JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS Release Date Set for October 23, 2015; CYBERNATURAL Opens April 10, 2015

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The Jem and the Holograms movie release date has been announced by Universal Pictures.  The studio will drop the feature film adaptation based on the 1980s Hasbro toy line and cartoon on October 23, 2015, hitting theaters just in time for Fall.  Director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) helms the quickly assembled musical adventure film, which paints the titular Jem as an orphaned teenager who becomes an internet sensation and subsequently embarks on a music-driven scavenger hunt with her bad.  The picture is a Blumhouse Productions joint, which is mostly known for producing low budget horror films like the Paranormal Activity series and Sinister that go on to turn a big profit.  The PG-rated Jem was similarly made on a relatively tight budget, with a cast led by Aubrey Peeples (Nashville) as Jem, Stefanie Scott (Flipped) as Kimber, Hayley Kiyoko (The Fosters) as Aja, and Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) as Shana.

Hit the jump for more on the film and a new release date for the curious horror film Cybernatural

Mark Ruffalo Says NOW YOU SEE ME 2 Begins Filming in November

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It’s been well over a year since Now You See Me accumulated more than $350 million at the worldwide box office, but things are finally coming together for the sequel.  Lionsgate just gave Now You See Me 2 a June 10, 2016 release date, and while talking to Mark Ruffalo at the Toronto International Film Festival, he confirmed that “everyone’s in.”

The original centered on Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco‘s The Four Horsemen, but considering how that film wrapped up, Ruffalo’s role is bound to take an interesting turn in the sequel.  Hit the jump for more on Now You See Me 2.

NOW YOU SEE ME 2 and DIRTY GRANDPA Get Release Dates as Lionsgate Firms up Slate

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Lionsgate is putting some of their affairs in order when it comes to the next few years and have set two big release dates.  First, Now You See Me 2, the sequel to last year’s surprise comedy hit (it did better than Hangover III and Pacific Rim - which it only cost a fraction of – in the states and pulled in some serious dough internationally) will come out on June 10th, 2016.  We’ve been tracking this one for a while, but hadn’t seen any firm commitments (though director Jon M. Chu) has been rumored for some time.  Now we know that Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine will all be returning and that Ed Solomon and Pete Chiarelli will be writing the script.

While the synopsis for Now You See Me 2 is still under wraps, we know a little bit more info on the upcoming Dirty Grandpa.  Hit the jump for more.

G.I. JOE 2 Director Jon M. Chu May Direct NOW YOU SEE ME 2

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One of the more surprising box office hits of last year was the magician adventure pic Now You See Me.  The film had a solid opening weekend, but it continued to do swell business in the ensuing weeks, going on to gross $351.7 million worldwide against a budget of $75 million.  As with most successful studio films where everyone doesn’t die at the end, Summit Entertainment began to move forward on a prospective sequel.  Following the official Now You See Me 2 announcement, Summit expressed its desire to begin filming in 2014, and while director Louis Leterrier was expected to return, he’s currently busy gearing up to helm the action-comedy Grimsby.  As such, Summit is on the hunt for a new director for the magician sequel, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu is reportedly at the top of their list.  More after the jump.

First Images from JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS Movie; Cast Revealed

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The first Jem and the Holograms movie images have been released for director Jon M. Chu’s (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) adaptation of the 1980s animated TV series, as the cast is now unveiled.  Things have been moving fast on the Jason Blum-produced film, as it was only just announced a little over a month ago.  Chu’s cast is led by Aubrey Peeples (Nashville) as Jem, Stefanie Scott (Flipped) as Kimber, Hayley Kiyoko (The Fosters) as Aja, and Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) as Shana.  For those unfamiliar with the property, the story revolves around the adventures of the titular rock band and its mysterious frontwoman Jem.  In this adaptation, Jem is an orphaned teenager who becomes an internet sensation and subsequently embarks on a music-driven scavenger hunt with her band.  Blum previously told us that the pic will be rated PG, and I’m interested to see how this curious project turns out.

Hit the jump to take a look at the first Jem and the Holograms movie images.

Producer Jason Blum Talks JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS; Reveals PG Adaptation Starts Shooting in 3 Weeks

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Director Jon M. Chu and producers Jason Blum and Scooter Braun recently announced they were making a Jem and the Holograms movie and even asked for fan submissions to help cast the picture.  It turns out they were further along in the process than I ever would have guessed.

Earlier today we caught up with Blum to talk about the horror flick Oculus, and towards the end of the interview we asked about Jem.  Blum says the movie will be PG and start shooting in just three weeks.  The producer also explained why this cartoon adaptation fits his business model when he’s usually associated with horror fare.  Check out everything Blum had to say about Jem and the Holograms after the jump.

Dwayne Johnson Talks G.I. JOE 3; Says RETALIATION Director Jon M. Chu Isn’t Coming Back but “We Would Love to Start Shooting in January”

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With G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu signing on to direct a Jem and the Holograms movie, the status of G.I. Joe 3 became uncertain.  Would Chu be able to direct both films?  Would he drop Joe for a different 80s property?  During a group interview with Johnson at CinemaCon for Hercules, he revealed Chu will not be back for the third installment and they’re currently looking for a director.

However, before you start to think the Joe franchise is entering development hell, Johnson revealed “the idea is that we would start shooting G.I. Joe in January, in the first quarter of next year. That’s the idea.”  While Chu did a great job with the second installment, there are plenty of directors in Hollywood that can handle this franchise.  Also, Paramount has been working on the screenplay for the 3rd installment for over six months, so I’d like to think they have some sort of idea where the franchise will go.  They can easily bring in a new director and have it going early next year.  With the second film making $375 million worldwide, it’s a safe bet the third installment is going to happen.  Hit the jump for Johnson’s quotes.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Director Jon M. Chu and THE PURGE Producer Jason Blum Want Your Help Making JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS Movie

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It’s not April Fools’ Day.  I’ve checked five or six times.  Following on the heels of the fake James Bond 24 trailer, I thought the announcement of a Jem and the Holograms movie from G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu and The Purge producer Jason Blum was also a joke.  It is not.  It is a twisted reality where they along with producer Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) want to adapt the 1980s animated series, which was [per Wikipedia] “about music company owner Jerrica Benton, her singer alter-ego Jem, her band the Holograms, and their adventures.”

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Director Jon M. Chu Talks JUSTIN BIEBER’S BELIEVE, Comparing Concert Tours to Feature Films, G.I. JOE 3, RUN, MATCHED, and More

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Whether it’s the G.I. Joe films, the Step Up franchise, Justin Bieber documentaries or the web series The LXD, director Jon M. Chu brings a stunning visual style to all of his work.  In the latest Justin Bieber documentary Believe, the 19-year-old is both unfiltered and brutally honest.  Including brand new interviews with the pop star, the movie reveals long-awaited answers to questions about his passion to make music, relationships and coming of age in the spotlight, as well as never-before-seen concert footage and unprecedented behind-the-scenes access.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Jon M. Chu talked about what he wanted to achieve with this new Bieber documentary, how his motivation was to show the pop star as a human being, whether he thinks Bieber will ultimately take the right path, how being the creative director of a concert tour compares to directing films, where his creative inspiration came from, growing up, and how many more Bieber documentaries there could be.  He also talked about what made him want to direct G.I. Joe 3, how they’re in the middle of designing and creating the world right now and writing the script, with a goal to start shooting in 2014, how he loves getting feedback and input from fans, what ultimately made him drop out of directing Masters of the Universe, and how he’d like to be able to direct two movies a year.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

First Trailer for Documentary JUSTIN BIEBER’S BELIEVE

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The first trailer for director Jon M. Chu’s documentary Justin Bieber’s Believe has been released online.  The film, which was shot quickly and quietly, marks the documentary follow-up to Chu’s previous Bieber documentary Never Say Never and is his next feature film after helming the blockbuster sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  Surprisingly, this trailer teases a film that appears to be more than simply glorifying a teen idol, as Chu is seen asking Bieber candid questions that address the singer’s more salty behavior.  At the end of the day, though, this documentary is for the fans, and there’s also plenty of singing, dancing, and shirtless Bieber to keep them happy.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Justin Bieber’s Believe opens on Christmas Day.

Director Jon M. Chu Drops Out of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE; PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN Scribe Terry Rossio to Rewrite Screenplay

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Columbia’s new Masters of the Universe project is getting a bit of a makeover.  While G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu signed on to direct the live-action redo over a year ago, Heat Vision reports that he is no longer attached to the project.  This isn’t an altogether surprising move, given that Chu is currently hard at work prepping G.I. Joe 3 for a likely 2014 production start-date, meaning he won’t be able to tackle another project until 2015 at the earliest.  While Chu is gone, Sony is still moving forward with Masters of the UniverseTerry Rossio, the co-writer of the Pirates of the Caribbean films and this year’s The Lone Ranger, has been brought on to pen the screenplay.  Hit the jump for more.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Blu-ray Review

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Large explosions, death-defying aerobatics, flashing gunfire, and buff people talking about stuff in dramatic fashion. G.I. Joe: Retaliation gives audiences exactly what they’re expecting—nothing more, and nothing less—which can be a good thing.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation picks up where the first movie left off, with Duke (played by Channing Tatum) leading the elite fighting force in a number of missions against their hated foe, COBRA. While celebrating some much deserved downtime, the Joes are attacked by a squadron of COBRA helicopters and ground units, and are killed almost to a man, save for a few survivors. On the verge of eradication and marked as terrorists by their government, the Joes must uncover the face of their attackers and once again save the world’s governments from being overtaken by the diabolical Cobra Commander.  Hit the jump for my full review of G.I. Joe: Retaliation on Blu-ray.

Jon M. Chu’s Reps Deny He’s Up for STAR TREK 3; Is Rupert Wyatt the Frontrunner to Direct?

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A rumor surfaced earlier today that Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) is the top candidate to direct Star Trek 3.  It seemed unlikely, because Chu would have to drop out of G.I. Joe 3 to helm the sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness.  Plus, our editor-in-chief Steve Weintraub noted that he’s been “hearing a different name than Jon M. Chu” for Star Trek 3.

Two developments since that posting.  1) Chu’s representatives denied that their client is up for the project.  2) A new report raised the name Steve has been hearing: Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt.  More after the jump.

Rumor: G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Director Jon M. Chu in the Running to Helm STAR TREK 3

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Despite the Khan debacle, director J.J. Abrams’ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness grossed $450 million worldwide after kicking off the summer movie season earlier this year.  Obviously Paramount is keen on continuing the franchise sooner rather than later, but Abrams will be tied up with this little thing called Star Wars for at least the next two years so it’s unlikely that he will be returning to direct Star Trek 3.  As such, fans have been speculating as to which filmmaker might step in and take control of the Trek series while Abrams remains onboard in a producing capacity.  Now a new report has surfaced claiming that a relatively fresh talent has surfaced as the frontrunner to direct the next Trek film: G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu.  [Update: Chu's reps denied that their client is up for the project.  We believe the frontrunner may be Rupert Wyatt.]

Hit the jump for more, including why Chu actually directing Star Trek 3 is unlikely to happen. 

Jon M. Chu Talks G.I. JOE 3, the Script, Release Date, New Joes, and Much More; Says Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson Will Return

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With G.I. Joe: Retaliation now available on VOD and hitting Blu-ray/DVD next week, I was able to sit down with director Jon M. Chu last weekend for an exclusive video interview.  However, with Chu returning to direct G.I. Joe 3, I used a lot of my time talking about the next installment and what fans can expect.  Some of the highlights he told me were:

  • Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson are returning.
  • The release date is still being figured out.
  • Regarding the script, they’re currently “narrowing down the writer.”
  • On Retaliation, they learned that fans were okay with stretching things a little further, so now they can “double down on the adventure part of this movie.”  He cautions that they won’t go sci-fi, but they can “push the boundaries of the world a bit more.”
  • They’re not sure if they’re going to shoot in 3D and/or IMAX, but everything’s on the table.  Says there are some benefits to post-converting.
  • They learned on Retaliation that it’s hard to have a lot of characters, but it would be fun to see some new Joes joining the team.
  • I asked if he ever thought about combining the worlds of Transformers and G.I. Joe since they’re both owned by Hasbro. Says he would love to, as long as the reality of their worlds matches.

In addition to the highlights above, Chu talked a lot about what’s on the Retaliation Blu-ray, the legacy of G.I. Joe and how they can incorporate some of those things in the third film, working with Hasbro, Masters of the Universe, what he collects, and how he wants to hear from the fans regarding what they want to see in the third installment.  If you’re a G.I. Joe fan, I think you’ll really enjoy the interview.  Watch it after the jump.

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