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The Thing is showing in an LA Graveyard

Posted by LiveFor on May 6, 2010

Oh how I wish I was in California or a secret millionaire so I could head on over

Cinespia is showing a series of films at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The Wizard of Oz is first on 15th May, but the big news is that John Carpenter’s The Thing is showing on 22nd May.

Also cool is that on 29th May they’re showing Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest.

may 22nd
the thing

directed by john carpenter (1982 109 mins)

gates 7:00 pm movie 8:30 pm
no reservation necessary
$10 donation tickets available at gate
parking available inside
as a courtesy to other moviegoers: NO TALL CHAIRS!!

starring kurt russell

dj turquoise wisdom spins before and after the screening

Check out the official site and if you should go to it send me some photos and a mini-review of the evening.

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Movie Quotes made into charts

Posted by LiveFor on May 5, 2010


Lovely stuff and rather clever. Anyone got any more?

Source: io9

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Dorothy of Oz – Poster for animated sequel

Posted by LiveFor on November 30, 2009

Dorothy of Oz is directed by Daniel St. Pierre (Everyone’s Hero).

Alpine Pictures in association with Box Office Productions III, LLC is currently producing the animated feature musical Dorothy of Oz based upon the best-selling children’s novel by one of America’s most beloved literary icons. The author Roger S. Baum is the great grandson of L. Frank Baum the author of the original The Wizard of Oz. The book Dorothy of Oz has sold millions of copies.

Dorothy of Oz follows in the footsteps of The Wizard of Oz, and is destined to become both a box office hit and an animated film classic.

There is trouble in Oz and Dorothy is needed! With Glinda’s help, she and Toto return to Oz. Joined by her old friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Lion (Jim Belushi) as well as exciting new characters, Dorothy sets out on a perilous journey to stop the crafty Jester (Martin Short) from using the power of the Wicked Witch of the West’s wand to turn the people of Oz into puppets. That seems to be the least of Dorothy’s problems as her travels lead her straight into a treacherous maze, a cave full of very hungry dragons and an evil spell that could destroy the Yellow Brick Road. Dorothy has the daunting knowledge that it is up to her to stop Jester’s terrible plan. Audiences will welcome the return of the old Oz favorites and will love meeting new friends like Tugg a gruff talking boat and Wiser an owl with an unlucky attraction to molasses.

Written in the whimsical style of L. Frank Baum, Dorothy of Oz”is sure to delight Oz fans old and new as they journey once again into the magical land of Oz.

Source: Collider

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Judy Garland – 40 years of Over the Rainbow

Posted by LiveFor on April 29, 2009

The amazing Amy Walker pays tribute to Judy Garland with this impersonation of her singing Over the Rainbow and aging her voice as it moves on.

Let me know what you thought of that.

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Wizard of Oz remake by John Boorman – Some concept art for the CGI remake

Posted by LiveFor on November 10, 2008

The Wizard of Oz…the original musical version was never one of my favourites. It had some cool imagery and funny moments but it’s just one of those things that always irked me. I much preferred Return to Oz which seemed a lot darker and twisted which is what these kind of stories should be (I loved the way everyone thought Dorothy was mad and sent her to an insane asylum). Mind you I have never read the original Baum stories so I’m not the best one to judge the news on the remake. However, the concept art from John Boorman’s CGI remake does look pretty cool. He is also the director who brought us Excalibur (which is one of the Wife’s favourite films) so he can handle the dream like weirdness that I suppose the Wizard of Oz should have.

Variety had some details on this last week – John Boorman is attached to direct the $25 million, CG-animated pic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

The adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s original novel will be Boorman’s first toon pic.
Produced by Laurent Rodon and Claude Gorvsky at France’s Films Actions and John Boorman’s longtime associate Kieran Corrigan, and currently in pre-production, “Oz” is written by Boorman, Ron Mita and Jim McClain (Robots, S.W.A.T., Sniper 2).

John Boorman also had this to say on the Action Synthese website:
Based upon the original work by Franck L. Baum, The Wizard of Oz is a literary and cinematographic milestone which animated cinema must approach with respect. Why should we make an animated version of this story at all? Given the technical limitations of the day, and the demands of live action, the iconic MGM film could only engage with a fraction of the novel. Animation will allow up to explore the magical fantasy of the book and bring the array of strange and frightening creatures to life.

Therefore my objective in recreating the universe of the land of Oz is to realise the glories of Franck Baum’s novel. The Wizard of Oz is first and foremost a fairytale telling the story of a young girl who has lost her parents and lives in the countryside with her aunt and her uncle but dreams of another reality, of escape, of finding friends who will compensate for the loss of her parents.
Dorothy’s journey through the land of Oz relates a child’s coming of age, the transition from childhood to adulthood. Dorothy learns that she must put away childsish things, take responsibility, and become an adult. She is the only child in the land of Oz, and she has to understand that adults live in an ambiguous world in which the border between the good and the bad is often blurred.
In the original work, the handling of the female characters has been subjected to tremendous care. All the strong and powerful characters are women: Dorothy, the Witch, Glinda. Whereas males are deficient: the Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man, the Lion, the Scarecrow.
Nature also plays a key role in this magical world. It possesses a soul and is inhabited by mysterious forces. This nature isn’t tamed like ours, it belongs to the witches and the wizards. Nature is accordingly handled in the script as a genuine character.
Eventually, the harmony of the film will rest on the atmosphere, for which light is crucial. Today’s animated films generally tend to be over lit. These delightful and touching characters, Dorothy’s companions, represent aspects of the human condition. I will set them in a magical landscape that contains deep shadows and dark mysterious places which reminds us of the hazards we all face as we make our way through the world.
Such a setting will allow Dorothy to remain this unique character who has been through a century of literature and cinema history and is still able to seduce generations of viewers.

To those people who have read the original books or love / hate the original film let me know your views on the remake and whether Boorman is the one to helm it. Also do you like the concept art for the film?

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