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Will Oz be great and powerful at the box office?

This film image released by Disney Enterprises shows James Franco, left, and Michelle Williams in a scene from "Oz the Great and Powerful." WELL, the good news is, the new "Oz" put me in mind of the Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow. The bad news - because it could use more heart, courage and brains. "Oz, the Great and Powerful" comes in an opulent 3D package, but it's also a corporate product that confuses enchantment with investment, and seeks to compete with a beloved classic by being longer, louder, more technological and - in the biggest misstep - hipper. You can almost hear the studio guys pursuing four-quadrant demographics: "Let's make the new wizard younger, more handsome. Let's make the witches (Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams) sexy. Let's have some kissing. Some leather pants and high-heeled boots." Or, let's not. Instead, let's remember when the Academy Awards tried to get hipper an