The Wizard of Oz

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Saving the Ruby Slippers Will Cost America $300K

And the Smithsonian is turning to Kickstarter for the funds

(Newser) - The Smithsonian needs your help preserving a piece of American film history. Dorothy's ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz are in need of some serious TLC, Entertainment Weekly reports, and the museum explains its federal funding doesn't extend to "non-core" projects like this one. To that... More »

Huge Reward Offered for Dorothy's Red Slippers

Anonymous fan of Wizard of Oz makes amazing offer

(Newser) - There's no place like home—especially for a pair of authentic slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. In fact, an anonymous donor is offering $1 million for information that leads to the return of the red shoes stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand... More »

Jackman's Prisoners Takes No. 1

But Chris Brown's 'Battle of the Year' wasn't

(Newser) - Despite complaints about the ending , Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal had a winning weekend with their thriller, Prisoners, taking in $21.4 million to lead the box office, reports the LA Times . Last week's winner, Insidious: Chapter 2, slipped into the No. 2 spot with $14.5 million, adds... More »

Anti-Thatcher 'Witch Is Dead' Song a Big Hit

Pro-Thatcher punk song enters charts at No. 35

(Newser) - So not everyone is weeping over Margaret Thatcher's death: The song "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" from The Wizard of Oz has climbed to No. 2 on Britain's charts and sold over 52,000 copies, the BBC reports. Meanwhile, a pro-Thatcher tune—the punk song "... More »

Oz the OK and Sorta Effective

Critics not over the raindow for Sam Raimi and James Franco's prequel

(Newser) - Sam Raimi's prequel to the Wizard of Oz hits theaters this weekend, but critics weren't exactly swept up and blown away by it. While few really hated Oz the Great and Powerful, few loved it either, and most concluding James Franco was a poor choice for the lead.... More »

Dorothy's Wizard of Oz Dress Fetches $480K

Iconic dress snapped up in Hollywood auction

(Newser) - The blue gingham dress Judy Garland wore as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz was the star of a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia. An unidentified buyer paid $480,000 for the dress made by famous MGM costume designer Adrian Greenberg, and another buyer shelled out $33,750 for a... More »

Wizard of Oz Coming in 3D

It will be out next year on DVD and Blu-Ray

(Newser) - Well, stoners, now you've got a reason to buy a 3D TV. If the Wizard of Oz isn't trippy enough for you in its normal, Technicolor glory, next year you'll be able to buy a 3D conversion of it on DVD or Blu-Ray, says Warner Bros. It... More »

Oz Munchkin Dead at 93

With Karl Slover's death, only 3 Munchkins remain

(Newser) - When Karl Slover was a boy in what is now the Czech Republic, his 6-foot-6 father tried many ways to make him grow before giving up and selling his 9-year-old son to a traveling carnival. Slover, who has died at the age of 93, never grew taller than 4-foot-5, but... More »

Historian Fights to Save Baum's Yellow Brick Road

John Curran is convinced New York road inspired Baum

(Newser) - The famous yellow brick road of Oz legend is now being used as a parking lot, if one historian is to be believed. John Curran has been fighting for nearly a decade to preserve the golden bricks in Peekskill, New York, that he believes inspired L. Frank Baum. Baum was... More »

7 High-Profile Missing Movie Props

Ruby slippers, Maltese Falcon, Spider-Man costume have all disappeared

(Newser) - Important things vanish in movies all the time—ghosts, ninjas, starlets' clothing. But what happens to important props that may have aftermarket value? Quite often, they go missing. Mental Floss lists seven iconic movie props that mysteriously disappeared:
  • The Easy Rider motorcycle: Two copies of each bike in the counterculture
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Next Wizard of Oz: Robert Downey Jr?

Actor is in talks for prequel film

(Newser) - Maybe you don’t picture Robert Downey Jr. as the “desperate and doddering” Wizard of Oz featured in the beloved musical—but what about the “dark and complex charlatan” he’s painted as in L. Frank Baum’s books? Yes, RDJ would be perfect for that role, writes... More »

Meinhardt Raabe, 'Oz' Munchkin, Dies at 94

He pronounced Wicked Witch of East 'sincerely dead'

(Newser) - Meinhardt Raabe, who played the Munchkin coroner in The Wizard of Oz and proclaimed that the Wicked Witch of the East was "really most sincerely dead," has died at 94. His caregiver said Raabe died yesterday morning at a hospital in Orange Park, Fla. He was one of... More »

25 Memorable Movie Musicals

Hits to keep the rain off your parade

(Newser) - With Sweeney Todd now out on DVD, Entertainment Weekly rounds up the mag's 25 favorite movie musicals. Some you've surely seen (West Side Story, Grease, the Sound of Music) but here are 10 you may have missed.
  1. Funny Girl (1968)
  2. Swing Time (1936)
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