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9 Best Classic Movies Scenes And Moments Ever

August 9th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
9 Best Classic Movies Scenes And Moments Ever
With so many classic movies to enjoy again and again, along with scenes for days to choose from, selecting 9 of the best classic movie scenes hard was a daunting task. To meet the criteria, not only did the selection had to be from classic films, the scenes also had to evoke a feeling from viewers that burned it into their collective memories. Agree or disagree, the following flicks are some of the best ever made and with each and every scene being incredible, let's just say that the following are some of the best in their respective films.

9. Trap Scenes, Home Alone (1990)

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11 Great Movies With Truly Terrible Plot Twists

July 5th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
11 Great Movies With Truly Terrible Plot Twists
In most cases, the quality of a plot twist usually determines the quality of a movie. Bruce Willis was a ghost the whole time in The Sixth Sense. Great twist, great movie. Robert Pattinson was actually a 9/11 victim the whole time in Remember Me. Awful twist, borderline offensive movie.

But sometimes things don't add up. Sometimes, in going for that perfect little story zigzag, a film will overshoot (undershooting is also an issue) and leave us with a big twist that either makes no sense, or makes plenty of sense and is just monstrously stupid.

So prepare yourself, as we travel through a ...
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Flaming Lips' 'Dark Side Of The Moon' Companion Piece Just An April Fool's Prank

March 31st, 2014 10:06pm EDT
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UPDATE: the album is a total hoax, the band confirmed on Tuesday, revealing that it was just an April Fool's prank set up in conjunction with website FunnyorDie.com.

The Flaming Lips Sell Out from April Fools' Day

The Flaming Lips are paying tribute to rock icons Pink Floyd for the second time, releasing a digital-only LP called "Flaming Side of the Moon."

The new release is meant to be played simultaneously with Floyd's 1973 album "Dark Side of the Moon; and better yet, it even syncs up with "The Wizard of Oz" the same way that "DSotM" does (despite Pink Floyd maintaining that an...
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15 Kids Movies That Never Get Old

March 18th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
15 Kids Movies That Never Get Old
It may have been decades since you were a kid, but there are some surefire kids movies that will always bring your childhood back to life. Whether they be animated Disney classics whose quality only improves with age, or modern Pixar marvels whose storytelling abilities are out of this world, nothing brings back that youthful light into our lives quite like a quintessential childhood film. Here are 15 kids movies that never get old.

1. The Lion King (1994)

Just as we’re all part of the Circle of Life, there will always be interest in this Disney's animalistic take on Shakespeare's “Hamlet...
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The Oscars To Pay Tribute To The 75th Anniversary Of 'The Wizard Of Oz'

March 1st, 2014 7:24am EST
The Oscars To Pay Tribute To The 75th Anniversary Of 'The Wizard
Tune-in to the Academy Awards this Sunday to see "The Wizard of Oz" tribute, and enter to win a special WOZ prize pack!

Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s timeless children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow, "The Wizard of Oz" starred Judy Garland as Dorothy, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow; Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion; Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch.

"The Wizard of Oz" received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and captured two Oscars® -- Best Song ("Over the Rainbow") and Best Original Score - plus a special aw...
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Ruth Duccini, Last Surviving Female Munchkin From 'The Wizard Of Oz,' Dies At 95

January 16th, 2014 10:42pm EST
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One of the two last surviving Munchkins from The Wizard Of Oz has died.

Actress Ruth Duccini passed away of natural causes on Thursday at the age of 95. She had been staying at a hospice in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to TMZ.com.

Duccini was one of 124 little people who starred in the film and was the last surviving female, but she wasn't credited for her role on screen.

Back in August Margaret Pellegrini, who played the Flowerpot Munchkin in the 1939 film, died of complications from a stroke.

Duccini and Pellegrini's deaths leave just one surviving Munchkin from the film, Jerry Maren,...
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Top Witches From TV And Movies – Happy Halloween

October 31st, 2013 10:00am EDT
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in Hocus Poc
What sort of spell do witches hold over us? We find them fascinating, scary, and often times sexy.

These ladies, and men as well, don't just haunt our dreams, they find shelter in movie theaters and in our living rooms, and we welcome them into our imagination.

So which witches have what it takes to make our list? Let's not waste another moment; it is time to get bewitched, bothered, and bewildered:

Hocus Pocus (1993)

The Sanderson Sisters: Winifred, Sarah and Mary
(Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy)

Originally planned as a TV movie, "Hocus Pocus" was brought to ...
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Check Out 'The Wizard Of Oz' 75th Anniversary Edition, Now On Blu-ray & Blu-ray 3D

October 4th, 2013 2:53am EDT
The Wizard of Oz
"The Wizard Of Oz" is the tale of a young Kansas girl who dreams of a better world "somewhere over the rainbow."

When Dorothy (Judy Garland) is thrust into the eye of a tornado and lands in the fantasy world of Oz, she soon finds herself in a heap of trouble with three hapless misfits to guide, an evil witch at her heels, and no way to get home.

Ray Bolger plays the Scarecrow; Bert Lahr is the Cowardly Lion; Jack Haley plays the Tin Woodman and Margaret Hamilton is the Wicked Witch.

Adapted from L. Frank Baum's timeless children's tale, the magic of MGM's wonderfully colorful and unique ...
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Weekend Box Office: 'Prisoners' Takes An Easy First

September 23rd, 2013 8:36am EDT
Prisoners
The well reviewed Hugh Jackman pic beat expectations and was crowned the champion (by a long shot). It should play well over the coming weeks with increasing awards buzz. The film received a B+ cinemascore, so word of mouth will be good, but not The Butler sized.

1) Prisoners- 21.4M Weekend, 21.4M Total

2) Insidious: Chapter 2- 14.2M Weekend, 50.5M Total

The horror sequel dipped 64% in week two, pretty typical for this genre. A third installment has already been ordered, as the sequel will definitely outgross the original.

3) The Family- 7.0M Weekend, 25.6M Total

Robert DeNiro’s limpin...
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'The Wizard Of Oz 3D' Red Carpet Premiere (Video)

September 19th, 2013 2:15pm EDT
The Wizard of Oz 3D
The Wizard of Oz has always been a classic film that the entire family can enjoy. To celebrate the beloved film's 75th Anniversary, the picture has been enhanced in IMAX and 3D. It will begin an exclusive one-week engagement at over 300 theatres across North America on Sept. 20. 

The red carpet premiere was held at the opening of the new TCL Chinese Theatre auditorium in the world. Sharing that big day were celebrities like Rico Rodriguez from Modern Family, Joey King from Oz: The Great and Powerful and Kevin Sorbo from Hercules. 

Watch what they had to say about the 1939 film.

The Wi...
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Margaret Pellegrini, One Of The Last Living 'Wizard Of Oz' Munchkins, Dies At 89

August 8th, 2013 9:12pm EDT
Margaret Pelligrini
Margaret Pellegrini, one of the last living Munchkins from The Wizard Of Oz, died on Wednesday morning. She was 89.

Pellegrini, who played the Flowerpot Munchkin in the 1939 film, passed away near her Glendale, Arizona home from complications from a recent stroke.

She was 16 when she starred in the film and leaves behind only two living former Munchkins, Jerry Maren, 93, and Ruth Robinson Duccini, 95.

The actress had been a regular attendee of Oz-related events around the country and was supposed to serve as the Grand Marshal of this year's Oz-Stravaganza festival in Chittenango, New Yor...
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A.M. Roundup: 'Wizard Of Oz' Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini Dies, 'Big Brother' Recap, Percy Jackson Saves NOLA

August 8th, 2013 10:33am EDT
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Previously on Big Brother: Howard and Candice tried to get Amanda out of the house, but logic was too much for the fragile brains of the houseguests. Howard was evicted during Racist #1’s HoH and Racist #2 was immediately made HoH. One guess who she targeted? Jessie stood up for herself and all the viewers who were sick of Amanda. (recap)

The production of new action adventure movie Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters served as a major clean-up operation for one of New Orleans, Louisiana's most beloved amusement parks after director Thor Freudenthal chose to turn The Six Flags Jazzland attracti...
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Cowardly Lion Costume From 'The Wizard Of Oz' On Sale

February 10th, 2013 11:13am EST
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A top film memorabilia collector is selling Burt Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard Of Oz to fund a new museum.

James Comisar is calling on Hollywood's biggest names to consider digging deep for the outfit Lahr wore in the classic 1939 film, which he acquired in 1991 from a salvage dealer who found it in an abandoned MGM building.

The seller is hoping to use the cash to help him fund a TV history museum in Phoenix, Arizona.

The costume is one of two Lahr wore in the film.

Comisar tells The Hollywood Reporter he's willing to sell the item at a discount to the bosses of the plan...
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'Cabaret' Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary With A Remastered Blu-ray - Check Out 10 Other Great Movie Musicals

February 2nd, 2013 5:35am EST
Cabaret
Originally a 1966 Broadway musical, the groundbreaking Bob Fosse film "Cabaret" used the decadent and vulgar cabaret as a mirror image of German society sliding toward the Nazis. The intertwining of entertainment with social history marked a new step forward for the movie musical.

Michael York plays a British writer who comes to Berlin in the early 1930s in hopes of becoming a teacher. He makes the acquaintance of flamboyant American entertainer Sally Bowles, played by Liza Minnelli. Sally works at the Kit Kat Klub, a George Grosz-like Berlin cabaret where each night the smirking, androgyn...
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Rachel Weisz Thrilled With Wicked Witch Role In 'Oz: The Great And Powerful'

November 24th, 2012 1:27pm EST
Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz was thrilled to land a role as the Wicked Witch of the East in The Wizard Of Oz prequel because it gave her the chance to play a villain.

The British actress stars alongside James Franco as the wizard in upcoming movie Oz: The Great and Powerful, which is based on the books of L. Frank Baum and tells the story previous to Judy Garland's famous 1939 film.

Mila Kunis plays Theodora, the Wicked Witch of the West, while Weisz tackles the role of Evanora, the Wicked Witch of the East - and she relished the chance to show off her bad side.

She tells Deadline.com, "It's the preque...
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'Finding Nemo 3-D' And The History Of Theatrical Re-Releases

September 10th, 2012 3:07pm EDT
Finding Nemo
Disney and Pixar's Finding Nemo will be getting a theatrical re-release this weekend, continuing a growing trend of films being brought back to the big screen with a third dimension added.

Theatrical re-releases had gone down recently, due to the increasing popularity of big screen home entertainment centers in high definition - but with so few homeowners having a 3D TV, producers are keen to cash in on the technology.

Prior to home theaters being the norm, many movie companies re-released their flicks every several years to give audiences a chance to see the spectacle on the big screen. ...
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Leonardo DiCaprio Helps Academy Museum Bosses Buy Judy Garland's Ruby Slippers

February 22nd, 2012 10:45pm EST
Leonardo DiCaprio
Judy Garland's ruby slippers from The Wizard Of Oz have a new home at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio.

The iconic shoes were sold at auction by collector Debbie Reynolds last year and now Academy officials have revealed DiCaprio led a group of 'angel donors' whose gifts to the Academy Foundation enabled the purchase.

Bob Iger, president and CEO of the Walt Disney Co. and chairman of the capital campaign for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, says, "The ruby slippers occupy an extraordinary place in the hearts of movie audiences the world over. This i...
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'Wizard Of Oz' Munchkin Karl Slover Dies

November 16th, 2011 8:41am EST
Karl Slover
The Wizard Of Oz star Karl Slover has died at the age of 93.

Slover, one of the last surviving actors who played Munchkins in the 1939 film, passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest in an Atlanta, Georgia hospital on Tuesday.

The actor, who had pituitary dwarfism, appeared in several films throughout his career but is best known for playing the lead trumpeter in The Wizard Of Oz's Munchkins band.

He regularly appeared at promotional events related to the movie after his retirement.

John Fricke, author of the book 100 Years of Oz, says, "Of the 124 little people, he's one of the ...
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Dorothy's Ruby Slippers From 'The Wizard Of Oz' For Sale

September 22nd, 2011 6:57pm EDT
The Wizard Of Oz
The actual ruby slippers Judy Garland clicked together to send her character Dorothy back to Kansas in The Wizard Of Oz are to be auctioned off in December.

Replicas and stunt shoes have been sold off in the past, but now bosses at California auction house Profiles in History have acquired the most famous footwear in Hollywood.

The slippers will be the highlight lot at the three-day Icons of Hollywood auction, which will take place from December 15-17.

A spokeswoman for the auction house says, "There are four pairs of screen-used ruby slippers known to have survived the 70 years since th...
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Agent Gives 'Oz' Star James Franco A Hot-Air Balloon Flight

August 6th, 2011 12:30pm EDT
James Franco
James Franco's acting agent gifted the star with a balloon flight after he won the lead in "Wizard Of Oz" prequel "Oz: The Great And Powerful."

The actor plays the titular wizard in the film - a conman who arrives in Oz in a balloon - and his agent thought it would be a fun idea to give him a taste of flight in a basket as a treat.

Franco says, "I have yet to use it."
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Marilyn Monroe's White Dress From 'The Seven Year Itch' Sells For $4.6 Million

June 19th, 2011 12:39pm EDT
Marilyn Monroe
Iconic screen siren Marilyn Monroe was still the toast of Hollywood on Saturday after her iconic white dress from The Seven Year Itch sold for an astonishing $4.6 million at auction.

"Singin' In The Rain" legend Debbie Reynolds put the movie memorabilia she has collected during her career under the hammer in California, and film fans flocked to the sale to try and buy a piece of Hollywood history.

And it was Monroe who was still the big star turn at the sale when her buyers bidded big for her most famous on-screen outfits.

The white dress, which famously blew up as the star stood over a ...
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'Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: The Women's Alliance Falters (Duh)

March 15th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Celebrity Apprentice
Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" challenges what we define as reality. To a man chained in a dark cave for all of his life, reality is darkness - it is not until he is freed that his perception of reality is changed. Now, imagine that instead of darkness, this prisoner was forced to watch women on reality TV.

Okay, so maybe I'm reaching, but the fact remains that women in reality television are generally presented as backstabbers that cannot get along. These women also jump at the chance to switch over to the men's team, if the opportunity presents itself. "Finally, I don't have to deal with...
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James Franco To Star In 'Wizard Of Oz' Prequel?

February 7th, 2011 4:38pm EST
James Franco
Oscar nominee James Franco is in talks to replace Robert Downey, Jr. as the wonderful wizard in upcoming Disney movie Oz: The Great And Powerful.

The 127 Hours star has emerged as the new favorite to head up Sam Raimi's Wizard of Oz prequel, which is based on L. Frank Baum's classic books.

The film will be set before Judy Garland's original 1939 movie and focuses on an illusionist who flees a travelling circus in a hot air balloon, which is caught up in a tornado and swept to the land of Oz.

Downey, Jr. walked away from the movie last month and Disney bosses had reportedly approached J...
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Robert Downey, Jr. Quits 'Wizard Of Oz' Prequel

January 20th, 2011 8:40am EST
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr. has dropped out of upcoming Disney movie Oz The Great And Powerful and movie bosses are reportedly in talks with Johnny Depp to replace him as the wonderful wizard.

The Iron Man star had signed up to take on the lead role in the upcoming Wizard Of Oz prequel, which is based on L. Frank Baum's classic books and will be set before Judy Garland's original 1939 movie.

The film, which will be directed by Spider-Man's Sam Raimi, focuses on an illusionist who flees a travelling circus in a hot air balloon, which is caught up in a tornado and swept to the land of Oz.

The ac...
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Anne Hathaway's Judy Garland Biopic Postponed

December 22nd, 2010 8:38am EST
Anne Hathaway
Production on an upcoming biopic of Judy Garland, starring Anne Hathaway, has been pushed back to allow the actress and movie executives extra time to deal with the "sensitive project".

The Devil Wears Prada star last year signed on to play the Wizard of Oz legend in a big screen adaptation of biographer Gerald Clarke's 2001 book Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland.

Work on the movie has yet to begin and Hathaway reveals production may not start until late 2012 - to make sure the film correctly portrays Garland's life story.

Speaking on BBC Radio Four's Front Row radio show, the actres...
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Selena Gomez Suffers Vocal Strain - Cancels Concerts & Talks Like Stephen Hawking (Video)

July 27th, 2010 11:30pm EDT
Selena Gomez
Teen star Selena Gomez has been forced to cancel two upcoming state fair concerts in Delaware and Ohio after straining her vocal chords.

The "Wizards of Waverly Place" star has pulled out of planned performances at the Delaware State Fair on Wednesday and the Ohio State Fair on Thursday.

The singer lost her voice on Monday and had to use the latest technology during an appearance on late-night TV show "Lopez Tonight" to speak to host George Lopez.

The teen Latina refused to cancel her appearance on the show - and instead asked the host to send his questions ahead of time and programmed a...
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Drew Barrymore To Direct 'Oz 2'

May 19th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore is stepping behind the camera again to direct a Wizard Of Oz sequel, according to a new report.

The former child star has signed on to direct Surrender Dorothy, about the great-great-granddaughter of Dorothy Gale who goes head to head with the Wicked Witch of the West to save Earth and Oz, reports Pajiba.com.

Barrymore was originally due to star in the film but has now reportedly agreed to helm the project, following her directorial debut with last year's Whip It. It is unclear if she still intends to take on the lead role.

A number of different adaptations of the 1939 ...
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Robert Downey Jr. To Play Wizard Of Oz?

April 21st, 2010 8:59am EDT
Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. is reportedly set to team up with director Sam Mendes to bring the Wizard Of Oz back to life.

The original 1939 movie, starring Judy Garland, became a cinematic classic, while another film based on L. Frank Baum's books, Return To Oz, was released by Disney in 1985.

Now, movie-makers are preparing to return to the Emerald City on the big screen in a new picture about the wonderful wizard, titled Oz The Great and Powerful. The film will be a prequel to the Garland movie, based on Baum's work, and will tell the story of a young circus magician who ends up ruler of the ma...
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Meinhardt Raabe, One Of Last Surviving 'Wizard Of Oz' Munchkins, Dies at 94

April 11th, 2010 8:00am EDT
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One of the last surviving Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz movie, Meinhardt Raabe, has died at the age of 94.

Raabe, who played the coroner of the Munchkin Country in the 1939 musical classic, passed away on Friday at a medical facility in Orange Park, Florida.

The veteran star was admitted to hospital after reportedly collapsing at his retirement home.

Raabe was plucked from obscurity at the age of 23 to play the famous role in The Wizard of Oz, which saw him declare the the Wicked Witch of the East "really most sincerely dead".

After his appearance in the movie, he served in the Ci...
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Fairy Tales We'd Like To See Remade By Tim Burton

March 5th, 2010 10:00am EST
Tim Burton
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s newest collaboration, Alice in Wonderland, hits theaters today. Tim usually scores big when he remakes anything, and it is rumored that he is working on revamping the Disney fairy tale Sleeping Beauty as a live-action picture, focusing on the film’s villain, Maleficent.

Best known as the director of Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Sweeney Todd, Tim usually creates dark and quirky-themed movies and loves using Johnny Depp in his films. We picked a few more fairy tales we’d like to see remade...
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