The new film Oz the Great and Powerful arrived proclaiming it as the work of “the producer of Alice in Wonderland.” And so it goes in Hollywood, where L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll can be elbowed aside by the guy who made the Young Guns movies. That guy in question is Joe Roth, a veteran producer who’s had some of the biggest hits of his career in the last three years with a series of ‘adult’ takes on classic children’s stories such as Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland and Snow White and the Huntsman.
Friends came to stay with us recently. Among their suitcases and belongings, they had a cute, quilted shoulderbag, which they plunked on the kitchen countertop. Out came sleeves of aluminum pods, each one a pre-ground single-portion serving of coffee. Then a milk frother. And finally the Pixie, a sleek, pint-sized machine. It turned out this was a smaller version of what they use at home, the Citiz and Milk. The Pixie, my friend explained, a tad embarrassed, was their travel-sized Nespresso machine. It accompanied them on road trips.