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Sam Raimi Explains Why He Left Both 'Spider-Man 4' & 'World Of Warcraft'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 5, 2013 3:26 PM
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It seems as if after "Spider-Man 3," all the king's horses and all the king's men just couldn't put Spidey back together again. Famously, series architect Sam Raimi tried with an attempt at a fourth film featuring John Malkovich as the Vulture, with Anne Hathaway in an unspecified role believed to be the Black Cat. Chatting with Vulture (the site, not the villain) as his next film "Oz The Great And Powerful" opens this weekend, Sam Raimi he finally opened up about the aborted project, which was canceled in favor of last summer's reboot "The Amazing Spider-Man."

Not In Kansas Anymore: The Long History Of Disney And 'The Wizard Of Oz'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 5, 2013 2:22 PM
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Not In Kansas Anymore: The Long History Of Disney And 'Oz'
This weekend's opulent 3D fantasia "Oz, The Great And Powerful," directed by former "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi, is one of Disney's biggest movies of the year – a dreamy, technologically advanced marvel that cost $200 million to produce and god knows how much to market. And while this is the latest film from the Mouse House to flirt with the "Wizard of Oz" mythos (originally developed in a series of best-selling fantasy novels by American author L. Frank Baum), it is far from the first. In fact, Disney has been doggedly pursuing the world of Oz, to varying degrees of success, since the late '30s. The odyssey that Disney took to get to "Oz, the Great and Powerful" is more fraught with danger, pain, and dead-ends than anything involving a yellow brick road. Thankfully, nowhere in this story does a flying monkey with the voice of Zach Braff appear.

Sam Raimi Manages Your Expectations About An 'Evil Dead 4,' Suggests Sequel Won't Happen

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 3, 2013 9:55 AM
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Is director Sami Raimi writing a fourth "Evil Dead" movie with his brother that he'll then eventually go on to make? If you were to take his comments from late last week at face value (why wouldn't you?), then yes. During a Meet the Filmmakers event in London promoting "Oz the Great and Powerful," Raimi told the crowd just that. But it turns out the filmmaker was overstating the case himself, as he elaborated in a subsequent solo interview that the crowd egged him on to say that and it's not quite the case.

Review: 'Oz The Great And Powerful' Dresses Up Dull Prequel Story With Special Effects Wizardry

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2013 9:00 AM
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We’re coming up on 75 years since MGM’s Technicolor wonder “The Wizard Of Oz” first enchanted audiences on screen, and at the time it was already the fourth movie based on the works of L. Frank Baum. Of course, it has become not only the best known version, but an American cinema classic and icon, and so the prospect of a prequel is always one that was greeted with some wariness. There’s not only the pressure of living up to a film that has been beloved by generations of filmgoers, but there's also the often undiscussed issue of whether or not adding backstory and additional mythology is simply answering a question no one asked. As studios continue to mine fables, fairy tales and comics for franchises, it’s a query they will continue to grapple with, but as for the results cooked up in Disney and director Sam Raimi’s “Oz The Great And Powerful,” it’s a lot of smoke and light, without much behind it.

Sam Raimi Explains Why He Won't Watch Marc Webb's 'The Amazing Spider-Man"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2013 3:51 PM
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Such are the times we live in that if you've been paying close enough attention, there are already some sites out there claiming Warner Bros. has a gameplan for when they want to reboot the Batman franchise. Maybe they do, maybe they don't, but considering that Sony kept only five years distance between Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 3" and Marc Webb's reboot "The Amazing Spider-Man," it's certainly within the realm of possibility. But one person who won't be watching the Spidey reboots is Raimi himself, but not for the reasons you might think.

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.

Watch: New TV Spot For ‘Oz The Great And Powerful’ Plus Super Bowl Teaser & Behind-The-Scenes Pics

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • January 29, 2013 1:25 PM
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Much of the mystery surrounding Sam Raimi’s upcoming “Oz The Great and Powerful” seems to have dissipated. With two trailers that pretty clearly delineated the story and provided a generous glimpse at the film’s look, all that’s left is to see the darn thing! But, with over a month to go until the theatrical release, marketing still needs to drum up some more interest, and has apparently resorted to labeling a recycled, condensed trailer as a new “first look.” The new TV spot aired during the SAG Awards, and unless we’re mistaken, there’s nothing here that we didn’t see in the second trailer.

Watch: 'Evil Dead' Green Band Trailer, Less Restricted, Still Scary

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 22, 2013 11:44 AM
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You would think that post-“Cabin in the Woods” there would be more skepticism than excitement about the return to the original cabin in the woods, with the forthcoming “Evil Dead” remake. But Fede Alvarez’s movie has been generating some positive buzz ever since the red band trailer hit last year, and there’s a lot of optimism for the film starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore. We imagine it’s probably taken a great deal of effort to cut together a green band version that retains the scares but removes the blood and gore, but some clever person has gone and done it, and now we have a trailer for "Evil Dead" that’s just as compelling but now suitable for the whole family!

Sam Raimi Might Just Direct That 'Poltergeist' Remake Himself

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 5:44 PM
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So, even though it was reported already this spring, some folks apparently had doubts so it has been super-confirmed, but yes, "Rabbit Hole" director David Lindsay-Abaire is really and truly writing the script for the MGM "Poltergeist" remake that Sam Raimi will produce. Or will he step into the director's chair too? Bear with this.

Sam Raimi Unplugs From 'World Of Warcraft'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • July 18, 2012 8:20 AM
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At the San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, director Sam Raimi helped promote his upcoming "Oz The Great and Powerful" by revealing the first trailer for the quasi-prequel. During the panel, Raimi answered a question about his long-developing adaptation of "The Shadow," and revealed that the project wasn't moving forward because they couldn't get the script right. Add another gestating project to the scrap heap, as Raimi is also no longer working on video game adaptation "World of Warcraft."

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