Creator of Jem and the Holograms Left Out of Movie

As you may have heard or read, Hasbro has teamed up with John M. Chu (the guy that brought you G.I. Joe: Retaliation) to develop a live-action Jem and the Holograms movie. As part of their creative process, they have enlisted the help of pretty much anyone with access to the Internet to submit their suggestions for storylines, actors, designs, etc. I think this is marketing genius as making these nostalgic characters a collaborative project will not only generate buzz for the movie, but also allow fans to feel as if they had a part in producing a movie for one of their beloved childhood cartoons.

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(via Wikipedia)

What you might not have heard is that the creator of the animated series was never approached to become part of the creative team. On March 20, Christy Marx posted on her Facebook page:

No, I had no inkling that the movie was being developed or had reached this stage until a couple of days ago. Someone high in the Hasbro PR department thoughtfully reached out to me to let me know about the movie and the impending announcement so that I wouldn’t be blindsided by it. I appreciated that gesture.

Note that John M. Chu had spoken with Christy on the phone that same day, and had a productive conversation about their admiration for Jem. Christy went on to say in her Facebook post that “He wants to reinvent Jem for a current audience.” Which is very interesting to read, and will cause much anticipation on how this movie will turn out. Kinda makes sense now why he enlisted the help of the public to create the movie, seemingly so he can gauge the public’s current view of Jem and what they expect from the end-product.

Christy also voiced a concern about the fact that there are no women voices among the top head honchos of the development of this movie. This movie is still in the development process, so it will be interesting to see how they deal with some of the backlash they have received. I can only hope that they do plan on bringing on some women as head honchos in order to stay true to the series. Although, is it a fact that men would not do justice with portraying a series that is so woman-centric? If roles were reversed, and it was women who were directing and developing a movie for, let’s say, G.I. Joe, would there be similar backlash?

However this movie gets made, hopefully it stays true to the soul of the animated series, and satisfies the show’s true fans who have been delighted and invigorated by the announcement of this developing movie. =)

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(via iHEARTcartoons)

(via Blastr and Comics Alliance)

 

OtakuFIGHTER: Fight Night Spring 2014!! (Part 1)

Yesterday marked the first Fight Night event at The Boxing Club, and naturally, I was on hand to take pictures.  And that I did.

Mind you, I’m still getting used to this whole camera thing, so my pictures didn’t turn out so well.  Oh well, practice is practice.  I’m going to put a few of my fave pictures here, and at the end, there’s gonna be a dropbox link for the entire picture dump, so you can post the pics wherever you want, just as long as you keep the SSB logo intact.  Don’t be a dick and crop it out.

And in a few more days, Brian’s gonna have his pics from the event up, and they’re better than mine. 😛

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The entire dump can be found here MAKE WITH THE CLICKING FOR GREAT JUSTICE!  DO IT NOW!! 

Big ups to TBC for putting together an awesome show, and even bigger ups to the people that participated.  I’ll be joining you guys soon enough.

 

-Francis

aka DAN Adoption Documentary pt. 4

Part 4 is the one that tugs at my heartstrings the most. We get an inside look into Dan Matthew’s adoption experience as a baby and meet his foster mother Mrs. Lee for the first time since leaving Korea. Seeing the babies at the adoption center makes me grateful for parents who take the time to lovingly raise their kids. Without giving too much away, you can see Dan’s life was changed forever. Here’s the episode:

I completely relate to how Dan feels meeting his foster mother. I had a similar moment coming home to the Philippines and seeing relatives I don’t remember as a small child. It is difficult to reciprocate the love someone has for you with little to no memories of it. I am definitely grateful for that love and care and showed it to them throughout my stay.

Show love to the people around you because they do the same. Remember you are where you are because of them. You owe it to them to be great and lift others up. More with Dan when part 5 hits the ISAtv channel! Tweet me with your thoughts about this video at @999HP!

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SSB articles for Part 1 & 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 & 7 | Part 8

Special thanks to Dan Matthews. Learn more about Dan on his website (here)
Series produced by Mayrok Media in association with Arirang TV
Videos linked from the ISAtv YouTube channel
Cover photo is snapshot from YouTube video.