wizard of oz


Vincent D’Onofrio is living by a slightly-adapted entertainment mantra made famous by Mel Brooks: it’s good to be the King(pin).  Enjoying a run as the main villain on Marvel’s Daredevil series (which will be airing its second season on Netflix in early 2016), the guy who apparently is so good at being bad has now turned his attention to another nefarious character: the Wizard of Oz.  D’onofrio has been cast as the mostly-scary ruler in the upcoming television series Emerald City, which will likely air on NBC sometime next year.



Really hope you’re not tiring of fantasy and fairy tales because judging by the new shows we’ll be seeing this fall, the networks sure haven’t. There’s already ABC’s Once Upon a Time and its upcoming spinoff, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. SyFy, no strangers to bringing their own spin to fairy tales, are developing a series based on L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz series called Warriors of Oz, CBS is adapting those same characters for their new medical drama, Dorothy, and now, NBC has ordered a new series from Siberia creator/showrunner Matthew Arnold called Emerald City.

Emerald City will draw from all 14 of Baum’s Oz books and will re-imagine the classic tales as something darker, and more akin to Game of Thrones (’cause everyone wants a piece of that pie). Will Dorothy be shacking up with lions, and tigers, and bears – oh my!? Seriously doubt that, this is NBC after all, but obviously the allure of having their own epic fantasy series is a strong one.

This fall it seems all of TV will be awash Oz’a green glow, what do you think of that? Is it a prime source from where we can get several good series, or are they over saturating the market?

Source: Deadline via Geek Nation


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Sam Raimi’s new take on the old Wizard of Oz, Oz: The Great and Powerful is taking heads at the box office right now and receiving some generally favorable reviews.  It’s been successful enough, in fact, to warrant putting a sequel in the works with plans of a third not far off.  Now, in the latest Oz-related news, a bit about what not to expect in the sequel and the rise of a not-so-friendly rivalry between Disney and the original Wizard of Oz rights’ owners, Warner Bros.

Check out all the fun-filled details after the jump…


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?

Via Comicbookmovie

This time on The Bastardcast, Jeremy and Jason talk about the Hulk Hogan sex tape, a time traveling attorney, topless dungeon masters, variant cover pollution, the worst DC hero of all time, and much, much more.

After HEADLINES, Jason talks to Halo: Forward Onto Dawn director Stewart Hendler about casting Master Chief, how much creative freedom he had, and the process of adapting the world of Halo for the screen.

Are you not entertained?!?! Too bad, because at the end there is another round of VERSUS where Jason lobbies for the TARDIS as a superior time machine to the DeLorean, which Jeremy meekly advocates… and now you know which one of us writes these little descriptions. #TeamTardis

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I’ve never been a big fan of the original Wizard of Oz. I never appreciated it’s wonder and imagination as much my parents did. I liked the overall concept, but the film always felt dated to me. Older movies just never seem to captivate viewers beyond their own generation. Know what I mean? Anyway, Sam Raimi‘s 2013 Wizard of Oz prequel Oz the Great and the Powerful looks to bridge that generation gap. It will introduce the world of Oz to a younger audience whilst catering to fans of the original. Much like way Wicked did on Broadway. The film stars James Franco as a circus magician who winds up in the magical world of yellow brick roads and munchkins only to find himself in the middle of a battle for the world between three witches played by Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams.

Here’s the teaser poster for Oz The Great and Powerful, scheduled for release March 8, 2013.

Making judgments solely based on this poster, I’m getting an Alice in Wonderland vibe from it. Which, for me, triggers distaste.  I really do not want another CG, Tim Burton inspired, whimsical dreamland.

I should chill out. This is just a teaser poster. Judgements should be reserved until the trailer hits, right?

Here’s the official plot description:

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.




The E! Entertainment Network is more well known for its reality show crapola like anything Kardashian related or the Anna Nicole Smith train wreck hour, but they now seem to be in the process of putting together a slate of scripted fair. Entertainment Weekly has the full list of the shows being developed, and for the nerdy amongst us, one stands out above the others.

The show will be called Dorothy, and E! describes it thusly:

DOROTHY – Inspired by the books “Dorothy” and “The Wizard of Oz,” a girl from Kansas City falls for a man and moves with him to the Emerald City to work at his Emerald Hotel. From writer Natalie Krinsky (“Gossip Girl,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) and Warner Horizon Television.

Is it just me, or does that statement not make a lot of sense? Do they mean Seattle when they say “Emerald City” or is there another Emerald City? And is there going to be some weird May-December romance thing now with Dorothy and the Wizard? Maybe E! should stick to giving has-beens and heiresses for show material…

Source: /Flim

The internet, the great repository for all of mankind’s knowledge. It’s also a great place for nerd art like a Thundercat cat butt, bukkake with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, ducks actually wearing pants and more. (editors note, I have never seen any of those things and am totally not curious… but if you want to email them to us…) This is what  we came across this week for your nerdgasm art lovin’ glory.

Canadians. Some would say sexy people, and the folks at the CW must have agreed, they did cast Laura Vandervoort to be Supergirl in Smallville. Well, sorta. Does she count as Supergirl even though she only half asses wore the costume? What would she have looked like as the last daughter of Krypton? Thanks to Daniel James Cox we now know. Super indeed.

Via: io9

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This past August, Evil Dead and Burn Notice star, Bruce Campbell tweeted he would be in Sami Raimi‘s adaptaion of The Wizard of Oz. In his original tweet he said: “I. Am. In. Oz. Sam refuses to tell me what character I will portray. Just know that the role is pivotal.” Apparently, his cameo in OZ: The Great and The Powerful  wasn’t as pivitol as he thought, as it has been cut from the film.

You’d think the chin killa’  would be a bit hurt over the loss of his scene, but he’s a good sport about it. Here’s his latest tweet:

Guess being friends with Raimi, not to mention being a cameo in all 3 of his Spider-man movies means jack and shit. I’d expect this sort of thing to happen to Sam’s little brother Ted Raimi, but not Brucey.

Via: Comic Book Movie