‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ lands the cover of two magazines this week (and I’m sure many more to come), and it occurs to me what a huge gamble this movie is. Doing a prequel to such a timeless classic can be an extremely risky thing. Rumor has it Disney spent $200 million on this movie – so what’s it going to be? Huge success – or flop??
Close your eyes and begin listing all of the various characters, dialogue, imagery, creatures, props, sets, and songs you can from The Wizard of Oz. Chances are, it’ll take you about as long to finish as it took Dorothy and her companions to traipse their way to the Emerald City. That’s because the 1939 film is a part of our collective cultural memory, a work of American mythology so fundamental that it permeates our everyday lives. (Don’t believe me? Grab a box of Munchkins from Dunkin Donuts, visit the ruby slippers in the Smithsonian, or watch any one of these movies.)
So how do you go about making a movie that tells the story of what happened before Dorothy’s house flew over the rainbow and landed lickety-splat on the Wicked Witch of the East? Basically, how do you make a prequel to everyone’s childhood? “Very carefully,” says Sam Raimi. The director of the Spider-Man and Evil Dead trilogies was at first extremely hesitant to take on Oz the Great and Powerful—the huge and expensive family film out March 8 that Disney hopes will hit the same sweet spot as 2010′s Alice in Wonderland—for a very simple reason: “The original is my favorite film of all time,” he says. ” I didn’t want it sullied. I didn’t want to be involved in a production that might trade off the goodwill of that film, so I didn’t even want to read the script at first. Luckily I did. And then I realized that it wasn’t at all what I thought.”
Oz the Great and Powerful tells the story of the man who would be wizard. James Franco plays Oscar Diggs (a.k.a. “Oz”), a circus magician who travels via tornado to the land of Oz and meets its denizens, many of whom, like Michelle Williams’ Glinda the Good Witch, we’ve already met. “We tried to think of what made Glinda in the original film, but we didn’t want to lean too heavy-handedly on that,” says Williams on developing her iconic, if slightly loopy, bubble-traveling character. Meanwhile, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis join in as the witches Evanora and Theodora, one of whom ends up as that infamous green crone with the bone-rattling cackle, the Wicked Witch of the West.
Are you going to see it? I have to admit, I’m a bit excited…
Mila Kunis lands the April issue of Marie Claire UK, and she looks absolutely gorgeous! Mila is promoting her new movie, ‘OZ the Great and Powerful.’
The magazine hasn’t released much yet, as far as the interview goes, just a few clips. She does talk about wanting to cut back on work at some point. Maybe when she and Ashton start making babies.
On fame: “To say my life hasn’t changed would be a lie. It has changed, I don’t really know how. I can’t complain, not that I am complaining, but I can’t leave my house as freely as I used to. But I’ve also travelled a lot for work, so that’s changed. I have been very lucky.”
On recovering from near blindness: “I have [one] glass lens. It’s very dramatic. I had it fixed. I did it three years ago maybe four. It’s not that big a deal.”
Does she censor herself? “Lately, more. More. But I’ve always said that it is much easier to be honest than to be caught up in a bunch of lies. At least this way, you know who you are.”
Looking towards the future: “I don’t think I can do this three-movies-a-year thing. It’s too much. There comes a point in your life where you want to be….home. I want to explore other parts of this industry to see what aspects of it I can get myself into, so that I can… work out of home maybe. Like producing. Then I can have, like, a life, in one location.”
I love the pictures that go with this interview. The one below with the rose is beautiful. Her eyes are so beautiful!
Posted Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 at 11:11am
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Mila Kunis has confirmed that she wants the role of Anastasia Steele in the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie.
The ‘Ted’ actress has been on the top of the list of potential choices, according to sources.
PHOTOS: Esquire names Mila Kunis the Sexiest Woman Alive 2012, she gets naked to celebrate the honor.
Now the star has confirmed that she’s “not disinterested” in playing Ana (just face it you’re interested Mila). When asked by Mario Lopez on Extra whether she’d want to appear in the ‘mummy-porn’ movie, she initially said “no”, before correcting herself.
She’s also previously said that she wouldn’t mind a spot in the film, telling The Sun: “There are times when you just want to do something fun and different, because you’re going to have a good time doing it.”
Others to be linked to the role include Lucy Hale, Emma Watson, Shailene Woodley and of course Twilight star Kristen Stewart, while Henry Cavill and Ian Somerhalder are among the favourites to play other red room of pain resident Christian Grey.
I actually think Mila would be perfect for the role. I could totally see her playing Anastasia! What do you think?
Here are new pictures of Mila at the Valentine’s Day premiere of ‘OZ: The Great and Powerful’.
Source, Photos: FameFlynet
Posted Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 10:10am
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Mila Kunis lands the March cover of Elle Magazine, and the actress looks beautiful in the accompanying photo shoot! The actress has a new movie coming out in March, ‘OZ: The Great and Powerful’, and I’m really hoping the movie doesn’t suck. It looks really interesting, but previews can be deceiving (case in point: “Identity Thief” – but I’ll talk about that a bit later).
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Here are some highlights from the interview:
Being single after dating Macaulay Culkin: “For four years I was single. An amazing time. An amazing time. I love being single.”
When she was shown a photo of Ashton Kutcher: “I didn’t think this was going to be about my friends. Happily about myself! Not about who my friends are, who I’m dating, or who I may have ever dated. That’s not talking about myself!”
On privacy and the paparazzi: “You can look (online) and see what Starbucks I go to. You can look and see what gym I go to. You can go online and look at my daily activities. And they have no concept of what kind of danger that puts people in. … You’re constantly worried that something’s going to get out that’s going to put your life in danger or your loved ones.”
On weight loss for Black Swan: “Unfortunately, the only way I could play a ballerina was to look like a ballerina . . . fit and bony.”
On on-screen nudity: “I showed side boob. I don’t need to show a–. You get one or the other. You don’t get both,” she said as she smirked.
I wonder if she was asked about dating Macaulay Culkin – and she didn’t answer – or if they just asked her what it was like AFTER dating him. I find it hard to believe they didn’t go for some quote on his rumored serious drug problems, and that being the cause of their breakup. I wish she would have said something about dating Ashton. Enough already! Spill the beans!
TRAILER: “OZ: The Great and Powerful”
Posted Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 at 7:07am
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But it feels like we JUST saw Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis out walking dogs and getting coffee in sweats together…is Kunis single already?
Kunis dropped a doozy of a line in the March 2013 issue of Allure! Says the star:
“I love being single. I was single for four years. It was an amazing time.”
Okay, okay, okay. She didn’t dump Ashton (unfortunately)… Kunis is just making it crystal clear that she’d totally be fine if they ever did break up. Know what? I’d be fine, too. Very fine. I still stand by the fact that Mila is WAY TOO GOOD for Ashton!
Of course, Mila is talking about that four-year gap between her nine-year relationship with Macaulay Culkin and her current love, Mr. Kutcher.
Sure you don’t want to be single again, Mila?
Posted Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 at 12:12pm
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