The indie dramedy The English Teacher tells the story of Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore), a 40-year-old, unmarried high school English teacher in small town Pennsylvania. With no children and no relationships to speak of, her life is uncomplicated, which is just how she likes it. Her greatest passion and her biggest fulfillment comes from helping her impressionable young students discover their own creative voices, until a former star student (Michael Angarano) returns and threatens to undo it all.
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actress Lily Collins (who plays teen ingénue Hallie Anderson) talked about what drew her to this film, wanting to work with Julianne Moore, who she’s admired since she was little, why she loves the independent film world, how much fun it was to be encouraged to improvise, shooting the play with a real audience of 300 people. She also talked about the overwhelming fan reaction to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, in which she plays the film’s lead Clary Fray, that she’s willing to really fight for the roles that she’s passionate about, and how much she’s looking forward to getting to use her real natural accent for her next film, the British romantic dramedy Love, Rosie. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
While I already posted the first posters for Spike Lee‘s Oldboy, James Wan‘s Insidious: Chapter 2, Robert Schwentke’s R.I.P.D., and a great display for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, I’ve still got a ton of pictures left to post. However, rather than offering them up one article at a time, I’m grouping them all into one huge article.
While a lot of the posters you’ve previously seen, there are a few new things like the first logo for Paul Greengrass‘ Somali pirate pic Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, the first poster for Where the Devil Hides, and the first display for Jimmy Hayward’s Free Birds starring Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler. In addition, you can also check out posters/displays for Star Trek Into Darkness, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Despicable Me 2, Fast and Furious 6, Man of Steel, The Lone Ranger, The Heat, Elysium, The East, The Wolverine, The Mortal Instruments, and a lot more.
Though it’s become commonplace for studios to get the wheels turning on sequels to potential franchise-starters before those films have hit theaters, Constantin Films has begun work on a prequel to their upcoming YA adaptation The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones ahead of that film’s August release. Based on the popular Cassandra Clare book series, City of Bones tells the story of Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers that she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret organization of young half-angel warriors in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. Now Constantin is turning to the prequel book series Infernal Devices for yet another potential film franchise. Hit the jump for more.
Set in contemporary New York City, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones tells the story of Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers that she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret organization of young half-angel warriors in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. Adapted from the book by Cassandra Clare, the action-adventure fantasy also stars Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, CCH Pounder and Aidan Turner. For more on the film, watch the new trailer.
At last weekend’s WonderCon, I landed an exclusive video interview with Lily Collins. We talked about how she’s seen a rough cut of the movie and what she thought, the adaptation process from book to film, collaborating with director Harald Zwart, things she learned during the production, and more. In addition, she also talked about her next project Love, Rosie and what it’s about. Hit the jump to watch.
Set in contemporary New York City, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones tells the story of Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers that she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret organization of young half-angel warriors in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. Adapted from the book by Cassandra Clare, action-adventure fantasy also stars Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, CCH Pounder and Aidan Turner. For more on the film, watch the new trailer or watch our interview with Campbell Bower.
While at WonderCon, author Cassandra Clare, who created The Mortal Instruments world that the film is based on, spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about initially being a little hesitant about a film version, what finally reassured her, why she wanted to be involved with casting, how lucky she feels that Lily Collins is in the lead role, what made Jamie Campbell Bower the perfect Jace, how weird it is to have the last book in the series coming out in 2014 while the film based on the first book is coming out this August, and what inspired The Dark Artifices series, which takes place five years after the end of The Mortal Instruments books. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Set in contemporary New York City, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones tells the story of Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers that she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret organization of young half-angel warriors in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. Adapted from the book by Cassandra Clare, action-adventure fantasy also stars Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, CCH Pounder and Aidan Turner. For more on the film, watch the new trailer.
While at WonderCon, actor Jamie Campbell Bower spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how he came to this project, that the underlying love story was what really drew him to the film, just how deeply hurtful the negative fan reaction about his casting was, that the look and physicality for the character was total collaboration, how much he enjoyed the neck tattoos, his favorite action sequence, what it’s been like to have Lily Collins to go through all of this with, what he likes about Jace Wayland, and why he loves worlds built around extensive mythologies. Hit the jump to watch or read what he had to say.
A new trailer for director Harald Zwart’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has gone online. I got to check out this particular trailer at the WonderCon panel and I was impressed by the caliber and amount of action on display. I’m sure that fans of the source material will pick up on a lot more of the mythology than a novice like myself, but it’s got a cool aesthetic that actually looks rather inviting.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on the Cassandra Clare novel, stars Lily Collins, Lena Headey, Robert Sheehan, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kevin Zegers, Kevin Durand, Jared Harris and CCH Pounder. The film opens on August 23rd, 2013. Hit the jump to view the trailer.
Character posters for all tastes today:
See all the posters after the break.
At WonderCon today, Sony Pictures’ panel presentation featured director Harald Zwart’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. In addition to principal members of the cast, author Cassandra Clare joined the panel for the presentation. After a Q&A, they presented a brand new cut of the trailer exclusively for the enthusiastic audience.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, opening August 23rd, stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Aidan Turner, Jared Harris, Kevin Zegers, Kevin Durand and Lena Headey. Hit the jump for our recap.
Screen Gems has released batch of new character images from director Harald Zwart’s adaptation of the Cassandra Clare YA novel The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The story follows Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a teenage girl who discovers that she’s descended from a sect of half-angel warriors who protect the world from demons. These images give us a number of new looks at the supporting characters in the film, as well as principals Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, and a rather intense-looking Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images, and if you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage check out 35 things to know about the film and his interviews with Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jared Harris, director Harald Zwart, author Cassandra Clare, and producers Don Carmody and Robert Kulzer. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens on August 23rd.
by Jason Barr Posted: February 16th, 2013 at 10:23 am
Before I dive headfirst into what could be considered overselling to the “nth degree”, I have a disclaimer: I’m a total sucker for nostalgia-inducing, high school-centric, coming of age films. With that out of the way, I cannot recommend enough that you watch author/writer/director Stephen Chboksy‘s adaptation of his own novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as soon as possible. The pic hit Blu-ray/DVD this past week and over the course of 24 hours I rented it, watched it, loved it, returned it (yes, somehow late fees are still a thing…), and purchased it for my own collection. I could go on and on about the emotional note the movie hit for me at every turn but I’ll spare you the fanboy torment. Suffice to say that I’ll be looking back fondly on this one for quite a while.
My “Blu-ray/DVD pick of the week” aside, this week’s installment features a week of Die Hard that includes Matt revisiting the entire franchise and A Good Day to Die Hard interviews with Bruce Willis and more, coverage from Steve’s visit to the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a slew of video interviews from this year’s VES Awards including talks with Ang Lee and Wally Pfister just to name a few, Beautiful Creatures interviews with Emmy Rossum and more, and a healthy amount of images from the floor of Toy Fair 2013. Yep, you guessed it, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found on the other side.
Valentine Morgenstern (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is holding Clary Fray (Lily Collins) down on a long wooden table. He’s angry, and getting more frustrated with each passing second. Standing close by is Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower), who is covered in tattoos, and he looks concerned. After some time passes, Valentine screams “I want my cup!” A second later, he slams Clary’s head onto the table and turns around and hits Jace. Immediately Jace says, “you said you wouldn’t hurt her!” and then grabs a long wooden staff to go in for the attack. A second later, I hear director Harald Zwart call cut.
But let me back up a second.
About four months ago, I got to visit the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones with a few other reporters when the production was filming in Toronto. While on set I participated in group interviews with the cast and filmmakers, watched a few scenes get filmed, and saw firsthand how Cassandre Clare’s extremely popular young adult series was being brought to life. And from what I saw on set, if you’re a fan of the series, I think you’re going to be extremely happy. Hit the jump for more.
While Lily Collins has been involved in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones for over two years, almost everything else has changed along the way. Whether it be the director, the script, or the studio, Mortal Instruments has been a challenge to get made. However, when I visited the set last year with a few other reporters, Collins made it seem like all the script changes were for the best. She described the film and the changes:
“It’s a full-blown action/adventure fantasy film that is based in reality that has this romance in it. I think from the first draft to now, it’s definitely got a lot more of that, kind of propelling-you-forward, less of a romantic kind of teen flick. It also has a lot more humor than the first draft because Cassandra’s writing. That’s the beauty of the writing, is that you end up giggling when you’re reading it because of something Simon said or Jace is so cocky, you’re like, “Did he really just say that?” They’ve added some of those lines back in, so there is a comedic tone to these dark moments that kind of makes the audience relax for a second. And they are witty, so we have a lot more of Cassie’s voice back into it.”
In addition to describing script changes, Collins talked about how she was first cast, her reaction to the practical sets, her chemistry test with Jamie Campbell Bower, the differences between The Mortal Instruments and Twilight or The Hunger Games, and a lot more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what she had to say.
When casting was underway on The Mortal Instruments, fans were very vocal about who should play Jace Wayland, and they weren’t happy about Jamie Campbell Bower. Looking over the comments on our casting article, you’d have thought the world was ending. But when I was on the set last year during production, everything I saw made me believe Campbell Bower was a great casting choice and the fans that were negative would eventually come around. During a group interview on set, Bower talked about his casting and the negative reaction:
“I think at the beginning I was very much aware of what was being said, whether it be positive or negative; predominately negative. I have to appreciate the fact that this is a series of books that people have already encountered and people will already have preconceived notions about who the characters are. Did it affect me? Fuck yeah, of course it affected me. I’d be a cold, heartless and self-absorbed person to have it not, but it made me want to prove to these people that say I can’t do this that I really can. If I can win over 50% of the people who said that I couldn’t do this or didn’t want me to do this, then I feel like I’ve done my job.”
He went on to talk about how he prepared to play the role, the tattoos, the audition process, how he made the character his own, and so much more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what he had to say.
Unlike some authors that sign away the film rights and then are left out of the movie making process, author Cassandra Clare is an active participant in bringing The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones to life on movie screens. She explains that it started during casting:
“I called Constantin (the production company) and asked if I could talk to the casting director. They gave me her number and we got really close, so we would talk about casting and then we would talk with Harold the director about it, and then [producer] Robert (Kulzer) would weigh in so that everything became a group decision.”
During a group interview on set last year, Clare also talked about how the book originally got optioned, making sure key moments from the book made it on screen, her reaction seeing Jaime Campbell Bower and Lily Collins at the auditions, her relationship with the fans, and so much more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what she had to say.