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Listen To Mariah Carey's Theme To 'Oz The Great & Powerful,' Plus Clips, A Featurette And Spoiler-y Images From The Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 19, 2013 1:08 PM
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After the quietish few months of the year, we're only a few weeks out from the first would-be major blockbuster of the year (if you exclude the underperforming "A Good Day To Die Hard," and the noticeably buzz-free "Jack The Giant Slayer"); Sam Raimi's "Oz The Great & Powerful," the first theatrical film to go back to L. Frank Baum's magical land, featured in the beloved "The Wizard Of Oz," since "Return To Oz" in the 1980s.

Watch: Super Bowl Spot For 'Oz The Great & Powerful' Waves A Magic Wand

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2013 7:19 PM
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Does anyone know what's going on in the actual Super Bowl? Because we don't. Continuing tonight's logjam of movie marketing, yet another gameday spot has dropped, this time for "Oz The Great And Powerful," Disney's great spring blockbuster hope.

What Did They Do To Mila Kunis? 4 Character Posters For 'Oz The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2013 2:18 PM
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So, in just over a month "Oz The Great And Powerful" will wave a magic wand and drop into theaters, and mostly, Disney is hoping this doesn't "John Carter" on them. But they have a few things that will likely prevent that from happening. First, it's riffing on a beloved movie that everyone has heard of. Next, it features a cast that people know, including James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis. Okay, great. But then why on Earth did they airbrush the hell out of the one cast member who has been named the Sexiest Woman Alive?

Watch: New TV Spot For Sam Raimi's 'Oz The Great & Powerful' With James Franco & Mila Kunis

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 14, 2013 11:20 AM
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Adapting a beloved TV series to the big screen is always a risky prospect, particularly when you start departing from the source material. Be it giving a post-modern meta spin on classics like "Bewitched" or "Starsky & Hutch," or chucking big-budget effects at lo-fi favorites like 'The A-Team" or "Lost In Space," the results are rarely positive, pleasing neither fans or neophytes. We thought we might be on safer ground when we discovered that Sam Raimi was directing a film called "Oz." Surely the brutal prison drama that preempted the golden age of HBO and shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" would make it to the big-screen unscathed, especially in the hands of the director of "The Evil Dead" and "A Simple Plan."

Is Jessica Chastain Joining Or Replacing Michelle Williams In Liv Ullman's 'Miss Julie'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 3:13 PM
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Last summer, cinephiles got a bit of a surprise when Ingmar Bergman's muse Liv Ullmann revealed that she was preparing to shoot her next directorial project, "Miss Julie," this year in Ireland, and that Michelle Williams was reportedly attached. The movie is an adaptation of August Strindberg's classic Swedish play, a controversial work exploring power, sexuality, class, identity, love and gender set in 1874, and Ullmann said she'd "use Irish actors as servants and British as the masters of the house." But could she be gaining another excellent actress to her class?

For Your Consideration: 5 Lead Performances That Deserve Oscar Recognition

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 20, 2012 12:05 PM
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Oscar voting got underway this week with a January 3rd deadline that, between Christmas and New Year, will be on us before we know it. And so, with only a few weeks left to catch up in theaters and work through screeners, we wanted to pick out a few names who've been otherwise overlooked by prognosticators and experts in the conversation to date.

Michelle Williams Reportedly In Talks For Romantic Thriller 'The Double Hour' For Director Joshua Marston

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2012 5:22 PM
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So, this is why we love Michelle Williams. While the three-time Oscar nominated actress could easily sit back and ride the studio driven tentpole gravy train (and yes, she's starring in next year's "Oz The Great And Powerful," but girl's gotta eat), more than often than not, she chooses interesting stories and filmmakers, with characters that are often compelling and complex. And this is true for what may be on one of her upcoming efforts.

Watch: Dazzling New Trailer For Sam Raimi's 'Oz The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2012 8:49 AM
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You may have forgotten, but Sam Raimi's "Oz The Great And Powerful" has been a long time coming. It actually started production way back in July 2011, meaning it will be just under two years before it hits theaters next spring. But it looks like that time and attention to detail have certainly paid off because if anything, the 3D- and effects-heavy movie looks pretty damn great. The murky, digitally undercooked world of Tim Burton's "Alice In Wonderland" looks nearly amateur by comparison.

James Franco, A China Doll & A Monkey: Yes, It's More New Images From 'Oz The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2012 10:45 AM
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This certainly isn't your grandma's Oz. With James Franco, 3D and a bunch of monkeys, the yellow brick road has been redone, for better or worse, in Sam Raimi's upcoming "Oz The Great And Powerful." Whether or not it all comes together remains to be seen, but if anything, it should look spectacular.

New Images Of James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz & Mila Kunis In 'Oz The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2012 8:58 AM
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It's taken a while, especially given that the film comes out about four months from now, but some proper looks at James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz in Sam Raimi's "Oz The Great And Powerful" are here. And yes, another look at a monkey.

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