Oz the Great and Powerful is probably going to be really good in a way that’s completely disconnected from the original Wizard of Oz and that’s okay. I mean, come on – admitted professional deep-throater James Franco as the Wizard? Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz? I’m going to see it (or download it), for sure.
One thing that will definitely not be great about it is that Mariah Carey is doing the theme song. It’s a new track called ‘Almost Home’ that sounds like a demo she would have recorded in 1987 before getting a deal and a decent producer. While the full thing won’t be out until tomorrow, you can listen to a 30 second preview below:
Michelle Williams is so underrated it’s not even funny. Forget Dawson’s Creek – let’s get more current: Brokeback Mountain, anyone? My Week With Marilyn? Blue Valentine? I mean, come on. She’s constantly taking part in projects that are gritty, intense and downright good. She’s one of the best actresses working in the industry at the moment and I just think she’s great. That’s pretty much it.
Michelle is sharing the cover of InStyle’s March issue with Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz (via fashionscansdaily – click through for all the pics), who are both great in their own rights, but aren’t the focus of this post. The ladies do have one big thing in common, however: they’re all starring in the much-anticipated upcoming film Oz, The Great and Powerful, which is most likely going to be really, really good.
So, to preface all of this f-ckery, can I just remind you about how Lindsay Lohan always tried to make it seem like she was Heath Ledger’s one true love, and how she was just so genuinely devastated when he passed, which was five years ago yesterday? Because she did, even up until this past December, because that’s Lindsay: she can’t leave well enough alone, and whenever anyone’s getting any kind of publicity (even when they’re dead), she’s got to go ahead and insert herself in any way she can.
Sigh. Cue Lindsay. As I said, yesterday was the five-year anniversary of Heath Ledger’s death, and in memorial, Lindsay posted this on her Twitter page:
First of all, if you were confused (like me), “Matty” is actually Heath and Michelle Williams’ daughter, Matilda, lovingly known as “Mattie,” and as far as I’m aware, it was Michelle who carried and birthed Matilda, and not Lindsay. OK? Do you see where I’m going with this? Because now you can see what Lindsay did here—this is a dick move. … No, this is actually a c-nt move, and as much as I hate that word, I’m willing to admit that it’s the word I whisper most forcefully when I’m really, really pissed off, and I feel like Lindsay Lohan and her unbelievable self-absorption justifies that anger.
Can I just go ahead and call Lindsay Lohan a scumbag? Can I? Because when my back’s against the wall and I have no more verbal ammunition, “scumbag” is the first thing that comes to mind, guys. And Lindsay Lohan is the epitome of “scumbag.”
Probably my favorite celebrity couple in the history of celebrities coupling is Michelle Williams and Jason Segel. I’ve always adored them so, so much separately, and I never even imagined that these two magical souls could become one. But they have, and they still are. And that’s what this story is about.
That photo up there is of Michelle and Jason, along with their BFF, Busy Philipps, having fun in Cancun. Michelle is the pale girl who isn’t pregnant, if you needed help figuring that out. Michelle’s daughter was there with him, and they all had a really good time because, you know, it’s Cancun.
You guys love them too, right? After all, what’s not to love?
The Oscar-nominated actress, 32, and Jason, also 32, have moved into a sprawling loft overlooking the Manhattan skyline, MailOnline can reveal.
The Brooklyn property, which is situated in a stunning converted warehouse behind gates, marks a fresh start for Michelle, who still owns the house she first bought with Heath in 2005, when their daughter Matilda was a baby.
Oh wow. We all wanted something like this to happen, but now that it has, and we’re talking maybe, what, selling the property that was joint-purchased with Heath Ledger? And then I feel all sorts of reluctant about this whole thing. Sure, it’s not healthy for Michelle to not move on—especially after four years, but wow. Everything seems real final now that she’s not living in the Heath Ledger house anymore. I don’t know. I suppose I shouldn’t complain: she’s moving on with someone like Jason Segel, and that’s pretty fabulous. It’s amazing how the time flies, right?
Aren’t these guys just the cutest? And if we can talk about Matilda for a second, OMG. Is she not the perfect hybrid of the late Heath Ledger and her mom, Michelle Williams? She is just adorable, and she’s going to be a knockout when she gets older, you mark my words.
Also, yes, I know that they’re not technically—or even theoretically, at this point—a family right now, but guys. It’s on its way. Jason is hanging out with Matilda on the regular (alone, too; these photos were taken post-breakfast date in New York City, presumably while Michelle worked on a project), and Michelle is letting this happen. Michelle, who is notoriously private and protective over her personal life and loved ones. This is a big step forward, guys, and you can quote me on this: I’ll bet Michelle and Jason will be engaged within the year. It’s just going to happen, and that’s all there is to it.
But don’t take it from me—take it from Sam Raimi, who’s (Sam Raimi is a demigod in some circles, being that he was the mastermind behind ‘Evil Dead’, which, if you haven’t seen it, GO NOW) directing the flick. From the movie’s Comic Con panel:
Sam Raimi on ‘Oz’: “This is a very straightforward family picture. I would say it’s a very classically Disney type of movie. It’s all about these characters and their interactions with each other, the friendships they make. How some characters are sinners, how they hurt others, how those sins can grow. It’s about finally recognizing the things you do in this world have consequences, and how to be the best person you can be is really the story of this film. That’s the most exciting kind of story for me, the ones that have character growth, and I think James Franco’s character has a little bit of character growth in this film.”
Mila Kunis on working with Sam Raimi: “Listen, Sam is fantastic. I don’t know where to begin. I would do craft service for Sam if he asked me to.”
Michelle Williams on Sam Raimi, also: “I had never made a movie like this before. I’ve never made such a big movie before. I didn’t know what it was going to be like. I didn’t know if the things that concern me, Sam would have time for, or patience for. Not only did he have time and patience in the beginning when we were rehearsing, he had patience for them on the 17th hour of the sixth day. For me it was a very holistic experience; it was a real melding of my work life and my personal life. My film family and my real family.”
Raimi, on James Franco: “He’s a great collaborator. James was much less collaborative when I first worked with him. He was a real serious actor, I think he still had his James Dean hat on; he was doing it his way. I worked with him with certain limitations. We couldn’t communicate about everything as deeply as we did on this picture. [In this movie] there was a great sense of openness, collaboration, and patience. Now that James is a filmmaker, he understands all the things that go into a shot. He’s developed that patience.”
On the flying monkeys in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, and whether they will have a part in ‘Oz’: “The teaser they showed today, the Wicked Witch has an army of flying baboons. We’re actually still developing them, but the teaser demanded that they come out right now. There is also a flying monkey in the story, different than the baboons, a nice flying monkey, so don’t worry.”
On whether the book Wicked was thrown around in the idea of developing this movie: “No. We were just using Baum’s books as a road map. We stayed with the thesis: who is that guy behind the curtain?”
So. Are we all in agreement that this movie’s going to be pretty darn fabulous? Because duh, it is.