We still don’t know much about Sam Raimi’s mysterious forthcoming film, “Oz The Great And Powerful,” but the fact that James Franco and Mila Kunis are set to star has our curiosity decidedly piqued. As such, when we stopped by the press day for “Your Highness” recently, we had to ask Franco for some details about the film, particularly what tone Raimi is taking with his trip into “Oz” and his thoughts on his co-star.
“It will have a lot of humor,” Franco said, adding that he’s very excited to work with Kunis on a big project. “I’ve done two small things with her. I’ve done something for Funny Or Die, a spoof of ‘The Hills’ TV show, and then we did a little scene in ‘Date Night.’ She’s great, I love working with her.”
Regarding “Oz,” however, Franco said Raimi’s approach will have a “mix of tones.”
“Sam Raimi, the director, is I think a master of capturing a feeling of old Hollywood charm and matching it with the latest technology,” Franco explained. “So he’s going to create the amazing world and take people to this place. The characters are very funny in a old Hollywood way.”
Franco added that filming is set to begin in July, in Detroit, at which point Danny McBride, Franco’s “Your Highness” co-star, interjected that he’d like to come visit the set, maybe do a cameo as a flying monkey.
“It’s going to be like a warehouse with green screen but yeah, come hang out,” Franco said to McBride, joking that the “Eastbound and Down” star is probably “too big” to do a bit part. “If you really want to, I could get you in as a flying monkey.”
Clarisonic awarded national charitable partner Look Good…Feel Better a $250,000 donation in the name of acclaimed actor Mila Kunis, bringing fundraising efforts by the leading innovator in sonic skin care on behalf of Look Good…Feel Better to a total of $1.1 million. Kunis, honored by Clarisonic in 2010 as its Empowered Woman of the Year after her breakout performance in Black Swan, took time from her busy filming schedule to meet in Los Angeles, CA with campaign representatives and make the check presentation.
“I am happy to help support such a worthwhile cause and am honored to be Clarisonic’s Empowered Woman,” said Mila Kunis. “Almost all families are affected at some time by cancer—even mine. It is inspiring to know there is a free resource like Look Good…Feel Better out there to help make recovery just a little easier.”
“Clarisonic is thrilled to have Mila’s support and participation,” said Louis Yaseen, director, cause marketing, Clarisonic. “The inner strength and courage she has demonstrated in preparing for and executing her film roles is a great example of personal empowerment. We are also honored to partner with Look Good…Feel Better. The program’s mission to help empower women undergoing cancer treatment to look their best and regain self-confidence closely parallels Clarisonic’s mission to empower women to take beauty into their own hands.”
Clarisonic’s gift is part of an ongoing commitment to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of specially designed products to Look Good…Feel Better, a nationwide, public service program that helps women with cancer deal with the appearance concerns of treatment, providing support, hope, and practical coping skills. Specifically, the company donates $4 from every Clarisonic PINK Classic and Clarisonic PINK Plus Skin Cleansing System purchased and $3 from every Clarisonic PINK Mia® Skin Cleansing System sold. The company also donates $15 from the sale of every limited edition Clarisonic Hope Mia Skin Cleansing System sold, while supplies last.
“Clarisonic’s generous donations are enabling us to undertake educational and awareness building programs that will greatly enhance our ability to serve more women across the country. We can now initiate innovative projects that we previously could only dream of doing,” said Louanne Roark, executive director of the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and Look Good…Feel Better.
Watch the exclusive sneak peek at some of the behind-the-scenes goodies from the Special Features – including a look at Portman’s intense ballet training for the role.
Another new candids images of Mila photographed leaving a friends house in Los Angeles on March 28, 2011. Seems like she is very busy these days. Well, good for us Take a look on 7 high-res images from yesterday afternoon.
New candids from yesterday have been added. Mila was spotted at the Gas Station in Los Angeles before heading off the gym. Check out 4 MQ photos in our gallery. Hope more will be revealed very soon so stay tuned
Edit: Added 5 high-res photos
Kunis disputes statements made by Portman’s body double that the actress did only 5% of the dancing featured in the movie.
Add Mila Kunis to the list of those who have come to the defense of her Black Swan co-star Natalie Portman in the wake of accusations that her body double did most of the dancing in the movie.
“Of the full body shots, I would say 5% are Natalie,” American Ballet Theater dancer Sarah Lane recently said. “All the other shots are me.”
On Monday, Kunis joined the movie’s director, Darren Aronofsky, and Portman’s fiance, Benjamin Millepied, in defending the actress, who won an Oscar for her role. Fox Searchlight, the studio behind Black Swan, also has insisted that Portman did most of the dancing in the movie.
“Natalie danced her a– off,” Kunis told Entertainment Weekly. “I think it’s unfortunate that this is coming out and taking attention away from [the praise] Natalie deserved and got.”
Kunis also said Portman has admitted that her techniques were far from perfect.
“She’ll tell you, no, she was not on pointe when she did a fouette [turn],” Kunis said. “No one’s going to deny that. But she did do every ounce of every one of her dances. [Lane] wasn’t used for everything. It was more like a safety net. If Nat wasn’t able to do something, you’d have a safety net. The same thing that I had — I had a double as a safety net. We all did. No one ever denied it.”
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Lane said via email that she earned $6,000 for just over six weeks of work on the movie, which has grossed $281.6 million at the worldwide box office so far.
In these days begins CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Cinemacon is the largest and most important gathering of movie theatre owners from around the world. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations debuting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office. Now you can check out official posters of Friends With Benefits, newly relased at CinemaCon 2011.
Friends with Benefits > Official Posters
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I’m just opened a brand new fansite about Minka Kelly – MinkaKellyWeb.Com. You may know her from her movies (500) Days of Summer, The Roomate, Just Go with It or her appearances in NBC hit series “Friday Night Life” &“Parenthood”. So please visit the site and leave your message.
Thank you, Lillian
The actress has wrapped up negotiations and sealed a deal with Disney to play Theodora, the youngest sister of three witches, in “Oz, the Great and Powerful,” the prequel to 1939′s “The Wizard of Oz.”
Kunis will co-star opposite James Franco, who portrays a fast-talking snake oil salesman and illusionist who flees a traveling circus and winds up whisked away in a hot air balloon by a tornado to Oz where he must face off against real magic and the sisters battling for control of the land.
Theodora starts out as a good witch, alongside her beautiful sister Glinda, but after her sexual advances are jilted by Franco’s salesman, she’s convinced by Evanora to switch sides and help her older sister rule Oz.
Sam Raimi helms “Oz” this summer from a revised script by David Lindsay-Abaire (“Rabbit Hole”). Joe Roth (“Alice in Wonderland”) produces.
Pic will reunite Kunis with Franco, who appeared in a cameo in last year’s comedy “Date Night.” Duo also filmed the Funny or Die short, “The Hills,” in 2007, as a spoof of the MTV reality series.
The studio has started considering other actresses for the other sister roles, including Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams, Kate Beckinsale, Keira Knightley and Rebecca Hall.
Kunis, who is coming off awards contender and indie B.O. hit “Black Swan,” had been circling the project for some time, but had also been weighing other films, including the Warner Bros.’ adaptation of “Akira,” by the Hughes Brothers (for whom she co-starred in “Book of Eli”), and the start date for Seth MacFarlane’s comedy “Ted,” with Mark Wahlberg, Joel McHale and Adam Scott, at Universal. It had also been unclear which of the three witches she would portray.
No release date has yet been set.