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Jem and the Holograms reveals cast!

The Jem and the Holograms flick has announced its cast, and there are some strong names!

Aubrey Peeples will play Jem, Peeples stars in Nashville and had a role in Sharknado. Stefanie Scott (A.N.T. Farm) will play Kimber (Jem’s sister), Hayley Kiyoko (Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins) will play Aja, and Aurora Perrineau (A House Is Not a Home) will play Shana.

Aubrey Peeples has a singing and acting background that will do well for a musical role, and so does Hayley Kiyoko, who has released her own albums in addition to the film Lemonade Mouth. I’m not as familiar with the other two ladies, but Scott is a Disney kid while Perrineau hasn’t been in enough for me to have an opinion. Jon Chu directs, and we’ll have more info when it happens. Hopefully it will be truly outrageous. I’m required to use the phrase “truly outrageous” in all Jem the Movie updates, it’s the law. Big guys in greasy suits will beat me with a hammer if I don’t.

The plot is:

Project will reimagine Jem for a hyperlinked social media age, the producers say, and revolve around an orphaned teenage girl who becomes an online recording sensation, she and her sisters embark on a music-driven scavenger hunt –- one that sends them on an adventure across Los Angeles in an attempt to unlock a final message left by her father.

via Jem The Movie
Jem and the Holograms movie

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - April 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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Jem and the Holograms keytar their way to a movie!

Jem and the Holograms the Misfits
Buffered up by a huge fanbase and 80s nostalgia, Jem and the Holograms is finally, finally getting a feature film. I am proud to admit I watched this show like crazy as a small child because I was awesome.

Jem and the Holograms is like a precursor to Hannah Montana, where instead of a wig disguising Miley Cyrus’s identity, Jerrica Benton has a complicated holographic projection system called Synergy that allows her to disguise her identity as Jem, thus becoming a rock superstar. Various plots involve Jem and the Holograms battling against their rival band, The Misfits, who were managed by embittered former label executive Eric Raymond, who used to control the record label that Jerrica took over. Jem and the Holograms also had a pack of orphans dubbed the Starlight Girls, because that meant they could make many more dolls (though I’m not sure if any of the orphans did have dolls! It was also a way to pump the cast full of diverse characters while keeping the main doll line white enough for good toy sales….) Let us never forget Stormer, the good member of the Misfits, and the only one who played the keytar (there was no keytar player in The Holograms, but I like the post title regardless.) Eventually the second rival band The Stingers popped up, and The Misfits often found themselves being forced to team up with Jem to take The Stingers down.

The biggest drama is the love triangle between Jerrica, Jem, and Rio Pacheco. Rio is sort of a jerk chasing after both women (unaware they are the same woman!) There were occasionally people trying to steal the Synergy system to do bad things, and Jem and the Holograms characters would occasionally cameo on GI Joe or Transformers because they were all animated by the same companies and reusing animation models is cheap!

This new version will be live action and produced by Jason Blum, Scooter Braun, and Jon M. Chu. They’ve released a video seeking fan ideas and inspiration and it looks like they are fully embracing social media engagement. I do notice that everyone involved so far is a dude. Maybe get a female director, guys? Because that would be truly outrageous.

UPDATE: Like right after I wrote this Variety came out with more info, Jon M. Chu IS directing, and the plot is:

Project will reimagine Jem for a hyperlinked social media age, the producers say, and revolve around an orphaned teenage girl who becomes an online recording sensation, she and her sisters embark on a music-driven scavenger hunt –- one that sends them on an adventure across Los Angeles in an attempt to unlock a final message left by her father.

As Scooter Braun is the guy who snagged Justin Bieber from YouTube fame, this sort of makes sense, but hopefully it comes together into something cooler than it sounds.

via THR

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - March 20, 2014 at 10:49 am

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Masters Of The Universe just got their master

Or director. Same thing, right? The Masters of the Universe franchise is one of those childhood things I hold near and dear to my heart, right below Battle Beasts and Transformers, just above M.U.S.C.L.E.s. And the franchise has grown up with the fans, high quality figures are produced via Matty Collector, there was a more serious cartoon series for two seasons (sadly killed before it’s time), and a thriving custom figures market. Masters of the Universe also acclimated kids into the sword and sandal genre, giving the films and stories added legitimacy at a time when most of those kids were unable to watch Conan. Despite the concept’s flaws and complete existence as a commercial for toys, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe left a mark on society.

So of course it’s time for a reboot! The original film dumped most of the mythology and set the action in modern day Earth (to save money!), and the less said about it, the better. The current film rights are owned by Escape Artists, who got excited by a script entitled Greyskull by Alex Litvak and Mike Finch. As the 80s had the best toy franchises ever and Transformers made so much money they had to print more money, of course Masters of the Universe will interest the right people. And hopefully it’s good.

Jon Chu of GI Joe 2 fame is now attached as director. GI Joe 2 looked cool from the previews, though it was ganked from it’s released date for “3D retooling”, which means either the film sucks or the production company execs suck. Either one is likely at this point. Until then, we’ll have to watch the 3D Justin Bieber movie to find out how the direction will be.

Kermit He-Man

I would pay soooo much money to see this film, you would not believe...

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - July 31, 2012 at 5:12 pm

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