One of the perks of working in the center of Hollywood is catching the celebrations of a big-time movie premiere! And that’s just what happened when Joseph happened upon the magical premiere of Oz the Great and Powerful — and all its stars!
Wow, wow, wow! I had the most amazing night! Just as I was leaving my post at the Hollywood Wax Museum for the evening, I saw the most magical sight — a huge hot air balloon, right in the middle of Hollywood Blvd. That’s definitely not something you see every day … so I walked a bit down the block to check out the commotion.
It was the big, amazing premiere of Oz the Great and Powerful at the El Capitan Theatre! It’s the latest film from director Sam Raimi, and it tells a sort of “prequel” story to L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz — as seen through the eyes of Oscar “Oz” Diggs (James Franco), a small-time magician and con artist in 1900s Kansas who mysteriously finds himself in the enchanted Land of Oz.
Always toting my trusty camera, I decided to stop and take some photos. It was so cool to see how the red-carpet — well, in this case, yellow-carpet! — interviews looked from behind the scenes. I watched as one of the film’s stars, Michelle Williams (she plays Glinda, the Good Witch of the South), spoke to the journalists on hand. She looked beautiful in her sparkly white gown, which matches some of the costumes she wears in the movie.
I also caught a pic of Rachel Weisz — who plays Evanora (the Wicked Witch of the East) — speaking to the cameras. She certainly didn’t look very “evil” in her lovely red dress… which reminded me of Dorothy’s ruby slippers!
Finally, I spied one of the film’s youngest stars — Joey King, who provides the voice of the adorable China Girl, an animated character that Oscar meets on his travels. She looked like she was having lots of fun talking to the reporters!
Working in Hollywood certainly has its perks. Where else could you find a hot air balloon and a “yellow brick road” in the middle of the street?!
You certainly took us “over the rainbow” with this story, Joseph! Readers, it’s your turn: Who’s your favorite Wizard of Oz character, old or new? Post your comments below.