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We Are The Misfits, Our Movie’s Better: Comics Alliance Pitches The Jem Movie, Part One

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Last week, Hasbro announced that a movie based on Jem, the classic 1980s animated series about the glamour, glitter, fashion and fame of a rock star with a secret identity, was in development, helmed by G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu. Since this is literally the most important thing that has ever happened, ComicsAlliance has cleared its schedule to allow for that most fun pastime for writers on the internet: Rampant speculation about what we would do if we were in charge of bringing Jem and the Holograms to the big screen.

Today, CA Senior Writer Chris Sims takes a shot at what he thinks a truly, truly, truly outrageous (whoa-oh-oh-oh) Jem movie should be.

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99 Things You Missed in the ‘X-Men: Days of Future’ Past Trailer

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The new trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past is out, and it's full to the brim with exciting surprises and hidden clues. Other websites didn't spot them, because those guys are not real fans. You probably didn't spot them either, so you should probably feel really embarrassed.

But we spotted them all, because we're amazing, and we're sharing our observations with you, because we're generous too. True fandom is all about spotting minor trivia and lording it over the heads of other people! Hurray! So here are X things we spotted that you didn't, you goon.

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There Sure Is A Lot Going On In The New ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Trailer [Video]

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After months of magazine covers, viral marketing campaigns, and loving portraits of Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask, X-Men fans are finally getting another chance to see X-Men: Days of Future Past's massive cast of characters in action via a brand new trailer.

Check out two-and-a-half minutes of Patrick Stewart narrating and Ian McKellen expositioning after the jump!

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Gameplay Revealed On Xbox 360 [Video]

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Do you feel that tingling? It could either be your very own Spidey-sense or the excitement you'll feel once you watch this new gameplay video for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game.

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‘Jem And The Holograms’ Creator Christy Marx Shut Out Of Live Action Movie

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When the news broke about the announcement of a Jem and the Holograms movie, ComicsAlliance promised to stay on top of the story, and today, just in case the very idea of a Hollywood adaptation of Jem having its roles crowdsourced via Tumblr wasn't weird enough, we have now reached the second wrinkle of the story: Christy Marx, the original creator of Jem and the Holograms, won't be involved in the movie.

In a statement on her Facebook page that followed the announcement of Jon M. Chu's upcoming film, Marx revealed that she was informed of the movie a few days before the announcement and spoke to Chu about it, but that "no one in the entertainment arm of Hasbro wanted to talk to me, have me write for it, or at the very least consult on it."

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Spider-Man Stars In An Ad For The US Postal Service. That’s Pretty Weird, Right? [Video]

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Listen, I've been reading comic books a long time, and if there's one thing I've learned, it's that if you want a package to get to its destination safely, the absolute last person you want handling it is Spider-Man. Best case scenario -- best case, mind you -- is that it's going to be crushed when he stops to fight the Rhino. Worst case? Incinerated by a pumpkin bomb and then thrown off a bridge. Just ask Aunt May's last 51 birthday cakes.

And yet, he is the hero that The United States Postal Service has turned to for an ad tying into the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2, set to hit theaters this summer with more of Spidey's adventures in a universe where people actually use Bing. Check it out below, and be advised there's a special twist ending!

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There Is Going To Be A ‘Jem And The Holograms’ Movie And They Are Casting It On Tumblr

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Am I awake right now? Is this whole world a just beautiful dream? Because folks, it is rare that news comes across the desk here at ComicsAlliance that literally brings me to tears of joy, and today, that has happened. I am openly weeping at my desk, because it has just been announced that there will be a Jem and the Holograms live-action feature film from G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu. The beauty of the man who brought us last year's greatest cliff-side ninja fighting turning his attention to the glamour, glitter, fashion and fame ofJem is overwhelming.

The film is still in its extremely early stages of production, though, and has yet to be cast. In fact, Chu, along with Jason Blum and Scooter Braun are looking to cast the Holograms by having fans submit videos of themselves via Tumblr. And now you know why I wasn't sure if this was a dream. Check out the video announcement below!

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Amanda Waller Creator John Ostrander Writes About Character’s ‘Sexy’ Redesigns

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Of all the redesigns that took place for DC's "New 52" relaunch, the one that was most disappointing to the staff of ComicsAlliance was undoubtedly the one that hit Amanda Waller. Rather than the short, stout, and impossibly tough woman who appeared in the pages of John Ostrander, Kim Yale and Luke McDonnell's Suicide Squad, the redesigned Waller was young, slim and sexy. She was, in other words, just like every other "idealized" body type in superhero comics, and lost a bit of what made her unique.

Well, it seems our disappointment has found us in good company, alongside no less than Ostrander himself. In a column at ComicMix that went up this week, the writer expressed both a love of the character he shaped for over 60 issues, and a dismay at how the character's redesign conflicts with his original intent.

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Marvel And DST Reveal ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Minimates

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We weren't allowed to shoot them at Toy Fair 2014, but Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum are finally ready to reveal their Guardians of the Galaxy movie Marvel Minimates. From the looks of things, everybody is present and accounted for except John C. Reilly.

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Animated Adaptation Of David B.’s ‘Epileptic’ Gets Stunning Trailers [Video]

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When the first volume was released more than a decade ago, David Beauchard's imaginative autobiographical comic L'Ascension du haut mal ("The Rise of the High Evil"), the English title of which was simply Epileptic, critics praised it to the heavens. It eventually won an Ignatz award for Outstanding Artist in 2005.

The story, which focuses on the family's attempts to cure his brother's epilepsy, and how the struggle with the illness led the artist to dig deeply into a fantasy world of mythic creatures and ancient soldiers, has been adapted into an animated film helmed by director Christophe Gérard which appears to nail the look and feel of the comic.

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