Watch: The First Version of ‘Wizard of Oz’ Ever Put to Film

Why Watch? In 1910, (possibly) Otis Turner directed a silent, black and white film (the only kind they had back then) that brought L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel to life for the first time in moving pictures. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz capitalized on the author’s popularity and launched a filmic fascination with the works which, of course, led to the benchmark 1939 version. This is an artifact to be certain, but it features charming images and a fantastical spirit that can’t be tampered by the antique feel. What will it cost? Only 14 minutes. Skip Work. You’ve Got Time For More Short Films
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There's A Wizard Of Oz Silent Film?!

There's A Wizard Of Oz Silent Film?!
We've all seen Judy Garland follow the yellow brick road in the 1939's classic film, "The Wizard Of Oz," and hopefully most of us have seen Diana Ross ease on down the road in 1978's "The Wiz." But it was news to us that the first film adaptation of Frank L. Baum's classic was actually a silent film made in 1910.

The short film has a few key differences. Instead of Toto the dog we have "Imogen," a semi-lovable cow. The evil witch is not referred to asThe Wicked Witch of the West but is instead named "Mambo." Also, for some reason unknown to us there are a lot of donkeys involved. Much of the details of the film remain a mystery, including the name of the director, though it is rumored to be Otis Turner.

Tune in to a new old adaptation of the topsy-turvy tale and let us know how you think it compares.
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Mysterious 'Wizard of Oz' Teaser Announces Yet Another Oz-Related Project?

Mysterious 'Wizard of Oz' Teaser Announces Yet Another Oz-Related Project?
How many movies based on the Wizard of Oz mythology will you tolerate in the next few years? Right now I'm counting at least six in development, including this new, out-of-nowhwere project from Mark and Michael Polish (The Astronaut Farmer), simply titled Oz. Nobody seems to have had heard about this faithful-looking version of L. Frank Baum's stories until a teaser was posted to YouTube yesterday (and tweeted by Film Threat's Chris Gore) with a caption claiming that it comes to us from the Polish brothers and it's set to hit theaters in 2011. As for the content of the video, all it shows us is a young Dorothy and a hardly anthropomorphic Cowardly Lion walking slowly and curiously down a hall in an apparently deserted place.

Coming from someone who appreciates -- and would watch in marathon form right now if I had the time -- every Baum adaptation
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Josh Turner and Wife Welcome Baby Number 2

Country music singer Josh Turner becomes father again. His wife Jennifer Ford Turner delivered their second son, Colby Lynch Turner, on Friday, June 26, a representative for the singer tells People.

"I'm just a proud daddy right now," Josh says, adding that his first son Hampton Otis Turner is very happy to have a sibling. "Hampton loves being a big brother, and we're just one big happy family," the 31-year-old singer states.

Gushing about the process of Colby's birth, the "Everything Is Fine" hitmaker recalls he received notice that his wife was in labor just hours after he finished recording his fourth album. "My producer, Frank Rogers, jokingly told Jennifer that she needed to wait until we finished my record before she had the baby," he testifies.

"We finished the album last Thursday at 6:00 P.M.," Josh continues. "After I got home, Jennifer went into labor and we were at
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Josh Turner and Wife Welcome Second Son

Country music singer Josh Turner and his wife Jennifer Ford Turner have welcomed the arrival of their second child, a baby boy, last week. A representative for Josh confirms the news to People, detailing the infant was born on Friday, June 26 and is named Colby Lynch Turner. Colby joins the pair's eldest son, Hampton Otis Turner, who was born in October 2006.

"I'm just a proud daddy right now," Josh says in a statement. "Hampton loves being a big brother, and we're just one big happy family," he adds of how Hampton reacts to his new role as a brother.

Josh Turner has been married to Jennifer Ford Turner, who works as a backing vocalist and piano player, since June 2003. The pair announced Jennifer's second pregnancy back in February this year.

Personal life aside, Josh currently is working on his fourth album. There have been no words on the set's title and release date.
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Country Music Singer Josh Turner and Wife Expecting Child No. 2

Josh Turner, a country music singer who is best known for his debut album "Long Black Train", is expecting his second child with wife Jennifer Ford. Confirming the report is his representative who tells People that the couple is expected to welcome the arrival of their upcoming baby this summer.

Aside from the confirmation, Josh's representative doesn't share any other detail to People though. It is also not mentioned if Josh and Jennifer have found out the sex of the baby.

Josh Turner married Jennifer Ford, who plays keyboards and serves as a back-up singer in his band, in June 2003. The twosome had their first child, son Hampton Otis Turner, being born in October 2006.

In the meantime it has been reported that Josh currently is working on his fourth studio album, a follow-up to his 2007 set, "Everything Is Fine." The not yet titled record is slated for a spring 2009 release.
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