OPI to launch ‘Oz’ nail polish in March


Is my long hoped-for Star Wars nail polish line pretty much inevitable? In the spring, OPI will have a collection inspired by Disney’s Oz: The Great And Powerful.

One would expect an Oz collection to have a more vibrant selection of colors (ahem) not be relegated to the generally boring ‘soft shades’ line, but, well. Let’s hope that if Star Wars ever gets in on the action, it’ll be something more in the vein of the James Bond or Muppet collections.

Trailer: Oz The Great and Powerful

The first trailer (high-res) for Sam Raimi’s Wizard of Oz prequel, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. It’s… I don’t know? But then again, I’m pretty sure Wicked overexposure – and that awful SyFy miniseries a few years back – has pretty much burned me out on Oz all-together. On the other hand, the cast is more or less a Successful Alumni of 90’s Teen TV reunion, which amuses me to no end. Your thoughts?

Other worlds: On the awesomeness of Katniss Everdeen

The Hunger Games. Meghan Lewit has praise for Katniss Everdeen in The Atlantic, calling her “the most important female character in recent pop culture history.” I can’t really disagree there.

Meanwhile, it’s being reported that Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) is the front-runner for the part of Katniss in the upcoming movie adaption. She’s 20 and blonde, but at least she can act, I guess. Hollywood, sigh.

Stephen King. A new installment in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, The Wind Through the Keyhole, will be published next year. It looks to be a gap-filler, not a continuation. Meanwhile, in November, he time-travels to the Kennedy assignation.

The Kingkiller Chronicle. If you’ve been paying any attention at all to the genre as a whole, you probably know that Patrick Rothfuss is one of the hottest things in fantasy. His second book, The Wise Man’s Fear, just came out. I can’t even begin to catch up with the overwhelming hype and I wasn’t all that impressed with his first anyway, but there’s a nice interview with him on Amazon’s Omnivoracious.

YA mafia. The latest controversy sweeping YA is massive, but it prompted John Scalzi to snark, and there ain’t nothing wrong with that. Also noteworthy: Cleolinda on how reviews are not for authors.

Sunday reader. Mari Ness finished up her look back at the Narnia books on Tor.com a few weeks back. (She also did a massive series on the Oz books if you’re all Lewised out.)

Video Monday

TIE-tanic. “The ability to control a medium for 20 years is insignificant next to the power of a good chick-flick.” Pure. Freaking. Genius. With Ewoks! On fire!

‘Guy Love,’ a song from the upcoming musical episode of Scrubs. I dare you not to laugh at this. And, um, it’s not off-topic: Donald Faison appears wearing a Star Wars t-shirt. Watch for it!

Michael Winslow recreates the sound effects of an entire scene from A New Hope in his stand-up routine.

Producer Michael Wiese talks about Hardware Wars at the Cannes Film Festival.

ABC’s Harry Potter special is up on Youtube. Watch thirteen (!) clips at ohnotheydidnt.

More, more, more!

Hide your eyes!

The Sci-Fi Channel is doing a makeover on The Wizard of Oz. I’ll let the article speak for itself:

Using adjectives such as psychedelic, twisted and bizarre to describe “Tin Man,” Sci Fi said the mini turns Dorothy into a young woman named DG, who finds herself plunged into a netherworld called the Outer Zone. Other celebrated characters are reimagined in “Tin Man”: the cowardly lion as a wolverine-like creature without backbone, the wicked witch as a sorceress called Azkadellia and the wizard as a larger-than-life figure called the Mystic Man.