7 New Clips from LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN Featuring the Voices of Lea Michele, Patrick Stewart, and Martin Short

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A handful of new clips from the upcoming animated film Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return have been released online.  Based on the 1989 novel Dorothy of Oz, a sequel to Frank L. Baum’s original The Wizard of Oz, the film revolves around Dorothy (Lea Michele) returning to the Land of Oz, only to find that the kingdom and its inhabitants are in grave danger from a wicked Jester (Martin Short).  The pic continues to look more like a direct-to-DVD sequel or Nick Jr. special than a real movie, but you can judge for yourself by checking out the new clips.

Hit the jump to watch the Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return movie clips.  The film also features the voices of Kelsey GrammerDan AkyroydJim BelushiMegan HiltyHugh DancyOliver PlattBernadette Peters, and Patrick Stewart.  Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return opens in 3D on May 9, 2014.

First Full Trailer for LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN

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The first theatrical trailer for the upcoming animated film Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (previously titled Dorothy of Oz) has been released online.  Based on the 1989 novel Dorothy of Oz, a sequel to Frank L. Baum’s original The Wizard of Oz, the new film revolves around Dorothy (Lea Michele) returning to the Land of Oz, only to find that the kingdom and its inhabitants are in grave danger from a wicked Jester (Martin Short).  The pic looks more like a direct-to-DVD sequel than a major theatrical release, but youngsters will probably enjoy the whimsical tone and goofy characters.  It’s a far cry from the oddly dark Oz sequel that terrorized me as a child, Return to Oz.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also features the voices of Kelsey Grammer, Dan Akyroyd, Jim Belushi, Megan Hilty, Hugh Dancy, Oliver Platt, Bernadette Peters, and Patrick StewartLegends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return opens on May 9, 2014.

First Teaser Trailer for DOROTHY OF OZ Featuring the Voices of Lea Michele and Patrick Stewart

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The first trailer for the animated feature Dorothy of Oz has been released.  The CG-animated musical centers on Dorothy (Lea Michele) returning to the Land of Oz, only to find that the kingdom and its inhabitants are in grave danger from a wicked Jester (Martin Short).  The low-budget film comes from the studio Summertime Entertainment, and the visuals are sadly a far cry from Pixar or DreamWorks Animation.  That said, the colorfulness and strange cast of characters would have been a big pull for me as a kid so maybe this will play better to younger audiences.  The film is almost reminiscent of the dark and twisted unofficial sequel Return to Oz, but with decidedly more singing/Broadway stars.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The voice cast also includes Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Patrick Stewart, James Belushi, Bernadette Peters, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty, and Oliver PlattDorothy of Oz will open sometime in 2013. 

First Footage from Animated DOROTHY OF OZ; Plus a Clip of Lea Michele Singing as Dorothy

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Every young girl who grows up dreaming of musicals idolizes Judy Garland, so it’s no surprise the animated Wizard of Oz re-imagining Dorothy of Oz lured so many notable Broadway starlets.  Lea Michele is Dorothy, Megan Hilty is China Princess, and Bernadette Peters is Glinda the Good Witch.  In an early featurette, the trio each get a chance to explain how excited to work with each other in an Oz movie.  We even get an extended listen to Michele’s showcase, “When the World Turns Upside Down.”  But the real treat for those out of us outside the Broadway loop is a first look at footage from the movie.  Well, “treat” may be a strong word.  The low-budget CG from new studio Summertime Entertainment is not as immaculate as one might hope for when animating the classic fantasy.  But there’s still time to polish the visuals before the TBD release, and plenty of opportunity to make up for a lack of funds with the storytelling or, naturally, the songs.  Check out the sneak peek for yourself after the jump.

10 Interviews You May Have Missed: Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson TINTIN, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Marc Webb THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, More

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As you may have noticed, we’ve been a bit flooded with content for the past week thanks in no small part to Comic-Con 2011. We’ve been posting our full-scale coverage from the convention (I’m still trying to catch up on sleep), which has included a large number of interviews. We know some of you might have missed a few of these interviews, so we’ve compiled a sort of “catch up” list of 10 that we thought you might enjoy.

Not all of the interviews are Comic-Con related, but we’ve got conversations with Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, Damon Lindelof, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Marc Webb, Steve Carell, Patrick Stewart, Don Cheadle, Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays, Nicolas Winding Refn, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, Don Cheadle and Kate Beckinsale. Hit the jump for some quick recaps and links to the full interviews.

Exclusive: Patrick Stewart Talks DOROTHY OF OZ, STAR TREK, Recording Answering Machine Messages, and More at Comic-Con

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At this year’s Comic-Con, I got to talk to someone whose work I’ve loved for a very long time: Patrick Stewart.  While many Star Trek fans debate which show was the best, I’ve always thought Star Trek: The Next Generation was the one that got everything right, and I’ve watched every episode at least a few times.  Trust me, if you had seen my face while doing this interview, you’d have thought I’d won a million dollars.

The reason Stewart was at his first Comic-Con is the movie Dorothy of Oz.  In the upcoming animated film, Stewart will voice a character named Tugg (you can watch him talk about the character here).  During the interview, Stewart talked about his love of animated films, making Dorothy of Oz, being at Comic-Con for the first time, how you can get him to record his voice for an answering machine message, when he looks back on his experience filming Star Trek: TNG what’s the one thing he remembers, has he seen X-Men: First Class and J.J. Abrams Star Trek, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Patrick Stewart Talks about His Character “Tugg” in the 3D CG-Animated Musical DOROTHY OF OZ; Making First Comic-Con Appearance

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Patrick Stewart adds gravitas to anything he does.  That’s why he’s so funny when he does something like Extras or Family Guy.  Stewart will be bringing his unmistakable voice to the upcoming 3D CG-animated musical Dorothy of Oz and we’re happy to announce that he’ll be making his first Comic-Con appearance on Saturday, July 23rd in Hall H at 4:30-5:30.

In addition, we have exclusive video of him speaking about his character “Tugg”.  Stewart also talks about working again with fellow voice actors Kelsey Grammer and Martin Short and what he finds so appealing about animation and Dorothy of Oz in particular.  Hit the jump to check out the exclusive video.  The producers of the film are Summertime Entertainment, Ryan Carroll, Roland Carroll and Bonne Radford.  Dorothy of Oz is set to arrive sometime in 2012.

Comic-Con 2011: Schedule for Saturday, July 23rd; Includes Francis Ford Coppola’s TWIXT, Universal’s SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and COMMUNITY

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The Saturday schedule for Comic-Con has been released, and it looks to be a very big day for TV fans. However, Hall H will be having a fairly light day, with the highest profile panels being Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman and Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. Other films taking up shop in Hall H on Saturday include Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt, the comedy-fantasy Knights of Badassdom, the animated film Dorothy of Oz, and wrapping things up will be “An Early Evening with Kevin Smith.”

TV highlights include Chuck, Terra Nova, Being Human, Futurama, The Simpsons, Community, Family Guy, American Dad, Adventure Time, Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries, The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra, Grimm (includes pilot screening), Fringe, Charlie’s Angels, The Secret Circle, Alcatraz (includes pilot screening), Teen Wolf, Nikita, Good Vibes, Person of Interest (includes pilot screening), and Mythbusters. The day also includes comic panels with Joss Whedon and Robert Kirkman. Hit the jump for a list of schedule highlights for movies and TV.

New Posters for DOROTHY OF OZ and THE BEAVER

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New posters have gone online for the animated film Dorothy of Oz and Jodie Foster’s The Beaver.  The poster for Dorothy of Oz can be considered a long-lead teaser that lets audiences know who is voicing the film.  However, the 3D animated musical isn’t due out until 2012.  As for The Beaver, the new poster shows that in Argentina, it will be called “The Double Life of Walter”.

Hit the jump to check out both posters.  Dorothy of Oz features the voices of Lea Michele, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, and Patrick Stewart.  The Beaver stars Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, and Jennifer Lawrence.  The film hits theaters in limited release on May 6th.

First Sketches from DOROTHY OF OZ Starring Lea Michele, Oliver Platt, Dan Aykroyd, and Patrick Stewart

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We have found some pretty cool concept art for Dorothy of Oz, an upcoming 3D animated musical feature based on the classic L. Frank Baum children’s novels.  The voice cast is led by Glee‘s Lea Michele as Dorothy Gale, with the likes of Oliver Platt, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, and Patrick Stewart supporting.  I’ve always been a fan of early glimpses into the animation process: check out a comparison of the sketch of nine different characters and the actor who will bring them to life after the jump.

Lea Michele, Oliver Platt, Dan Aykroyd, and Patrick Stewart Lend Their Voices to DOROTHY OF OZ

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The upcoming 3D animated film Dorothy of Oz has made a very smart casting decision by having Glee star Lea Michele provide the lead voice in their animated-musical family film.  It’s not just smart because Michele is an amazing singer.  It’s smart because Glee is one of the hottest shows on television right now and studios should be rushing to pick up any star from the show as fast as possible.  The actor or actress won’t be able to open a movie on their own, but if paired with the right project and with a fairly talented ensemble, it could really help garner attention to a project.

The fairly talented ensemble backing up Michele includes Oliver Platt, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, and Patrick Stewart.  The film is also launching an interactive teaser website at dorothyofoz.com.  Hit the jump to check out the press release.  And for our previous coverage of the film at the American Film Market, click here.

Final Installment of AFM 2009 Coverage Featuring Stills, Images, and Synopses for DOROTHY OF OZ, JACKBOOTS ON WHITEHALL, ALIEN VS. NINJA, and More

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By now you’ve probably noticed that Steve got an ungodly amount of material from this year’s American Film Market (AFM). The place where buyers and sellers do business to bring you the films you’ll hopefully be seeing in the near future, AFM has tons of artwork and synopses which are used to promote films but which we will use to bring you news on these films.  We have reached the last piece of our AFM coverage.  It’s been a long and fruitful journey and you can follow it by reading parts Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7 by click on their respective links.

Below you’ll find posters for Conan and The Promised Land (The Wettest County in the World), images and synopses for animated film Dorothy of Oz and Jackboots on Whitehall plus images and synopses for the live-action movies Singularity, The Last Dragon, and my favorite, Alien vs. Ninja.  Hit the jump to check them all out. Please note that all the synopses are copied down directly from the original materials with no editorial alterations.

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