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Sam Raimi‘s Oz the Great and Powerful hasn’t even opened yet and the sequel is already in the works. Disney has hired  Mitchell Kapner (The Whole Nine Yards, The Whole Ten Yards) to write the follow-up script, which continues the adventures of James Franco’s Oz. Disney is betting that the movie will do blockbuster numbers and are eager to keep the ball rolling.

The movie stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. Sam Raimi directed the film, which, despite lukewarm critic’s reviews, is looking to earn $80 million to $90 million in it’s opening weekend. Oz the Great and Powerful needs a strong opening to help recoup the Government sized budget, reportedly over the $200 million mark.

In a related story James Franco got a star on the Hollywood Walk 0f Fame yesterday.

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Sam Raimi spoke at the ceremony:

“Working with James over the years, I’ve learned many things about him. James is a teacher, a poet, a sculptor, an actor, a director, a writer, a producer, a basket weaver – the thing goes on and on for days! Seems like we’re always discovering James’ next endeavor.

“Today we join the rest of the world to honour you in your achievements with a much-deserved star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame, a star made from marble – which you yourself have hewn from a mountain, from brass that you have smelted!”

Franco teared up during his speech and said:

“I wish that I could put a bunch of names on this star because this is a collaborative business… The people behind the scenes, the people who have been there for me, all the way through, if I could, I’d put all your names on there. Thank you, and I’ll always remember this.”

Via: THR

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In a few more weeks, we will behold Sam Raimi‘s Oz The Great and Powerful, the modernized, updated prequel to the MGM classic film. Naturally, as we get closer to the release date we’ll see more and more clips, like this one, which features Rachel Weisz as Evanora and Mila Kunis as Theodora arguing over the veracity of the Wizard’s claims when he arrives in Oz from Kansas, and it ends with explosive results. Watch the clip below:

The film co-stars James Franco as the Wizard and Michelle Williams as Glinda the Good Witch.

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.

Oz comes out March 8th.

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Oh, and the film’s requisite talking monkey. Because what children’s movie, let alone Disney movie, would be complete without a talking animal? Where most of what we’ve seen of Oz: The Great and Powerful has emphasized James Franco‘s Oscar Diggs, wizard-to-be, and the beautiful land of Oz itself, here we’re introduced to the three witches: Theadora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams). Who wants to start taking bets on which witch goes all green and evil? And no, I don’t think it’s that obvious, but I’d know who I’d pick.

I’m not raising my hopes too high for this flick. It’s promising and I think Sam Raimi could knock it out of the park, I’m just, hesitant, let’s say, about how it will all play out. Alice in Wonderland was disappointing and bland, though pretty looking, and they seem adamant to remind us of that film every time they promote Oz.

We’ll learn soon enough, Oz: The Great and Powerful comes out March 8th.

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot–fame and fortune are his for the taking–that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity–and even a bit of wizardry–Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

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With just a couple of months to go until the March 8th release of Sam Rami‘s Oz: The Great And Powerful, the marketing machine for the film is about to go into overdrive. The first of many television spots for the movie to come is below the movie’s synopsis.

A mischievous magician gains the wisdom to become a powerful ruler after being swept away to a land of magic and mystery as director Sam Raimi and screenwriters Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) explore the genesis of author L. Frank Baum’s enduring tales of Oz. Shady illusionist Oscar Diggs (James Franco) enchants curious audiences at a Kansas circus. Inexplicably transported to the wondrous world of Oz, he encounters three witches named Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) who pose him with an awesome challenge: root out a ruinous force of evil that threatens to destroy the entire kingdom, and become the great leader that the population has been waiting for. Should Oscar succeed in summoning the sorcery and creativity to deliver the land from darkness, he will forever be known as the Wizard of Oz.  

Let us know what you think in the comments section below. Will you being seeing this in the theater or waiting?

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It’s less than three months until Sam Raimi’s revist to the world of Oz hits the screens.  So it’s only natural for them to spam us some more cool looking Oz the Great and Powerful posters and try to get us to buy tickets when it comes out.  Here is the latest:

Oz the Great and Powerful stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs (the eventually-to-be Oz) and will feature a trio of witches played by Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and the above-pictured Rachel Weisz.

Despite how it appears in the poster, rumors say that Weisz’s character, Evanora, isn’t the classic Wicked Witch of the West that we’re familiar with from the original Wizard of Oz.  Well, she certainly looks wicked enough for my tastes.  Maybe there’ll be a naked green nude scene?

Check out Oz the Great and Powerful when it opens on March 8th of next year.

 

Thanks to /film for the info.

After seeing the Comic-Con trailer, the recently released promotional images, and finally the full, tryptich poster for Oz the Great and Powerful we all have a good grasp of what the film will look like, but how will its plot play out? We’re learning bit and pieces all the time, and the newly released trailer offers us a bit more. We know Oz follows a circus magician, Oscar Diggs (James Franco), and his fantastical adventure in the Land of Oz. We know he mingles with three witches: Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). And, we know he must fight the Wicked Witch of the West to prove himself to be prophesied Wizard.

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It’s impossible to deny how much Oz looks like Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Let’s hope its story carries more substance. Alice was an unfortunate disappoint, so much promise but come the end I couldn’t care less what happened in Wonderland. I just wanted it to end. And seriously, Johnny Depp’s Hatter? What the fuck was that?!

But I digress, Sam Raimi isn’t Tim Burton. I’m hopeful Oz has learned from Alice‘s failures. I’m sure Disney is, too. This trailer looks awesome, and like I said yesterday the influence of the 1939 Wizard of Oz is evident and welcomed. I’m pretty excited for Oz and am going to find it hard to wait for its March 8th release date. Thankfully there’s that little Hobbit movie releasing in December to tide us over.

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All the pieces have been assembled and we’ve now got the complete picture for Oz The Great and Powerful, Sam Raimi‘s upcoming movie exploring the Wizard of Oz’s origins. Starring James FrancoMila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Zach Braff, this tryptich poster gives a wonderful sense of what Raimi’s Oz will look like, the scenery and characters. You can for sure see the influence from the classic 1939 film, but as if everything’s been turned up to 11. I can already tell Oz will likely be one of best looking films of early next year, let’s hope it’s got a story of substance to match.

Here’s the whole poster, which you’ll really want to embiggen in order to get the full effect.

Synopsis:

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

Oz The Great and Powerful opens March 8th, 2013. Any interest from you guys? Did you get a look at the trailer?

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Perfectly timed for Halloween is this new teaser poster for Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful. It offers our first look at the Wicked Witch, played by either Mila Kunis or Rachel Weisz. Why the confusion? Well, there will be three witches the magician who becomes the great wizard (James Franco) will meet: Glinda (Michelle Williams), Theodora (Kunis), and Evanora (Williams). Theodora and Evanora are the evil ones, the Wicked Witches of the West and East, we just don’t know witch is which. Ha. Yeah. I’m sorry.

Anyway, this decidedly looks like the Wicked Witch of the West but it’s tough to tell whether it’s Kunis or Weisz under all that green makeup. Who do you think it is?

Oz the Great and Powerful opens on March 8th, 2013.

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

Source: /Film

At this past weekend’s Comic-Con fans eagerly awaited the debut footage of Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful and it did not disappoint. The fantastic opening, the transition from black and white to vibrant color, an ending that made you scratch your head, it all looked marvelous. Now Disney has released several images showing off the world of Oz designed by Robert Stromberg.

Having worked on James Cameron’s Avatar and the upcoming Maleficent, Stromberg knows how to bring a story’s visual components to life. And in these half dozen images Disney shows off exactly what their production designer can do. Sure, we’ve already seen much of this in the trailer, but it’s still pretty cool to see more of the colorful and intricate set pieces.

Oz: The Great and Powerful imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

Oz: The Great and Powerful opens in theaters everywhere March 8, 2013.

Source: /Film

From Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con right to your computer screen — the trailer for Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful debuted earlier today and the House of Mouse promptly released it to the public shortly thereafter.

Brilliant visuals, a black and white beginning, flying monkeys, and the return of Sam Raimi stand out most of all, and of course the cast — with James FrancoMila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Zach Braff is pretty darn impressive too (It’s a Disney movie, I felt like darn was more appropriate.)

Here is a look at the synopsis and the trailer is below that. Oz the Great and Powerful is set to hit theaters on March 8, 2013.

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.