Tuesday, May 12 2015 20:36

First Trailer & Poster: JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS (The Live Action Movie)

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It's no secret that I have fond memories of JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS from the original cartoon series and its accompanying toy line from Hasbro back in the 1980s. My wife and I have both enjoyed sharing some of those old episodes with our daughters, and just recently we picked up the first issue of the new JEM comic book from IDW Publishing. I've been writing about the forthcoming live-action JEM movie for what seems like a really long time, and today the first real look at it has arrived in the form of the first trailer and theatrical poster.  Check them out below, and then I'll share some of my own thoughts on it...

This is certainly not the tone I was expecting. JEM has a certain amount of "camp" charm to it, and the dramatic spin on this new telling almost makes me think of a darker, more somber version of JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS (a film I love, that was absolutely ahead of its time). At the same time, the modern flourishes make a lot of sense - especially for a generation that is largely unfamiliar with the source material, despite re-runs, Shout! Factory DVD releases and Netflix streaming that have all been made available.

jemtheposterThat said, I'm still interested, and look forward to seeing this in theaters this Fall.

Official Details: "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."

Directed by Jon M. Chu (Step Up series, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), the musical adventure stars Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko, Ryan Guzman, Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis. JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, based on the iconic Hasbro animated TV series, is written by Ryan Landels and produced by Chu, Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions, Scooter Braun for SB Projects, Bennett Schneir, and Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis of Hasbro Studios.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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