Judges at a California appeals court are standing by a previous ruling over Bob Marley's image rights, granting the reggae legend's heirs damages in their seven-year battle over unauthorised merchandise. The Exodus icon's children set up Fifty-Six Hope Road Music to take care of the late star's assets, rights and commercial interests and they granted an exclusive license to bosses at Zion Rootswear to produce Marley-branded memorabilia.
In 2008, they teamed up to take action against executives at A.V.E.L.A. over an array of rival products which featured an image of Marley that chiefs had purchased from a photographer in 2004.
Permission to use the photo was subsequently granted to designers at apparel companies Jem Sportswear and Central Mills Inc., known as Freeze, who used it for T-shirts and other items, which were all sold at big U.S. retailers like Target and Walmart.
In 2011, a federal jury in Nevada ruled in favour of the plaintiffs on counts of false endorsement and interference of prospective economic advantage, and awarded substantial damages.
The defendants appealed the decision, but during a hearing at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Friday (20Feb15), a three-judge panel rejected the challenge and upheld the prior ruling.
The news emerges weeks after what would have been Marley's 70th birthday on 6 February (15). He died from cancer in 1981, aged 36.
Back when their stars didn't shine quite as brightly, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon produced Project Greenlight. The HBO series gave first-time writers and directors a chance to helm a feature film. The gonzo idea took a fresh-faced writer or director chosen from a pool of submissions, and taught them every step in making Hollywood feature. The show went on for three seasons before petering out, but not before creating three films, one of which starred a young Shia Labeouf. Sadly, none of them were ever remotely profitable, and the series was cancelled.
Now, seven years later, Project Greenlight is back, with Affleck and Damon returning to produce. In a new video released by HBO, a beefy, Batman-sized Affleck and regular-sized Damon introduce the newest incarnation of the series, which invites novice directors to submit a three-minute short film. The winner will direct a full-length script and lead other aspects of production.
The timing of Project Greenlight's return seems quite apropos. In the ensuing years since the last Project Greenlight closed up shop, we as fans have developed an interesting relationship with the media we consume. Nowadays, there's more collaboration between fans and creators than ever before. In the age of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, people seem more keen to give small-time, unproven creators new opportunities to show their mettle and create something new. Thus, we think the idea of letting the public vote on their favorite directors, and having the winner create a feature film is an idea that would flourish moreso now than it did in 2001. In fact, other Hollywood productions seem to be following similar patterns of audience participation - the recently announced Jem and the Holograms film similarly invited people to submit their own ideas and creations for the film. Perhaps the first three seasons of Project Greenlight were just ahead of their time.
Previously unseen sections of Douglas Adams' classic sci-fi comedy novel series The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy are to be published for the first time after they were discovered in the author's archive. Adams wrote 16 chapters for Life, The Universe and Everything, the third book in the series, but abandoned them and started again from scratch. The new extracts will be included in a new biography of the author written by Jem Roberts.
Breakfast Club star Molly Ringwald is heading back to the 1980s to star in director Jon M. Chu's film adaptation of hit animated show Jem & The Holograms. She'll star opposite Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Juliette Lewis and Hayley Kiyoko in the movie.
Actress/rocker Juliette Lewis has joined the cast of the live-action update of 1980s cartoon Jem And The Holograms. Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun and director Jon M. Chu are behind the adaptation.
Acting newcomer Aubrey Peeples has been handed the task of bringing cult 1980s' cartoon Jem And The Holograms to life in a new live-action movie. Last month (Mar14), G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu revealed he had teamed up with Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun and Insidious producer Jason Blum to revive the classic kids' show, which was based on the popular Hasbro toyline of the same name.
Now they have cast Nashville actress Peeples in her movie debut, starring as lead character Jerrica Benton and her rock star alter ego Jem, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Her bandmates will be played by another crop of relative newcomers - Disney actress Stefanie Scott, The Fosters' Hayley Kiyoko and Lost star Harold Perrineau's daughter Aurora Perrineau, who has previously appeared on TV drama Pretty Little Liars.
Chu, Braun and Blum have also been accepting audition videos from aspiring actors online in a bid to fill other roles in the movie.
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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Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun has signed on to co-produce a live-action movie adaptation of cult 1980s' cartoon Jem And The Holograms - and he's offering fans the chance to star in the film. Braun has teamed up with G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu and Insidious producer Jason Blum to revive the classic kids' show, which was based on the popular Hasbro toyline of the same name, and they are appealing to wannabes to get involved.
In a YouTube.com video announcing the project, Chu says, "We want to invite you into our process to help us make our next movie, from making music to designing costumes, to even casting, whatever it is, we want you to be part of our creative team...
"The movie, without giving away too much, is a modern-day, live-action reinvention of the 1980s Hasbro classic cartoon Jem and The Holograms."
The cartoon centred on Jerrica Benton and her alter-ego, Jem, a singer who fronted a band called The Holograms, and the filmmakers are calling on fans to offer up casting ideas by posting videos detailing what they loved about the show on social media blogs like Twitter.com.
They are also searching for aspiring actors of "any age, any gender" to star in the movie - as long as they are "triple threats".
Interested fans have been asked to share two-minute audition videos on Twitter.
Chu, the man behind the Justin Bieber: Never Say Never concert documentary, is reportedly hoping to take advantage of social media to get production on the film started later this spring (14).
As the winds of award show nominations pick up, you won't be surprised to find 12 Years a Slave at the top of every list. But the Academy, the Golden Globes, and the various other captains of the circuit are inclined to overlook some of our smaller, more personal favorites in lieu of the big, grand, and wholly unavoidable awardable pictures like Steven McQueen's American slavery epic. That is not to rob 12 Years of Slave of its due credit — the film absolutely deserves as much awards attention as it is getting. It's simply the sort of movie that you know will get awards attention right out of the gate... whereas pictures just as pristine such as Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's Frances Ha, likely won't be the center of attention come Oscar night. But that's what the Independent Spirit Awards are for: to recognize the movies that we cherish with intimacy rather than with grandeur. Among them are Frances Ha, new release Nebraska, Robert Redford's nearly wordless All Is Lost (also a viable candidate for the Academy, due to its own dezzling veneer), the Coen Bros' upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis, and, yes, of course, 12 Years a Slave.
Check out the full list of nods below.
BEST FEATURE 12 Years A Slave All Is Lost Frances Ha Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska
BEST LEAD FEMALE Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Julie Delpy, Before Midnight Gaby Hoffman, Crystal Fairy Brie Larson, Short Term 12 Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now
BEST LEAD MALE Bruce Dern, Nebraska Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Robert Redford, All Is Lost
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE Melonie Diaz, Fruitvale StationSally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years A Slave Yolanda Ross, Go For Sisters June Squibb, Nebraska
BEST SUPPORTING MALE Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave Will Forte, Nebraska James Gandolfini, Enough Said Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club Keith Stanfield, Short Term 12
BEST DIRECTOR Shane Carruth, Upstream Color J.C. Chandor, All Is Lost Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave Jeff Nichols, Mud Alexander Payne, Nebraska
BEST FIRST FEATUREBlue Caprice Concussion Fruitvale Station Una Noche Wadjda
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD Computer Chess Crystal Fairy Museum Hours Pit Stop This Is Martin Bonner
BEST SCREENPLAY Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater, Before Midnight Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Spectacular Now John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY Lake Bell, In A World Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon Bob Nelson, Nebraska Jill Soloway, Afternoon Delight Michael Starburry, The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYSean Bobbitt, 12 Years A Slave Benoit Debie, Spring Breakers Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis Frank G. Demarco, All Is Lost Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess
BEST EDITING Shane Carruth & David Lowery, Upstream Color Jem Cohen & Marc Vives, Museum Hours Jennifer Lame, Frances Ha Cindy Lee, Una Noche Nat Sanders, Short Term 12
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM A Touch Of Sin Blue Is The Warmest ColorGloriaThe Great Beauty The Hunt
BEST DOCUMENTARYThe Act Of Killing After Tiller Gideon's ArmyThe Square Twenty Feet From Stardom
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARDToby Halbrooks & James M. JohnsonJacob JaffkeAndrea RoaFerderick Thornton
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARDS Kalyanee Mam, A River Changes Course Jason Osder, Let The Fire Burn Stephanie Spray & Pancho Valez, Manakamana
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARDS Aaron Douglas Johnston, My Sisters' Quinceanera Shaka King, Newlyweeds Madeleine Olnek, The Foxy Merkins
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARDMud
When you think of Star Trek aliens, two interstellar races probably spring to mind first: the Vulcans, those pointy-eared logicians, and their polar opposite, the Klingons. The warrior race has served a lot of different roles on Star Trek over the decades. First, they were the Federation's enemies in a long-running Cold War, as if they were the Russians to Starfleet's United States. Then, they became the Federation's allies. They went from being hotheaded killers to noble warriors. And somewhere along the line, especially on Deep Space Nine, they became the alien embodiment of the human Id.
The Klingons also happen to play a huge role in Star Trek Into Darkness. So, in their honor, we've rounded up eight milestones of Klingon history and culture that sum up why we love them so much.
1. Their Introduction: Meet Kor — "Errand of Mercy"
The Klingons made their debut in the Season 1 episode of The Original Series called "Errand of Mercy." Insanely warlike, they led an invasion of Organia, a planet inhabited by simple peasant dwellers. Or so they thought. The head of their occupation force was Kor, a mustachioed menace who was a lusty foil for Kirk. Kor was portrayed by John Colicos, and awesomely enough, this first encounter wouldn't be the last time we'd see him in the role.
2. Picking a Fight With Scotty — "The Trouble With Tribbles"
What was unique about the Klingons from the start, on The Original Series, was their capacity for getting under humanity's skin. Just look at how easily this one Klingon picks a fight with Scotty. All he has to do is call the Enterprise a "garbage scow." Maybe it's because the Klingons hit so close to him. To 23rd century humans, they're humanity as we used to be — aggressive, militaristic, incapable of overcoming our passions. And they're probably what we're still like here in the 21st century, except that we don't like to eat gagh. (That'd be worms, for those of you don't speak Klingon.)
Oh, you're also probably wondering about their physical appearance in The Original Series. Now we know from all later representations of Klingons that they have serrated forehead ridges. So why didn't they in the '60s TV show? Um, hello, lack of budget. But there is an in-universe explanation. The Klingons' experimentation with Earth-style genetic engineering in the mid-22nd century caused a whole swath of their population to end up looking more or less human. The idea was to use some of these human-looking Klingons to infiltrate Starfleet, but the mutation went viral and ended up affecting much of Klingon society.
3. "You Klingon Bastards..." — Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
The Klingons, though formidable, were a little oafish on The Original Series. Boy, did that change in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock where one Klingon in particular, Christopher Lloyd's Commander Kruge, came to represent just how fearsome the warrior race could be. He had Kirk's son, David, killed in an attempt to wrest Project Genesis out of his grasp. That led to William Shatner's immortal "You Klingon bastard, you killed my son!" monologue. Kruge was so formidable that the only way Kirk could defeat him was by blowing up the Enterprise — the moment after Kruge's crew had beaned aboard the exploding ship, of course. And even then Kirk only killed Kruge by throwing him into a pit of hellfire.
4. Worf — Star Trek: The Next Generation/Deep Space Nine
So after their villainy crescendoed in The Search for Spock, it was a surprise that Gene Roddenberry decided to make the Klingons allies of the Federation on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Symbolic of this detente was the presence of the first-ever Klingon Starfleet officer: Michael Dorn's Worf. Now Worf was a Klingon orphan raised by human parents in Belarus, so he was something of an outcast from his own people while also being a misfit among humanity. That made him, along with Brent Spiner's Data, Next Generation's "outsider on a quest," as Spock had been on The Original Series. He's more martial than many of the humans on the show, and he certainly loves a good fight. But he's entirely a noble warrior. Unlike the party-down, Bacchanalian sensibility of other Klingons we see in on Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, Worf is buttoned-down and stoic, a walking mass of awkwardness. Which makes us love him all the more.
5. Klingon Justice — Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
The final movie featuring the entire Original Series cast showed how exactly the Klingons and Federation made peace. It came out in 1991 and is pretty obviously an allegory for the end of the Cold War. But the two sides didn't patch things up without a little drama beforehand: most notably, the assassination of the Klingon chancellor Gorkon (David Warner), for which Kirk and McCoy had to stand trial. Just check out that Klingon judge's gavel! Is that the scariest thing you've ever seen or what?
6. "The Way of the Warrior"
And even decades into the Federation-Klingon Empire peace accords, tensions could still flare up. In fact, things reached a boiling point in the Season 4 premiere of Deep Space Nine, "The Way of the Warrior," in which the Klingons attack the titular space station after accusing Starfleet's Captain Sisko of protecting the Cardassian Empire's leadership council. (The Klingons and Cardassians had been at war, yada yada yada.) Alliance be damned, the Klingons would attack and board Deep Space Nine in order to abduct the Cardies they wanted. Chancellor Gowron tells DS9's Captain Sisko, when the good captain talks about how formidable his space station is, "You're like a toothless old Grishnakh cat trying to frighten us with your roar!" Only a scenery-chewer like Avery Brooks could compellingly deliver the response to that: "I can assure you this old cat may not be as toothless as you think."
7. Kor's Exit — "Once More Unto the Breach"
Star Trek fans' entire decades-long relationship with the Klingons came full circle when John Colicos, who played Kor way back in "Errand of Mercy" in 1967, returned in 1998 to play Kor once again in "Once More Unto the Breach" from the final season of Deep Space Nine. Instead of a nemesis, he was now a noble warrior — and a legend, if a slightly faded one. Kor was now a "Dahar Master," one of the highest ranks in the Klingon Empire, but it had been a long time since he'd tasted the sweetness of victory in battle. So Chancellor Martok had marginalized him. That is, until Kor took it upon himself to pilot a Bird of Prey into battle against multiple Jem Ha'dar warships during the Dominion war, and did so flying alone. He gave his comrades — and Chancellor Martok — the chance to escape certain death, while sacrificing himself. A worthy end to a foe turned friend.
8. A Klingon Wedding! — "You Are Cordially Invited"
Let's end on a lighter note, because one thing to take away is that the Klingons really like to party. Worf's wedding to Jadzia Dax on Deep Space Nine is a spectacularly debauched affair and shows that while the Klingons may love a good fight, they love drinking, wenching, and singing (especially old warrior ballads) just as much. At times they can be like the rowdiest fratboys in the galaxy. Just don't let them pull a Bat'leth on you.
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