Billed as a prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Disney’s March 2013 release comes at a perfect time. I’m certainly one of the neigh sayers for producing a sequel to a classic but 3D is perfect for this fantasy film.
This time round there’s an adult male protagonist, Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician who discovers the land of Oz and transforms himself into the great Wizard of Oz. And that put me in another downer – yet another male lead.
Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis form an impressive female cast but there’ll be no singing in director Sam Raimi’s take. Check out their interviews at Comic-Con 2012.
Two of the hottest actors in Hollywood are to host the 83rd Academy Awards in February next year. Hathaway was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for “Rachel Getting Married” and Franco could be inline for an Oscar nod for his performance in Oscar winning director Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours.”
Both actors were chosen for their broad dramatic and comedy range. Hathaway charmed viewers at this years Academy Awards when she sang and danced with host Hugh Jackman. We will wait and see if Franco will polish his pipes for the event.
James Franco and Mark Wahlberg will join Steve Carell and Tina Fey in “Date Night.” The 20th Century Fox comedy revolves around a married couple that find themselves in harm’s way after a routine date night goes horribly wrong. Franco plays a dumb conman and petty criminal. Wahlberg plays a successful and buff securities expert who flirts with Fey’s character.