In October 2011, I got to visit the wonderful world of Oz and watch director Sam Raimi direct his preboot (prequel/reboot) of the classic L. Frank Baum book series. I learned much on the set of Oz: The Great and Powerful. Most fascinating to me was some of the things Disney had to do satisfy legal concerns over possibly violating copyrighted imagery from the classic 1939 film adaptation, owned by Warner Bros.
And while trailers for the film focus on wholly computer-generated worlds and characters, you might be shocked to learn the lengths that Sam Raimi went through to shoot a lot of the film practically. For example, it was interesting to see Raimi inventing new practical solutions to help the supporting actors create and react to live performances for characters who would eventually be created in CG — and I’m not talking about performance capture.
After the jump you can watch a video blog we recorded talking about the visit, followed by many more things I learned while on the set.
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Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
A few weeks ago, Disney dropped a striking poster featuring the Wicked Witch of the West, adding fuel to the ongoing debate about whether it’s Evanora (Rachel Weisz) or Theodora (Mila Kunis) who goes green in Oz: The Great and Powerful. A new batch of posters doesn’t answer that question, but it does give us a closer look at who the individual players in the movie are. Hit the jump to see individual characters for Evanora, Theodora, Glinda (Michelle Williams), and of course, the Wizard himself (James Franco).
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Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
So far, most of Disney’s promos for Oz: The Great and Powerful have played up the lush fantasy world created by Sam Raimi, or perhaps the epic tale of James Franco‘s Oscar Diggs. The newest featurette, however, delves into the movie’s more comedic aspects.
Or perhaps that should be “comedic,” in quotes, since the jokes are more groanworthy than funny. And they’re definitely not any better when delivered by a CG flying monkey. On the bright side, the video does offer some better insight into who the three witches (played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams) are, and what makes each one tick. Watch it after the jump.
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Most doubt about who the baddest of them all will be in Sam Raimi‘s Oz The Great and Powerful can now be put to bed. In the film, which opens March 8, simple trickster Oscar Diggs (James Franco) ends up in Oz and meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are struggling for control of the land. As Diggs figures out his role in Oz, he must also figure out whose intentions are true and whose are not.
Too bad his character didn’t catch a glimpse of this new poster. It prominently features Weisz’s character, Evanora, looking like an iconic Wicked Witch. The poster comes out at an interesting time for the Oscar-winning actress, who recently got a Golden Globe nomination for the film The Deep Blue Sea, which is now on Netflix Instant. See the full poster and read more below. Read More »
There’s a lot to be said for timing when it comes to film awards, and in that respect things couldn’t have worked out better for Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty. While most audiences won’t even have a chance to see the film until early next year, the first screenings of the movie have drawn rave reviews. And now it has picked up what will likely be the first of many awards.
Today the New York Film Critics Circle voted on awards for 2012, and Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln were the big winners, with nothing scored by The Master, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, or other potential awards faves. Kathryn Bigelow took Best Director and her movie won Best Film, which is the same dual wins the filmmaker enjoyed in 2009 before The Hurt Locker went on to Oscar success. Get the full list of recipients below. Read More »
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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 »
Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
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 »
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 »