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The Wizard of Oz

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    Oscars to Honor 75th Anniversary of 'The Wizard of Oz,' 1939 Best Picture Nominee

    The Oscars, set for March 2, will honor the “The Wizard of Oz,” a best picture nominee in 1939 and celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014, as part of the show.

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    The Wizard Of Oz

    "The Wizard of Oz" looks as beautiful as ever; its exquisite production design and use of Technicolor as dazzling as it must have seemed in 1939.

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    Why 'The Wizard of Oz' 3-D IMAX Conversion is Worth It

    I have seen “The Wizard of Oz” at least 26 times. I have watched it in movie theatres, on television, on tape, on DVD, on Blu-Ray, after talking about the movie to 1000 people in Sacramento, and twice in 16 millimeter on my living room wall when I was writing “The Making of the Wizard of Oz: Movie M...

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    Happy Friday The 13th! The Truth Behind 10 Freaky Movie Myths

    Friggatriskaidekaphobes unite! We’re hardly the superstitious types around these parts, but with today being the notoriously unlucky/cursed/bedeviled Friday the 13th, we thought we’d counter-program from all our festival and award season coverage, and take a moment to take a not-very serious look at...

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    TV Shows From Steven Soderbergh & M. Night Shyamalan Continue Casting Up & 'Wizard Of Oz' Becomes Medical Drama

    This past May saw the news of Steven Soderbergh’s first directing gig since his self-imposed hiatus from the cinematic world, the ten-episode Cinemax series “The Knick.” With production beginning next month, Deadline is reporting that the Clive Owen-starring series has added four new castmembers: An...

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    Will You Go To See 'The Wizard Of Oz' In 3D? IMAX 3D Release & 4-Disc Blu-ray Set Planned For Fall

    In his recent “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” Sam Raimi performed a tip of the hat to 1939's “The Wizard of Oz” by shooting its prologue in 4:3 black and-white with a shift to widescreen visual splendor afterwards. The director then unleashed an uneven vision of CGI creatures, 3D landscapes, and James...

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    Risk-Taking James Franco In Risk-Free 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

    Flying moneys, good. Flying baboons, bad. That's one difference between the classic, 1939 'Wizard of Oz' and 'Oz the Great and Powerful,' Disney's pricey new extravaganza with James Franco as the pre-wizard carnival con man. More important: don’t go on comparing them. The new 'Oz' is loaded ...

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    Warner Bros. Converting Classic 'The Wizard Of Oz' To 3D For Yet Another Home Video Release

    If there is one thing that the Warner Bros. home video division is great at, it's constantly releasing the same movies over and over and over again (note to Warner Archive -- you are the exception, you guys rule). It seems every few years, "Casablanca" gets put through another annivers...

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    Precious Childhood Memories Safe For Now: Robert Zemeckis Won't Direct 'Wizard Of Oz' Remake

    Yesterday the internet collectively groaned when reports surfaced that Robert Zemeckis, the king of dead-eye CGI, was in talks to direct a remake of "The Wizard Of Oz" for Warner Bros. based on the original script for the 1939 film. Thankfully cooler heads have prevailed and the film is still just a...

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