Entries in Oz (3)


James Franco Says "Oz" Isn't a 'Wizard of Oz' Remake

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- James Franco stars as Oscar Diggs in Oz The Great and Powerful, out Friday. Appearing Wednesday on ABC's Good Morning America, the actor said the new 3D Disney film is much more than a remake of the iconic Wizard of Oz film.

"[The producers] did it right because they're not trying to remake the Judy Garland film, but they're respectful of the Land of Oz that everyone knows and loves so there's the yellow brick road and Emerald City and witches and flying monkeys," Franco told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "But the protagonist is not a boy version of Dorothy or anything like that...He's anything but an innocent young girl. He's a con man. He's a charlatan."

Franco's character is a so-so magician, who finds himself in the Land of Oz and is forced to decide if he uses his power to become a good man.

While on GMA, Franco also weighed in on Seth MacFarlane and how he did hosting the 85th Annual Academy Awards in February. Franco did the honors with Anne Hathaway in 2011.

"I didn't really see it, but I've seen clips. And, he's great!" Franco said. "He's a funny guy and if he was born to do anything, it was that."

Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful hits theaters in 3D on Friday. To celebrate the release, Franco will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.


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Comic-Con 2012: "Twilight" Boasts Biggest-Ever Panel

Joe Scarnici/FilmMagic(SAN DIEGO) -- Filmmakers made a full-court press for some big-name movies Thursday at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego.

Pirates of the Caribbean and Rango director Gore Verbinski gave fans a taste of his latest collaboration with Johnny Depp, The Lone Ranger with Armie Hammer; the cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 talked to reporters and Twihards alike; and original Spider-Man series director Sam Raimi and his cast plugged Oz: The Great and the Powerful, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz.

Twilight star Kristen Stewart said she's not unhappy that fans associate her with her character Bella Swan.

"I'm like, 'Please pigeonhole me,' you know what I mean?  That means I did it right...if [fans] always say, 'God, it's kinda weird for me to watch her in other stuff,' it's, like, great.  Perfect.  That's a compliment," Stewart said.

Her co-star and rumored boyfriend Robert Pattinson got laughs about how he and Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer could keep the movie series going, now that his vampire character Edward Cullen and Bella are married and have a family together.

"Kind of Ed and Bella get divorced and it's like, kind of, Mr. & Mrs. Smith thing," the actor said to much laughter from the fans in attendance.

As for Oz: The Great and the Powerful, Raimi described the film as a look back before the events of the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz.

"It's a story of how the wizard came from Kansas to the land of Oz, and how a slightly selfish man became a slightly more selfless man," the director commented.

Mila Kunis said that playing Theodora, the Wicked Witch, was as scary as the witch can be on screen.

"When I tell you I was scared going into it is an understatement.  And truly I was frightened," the actress said to laughs.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 hits theaters on Nov. 16, and Oz: The Great and the Powerful is slated for release on March 8, 2013.

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Franco: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- From 127 Hours to Green Hornet, James Franco seems to always pick new and different roles.

Now reports say that the Oscar-nominated host of the Academy Awards is a contender for the starring role in Oz, the Great and Powerful, a take off from The Wizard of Oz.

This comes after Robert Downy Jr. fell out of the film and Johnny Depp, after several meetings, declined the offer.

Sam Raimi is due to direct the movie about a young man who is forced to flee a traveling circus and eventually finds himself in the land of Oz.  A start and release date hasn’t been set.

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