Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful is finally opening this week, and we've got a sneak peek at the Emerald City. Get a good look at James Franco as Oz, in addition to stills of Michelle Williams as Glinda, Mila Kunis as Theodora, Rachel Weisz as Evanora, and some interesting little creatures.
James Franco had his leading ladies, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and Mila Kunis, by his side on the yellow brick road carpet at the UK premiere of Oz the Great and Powerful today. Rachel donned a nude Michael Kors gown to join her costars in London after they premiered the film in Russia without her last night. James, Michelle, and Mila got dressed up for the Moscow debut after a busy day of promotional appearances.
Although Rachel missed out on the fun in Russia, she did make the trek to Japan last week. Rachel and James popped up in Tokyo to premiere Oz last Wednesday, and they'll keep up their busy schedule as the March 8 release date nears.
Mila Kunis wore a short lace dress to celebrate her appointment as global ambassador for Gemfields jewelry collection at Soho House in LA yesterday. Her duties as face of the UK brand, which sells ethically and environmentally responsible gemstones, come during a busy time. Mila's latest film, Oz the Great and Powerful, is set to hit big screens on March 8, and she debuted Oz in LA last week with the help of her costars James Franco, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz. Although Oz has kept her busy, she was able to fit in a recent trip to Africa for her new duties with Gemfields, and she shared her excitement to be a part of the brand, saying, "While in Africa, I learned that the entire journey that each Gemfields stone takes is carefully considered, and that the environment and the local communities where its mines are located are held in the highest regard." She went on to say, "I truly believe in Gemfields' mission of ethical mining, and I absolutely have fallen in love with the rarity, beauty, and history of emeralds." As the face of the jewelry collection, Mila will be involved with Gemfields' new global advertising program, which will feature ad books in several major publications.
While Mila takes on a new appointment, her costars are currently doing their part to promote Oz the Great and Powerful around the world. Michelle made two Big Apple appearances on Good Morning America and Late Show With David Letterman yesterday, while James and Rachel traveled to Tokyo to premiere the Disney flick there today. Mila will be getting back to work for the film soon as well. She is in LA prepping for her own upcoming promotional appearance on the West Coast that includes a stop on Conan tomorrow.
The stars of Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful stepped out for the world premiere of their film last night in LA, and we were live on the scene to capture all the action on the red carpet. Michelle Williams, James Franco, and Rachel Weisz all attended, as did Mila Kunis, whose boyfriend, Ashton Kutcher, was also on hand for the debut.
James Franco arrived by hot air balloon in a plaid Gucci suit for the event, while Mila walked the "yellow brick road" clad in a cream-colored Dolce & Gabbana dress. Mila told us that this would be her first time seeing the film and that she doesn't get nervous having friends and family watching with her. Though Mila was able to keep some of the film's big secrets under wraps, her costar Rachel Weisz — who wore a stunning orange Victoria Beckham dress — wasn't as tight-lipped, saying, "I have told some friends, but they'll keep it hush hush."
Michelle Williams, who plays Glinda in the movie, wore a white beaded Prada dress on the red carpet and shared her excitement about getting to help design and pick out her character's costumes. While her boyfriend, Jason Segel, and her 7-year-old daughter, Matilda, weren't with her on the red carpet, Michelle told us that she was looking forward to showing the film to her little one in a less "overwhelming" setting. Oz the Great and Powerful hits theaters on March 8.
— Additional reporting by Brittney Stephens
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis brought their PDA courtside last night to watch as the LA Lakers took on the Phoenix Suns at the Staples Center. The usually press-shy couple cuddled up and laughed during the game, which the home team won 91-85. It wasn't all overt affection for Mila and Ashton, though — at one point, they held up a piece of paper to share a private moment. Their night out comes in the middle of a fun week. Ashton turned 35 on Feb. 7, and tomorrow is, of course, Valentine's Day. Tonight, Mila will attend the LA debut of Oz The Great and Powerful — and we'll be LIVE from the premiere! The fun starts tonight at 9:30 p.m. EST/6:30 p.m. PST right here on POPSUGAR. Ashton is expected to attend as well.
Ashton and Mila were joined at last night's matchup by Will Ferrell, who stole the show dressed as an usher with the name tag "Ted Vagina." Rocking his Anchorman 2 beard, Will made headlines by escorting Shaquille O'Neal out of the stadium after a supposed infraction from Shaq.
Mila Kunis sported a '60s-inspired look in a Fendi jumpsuit on the cover of Allure's March issue, which hits stands Feb. 19. Inside the magazine, the brunette beauty continued the theme, dressing up in a Paco Rabanne number and down in a Marc Jacobs t-shirt and briefs. Mila has been busy juggling several projects lately, including the highly anticipated Oz: The Great and Powerful, but she paused promotions to pose for the publication. She also opened up about her life as a single girl and shared her thoughts about onscreen nudity and losing weight for roles. Here's more from Mila Kunis in Allure:
- On being single: "For four years I was single. An amazing time. An amazing time. I love being single."
- On her nudity in Friends With Benefits: "I showed side boob. I don’t need to show ass. You get one or the other. You don’t get both."
- On weight loss for Black Swan: "Unfortunately, the only way I could play a ballerina was to look like a ballerina . . . fit and bony."
Oz: The Great and Powerful hits theaters next month and the leading ladies of the classic children's story reboot are promoting the project with InStyle's March issue. Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, and Michelle Williams posed together for a glamorous shot and spilled about filming and family. Michelle touched on life with boyfriend Jason Segel while Rachel shared her favorite part of working with Michelle. Mila, who has been sticking close to Ashton Kutcher, talked about her tricky costumes. Here's more from Michelle, Rachel, and Mila in InStyle:
- Michelle on Jason: "He is nice . . . I didn't actually realize who he was before I started dating him. I mean, I saw the Muppets movie, and I thought, 'Oh, that's cute,' but the truth is I didn't realize he made a lot of very popular, funny movies or was on a TV show. But maybe more important, I didn't realize he was so tall. I thought, 'Hey, man, you're cramping my style!' I tried wearing wedge heels for a while to compensate, but it wasn't me and I just gave up."
- Rachel on the best part of filming: "Michelle's daughter and my son are about the same age, so they went to camp together, and we took them bowling. It was really fun for me and Michelle too, because you don't get that many mommy playdates in our business."
- Mila on her costumes: "I spent a lot of the shoot in a leather corset, wired up in a harness, and flying around in a costume that weighed 10 pounds. I hear some women enjoy wearing a corset, but tell them to try 17 hours of that and then get back to me."
Director Sam Raimi gave audiences a sneak peek to his epic new film, Oz: The Great and Powerful, at this year's Comic-Con, but now we're treated to the full-length trailer. The teaser gave us a good feel for the film's whimsical aesthetic, but the new preview sheds some light on the Wizard of Oz prequel's actual plot. Shady magician Oz (James Franco) gets plopped into the Emerald City and is tasked with saving the land of Oz. Though he strives to do something great with his life, Oz is unsure if he can live up to the expectations of those depending on him, like witchy sisters Theodora (Mila Kunis) and Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and the luminous Glinda (Michelle Williams). If he succeeds, the kingdom, and all its riches, are his.
In short: this movie looks astounding. Raimi is doing it in 3D and I can't wait to be smack in the middle of the Emerald City — talking dolls, flying monkeys, and all. I'm especially curious to see the Wicked Witch 2.0; that flash of her fiery appearance at the end is chilling. I like that he's balancing the scary factor with a little bit of humor; I got in a chuckle at the munchkin part. Oz: The Great and Powerful hits theaters March 8, and you can watch the trailer after the jump.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher hung out on the field at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey on Monday. The couple chatted with friends before watching the Houston Texans take on the New York Jets. Also on hand to witness the Texans win was Kevin James. Mila and Ashton got out of NYC for the game after hanging out there for the last few weeks while Mila films The Angriest Man in Brooklyn. Mila and Ashton picked up gelato on Tuesday and have shared other sweet PDA-filled dates when Mila's not in front of the cameras. They also had reason to celebrate when Mila was named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive for 2012.
Mila Kunis has the honor of being Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive for 2012. To celebrate the award, she posed for a steamy shoot featured in their upcoming November issue, on newsstands Oct. 16 — check out a behind-the-scenes video of Mila working with the magazine. Mila's currently in NYC working on her latest project, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, with Robin Williams. She spoke about her career, as well as humor and her love of politics, in an accompanying interview. Here are highlights from Mila in Esquire:
- On being funny: "I think I stumbled upon doing funny things, but I'm not funny. I just know how to deliver a joke. There are people who naturally exude humor and are constantly saying funny things, and there are the people who know how to deliver a joke. It's a learned skill. Through 20 years of doing this, I practice it. I think that the second you think that you're funny is when you stop being funny."
- On loving politics: "I find it all to be incredibly entertaining. I went to the White House Correspondents' Dinner with Wolf Blitzer. It's weird: you get invited by people you don't know — and I never wanna go again, because I had the most incredible experience. Ever. I watch CNN or MSNBC all day long, every day. So I meet with Wolf, and I was like, 'Oh, my God. There's Wolf Blitzer.' Like two drinks in, I just start talking. 'So, about Ahmadinejad's nephew . . .' Wolf was surprised I followed politics."
- On knowing herself well: "What I do and who I am are two different things. And they always will be. What happens with people is they lose sight of who they are, and they become either who they want to be or who they are perceived to be. . . . I think that I've consciously separated my two lives. I love what I do. I couldn't imagine doing anything else. But when I'm done with work, I'm done with work. I think that if I bought into the hype, I would lose all sight of who I am, and so much of who I am is what my parents went through and instilled in me. And I never want to lose that. Ever. Because I would be so disappointed if I didn't make them proud."
Photos courtesy Cliff Watts for Esquire