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Seven New Images From Sam Raimi's 'Oz The Great & Powerful'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 8, 2013 1:01 PM
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When the trailer for Sam Raimi’s next film, the prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” “Oz: The Great and Powerful” hit last year the reaction was decidedly mixed. It all looked a little too much like Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” from a visual standpoint, and the casting jarred a little too. James Franco will be taking on the title role of the man who would be The Wizard of Oz, while Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz are playing the magical land’s three witches.

Rome Review: 'Tar' With James Franco Is A Dreamy Collage Of Pretty But Overfamiliar Aesthetics

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 17, 2012 1:53 PM
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It's difficult to know quite what to make of 'Tar,' a multi-authored project seemingly coaxed into being by the sheer force of James Franco's current artistic cachet. Playing In Competition in the XXI sidebar of the Rome Film Festival, the film represents the work of twelve newbie directors -- NYU film students all -- and attempts to create an impressionistic interpretation of the work of poet CK Williams, who himself appears occasionally, reading from his collection. Championed by and starring Franco, amongst a starry cast including Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, Henry Hopper, Bruce Campbell and Zach Braff, the film shifts around in time and mood, using four different actors (Franco one of them) to depict Williams at different stages in his life, with the scenes sometimes playing out with internal dialogue and mini-storylines, and other times played mute, with snatches of poetry voiced over.

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.

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.

Mila Kunis Joins Paul Haggis' 'Third Person'; James Franco & Casey Affleck Also In Talks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2012 10:02 AM
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Paul Haggis' next film, "Third Person," seems to be moving onward in fits and starts. With sporadic updates throughout last year, this spring the movie started firmly moving foward when Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde boarded, with Jude Law rumored for a part as well and then....not much else. But it seems the wheels are turning once again with some exciting new names now ready to lend their talents.

Watch: Eye-Popping Trailer For Sam Raimi's 'Oz The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2012 6:44 PM
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Comic-Con kicked off in full force today, and you don't have to be in San Diego to get the goodies. Not long after they showed off a sizzle reel to the crowd in Hall H, Disney went ahead and dumped the first trailer for "Oz The Great And Powerful" online, and yeah, it's actually pretty impressive.

Small Bits Of First Look Footage Unveiled From Sam Raimi's 'Oz: The Great And Powerful'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 11, 2012 12:37 PM
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With Comic-Con 2012 just hours away, prepare yourself for an onslaught of promotion from the various studios hocking their wares at the tradeshow. And so naturally, Entertainment Tonight is getting into the fray as well. The tabloid television entertainment television news show stopped by the set of Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful," and if you can tolerate sitting through the annoying ET host, you'll see some first-look behind-the-scenes footage mostly involving what leads James Franco and Mila Kunis will look like in the film.

Review: Seth MacFarlane's Foul-Mouthed & Hilarious 'Ted' Can't Hide Its Narrative Problems

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 28, 2012 3:42 PM
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The comedic formula practiced, developed and recycled by animation creator Seth MacFarlane on his collection of wildly popular animated shows (“Family Guy,” “American Dad!” and “The Cleveland Show”), is to tell a fairly standard, often hackneyed, sitcom-worthy story, embellish it with omg! "taboo" post-millennial topics (AIDS, incest, etc), and chop it up with a series of randomly selected tangents, either to emphasize pop culture references or to underline the outrageousness of the main thread. The animated comedies are tonally schizophrenic, exhausting, and somehow hugely successful, even though the gags far outweigh the actual episodes and the crassness always supersedes heart and story.

Watch: Boobs, Bros & Bud In Red Band Featurette For 'Ted' With Mark Wahlberg & Mila Kunis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2012 3:11 PM
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There hasn't quite been a full-on raunchy comedy this summer ("That's My Boy" is mostly just kind of mega-stupid), so just in case you're missing your fill of sex jokes, drugs and a little bit of nudity as well, not to worry as "Ted" arrives next week.

New Images Of Mark Wahlberg & Mila Kunis In Seth MacFarlane's 'Ted'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2012 10:49 AM
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Can Seth MacFarlane weave the same kind of comedic and money-making magic on the big screen as he has on the small screen? Whether or not you like his brand of comedy which fits somewhere between "The Simpsons" and "South Park" in sensibility, it's undeniable that he's been hugely successful and now he's hoping his specific schtick can translate into the live-action world with "Ted," opening at the end of the month.

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