will portray. Just know that the role is PIVOTAL.” The emphasis on that final word suggests to me that the role, like his appearances in the Spider-Man films, will be anything but. Regardless, it’s good to know he’s on board.

There are also rumors that Bruce Campbell will cameo towards the end of Fede Alvarez’s remake of The Evil Dead, which is about to go into production.

With the press release announcing the commencement of shooting on Sam Raimi‘s Oz the Great and Powerful, I’d hoped we might have some small casting additions. Maybe a role for Ted Raimi? Nothing new on that front, however. So we’ll make do with the knowledge that James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams lead the cast.

The release does have a few good tidbits of info, however, such as the fact that cinematographer Peter Deming (Evil Dead II, Drag Me to Hell, Lost Highway) is shooting. That’s great news; I’ve been a big fan of Mr. Deming’s work for many years, and thought he did a wonderful job on Drag Me to Hell.  Additionally, Howard Berger is “[creating] the looks of several of the unique denizens of Oz, including creatures such as the Whimsies, the Tinkers and the Winkies, as well as the ghastly look of the Wicked Witch of the West.”

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With an incredible cast and filmmaker all lined up for a March 2013 release, Oz The Great and Powerful is getting ready to go in front of the cameras. How do we know? Well, actress Abigail Spencer has just tweeted an image of a sign leading actors to the set and on that sign is your first look at the film’s logo. A small thing, to be sure, but when you’re talking Sam Raimi directing James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff in the prequel to one of the most revered films of all time, you’ve got to check it out. Check out the image after the jump. Read More »

The small news for Sam Raimi‘s new Wizard of Oz film Oz: The Great and Powerful is that Abigail Spencer has been cast as “a young woman who is a willing subject of Oz’s magic tricks which the erstwhile magician is performing in Kansas.” The magician being the character played by James Franco, whose balloon eventually is blown off course, landing him in Oz, where he becomes the Wizard we know from the classic film.

But there is a bigger Oz story in play today, as today a ruling in the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals gave Warner Bros. quite a few powers over the characters depicted in The Wizard of Oz. This court decision could have serious ramifications going forward for any studio that seeks to make a film that will capitalize in some measure on an existing film owned by another company. Read More »

Danny Elfman had a fairly high-profile falling-out with his Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 director Sam Raimi while trying to score Spider-Man 2 — a falling out that prompted the composer to declare that the two would never work together again.

Well, something happened, because now, in addition to scoring Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie, Mr. Elfman says he will be doing the score for Oz: The Great and Powerful, and likely scoring The Hunger Games, as well. Read More »

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