Wizard of Oz

Investing in Bitcoins and Other 2014 Predictions

Posted on 12/30/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1 … That science fiction author and futurist Isaac Asimov got it right 50 years ago when he wrote: “Communication will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone.” (Learn more at Buzzfeed) 2 … That about half of us think 2014 will be a better year overall than 2013. (Learn more at USA Today) 3 … That some things will be more expensive in 2014, including beef, bread, …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Sept. 20

Posted on 09/19/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentLet’s see; we’ve got a kidnapping drama, high-speed race cars, and Munchkins in 3-D. Yep, something for everyone in theaters this weekend. The New Stuff . . . Prisoners Boasting more Oscar nominees than a Coppola family reunion, this gritty crime drama stars Hugh Jackman as a distraught Georgia dad who kidnaps the guy he believes kidnapped his 6-year-old daughter. It’s the old vigilante dad story, all right, but get a load of the rest of the cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, …

Novel Adaptations Emerge as Works of Originality

Posted on 06/4/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentAdaptations of best-loved books from childhood are among my favorite graphic novels. The team of Eric Shanower and Skottie Young have produced five adaptations of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books. The award-winning adaptations are first issued as comic books and then collected in hardcover under the Marvel Comics imprint. Shanower is faithful to Baum’s singular vision. Generations are familiar with Dorothy, Toto, the Tinman and Cowardly Lion — largely due to that movie. Lesser known characters such as Johnny Dooit, …

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Famous Imaginary Places?

Posted on 04/10/2013 by | AARP Bulletin | Comments

Entertainment  Have you ever imagined yourself skipping down the yellow brick road? Felt the Lion’s furry arm and the Tin Man’s metal one linked with yours? Heard Toto yipping? Smelled the poppies of The Emerald City? And then realized, suddenly, that Oz isn’t actually a place you can visit? Some places –products of rich, creative minds—are as real to us as our own back yards. Grab a pencil and match these classic imaginary American places with their creators. Answers at …

Is ‘Oz’ Really So Wonderful? We’ll Tell You!

Posted on 03/8/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment  We’re inching closer to the big spring movie season, and the first entry comes this weekend: Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel to the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, which became an annual viewing experience in the homes of many a boomer during their growing up years. We’ve got a review of the new movie here and you can see clips from it on my new YouTube Movies for Grownups Show: The weekend’s sleeper selection is Emperor, starring Tommy …

Hugo on DVD: Will You Please See it Now??

Posted on 03/2/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentWell, I hope you’re satisfied. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo arrived on DVD and BluRay this week, and at that moment you missed out on any chance that you’ll ever get to see it the way it was meant to be experienced: On a floor-to-ceiling movie theater screen in glorious 3-D. Forget the film’s 11 Oscar nominations (and five wins) and the countless “Best Director” awards that were heaped upon Scorsese. The inconvenient fact remains that Hugo wasn’t seen by very many …