Oz The Great And Powerful opens tomorrow, giving us some background on the beloved family classic, The Wizard Of Oz. The prequel staring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz tells the story of the of how the famed wizard arrived in the titular land, and also explores his relationship with the beautiful/terrifying Wicked Witch sisters, Theodora and Evanora!
Oz: The Great and Powerful
Refresh your memory about Oz: The Great And Powerful here. Now you see why we were so excited when we saw the trailer? The Sam Raimi directed film is a prequel to The Wizard Of Oz with James Franco starring as Oscar Diggs, a magician from Kansas who is blown away to Oz by a tornado. Theodora, Evanora and Glinda are the witches played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams respectively, and they have the most lush, incredible wardrobes in the movie. We were hoping they wouldn’t let us down at the premiere, and they didn’t, luckily. The official world screening was held at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood yesterday and all three ladies stepped up sartorially. Michelle — seen on the left — wore a white Prada dress with black floral embellishments dusted over it, with mile-high slits up the side. Rachel wore a minimal, but bright vermilion Victoria Beckham gown with Jimmy Choos. But it was Mila who really looked exquisite in a taupe Dolce & Gabbana dress with huge ruby dangling earrings by Sutra and silver Christian Louboutin peep-toes. Not witchy in the slightest, but bewitching, yes.
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If you take stories like The Hunger Games, The Host and Warm Bodies to heart, you might think we don’t have much to look forward to in the distant post-apocalyptic future. But in the more immediate days ahead, like say, the rest of 2013, there’s a whole lot to be excited for — especially if you like ladies who kick ass, stand up for what they believe in and protect their loved ones at all costs. It’s going to be a great year for heroines in movies, on TV and in books — but not necessarily the easy-to-love/worship kind. Jennifer Lawrence‘s Katniss Everdeen (this year in Catching Fire), The Americans‘ Elizabeth (Keri Russell), Beautiful Creatures‘ Lena (Alice Englert) and The Great Gatsby’s Daisy (Carey Mulligan) are complex women and girls who don’t automatically know what’s right, and sometimes they have to choose saving themselves over saving the world. The Mortal Instruments‘ Clary Fray (Lily Collins), Shadow and Bones‘ Aline, Delirium’s Lena and Warm Bodies‘ Julie (Teresa Palmer) have a little self-discovery to do before they become full-fledged heroines. The Legend Trilogy’s June and The Host’s Wanderer/Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) have to navigate between worlds to figure out whom to fight for. And Oz‘s Glinda (Michelle Williams) and Ender’s Game’s Petra (Hailee Steinfeld) are ladies whose strength is obvious, but whose roles in the bigger picture remains to be seen. As for Chloe Moretz’s Hit Girl, who returns in this summer’s Kick-Ass 2 — she’s always going to be in a category all her own.
Whatever your favorite brand of strong female is, we hope you’re looking forward to seeing them in action as much as we are! Check them out in the gallery below, and plan your year accordingly!
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Twilight isn’t the only phenomenon to hit Comic-Con this year! While we were super stoked to see the Breaking Dawn cast at their panel discussion, this little tidbit of news has us beside ourselves with glee! Wizard of Oz fans, please stand up! Did you know that Disney is releasing their version of the classic tale next year, which is being directed by Sam Raimi. They released the first footage from the film yesterday, and the movie is called Oz The Great And Powerful. It’s actually a prequel to the regular Wizard of Oz, and stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs, a magician from Kansas who is carried away to Oz by, you guessed it, a tornado. Then we have the witches — Theodora, Evanora and Glinda — played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams respectively, with incredible wardrobes, FYI. They’re a bit disillusioned by Oz, and it’s up to Diggs to find his way through to the truth and realize what, or who, is good and bad. The trailer itself is just magical and gave us chills, segueing from the darkly whimsical, black-and-white world of Kansas to the technicolor world of Oz. “Am I dreaming,” Franco wonders, as he walks through the fantastical realm. “Are you the great man we’ve been waiting for,” floats into the voice-over. Watch the trailer, and ask those questions too.
It’s official: they’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz! Disney announced that filming began on Tuesday for Oz: The Great And Powerful, the prequel to the 1939 classic. The tales of the casting are an epic in their own right, but it looks like director Sam Raimi has a dream team to populate the emerald city.
James Franco has the lead as the young Wizard, and fellow off-kilter-big-studio-indie-movie type Michelle Williams will star as Glinda, the Good Witch. Mila Kunis is gonna tear it up as Theodora, commonly known as “the Wicked Witch” but fans of the musical Wicked know she’s really not that bad. Rachel Weisz rounds out the main characters as Theordora’s sister, Evanora, and Zach Braff lends a supporting role as the Wizard’s assistant.
The CGI and technics extravaganza will trace the story of the Wizard, from his humble beginnings as a Kansas circus magician named Oscar Diggs, through his arrival in Oz and how he eventually earned the title of ‘The Great And Powerful’ Now that Harry Potter is all said and done, we think Hollywood is looking for a hot young Wizard to take his place. We bet Disney’s gonna follow the yellow brick road all the way to the bank with this one. To bad we have to wait until February, 2013.
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OK, we are officially stoked for this film. Variety reports that Michelle Williams will play Glinda, The Good Witch in Sam Raimi‘s Oz, The Great And Powerful, which already has James Franco, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz signed up to play the other leads. While no dates have been announced, Disney reportedly hopes to have production underway by the end of the year. And as big fans of Raimi (Drag Me To Hell!!) and the cast (did you see Franco and Kunis in Date Night? Or their Hills parody?), we hope so too.
The plot has Franco playing a crafty illusionist who escapes a traveling circus in a hot air balloon (loving it already). The fugitive faux-magician accidentally winds up in the witch-ruled Oz, where good ol’ Glinda is poorly treated by her evil sisters Evanorah (Weisz) and Theodorah (Kunis). Presumably, drama and hilarity ensues, with lots of loud “konk!” sound effects (a Raimi specialty) and broomstick laser blasts. Are you psyched? We’re psyched. So psyched.
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We always melt for Mila Kunis in her films, it’ll be interesting to watch her melt for a change. According to NYMag’s Vulture, Mila Kunis is cast as Wicked Witch Of the West in the new Wizard Of Oz prequel. According to IMDB, the film is currently titled Oz: The Great And Powerful and is slated for release on 2013. We’re hoping Mila will play the witch, named Theodorah in the movie, as scary, green and maniacal as the villain in the original. We mean, the girl whittled herself down to a skeleton to dance ballet in Black Swan. She can at least spend eight hours a day for a year practicing her cackle to play a mythical sorceress.
Kunis will reportedly star alongside James Franco as The Wizard Of Oz; rumors suggest Mila’s joining the cast sealed the deal for Franco’s involvement. Reportedly this new take, directed by Spiderman’s Sam Raimi, will be shot from the Wizard’s perspective, explaining how he came to rule Oz and his romance with Glinda the Good Witch. Franco entered talks for the role after Robert Downey Jr. droppd out of Oz and it was subsequently passed over by Johnny Depp. We personally think Mila will be perfect in this role; even in the first film, you could tell the Witch was sort of the HBIC. We don’t know if Dorothy will appear in the prequel, but with casting this good it’ll be hard to root for that little house-dropping shoe-stealer.