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The Wonderful World of Frank Oz
It’s time to meet the folks behind Muppet Guys Talking
Screens Story  March 9, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...They took us to Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock, to the storyteller’s fireplace and the world of the Dark Crystal. In his documentary Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched, Muppeteer-turned-director Frank Oz takes a rare look back at a life under felt..."

Life Again in Oz
On the 20th anniversary of the premiere of her play Ozma of Oz, Suzan Zeder revisits Frank Baum's enchanted land to turn the show into a musical and finds a part of herself there.
Arts Story  April 21, 2000, by C. Denby Swanson
"...Suzan Zeder has a dog named Ozma. The dog is 20 years old..."

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
Animated Dorothy goes back to Oz for further adventures.
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Film Review  May 16, 2014, by Josh Kupecki
"...According to the Library of Congress, 1939’s The Wizard of Oz has been seen by more viewers than any other movie, a piece of trivia I mulled over as the lights went down in the theatre and a couple with four small children came in, thus upping the attendance to seven. The stories that L..."

Oz the Great and Powerful
Neither a besmirching nor a instant classic, this sometimes clunky prequel in which James Franco plays the Wizard when he was a mere, young huckster also has Sam Raimi's ravishing visuals.
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Film Review  March 8, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...”If you can make them believe, then you’re wizard enough,” says the witch Glinda (Williams) to the magician and con man Oz (Franco), who has been cast reluctantly as the prophesied savior of her people. Can the filmmakers, however, make the audience believe? That is the real question underlying Oz the Great and Powerful, and that question raises another: Is “wizard enough” good enough when you’re tinkering with a beloved movie classic?..."

Time Again in Oz: Right on Time
Time Again in Oz, a new musical version of Ozma of Oz by Suzan Zeder and Richard Gray, takes Dorothy Gale back over the rainbow to learn the value of time, and based on the production by the UT Department of Theatre and Dance, the creators may have produced a tale that's timeless.
Arts Story  April 21, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...But by the end of this new musical version of one such story, we come to see this term in another light, as a fault. For in their take on Ozma of Oz, the third book in Frank Baum's fantasy series, Suzan Zeder and Richard Gray have crafted a vision of a world that is literally timeless, that never progresses beyond a single day, that never sees the seasons turn or the years pass, that never knows age..."

Studio Visits: Kevin Muñoz
Art and graphic design meet in a windowless East Austin studio
Arts Story  March 1, 2013, by Andy Campbell
"...Kevin Muñoz is my neighbor; I met him while walking my dog. Living where I do, I was first introduced to Muñoz's work by way of his ever-changing balcony facade..."

Michael Sieben Illustrates a New Edition of 'The Wizard of Oz'
Austin's inkstained Okay Mountain man drops da Baum on us
DAILY Books  February 19, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Now he co-owns a skateboard company – Roger Skateboards – and is a member of Austin's Okay Mountain collective of artists, and his works appears in print and online venues like Juxtapoz and Hi-Fructose, and, this latest thing, he's the illustrator of a new edition of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from Harper Collins...."

The Wizard of Oz 3-D
Watch out for the flying monkeys.
Film Review  September 27, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten


The Wizard of Oz Summer Sing-Along
When it comes to things cinematic, "there's no place like home" and the audience will sing it loud during this benefit sing-along for the Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival...
Film Review  July 26, 2001, by Marjorie Baumgarten


The Wizard of Oz W/pink Floyd
This special midnight screeing of America's beloved classic will be played with the soundtrack from Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon. Ah, but will they play it backward...
Film Review  July 29, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten


The Score
The possibilities were frightening. No one knew exactly what to expect when Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, and Edward Norton -- among the three best, and most charismatic, actors of...
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Film Review  July 13, 2001, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Frank Oz. Starring: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Marlon Brando, Angela Bassett, Gary Farmer and Paul Soles..."

Death at a Funeral
A remake of a 3-year-old British comedy, Death at a Funeral transfers its farce from a predominantly white cast to predominantly black.
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Film Review  April 23, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Starring: Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Luke Wilson, James Marsden, Danny Glover, Columbus Short, Peter Dinklage, Loretta Devine, Regina Hall and Keith David. The Brits invented the parlor farce and surely had an early patent on gallows humor, too, but Frank Oz's 2007 Death at a Funeral was a dud, never finding the right pitch at which to play the mounting hysteria of a funeral gone cataclysmically wrong (featuring blackmail, an accidental LSD dosing, and a dead body, for starters)..."

Death at a Funeral
Pure farce served straight up and directed by the man who moonlights as the voice of Yoda and Miss Piggy.
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Film Review  August 17, 2007, by Toddy Burton
"...Directed by: Frank Oz. Starring: Matthew Macfadyen, Rupert Graves, Peter Dinklage, Keeley Hawes, Andy Nyman, Ewen Bremner, Daisy Donovan, Alan Tudyk, Jane Asher, Kris Marshall, Peter Vaughan, Thomas Wheatley and Peter Egan..."

The Indian in the Cupboard
The excellent animation and sly wit make this an above-average kids' fantasy .
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Film Review  July 21, 1995, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Frank Oz. Starring: Hal Scardino, Litefoot, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Jenkins, Rishi Bhat and David Keith..."

Bowfinger
With oceanic chutzpah compensating for eyedropper rations of talent and funding, Z-list director Bobby Bowfinger (Martin) sets out to make a movie starring action superstar Kit Ramsey (Murphy) -- without...
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Film Review  August 20, 1999, by Russell Smith
"...Directed by: Frank Oz. Starring: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski and Robert Downey Jr...."

In & Out
Anyone who claims to know the formula for movie comedy success is, almost by definition, a liar. But I'd venture that one element common to most great comic filmmaking is...
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Film Review  September 19, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...Directed by: Frank Oz. Starring: Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Tom Selleck, Matt Dillon and Debbie Reynolds..."

Letters at 3AM
Follow the yellow brick road to Wounded Knee in this account of L. Frank Baum's effort to tame the untamable.
Columns  July 21, 2000, by Michael Ventura
"...The supermarket racks were rife with TV Guides huckstering 100 years of The Wizard of Oz -- one could choose between four "collector's covers" featuring Judy Garland's earnest, endearing Dorothy about to burst into song. She was 17 and playing a girl of, what, about nine? Eleven? That she could efface her seventeen-ness so thoroughly, radiating no hint of sexuality, is both a tribute to her talent and a little frightening..."

Housesitter
David Letterman thinks he deserves a piece of the royalty action from this movie. It's not hard to understand why. Think about the premise: an off-balanced young woman moves into...
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Film Review  June 12, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Frank Oz. Starring: Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, Dana Delany, Julie Harris, Donald Moffat, Peter MacNicol, Christopher Durang and Heywood Hale Broun..."

Little Shop of Horrors
A house plant with an appetite for flesh says, "Feed me."
Film Review  May 2, 2001, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Frank Oz. Starring: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, James Belushi, John Candy, Christopher Guest, Bill Murray and Levi Stubbs..."

The Stepford Wives
Remake will quickly go from an idea that's misbegotten to a movie that's completely forgotten.
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Film Review  June 11, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Frank Oz. Starring: Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Glenn Close, Bette Midler, Christopher Walken and Roger Bart..."

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