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Wallabies Ate Our Laundry!

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 03.03.2015 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

We knew better, we wanted to be residents for a week, and in order to do that, we rented a bungalow by the bay. As soon as we landed and took a few steps, you could see that the vegetation here was different from the mainland's.

Why Dean Winters Originally Said No To The Allstate Mayhem Commercials

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 02.24.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Dean Winters isn't what you'd call an A-list actor, but he has one of those recognizable faces, the guy who's appeared in enough memorable projects to...

Driving a Useless Camper Along the Great Ocean Road of Australia

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 02.24.2015 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

After our three great adventures in Uluru, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef, we decided to go on a road trip for a few days and discover the roads and back roads of Australia.

Me? Oh, I'm Just Walking on the Great Barrier Reef

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

The Great Barrier Reef is not really a barrier at all. The huge formation is composed of millions of small reef pieces, corals, stones, holes, caves, recesses, canyons, all covered in multicolor algae, inhabited by the weirdest fish ever, some small, some large, even gigantic.

A Giant Dune With Champagne Pools, Wild Dogs and Great White Sharks - This is Fraser Island, Australia

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 02.09.2015 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

Back to civilization after our detour into the red desert of Uluru, we start again from Brisbane and take the road up north towards the Great Barrier Reef, where I always said I would not dive, but that my youngest wants to explore anxiously. We are now in Queensland.

Middle Australia: A Trip for All Senses. Part Two

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 02.03.2015 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

This is Australia's Northern Territory. It's dawn at Uluru. The loud clapping woke us up. We found out later that the gardeners outside have to beat the pathways around the various parts of the hotels in order to chase away any unwanted animals that could have lodged in some hole somewhere during the night.

Middle Australia, a Trip for All Senses - Part One

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 01.26.2015 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

It's rough. The soil is hard and red, soft and warm at the same time. The shades of the rock are not really calming at all, nothing refreshing like the shade of a tree or a market umbrella. This is the center of Australia, this is aboriginal Uluru.

First Nighter: Peter Brooks' Valley of Astonishment, The Sucker Emcee, The Bullpen

David Finkle | Posted 11.26.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The interest Oliver Sacks takes in the human brain fascinates Peter Brook. The Valley of Astonishment is another consequence of that fascination, and, as presented at the Young Vic, currently Brook's London outlet of choice, it, too, is fascinating.

You'll Never Guess Who Christopher Meloni Played In The '90s

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 04.25.2014 | TV

If there's an award for the most random, bizarre, and diverse cameos ever, it should go to Christopher Meloni, no questions asked. The actor is of ...

Around the World in Eight Days

Jamal Hammadi | Posted 11.30.2013 | Travel
Jamal Hammadi

The eight day trip started out with an absolutely must see stop at the Tsukiji Fish Market at 5 a.m. Even at that hour the place is bustling with activity.

Blink, Eureka, Aha: Inspiration in Oz, Disney World, Carnivals

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 11.16.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

I believe traveling carnivals are worthy of study because they operate so close to the heartbeat of local epicenters -- neighborhoods, churches, commercial hubs. At that spot they increase the pulse with sights, sounds, tastes and thrills.

Artist as Ouroboros: James Franco's Gay Recycling in Berlin

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

It is all too apt that James Franco should dedicate, in the metropolis that made gender-bending an art form, his latest multimedia exhibition, Gay Town.

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.

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...

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...

Franco's 'Oz' May Not Be So Great And Powerful

AP | CHRISTY LEMIRE | Posted 05.06.2013 | Entertainment

"Oz the Great and Powerful" aims for nostalgia in older viewers who grew up on "The Wizard of Oz" and still hold the classic dear while simultaneously...

Joe Roth Reflects on Oz The Great and Powerful, Looks Forward to Maleficent in 2014

Jim Hill | Posted 05.04.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It's every screenwriter's nightmare. To be in the office of one of Hollywood's most powerful producers, pitching all of your script ideas. Only to then have that mover-and-shaker repeatedly say "Nope. Not interested." But that's exactly what happened back in 2009 to poor Mitchell Kapner.

Who Plays The Wicked Witch In 'Oz'?

ew.com | Posted 02.28.2013 | Entertainment

Close your eyes and begin listing all of the various characters, dialogue, imagery, creatures, props, sets, and songs you can from The Wizard of Oz. ...

Gregory Maguire On The Power Of Oz

Posted 02.27.2013 | Books

The following is an excerpt of Wicked author Gregory Maguire's forward to the new book Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond, out ...

Dark Skies' J.K. Simmons: The CFQ Interview

Dan Persons | Posted 02.21.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

It takes some kind of actor to take the role of a Nazi sadist and make it more than just a broad caricature. And it's no mean feat to then become the flesh-and-blood incarnation of one of comics' most notorious egotists and turn him into a person you might consider hanging out with.

LISTEN: Mariah Carey's 'Oz' Track

Posted 02.16.2013 | Entertainment

Good news for Mariah Carey fans. A teaser of the singer's track for "Oz: The Great and Powerful" has been released -- take a listen below. Call...

Mariah Carey Records For 'Oz'

Posted 02.06.2013 | Entertainment

Mariah Carey is joining "Oz." Disney announced on Wednesday that Carey is lending her powerhouse vocals to the upcoming "Oz The Great and Powerful...

Search for the Real: Part 1

James Franco | Posted 10.27.2012 | Entertainment
James Franco

It has taken me at least a decade to get to a place where I am respected as an actor; I can demand a high salary, and I can get artsy movies off the ground because of my involvement. What all this means is that if I am careful I can make work that is pure.

'Hangover' Star Joins Ryan Murphy's Next Project

Posted 04.23.2012 | TV

While fans are still reeling over the "Glee" winter finale, the cast of Ryan Murphy's new NBC comedy is shaping up. Justin Bartha of "The Hangover...

Since Disney Has Yet to Make Her a Princess, Megan Hilty Settles for Being a Fairy

Jim Hill | Posted 01.16.2012 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Some people complain about the commute that they have for work. But not Megan Hilty. Of course, if your work took you from Oz to Broadway to Neverlan...