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Oz the Great and Powerful

Hit and Myth

Laura Shamas, Ph.D. | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
Laura Shamas, Ph.D.

Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful is one of the biggest blockbusters of the year to date. I can't claim to be an Oz expert, although as a child I di...

Some More Books: Part 3

James Franco | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
James Franco

Teddy Wayne's novel The Love Song of Jonny Valentine tracks the faltering tour of an 11-year-old pop singer in the mold of Justin Bieber. In Wayne's novel, one of the most salient aspects is the way that this young mind has been shaped by his unique position as a pop star.

Oz: The Great and Powerful

Nikki Luongo | Posted 05.17.2013 | Entertainment
Nikki Luongo

I'd heard that it lingered in some parts and that the matching of James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams were off-the-charts wrong and that the whole story's alignment with its predecessor was a total failure but I admit, I was totally wrong.

Way, Way Over the Rainbow

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 06.04.2013 | Entertainment
Robert J. Elisberg

What with the new movie, Oz: The Great and Powerful out in the theaters, it got me thinking about The Song. There have been a lot of wonderful interpretations of "Over the Rainbow," but this might be my favorite.

Fooled Again

Colleen Glenney Boggs | Posted 04.01.2013 | Comedy
Colleen Glenney Boggs

April Fools' affirms our sense of humanity and community. In overturning hierarchy and authority, April Fools' makes elders look childish and children seem cunning beyond their years; we are all equally foolish.

Deliver Us From Stupid Hollywood Films

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.27.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At this point in movie history, the Hollywood studios are to movies what McDonald's is to cuisine: a factory producing products that are nearly identical in their lack of depth, quality or concern for the viewing audience's intellect.

Beautiful Creatures

Monika Chiang | Posted 05.26.2013 | Style
Monika Chiang

I've been traveling quite a lot lately (albeit not in a hot air balloon!) and encountering all sorts of beautiful creatures myself, and that got me thinking a lot about my own journey. After New York Fashion Week, I hopped a night flight to Paris for the Première Vision Fabric Show (PV).

Why Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters May Represent the Future of Big-scale Studio Movies

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.20.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The rescheduled, heavily cut, and seemingly dumped January release may look and feel like both a punchline and a 'why they hate us' representation of everything wrong with popcorn filmmaking. But unlike certain re-imagined fairy-tales, it didn't cost $200 million. It cost just $50 million.

Disappearing Act: 'Burt Wonderstone' Flops

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 03.17.2013 | Entertainment

"Oz The Great and Powerful" was the number one movie in North America for the second straight week, grossing an estimated $42.2 million according to f...

Life Lessons From The Wizard of Oz That Every College Student Should Adhere To

Stephanie Beach | Posted 05.13.2013 | College
Stephanie Beach

Here are 5 clichéd, but invaluable life lessons that every college student can learn from the 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz.

Why Embargo Movie Critics' Reviews?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.12.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Why would a movie studio try to stop critics from reviewing movies? It's called a review embargo -- and it seems a little self-explanatory. But still, I'd like to take this opportunity to discuss a little movie-critic inside-baseball stuff. Perhaps we can get a larger discussion going.

The Good News/Bad News About Oz: The Great and Powerful's Complicated Gender Issues

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.11.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

The women of Oz: The Great and Powerful may have serious issues in how they are written and presented, but at least Oz: The Great and Powerful has women (plural) in it at all.

Somewhere Under the Rainbow: Oz the Almost-Great and Powerful

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 05.11.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

Narrative, dramatic tension and character development are often overshadowed by look-at-me CGI. Beautiful and impressive, especially the use of 3D. At other times, its a bit like the later wizard who wanted Dorothy to focus on his smoke and mirrors.

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Oz the Great and Powerful

Dan Persons | Posted 05.11.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Another film that answers questions we didn't ask, Oz the Great and Powerful is a prequel showing how the magical land over the rainbow got its formidable-but-all-too-fallible wizard.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Lies a Less Rancid Prequel

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 05.11.2013 | Entertainment
Douglas Anthony Cooper

Any review of Oz the Great and Powerful that fails to use some variant of the word "wretched" is not to be trusted. A critic who avoids "queasy," "soul-chafing" and "aspartame" has almost certainly been paid off by Disney. It's conceivable that someone somewhere has taste just rotten enough that they can dodge these terms without being slipped a few bucks. But unlikely.

An $80 Million Weekend For 'Oz'

Posted 03.10.2013 | Entertainment

It was a huge weekend for "Oz: The Great and Powerful" as the new Disney film opened to $80.2 million across 3,912 theaters. Starring James Franco, Mi...

Weekend Box Office: Oz: The Great and Powerful Summons $80 Million, With All Signs Pointing Towards a Leggy Run

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.10.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

While Oz: The Great and Powerful has its writing issues, it's far more satisfying than Alice in Wonderland and I can confirm that it went over like gangbusters with the packed general audience crowd I saw it with. All the signs indicate that it is in it for the long haul.

Kate Moss Does It Again!

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 03.10.2013 | Style

This week at HuffPost Style, we were all excitedly gearing up for warmer weather -- until the snow returned. One of our editors wore ankle skimming pa...

A 'Great And Powerful' Opening For 'Oz'

The Huffington Post | Madeline Boardman | Posted 03.09.2013 | Entertainment

"Oz: The Great and Powerful" took a major lead at the weekend box office Friday as the film opened at 3,912 theaters. The James Franco-led "Oz" brough...

Oz the Great and Powerful: A Prequel at Its Best

Lee Allport | Posted 05.08.2013 | Entertainment
Lee Allport

This movie will be a classic; one our children, our children's children, and even their children will enjoy and talk about for years to come. The movie is a prequel at its best, laying out for us everything we would need to know to understand L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

A Parent's Guide to Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful

Kristen Howerton | Posted 05.08.2013 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

I believe this movie could spark some incredible conversations between children and parents about morality, ethics, and human behavior.

9 Beauty Lessons We Learned From 'Oz: The Great And Powerful'

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver and Michelle Persad | Posted 03.08.2013 | Style

As Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz made their press rounds for "Oz: The Great and Powerful," we got more and more excited about seeing ...

PHOTOS: A Wonderful 'Wizard of Oz' Wedding

Bridal Guide | Posted 05.08.2013 | Weddings
Bridal Guide

In honor of Oz the Great and Powerful, which hits theaters on Friday, take a look at Anna and Brandon's beautiful wedding held at the Land of Oz!

Disney Already Planning An 'Oz' Sequel

Posted 03.08.2013 | Entertainment

Disney is already planning a sequel to "Oz The Great and Powerful" just as the James Franco film hits theaters Variety reports that Mitchell Kapner...

The Viral Mila Kunis Video: What Publicists Can Learn From It

Tony Potts | Posted 05.06.2013 | Celebrity
Tony Potts

The publicist could have stepped in and tried to control the situation but it would have backfired. I have to hand it to Kunis, she did a bang-up job of going with it and having fun. It didn't backfire. It went viral. And she comes off looking stellar.