A few new images from director Sam Raimi’s fantasy epic Oz the Great and Powerful have landed online. The pic is a prequel to the classic The Wizard of Oz, and centers on a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics (James Franco) who finds himself transported to Oz and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). These images highlight Rami’s colorful world of Oz and give us a look at his iteration of the Munchkins.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Zach Braff and Abigail Spencer. Oz the Great and Powerful opens in 3D on March 8th.
A few new images from some anticipated upcoming 2013 releases have been released online. Briefly:
- Oblivion – Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski helms this original sci-fi pic that sees Tom Cruise working as a drone repairman on a dystopian Earth. The film opens on April 19th.
- World War Z – Brad Pitt fronts the epic zombie apocalypse pic from director Marc Forster. The film opens on June 21st.
- Oz the Great and Powerful – This prequel to The Wizard of Oz is brought to life by director Sam Raimi. The film opens in 3D on March 8th.
- Despicable Me 2 – The sequel to 2010’s animated hit finds those adorable minions front and center. The film opens in 3D on July 3rd.
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New TV spots have been released for Beautiful Creatures and Oz the Great and Powerful. Beautiful Creatures is a supernatural love story centering on Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) a “caster” (a.k.a. a witch), her relationship with Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), and her dread at being chosen for good or evil. This TV spot sells the love-angle, but I can’t help but being slightly intrigued by the supernatural element of the story. As for Oz the Great and Powerful, the TV spots are about ringing in the New Year with Sam Raimi‘s Wizard of Oz prequel.
Hit the jump to check out the TV spots. Beautiful Creatures opens February 13th. Oz the Great and Powerful opens in 3D on March 8th.
Michelle Williams is in negotiations to lead the romantic thriller The Double Hour, a remake of the 2009 Italian film, La Doppia Ora. Per The Wrap, the original film centers on an “ex-cop and a hotel maid who fall in love after meeting at a speed-dating event. After they retreat to the ex-cop’s employer’s house for a romantic evening, they are ambushed by a gang that the maid later appears to be involved with.” As anyone who has ever speed-dated with tell you, this is the very first fear that runs through their mind: if we hit it off and decide to have a romantic evening at my boss’ house, will we be ambushed by a gang? So relatable.
Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace) will write the script and direct. Williams will next be seen playing Glinda the Good Witch in Oz: The Great and Powerful. She is also in talks to star in Saul Dibb‘s period drama Suite Francaise. Hit the jump to check out the trailer for La Doppia Ora.
A new trailer for director Sam Raimi‘s Oz the Great and Powerful has been released. Watching this trailer, I can’t help but be confused as to why three witches (Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams) need the help of the Wizard (James Franco) simply because we’re going to the lame plot device of “the prophecy”. Theadora comments that she doesn’t have a broom, but–and correct me if I’m wrong–a witch is a woman who can do magic. So why does the entire kingdom of Oz depend on one guy showing up when there are three ladies who already have magical powers? As for the look of the movie, I’m seeing lots of special effects but almost none of Raimi’s personality. Billed as “From the Director of the Spider-Man Trilogy” and “The Producer of Alice in Wonderland“, Oz looks like it’s more from the latter.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Zach Braff, and Abigail Spencer. Oz the Great and Powerful opens on March 8, 2013.
The marketing campaign for director Sam Raimi’s fantasy adventure Oz the Great and Powerful has been curiously ramping up as of late, as we’ve recently seen two new posters and a batch of new images. We knew that the one-sheets made up two-thirds of a triptych poster, and now that full banner has been revealed in addition to a couple more new images. The pic is a prequel to the classic The Wizard of Oz, and centers on a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics (James Franco) who finds himself transported to Oz and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). The full banner and images show off even more of Raimi’s colorful world (though the photoshop on the poster is still a tad spotty), and I’m eager to see more footage from the film. Hopefully a new trailer drops soon.
Hit the jump to check out the poster and images. The film also stars Zach Braff and Abigail Spencer. Oz the Great and Powerful opens on March 8, 2013.
Disney has released six new images from Sam Raimi‘s upcoming fantasy-adventure film Oz the Great and Powerful. The pic is a prequel to the classic The Wizard of Oz, and centers on Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, who finds himself transported to Oz and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). One of these new images shows Diggs making his way through “Chinatown”, where everything is made of china and has been broken by the Wicked Witch and her army. Diggs puts some of the pieces together and makes the China Girl (voiced by Joey King) who decides to come with him on his journey.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Oz the Great and Powerful opens in 3D on March 8, 2013.
More casting notes today. Check them out in brief below:
- Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) is in talks to topline the period drama, Suite Francaise, from British writer/director Saul Dibb (The Duchess).
- Anthony Michael Hall (The Dark Knight) is the latest addition to Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, which already stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Sienna Miller.
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At Comic-Con, Disney showed off the first trailer for Oz the Great and Powerful, and then released it online as a nice way of saying, “Thanks for standing in line, suckers!” I thought the trailer looked very pretty, but I wanted to see more of the characters and plot. Six new images from the film have gone online, and they once again confirm that the movie will look very pretty, which isn’t too much of a surprise considering that director Sam Raimi has a great eye for visuals and he has Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland) as his production designer. These images are basically stills from the trailer, but they’ll make for some nice desktop wallpaper.
Hit the jump to check out the images, and click here for our recap of the movie’s Comic-Con panel. The film stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz. Oz the Great and Powerful opens March 8, 2013.
Following their Hall H panel at Comic-Con, director Sam Raimi, along with actresses Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams, held a press conference to discuss the new film Oz: The Great and Powerful, which already looks intriguing and compelling, just from its small glimpses. The story is a prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz, telling how the selfish Wizard (played by James Franco) arrived in Oz from Kansas and went on to become a more selfless ruler and man. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
The panel for Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful with a bit of a sizzle reel dedicated to his previous films (although I couldn’t spot any scenes from The Gift). Raimi then comes on stage to talk about the eponymous character (played by James Franco). This is “the story of a selfish man”, explains Raimi. The Wizard is a lothario and cad who finds Oz to be, “a land of second chances.” The film is how he learns to be a selfless man. The story starts off with the Wizard as a carnival magician in Kansas. But he’s chased out of Kansas via air balloon escape and then gets swept up into Oz.
Hit the jump for more on the Comic-Con panel for Oz the Great and Powerful. The film opens in 3D on March 8, 2013. Click here for all of our Comic-Con coverage.
The first trailer for director Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful has been released. The pic serves as a prequel to the classic fantasy The Wizard of Oz and stars James Franco as the eponymous wizard. The story centers on Franco’s small-time circus magician with dubious ethics who finds himself transported to Oz and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). I love how the trailer begins in Academy ratio and black-and-white before expanding to widescreen and color once Fracno’s whisked away to Oz. The visuals are gorgeous and it’s obvious that this is one big movie, I’m just hoping that Raimi’s quirkiness and signature style isn’t pushed to the side in order to make “the next Alice in Wonderland.”
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Zach Braff and Abigail Spencer. Oz the Great and Powerful opens on March 8th, 2013.
The first bits of footage from Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful have gone online. The behind-the-scenes video features a great look at costumes used in the film for a number of characters, including Theodora (Mila Kunis) and Oz himself (James Franco). Franco and Kunis also talk at length about their characters and the world they live in, along with a comparison of the similarities and differences to the beloved film, The Wizard of Oz. They also comment on being fans of the L. Frank Baum source novels and reflect on memories of the original film they viewed as kids. Hit the jump to check out the footage and a few screencaps highlighting the costume design.
A few new photos have popped up online for director Bradley Parker’s Chernobyl Diaries and Sarah Polley’s indie drama, Take This Waltz starring Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams. First up from writer/producer Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) comes Chernobyl Diaries, the supernatural horror tale set on the site of the famous nuclear meltdown of 1986. Six tourists hire a travel guide to take them on an “extreme” sight-seeing tour of the abandoned area and find they are not alone and the inhabitants are none too friendly, which this trailer clearly shows. Chernobyl Diaries opens May 25th.
Take This Waltz features Rogen and Williams as a young married couple whose relationship is threatened when a handsome artist (Luke Kirby) enters the equation. Polley’s directorial debut, Away From Her, earned her an Oscar nod for best writing and adapted screenplay. The buzz around the indie has been quite positive; you can watch a sampling of it in this trailer. Hit the jump to see the new photos.
Yesterday, we reported that directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller had finally secured financing for Sin City 2 (officially titled Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), and filming was scheduled to begin this summer. As you may recall, Rodriguez also has another sequel in the works: Machete Kills. Back in February, we reported that the plot had Machete (Danny Trejo) “taking down a madman cartel leader and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war across the planet with a weapon in space.”
Hit the jump for more on Machete Kills.