Sam Raimi Not Interested in Directing OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Sequel

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With Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful opening today and news that the studio has already tapped screenwriter Mitchell Kapner to pen a sequel, it was only a matter of time before attention turned to director Sam Raimi as to whether or not he’d return to helm a follow-up.  With big box office franchises, as Disney is hoping Oz turns into, the studio wants a quick turn-around on the next film and would need to secure a director sooner than later.  Is Raimi up to the challenge or will a journeyman director be swooping in to take the opportunity?  Hit the jump to see what Raimi had to say (it’s spoilery on the movie’s ending).

Rachel Weisz Talks OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, 3D, Sam Raimi, and Reveals She’s Not Doing David Cronenberg’s Next Movie

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Opening this weekend is Disney and director Sam Raimi’s fantastic prequel to The Wizard of OzOz The Great and Powerful.  The film 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).  Loaded with incredible visuals, amazing 3D, and a beautiful world created by production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland, Avatar), Oz is the type of movie that definitely should be seen on a movie screen and it’s absolutely worth the extra charge to see it in 3D.  Oz The Great and Powerful also stars Zach Braff and Joey King.

Recently, I got to speak with Weisz.  We talked about what it was like to walk on the yellow brick road for the first time, her reaction to the finished film, 3D, collaborating with Sam Raimi, and not doing David Cronenberg’s next movie, Maps to the Stars.  Hit the jump to watch.

Disney Looks to Return to Oz with OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Sequel Penned by Mitchell Kapner

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With Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful looking to bank somewhere in the $80 million range on its opening weekend, the studio is quickly moving forward with plans for a sequel.  Reports have screenwriter Mitchell Kapner, who penned the original with David Lindsay-Abaire, tapped to write up the inevitable follow-up.  Obviously there are no details on the plot as of yet.  L. Frank Baum’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” is in the public domain, but Kapner can’t use any of the iconic imagery in Warner Bros.’ 1939 film.  Since Oz the Great and Powerful is considered a prequel to that film, there’s plenty of space between the two to suss out another story (or more).  Perhaps we’ll get a new installment of the terrifying 1985 film Return to Oz.

Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz, Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful opens in theaters tomorrow.  Check out Matt’s review of the film here, along with interviews from Sam RaimiJames FrancoMila KunisZach Braff and producer Joe Roth.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer for Return to Oz if you’re not familiar with it (and want nightmares).

Zach Braff Talks OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, 3D, the Yellow Brick Road, and WISH I WAS HERE; Which He Plans to Direct This Year

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Opening this weekend is Disney and director Sam Raimi’s fantastic prequel to The Wizard of OzOz The Great and Powerful.  The film 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).  Loaded with incredible visuals, amazing 3D, and a beautiful world created by production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland, Avatar), Oz is the type of movie that definitely should be seen on a movie screen and it’s absolutely worth the extra charge to see it in 3D.  Oz The Great and Powerful also stars Zach Braff and Joey King.

Recently, I got to speak with Braff.  We talked about what it was like to walk on the yellow brick road for the first time, his reaction to the finished film, 3D, the unusual way he brought his character to life, and more.  In addition, Braff talked about his upcoming film, Wish I Was Here, which he wrote with his brother and plans to direct later this year.  Hit the jump to watch.

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Review

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We can find truth in deception.  We find the deeper truth beneath the artifice.  Sam Raimi‘s Oz the Great and Powerful makes no secrets of its deception, and shows how deception can be used for good or evil.  We just don’t call it deception when it’s used for good.  Then it’s an illusion, not a trick.* Oz creates a beautiful illusion that we can get lost in not because of the visual effects wizardry or the size of the canvas, but because of the honesty of the characters and Raimi staying true to his oddball style.

Mila Kunis Talks OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, the TED Sequel, and the Wachowskis JUPITER ASCENDING

by     Posted 1 year, 138 days ago

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Opening this weekend is Disney and director Sam Raimi’s fantastic prequel to The Wizard of OzOz The Great and Powerful.  The film 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).  Loaded with incredible visuals, amazing 3D, and a beautiful world created by production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland, Avatar), Oz is the type of movie that definitely should be seen on a movie screen and it’s absolutely worth the extra charge to see it in 3D.  Oz The Great and Powerful also stars Zach Braff and Joey King.

Recently, I got to speak with Kunis.  We talked about what it was like to walk on the yellow brick road for the first time, her reaction to the finished film, 3D, the Ted sequel, and the Wachowskis‘ upcoming film, Jupiter Ascending.  Hit the jump to watch.

Producer Joe Roth Talks OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, Sam Raimi, MALEFICENT, the ALICE IN WONDERLAND Sequel, and More

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From director Sam Raimi, Oz the Great and Powerful imagines the origins of the wizard that was first brought to life in author L. Frank Baum’s book The Wizard of Oz, in a fantastical adventure that utilizes 3D to enhance what is truly an awe-inspiring movie-going experience.  When small-time circus magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is unexpectedly carried from Kansas to the vibrantly beautiful Land of Oz in a tornado, he soon meets three witches – Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) – who are unsure about whether he truly is the great wizard that they’ve been expecting.  In one of the biggest tales of fake it ‘til you make it, Oscar must use his magical skill and a little ingenuity to help good triumph over evil.

At the film’s press day, Collider got the opportunity to speak with producer Joe Roth during both the press conference and a 1-on-1 interview about how this project came about, his prior experience with the original The Wizard of Oz film, how involved he was in shaping which Baum tales they would blend together to tell this origin story, how important it was to center the film around a flawed hero, why Sam Raimi was the right director, assembling this talented cast, and the most challenging aspects of such a big production.  He also talked about the high-risk and high-reward involved in taking on such iconic characters (he’s done it with Oz, Alice in Wonderland and Snow White), their spin on the Sleeping Beauty story for Maleficent and how crucial the casting of Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning was, how they’re approaching the Alice in Wonderland sequel, and that he hopes to go into production on a very low-budget movie based on the book Heaven is for Real in the summer.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

James Franco Talks OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, Walking on the Yellow Brick Road, Seth Rogen’s THIS IS THE END, and More

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Opening this weekend is Disney and director Sam Raimi’s fantastic prequel to The Wizard of OzOz The Great and Powerful.  The film 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).  Loaded with incredible visuals, amazing 3D, and a beautiful world created by production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland, Avatar), Oz is the type of movie that definitely should be seen on a movie screen and it’s absolutely worth the extra charge to see it in 3D.  Oz The Great and Powerful also stars Zach Braff and Joey King.

Recently, I got to speak to the James Franco.  We talked about how he got involved in the project, the way Raimi sold him on the role, what it was like to walk on the yellow brick road for the first time, and more.  In addition, we also talked about Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s This Is the End (which looks fantastic).  Hit the jump to watch.

James Franco and Mila Kunis Talk OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, Reuniting with Sam Raimi, and the Wachowskis’ JUPITER ASCENDING

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From director Sam Raimi, Oz the Great and Powerful imagines the origins of the wizard that was first brought to life in author L. Frank Baum’s book The Wizard of Oz, in a fantastical adventure that utilizes 3D to enhance what is truly an awe-inspiring movie-going experience.  When small-time circus magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is unexpectedly carried from Kansas to the vibrantly beautiful Land of Oz in a tornado, he soon meets three witches – Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) – who are unsure about whether he truly is the great wizard that they’ve been expecting.  In one of the biggest tales of fake it ‘til you make it, Oscar must use his magical skill and a little ingenuity to help good triumph over evil.

At a press conference at the film’s press day, actor James Franco talked about working with Sam Raimi again, getting to learn magic from Lance Burton for the role, why he enjoys working with Mila Kunis, the inner journey his character goes on and finding a balance in his eclectic career, while actress Mila Kunis talked about playing Theodora as a normal girl who gets her heart broken, making the character her own, the best part about playing a witch, and how much she enjoys doing wire work, which she says she’ll be doing a ton more of on her next project, the WachowskisJupiter Ascending.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Sam Raimi Talks OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, Musical Tribute to THE WIZARD OF OZ, Challenges of 3D, and More

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From director Sam Raimi, Oz the Great and Powerful imagines the origins of the wizard that was first brought to life in author L. Frank Baum’s book The Wizard of Oz, in a fantastical adventure that utilizes 3D to enhance what is truly an awe-inspiring movie-going experience.  When small-time circus magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is unexpectedly carried from Kansas to the vibrantly beautiful Land of Oz in a tornado, he soon meets three witches – Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) – who are unsure about whether he truly is the great wizard that they’ve been expecting.  In one of the biggest tales of fake it ‘til you make it, Oscar must use his magical skill and a little ingenuity to help good triumph over evil.

At the film’s press day, director Sam Raimi spoke at a press conference about how his experience on the Spider-Man trilogy taught him that you can’t be loyal to every detail of the original source material, the brief musical tribute to the original film, the challenges of ensuring the 3D wouldn’t cause the audience headaches from watching it, whether he was ever tempted to make the wicked witch scarier, doing the wire work with Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz, and what it means to him personally to accomplish what Walt Disney was never able to, in making a film for the studio that’s set in the Land of Oz.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz Talk OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, Perks of Playing Witches, Doing Wire Work for their Fight Scene and Costumes

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From director Sam Raimi, Oz the Great and Powerful imagines the origins of the wizard that was first brought to life in author L. Frank Baum’s book The Wizard of Oz, in a fantastical adventure that utilizes 3D to enhance what is truly an awe-inspiring movie-going experience.  When small-time circus magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is unexpectedly carried from Kansas to the vibrantly beautiful Land of Oz in a tornado, he soon meets three witches – Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) – who are unsure about whether he truly is the great wizard that they’ve been expecting.  In one of the biggest tales of fake it ‘til you make it, Oscar must use his magical skill and a little ingenuity to help good triumph over evil.

At the film’s press day, co-stars Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz spoke at a press conference about working on such a big CG and effects film, the best part about playing a witch, doing all of the wire work for their big fight scene, making sure they had just the right outfit, how the costumes affected their performances, and their experiences with The Wizard of Oz.  Check out what they had to say after the jump. 

IMAX Midnight Screening Poster for OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

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IMAX has made a habit of releasing special midnight screening posters for the year’s biggest blockbusters.  For Oz the Great and Powerful, they’ll be releasing a poster that shows off a piece of concept art from Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland).  The film 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).

Hit the jump to check out the poster, which will be available while supplies last at participating theaters.  Also, click on the respective links for Steve’s set visit: 30 things to know about the film plus a video blog, and his interviews with Sam RaimiJames FrancoMichelle WilliamsZach Braff, and Joey KingOz the Great and Powerful opens March 8th.

New Trailer for OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

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A new trailer has dropped for Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful.  This one minute glimpse into the land of Oz sets the stakes of the battle to come and features plenty of clashes between witches, wizards and more.  Watch James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz take to the screen in the special effects spectacular starting March 8th.

You can also check out these recently-added clips and behind-the-scenes footage, along with interviews from Steve’s set visit: 30 things to know about the film plus a video blog, and his interviews with Sam RaimiJames FrancoMichelle WilliamsZach Braff, and Joey King.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

2 New Clips and 13 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Sam Raimi’s OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

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Two new clips and 13 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage have been released from Sam Raimi‘s Oz the Great and Powerful.  The film 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).  We previously saw a clip showcasing the conflict between Theodora and Evanora, as well as Oz and his cohorts “traveling by bubble”, which should be impressive on the big screen in 3D.  The new clips showcase the film’s attempt at comedy by showing Oz’s frustration with his traveling companions, Finley (voiced by Zach Braff) and China Girl (voiced by Joey King).

Hit the jump to check out the previously released clips and the new ones as well as the behind-the-scenes footage.  Also, click on the respective links for Steve’s set visit: 30 things to know about the film plus a video blog, and his interviews with Sam RaimiJames FrancoMichelle WilliamsZach Braff, and Joey KingOz the Great and Powerful opens March 8th.

Extended Clip from OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Features Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz

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A few days ago, we posted a partial clip from Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful that debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  Now, an extended version of that clip is available.  It features Rachel Weisz (The Mummy) as Evanora arguing with Mila Kunis (Black Swan) as Theodora over the truth of Oz’s claims.  Needless to say, things get a bit…heated.

Hit the jump to watch the extended clip, and be sure to get caught up on Steve’s set visit here: 30 things to know about the film plus a video blog, and his interviews with Sam RaimiJames FrancoMichelle WilliamsZach Braff, and Joey King.  Oz the Great and Powerful opens in 3D on March 8th.

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