The Oscars had the attention of Frozen fans last night, as those who loved the Disney musical tuned in to see if it would with for Best Animated Movie and Best Original Song. And there was also the anticipated performance of "Let it Go" by Idina Menzel. ABC put the performance online for those who want to watch it over and over.
This week we have some classics on Blu-ray like The Little Mermaid and The Wizard of Oz, but we have some newbies, like The Croods and This is the End, as well.
The movie meant a lot to Pellegrini, not just because it was her most famous film role, but also because of how it made her feel about being a little person. "It showed that we were not only little, but we could do what big people did," she declared. No wonder she remained active in the film’s legacy for decades, attending various events with her fellow Munchkins, including when the group was given a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.
If we've learned anything from the success of Sam Raimi's Oz The Great and Powerful earlier this year it's that people are still very much interested in spending time in the merry old world of Oz. While the movie ended up dividing critics, families came out in droves both domestically and internationally, and by the end of the film's run in theaters it managed to make a global total of just under $500 million.
There are movie moments that we experience as kids that stick with us forever. The slow pan across Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory is one of them. And the sight of Dorothy stepping out of her black-and-white home and into the colorful world of Oz is another. Done right, a movie can capture the wonder and beauty of the imagination with awe-inspiring grace, creating a visual that allows a child - and kids at heart - to believe in magic, if only at the movies.
Recently, one important costume from the 1939 flick The Wizard of Oz went up for auction, and proved how important a piece of movie history can be when sold to the right buyer. Over the weekend, Dorothy’s blue gingham dress--the dress that was famously worn throughout The Wizard of Oz by actress Judy Garland--was among the movie related items that went up for sale at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles.
This year marked some major studio anniversaries, as both Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures celebrated their 100th year of existence. But they're not the only ones with big birthdays. Warner Bros. Pictures, which was established on April 4, 1923, will be enjoying its 90th year of releasing premium movies in 2013 and they will be celebrating in a big way for Blu-ray/DVD collectors.
It's not a matter of if we'll get more classics converted to 3D, but when, and it seems silly to simply stomp our feet and demand no more (though Eric Eisenberg will be doing just that later today, so feel free to tell him he's behind the times when that piece runs). For our part, we've decided to run with the spirit of the moment
It's a depressing fact, but the movie world is getting smaller and smaller. With the growth of DVD and Blu-ray, Video On-Demand, and online streaming, audiences have started trading in the movie theater experience for the comfort of their own living rooms. But films aren’t meant to be seen on the small screen – that’s for television. They are meant to be seen on the largest screen imaginable so that you can look up and just, “Wow.”
There's a very good reason why studios have gleefully been putting so many fairy tale adaptations into production recently, and it's not just because there's seems to be a hefty public interest. The reality is that, thanks to copyright laws, after a set number of years right ownership expires and material enters the public domain, where anybody can use it for free.
Sucker Punch failed to get it right. But there are movies out there that not only take place largely in dream worlds, or places existing entirely within a character's head, but do it exceptionally well. We spent a week figuring out exactly how to define these
Yes, the fact that the producers are describing the project as "dark, slick, sexy and dangerous" is a little horrifying, but I'm trying to think positive and remember Coraline
In 1998, Gus Van Sant directed Psycho, a remake of the classic Alfred Hitchcock film. While certainly not the worst film ever created, it was largely dismissed by both critics and moviegoers for exactly one
This film, simply titled Oz, is hardly more than a rumor, but a brief video (which looks a bit like some test footage or pitch material) tells us that Mark and Michael Polish are working on getting this one going
When the Raimi story first broke Robert Downey Jr.'s name was curiously absent, which had a few of us worried that Downey had bailed at some point. I feel much better knowing that Downey Jr. is still on board