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HOLLYWOOD -- Michelle Wil- liams, just Oscar nominated for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn," is tak- ing on another huge female legend -- Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, Disney's "Oz: The Great and Powerful" is a prequel to the 1939 Judy Garland classic, "The Wizard of Oz"; both are based on the 1900 L. Frank Baum novel, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Billie Burke, who created Glinda in the original film, was actually 54 years old when she played the beautiful good witch. It also stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs (who becomes the Wizard); "The Good Gardener" Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (recently wed to the current James Bond, Daniel Craig); Mila Kunis of "That '70s Show" and "Friends With Benefits"; and "Scrubs" star Zach Graff. The budget for the film is $200 mil- lion, afar cry from the $2.7 million it cost MGM to make the original. "The Wizard of Oz" was considered a flop in its initial release, taking in only $3 million at the box office. A re-release shortly after brought in $1.5 million, starting-it on its "Yel- low Brick Road" to profit. In 1956, CBS paid a whopping $225,000 for its first TV airing, watched by 44 million people. CBS showed it once a year for the next 20 years. In 1983, a reissue of the film made $6 million at the box office, prompting MGM to demand $13 million from CBS to air it that year. Not everything Oz is golden. The 1985 sequel "Return to Oz," based on two Baum books, "The Marvelous Land of Oz" and "Ozma of Oz," had a budget of $25 mil- lion and only took in $11,137,801. The charming 14-year-old Fairuza Balk (later to star opposite Marion Brando in the 1996 film "The Island of Dr. Moreau"), was Dorothy. Piper Laurie, Oscar nominated for "The Hustler" ('61), "Carrie" ('76) and "Children of a Lesser God" ('86), was Auntie Em. Nicol Williamson of "Excalibur" ('81), "The Exorcist III" ('89) and "Spawn" ('97); and "Up- stairs, Downstairs" star Jean Marsh rounded out the cast. Parents felt it was too dark and scary for tots and didn't take their children to see it. Maybe Disney will get it right THIS time. No one is left from the Disney of 1985. We won't know how it turns out until March 8, 2013. Mi- che!le Williams has already filmed "Take This Waltz" with Seth Rogan about a woman struggling to choose between two different types of love. Maybe they could use the song ',Torn Between Two Lovers" or the theme from "A Man and a Woman! sweef but heart-wrenching story VISION: --.,- v t,|rl|'/|'],, ! Send letters to Tony Rizzo's Holly- wood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. What was the theme song of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"? 2. MUSIC: What rock group was fea- tured in the documentary 'Fhe Kids Are Alright"? 3. MYTHOLOGY: In Norse mythology, who were the Norns? 4. MOVIES: Actress Shirley MacLaine played a nun in which movie? 5. CARTOONS: What were the names of Daisy Duck's hieces? 6. MEDICINE: Who discovered that yellow fever was transmitted by mosqui- toes? 7. LITERATURE: What was the first novel written by Raymond Chandler? 8.AD SLOGANS: What company advised motorists to "trust your car to the star"? 9. ANATOMY: What is a human being's normal body temperature in Celsius? 10. GEOGRAPHY: The tiny principality of Andorra borders which two European countries? Michelle Williams ANSWERS 1. "Love Is All Around" 2. The Who 3. Norse goddesses of fate 4. "Two Mules for Sister Sara" 5. April, May and June 6. Dr. Walter Reed 7. "The Big Sleep" 8. Texaco 9. 37 10. Spain and France (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. ./ ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your ideas are finally reaching those who can appreciate them. But don't expect any im -: mediate reactions. That will come later.  ship seems to be winding down from pas- sionate to passive. It's up to you to decide what the next step will be. But don't wait too long to take the initiative. Delay could create more problems. CANCER (June 21 to July 22)A decision looms. But be very sure that this is what you really want before you sign or say any- thing. Once you act, there'll be little or no wiggle room for any adjustments. Meanwhile, a personal matter needs your - LEO (July 23 to August 22)Money matters attention. - : imlrove, but you still need to be cautious TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your en':' with your spending. Also, set aside that ergy levels are rising, and you're feeling ne pride for a bit and apologize for restless and eager to get into some activity, ' contributing to that misunderstanding. whether it's for profit or just for fun. In, VIRCJO (August 23 to September 22) A either case, the aspects are highly favor- :tempting financial situation could make able, so go for it. the usually unflappable Virgo rush in GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A relation- before checking things out. Be alert to possible hidden problems. Get the facts before you act. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) It's nice to know that you're finally getting due credit for your efforts. You also should know that new opportunities will follow. A family member brings important news. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Any uncertainty that begins to cloud an impending decision could signal a need to re-examine your reasons for wanting to take on this commitment. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to De- cember 21) You benefit from taking time out of your currently hectic schedule to do more contemplation or meditation. This will help re-energize you, both in body and soul. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January jJ Nursing hurt feelings can ze ener- 1 9) gies of even the usually self-confident Sea Goat. Best advice: Move forward. Success isthe best balm for a painful ego. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A display of temperament surprises you, as well as those around you. It could be all that pressure you're under. Consider let- ring someone help you see it through. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Some things don't seem to be working out as you'd hoped. Don't fret. Instead, take some time out to reassess your plans and see where changes could be made. BORN THIS WEEK: You enjoy travel- ing and meeting people. You are especially good with children and would make an excellent teacher. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.