Well this is certainly outrageous. Director John M. Chu, best known for helming G.I. Joe Retaliation and the Step Up films, is teaming up with Scooter Braun and Paranormal Activity producer Steven Blum to create a live-action film version of the cult 80's classic Jem and the Holograms. If that wasn't crazy enough, the trio is asking the internet to help make the film.
The original Jem television show was created by Christy Marx, and was developed alongside a line of toys from Hasbro. The show followed the adventures of Jerrica Benton, who transformed into Jem thanks to a mini holographic computer that could change her appearance on the fly. In a video uploaded today, the filmmakers are asking the most gifted members of the Tumblrverse to show their talents, and possibly earn a spot in the upcoming movie. Jem fans have taken to twitter to celebrate, and some have even given suggestions as to who they want to see as their favorite characters. They also want to hear any suggestions, casting or otherwise, in regards to the film. We decided to round up some of these casting ideas...
Jerrica "Jem" BentonJem is the enigmatic lead singer of the rock band Jem and the Holograms. By day, Jerrica Benton is the owner and manager of Starlight Music, but by night she becomes Jem, the lead singer of the all-girl rock group "Jem and the Holograms." Jerrica becomes Jem thanks to a holographic computer system named Synergy that is located in her earrings.
Twitter's Picks for Jem: Diana Argon, Jaimie Alexander
@jonmchu Also, casting wise - @DiannaAgron for Jem #JemTheMovie gets my vote.
— Darren (@DazzaField) March 20, 2014
@JaimieAlexander can you please play #jem in #JemTheMovie? I believe you and your knife collection would be #trulyoutrageous
— Tyler & Ross (@superheropod) March 20, 2014
PizzazzPhyllis "Pizzazz" Gabor is the lead singer and guitarist of The Misfits and often serves as an antagonist to Jem. Throughout the series, she frequently tries to upstage her rival. Pizzazz is spoiled by her father who neglects her emotionally. She dreams of becoming famous one day.
Twitter's Picks for Pizzazz: Lupita Nyong'o, Kesha, Miley Cyrus
Campaign for Lupita Nyong'o to play Pizzazz. #JemTheMovie
— Arya (@artboiled) March 20, 2014
If @KeshaRose doesn't play Pizzazz in #JemTheMovie I'm going to be livid. @scooterbraun @jonmchu
— Jesus Maroney (@JesusMaroney) March 20, 2014
My suggestion: Give Miley Cyrus a fright wig and cast her as Pizzazz. #JemTheMovie
— Terry Estep (@terry_estep) March 20, 2014
StormerStormer is the songwriter for The Misfits. She's the most kind-hearted of The Misfits, and often feels bad about her band's attempts to sabotage Jem and the Holograms.
Twitter's Pick: Lindsey Lohan
Also, a few years ago, Lindsay Lohan would have been a PERFECT Misfit.
— jennifer abella (@nextjen) March 20, 2014
Eric RaymondSly and manipulative, Eric Raymond is the central villain of the series. He is a ruthless music executive that continually tries to sabotage Jem and her band.
Twitter's Pick: Jon Hamm
@JoyDanielle61 @MisfitsTamara @reelsistas @ReelTalker Have we discussed who will play Eric Raymond? I'm thinking Jon Hamm for some reason
— BlackGirlNerds (@BlackGirlNerds) March 20, 2014
RioRio is Jem's childhood friend and boyfriend. He serves as a manager for the Holograms but doesn't know Jem's true identity. He develops a crush on Jem which, as you can imagine, makes things a bit awkward.
Twitter's Pick: Justin Bieber
@jonmchu @itsRyanButler justin bieber is talented at singing, dancing, and acting so.. @justinbieber #JemTheMovie
— FOLLOW ME AUSTIN (@XNASHBROWNX) March 20, 2014
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There's a reason that the young adults of today continue to hold their favorite childhood movies and TV shows in such high regard: a lot of them have enough sophisticated humor within to entertain adults just as much as they do kids (plus, we're all severely addicted to the sentiment of nostalgia). No exception to this rule is the Disney modern classic Aladdin, which reached the ripe old, shudder-inducing age of 20 this week.
Many of us cherish Aladdin as one of the first movies we can recall seeing in theaters. And what a dazzling display of cinema it was — enough bright colors, loud noises, and catchy tunes to enamor any wide-eyed child between five and ten years of age. But alongside these children were the parents, a troupe that was not confined to 90 minutes of mindless babble, but instead treated to plenty of gags catered specifically to their demographic: celebrity impressions, cultural references... even some sexual innuendo.
This might change the way you think about Aladdin from now on, but hopefully you've reached a point in your life where you're emotionally prepared for such an ordeal. As such, carry on forth and learn all of Aladdin's hidden jokes that you missed the first time around due to your kindergarten education and still malleable cerebellum.
The Genie's Celebrity Impressions
Considering the fact that Robin Williams agreed to take the role of the Genie based on an animated video of his rapid-fire stand-up created by the Disney team to entice him, it's not a big shock that the character frequently channels a constant of the comic's act: celebrity impersonations. Right from the get-go, the Genie engages in one imitation after another, mocking spotlit figures of Hollywood's golden age. The Genie was pretty far ahead of the curve, considering the fact that movie takes place in the 8th Century and all.
Anachronisms notwithstanding, the Genie can be seen launching into a handful of impressions, many of which we likely didn't catch back in '92 (primarily because we had no idea who half of these people actually were). Check out theese clips, and our breakdown of a few of the notable names parodied in the film (complete with analysis on "gettability" to the young 1992 viewer).
Arnold Schwarzenegger: We might have recognized this one from Kindergarten Cop, or secret totally-not-allowed late night viewings of The Terminator.
Ed Sullivan: It's unlikely that we understood this reference, considering the talk show host's retirement having taken place 20 years prior.
Groucho Marx: Maybe. Yes, it's a pretty dated gag, but old Loony Tunes episodes did enough Groucho fare that we might have at least though it was a jab at Bugs Bunny.
William F. Buckley: Don't be ridiculous.
Peter Lorre: Again, likely more recognizable from old cartoons rather than the original source — the film noire actor notable for his roles as villains and creepy nuisances
Robert De Niro: We might have heard of him, sure, but the actor's particular shtick tackled by the Genie was probably not one we'd have been allowed to watch at that age.
Rodney Dangerfield: It's possible we caught this one... if only for the good graces of Rover Dangerfield. Remember that? That was an actual movie.
Jack Nicholson: Whatever the Genie was doing with those dark, pointy glasses and that hauntingly slender frame seemed menacing and unpleasant. We didn't get it, and we didn't like it.
The Opening Scene Infomercial Parody
You wouldn't necessarily need to get all the specific references in the film's opening scene, delivered by a shifty market place vendor, to have found it funny in your younger years. But a familiarity with infomercials (Tupperware products) would have at least grounded the ordeal in some degree of rationale. "Weren't there supposed to be sword fights and flying rugs?" we might have thought at this point. "Get to the good part!"
The Genie's Romantic Innuendo (a Gay Joke)
Following the troubling scene halfway through the movie, wherein Aladdin almost drowns after being kidnapped and tossed into the sea by Jafar's goons, the Genie takes it upon himself to save his master's life (despite the fact that Aladdin, being unconscious, couldn't actually wish for the rescue). Genie admits afterwards that he did it out of genuine affection for Aladdin, doubling back as not to have his friendship mistaken for homosexual romantic affection: "I'm getting pretty fond of you, kid," the Genie smiles. "Not that I want to pick out curtains, or anything."
And of course, there are surely others. The infamous "Good teenagers take of their clothes," among them. What gags from Aladdin do you remember not getting way back when?
[Photo Credit: Disney]
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The accolade, established in 1988 in honour of A Chorus Line lyricist Edward Kleban, awards $100,000 (£62,500) to one lyricist and one librettist.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will laud Mills - whose credits include Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge and The Pursuit of Persephone - for lyric writing; meanwhile Wyner, who wrote the music, lyrics and book for Calvin Berger, has won the prize for book writing.
Previous winners include Shrek the Musical's David Lindsay Abaire, Parade's Jason Robert Brown and Avenue Q's Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez.
The awards will be handed out by ASCAP bosses on 21 June (10), reports Daily Variety.