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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Oz the Great and Powerful' and More

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This week: James Franco plays the titular small-time magician turned wonderful wizard in "Oz the Great and Powerful," Sam Raimi's prequel to 1939's "The Wizard of Oz."

Also new this week is the action-horror flick "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, "Snitch" with Dwayne Johnson and the 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Bruce Lee's "Enter the Dragon." Get More »

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50 Upcoming Movie Sequels (Yep, 50)

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Sequels are awesome, plain and simple. Returning to familiar characters and worlds we love is like covering yourself with a warm blanket, although when a sequel is bad it can be like a blanket covered in potato bugs and lice. Studios love sequels because seven times out of ten they open huge, no matter how good they are. Get More »

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'Spring Breakers' Meets 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

Or, "Alien, the Great and Powerful."

Never has the prolific-ness and eclectic-ness (and general weird-ness) of James Franco been better illustrated than with the back-to-back releases of "Oz the Great and Powerful" and "Spring Breakers." You'd be hard-pressed to find two completely polar opposite movies were it not for one thing they share in common: James Franco.

And what a thing. Really, the power and greatness (and, uh, spring break-ness) of Franco is such that they might as well have just merged the two films into one uber-Franco showcase. In our world, Disney and Harmony Korine did just that. Look.

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Questions and Answers With Joey King

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You may think of Joey King as a little girl, but make no mistake, the 13-year-old actress is a big name. Most recently, you'd know her from Disney's blockbuster prequel, "Oz the Great and Powerful," in which she plays a tiny porcelain figurine whose village was ransacked by the Wicked Witch. This isn't even the first time King has acted with James Franco, one of the biggest names in the biz; she starred alongside him and Selena Gomez in "Ramona and Beezus" in 2010. She also appeared in "Crazy, Stupid, Love." alongside Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling, and "The Dark Knight Rises" with Christian Bale, among other film credits.

Expect to keep seeing King's name in lights as film's newest princess: She's in the upcoming "Family Weekend" alongside Kristin Chenoweth, as well as June's summer explode-a-thon "White House Down" with Channing Tatum.

Ahead, check out NextMovie's chat with King about "Oz," Batman couture and making her sisters jealous. Get More »

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'Oz' Conjures Up Another Box Office Win

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There was no magic for "Burt Wonderstone" this weekend as the new Steve Carell comedy about Las Vegas illusionists bombed out to the tune of a paltry $10.3 million according to Film.com, opening the way for "Oz the Great and Powerful" to win its second box office title in a row.

And it wasn't even close, as "Oz the Great and Powerful" brought in an impressive $42.2 million, pushing its ten day total to $145 million domestically and $281.8 million worldwide.

That was more than enough to hold off a surprisingly strong debut from second place finisher "The Call," as the Halle Berry thriller has already turned a profit with a $17.1 million opening weekend.

For a full run down of the box office top ten, including figures for returning films like "Jack the Giant Slayer," head to Film.com.

 

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'Oz' Sequel Won't Feature Dorothy and Sam Raimi Won't Direct

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Even before the opening weekend loot totals for "Oz the Great and Powerful" came along, Disney had been readying a follow-up, with "Oz" co-writer Mitchell Kapner rapidly scrawling the next step for the Good Witch Glinda and Co.

Since "Oz" itself was a prequel to the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," one might've suspected movie two to include Miss Kansas herself, Dorothy, and those three needy pals of hers, but not so.

Nope, producer Joe Roth has assured that the "Oz" sequel "would absolutely not" involve Dorothy and her little Yellow Brick Road-wandering ventures, but instead it'll take place before those events. Get More »

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How 'Oz the Great and Powerful' Syncs Up with Coolio's 'Gangsta's Paradise'

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Many know that Pink Floyd's 1973 album "The Dark Side of the Moon" syncs up perfectly to 1939's "The Wizard of Oz," especially when you've indulged in illegal narcotics (or so I hear). If you haven't tried it yet, and you live in Colorado or Washington, we'd really recommend it, maybe with a couple asada burritos and some Funyuns. Get More »

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7 'Wizard of Oz' Easter Eggs Hidden In 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

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The tagline for "Oz the Great and Powerful" may be "The land you know, the story you don't," but that doesn't mean everything about the prequel is unfamiliar from the 1939 "The Wizard of Oz." Though Disney was unable to use many of the specific references from the classic flick due to copyright laws — sorry, no ruby slippers here  — "Oz" enthusiasts need not fear. The new movie has Easter eggs galore for fans of the original Dorothy Garland film, if only you know where to look.

Ahead, seven "The Wizard of Oz" Easter eggs buried in "Oz the Great and Powerful."

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

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'Oz' and Its Monkeys Fly to Top of Box Office

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"Oz the Great and Powerful" crushed it at the box office this weekend, as according to Film.com the "Wizard of Oz" prequel racked up an impressive $80.3 million for the biggest debut of the year and the third biggest March debut ever.

And considering "Oz the Great and Powerful" also brought in an additional $69.9 million overseas for a worldwide total of $150.2 million, it's safe to say that the legendary Wizard still has plenty of magic left in him.

Of course, with "Oz the Great and Powerful" dominating the cineplex, that meant that everything else took a complete header, particularly fellow new release "Dead Man Down," which lived up to its title by earning just $5.4 million.

For a full run down of the weekend box office, head to Film.com.

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Film.com

Disney Already Preparing Sequel to 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

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"Oz the Great and Powerful" is just arriving in theaters today, but according to Variety, that hasn't stopped the always optimistic Disney from already preparing a sequel, as"Oz the Great and Powerful's" co-writer Mitchell Kapner has apparently been hard at work on a script for months now.

Hey Disney, we know just what you can call the sequel: "The Wizard of Oz."

Catchy, right? Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Variety
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