March 5, 2013 |
In the latest version of Temple Run, following the yellow brick road is crucial to getting a high score. Disney Mobile Games and Imangi Studios on Tuesday released "Temple Run: Oz," a special version of the popular mobile game based on the film "Oz the Great and Powerful," which opens Friday. In the Oz-themed game, users play as Oscar Diggs, or the Wizard of Oz. They run through the Land of Oz and its various areas, including the Whimsie Woods and the Dark Forest. There's also a bonus level where users ride on a hot-air balloon collecting coins and gems.
March 4, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before yet another flight back to Los Angeles. The Skinny: I've said it before and I'll say it again. AMC's "The Walking Dead" could have worked on broadcast TV. The show has very little sex and language issues, and the gore could be toned down a little without losing anything. Last night's episode was very powerful and had a great closing song by Jamie N. Commons. OK, done plugging. Monday's headlines include the box office recap, a look at how NBCUniversal is battling piracy and a piece on whether "Oz: The Great and Powerful" will find streets paved with gold.
March 1, 2013 |
Beyonce has been running afoul of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals all year, at least. First there was her fur coat at the presidential inauguration. Then there was her Super Bowl costume, which used leather and exotic skins. Now it's some custom-made PMK (Perfectly Made Kicks) wedge sneakers that incorporate ostrich, sting ray, anaconda and crocodile skins. "These custom-made kicks come with a high price and it's paid by the various animals who were beaten and skinned alive or cruelly farmed and killed," PETA said in a statement.
March 1, 2013 |
Barely a mile from where James Franco, the wizard in Disney's new "Oz: The Great and Powerful," was recently giving interviews sat a billboard touting a middle-school stage production. " 'The Wizard of Oz' is coming!" it proclaimed, an endearing promotion that the master shyster himself might appreciate. Down the street, some of Hollywood's top actors were talking up their $200 million plus production of "Oz," but inside these halls pre-adolescent cowardly lions and scarecrows were dutifully rehearsing their numbers.
February 28, 2013 |
It looks like the yellow brick road could lead Walt Disney Studios to box office gold. "Oz: The Great and Powerful," the studio's $200-million-plus production, is headed toward the biggest opening of 2013 by far. The Sam Raimi-directed picture starring James Franco as the iconic wizard could bring in at least $75 million on its opening weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release industry surveys. The film hits theaters March 8. The movie, a prequel to the 1939 classic, follows the wizard as he makes the journey from Kansas to Oz, where he becomes the ruler of a foreign land filled with good and evil witches.
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.
February 14, 2013 |
James Franco, star of "Oz the Great and Powerful," arrived at the film's premiere Wednesday in a hot air balloon, but the gimmick didn't stop there. He also took the human-carrying craft to his appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" later that evening, which films next door to the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard where "Oz" premiered. It was his first time in a real hot air balloon, Franco told Kimmel. Watch the stylish arrival above. In the lavish Disney film, Franco plays a younger version of the famed wizard -- the tale starting from his arrival in the magical land.
February 14, 2013 |
Michelle Williams comes from the world of low-budget independent film, so, she said, it took her a while to get her sea legs on the $200-million-plus production of "Oz: The Great and Powerful. " "That was a really hard transition for me to make," the thrice Oscar-nominated actress said at the film's premiere in Hollywood on Wednesday evening. Talking about the film's grandiose sets -- which included seven soundstages -- Williams said she felt anxious about how many people were observing her act. "I'm conscious of people watching me perform, and I walked onto the set and there must have been 20 different monitors set up," she said.
February 13, 2013 |
Last night at Musso & Frank Grill , the big man was Jerry Maren, who happens to be only 4-foot-3. Lots of people -- famous people -- have held court at Musso & Frank's, including F. Scott Fitzgerald , Raymond Chandler and Orson Welles , but none had been a Munchkin star in "The Wizard of Oz" known for his performance of the song "We Represent the Lollipop Guild. " Maren, a longtime Musso & Frank's customer, just turned 93. He's the last male survivor of the 124 Munchkins in the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, one of the best-known American movies ever.
January 28, 2013 |
Sunday night's SAG Awards broadcast featured a sneak peek of Disney's “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” showing the black-and-white world of James Franco's Kansas huckster morphing into color when the soon-to-be-wizard lands in Oz. It's one of several previews - or previews to previews - that will air for the big-budget prequel in the coming days. This Sunday, Disney will air a spot during the Super Bowl and has seen fit to tease that teaser with its own online video.