Jem and the Holograms

My Little Pony and Sheep

It may seem obvious that a My Little Pony movie is being made. The magically friendly horses are very popular and, more importantly, are a part of the Hasbro family of toys. The company has been busy turning as many of their products into movies as they can, such as Transformers, G.I. Joe, Battleship and this month’s Ouija. There’s also Jem and the Holograms due next year and maybe eventually we’ll see the promised features based on Monopoly, Candy Land, Hungry Hungry Hippos and Tonka trucks. But one of these things is not like the other, and that’s this latest addition to the slate. My Little Pony will be an animated feature, which means it will likely just be a feature-length edition of the animated series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. All the other properties are adaptations of some other medium or directly based off the toys and games. Hippos and Tonka are the only others listed above that have been optioned for animated films, and both of these are different from the My Little Pony plans in that neither have been turned into narrative entities before. Regardless of what you think of Battleship and Ouija, they’ve required some level of imagination to find inspiration from their respective games for the makings of a movie plot. The same will be the case for animated stories involving marble-craving beasts and construction vehicles. 

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Jem and the Holograms

First off, it seems important that we all take a moment to remember and acknowledge that we’re currently living in a world where a Jem and the Holograms live-action feature film is being made right now. This is something fans of candy-colored, techno-laced, secret-identity-driven eighties cartoons have dreamed of for decades. Ahh. Moment done? Cool. We may have only known about said Jem and the Holograms film for just over a month, but it sure sounds like director Jon M. Chu is not letting any hyper-colored grass grow under his feet, and the project is zooming right along. When the feature was first announced last month, Chu and his producing partners Jason Blum and Scooter Braun made it clear that this thing was going to be a fan-driven experience, and their announcement video also asked for help when it came to just about every major part of the film – from writing music to designing costumes to casting Jem and her Holograms. Turns out, Jem, Kimber, Aja, and Shana have all been cast – and while they’re all relatively green talents, we suspect that they didn’t snag their parts by submitting auditions via Twitter or whatever it is that the kids are using these days.

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Jem and the Holograms

Are you ready for some news that’s truly outrageous? Jem and the Holograms, everybody’s favorite show about a normal teenage girl with a double life as a pop sensation that didn’t star Miley Cyrus, is making its way to the big screen. The eighties cartoon slash Hasbro toy line slash catchiest fictional band around has been the subject of speculation for quite some time when it comes to picking nostalgic animated properties and turning them into live-action films. With cartoons like Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Flintstones already making the leap, and Johnny Quest and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coming down the pipeline, it’s only inevitable that Jem would join their ranks sooner or later. The film is being produced by noted budget-lover Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions, along with Scooter Braun, who besides sounding like a Captain America villain is also Justin Bieber’s manager. He knows modern music, kids! Directing the whole affair is Jon M. Chu, who has helmed many a film containing colons — G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and Step Up 2: The Streets. The threesome took to YouTube today to announce their partnership in bringing Jem and the Holograms to life, and out of the eighties for a modern teen audience.

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Glitter n Gold

As a child, my toy box was mostly devoid of the kind of big name toys made popular in the neon-tinted heyday of the eighties – while I was happy with a murderer’s row of Barbies and Popples of various sizes (do you remember Popples? No one else ever remembers Popples), I never had a Teddy Ruxpin, a Cabbage Patch Kid, a Pound Puppy, a My Little Pony, or a Simon. The coolest thing I had was an ALF doll, and even I suspect that was only cool to my older, foul-mouthed cousins and not to the rest of the innocents who populated my grade school. What I never had, and what I always wanted, was a Jem doll. Star of the 1980’s cartoon series, Jem and the Holograms, Jem was simply everything. Sure, her dual personas – as rock star Jem and music company executive Jerrica Benton (the most amazing eighties heroine name ever) afforded her the ability to be both a businesswoman and a major music star (along with being an excellent friend and the head of charitable foundation), but the show was also packed with awesome tunes, surprisingly wacky action sequences, a love triangle with a dude named Rio for chrissakes, and the use of earrings to trigger the hologram (the hologram! The eighties! Yes!) that allowed Jerrica to become Jem. Jem and the Holograms was awesome and Jem dolls were awesome and I never had one and it was just very sad. Until now! As is […]

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There is no such thing as allowing “too much time” for your line-waiting needs at Comic-Con. A newbie to the ‘con, I learned that the hard way; four and a half hours and one brutal sunburn (oddly, only on one half of my body) later, I jumped the Hall H line ship to walk around the Convention Center, San Diego’s beautfiul Gaslamp District, and the exhibition floor to bring you dear readers a fresh look (and, heck, even a few things you’ve seen before that are still the talk of the convention) at the madness, mania, and magic of Comic-Con. After the break, check out a look at Jem stuff, My Little Pony stuff, more Batmobiles than you can shake a stick at, comic books (live! and in person!), members of the Science Patrol from Ultraman taking a coffee break, and even yours truly with a Care Bear (because of course). We also got an up close and personal look at the new Iron Man suit for Iron Man 3, which you can check out in the gallery, though you might want to also take a peek over at Neil’s in-depth look at Marvel and the suit.

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The Reject HQ Blog

They are building a moat, this machine of Hollywood. It surrounds the entirety of their kingdom of nostalgia. Beyond the moat is the land of original ideas, where great risks stalk drifters through forests of uncertainty. Inside the kingdom lies all the most familiar brands of yesteryear — the likes of The A-Team and Get Smart — all being mined for every bit of entertainment sheen they have left. There’s no end to the vast array of stories already told, and no end in sight to Big Hollywood’s desire to bring back those ghosts and parade them around on much bigger, pop-soundtracked stages. Clearly I’ve been reading too much George R.R. Martin lately, but the analogy fits. In recent years, the escalation of Hollywood’s mining of great things of the past has been blinding. From rebirthing the eighties to checking back in with the stylish sixties, today’s entertainment is all about nostalgia, done in earnest and frivolousness alike. And we seem to be eating it up, just as we may with Tim Burton’s refitting of Dark Shadows, his trusty Johnny Depp adorning the posters and billboards. But even with righteous cynicism considered, there’s always a little room for fun. And our goal this week on The Reject HQ Blog is to set a question to our roundtable of experts — which includes a few of our finest writers and you, the reader — is there a vintage television program (pre-1990, we’ll say) that you’d love to see remade as a movie? Consider […]

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