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 »

Add one more to the cast of McG‘s This Means War, in which Chris Pine and Tom Hardy go to war over the affections of Reese Witherspoon. (Angela Bassett was just cast the other day.) Mad Men‘s Abigail Spencer has signed on; she’ll play Tom Hardy’s ex-wife. Personally, I might do more fighting over her than Reese Witherspoon, but that’s just me. [THR]

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Abigail Spencer

Abigail Spencer is joining the cast of Jon Favreau‘s big screen adaptation of the comic book Cowboys and Aliens. Spencer started her career on
the soap All My Children, went on to become the star of Lifetime Television’s Angela’s Eyes, but is probably best known as Don Draper’s mistress Miss Farrell on the AMC series Mad Men. Abigail has appeared in a handfull of indie features, but this is her first feature length movie for a Hollywood studio. HeatVision reports that Spencer will play a prostitute named Alice, “a former lover of Daniel Craig’s character who makes him change his ways.”

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