Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance Podcast, covering the latest comic book entertainment culture, news, humor and commentary. Joining Senior Editors Andy Khouri and Caleb Goellner for this episode are Senior Writer Chris Sims and Staff Writer Andrew Wheeler.
On the table for discussion: An Asian American advocacy group petitions Marvel to cast Iron Fist, a blond caucasian kung fu master in the comics, with an Asian American actor in the forthcoming Netflix series. We talk about why this is a great idea.
After decades of waiting, there is to be a live action film based on 1980s iconic animated series, Jem and the Hologram, which will be crowdsourced on Tumblr. Unfortunately, Jem creator Christy Marx has been shut out of the project. We talk about why this is outrageous.
Finally, the group analyzes the controversial Nerd HQ crowd funding campaign undertaken by actor Zachary Levi, who hopes to raise one million dollars to produce an off-site celebrity charity event during San Diego Comic-Con, raising questions both financial and cultural.
When the news broke about the announcement of a Jem and the Hologramsmovie, 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 themovie.
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."
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!
Ever since Integrity Toys announced their line of high-end Jem and the Holograms dolls, I've been waiting for them to finally get away from those goody two-shoes Holograms and get to where the real action is: The glam rockers and multiple attempted murderesses of Jem's rival group, The Misfits. Now, according to Toy News Internationa
As you might already know, we're a pretty obsessive group here at ComicsAlliance, and one of our biggest obsessions is Jem and the Holograms, the truly outrageous story of a glam band built on a secret identities and bizarre adventures. Naturally, we were all pretty
If you and your friends are Jem girls with an incredibly large amount of disposable income, get ready for showtime. After the announcement at San Diego of a new line of dolls featuring Jerrica Benton's roc
A veteran comics writer/editor and animation producer, Roger Slifer is best known for co-creating the DC Comics character Lobo with Keith Giffen. We learned this week that the 57-year-old Slifer is in critical condition after being struck by an automobile in a hit-and-run incident. He remains in a medically-induce
Fans of childhood nostalgia, toys and the crossover between the two, prepare to surrender your spare time to Netflix. Hasbro has announced a multi-year deal with the streaming media company that will make shows based on Transformers, My Little Pony, G.I. Joe and even Jem and The Holograms available as part of Netflix's Watch Instantly service.The multiy
Thanks to reruns on the Hub and a new DVD box set from Shout Factory, Jem and the Hologramshas been experiencing a bit of a renaissance lately -- especially here at ComicsAlliance. I've become hooked on the show, and as someone who recently finished watching every episode of the show, let me tell you: It is completely insane.
It may even be the craziest of the toy tie-in cartoons of the '80s, and considering it's up against the saga of space robots that can turn into trucks and a show about the greatest soldiers in the world fighting against an arms dealer with a Cthulhu monster in his basement, that's saying something. It might be a bold statement, but it's one I intend to prove with a rundown of The 10 Most Truly, Outrageously Insane Episodes of Jem!#
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