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.
So it seems that if you want to know anything about Star Trek 2, you don’t go to director J.J. Abrams… you just go to Doctor Leonard McCoy. After accidentally letting slip a very spoilerish detail about the upcoming sequel, Dredd star Karl Urban teased fans by putting up a special look into Star Trek 2 on YouTube: “Star Trek Comic Con Sneak Peak”. So get ready for beaches, cool water and green screen!
Sorry, we’re kind of messing with you. The footage from this “sneak peek” is actually nothing more than Urban surfing in Hawaii to Cage the Elephant‘s “Shake Me Down’. Besides Urban showing off his sweet surfing skills, there’s nothing much to the video. Until the last ten seconds, where we see Abrams and there’s an exlamation from off-screen saying “That’s a wrap!” Wanna see? Of course you do, and it’ll be at the 3:46 mark:
Now for those of you wondering what Abrams and his pals there are holding, it’s the slate, a color chart, a grey ball usually set to 50% grey and a mirror ball used to capture the environment to use on reflections of CG elements. All of these other than the slate are used as part of post-production.
Kind of sucks since most people, ourselves included, were expecting some special scene or a CGI explosion instead of four minutes of surfing. At least we got to see something anyway and some footage is better than no footage at all.
Hey Harry Potter fans! You sad the movies are over? Oh don’t cry, ’cause the magic will continue. Warner Bros. is opening up a tour of its Leavesden soundstages, where much of the films were shot. Called “Warner Bros. Studio Tour London — The Making of Harry Potter,” it’s as close as you’ll ever get to rubbing your wand against the tri-wizard cup.
The three-hour walking tour will cover 150,000 square feet, including two dedicated soundstages of Warner Bros. Studios in West Hertfordshire, England. “Potterphiles” will get to tour actual sets from the franchise, including the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, Hagrid’s hut, and the Gryffindor common room, all the while checking out various artifacts, props, and costumes from the franchise. A Creature Effects workshop will show visitors the animatronics that brought characters like Buckbeack the Hippogriff, Aragog, Fawkes, and the basilisk from Chamber of Secrets. Someone please Avada Kedavra me, pretty please.
Warner Bros. anounced it’s new three hour “The Making of Harry Potter” walking tour in Leavesden England today. What the hell? The last tour that said it lasted three hours was on a little boat called the “Minnow.” We all know how that turned out.
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale
a tale of a fateful trip,
that started on this foggy street,
behind a guy named Chip.
The guide was a mighty winded man,
his tour banter, brave and sure,
fifty geeky tourists walked that day,
for a three hour tour,
a three hour tour,
The weather started getting rough,
the tiny tour got sloshed.
If not for the courage of the fearless guide
the Potters would be lost.
The Potters would be lost.
The tour aground on the floor of this uncharted movie set
the Tour Guide too.
A millionaire and his wife.
a movie star.
the professor and Gonagall
here on Potter’s Set
Tickets go on sale later this year. Potter fans will be able to walk onto sets including headmaster Dumbledore’s office and the 120ft long Great Hall featuring “the tables and benches used in the films”. I’m imagining a lot of tired folks at the hour mark, lots of tired nosiey, smelly kids dragging their parents onward, ever onward. It’s a pretty good deal for Leavesden. They are getting 25,000 sq ft of soundstages, making it the largest studio production facilities in Europe. $161 million dollar make over for the studio which will bring lots of local work to the area.
I don’t know though, as great as the news is for Harry Potter fans there’s still the Universal Studio attraction that is a lot closer. You’d have to be a pretty hardcore fan to make the trip overseas just for that tour. Oi! What am I saying, HP fans have already got their bags packed. They’re such nerds.