Entries in Wizard of Oz (2)


Leonardo DiCaprio Buys ‘Wizard of Oz’ Slippers for Oscar Academy

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Leonardio DiCaprio on Wednesday opened up his wallet to help the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences acquire the ruby shoes from The Wizard of Oz.

According to a press release put out by the Academy, he led a group of “angel donors,” including Steven Spielberg, whose gifts to the Academy Foundation enabled them to purchase the iconic slippers. The amount of their donation was not disclosed.

The slippers will eventually be displayed at the forthcoming Academy Museum in Los Angeles.

While four pairs of ruby slippers were used in The Wizard of Oz, the pair that DiCaprio helped the Academy acquire is thought to be the one that Judy Garland wore when Dorothy clicks her heels three times to return to Kansas.

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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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