|Then one day everything changes. "Josie and the Pussycats" are `discovered'
by hotshot manager Wyatt Frame (Alan Cumming) who represents them to
MegaRecords CEO Fiona (Parker Posey) as the next big thing. Fiona lives for
the next big thing and instantly positions Josie and the Pussycats for
success beyond their wildest dreams.|
Within days, they have the number one single in the country, everyone is
wearing cat ears, and they are swarmed when they walk the city streets. They
look amazing, and their calendars are filled with recording sessions, photo
shoots, MTV tapings, concerts and parties.
But they soon learn that there is an insidious element behind all the glitz
and glamour. All is not what it seems and the Pussycats will ultimately have
to bare their claw and fight to save their lives.
Josie and the Pussycats first appeared on the pages of an Archie comic book
in 1963. They developed their moves with a Hanna-Barbera cartoon series from
1970-72, and now they have become living, breathing, 21st century heroines
for a new generation of fans.
Chuck Grimes and Tony DeRosa-Grund joined with film veteran Marc Platt to
initiate the project. Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont wrote the screenplay
and directed the film as a team. But filmmakers agreed that the music had to
represent the voice and energy of the girls. So music producer Kenneth
"Babyface" Edmonds and wife, film producer Tracey Edmonds, were added to the
production team. In fact Babyface serves as one of the film's executive
Babyface produced all the music with Dave Gibbs, who co-wrote many of the
songs. To achieve the authentic musical feel of the film the three actresses
had to endure an intense two-week `band camp.' Everyone had to work on their
own instruments to make it look effortless but they were in fact expected to
sing back up on all the songs in the film. Josie's vocals is actually
delivered by Kay Hanley, lead singer for the group Letters to Cleo.
"There was no question going into this project that somehow we had to create
and bring a high level of authenticity to the music," said Tracey Edmonds.
"So in essence the major challenge was to engender originality while
achieving believability with the girls. What resulted can be likened to sort
of a female Blink 182."
"When you're not really a musician, the instruments are foreign to you said
Dawson, who has also starred in Spike Lee's "He Got Game" and alongside
Vanessa Williams and Usher Raymond in "Light It Up." "They taught us to play
without being too conscious of the instruments, so that we could sing at the
same time - and make it look fun and effortless." Tracey Edmonds savored
their transformation. "One of the most gratifying aspects of this project was
witnessing the progressive confidence gained by the girls - they really
started to feel like a band."
Universal Pictures' "Josie and the Pussycats" opens April 11.