Netflix has announced that they will present a free and commercially uninterrupted online screening of the newly restored 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz, on Saturday, October 3, 2009. Full press release and details after the jump.
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Two years and one day ago, Peter told you about Warner Bros. intention to bring a new version of The Wizard of Oz to the big screen. The studio had licensed Todd McFarlane‘s Twisted Land of Oz action figure series, which portrays Dorothy as something of a bondage fanatic and the Tin Woodsman as the frightening man-chine at the head of this post, and set Josh Olson about writing a screenplay. At that time Olson was quoted as saying:
I want this to be Harry Potter dark, not Se7en dark.
Since then… nothing. Today, though, the story has resurfaced in a British newspaper. Does this mean that we’re on the verge of seeing this project come into the light?
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Warner Bros Home Video and Fathom Entertainment have announced a one-night only event which will bring The Wizard Of Oz back to the big screen in High Definition on September 23rd. The event is to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the film classic. You can find a movie theater near you by entering your zip code in on the NCM Fathom website. Full press release after the jump.
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24-year-old Ray Tintori, directed Death To The Tinman as his undergraduate thesis film for Wesleyan University’s Film Studies program. Highly inspired by Wes Anderson and Guy Maddin, the 12-minute black and white short film is a very loose adaptation of the origin story of the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz. The short tells the story of a human lumberjack who is transformed into a metal man without a heart.
“Tintori transported the story’s basic premise to a surreal, rural 1940s South, replacing Oz magic with evangelical mysticism; pastors, congregations, and the Rapture replace flying monkeys and witches melting upon contact with water.”
The short premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, where it received an Honorable Mention for Short Filmmaking. It also played in the South by Southwest Film Festival and New York Film Festival. Tintori has gone on to a successful career directing music videos, working with MGMT, The Killers, Cool Kids and Chairlift. Ray is also currently developing a couple feature screenplays. Watch his short film, Death to the Tinman, after the jump.
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The posters for the Canadian Filmmakers Festival parody classic films.
34-year-old illustrator/designer Tom Whalen has been creating geekarific fan art for the last few years. His original Star Wars posters (seen above) are reminiscent of Eric Tan’s work (which we’ve featured recently on the site). Click on the image above for a better look.
“I love those movies (the Star Wars trilogy) and had to pay homage to them!” Whalen told me before confirming that a Return of the Jedi poster is also planned, “complete with Slave Leia”.
The art is created using a mechanical pencil and adobe illustrator. Whalen says his style is heavily inspired by Russian constructivist poster art, the design of Saul Bass, years of comic book collecting and his “unhealthy obsession with Japanese giant monster movies”.
“Like many others, I’m sick to death of tired photoshop montages passing as movie poster art!”
Whalen works as an editorial illustrator for a medical magazine. While experimenting with styles a few years back, he has come up with the graphic profile that’s been evolving ever since.
“I [was] inspired by the fantastic painted art that always accompanied horror movies and decided to translate some of those classic movies into my style.”
“My all-time favorite horror film is halloween… I may work up a full movie poster for that one once October rolls around!”
So what’s up next?
“I have a few commissions lined up right now and i’m creating a line of original faux movie posters for cinema-suicide… as well working as the biggest project of them all… a four-week old newborn!”
“I haven’t done any professional movie work, but it really is a dream of mine…”
Whalen sells some of his art at conventions and festivals, so if you’re looking on obtaining a print or have any commission work, contact Tom directly at email@example.com. Or you can check out more of Tom’s creations on his DeviantArt profile or his portfolio blog StrongStuff.net.
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