Interviews are weird. I like to think it’s better to just sit down and have a conversation with someone rather than simply regurgitate the same questions they have been hearing all day—but rarely do I talk about my mates and I down at the pub. Maybe I should do more of that. But in this BBC Radio 1 interview with Mila Kunis, "petrified" Chris Stark delivers his best improptu on-camera questions that have little to do with Oz the Great and Powerful and a lot to do with asking Kunis out. The two sat down at a press junket to talk about the film but end up chatting about everything but that—from chicken and soccer to Baywatch and Blue Moon. It isn’t until prompted by someone off camera that Kunis gives a very well-rehearsed and prepared statement about her pleasant experience filming Oz and working with her co-stars.
Reimagining and rebooting a classic American work of literature and cinema like The Wizard of Oz is inevitably going to involve some playing with fire. With Disney’s upcoming Oz The Great and Powerful, a retelling of the classic from the perspective of the Wizard himself (played by aspiring Renaissance man James Franco), there’s certainly fire. There are explosions and CGI fairy-type creatures (Munchkins? Probably Munchkins.) and a colorful Oz that has that inexplicable Disney feeling.
In the first trailer for Oz, directed by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, the Spider-Man series), we meet the Wizard in his humble place of origin, peddling his hacky magician act around small-town Kansas, a flyover country lad with big-city dreams (“Kansas is full of good men,” he tells us. “I want to be a great one.”). Then comes the cyclone, and he’s transported to a land full of magical creatures and yellow brick roads and Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams (as good witches Theodora and Glinda, respectively, combating Rachel Weisz’s Wicked Witch Evanora) and is charged with saving them all. And yes, in case you were wondering, the flying monkeys, even when one is voiced by Zach Braff, are present and are still hyped up on high-octane nightmare fuel.
Like a breath of sweetly poisoned air, the first trailer for the much-anticipated Disney flick Oz the Great and Powerful was screened before a full house at San Diego Comic-Con International this morning. Director Sam Raimi (of Evil Dead fame and the first Spider-Man trilogy) used his CGI magic in the trailer, which features James Franco as a power-hungry Oz, Mila Kunis as the Wicked Witch of the West, Rachael Weisz as the one in the East, and Michelle Williams as Glenda the Good.
The movie is set before Dorothy ever ruby-shoe steps onto the scene—a bit like Wicked, only without the singing, the bright green makeup, or Kristin Chenoweth. (Phew!)
The trailer opens to a monochrome scene of an old-fashioned circus, with Oz as the magician. “Kansas is full of good men,” Oz says with disdain. “I don’t want to be a good man. I want to be a great one." He is then whisked away in his balloon to Oz, where we are assaulted with a brilliant panorama of the mystical land. The creatures and foliage used in the trailer are vaguely reminiscent of those seen in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which isn’t a far stretch considering it’s produced by the same person.