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
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With Jay Leno's second (and hopefully final) departure from The Tonight Show, the torch has officially been passed. SNL vet Jimmy Fallon is now set to take over the program after his wildly successful tenure on Late Night. NBC has announced which guests will be joining Fallon on the couch for his first week as host, and the list spans the gamut of Hollywood's heaviest hitters. With such an impressive lineup scheduled for his first few shows, we decided to compare Fallon's first week with the first weeks of the other recent recipients of The Tonight Show. So how does The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon stack up?
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (2014)Monday: Guest: Will Smith/Musical Guest: U2Tuesday: Guests: Jerry Seinfeld, Kristen Wiig/Musical Guest: Lady GagaWednesday: Guest: Bradley Cooper/Musical Guest: Tim McGrawThursday: Guests: First Lady Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell/Musical Guest: Arcade FireFriday: Guest: Justin Timberlake
Star Power: 10/10Musical Guests: 9/10Overall:Jimmy Fallon's fun and frenetic late night style has celebrity guests smitten. This fact is clear from the sheer star power he was able to attract for his first couple shows. Huge stars like Will Smith, Jerry Seinfeld, and even the FLOTUS herself, Michelle Obama are showing up to inaugurate Fallon into the 11:30 timeslot. Even more impressive are the musical guests. From U2 to Arcade Fire, there's a good mix of old and new favorites. The only caveat is that there's a lack R&B or hip hop. A bit of Kanye or Beyonce would have gone a long way.
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)Monday: Guest: Will Ferrell/Musical Guest: Pearl JamTuesday: Guest: Tom Hanks/ Musical Guest: Green DayWednesday: Guest: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bradley Cooper/Musical Guest: Sheryl CrowThursday: Guest: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joel McHale/Musical Guest: John Mayer TrioFriday: Guest: Ryan Seacrest, Patton Oswalt/Musical Guest: Chickenfoot
Star Power: 8/10Musical Guests: 7/10Overall:Conan O'Brien started off his short-lived time as host of The Tonight Show on fire, with Will Ferrell and Tom Hanks making up his first two shows, but the week cools off considerably with Gwyneth Paltrow and Ryan Seacrest capping off the end of the week. Seacrest is fine and good, but he's not the caliber of guest that should be finishing off your "coming out" week. The musical guests suffer a similar fate as the regular ones: the week starts off strong with Pearl Jam and Greenday, but tapers off with Chickenfoot rounding out the Friday show.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2010)Monday: Guest: Jamie Foxx, Lindsey Vonn/Musical Guest: Brad PaisleyTuesday: Guest: Sarah Palin, Shaun White/Musical Guest: Adam LambertWednesday: Guest: Chelsea Handler, Apolo Ohno/Musical Guest: Avril LavigneThursday: Guest: Matthew McConaughey, Brett Favre/Musical Guest: LifehouseFriday: Guest: Morgan Freeman, Jason Reitman/Musical Guest: Robin Thicke
Star Power: 7/10Musical Guests: 7/10Overall:It seems that people weren't so excited to welcome back Jay Leno so soon after leaving The Tonight Show less than a year earlier. Leno's return to The Tonight Show was less of an event, and more of a "been there, done that" sort of affair as many saw Leno as the bad guy in the demise of O'Brien's incarnation of The Tonight Show. Jamie Foxx is a great opener, but Sarah Palin lost a lot of her novelty by the time 2010 rolled around. Chelsea Handler is just another late night host, and Matthew McConaughey was still in the middle of his transition between shirtless heartthrob and A-list serious actor. The musical guests are similarly disappointing with Avril Lavigne, Lifehouse, and a pre-'Blurred Lines' Robin Thicke making up the underwhelming lineup.
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Let’s pretend for a minute that Lindsey Weir (Linda Cardellini) came home from her summer with The Grateful Dead and was pregnant and didn’t know who the dad was. Or what if she had a boyfriend, who didn’t smoke pot or listen to rock ‘n’ roll. What if Daniel Desario (James Franco) cleaned up his act? Or ended up in jail for an entire season? I propose a movie sequel to one of the most iconic shows of all time, Freaks and Geeks.
On another topic, what happened to Big Love? I wanted to know what actually happened to Bill Henrickson’s wives! Did they stay together as a family or break up? How strong is the bond between the sister wives when the husband is no longer around? Can Nicki (Chloe Sevigny) overcome her jealousy of the other sisters?
On My So-Called Life, when Angela Chase (Claire Danes) found out that her best friend slept with the love of her life and that her next door neighbor Brian Krakow wrote her the best love note of her life, maybe she kissed Brian on the lips. That kiss led to them in the bedroom and all of a sudden Brian unsnapped Angela’s bra and one thing led to another. Except this was the '90s, Angela didn’t end up pregnant, just experienced. Who wouldn't want to see how Angela and Jordan are facing their late 30s?
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Few things are as precious as getting the chance to talk to Oprah. It should really be on everybody’s bucket list. It’s like meeting Jesus if Jesus was a billionaire talk-show personality. When her royal highness of all televised media descends on your tiny hovel of a local news station and graces her with her presence, you sit, listen, and sell her as many handbags as you can.
When Chicago’s WGN Morning News team got the chance to dish with Oprah about her OWN network, by human error or some unfair twist of fate, the phone call cuts off, interrupting Oprah mid-sentence. The gob smacked anchors are left with nothing but dial tone and failure hanging in the air. What follows is a flurry of blaming and self-pity. One anchor even jokingly laments “How do we cut off the one guest we’ve had that people might be interested in watching?” The whole thing is just hilarious. Luckily, Oprah is a great sport about it, calling the station back a few minutes later and joking with them about the mishap. The news crew also takes the mistake in stride, even taking a few playful jabs at Oprah herself. All in all, everything turns out well, and the video of the incident is sure to give the station more attention than an error-free interview would ever recieve.
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Film festival hype can either make or break a movie. Some never live up to it and some ride it all the way to Oscar night. Finally we're getting to see if the Sundance Film Festival hype surrounding Fruitvale Station and lead actor Michael B. Jordan's star turn as Oscar, is worth it.
Based on a true story, Fruitvale follows the story of a 22-year-old man as he decides to alter his entire life. He wants to be a better father, son, and lover — but then a devastating train ride ultimately destroys his chances.
We fell in love with Jordan in The Wire, Friday Night Lights, and Chronicle and in Fruitvale, he puts his talents to the test again as another troubled young man looking to become someone new. The movie hits theaters July 16.
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Lil Wayne may not be back on stage sagging his pants and rapping out the lyrics to "No Worries" just yet, but he is on the track to recovery. On Monday, he was discharged from the hospital after spending six days recovering following multiple seizures.
Young Money Entertainment President Mack Maine revealed the news on Twitter. "Thanks to Cedar Sinai for everything!!! @LilTunechi has been officially been released and is headed home....God is great" he wrote Monday night.
Thanks to Cedar Sinai for everything!!! @liltunechi has been officially been released and is headed home....God is great
— Mack Maine (@mackmaine) March 19, 2013
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On Friday, many people falsely believed that Lil Wayne was in a medically induced coma. But Weezy cleared up the hoax by taking to Twitter to update fans on his condition. "I'm good everybody," he wrote Friday. "Thx for the prayers and love."
I'm good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love.
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) March 16, 2013
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While Beliebers around the world cried Thursday night when they learned that their beloved Justin Bieber had collapsed on stage during a concert in London, the jokesters found material for their 140 character one-liners. This week, the world also watched as Catholic Cardinals convened to elect a new Pope — which, between the Cardinal's traditional religious garb and the church's practice of announcing the new Pope with smoke signals, provided plenty of fodder for funny stuff. And on top of all of that, Kate Middleton said something that made people think that she's pregnant with a baby girl. Watch out, Suri Cruise!
Check out the 10 funniest pop culture tweets of the week!
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10 Funniest Pop Culture Tweets:
1. Colin Mochrie: "Got the call that I'm in the new Star Wars movie as Chuckle Ben Ka-Wacky, improv Jedi, master of the Farce. May be time to change agents."
Got the call that I'm in the new Star Wars movie as Chuckle Ben Ka-Wacky, improv Jedi, master of the Farce. May be time to change agents.
— Colin Mochrie (@colinmochrie) March 6, 2013
2. Rob Delaney: ".@justinbieber Don't feel bad, lil' biscuit! I pissed myself twice at one Phish show in 1993. It's all part of this game called 'Life.'"
.@justinbieber Don't feel bad, lil' biscuit! I pissed myself twice at one Phish show in 1993. It's all part of this game called "Life."
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) March 8, 2013
3. Eugene Mirman: "The Catholic Church can't pick a new Pope until they first address why all the cardinals sort of look like the evil emperor from Star Wars."
The Catholic Church can't pick a new Pope until they first address why all the cardinals sort of look like the evil emperor from Star Wars.
— Eugene Mirman (@EugeneMirman) March 6, 2013
4. Stephen Colbert: "Wonder if the new OZ movie lines up with a Pink Floyd album. Or, since it's produced by Disney, a Selena Gomez album."
Wonder if the new OZ movie lines up with a Pink Floyd album. Or, since it's produced by Disney, a Selena Gomez album.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) March 6, 2013
5. Suri’s Burn Book: "Apparently Kate is dropping hints that her baby princess is a girl. Just go ahead and drop me in a dirty river, why don't you."
Apparently Kate is dropping hints that her baby princess is a girl. Just go ahead and drop me in a dirty river, why don't you.
— Suri's Burn Book (@surisburnbook) March 5, 2013
6. Joan Rivers: "When a puff of white smoke wafts out of the Vatican, it means a new pope is elected...or Snoop Dogg is touring the Sistine Chapel."
When a puff of white smoke wafts out of the Vatican, it means a new pope is elected...or Snoop Dogg is touring the Sistine Chapel.
— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) March 4, 2013
7. Conan O’Brien: "I love how Vine lets me record 6-second videos - it’s perfect for making sex tapes."
I love how Vine lets me record 6-second videos - it’s perfect for making sex tapes.
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) March 2, 2013
8. Mike Birbiglia: "Dennis Rodman being an Ambassador for the United States is like having Dennis Rodman as an ambassador for the United States."
Dennis Rodman being an Ambassador for the United States is like having Dennis Rodman as an ambassador for the United States.
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) March 3, 2013
9. Jordan Zakarin: "Watch out, Jon Stewart. You may just return to find Jay Leno at your desk later this summer."
Watch out, Jon Stewart. You may just return to find Jay Leno at your desk later this summer.
— Jordan Zakarin (@jordanzakarin) March 5, 2013
10. Sam Grittner: "I celebrate International Women's Day by visiting my local CVS and torching all their 'JUST FOR MEN' products while screaming: 'NOT TODAY!'"
I celebrate International Women's Day by visiting my local CVS and torching all their 'JUST FOR MEN' products while screaming: "NOT TODAY!"
— Sam Grittner (@SamGrittner) March 8, 2013
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We all have guilty pleasures. For some of us, it’s HGTV’s do-it-yourself home improvement shows. For others, it’s marathoning sitcoms like Arrested Development or Modern Family on online sites like Netflix from the comfort of our beds. And still for others, it’s the romantic entanglements found in old soap operas that keep us replaying them time after time. Well, earlier this year, Prospect Park’s The Online Network revealed that they would be rebooting two of our most loved soaps: All My Children and One Life to Live. And Wednesday, the network announced all of the cast members participating in both shows.
For All My Children, the following stars have been announced as members of the cast: Sal Stowers as Cassandra Foster, Eric Nelson as AJ Chandler, Denyse Tontz as Miranda Montgomery, Jordan Lane Price as Celia Fitzgerald, Ryan Bittle as JR Chandler, Eden Riegel as Bianca Montgomery, Cady McClain as Dixie Cooney, Ray MacDonnell as Dr. Joe Martin, David Canary as Adam Chandler, Heather Roop as Jane McIntyre, and Francesca James as Evelyn Johnson. Previously announced members include Darnell Williams as Jesse Hubbard, Debbi Morgan as Dr. Angela Hubbard, Vincent Irizarry as Dr. David Hayward, Lindsay Hartley as Cara Martin, Jordi Vilasuso as Griffin Castillo, Jill Larson as Opal Cortlandt, and Thorsten Kaye as Zach Slater.
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And this is who you can expect to see on One Life to Live: Robert Gorrie as Matthew Buchanan and Laura Harrier as Destiny Evans. These stars join the previously announced members (Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord Buchanan, Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord, Tuc Watkins as David Vickers, Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan, Kassie DePaiva as Blair Cramer, Jerry verDorn as Clint Buchanan, Florencia Lozano as Tea Delgado, Melissa Archer as Natalie Buchanan Banks, Hillary B. Smith as Nora Buchanan, Kelley Missal as Danielle Manning, Josh Kelly as Cutter Wentworth, and Andrew Trischitta as Jack Manning). Recurring actors include: Sean Ringgold as Shaun Evans, Shenaz Treasury as Rama Patel, and Nick Choksi as Vimal Patel.
New 30-minute episodes of both series will be launching each day of the week on Hulu.com, where content generally can be viewed for free. The episodes will also be available on iTunes.
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Malcolm has faced a heath scare. Frankie Muniz, the former child star most famous for his role as Malcom in the hit TV series Malcolm in the Middle, was hospitalized last week after he suffered a "mini-stroke." Muniz, who is just 27 years old, shared the frightening news with his fans over Twitter Tuesday.
"I was in the hospital last Friday. I suffered a "Mini Stroke", which was not fun at all. Have to start taking care of my body! Getting old!"
I was in the hospital last Friday. I suffered a "Mini Stroke", which was not fun at all. Have to start taking care of my body! Getting old!
— Frankie Muniz (@frankiemuniz) December 4, 2012
Muniz reportedly suffered the stroke while riding his motorcycle in Phoenix, Ariz. on Friday. During his ride, he suffered vision loss in one eye — and when he spoke to his doctors, they informed him that the cause was a mini-stroke. According to his doctors, fewer than 10 percent of people under the age of 45 suffer mini-strokes.
Muniz appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday, according to USA Today, to recount the experience. "I couldn't say words," he said. "I thought I was saying them! My fiancée, was looking at me like I was speaking a foreign language."
"I can't get a deep breath in," Muniz, who is currently in the post-production stages for his TV movie, Destruction: Las Vegas, added. "I'm still trying to make sense of it, but happy I'm alive."
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