"The Wizard of Oz," which starred Judy Garland, has a place in cinematic history. But with three rival studios preparing new versions of the classic musical, which Wizard is which?
"The Wizard of Oz," which starred Judy Garland, has a place in cinematic history. But with three rival studios preparing new versions of the classic musical, which Wizard is which?The Independent reports that 70 years after Dorothy first graced the silver screen: "At least three major Hollywood studios intend to hit the Yellow Brick Road again, with rival projects that drag Judy Garland's frock-wearing country girl from Kansas into the modern era, and offer darker plot twists to a generation of movie fans weaned on the Twilight franchise. Many of the mooted remakes of the children's classic, which was based on a novel by L. Frank Baum, have been classified as "in development" for several years, but the staggering success of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland has convinced studio bosses to move them off the back burner. Mr Burton's 3D re-working of Alice got mixed reviews, but nonetheless made more than $200m (£133m) on its opening weekend. That's more than Avatar, which also showcased 3D special effects, and following its launch before Christmas became the most lucrative film of all time. Hoping to cash in on this trend, Warner Brothers announced this week it intends to green-light one of two rival Wizard of Oz projects currently being produced under its banner."
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A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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