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We don’t often cover films on the blog, but when a family-friendly book drive (see details below) is thrown into the Oz-some mix, we just couldn’t resist!

WHAT: Good Reads With Ronna readers, why not join Dorothy, Toto, and their new friend, Wiser the Owl, from the upcoming 3D animated feature, LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN, as they bring the magical world of Oz to kids across the U.S. on the “Legends of Oz Express”!

WHEN: This coming Sunday, April 13, head to Hollywood & Highland and join Oz characters from 1:00p.m. until 6:00p.m.on a part of a nine city tour before it heads back over the rainbow on May 9, 2014, the opening day of LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN in theaters.

ACTIVITIES: Families will follow their hearts at the Tin Man’s Friendship Club by making friendship pins, test their brains in the Scarecrow’s Workshop with arts and crafts, and show their courage by performing on the Lion’s “Mane” stage. They will also hang out in cozy “Candy County” and hear the story that inspired the film, Dorothy of Oz, written by celebrated children’s author Roger Stanton Baum. Kids will virtually follow the yellow brick road in the “Legends of Oz World” iPad gaming stations, and Dorothy and her friends will be there for pictures, prizes and fun!

BOOK DONATION INFO: To help even more children experience the magic of books, imagination, and the wonder of Oz, guests are encouraged to bring a new book to be donated to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Literally Healing at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is an innovative reading program dedicated to advocating literacy and its importance to children’s success. The program gives children more than 30,000 books annually. To learn more about the program and the types of new books needed, please visit

STAY IN TOUCH: Keep up with the Express at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at @LegendsOfOz, and dive into the interactive World of Oz at

Dorothy’s only just returned home from her first incredible journey to Oz, but she’s already being called back for another adventure! After waking to post-tornado Kansas, Dorothy (Lea Michele) and Toto are whisked to Oz on a magical rainbow mover sent by their old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi) and the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer). Time in Oz has passed much faster than back in Kansas, and Dorothy discovers that the Jester (Martin Short) – the devious brother of the Wicked Witch of the West – is taking Oz over one region at a time, holding their leaders captive and casting a pall of darkness over the beloved land. Even Glinda (Bernadette Peters) is unable to combat the Jester’s evil powers, making Dorothy their only hope.

When she arrives in Oz, Dorothy’s plan is to travel to the Emerald City to reunite with her old friends and join forces with them to stop the Jester. However, the yellow brick road isn’t quite as easy to follow this time around, especially with the Jester planting tricky detours to lead her astray, so she enlists the help of Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (Patrick Stewart) to help find her way.

Dorothy is grateful for the support of her new friends, but when she realizes that having them by her side means putting them all in grave danger, she has to decide whether to continue to accept their assistance or forge the road alone. But with the future of Oz at stake, it’s going to take as much heart, brain and courage as they can collectively muster to defeat the Jester and return order and happiness to the Emerald City.

Clarius Entertainment presents a Summertime Entertainment production: “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.” The film is directed by Daniel St. Pierre and Will Finn, and the executive producers are Neil L. Kaufman, Rene Torres and Greg Centineo. The film is produced by Bonne Radford, Ryan Carroll and Roland Carroll and is based the book Dorothy of Oz by Roger Stanton Baum. The screenplay is written by Randi Barnes and Adam Balsam.

LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN is in theaters, Friday, May 9, 2014



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