The Wizard of Oz

It typically takes studios a year or more to push a sequel out, no matter how quickly they try to put one together. But in the case of Oz The Great and Powerful, audiences will get to see what happened to the wizard just a few months after we left him.

Of course, that’s only because we’ve already known where the character would end up for many decades now. The Wizard of Oz is approaching its 75th birthday, and to celebrate that big anniversary, Warner Bros. is putting the Technicolor classic back in theaters this fall with a shiny new IMAX 3D upgrade. Watch the trailer for the remastered release after the jump.

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If we’re lucky, every few months a poster is released that makes you step back from your computer and stare. A poster so gorgeous, fans and non-fans a like will bask in its beauty. Some previous examples are Olly Moss’s Star Wars posters, Ken Taylor’s Halloween poster, Tyler Stout’s Akira, Aaron Horkey’s There Will be Blood and now, you can add Tom Whalen‘s The Wizard of Oz to the list.

Whalen has long been a favorite, both here on /Film and in galleries across the country. Working consistently for Mondo and Gallery 1988 has helped the Pennsylvania-based artist develop quite a following and, as fantastic as his work always is, this poster – made for Mondo –  takes the cake. It’s epic, evocative and sure to be incredibly difficult to obtain.

Check out the full image after the jump along with another new Whalen poster from, for the Looney Tunes short Knighty Knight Bugs, as well as two comic-themed posters for The Black Beetle by Francesco Francavilla. Read More »

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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I have good news and bad news. The good news first: Robert Zemeckis is making another move back towards live-action. The bad news: it might be with a remake of The Wizard of Oz, which Warner Bros. is attempting to assemble. And while this might not be a shot for shot remake a la Gus Van Sant and Psycho, the idea is awfully close, as the studio wants to use the script from the 1939 version. Read More »

If you’ve been reading /Film for a while, then you know that I love good movie-inspired art. And the superbowl of movie art is Crazy4Cult, an art show put on every year by Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. This year’s show will open on July 9th, and we have seen the first batch of artwork premiere online. For years I’ve been writing about the show, and posting and buying the art online. I’m super excited because this year I’ll be able to attend the event since I now live in Los Angeles.

Last week I posted the first compilation of the artwork from the show, including new pieces from Eric Tan, Dave Perillo, Tom Whalen and more. Click here to see Part 1!

Today I’ve returned to bring you a collection of art pieces which have since come online. Believe me, if you like movie art, hit the jump!

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According to a new piece at The LA Times, Warner Bros. are currently looking to push ahead with one of their two, long-in-development takes on the Wonderful Wizard of Oz story; meanwhile, Collider are reporting that no movement has been made on either project in over a year and that the Times piece is simply repackaging old information with no real reason to be doing so right now. In fact, they even call it ‘hit whoring’.

Who’s right? I guess we’ll have to wait and see if there’s any action in the next few weeks or so, but I personally wouldn’t be surprised to find Warners chasing after Alice in Wonderland‘s big box office with the nearest thing in reach.

The two projects supposedly in contention are the Josh Olson version, and another one from Darren Lemke, writer on the upcoming fourth Shrek as well as Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer and a New Line take on The Nutcracker.

Meanwhile, Universal have their Wicked film (based on the Oz-related musical of the same name) somewhere along the pipe, and there’s also a John Boorman-directed CG version of Oz that hasn’t been heard of for a while, though is still said to be progressing, if slowly. The future is looking more than a little Baumy.

Cool Stuff: Heartless T-Shirt

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Imagine you’re a tin man, built without a heart. Unable to find a willing doner, what other alternatives do you have? Hold up an ambulance, of course! Threadless has a new Wizard of Oz-inspired t-shirt by Juan Carlos Bueno titled HEARTLESS which pictures this exact scenerio. Availanle in Orange, sized Extra Small to XXXL for $18.

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