Emily Whitten

Emily reviews books and movies for WORLD and is a contributor at RedeemedReader.com. She homeschools her two children and sees books through the eyes of a mother.

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Oz the Great and Powerful

Movie
by Emily Whitten
Posted 3/08/13, 01:00 am

It’s turn-of-the-20th-century Kansas, and Oz The Great and Powerful (James Franco), the Harry Houdini of middle America, is up to his usual tricks—sweet-talking ladies, bamboozling crowds. Like The Wizard of Oz circa 1939, director Sam Raimi begins this prequel to L. Frank Baum’s original novel in black and white, though notably in 3D.

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Notable Books

Books | Four nonfiction books
by Emily Whitten
Posted 1/25/13, 01:00 am

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Nashville

Television
by Emily Whitten
Posted 1/25/13, 01:00 am

Now in its second season, ABC’s romantic comedy Nashville (Wednesdays, 10 p.m. Eastern) may not be burning up the charts, but it is turning heads. In many ways a country version of Glee, stars of the show Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton recently earned Golden Globe nominations. And with 500,000-plus downloads of original songs, the show is resonating well beyond its rising Nielsen ratings.

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