Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Woodsman

There is a new off Broadway show called The Woodsman that explores the Tin Man's backstory!

Reviews have been pretty decent, and it is based off of L. Frank Baum's original story of the Tin Man losing his limbs at the hand of the Wicked Witch of the East.

You can read more about the show here.

Friday, August 14, 2015

'The Wiz Live'

Earlier this year, NBC announced it will continue its live musical specials with a December production of The Wiz.

Especially exciting is the fact that they have cast a newcomer in the role of Dorothy, Shanice Williams.

Williams is joined by quite the roster of talent including Queen Latifah, Amber Riley, David Alan Greir, Elijah Kelly, Mary J. Blige, Uzo Aduba, and Stephanie Mills, who originated the role of Dorothy on Broadway in this production.

The special will air on NBC December 3.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Familiar looking faces

There is a familiar face (and road, and palace, and flying creature) on the cover of the next book in The Land of Stories series written by Glee's Chris Colfer.

Image via Hachette

The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms is out Tuesday, July 7.

You can read a preview and see more plot details here.

Who's up for another adventure in the Merry Ole Land of Oz?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Lost In Oz available to stream now!

Amazon Pilot season is here and Lost In Oz is available to stream for free! 

After streaming, viewers can participate in a survey to help Amazon determine which shows to turn into a full series in the fall.

Lost in Oz has received great reviews from audiences so far. Give it a look yourself and let Amazon know there's always time for more Oz if you enjoy it!

Watch the show here.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

New Oz Animated Pilot from Amazon

Good news fellow Ozians,

Amazon Studios recently announced an animated series ordered to pilot centered on Dorothy Gale and other characters from the Oz universe.

The synopsis:

Lost in Oz is an animated, action-adventure comedy set in a modern, metropolitan Emerald City. Stranded in this spectacular world, 12-year-old Dorothy Gale befriends West, a young, street-smart witch grappling with dark temptations, and Ojo, a giant munchkin. With Dorothy’s dog Toto, this unlikely crew embarks on an epic journey, seeking out the magic Dorothy needs to get back to Kansas. The challenge for Dorothy, and everyone else in this world, is that Oz is facing the greatest magic crisis in eons. Developed and produced by Bureau of Magic’s Darin Mark, Jared Mark, Abram Makowka, and Mark Warshaw (East Los High, Smallville), this contemporary re-imagining of L. Frank Baum’s extraordinary universe is designed by Flaunt Productions (Under Siege, Project Spark), animated by Arc Productions (9, Gnomeo & Juliet), scored by Adam Berry (The Penguins of Madagascar) with theme music by Mark Mothersbaugh (The Lego Movie).

I can't wait to see what they do with this series. The land of Oz is rife for animation. From the promo images they have released so far, it looks charming and classic but with a fresh twist, almost with a stop motion like quality to it.

Dorothy and West

The pilot will debut later this summer and Amazon will offer viewers the chance to give feedback on which pilots they would like ordered to series.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

'Emerald City' show not going forward

EW reports that NBC has decided not to produce and air the drama series Emerald City. The show may air on another network, but was dropped by NBC amid "creative differences" in regards to the story.

Read the full story here.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Witches of Oz review

This weekend, I watched the full version of the miniseries The Witches of Oz, and I present herein my review of it to you. You're welcome.

The Witches of Oz is a story of the now adult Dorothy, a children's book author who discovers that her suppressed memories are actually the basis for her series of adventures she's written about Oz, and that she is actually key to a plot that involves the witches of Oz scheming to take over the land once and for all. For good this time.

That's an abbreviated version of a plot that is hard to understand or explain. Not even the screenwriter or anyone involved in the movie seemed to know where they wanted to go. Which is kind of a shame because it showed real promise.

The weak link in this story is actually the characterization of Dorothy herself. We are supposed to believe she's grown up because she has big hair, monogrammed pillows, and drinks fancy colored cocktails. Yet she seems downright childish in certain scenes, like when first meeting her book agent, where she slides on ice and runs into the side of her car, or shrugs off when she got dangerously mugged.

The film would have been far better if it actually focused on the characters in the title, the witches. Of particular interest was the character of Billie Westbrooke (a name that may be a clever homage to Billie Burke, Glinda of The Wizard of Oz perhaps, and foreshadowing to her true identity of the Wicked Witch of the West) and her arc in the story, from going from a friend of Dorothy's to a foe, and then sort of back again. But the film doesn't stop long enough to entertain even the idea of that story, with a bloated battle in New York and cramming in more unnecessary back story.

A particular highlight of the film that would have benefited with more exploration was what the Wicked Witch of the East was doing in Munchkinland. We see a piece of this all to briefly before she's squashed and focus is back on Dorothy.

The special effects aren't as bad as what was expected based on what the internet has to say, but the design for the land of Oz is just unfortunate. The Yellow Brick Road looks brown and the Emerald City hardly even sparkles, nor is it in any shade of green. That being said, the costumes are effective and the film even manages to slide in a pair of red shoes as a wink to the ruby slippers.

Still, the film is still an okay way to pass the time, for the performance of Eliza Swenson as Billie Westbrooke and some clever dialog throwbacks to the original.