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Raimi and Cast Talk 'Oz the Great and Powerful' in EW: Off-Limits Ruby Slippers, Franco Finds His Brain and More

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 28, 2013 at 2:00PM

This week's Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands March 1) goes inside Disney's reported $200 million yellow brick road prequel "Oz the Great and Powerful." The mag sits down with director Sam Raimi and stars James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz to talk all things Oz. Highlights below.
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Cover detail of Entertainment Weekly's March 1, 2013 edition
Cover detail of Entertainment Weekly's March 1, 2013 edition

This week's Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands March 1) goes inside Disney's reported $200 million yellow brick road prequel "Oz the Great and Powerful." The mag sits down with director Sam Raimi and stars James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz to talk all things Oz. Highlights below.

Williams' loyalty to the 1939 "The Wizard of Oz":

"I don't know if I've ever met a person who wasn't a fan of the original film. Nor would I like to, I don't think."

Raimi on the legal precautions involved on set, due to Warner Bros.' rights of the original film:

"The legal department kept saying, 'No, that's too close. That's too close.' And finally we came up with designs that were not too close, but not too far, either."

Weisz on not worrying about the off-limits red ruby slippers:

"Gemstone shoes aren't really my style. I’m more of a black-leather kind of person."

Franco on his maturation since Raimi's "Spider Man" films:

"I was obviously a much younger actor when we did the first Spider-Man. So maybe I was more immature or shortsighted back then. And I took myself rather seriously. I had too much of that brooding, self-centered attitude. But now I try to be a positive force, I try to be less selfish."

And on finding his brain:

"My earlier self was very much like the Scarecrow. I felt like I wanted the brain. Then when I went back to school it was a great experience, but I also saw that half of it was just going through the steps. That I had the brain all along! I'd say that nowadays, if I saw the Wizard, the lesson that I need to learn, and that I need  to learn continually, is how important my loved ones are—family, friends, the people around me. I have a tendency to overload myself with work, and sometimes that can get in the way. In other ways, it's fine because I work with all of my closest friends. Like Sam."


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.