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Despite a very meager $5 million budget, Universal were putting a lot of promotion and hype behind their big screen adaptation of Jem and the Holograms. But after two very poor weeks at the domestic box office, Universal have pulled the plug.
The film opened to a sea of negative reviews and a mere $1.3 million from 2,400 screens, failing to crack the top 10. Its second week was even worse as it dropped 71% to just $387,925 from the same number of screens. With a total of $2.08 million to its name, Jem and the Holograms has been removed from theatres.
Jem and the Holograms is still set to be released in the UK in February 2016 and several other European territories this coming December.
- Luke Owen
Great coming-of-age films are a rare find – and unless your name is John Hughes, the chances of even crafting an adequate one are slim. The 2000s have had their occasional successes, from the quotable cult hit Mean Girls (2004) to the indie darling The Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012), but it’s been awhile since something scaled the uniquely relatable heights of The Breakfast Club (1985) or even Boyz n the Hood (1991) – two classics that director Rick Famuyiwa must have had on repeat when writing his generational teen mash-up Dope.
Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is an Inglewood high schooler that doubles as a nerdy 1990s aficionado. Between dressing like a member of De La Soul and writing essays pondering the date of Ice Cube’s good day (“If Neil DeGrasse Tyson were writing about Ice Cube, this is what it would look like,”) he offers a take on teen clichés that’s fresher than his high top fade. »
- Danilo Castro
The big screen adaptation of Jem and the Holograms didn’t go down well with fans of the original show – or movie goers in general – taking just $1.7 million on its opening weekend and failing to crack the top 10. The following day, director Jon M. Chu to deliver a keynote speech for Film Independent Forum, and shared the disappointments of the culmination of a decade-long adaptation, and the bile he received for it.
“I get fans sending me hate mail, I get death threats, I get racist remarks — it’s a really fun business,” he said. “Reviewers have been harsh, to say it lightly.”
Averaging just $570 across the 2,400 screens it was shown on, Jem and the Holograms is the worst opening ever for a major studio release playing in at least 2,000 theaters.
“Yes, we only made the movie for five [million dollars], but it doesn’t get easy when you hear those [box office] numbers, »
- Luke Owen
Why do we still care about "The Breakfast Club"?
Thirty years after its release, it remains the definitive movie about the American high school experience. In his tale of five diverse kids bonding during a Saturday in detention, writer/director John Hughes captured some eternal elements of being a teenager -- the awkwardness, the alienation, the casual cruelty, the social hierarchies, the longing for connection, and most of all, the penchant for self-dramatization.
Of course, none of this would have worked without the sensitive performances of the five stars, the nucleus of what the adult press quickly and derisively dubbed "The Brat Pack." One of its members, Molly Ringwald, has a new movie hitting theaters - "Jem and the Holograms." In honor of its release, here is what we would learn if we got "The Breakfast Club" cast together for a high school reunion.
- Gary Susman
Based on the 1980s animated television series, this October sees a rejuvenation of Jem and the Holograms, as it takes form in a new live-action film. In this new featurette, we go behind the scenes with director Jon M. Chu, creator of the television series Christy Marx, and members of the cast including Molly Ringwald, Aubrey Peeples, Hayley Kiyoko, Aurora Perrineau, and Stefanie Scott, as they tell us about what the film stands for.
Jem and the Holograms is primarily a coming-of-age story, about a young girl who, suddenly in the spotlight, has to choose who she wants to be. It's themes such as finding your own identity that drew the cast, and especially actress Molly Ringwald, to the project. For Molly, a coming-of-age story is something that resonated with her as it's a theme that resided in the films that made her famous, such as Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. »
- Adriana Floridia
So many classic comedies can be traced back to the late, great John Hughes. He either wrote, directed, or produced some of the funniest and most relatable movies of the '80s and early '90s. This Halloween, celebrate the genius filmmaker by dressing up as one of his iconic characters. These ideas are perfect if you're going solo (Ferris Bueller) or with a group (The Breakfast Club) to your seasonal festivity of choice this year. Take a look through, and don't forget to check out all our Halloween costume ideas! »
- Maggie Pehanick
See Also: ‘Youngblood’ music video for Jem and the Holograms
Jem and the Holograms is set for release on October 23rd with Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) directing a cast that includes Aubrey Peeples (Nashville) as Jem, Stefanie Scott (A.N.T. Farm) as Kimber, Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) as Shana, and Hayley Kiyoko (The Fosters) as Aja alongside Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers), Molly Ringwald (The Breakfast Club), Ryan Guzman (Step Up All In) and Nicholas Braun (The Perks of Being a Wallflower).
- Gary Collinson
Whether or not you grew up in 1980.s, the name "The Brat Pack" should sound familiar to you if you're a true movie fan. It was the name given to a group of young, up and coming actors who starred in movies like The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo.s Fire. One of the actors who starred in both films, Judd Nelson, recently spoke about the reason the label was such a problem for him. Because it not only affected the people he could work with, but also who he could hang out with. Yahoo Movies has the story of Nelson.s recent appearance on The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast, where the actor talks about the ramifications of the original New York Magazine article which coined the term. Specifically, Nelson had this to say: These were people I worked with, who I really liked as people . funny, smart, committed to »
"The Eighties were good to me," says Jennifer Grey, and considering she's best known for having the time of her life with Patrick Swayze in 1987's Dirty Dancing, that would make sense. "You know those people who rock that hairdo from the moment they got laid the most in their life? The Eighties are a bit like that for me."
Oh high school. It was a rough time for a lot of us. Maybe more memorable for some. While we’re passed those adolescent days now, we’re deep in Back to School days and getting more than a little nostalgic. That’s due in part to all the high school teen movies that still rattle around in our pop culture consciousness. Many of the characters in the movies shared the same embarrassments we did, the same first crushes, the same droning teachers, and we all wish we had a friend like Ferris Bueller.
So we asked the PopOptiq staff, which high school character from the movies were you? Share your own pop culture doppelgänger below!
Randy Meeks and I have much in common. We are both massive horror movie fans who worked in a video store, studied film and had a hopeless crush on our best friend. »
To mark the anniversary of one of the best live-action comedies of all time, Fathom Events and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment present Home Alone 25th Anniversary, coming to select cinemas for two dates on Sunday, November 8 and Wednesday, November 11. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by enjoying this Christmas comedy blockbuster with the whole family on its original home of the big screen. In addition to the full-length feature, the event will also include a special introduction that will be exclusive to cinema audiences.
Tickets for Home Alone 25th Anniversary can be purchased online by visiting FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 600 movie theaters through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change »
There is something refreshing about teenage drama cum neo-Bechdel test, Bang Gang. The film seems to be on a conscious mission to smash any and all notions of how these films are done. From John Hughes' The Breakfast Club with its easily codified characters, to Larry Clark's Kids with its bombast of cruel sex and and bad behaviour, and Dazed & Confused or American Graffiti on the spectrum in between, there is a lot of territory to cover. At the beginning of a particularly hot and humid summer in a suburb in southern France, four teens, Alex, George, Laetitia and Nikita, find themselves bored, and horny (a combination of watching women's tennis and Sasha Grey) and in possession of an empty house while Alex's mother is off in...
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Thirty years ago, Marty McFly was riding high with the smash hit Back To The Future, while Sylvester Stallone enjoyed his most successful year yet with the one-two punch of Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV. It was an era of family sci-fi and teen comedies and bullet-spraying action, where The Breakfast Club and Teen Wolf rubbed shoulders with Death Wish 3 and Commando. Then there were low-key dramas like Out Of Africa and The Color Purple, which were both awards magnets at the Oscars.
Away from all those big hits, 1985 saw the release of a wealth of less successful movies, some of which found a second life on the then-huge home video circuit. Here's our pick of 20 underappreciated films from the year of Rambo, »
The 'overnight success' is a familiar enough narrative in the movie business. Actors are plucked from obscurity and set on the road to stardom. Directors offered major movie deals after one of their shorts goes viral on YouTube.
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, on the other hand, has worked his way up through the ranks of the film industry, culminating in his latest movie, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, a moving and very funny drama which won a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Before that, Gomez-Rejon began as an assistant to the likes of Martin Scorsese and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu before moving up to the role of second unit director on movies including Babel and Argo. His work on TV »
Ahead of American Ultra’s release in UK cinemas, we look at the rise of the stoner in film, from the 30s to the present...
"The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you. It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers. Marihuana is that drug - a violent narcotic - an unspeakable scourge - the Real Public Enemy Number One!
So reads the opening crawl to the now infamous film Reefer Madness. Originally released in 1936, it was designed as a hard-hitting expose of marijuana and its inherent dangers. The drug could cause "violent, uncontrollable laughter," the movie's introduction read. It could induce "dangerous hallucinations," "monstrous extravagances," all eventually leading to "shocking acts of physical violence... ending often in incurable insanity."
Reefer Madness was one of many »
Anthony Michael Hall has just landed a role alongside Brad Pitt in Netflix’s upcoming satirical comedy War Machine. According to Deadline, the actor will play General Hank Pulver, the right-hand man to Pitt’s four-star general. Pitt’s character is inspired by General Stanley McChrystal, while Hall’s character is inspired by General Mike Flynn, McChrystal’s real-life second-in-command.
The film, which is based on Michael Hastings’ controversial book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan, was acquired by the streaming service earlier this year. In the best-selling book, Hastings writes about America’s war with Afghanistan and the military commanders behind-the-scenes.
Hall became famous for his performances in such classic 1980s John Hughes movies as Sixteen Candles, Weird Science and The Breakfast Club. His more recent acting credits include The Dark Knight, Foxcatcher and Results.
War Machine is set to »
- Justin Cook
Hall, whose credits include “Foxcatcher,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Breakfast Club,” will play the second-in-command to Pitt’s four-star general, who’s based on the real-life Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Cast also includes Topher Grace (“That ’70s Show”), who will play a civilian media adviser.
“War Machine” is written and directed by David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom”) and based on Michael Hastings’ book “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan.” Film is to be produced by Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, along with Ian Bryce (“World War Z”).
Netflix has said the original film will be available in theaters and to streaming subscribers in 2016 — although large theater »
- Todd Spangler
See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Jem and the Holograms
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.
Jem and the Holograms is set for release on October 23rd and stars Aubrey Peeples (Nashville) as Jem, Stefanie Scott (A.N.T. Farm) as Kimber, Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) as Shana, and Hayley Kiyoko (The Fosters) as Aja alongside Juliette Lewis »
- Gary Collinson
Stars: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Bianca A. Santos, Skyler Samuels, Romany Malco, Nick Eversman, Chris Wylde, Ken Jeong, Allison Janney | Written by Josh A. Cagan | Directed by Ari Sandel
Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. Now, despite the words of caution from her favourite teacher (Ken Jeong), she enlists the slick but charming Wesley (Robbie Amell), to help take back her ‘label’ and overthrow the school’s resident mean girl Madison (Bella Thorne) reminding everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s Duff.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If there’s one genre I have a soft spot for, even as a thirty-odd year old man, it’s the teen movie. »
- Phil Wheat
When cinema of the 1980s is the topic of conversation, undoubtedly, “The Breakfast Club” is part, if not the centerpiece, of the discussion. Even 30 years later, John Hughes’ terrific coming-of-age dramedy is relevant, perhaps not in fashion (though I’ve seen my fair share of Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy lookalikes lately), but certainly in the analysis of displaced adolescent identities and generational gaps. Read More: 15 Classic Teen Rebellion Movies This brief but informative video from Nick Olshansky at The Thought Lab explores the identity crises of characters in “The Breakfast Club” (the brain, the athlete, the criminal, the princess, and the omnipresent nerd), and how, despite their phony behavior and ambiguous carriages, the pentad have a lot more in common than they would’ve believed. Olshansky discusses the importance of the principal (an unforgettably authoritative Paul Gleason), and how he is “the driving force” behind pushing these misfits towards. »
- Samantha Vacca
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