UPDATED: ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Lands on Blu-ray June 11; Costume Design Art (Hi-Res)

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'Oz the Great and Powerful' on Blu-rayAccording to a listing on DisneyStore.com, Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful will be available to own on 3D Blu-ray beginning June 11, 2013. Although the listing itself is for the 2D edition, Amazon.com is accepting pre-orders for the 3D Blu-ray/digital copy edition as well as the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.

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Photos: James Franco Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Actor James Franco attends a ceremony honoring him with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 7, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)

Just ahead of tomorrow’s debut of Oz the Great and Powerful from Walt Disney Studios, its star James Franco received a star of his own today on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. To commemorate the even, Walt Disney Studios has provided us with several images from the event.

Franco was joined by friend Seth Rogen who spoke on his behalf as well as Franco’s brother, Dave, and mother, Betsy. Also in attendance were Oz the Great and Powerful director Sam Raimi, producer Joe Roth and co-star Joey King (voice of China Girl).

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ New Stills Feature Kansas Characters (Minor Spoilers)

Girl in Wheelchair (Joey King) Ph: Merie Weismiller Wallace, SMPSP..©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved..

We have just a few more days before Oz the Great and Powerful debuts in theaters nationwide on March 8, 2013 and so far we’ve seen plenty of images of the mystical land and its inhabitants. Today, Walt Disney Studios has decided to share with us stills of a couple of characters from Oscar Digg/Oz’s world in Kansas, where he performs in the traveling Baum Brothers Circus. While we have a photo of the sideshow Strongman (portrayed by Tim Holmes), we also have a photo of a young lady who bears a striking resemblance to actress Joey King. How’s that? You know how the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz ends (the book itself does not share the same ending in the slightest), so it’s only fair that you know just how this prequel begins. It’s already been shared that Zach Braff, who voices Finley, also serves as Oz’s assistant in Kansas. In fact, there may be even another friendly face or two in the opening scenes, so you’ll want to keep an eye out.

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Clip – ‘China Girl Joins the Party’

China Girl (voiced by Joey King); James Franco, right ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios New Zealand, we have a new clip from Disney’s upcoming Oz the Great and Powerful (in theaters March 8) titled ‘China Girl Joins the Party.’ Although we have seen many photos of China Girl to date, this is the first clip that actually shows her talking and interacting with fellow Ozians. In this case, it’s Oscar Diggs/Oz (James Franco) and Finley (voice of Zach Braff) after encountering her in China Town while in pursuit of the Wicked Witch of the West.

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Nine New Hi-Res Stills Reveal Darker Side of Oz

Rachel Weiss Ph: Merie Weismiller Wallace, SMPSP ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

In support of recently released clips, Walt Disney Studios has also provided us with nine new stills from its film, Oz the Great and Powerful, which debuts in theaters nationwide on March 8, 2013.

Quite a few of the new stills feature China Girl (voiced by Joey King) as well as Oscar Diggs/Oz (James Franco) and Finley (voice of Zach Braff) exploring the ruins of China Country. We also get a few additional looks at the darker side of the land including the forest as well as Evanora (Rachel Weisz) getting her witch on as well as some up close and personals between Diggs and Glinda (Michelle Williams).

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ ‘Argument Over Oz’ Clip Teases Plotpoints

Rachel Weisz, left, Mila Kunis, right ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

A new clip from Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful has surfaced, with this one courtesy of Walt Disney Studios New Zealand and titled ‘Argument Over Oz.’ The clip features those wacky sister witches Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Theodora (Mila Kunis) as they debate over the credibility of the newly dubbed Wizard, Oscar Diggs (James Franco) and whether he is able to save the land from the tyranny of the mysterious Wicked Witch of the West. Evanora also begins to question Theodora’s loyalty, fearing/accusing her of pledging allegiances to the Wicked Witch of the West, which elicits quite an interesting response.

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Clip: ‘Bananas’ Plus Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

'Oz the Great and Powerful' Triptych Middle PanelCourtesy of Walt Disney Studios Australia, we have a new clip from Disney’s upcoming Oz the  Great and Powerful. The clip — titled ‘Bananas’ — features a little male bonding between Oscar Diggs/The Wizard (James Franco) and Finley the flying monkey (voiced by Zach Braff) as they venture along the yellow brick road in their quest to rid Oz of the Wicked Witch of the West so that Diggs can claim the sea of treasures of the Emerald City as well as ‘appropriately’ pay Finley for his assist in the act. Diggs also gives off the vibe that he’s a bit of a love ‘em and leave ‘em type — surely that can’t can’t come back to bite him in the end.

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‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ International Trailer Prestidigitates New Footage

Walt Disney Studios Spain has released this trailer for Oz the Great and Powerful. Unfortunately it’s not in English — fortunately there’s very little dialog.

The trailer begins with an extended look of something we’ve already caught a glimpse of: Oscar/Oz (James Franco) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) — along with China Girl (voiced by Joey King) — traveling by bubble to what appears to be Quadling country. After the extended look, we catch glimpses from the film which evoke the scope and grandeur of the land of Oz through the eyes of the camera’s lens, so to speak. One of the highlights appears to be a mid-air duel between Glinda and Evanora (Rachel Weisz), bubbles not required.

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Mariah Carey to Record ‘Almost Home’ for ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’

Disney announced today that multiple GRAMMY® Award–winning superstar Mariah Carey has recorded the song, ‘Almost Home,’ for Oz The Great and Powerful, the studio’s highly anticipated fantastical adventure, directed by Sam Raimi, releasing in theaters nationwide on March 8, 2013.

‘Almost Home’ will be released as a single by Carey’s label, Island Def Jam, on February 19, 2013. ward-winning photographer/director David LaChapelle will direct Carey in the music video for ‘Almost Home.’ The two long-time collaborators are reuniting in what LaChapelle describes as ‘a duet between Mariah and the movie.’ LaChapelle photographed Carey previously for album covers, and directed her in the music video ‘Loverboy.’ Disney, Carey and Island Def Jam plan to launch a promotional campaign to support the single, the video and the film.

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TOY FAIR: Disney Sneak Peek: ‘Monsters University,’ ‘Planes,’ ‘Sofia the First’ and More

Just ahead of the 110th annual American International Toy Fair kick-off this Sunday, Disney Consumer Products has shared a sneak peek at just some of the toys coming later this year, representing some of its iconic properties. From Monsters University, Oz the Great and Powerful and Planes to ‘Sofia the First’ and ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ to proven franchises such as Minnie Mouse, Disney Fairies and — of course — the princesses, these toys represent some a new take on classic play, often integrating cutting edge technology to enhance the experience.

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