James Franco and Rachel Weisz turned up the glamour at the Japanese premiere of Oz the Great and Powerful in Tokyo earlier today. Rachel, who plays the Wicked Witch of the East, wore a red satin gown and covered up from the cold in a white furry jacket, while James embraced his Emerald City character in a green suit. They were representing the film in Japan since their costars were busy with appearances of their own in the States. Michelle Williams appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman in NYC last night to talk about her new movie and her life with Matilda. Meanwhile, Mila Kunis was busy in LA celebrating her new role as a Gemfields global ambassador.
James Franco and Rachel Weisz were all smiles as they touched down in Tokyo today. The costars made the trek to Japan for their Disney flick, Oz the Great and Powerful, after debuting the film in LA last week. James and Rachel were joined by costars Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams for the world premiere of Oz last Wednesday night. James made quite the entrance arriving on the yellow brick road, which took the place of a red carpet, by hot air balloon in a plaid Gucci suit.
Both James and Rachel have been busy making promotional appearances lately. Rachel visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Valentine's Day when she not only chatted about Oz, but also admitted that she shows love for husband Daniel Craig all year round. Meanwhile, James made his way overseas for the Berlin Film Festival premiere of his other upcoming movie, Lovelace, with Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard last week.
Like many characters in Oz the Great and Powerful, Zach Braff plays two roles: a magician's assistant named Frank and — once we get to Oz — an animated flying monkey named Finley. When I visited the set of the film last year, Braff talked about what it was like playing a different kind of flying monkey than what we're used to seeing and why spending time on the gorgeous set was a dream come true for him as a filmmaker.
Can you clue us in a little just to the personality of your two characters? Are you the doormat character?
Zach Braff: "Doormat" is a good way to put it. As Frank, he [Oz] is the magician and I'm his magician’s assistant, and I want acceptance by him, because I look up to him and he is very dismissive and condescending to me and makes it clear he has no interest in being my friend; he just wants a helper. Then we are forced to go on this journey together, and Finley is assigned to sort of look out over Oz by Rachel Weisz's character, so begrudgingly we go on this quest together, and little by little he [Oz] can't help but be charmed by this little flying monkey.
And as the monkey, you speak?
ZB: Yes, but not right away. . . . For a fair part of it he thinks I'm mute, and when push comes to shove, I have to speak and we become friends. . . . We have a story arc where he is actually able to learn from me and trust me and, in the end, be my friend and give me something that I really wanted in a human incarnation, which was friendship and his acceptance. So it's done really, really well, and it's really cool.
Can you talk about your first scenes in the movie that take place in Kansas?
ZB: It was a really, really fun way to start the movie. I was a human being, which was fun. I had period clothes like James, and I had like period sideburns and my hair is sort of slicked over and we are doing the beginning of a tornado, so they have these giant wind machines going and hundreds of extras running around in mayhem. It's hackneyed to keep saying the word "surreal," but it's just so bizarre. There you are, and there's a wind storm and there are people in turn-of-the-century circus costumes running by you, and those tumbleweeds flying, and Sam yelling on a megaphone, and eventually James's character gets into this hot air balloon and they have the basket flying across the stage, and it was a really, really fun thing to be a part of.
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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
Michelle Williams was ladylike in white for the Oz the Great and Powerful premiere at El Capitan Theatre in LA on Wednesday evening. She stopped to chat with us on our red carpet live show about picking her dress for the occasion and why she chose not to bring daughter Matilda to the big event. Michelle says she is looking forward to sharing the movie with Matilda, but probably in a less "overwhelming" setting someday soon. On Lindsay: Robert Rodriguez dress.
Zach Braff takes on double duty in Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful by playing two characters: a magician's assistant and a CGI monkey named Finley. Many of his scenes are with James Franco, and according to Zach, the two actors had six months' worth of improvising that kept them laughing on set. Zach's Scrubs costar Donald Faison was also on hand at the premiere to support his friend, even jumping into our interview for a hug. Oz the Great and Powerful is in theaters March 8.
Rachel Weisz was a vision in red at Wednesday's premiere of Oz the Great and Powerful at El Capitan Theatre in LA. Rachel chatted with us on the chilly red carpet about channeling her inner "bad girl" to take on the part, which is still shrouded in lots of mystery since the movie is full of surprises. Rachel also spoke about how she has revealed her character's secrets to her close friends, but she isn't worried about them letting the cat out of the bag.
James Franco made a grand entrance via hot air balloon at Wednesday's Oz the Great and Powerful premiere at El Capitan Theatre in LA. James plays the titular character of Oz in the film, and he chatted with us about his relationship with the original Wizard of Oz movie. He also shared a bit about the amazing sets from the film, what it meant for him to take on a younger version of Oz, and who the scariest character was for him.
Mila Kunis looked gorgeous in Dolce &Gabbana at Wednesday night's Oz the Great and Powerful premiere at El Capitan Theatre in LA. We chatted with her on the red carpet about taking on the role, what we can expect from her part, and what it has been like keeping secrets about her role from friends and family.
This Wednesday is the world premiere of Oz The Great and Powerful, and we will be bringing you all the premiere action LIVE from the red carpet. James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz star in the highly anticipated film, and POPSUGAR reporter Lindsay Miller will be LIVE on the red carpet at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles interviewing your favorite stars. The fun starts this Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. EST/6:30 p.m. PST right here on POPSUGAR, and be sure to catch Oz The Great and Powerful in theaters March 8.