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Josie and the Pussycats

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Harry Elfont
Deborah Kaplan
Produced by Marc E. Platt
Written by Harry Elfont
Deborah Kaplan
Dan DeCarlo (characters)
Starring Rachael Leigh Cook
Tara Reid
Rosario Dawson
Alan Cumming
Parker Posey
Gabriel Mann
Music by John Frizzell
Cinematography Matthew Libatique
Editing by Peter Teschner
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) April 11, 2001
Running time 98 min.
Country Flag of the United States
Language English
Budget $22 million
Gross revenue $14,252,830
Official website
IMDb profile

Josie and the Pussycats is a 2001 comedy released by Universal Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was directed by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, and starred Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid, Rosario Dawson, Parker Posey, and Alan Cumming. The film is based upon the Archie comic of the same name, which had been adapted into a Saturday morning cartoon by Hanna-Barbera in 1970. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 423 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (533 × 755 pixel, file size: 92 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Description: Josie and the Pussycats theatrical poster. ... Harry Elfont (born on April 5, 1968) is an American screenwriter and film director. ... Deborah Kaplan is an American screenwriter and film director. ... Marc E. Platt, sometimes credited as Marc Platt, is an American film, television and theatre producer. ... Harry Elfont (born on April 5, 1968) is an American screenwriter and film director. ... Deborah Kaplan is an American screenwriter and film director. ... Dan DeCarlo (December 12, 1917 - December 19, 2001) was arguably one of the most widely-viewed comic book artists of the 20th century, and one of the most prolific in terms of output. ... Rachael Leigh Cook (born October 4, 1979) is an American actress. ... Tara Reid (born November 8, 1975) is an American actress. ... Rosario Dawson (born May 9, 1979) is an American actress and singer. ... Alan Cumming (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish actor best known for his film roles of Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye, Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United and on the stage with his Tony Award-winning performance as the Emcee in the highly successful revival of Cabaret. ... For the African-American television actress, see Parker McKenna Posey. ... Gabriel Mann (born May 14, 1972 in Connecticut) is an American actor. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Matthew Libatique is the revolutionary cinematographer on such films as Pi, Requiem for a Dream, and The Fountain. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the 1968 science-fiction film and novel, see 2001: A Space Odyssey The year 2001 in film involved some significant events. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... For the 1968 science-fiction film and novel, see 2001: A Space Odyssey The year 2001 in film involved some significant events. ... Comedy film is genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... Harry Elfont (born on April 5, 1968) is an American screenwriter and film director. ... Deborah Kaplan is an American screenwriter and film director. ... Rachael Leigh Cook (born October 4, 1979) is an American actress. ... Tara Reid (born November 8, 1975) is an American actress. ... Rosario Dawson (born May 9, 1979) is an American actress and singer. ... For the African-American television actress, see Parker McKenna Posey. ... Alan Cumming (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish actor best known for his film roles of Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye, Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United and on the stage with his Tony Award-winning performance as the Emcee in the highly successful revival of Cabaret. ... Archie Comics is an American comic book publisher known for its many series featuring the fictional teenage Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle and Forsythe Jughead Jones characters created by Bob Montana. ... Josie and the Pussycats (also known as Shes Josie and Josie) is a teenage humor comic book about a fictitious rock band, created by Dan DeCarlo and published by Archie Comics. ... Josie and the Pussycats was an American animated television series produced for Saturday mornings by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1970 for CBS. In 1972, Hanna-Barbera produced a spin-off called Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, which ran until 1974. ... Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The songs in the film were actually performed with Kay Hanley, former singer for Letters to Cleo, as the singing voice of Josie; stars Cook, Reid, and Dawson only lip synced to the songs in the film[1]. Kay Hanley (born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on September 11, 1968) is an alternative rock musician. ... Letters to Cleo were an alternative rock band from Boston, Massachusetts (although they originally started out as a ska band). ... Lip synchronization is the synchronization of audio signals (sometimes with corresponding video signals) so that there is no noticeable lack of simultaneity between them. ...

Contents

Plot

Wyatt Frame (Alan Cumming) is a record executive, working for record label MegaRecords. The label, headed by the trendy and scheming Fiona (Parker Posey) pumps out pop bands and, through an arrangement with the United States government, get teens to buy their records and follow "a new trend every week" by putting subliminal messages under the music. These messages change weekly; a fill-in-the-blank phrase of the film is [Blank] is the new [blank], such as Orange is the new pink! The Government's motive in the scheme is to help build a robust economy from the "wads of cash" teenagers earn from babysitting and minimum wage jobs. When a member of Wyatt's wildly successful boy band, Du Jour, uncovers one such subliminal message and, with innocent concern, asks him about it aboard Du Jour’s private jet, Wyatt parachutes out with the pilot, leaving the plane to crash. Alan Cumming (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish actor best known for his film roles of Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye, Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United and on the stage with his Tony Award-winning performance as the Emcee in the highly successful revival of Cabaret. ... For the African-American television actress, see Parker McKenna Posey. ... The government of the United States, established by the United States Constitution, is a federal republic of 50 states, a few territories and some protectorates. ... A subliminal message is a signal or message embedded in another object, designed to pass below the normal limits of perception. ... Look up Babysitting in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The minimum wage is the minimum rate a worker can legally be paid (usually per hour) as opposed to wages that are determined by the forces of supply and demand in a free market. ... A boy band is a type of pop group featuring three or more young male singers. ... Business jet (slang, Bizjet) is a term for a jet aircraft, usually of modest size, designed for transporting small groups of business people for commercial reasons at a time convenient to their business needs. ...


He lands just outside the town of Riverdale, and desperate for a replacement for Du Jour, he meets Josie (Rachael Leigh Cook), Melody (Tara Reid), and Valerie (Rosario Dawson): the financially struggling The Pussycats. He offers them a lucrative record deal and flies them off to Hollywood where they are renamed Josie and the Pussycats. All goes well, with instant popularity for the band until Valerie gets frustrated that the focus of the band is not on them as a whole, but rather Josie. Melody, too simple to notice the attention Josie receives, uses her uncanny behavioral perception and becomes suspicious of Fiona and Wyatt. Riverdale is a fictional town that is the setting for most of the various characters that appear in Archie Comics. ... Rachael Leigh Cook (born October 4, 1979) is an American actress. ... Tara Reid (born November 8, 1975) is an American actress. ... Rosario Dawson (born May 9, 1979) is an American actress and singer. ... Hollywood redirects here. ...


Because of these suspicions, an attempt is made to kill Valerie and Melody when they make an appearance without Josie on the MTV show Total Request Live. Meanwhile, Josie is brainwashed by subliminal messages in a new demo CD to try to push her into a solo career. Valerie and Melody survive the attempt on their life and return to their accommodation to discover Josie intent on a solo career. After a fight with her band mates, Josie realizes that the music influenced the fight and she goes to the studio to investigate the CD that she was given. Her suspicions are confirmed at the studio but she is caught by Fiona. This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... TRL redirects here. ...


MegaRecords have organized a giant pay-per-view concert, whereby it is planned to unleash their biggest subliminal message scheme yet. They try to force Josie to perform on stage, otherwise Melody and Valerie will be killed. The surviving but badly injured members of Du Jour, who were thought to be dead, appear just in time to help the Pussycats. In the resulting fight scene, Josie manages to destroy the machine used to make the subliminal messages. The message is revealed to be one that will make Fiona popular. Her poor self-esteem began in high school where she talked with a lisp. Wyatt exclaims "Lisping Lisa?" and reveals that his appearance is a disguise - that he went to the same high school as Fiona, but was known as the albino kid, "White-Ass Wally". The two fall instantly in love, and are arrested by the government for crimes against the youth of America. The MegaRecords subliminal message program had been scrapped because the government decided to use movies instead. Pay-per-view is the name given to a system by which television viewers can call and order events to be seen on TV and pay for the private telecast of that event to their homes later. ... For the programming language, see Lisp (programming language). ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as...


Josie, Valerie, and Melody go on to perform the concert, and for the first time, the audience is able to judge the band on its merits, rather than be subliminally persuaded to like the band. The audience roars their approval as the film comes to a close.


Cast

  • Rachael Leigh Cook as Josie McCoy, the red-headed co-founder lead vocalist, guitarist, and band leader.
  • Tara Reid as Melody Valentine, an absent-minded blonde who co-founded and drums the Pussycats
  • Rosario Dawson as Valerie Brown, the Pussycats' headstrong songwriter and backup vocalist
  • Alan Cumming as Wyatt Frame, a conman who is Du Jour's manager and is the cause of their ultimately demise
  • Parker Posey as Fiona, the MegaRecords CEO who orders Wyatt to put subliminal messages in Du Jour's songs
  • Gabriel Mann as Alan M., Josie's boyfriend and the band's roadie
  • Paulo Costanzo as Alexander Cabot, the band's rich, temperamental, and snobbish manager
  • Missi Pyle as Alexandra Cabot, Alexander's talentless and demanding twin sister who is chasing Josie's boyfriend Alan
  • Tom Butler as Agent Kelly

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Cameos

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Production

In line with its theme of subliminal advertising, the inordinate degree of product placement in the movie constitutes a running joke. Almost every scene features a mention or appearance of one or more famous brands, including the likes of Dreamcast, Motorola, Starbucks, McDonald's, Sega, Target, Aquafina, America Online, Pizza Hut, Cartoon Network, Revlon, Kodak, Advil, Bounce and more. None of the advertising was paid promotion by the represented brands, it was inserted voluntarily by the filmmakers[2]. A subliminal message is a signal or message designed to pass below (sub) the normal limits of perception. ... Wikibooks [[wikibooks:|]] has more about this subject: Marketing Product placement advertisements are promotional ads placed by marketers using real commercial products and services in media, where the presence of a particular brand is the result of an economic exchange. ... The running gag is a popular hallmark of comedy television shows and movies. ... The Dreamcast , code-named White Belt, Black Belt, Dural, Dricas, Vortex, Katana, Shark and Guppy during development) is Segas last video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... Motorola Inc. ... For other meanings of the name Starbuck, see Starbuck. ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes and soft drinks. ... This article is about the video game company. ... This article is about the United States retail company. ... Aquafina is a popular brand of bottled water. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Pizza Hut Inc. ... For Cartoon Network outside of the United States, see Cartoon Network around the world. ... Revlon (NYSE: REV) is an American cosmetics company. ... Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) is a large multinational public company producing photographic equipment. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ibuprofen. ... The term Bounce has several meanings: Look up bounce in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Reception

The film grossed $14,300,000 at the US box office, however its budget was an estimated $22,000,000, resulting in a domestic box office loss. Cleopatra is the biggest box-office bomb of all time. ...


Trivia

  • The PG-rated version is in Fullscreen format only and contains these scenes:
    • Melody is holding a sign that says "Honk if you love Pussycats," you don't see this clip in the video at all,they replaced it with something else.
    • In one scene there's a cardboard figure ad for the 2000 Dreamcast game Space Channel 5.
    • TWO bits of dialog where they did voice-overs. Both times it's the bad guys ranting and you can tell their lips move differently from the "cleaner" dialog that's inserted.
  • The DVD features several deleted scenes, including a much longer introduction to Fiona at the MegaRecords party.
  • Carson Daly faces Melody in a hostile confrontation, to which he comments that if circumstances were different, they could "totally date." At the time the movie was filmed, Carson Daly and Tara Reid were engaged in real life.
  • Du Jour is French for "Of The Day," most likely a comment on the late nineties revolving door teen pop groups.
  • While in the private jet, Alexander asks his sister why she is flying with them, and she breaks the fourth wall in her response, "I'm here 'cause I was in the comic book".

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Crazy credits

  • At the very end of the film, after all the credits have rolled, Mr. Moviefone says "Jerken!"
  • Outtakes are shown while the credits are rolling.
  • The MGM lion morphs into a screaming fan.
  • A modified version of the original Josie and the Pussycats cartoon theme song plays during the end credits.
  • In the version of "Josie and the Pussycats" released outside North America, the Universal logo transforms into the tongue stud of a screaming fan. (Universal's logo comes before Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's on the American prints; internationally it's the other way around.)

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Soundtrack

The soundtrack was released April 10, 2001 by Universal Records, the day before the film was released. is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Universal Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group. ...

  1. 3 Small Words - Josie and the Pussycats
  2. Pretend to Be Nice - Josie and the Pussycats
  3. Spin Around - Josie and the Pussycats
  4. You Don't See Me - Josie and the Pussycats
  5. You're a Star - Josie and the Pussycats
  6. Shapeshifter - Josie and the Pussycats
  7. I Wish You Well - Josie and the Pussycats
  8. Real Wild Child - Josie and the Pussycats
  9. Come On - Josie and the Pussycats
  10. Money (That's What I Want) - Josie and the Pussycats
  11. Du Jour Around the World - Du Jour
  12. Backdoor Lover - Du Jour
  13. Josie and the Pussycats Theme - Josie and the Pussycats

References

  1. ^ http://www.letterstocleo.net/news/index.html
  2. ^ from DVD commentary

External links

Archie Comics
Main publications Archie Comics | Pep Comics | Betty and Veronica Magazine | Jughead Magazine | Jughead's Double Digest | Sabrina, the Teenage Witch | Josie and The Pussycats | That Wilkin Boy | Li'l Jinx | Katy Keene | Archie's Holiday Fun Digest Magazine
Characters
and info
Archie Andrews | Betty Cooper | Veronica Lodge | Reggie Mantle | Jughead Jones | Archie Comics Characters | Riverdale High School | Riverdale Town | Bob Montana
TV series The Archie Show | Groovie Goolies | Josie and The Pussycats | The New Archies | Archie's Weird Mysteries | Sabrina, the Teenage Witch | Sabrina: The Animated Series | Sabrina: Friends Forever | Sabrina's Secret Life
Films Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again | Sabrina the Teenage Witch | Sabrina Goes to Rome | Sabrina Down Under | Josie and The Pussycats
Music The Archies | "Sugar, Sugar" | Josie and The Pussycats | The Veronicas | Jughead's Revenge
Other publications The Punisher Meets Archie | Mighty Comics | Red Circle Comics | Sonic The Hedgehog | Knuckles the Echidna | Sonic X | Sonic Spin City | Adventures of the Fly/Fly-Man | Mighty Crusaders | The Shield | Terrific Three | The Comet | Adventures of the Jaguar | The Web

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Josie and the Pussycats - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (206 words)
Josie and the Pussycats (comic), also titled She's Josie or Josie, a comic book produced by Archie Comics from 1963 to 1982.
Josie and the Pussycats (album), a short-lived bubblegum pop music group that recorded songs for both the show and a Capitol Records LP in 1970.
Josie and the Pussycats (film), a live-action motion picture which was released in 2001.
Josie and the Pussycats (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (931 words)
Josie and the Pussycats is a 2001 comedy film released by Universal Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Josie soon realizes that the music has subliminal messages, and with Val and Mel, go to the studio to investigate, where their suspicions are confirmed.
Josie and the Pussycats are based in Midvale in the comics, not Riverdale (home town of Archie and the gang) as portrayed in the movie.
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