Here’s a look at the latest casting news:
- Bryan Cranston and Edgar Ramirez will join Errol Morris’ feature directorial debut, Holland, Michigan, the 2013 Black List topper penned by Andrew Sodroski and starring Naomi Watts.
- Lily Collins is in negotiations to join New Line’s comedy, How to Be Single, based on the Liz Tuccillo novel.
Hit the jump for more on both pictures.
Almost three years ago, we reported that Warren Beatty was planning to direct his first movie since 1998′s Bulworth. Initial reports said that the film might be a comedy about an elderly Howard Hughes (played by Beatty) having an affair with a younger woman. At the time, Beatty’s prospects for the cast included Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Shia Labeouf, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood, Rooney Mara, and wife Annette Bening. However, word on the film went silent, and it looked like it had slipped into development hell.
But now it looks like Beatty has the budget ($26.7 million) and the cast to make the project a reality, and shooting is already underway. Hit the jump for more.
The sequel to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was set to start filming in the next few months, but now Constantin Films has put the brakes on the project. The studio announced today (via The Wrap) that production on The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes has been “delayed,” but The Wrap notes that the future of the project is in question. This isn’t exactly a major surprise, as City of Bones debuted to only $9.3 million in its opening weekend and its worldwide total currently stands at $37 million against a budget of $60 million.
Harald Zwart was onboard to return as director for the YA sequel City of Ashes as was the entire cast, but frankly I would have been surprised if Constantin Films moved forward with the follow-up in the wake of the first film’s box office disappointment. Though City of Ashes has yet to be officially canceled, I wouldn’t exactly hold my breath for it to get back on track anytime soon.
It should come as a surprise to no one that this week’s Top 5 is headlined by the news that Ben Affleck will inherit the cowl as the next Batman in Summer 2015′s Man of Steel sequel. And with good reason. Unless something goes drastically wrong, the movie is going to be an international blockbuster that millions will line up to see/pay for (yours truly included). That said, and like I mentioned last week, this weekend is one that I’ve been looking forward to for some time and one that I hope movie lovers will embrace; which is why Matt’s editorial on this being the best weekend of the summer earns the second spot in this week’s installment. If you need a break from the common blockbuster, sequel, reboot, remake, etc., this weekend is for you. If you believe original movies have a place at your local cineplex, here’s your chance to dig into your wallet and prove it. You might be paying to see your favorite movie of the summer or you might end up seeing something that doesn’t suit your tastes at all. Either way, you’ll come out of it a better movie fan than you went in.
All begging and pleading aside, on tap this week is the aforementioned Ben Affleck/Batman news, Matt’s editorial on this being the best weekend of the summer (which will start the begging and pleading all over again), a neat flashback video of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese discussing the future of movies in 1990 with Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, interviews for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and a couple of noteworthy Star Wars: Episode VII tidbits. As is customary, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
Although Lily Collins made her Hollywood breakthrough playing Snow White, she wasn’t content to play a damsel in distress – and Tarsem’s film of the same name rebranded the iconic fairy tale character as a heroine to be reckoned with. In her latest big role, in Harald Zwart’s adaptation of The Mortal Instruments, she continues that trajectory of imperiled young women who end up rescuing themselves: she plays Clary, an average New York teenager who finds herself fighting evil forces after discovering secret powers – as a “Shadow Hunter” — that she inherited from her mother.
That said, the formidable leading lady has some equally strong counterparts to keep her company on screen, played by Jamie Campbell-Bower and Kevin Zegers, two seasoned Shadow Hunters who help her get oriented in the world of supernatural forces that lurks beneath our own. Collider sat down with the trio of young actors at the recent Los Angeles press day for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, where they revealed a few details about the secret society their characters are a part of, and offered some insights on playing roles that they know – or hope at least – that they will be reprising for years to come.
I don’t even really know where to begin with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, but that’s okay because the movie doesn’t really know where to begin either. It’s a sloppy, shoddy excuse for a fantasy love story where supernatural creations and teen romance are smushed together in the hopes of creating thrills and drama. It’s the equivalent of throwing a bunch of stale ingredients on a table, and then wondering why a meal hasn’t magically happened. It’s difficult to even level the charge of cynical calculation because calculation would at least require some effort. Harold Zwart’s adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s novel is an interminable slog filled with thinly drawn characters, a ramshackle plot, a laughable love story, and perfunctory mythology that never feels magical.
Lily Collins plays reluctant warrior Clarissa “Clary” Fray, a seemingly ordinary young woman who discovers a hidden world and an extraordinary destiny in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opening August 21st. The entertaining feature film adaptation of the first book of Cassandra Clare’s fantasy adventure series is directed by Harald Zwart from a screenplay by Jessica Postigo Paquette. When Clary embarks on a dangerous journey to find her missing mother, she discovers abilities and powers she never knew she possessed. With fellow Shadowhunters Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), Isabelle (Jemima West) and Alec (Kevin Zegers) at her side, she proves to be a formidable opponent against an array of deadly adversaries.
At the film’s recent press day, Collins talked about what inspired her to read the series, her preparation for the role, what appealed to her about her character, the challenges she faced at her character’s age, wanting to give young people a voice, her transition from journalist to actress, her take on social media, performing her own stunts, bonding with fellow cast members, and what’s next: the upcoming sequel The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, the recently completed Love, Rosie, and a horror romance thriller in development called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Hit the jump to read the full interview.
Sony Pictures has released two new clips from The Moral Instruments: City of Bones. Based on the book by Cassandra Clare, the upcoming film 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. I’m planning to see the film next week, and since I’m not the target audience and haven’t read the books, I’d like to be surprised. For those who can’t wait to get a look at the picture, these clips are for you.
Hit the jump to check out the clips. The film also stars Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, CCH Pounder, and Aidan Turner. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens August 21st.
Screen Gems has released a new, five-minute clip from director Harald Zwart’s upcoming YA adaptation The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Set in contemporary New York City, the film 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. This clip is the same one the studio showed off at Comic-Con, and it features a pretty intense fight scene between Lena Headey and Kevin Durand, as well as a really gnarly creature.
Hit the jump to watch the extended clip. The film also stars Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, CCH Pounder and Aidan Turner. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens on August 21st.
Comic-Con is ostensibly for the fans of particular properties. But it’s truly about marketing, and marketing can’t just be about the fans of a book, TV show, earlier movie, etc. It has to expand to those who wouldn’t typically be interested or are completely ignorant of the adaptation. If you can’t draw in anyone other than those who have already bought their ticket because they love the property, then your supposedly mainstream adaptation becomes largely irrelevant to the movie-going public. Judging by the Comic-Con panel for The Mortal Instruments, this could be one of the most irrelevant films of the summer.
Hit the jump for my recap of the panel. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens August 21st.
A new trailer has been released for the adaptation of the young adult novel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Set in modern-day NYC, the film 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. I have no familiarity with the source material, so I’m more interested to know how fans are responding to this adaptation. From an outsider’s perspective, I’m fairly indifferent since nothing in this trailer or the previous one has really grabbed at me.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Lena Headey, Robert Sheehan, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kevin Zegers, Kevin Durand, Jared Harris, and CCH Pounder. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens on August 21st.
Constantin Film announced today that production is underway in Toronto on the romantic comedy Love, Rosie. Based on author Cecelia Ahern’s novel Where Rainbows End, the film stars Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) and Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) as best friends since school “who find that life often gets in the way of love but, true love just like true friendship, never dies.” Complications in their relationship ensue, causing the prospect of a romantic life together to be thrown into question. Christian Ditter is directing from a screenplay by Juliette Towhidi (Calendar Girls), and the cast also includes Jaime Winstone, Christian Cooke, Suki Waterhouse, Tamsin Egerton, Jamie Beamish, Ger Ryan and Lorcan Cranitch.
Hit the jump to read the full press release and to check out an image of Collins and Claflin working together alongside Ahern. Love, Rosie is being produced by Robert Kulzer (The Mortal Instruments), and Simon Brooks (White Noise).
The adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has inspired countless undead puns with its talent troubles. Natalie Portman was originally attached to star, but dropped out (she is still producing). Since then, the lead role has been offered to the likes of Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, and Blake Lively—no takers. Meanwhile, David O. Russell, Mike White, and Craig Gillespie all signed on to direct at one point before they eventually departed the project.
Panorama Media recently came on board to produce and finance the picture. First step: Drop the first “and” so it’s just Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. Next step: Sign a director and star. Variety reports that Burr Steers (Charlie St. Cloud) is set to direct and Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror) is in talks to play Elizabeth Bennet. Much as I like Collins, it’s clear the producers have lowered their sights a bit from the Russell/Portman days—hopefully Steers and Collins will be easier to handcuff to the project. Read the book synopsis after the jump.
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.
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.