August 29, 2009 |
It was 70 years ago this week that "The Wizard of Oz" arrived in theaters, and even in this CGI-jaded era those old red ruby slippers still manage to sparkle. The anniversary has been celebrated over the last year with numerous events, including a national tour by a seven-story Oz-themed hot-air balloon. The festivities will continue into next month with a one-night theatrical presentation of a newly restored version of the film in 450 theaters (Sept. 23) and the release of an "ultimate collector's edition" home video package with that remastered version and 16 hours of bonus material.
August 23, 2009 |
The Real Wizard of Oz The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum Rebecca Loncraine Gotham Books: 416 pp., $28 In contrast to the rambling text that follows, the title of this biography couldn't be more cogent. L. Frank Baum, inventor of the magical Land of Oz, does indeed strikingly resemble the fraudulent but fundamentally good-hearted Wizard who put green-colored spectacles on Dorothy, her friends and the residents of the Emerald City. Not that Baum ever cheated anyone outright, but this son of the Gilded Age was intimately familiar with the tricks and showmanship that built modern commerce, as well as the yearning for a freer, more fantastic realm beyond the harsh realities of life on the Great Plains or in America's rapidly industrializing cities.
May 10, 2011 |
Chocolate milk in the cafeteria contributes to obesity in children, says one side. But without it, kids might not consume enough calcium, argues the other side. As school districts across the nation consider banning the cafeteria milk of choice (as well as strawberry-flavored milk), here’s a quick break down of the calorie content of chocolate milk from Fitday : “Whole chocolate milk, made from whole milk, has the most fat and calories. An 8 oz. glass has 210 calories.” “Reduced fat chocolate milk is made from either 1% or 2% milk, and an 8 oz. glass has 160 to 170 calories.” “Skim chocolate milk, made from skim milk, is lowest in calories at 160 for an 8 oz. glass.” Chocolate adds about 60 calories to white milk—an addition that, if not done in moderation, could add several pounds by the end of one year (this article estimates 10 pounds)
June 27, 2013 |
The head of Turkey's biggest publishing house is a 32-year-old, Istanbul-raised, Boston-educated sociologist with a smart nose for business and the good sense to steer clear of politics - until now. Can Oz runs the publishing house Can Yayinlari and this month he spoke out publicly against his government for the first time, in the support of the movement that occupied Istanbul's Taksim Square, where thousands of mostly young people had been...
September 26, 2009 |
Johnson & Johnson's McNeil unit is voluntarily recalling 57 lots of infants' and children's liquid Tylenol products because of possible bacterial contamination. The recalled products were made between April and June and include nearly two dozen varieties, including Children's Tylenol Suspension 4 oz. Grape, Infants' Tylenol Grape Suspension Drops 1/4 oz. and Children's Tylenol Plus Cold/Allergy 4 oz. Bubble Gum. The company said that no bacteria were found in the finished product and that the likelihood of a serious medical event was remote.
February 25, 2011 |
When it comes to creating uniquely delicious cocktails, Eric Alperin is one of the best mixologists in town. And this week his bar, the Varnish ? which is located in a warm, wooden speak-easy behind an unmarked door at Cole's in downtown L.A. ? is celebrating its two-year anniversary. Since the Varnish can be a tough room to get into (it's among the best and most exclusive cocktail dens in the city), we thought we'd share one of Alperin's signature cocktail recipes with you so that you can attempt to re-create his boozy magic at home.
March 7, 2013 |
The multifaceted James Franco will soon add another credit to his résumé: The actor-director-artist-poet is heading to the Great White Way. "We're going to do 'Of Mice and Men' on Broadway. I'm going to play George," the star of "Oz the Great and Powerful” revealed on "The Colbert Report.” This would be Franco's Broadway debut, though not for want of trying. The one-time Oscar host was slated to star opposite Nicole Kidman in a 2011 revival of “Sweet Bird of Youth,” although the production never materialized.
November 14, 1998
The classic film version of "The Wizard of Oz" only exists because of the genius of one man: L. Frank Baum, the extraordinary author of "The Wizard of Oz" books. The fact that Warner Bros./Turner Pictures actually omitted L. Frank Baum's name from the full page ad it placed in this newspaper and in newspapers across the country to promote the film's re-release is not only unethical but obscene. But, then again, this is Hollywood, a town that has no respect for living writers, let alone dead ones.