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'Mad Men' Star Abigail Spencer Joins 'Oz The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 6, 2011 8:01 AM
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Ok, calling Abigail Spencer a "star" from "Mad Men" is a bit much -- she did only have a six-episode stint during season four as Suzanne Farrell, yet another conquest of Don Draper -- but she's definitely on the rise. She visited the set of "Hawthorne" for an eight-episode run, she'll appear in "This Means War" with Tom Hardy, Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon, she's got a part in the upcoming "Cowboys & Aliens" and it looks like she's bagged another fantasy role in a future tentpole.

Danny Elfman Makes Peace With Sam Raimi To Score 'Oz The Great and Powerful'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 20, 2011 12:55 PM
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Composer Also In Talks For 'The Hunger Games'Update: Movies.com confirms that Danny Elfman will be scoring "The Hunger Games" with T. Bone Burnett. That's pretty awesome.

Exclusive Sadness: John C. Reilly Won't Play Steve Brule In 'Tim And Eric's Billion Dollar Movie'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • June 16, 2011 8:58 AM
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'Hunger Games' And 'Oz: The Great And Powerful' Faker Than 'Green Hornet' EnthusiastsBetween the legion of "Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" fanatics and those merely acquainted with their bizarre Absolut Vodka videos with Zach Galifianakis, people seem to be intrigued across the board concerning what the duo's upcoming star-studded feature, "Tim And Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" will ultimately end up like. Sporting a cast of comedic favorites like Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte and William Atherton, directors Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim go meta with their characters/personalities, saying that it's about "literally getting a billion dollars to make a movie, and we make it, and things go awry, and Tim and I just decide to get out of Hollywood and become businessmen in an abandoned mall." Even though they're known for their short spurts of random, screwy humor, the premise sounds insane and loose enough for it to work in their favor.

Zach Braff Joins 'Oz The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2011 3:26 AM
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It looks like the indie kid that could is getting ready to make his leap into the tentpole world.

'Oz: The Great And Powerful' Will Battle 'Elysium' On March 8, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2011 4:46 AM
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Update: Soon to be 12 year old Joey King is making her classmates jealous. After recently joining "The Dark Knight Rises," the child actress has also joined "Oz The Great And Powerful" in the role of China Girl reports Variety. In the film, her character is taken under the wing of Oz (Franco) after Evanora (Weisz) destroys her porcelain family.

Michelle Williams To Make Tentpole Debut As Good Witch Glinda In 'Oz The Great & Powerful'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2011 10:32 AM
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Well, while we might roll our eyes slightly when it comes to the idea of "Oz The Great & Powerful," a prequel to classic "The Wizard of Oz," it's hard to deny that director Sam Raimi has landed a mightily impressive cast. The "Spider-Man" helmer might have lost Robert Downey Jr., who was originally intended for the lead role of Oscar Diggs (aka Oz), a conman who ends up being transported to the magical land seen in the 1939 Judy Garland musical, and becomes embroiled in a conflict between three witches, but he managed to replace him with newly anointed Oscar-nominee James Franco.

Rachel Weisz Gets Witchy With 'Oz The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2011 1:33 AM
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While it was recently reported that Sam Raimi and Disney were fighting over a key female role in "Oz The Great And Powerful" -- the director wanted Hilary Swank, but the studio was looking at Michelle Williams -- another actress entirely has snagged the part.

Sam Raimi Wants Hilary Swank, Disney Eyes Michelle Williams For 'Oz: The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2011 4:47 AM
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While Sam Raimi and Disney are walking together down the yellow brick road to "Oz: The Great and Powerful," it looks like the director and studio may start picking up those bricks and throwing them at each other.

John C. Reilly To Play Haymitch Abernathy In 'Hunger Games'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2011 10:44 AM
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Has Also Been In Talks For 'Oz The Great And Powerful'To be honest, this writer has about zero interest in "Hunger Games" and has found the daily, piecemeal, no-name casting announcements to be irritating as hell, but now that opinion is swinging back around. At least temporarily.

Blake Lively First Choice For Oliver Stone's 'Savages,' But Also Eyeing 'Oz The Great And Powerful'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • April 12, 2011 2:08 AM
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Despite Jennifer Lawrence dropping out last month in favor of Gary Ross' tentpole adaptation of "The Hunger Games," Oliver Stone isn't wasting any time recasting her role in his upcoming adaptation of Don Winslow's drug cartel novel "Savages."

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