This week we finish off the last of our 2015 SMABFA contenders with the remake of Jackie's favorite 80's band of cartoon ladies. Could Jem and the Holograms preserve the cheese of the original cartoon or will they try to modernize it, making it completely boring?
What animal do you bring to a open call casting so that the producer chooses you. What?!?!
Get ready for the SMABFAs! They are coming out next week! Check for updates here.
Anyone care to guess how many episodes of Jem made it on to TV? 65.
Hasbro enlisted many of the same minds that brought us G.I. Joe to create Jem. I am thinking they sold a lot of toys.
The show was a bigger deal than I thought. Most everyone involved enjoyed a certain level of success. Both voices, Samantha Newark, the speaking voice, and Britta Phillips, the singing voice, went on to better than average careers. The former being involved mostly in voice acting, also enjoyed brief periods as a singer, at one point hired by Leonard Cohen as a backup. The latter, Phillips, would, two years removed from Jem, form the Belltower with Jody Porter. After the breakup, Porter and bassist Adam Schlesinger would join Schlesinger’s project, Fountains of Wayne full time. Right around this same time Schlesinger would write the title song for That Thing You Do!. At this point you are probably wondering why I am talking about the guy from Fountains of Wayne. Well in a strange coincidence, due to the success of That Thing You Do! and the success of it’s title track, Schlesinger would be enlisted to write the majority of the songs for the Josie and the Pussycats film. So basically real life Jem was in a band with real life Josie and the Pussycats and Josie was a dude who was in love with Stacie’s Mom. Phillips would go on join Luna for their last two albums. Luna being the band that Rolling Stone claims is the best band you’ve never heard of. I have heard of them though. They are pretty decent. As a side note I was impressed by what little I could find of the Belltower.
All of that shit barely has anything to do with the movie we are doing this week. Director Jon M. Chu has also helmed Step it Up 2, Step it Up 3D, Step it Up Revolution and Step it Up: All In. Additionally he directed both of Justin Beibers theatrical events. He is going to be in charge of Now You See Me 2. His other movie, G.I. Joe Retaliation, I saw and did not like. This should be some real horseshit. I almost forgot, he produces an internet TV series call Legion of Extraordinary Dancers.
The principal cast, with exception of Juliette Lewis and Molly Ringwald, are a bunch of blank faced tarts you’ve never heard of and will hopefully soon forget. One name among them stood out. Aurora Perrineau. Yes that’s right; she is the daughter of Harold Perrineau, Link from the Matrix Trilogy. And yes I would rather talk about Harold Perrineau than this movie.
This is a Blum House film. It will join The Gallows in contention for SMABFAs. So far Blum is the only double dipper. I still don’t know how the hell he had anything to do with Whiplash. In pre-production there were open auditions that were to be held all over America. I assume at the last minute they were cancelled or some underwhelming lameness happened at said auditions as they were only a ploy to try to garner a “viral response”.
KAEOF: There is like a million cameos so this week we are playing a little game I like to call count the assholes. Samantha Newark, Britta Phillips and creator Christy Marx also have cameos.