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Around the Common Room: November 2, 2012

viagra order online no prescription>It’s a short week for the Common Room–but the big news is really big. Apart from Hurricane Sandy’s attempt to take down the East Coast, the major headline is that George Lucas is selling Star Wars to Disney, and Disney has definite plans to make more Star Wars movies. Fans went straight into uproar at the word, some of them cheering and others howling. Gail Faschingbauer Cooper at Entertainment at NBCNews says “Star Wars 7 will need The Force to be with it,” the Internet got busy mashing up the two through Twitter’s #DisneyStarWars hash tag and various Photoshop jobs, and George Lucas celebrated by planning to donate most of the proceeds to a philanthropic foundation focused on education.

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Trailer: Oz The Great And Powerful

The trailer for the film, Oz The Great And Powerful, was released yesterday at San Diego Comic-Con International. James Franco plays Oscar Diggs, better known as the Wizard of Oz, in a prequel film to L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wizard o

f Oz. The film will detail how Diggs came to Oz. Here is the synopsis that Disney provided:

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot–fame and fortune are his for the taking–that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity–and even a bit of wizardry–Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

The film looks visually stunning and the trailer expanding when Diggs sees Oz for the first time in color was interesting. The film will be released in theaters on March 8, 2013.

What do you think?

No More Fairy Tales — and that’s good?

She ain't no Disney Princess! But she's still Cinderella.

If you care about fairy tales, or if you care about movies, or especially if you care about fairy tale movies, you probably heard the news long before I did.

Disney Animation, that bastion of childhood innocence and crass commercialism–

Disney Animation, that beloved, abhorred creative teller of fairy tales–

Disney Animation, who revived Broadway with fairy tales and inspired thousands, nay, millions of wannabe princesses around the world–

Disney Animation has announced they will tell no more fairy tales.Or, for that matter, musicals.

After this mind-bending corporate decision in November, an insightful piece ran in the LA Times, wherein the execs explain some of their reasoning. Continue reading