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January 16, 2014 |
Ruth Duccini - who was just over 4 feet tall as an adult - went from Midwestern small-town life to being part of a troupe known and beloved by millions of people worldwide: She was one of the 124 Munchkins who appeared in the 1939 MGM classic musical "The Wizard of Oz. " But as much as she enjoyed making the film, she said it had become painful to watch. "Most of the people [in the film] that I knew are gone already," she told the Baltimore Sun in 2006, "and it makes you kind of sad when you see them.
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January 28, 1987 |
One thing was clear to Rick Lowry when he stepped into the Land of Oz on Tuesday and stumbled over a couple making love. He sure wasn't in Kansas, Toto. Lowry, a city carpenter, was in Sherman Oaks. He was there to make emergency repairs to the Munchkins' castle--a place of giant-sized headaches for Los Angeles parks officials.
September 23, 2009 |
Numerous myths and legends have sprouted over the last seven decades regarding MGM's production No. 1060 -- better known as the beloved musical fantasy "The Wizard of Oz" -- like the tall tale that the studio wanted to cast Shirley Temple, not Judy Garland, as Dorothy. "That's one of those legends that have gotten so blown up," says "Oz" historian John Fricke ("The Wizard of Oz: An Illustrated Companion to a Timeless Movie Classic"). "The Temple thing . . . never entered the 'maybe' stage.
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)
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.
February 18, 2013 |
Since their heart-wrenching appearance at Michael Jackson's funeral in 2009, the King of Pop's three children have largely remained out of the media glare. Now, almost four years later, one of the music icon's sons has decided to step into the spotlight. Prince Michael Jackson, 16 - older brother to Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10 - has signed on to be a guest correspondent for the daily celebrity news show “Entertainment Tonight.” His first assignment, interviewing the director and stars of the upcoming film “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” will air in segments on the program throughout the remainder of the week.
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...