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LOS ANGELES — In a world of on-demand video and movies shrunken to the size of smartphone screens, home-entertainment releases need something special to stand out. The following box sets offer more than movies for every cinephile on your holiday list.
This photo provided by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment shows the Blu-ray box set of The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
NEW YORK — The holidays bring out the inner-coffee table book obsessive in gift buyers. They're easy, weighty and satisfying to give. You've done your job with your pricey treat.
WASHINGTON — Miss Piggy is finally joining her love, Kermit the Frog, in the Smithsonian Institution's collection of Jim Henson's Muppets, and Bert and Ernie will have a place in history, too.
It’s been 75 years since Dorothy clicked her sparkling ruby heels together and wished to go home, and now you can see her dazzling red kicks and the zany world of Oz like never before.
In this file photo, Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Judy Garland as Dorothy, and Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman, sing in this scene from "The Wizard of Oz," distributed by Warner Bros. The film is among the American Film Institute's best genre movies. (AP Photo/HO,Warner Bros)
MGM’s “The Wizard of Oz” is the rare film adaptation that has officially become even more cherished than the timeless book that inspired it. Over the years, “The Wizard of Oz” has influenced numerous sequels, prequels, and reimaginings in just about every entertainment medium. Although there have certainly been some good additions to the “Oz” franchise, it’s unfortunate all of them must live in the shadow of an unbeatable classic. While nothing will ever top the Judy Garland version, the most we can ask from a modern “Oz” interpretation is that it remains true to L. Frank Baum’s universe while also sprinkling in something fresh. On that basis, director Sam Raimi sufficiently delivers in his vibrant and fun “Oz the Great and Powerful.”
"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 enchanting a newer, younger audience. It never really accomplishes either successfully.
MGM’s “The Wizard of Oz” is the rare film adaptation that has officially become even more cherished than the timeless book that inspired it. Over the years, “The Wizard of Oz” has influenced numerous sequels, prequels, and reimaginings in just about every entertainment medium. Although there have certainly been some good additions to the “Oz” franchise, it’s unfortunate all of them must live in the shadow of an unbeatable classic. While nothing will ever top the Judy Garland version, the most we can ask from a modern “Oz” interpretation is that it remains true to L. Frank Baum’s universe while also sprinkling in something fresh. On that basis, Director Sam Raimi sufficiently delivers in his vibrant and fun “Oz the Great and Powerful.”
LAS VEGAS (AP) — There's no shortage of stages in the Entertainment Capital of the World, although residents have long found it easier to find a celebrity impersonator than a Tony Award-winning musical.
It's not really news that Arnold Schwarzenegger is back this year. Everybody else in Hollywood is, too, so why not the former California governor?
Joe Wright's ambitious, technically dazzling adaptation of "Anna Karenina," set almost entirely within the confines of a decaying 19th-century theater, inspires this week's list: five movies that are so super-stylized, their artifice is part of the art.
Guided by executive producer John Lasseter, Walt Disney Animation Studios has clearly devoted significant resources and talent to "Wreck-It Ralph," recruiting a top-notch cast and a diverse array of animation, visual effects and lighting artists to contribute to the distinct and varied vid-game styles. With a mix of retro eye-candy for grown-ups and a thrilling, approachable storyline for the tykes, the film casts a wide and beguiling net.
“The Wizard of Oz”: Dorothy’s not in Kansas anymore. She’s at Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Copperstar Repertory Company’s adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s novel and the classic MGM film.
In this 1939 file photo originally released by Warner Bros., from left, Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Judy Garland as Dorothy, and Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman, are shown in a scene from "The Wizard of Oz." (AP Photo/Warner Bros., file)
Henry Thomas was just 10 years old when the role of Elliott in "E.T. — the Extra-Terrestrial" made him a star. With the Steven Spielberg classic finally out this week on a 30th-anniversary Blu-ray, Thomas — now a 41-year-old father of three — was nice enough to take the time to choose his five favorite family films. Here he is, in his own words:
This Oct. 31, 2010 image provided by Sue Subkow, shows her golden retriever, Jill, in costume as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz during the San Diego Golden Retriever Meetup Group's Halloween Pooch Party in San Diego, Calif. The first 45 minutes or hour of any golden retriever party involves letting the dogs run off-leash, Subkow said. That tires them out so they aren't too rambunctious during the on-leash parade, prize ceremony and lunch. (AP Photo/Sue Subkow)
Performing Arts 2012-13 theater season preview
Lori Vander-Maten knew one day that she would be involved in a stage version of the MGM classic film “The Wizard of Oz.” “I’ve had a love affair with ‘The Wizard of Oz’ since I was a kid and we would watch it on television when it was on once a year,” said Vander-Maten.
The Wicked Witch of the West is played by Kailee Vander-Maten, and Dorothy is Camden Wawro in Spotlight Youth Theatre’s “Wizard of Oz.”
Several years ago, Jay Brown, a Tempe music teacher and softball coach, finished the certification he needed to become a principal.
Creative Stages Youth Theatre Artistic Director Jim Gradillas’ took a new approach to Frank L. Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” when he wrote a stage adaptation of the story. “In the last few seasons, so many theaters have been producing ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ so I thought I would try something a little different,” Gradillas said.
Snow White has been mesmerizing moviegoers and TV watchers with a smile and a song -- and, now, a sword -- since 1937, when Disney released its first full-length animated feature.
So, I learned through the Vent that someone’s dictionary correlates intolerance with a “right-wing” Republican political view. As “right-wing” is a vague description, how does the dictionary define that term? While focused on this idea, I thought I would look for descriptions of intolerance. I found plenty on the same page of the newspaper, but they don’t seem to agree with that “dictionary” definition. For example: