NBC Reveals First ‘Heroes Reborn’ Trailer and Premiere Date

NBC has unleashed the first Heroes Reborn trailer while also unveiling its premiere date. Starting Thursday, September 24, 2015, Heroes will return to NBC after five years for a 13-episode event series. While some old faces return, such as Hiro, Matt Parkman, and HRG, there will be many new characters with abilities I hope will be more exciting than someone’s tattoo displaying future events.

The first Heroes Reborn trailer is a nice set up for what’s to come, teasing just enough to bring back some interest in a show that was cancelled without a proper send off. (Those last two seasons were pretty horrendous. They were like Dexter final season quality  bad.) The footage bears some resemblance to the series’ first season, setting up an inspirational message of hope and advocating positive change through hidden potential.

Although the trailer itself doesn’t offer any kind of context about what we can expect plot-wise, NBC was kind enough to give us the official synopsis for Heroes Reborn:

A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.

Two such vigilantes include Luke (Zachary Levi, “Chuck”) and Joanne (Judith Shekoni, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”), who are seeking to avenge a tragic loss.

Noah Bennet, aka H.R.G. (Jack Coleman, “Heroes”), has gone off the grid but conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski, “A to Z”) finds him and opens his eyes to the truth behind the Odessa tragedy.

While in hiding, some are discovering their newfound skills. Awkward teen Tommy (Robbie Kay, “Once Upon a Time”) just wants to be normal and win the girl of his dreams, Emily (Gatlin Green, “Criminal Minds”), but normalcy is virtually impossible after learning of a new ability that terrifies him. Coming from a very sheltered upbringing, a bold and ethereal teenager, Malina (Danika Yarosh, “Shameless”), has been told she is destined for greatness. In Tokyo, a quiet and unique young woman, Miko (Kiki Sukezane, “Death Yankee 3”), is trying to track down her missing father while hiding an extraordinary secret that will make her a force to be reckoned with. Elsewhere, a different type of hero is emerging through former soldier Carlos (Ryan Guzman, “The Boy Next Door”).

Meanwhile, Erica (Rya Kihlstedt, “Masters of Sex”), the head of the highly successful tech conglomerate Renautas, has an agenda of her own.

For better or for worse, some are fated to cross paths with assorted heroes of the past, including Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and the Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis), among others. Yet, together, their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world and mankind.

Vague in terms of what abilities we can expect from this new crop of powered people, but at least we now have some sense of what’s at stake. My guess is that the vigilantes have been framed by the tech conglomerate and it’s up to Hiro and HRG to figure out how to sort out this mess.

Executive produced by Tim Kring, Peter Elkoff and James Middleton, Heroes Reborn will bring back original cast members Jack Coleman, Greg Grunberg, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Jimmy Jean-Louis, and Masi Oka. They’ll be joined by a few new faces, including Zachary Levi (of NBC’s “Chuck” and the Marvel franchise “Thor”), Ryan Guzman (“The Boy Next Door”), Robbie Kay (“Once Upon a Time”), Danika Yarosh (“Shameless”), Judith Shekoni (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″), Kiki Sukezane (“Death Yankee 3″), Henry Zebrowski (NBC’s “A to Z”) and Gatlin Green (“Criminal Minds”). The new 13-episode “event” series is set to premiere this fall on NBC at 8 p.m., Thursday, September 24, 2015.

Source: Heroes Reborn YouTube

First ‘Jem and the Holograms’ Trailer Depicts the Outrageous Melodrama of Fame

Jem and the Holograms 2015 Movie Teaser Trailer

And so it is, the first trailer for Jem and the Holograms has been released. It has been a little over a year ago since we learned of its development and yesterday new images cropped up to give us a taste of what’s to come. But could the animated musical series of the ’80s live up to modern day expectations? Now that we’ve seen the first footage of the film, this may not be the Jem that diehard fans quite remember. See for yourself after the break. Continue reading

First ‘Jem and the Holograms’ Trailer Depicts the Outrageous Melodrama of Fame [96 Screenshots]

And so it is, the first trailer for Jem and the Holograms has been released. It has been a little over a year ago since we learned of its development and yesterday new images cropped up to give us a taste of what’s to come. But could the animated musical series of the ’80s live up to modern day expectations? Now that we’ve seen the first footage of the film, this may not be the Jem that diehard fans quite remember.

I’ve kept a cautious optimism in the back of my mind, preparing for this exact moment. Before seeing this trailer, I pegged that Jem would either target an ageless group like Pitch Perfect or be geared more toward a younger audience. The fact that she earns stardom through YouTube definitely signifies the later, which is fine, but the whole Beyond the Lights meets Dreamgirls kind of vibe gives it an awkward tone in the middle of a teen-focused musical.

With an astounding, “meh,” the Jem and the Holograms live-action adaptation isn’t quite as outrageous as the original series’ theme song would leave you to believe – see below. The music is hardly even a highlight of the trailer, which focuses more on the relationship drama between the band mates. This all makes the film feel very generic and watered-down, not so much the wacky ’80s shenanigans some may have been hoping for.

In the original cartoon, Jerrica masked her identity as Jem through the help of a super computer named Synergy. We only get a brief mention of it by name only. Throughout the series Jem would have to protect Synergy from those looking to obtain it. It doesn’t seem that any of that will play out into this movie, but only time will tell.

Watch the original theme song here:

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Here is the official plot synopsis for Jem and the Holograms, courtesy of Universal:

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 Jem and the Holgorams, 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, Jem and the Hogorams stars Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, Aurora Perrineau, Ryan Guzman, Molly Ringwald, and Juliette Lewis. This film is set to release on October 23, 2015.

Source: BuzzFeed

NBC Offers a First Look at ‘Heroes Reborn’ and the Return of HRG

NBC Offers a First Look at 'Heroes Reborn' and the Return of HRG

When I first learned that NBC would be reviving their superhero series Heroes, which that had a strong start and the limpest of exits, I let out a snortle and went back to business as usual. But a lot has changed in the realm of superheroes in pop culture since 2010 when Heroes debuted its final episode without receiving a proper final series. There now have been two Avengers movies from Marvel and DC is setting up a Justice League movie. Since NBC Universal doesn’t own the rights to any DC or Marvel characters, why not revive a property that was kinda hot back in its heyday? So here we have our first look at Heroes Reborn, a 13-episode “event series” that aims to rekindle that lost spark of what was once a promising show. Continue reading

New Sneak Peek Offers More ‘Jem and the Holograms’ Details and Photos

It was only a year ago when the cast for the Jem and the Holograms movie was announced. In that time we have gained very little details, news, or images on the production that micro-budget horror producer Jason Blum from Blumhouse Productions is backing. Seeing that we are only six months away from its release, I feel as though the marketing team has awoken from their slumber to realize they need to start getting the word out.

Full disclosure, as much as you’d all like to think I spend my time wearing pink wigs and my face painted as I type this out, I have no history with Jem and the Holograms. I know of the cartoon and that’s about it. And when Blumhouse became the studio behind this movie, it raised a few eyebrows, mine included. The production house that brought us Paranormal Activity and Insidious, how could they tap into the psyche of teen girls?

They have dipped their toes outside the realm of genre features before with the Oscar winning Whiplash, as well as HBO’s The Normal Heart and The Jinx. So is this an adult romp for nostalgic Millennials? Director Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2: The Streets; G.I. Joe Retaliation) shed some light on the project in a recent interview with USA Today:

“It’s actually about a group of young people who are going to be inundated with this idea of fame and fortune and products and stuff, and within all that, how do you stay true to who you really are? That’s the real soul of the movie.”

Many audiences today may relate this property to Hannah Montana, as the lead character Jerrica (Aubrey Peeples) takes on the alter ego of Jem. Chu continues:

“Jerrica is definitely a 21st-century sort of girl. She’s shy and scared to use her voice after the death of her father, who taught her guitar and would call her ‘Jem,’ yet still finds ways to make music even though she’s frightened of the stage. We see the transformation as she gets brought into it, getting seduced by it, and at the same time trying to find her real self in between those two identities.”

Peeles adds:

“She never wanted to pursue the big costumes, lots of makeup, all that stuff. But in a way it helps her hide and have the confidence to come out and be this persona.”

And so we have the band members, but now the supporting cast has also been revealed. Molly Ringwald will be playing Aunt Bailey, the legal guardian to sisters Jerrica and Kimber (Stefanie Scott), and their foster siblings Aja (Hayley Kiyoko) and Shana (Aurora Perrineau). And then we have Ryan Guzman, a Step Up veteran who enters the scene as the love interest, because we all need one of those, right? Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers; Whip It; August: Osage County) inhabits the role of the antagonist known as Erica Raymond, “a Starlight Music record executive.”

Check out the new production stills for the live-action adaptation of the hit ’80s cartoon here (Click on any photo below to being the image gallery):

It’s still not clear as to how we’re suppose to take this film. Whether it will be a fun romp like Pitch Perfect that services all ages, or more apt for tweens and young adults. I can only assume with the release of these images that a trailer should drop soon, which you can expect to find here once it drops.

There is no official plot synopsis yet, but here’s what IMDb.com has to say:

Music executive, Jerrica Benton, lives a secret, adventurous life as a glamorous rock star named Jem.

Directed by Jon M. Chu, Jem and the Hogorams stars Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, Aurora Perrineau, Ryan Guzman, Molly Ringwald, and Juliette Lewis. This film is set to release on October 23, 2015.

Source: USA Today

‘Step Up All In’ Dances onto Blu-ray and DVD on November 4

Step Up 5 All In Screenshot Boxing Ring

Albeit one of the silliest movie franchises of the modern age, Step Up is by far one of the most entertaining display of performance art and colorful characters. Its recent entry, Step Up All In takes the best of the franchise like Fast & Furious and brings them to Las Vegas. Releasing on Blu-ray and DVD on November 4, Digital HD October 21, check out what special features you can find after the break. Continue reading

‘Step Up All In’ Full-Length Trailer Finds Magic in Las Vegas (109 Screenshots)

Step Up 5 All In Screenshot Dance Crew

The second official trailer for Step Up All In has revealed itself, providing even glimpses into the crazy dances battles yet to come. From Maryland to New York to Florida and now Las Vegas, the stakes are being raised even higher. Wocka Wocka Wocka. With select dancers from every entry of the Step Up franchise coming together, this is sure to be The Avengers of extreme choreographed dance movies. Watch the trailer after the break. Continue reading

First Official Images of ‘Step Up: All In’; aka Step Up 5 for those Counting

First Images of 'Step Up All In' aka Step Up 5

The fates are smiling down upon us because Summit Entertainment is releasing Step Up: All In this summer, July 25. As one of TTRC’s most highly anticipated films of 2014, Step Up: All In (directed by Trish Sie) is bringing back the best of the best from all of the previously beloved Step Up movies. Alyson Stoner (Step Up/3D), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2), Adam Sevini (Step Up 2/3D/Rev), and Ryan Guzman (Step Up Revolution) are all returning, and you can check out the first look at Step Up: All In after the break. Continue reading