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MAR
12
1 years

Legendary Picks Up Superpowered Thriller Novel 'Brilliance'

Legendary Picks Up Superpowered Thriller Novel 'Brilliance'

Joe Roth and his Roth Films partner Palek Patel, fresh off the opening-weekend success of Oz the Great and Powerful, have set up Brilliance, an upcoming novel by Marcus Sakey, at Legendary Pictures.

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MAR
7
1 years

Sequel to 'Oz the Great and Powerful' in the Works

Sequel to 'Oz the Great and Powerful' in the Works

With expectations of a box-office bonanza this weekend, Disney is already planning a sequel to Oz the Great and Powerful, THR has confirmed.

Mitchell Kapner has been hired to write a script for the follow-up, which would continue the adventures of Oz, played by James Franco.

PHOTOS: 'Oz the Great and Powerful': How Sam Raimi Brought the Legend Back to Life

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MAR
7
1 years

Seattle Mayor Proclaims 'Oz the Great and Powerful' Day

Seattle Mayor Proclaims 'Oz the Great and Powerful' Day

Seattle mayor Michael McGinn officially proclaimed Thursday, March 7, to be Oz the Great and Powerful Day in the coastal city.

While the film's Emerald City was the brainchild of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, Seattle has been nicknamed “The Emerald City” due to its lush evergreen forests and more than 6,000 acres of parkland within the city.

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FEB
14
1 years

'Oz' Premiere: James Franco Rides in Hot Air Balloon, Michelle Williams Parties With Busy Phillips

'Oz' Premiere: James Franco Rides in Hot Air Balloon, Michelle Williams Parties With Busy Phillips

It was tough to miss the giant hot air balloon on Hollywood Boulevard on Wednesday, which remained in position outside Disney’s El Capitan theater from the early morning until 7:30 p.m. premiere of Oz: The Great and Powerful, at which point star James Franco was sent up into the air for a live shot.

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FEB
6
1 years

Mariah Carey Adds Track to Disney's 'Oz The Great and Powerful'

Mariah Carey Adds Track to Disney's 'Oz The Great and Powerful'

Mariah Carey is lending her vocals to Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful with the single "Almost Home."

The song will be released as a single by Carey’s label, Island Def Jam, on Feb. 19.

The fantasy adventure, directed by Sam Raimi, hits theaters March 8.

Q&A: Ex-Sony Music Chief Tommy Mottola: Life After $120 Million Buyout and Ex-Wife Mariah Carey

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FEB
3
1 years

'Oz the Great and Powerful' Super Bowl Spot Hits Online (Video)

'Oz the Great and Powerful' Super Bowl Spot Hits Online (Video)

“Am I dreaming?” asks James Franco in the Super Bowl spot for Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful.

The ad sees his character (the future Wizard of Oz) transported from the black and white of Dust Bowl-era Kansas to the CG-rendered world of Oz. And apparently he’s arrived just in time: “You’re the only one strong enough to save us all,” Evanora (Rachel Weisz) tells him.

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JAN
28
1 years

Disney Teases New 'Oz the Great and Powerful' Super Bowl Ad (Video)

Disney Teases New 'Oz the Great and Powerful' Super Bowl Ad (Video)

Where can you find James Franco when he isn’t busy earning his 16th college degree or making a documentary about him earning his 16th college degree? On Sunday you can find him in a new ad spot for his highly anticipated film, Oz the Great and Powerful.

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JUL
25
2 YEARS

'Bourne Legacy' Star Rachel Weisz Calls 'Oz' Director Sam Raimi 'Graceful, Sweet and Mischievous' (Video)

'Bourne Legacy' Star Rachel Weisz Calls 'Oz' Director Sam Raimi 'Graceful, Sweet and Mischievous' (Video)

Rachel Weisz has worked with a variety of filmmakers – some deadly serious (The Constant Gardener’s Fernando Meirelles) and others decidedly more silly (Fred ClausDavid Dobkin). But for her upcoming turn in Oz: The Great and Powerful, Weisz tells The Hollywood Reporter she encountered an unusual combination of consummate professionalism and peculiar creativity with her director, Sam Raimi (the original Spider-Man trilogy).

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JUL
12
2 YEARS

Comic-Con 2012: 'Oz' Director Sam Raimi Reflects on the 'Thousand Mistakes' He Made in 'Drag Me to Hell'

Comic-Con 2012: 'Oz' Director Sam Raimi Reflects on the 'Thousand Mistakes' He Made in 'Drag Me to Hell'

Despite his success as the director of the first three Spider-Man movies, not to mention his cult classics Evil Dead I and II and Darkman, Sam Raimi is anything but self-aggrandizing. In a press conference at Thursday for his upcoming film Oz: The Great and Powerful, Raimi confessed that he is keenly aware of the shortcomings of his films, no matter how well they fare commercially.

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JUL
12
2 YEARS

Comic-Con 2012: 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Cast Talks About Bringing Back the Beloved Fairytale (Video)

Comic-Con 2012: 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Cast Talks About Bringing Back the Beloved Fairytale (Video)

One of the movies garnering the most buzz at Comic-Con this year is Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful. It doesn’t hit theaters until March 2013, but fans got a brief look at some footage from the film during Disney’s panel on Thursday.

PHOTOS: The Scene at Comic-Con 2012: Day 1

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JUL
12
2 YEARS

Comic-Con 2012: James Franco's 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Trailer Unveiled (Video)

Comic-Con 2012: James Franco's 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Trailer Unveiled (Video)

Sam Raimi is revealing who the man behind the curtain really is.

The Spider-Man director took the stage at Comic-Con to unveil the first trailer for Oz: The Great and Powerful. Elements of it should seem familiar to fans of the 1939 classic.

Beginning on the Kansas planes in scenes shot in stark black and white, James Franco’s magician is seen wishing for a more exciting life.

“I don’t want to be a good man. I want to be a great one,” the star says.

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JUL
12
2 YEARS

James Franco Expounds on his Wizard of Oz Character (Video)

James Franco Expounds on his Wizard of Oz Character (Video)

First thing's first: the Wizard of Oz is not James Bond.

While Oz: the Great and Powerful is debuting some footage at Comic-Con, the star of the grand Disney prequel, James Franco, gave ET a first -- and very deep -- peek into the psychology of his magician-turned-wizard character. And while he agrees that the Wizard is in some ways an icon, he insists that he has for the most part the ability to shape the character with his own interpretation.

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JUL
5
2 YEARS

'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Poster Debuts

'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Poster Debuts

New poster art for Disney’s upcoming fantasy adventure Oz: The Great and Powerful has debuted. The film, from the producer of Alice in Wonderland (Joe Roth) and director of the Spider-Man trilogy (Sam Raimi), is set to open in U.S theaters March 8, 2013.

The poster features a stormy glimpse of the Emerald City and the yellow brick road. Small-time circus magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is seen in a hot air balloon on his way to the Land of Oz.

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JUN
22
2 YEARS

Photo of James Franco in 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Surfaces

Photo of James Franco in 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' Surfaces

With many months to go before James Franco hits the big screen in Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful, a promotional campaign has apparently begun in Italy.

The James Franco Forever fan site has posted an Italian ad for the film that shows Franco as the Wizard of Oz -- with a top hat, slightly anguished expression and hot air balloon in the background.

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