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Jem and the Holograms: Live-Action Revival a Box Office Flop

26 October 2015 5:11 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Animated TV series, Jem a.k.a. Jem and the Holograms, premiered in 1985 and ran in first-run syndication, for 65 episodes, until it was cancelled in 1988. In the cartoon, Starlight Music owner Jerrica Benton fights to keep evil co-owner Eric Raymond from seizing full control of her late father's company, which Jerrica uses to support orphans. With the help of her star-shaped earrings -- which give her access to the holographic computer, Synergy -- Jerrica assumes her alter-ego, Jem, lead singer of the Holograms. Jem and the Holograms compete against Raymond's rocking rebel girl band, the Misfits, while protecting the Synergy technology and thwarting Raymond's nefarious takeover schemes.

Based on its doll line, Hasbro, created the animated Jem series in conjunction with Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions. While the G.I. Joe franchise has a similar pedigree, it managed to find success on the »

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Jem And The Holograms – The Review

22 October 2015 11:09 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

No one else is the same… Em is her name! But, does the new Jem live up to her 80’s legend? Now you have two ways to find out! Not only will you find my written review below, but I also shot and edited a review just for you! (Go easy on me since I’ve never shot myself before!) It’s a ‘choose you’re own adventure’ kind of review!

Jerrica Benton, a small town girl is thrust into the spotlight after being discovered on YouTube, and is on the ride of her life with her sisters. The problem is that her video was posted under the alias ‘Jem,’ and now that’s who the world wants. Jerrica is now on a mission to find her voice in the world, and getting into mischief along the way.

I’m not going to lie. I was worried about this when I saw the trailer. »

- Melissa Howland

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Jem And The Holograms Review

22 October 2015 5:34 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With no nostalgic bias or any real affinity for Jem’s totally tubular television show, my first true interaction with Jerrica Benton is Blumhouse’s (assuredly budget-controlled) adaptation, this year’s Jem And The Holograms. You know, the version where Google Maps substitute for overhead views, musical interludes are comprised of existing YouTube videos edited together, and where fan-submitted videos make up entire scenes of footage – yup, it’s all Blumhouse-d to hell. Poor Jon M. Chu was most certainly handcuffed monetarily on certain decisions, but even so, that doesn’t excuse a blasé coming-of-age story that should have been “outta sight” given Jem’s (originally) holographic disguise – which is totally changed. Here’s the watered-down, Blumhouse version of Jem that fans certainly weren’t asking for, built on healthy doses of believing in yourself, misty-eyed hugs, and utterly mundane generics.

Aubrey Peeples stars as Jerrica, a small-town girl who »

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Why Jem And The Holograms Doesn't Feature Any Hologram Disguises

22 October 2015 5:30 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Like many cartoons from the 1980s, the series Jem was based on a rather strange setup. The episodes followed a young woman named Jerrica Benton, who, with the help of a computer named Synergy and a pair of special earings, can use holograms to transform herself into her celebrity identity: the rock star Jem. This is not what fans should expect to see in this weekend.s live-action Jem and the Holograms movie, however, as Jerrica merely disguises herself with makeup and wigs instead of advanced technology. So why was this major change made? According to director Jon Chu, it.s because the film got too messy when it came to explaining what.s going on. Earlier this week I had the chance to talk with the filmmaker for a phone interview, and I took the opportunity to ask him why it was that the film moved away from the »

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Jem and the Holograms review – live-action reboot outshines shortcomings

22 October 2015 9:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A ‘throw everything against the wall’ quality and downright catchy songs lift this sunny adaptation of the 80s cartoon despite a fairly ridiculous story

Based on the 1980s cartoon produced by toy manufacturer Hasbro, Jon M Chu’s updated, live-action film adaptation is by no means anything you’d call a great film. The moralizing is omnipresent, the script is desultory and its understanding of the way business and media work is positively jejune. But those are all big words that have no impact on its intended audiences. The music is catchy, the costumes are dazzling, the friendships are sweet and Rio (Ryan Guzman), the protective older boy who eventually falls in love with our lead character, is soooooo cuuuuuuute. This movie sure means well, and it’s just entertaining enough to (slightly) slip off the shackles of the great cultural conformity factory it ultimately represents. “Truly Outrageous” is a stretch, »

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Review: 'Jem And The Holograms'

22 October 2015 6:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A virtual advertisement for YouTube as the vehicle for everyday people to express their inner selves — and, in the process, to achieve stardom and communion with likeminded souls (i.e. their fans) — “Jem and the Holograms” updates the popular ‘80s cartoon in ways both hyper-contemporary and laughably hackneyed. Largely discarding that kid’s show’s supernatural elements in favor of lame viral-video dreams about making it big while staying loyal to one’s self and family, this dreary origin story isn’t so much an adaptation as a reconfiguration. Far from the rock-star-superhero fantasy that the original “Jem” peddled, this big-screen iteration instead imagines that there’s nothing as great, or as unifying, as posting clips of yourself on the Internet, and waiting for everyone to immediately fawn all over you as a genuine voice of a generation. That’s what happens to Jerrica Benton (Aubrey Peeples), a girl living »

- Nick Schager

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Film Review: ‘Jem and the Holograms’

22 October 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A campy cartoon encapsulating ‘80s excess transforms into an earnest live-action ode to the navel-gazing YouTube generation in “Jem and the Holograms.” Considerably less fun than any paper-thin “Star Is Born” ripoff has any right to be, this low-budget collaboration between “Step Up” sequel director Jon M. Chu, horror producer Jason Blum and Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun exists only because of nostalgia for the animated source material. And yet the film seems inexplicably embarrassed by its roots, instead serving up half-baked and self-consciously contemporary drama that no one in the sure-to-be minimal theatrical audience will remember quite so fondly some 30 years on.

Similarities between the live-action and animated “Jem” pretty much begin and end with character names, but both revolve around talented young singer Jerrica Benton (played here by Aubrey Peeples), who becomes a pop superstar under the stage name Jem. In the film, YouTube is her ticket to »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Review: Jem and the Holograms

21 October 2015 10:21 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

  Plot: Jerrica Benton (Aubrey Peeples) is a young orphan who, along with her younger sister Kimber (Stefanie Scott), lives with her Aunt Bailey (Molly Ringwald) and Bailey's two foster kids, Aja (Hayley Kiyoko) and Shana (Aurora Perrineau). When the family home winds-up in danger of foreclosure, Jerrica adopts an alter-ego named Jem, who promptly becomes a viral sensation when footage of her singing... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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More "Jem and The Holograms"

15 October 2015 2:42 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek more new clips of footage, plus images from "GI Joe Retaliation" director Jon M Chu's upcoming live-action feature "Jem and The Holograms", adapting Hasbro's 1980's toy/cartoon TV series, opening October 23, 2015:

"Jem and the Holograms", created by Christy Marx...

...was a Toei Aimation TV series airing from 1985 to 1988 in Us first-run syndication...

...following owner 'Jerrica Benton', her singer alter-ego 'Jem', her band the 'Holograms' and their adventures.

The series was a joint collaboration by Hasbro...

...Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions...

...the same team behind "G.I. Joe" and "Transformers" cartoons.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the original "Jem and the Holograms"...

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- Michael Stevens

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Get the Look: Jem and the Holograms

14 October 2015 12:43 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

 “Jem is truly outrageous. Truly, truly outrageous!” I know. I just totally dated myself. In fact, when I asked my son’s friend to be my model for a Jem Halloween tutorial, she had no idea what I was talking about. What? You never heard of Jem and the Holograms? As if.  Jem was an animated series (1985 - 1988) based on Jerrica Benton, a record company owner and lead singer of the rock group Jem and the Holograms. The character is full mystery as she is able to...

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Fall 2015 Movie Preview . Films I.m Dying to See

3 September 2015 5:24 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

From big blockbusters to small independent films, here are the movies I.m dying to see this Fall. (Official synopsis provided by studios)

September 18 (Friday)

About Ray When a young woman (Elle Fanning) decides to transition from female to male, her announcement is met with both opposition and support from her mother (Naomi Watts) and her lesbian grandmother (Susan Sarandon).

Black Mass In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. -- (C) Warner Bros

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials In this next chapter of the epic "Maze Runner" saga, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien »

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"Jem and The Holograms" - More New Footage

12 August 2015 9:22 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new footage from the upcoming live-action feature "Jem and The Holograms", adapting Hasbro's 1980's toy/cartoon TV series, opening October 23, 2015:

Directed by Jon M. Chu ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") cast of the new film includes Aubrey Peeples ("Nashville") as 'Jem', Stefanie Scott ("Flipped") as 'Kimber', Hayley Kiyoko ("The Fosters") as 'Aja' and Aurora Perrineau ("Pretty Little Liars") as 'Shana'.

"Jem and the Holograms", created by Christy Marx...

...was a Toei Aimation TV series airing from 1985 to 1988 in Us first-run syndication...

...following owner 'Jerrica Benton', her singer alter-ego 'Jem', her band the 'Holograms' and their adventures.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Jem and the Holograms"...

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'Jem and the Holograms' Sneak Peek Goes Behind-the-Scenes

10 August 2015 6:55 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We haven't heard anything from Universal's highly-anticipated Jem and the Holograms adaptation since the first trailer debuted back in May. For those who need their Jem fix, the studio has released a new preview, courtesy of E! Online, where we get new footage and hear from director Jon M. Chu along with stars Molly Ringwald, Aubrey Peeples and Hayley Kiyoko. Aubrey Peeples explains that this movie is really about Jem's unexpected rise to fame.

As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Universal Pictures' Jem and the Holograms, four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice. The cast also includes Juliette Lewis, Ryan Guzman, Stefanie Scott, »

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Jem and the Holograms debut on the big screen in first trailer

13 May 2015 8:34 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The first trailer for the Jem and the Holograms reboot has landed.

The cult 1980s cartoon has been given a modern live-action update, and stars Nashville's Aubrey Peebles as popstar Jerrica Benton.

The film follows Jessica as she becomes an overnight star after her sister Kimber (Stefanie Scott) uploads her song on YouTube.

'Jem' is then backed by a group backed up with Kimber and their two foster sisters (Hayley Kiyoko and Aurora Perrineau), and they are soon signed by music mogul Erica Raymond (Juliette Lewis). 1980s icon Molly Ringwald also stars as Mrs Bailey.

The original animated series ran for three seasons from 1985, and has also been adapted into a new comic series.

Watch a clip from the original series below: »

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Watch the Angsty, Glammy Trailer for 'Jem and the Holograms'

13 May 2015 8:15 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jem and the Holograms started life as an Eighties rock and roll toy line and animated series, telling the campy story of Starlight Music owner/manager Jerrica Benton transforming into rock god Jem with help from a holographic computer named Synergy. But as the film's first trailer shows, the upcoming film adaptation has taken some 21st century liberties with the plot. The movie focuses on a YouTube sensation's rise to fame and the evil manipulation of modern-day record executives – no magic technology, but plenty of young adult angst.

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New 'Jem and the Holograms' Trailer and Photos Mix Up the Modern and the Retro

13 May 2015 1:41 AM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

If all you saw of the new Jem and the Holograms movie was the above image, you'd wonder how this is supposed to be based on the totally outrageous and glitterific cartoon and toy line from the 1980s. But that's just Jem's alter ego, Jerrica Benton (Aubrey Peeples), a shy, normal girl who secretly moonlights as the leader of a popular rock band. Check out the first trailer below.   The movie is set today, with the Holograms taking on a retro '80s look for their image and sound, all the way down to their keytars. See that image (and a keytar), and ease your worries in doing so, below. These new photos from the movie, which opens October 23, come to us via USA Today, and they illustrate the duality of the characters as they rise in fame under their...

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"Jem and The Holograms" - New Footage

12 May 2015 7:06 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek the first footage from the upcoming live-action feature "Jem and The Holograms", adapting Hasbro's 1980's toy/cartoon TV series, opening October 23, 2015:

Directed by Jon M. Chu ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") cast of the new film includes Aubrey Peeples ("Nashville") as 'Jem', Stefanie Scott ("Flipped") as 'Kimber', Hayley Kiyoko ("The Fosters") as 'Aja' and Aurora Perrineau ("Pretty Little Liars") as 'Shana'.

"Jem and the Holograms", created by Christy Marx...

...was a Toei Aimation TV series airing from 1985 to 1988 in Us first-run syndication...

...following owner 'Jerrica Benton', her singer alter-ego 'Jem', her band the 'Holograms' and their adventures.

The series was a joint collaboration by Hasbro...

...Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions...

...the same team behind "G.I. Joe" and "Transformers" cartoons.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the original "Jem and the Holograms"...

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- Michael Stevens

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The Jem & The Holograms Trailer Is A Whole Lot Of Fun

12 May 2015 6:48 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Every dream has to start somewhere, and leave it to the director of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never to bring the world the story of Jerrica Benton and her rise to the top of the pops. Don't take our word for it, though, as you can feel free to watch the trailer for Jem And The Holograms yourself in the video below. Universal Pictures Austraila released this first look at Jon M. Chu's next directorial foray into taking 80's nostalgia and wowing today's generation with something from their siblings/parent's closets. The results are a mixed bag, but overall this looks like it's going to be a fun romp for the teen audience it's aiming for. Jem And The Holograms tells the story of young Jerrica and her accidental stumble into super stardom, all thanks to one of her sisters uploading one of her songs on YouTube. Of course, »

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See the Truly Outrageous First Trailer for 'Jem and the Holograms'

12 May 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Every Generation Needs a Voice. Universal has debuted the first full trailer for Jem and the Holograms, a big live-action spectacle based on the super cheesy 80's animated TV show of the same name (if you've never heard of it before, give it a look, it's 80s-tastic). The plot is simple: music executive, Jerrica Benton, lives a secret, adventurous life as a glamorous rock star named Jem. Newcomer Aubrey Peeples plays Jerrica, along with Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko as her three sisters. This trailer is cut mainly for the Pitch Perfect crowd, as that's what this trailer is attached to, but it looks like it might have some potential. Not sure if this is your thing? Take 2 minutes to find out, just don't forget to have fun. Here's the first trailer for Jon M. Chu's Jem and the Holograms movie, originally from BuzzFeed: As a small-town »

- Alex Billington

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See First Trailer for "Jem and the Holograms" Flick -- Where Are the Misfits?!

12 May 2015 4:27 PM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Showtime, Synergy! Jerrica Benton is back in the film adaptation of "Jem and the Holograms," which looks very different from its '80s cartoon source material. The original told the story of a young woman who's transformed into a pop star thanks to a pair of earrings that project a hologram over herself. If it sounds like a ridiculous premise, it is ... but the trailer for the film is surprisingly toned down. Instead of looking like a total campfest, it looks more like a teenage "Dreamgirls," with Jerrica and her friends getting discovered after a video of her sporting a disguise goes viral on YouTube. They get Gaga-worthy makeovers from a record studio, but it's clear "Jem" is the real star -- and jealousy starts to break the girls apart. Keep an eye out for Rio (the hunky Ryan Guzman), a potentially villainous Juliette Lewis and Audrey Peeples touching a »

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