You’re not in Kansas anymore. Instead, you have stumbled upon the magical world of the Back Lot 605 Podcast! For the month of September we are discussing some of our favorite Fantasy films from the decade of the 1980’s. This week we explore the Land of Oz with Disney’s Return to Oz. We are joined by comic book creator and former Anime Anatomy co-host Logan Schwanke as we follow the yellow brick road as we discuss Return to Oz.
Logan is the author and creator of the upcoming comic book series Polarized. This locally produced book follows two super-powered brothers and their quest to become the heroes they know they can be. Polarized in is the early stages of production, and is looking for your support going forward. Please visit them on Facebook or on polarized73.com.
Return to Oz is written and directed by famed film editor Walter Murch in his single directorial effort. It is based on the classic Oz series from author L. Frank Baum. The film was released in 1985 and stars Fairuza Balk as young Dorothy Gale who returns to Oz after being left a mysterious key from her friend The Scarecrow. When she returns she finds Oz and The Emerald City in shambles. The land is now lead by the ruthless Nome King and his minions, including Mombi and her army of Wheelers. Dorothy must team up with her new friends Tik Tok, Jack, and Gump to save her old friends and restore Oz.
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The Box Office
Tenet once again tops the domestic box office with a $6.7 million second weekend. At number two The New Mutants continues with a $2.1 million weekend. Unhinged stays in that number three spot with $1.5 million. The Broken Hearts Gallery opens with a $1.25 million weekend. Lastly, After We Collided takes in a $525,000 weekend in Canada, with Bill and Ted Face the Music with a $265,000 weekend.
With box office results during theaters reopening not what studios expected, many fall releases are again being delayed. Wonder Woman 1984 and Candyman have both be removed from their scheduled October releases. WW84 will now be released on Christmas day of this year, while Candyman has moved to an unspecified date in 2021.
Reports state that Borat 2 has been shot and has been screening according to many insider sources. Sacha Baron Cohen returns as Borat after the smash success of the 2006 original film. No word yet on a release date or further plot details on the film.
The Academy has implemented a new criteria for eligibility, taking effect in 2024. These new rules are to enforce more diversity in the films nominated, both in front of and behind the camera. The rules comes after The Academy earlier this year added a new diverse group of voters to the organization.
The Shameless Plugs
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