New to Blu-ray: THE WOLVERINE, NASHVILLE Criterion Collection, THE HANGOVER Trilogy, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

Friday Box Office: THE BUTLER Stands Tall; THE WORLD’S END Leads New Releases

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Hollywood’s three new releases were no match for holdovers at Friday’s box office. Lee Daniels’ The Butler remained on top with an estimated $4.7 million, followed by the three week-old comedy We’re the Millers. Those rankings aren’t expected to change by Sunday, ensuring that this pre-Labor Day weekend will be one of the least-lucrative of the summer.

Among the frame’s new titles, The World’s End showed the most promise. The R-rated comedy earned an estimated $3.5 million on its opening day in 1,549 locations – not a particularly impressive number until you note that The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones earned just $3.1 million from twice as many locations. The adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s fantasy novel debuted at number one on Wednesday but should have trouble reaching its modest goal of $15 million after five days. You’re Next, the one new release that had chance to unseat The Butler based on tracking, opened to a disappointing fifth place instead. The well-reviewed horror film earned an estimated $2.9 million from 2,437 locations on Friday and is projected to take in $8 million this weekend. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $4,785,000 $40
2.  We’re the Millers $4,020,000 $82.2
3.  The World’s End $3,500,000 $3.5
4.  The Mortal Instruments $3,100,000 $7.85
5.  You’re Next $2,970,000 $2.9

TOP 5: Ben Affleck Is Batman, The Best Weekend This Summer, Iconic Directors Talk the Future of Movies in 1990, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, STAR WARS

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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.

Jamie Campbell Bower Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES and Sequel, Staying in Touch with TWILIGHT Friends, and OVERDRIVE

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Jamie Campbell Bower shines in his role as Jace, a heroic young Shadowhunter wise beyond his years, in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the exciting big-screen adaptation of the first book of Cassandra Clare’s blockbuster fantasy adventure series directed by Harold Zwart.  Alongside fellow Shadowhunters Isabelle (Jemima West) and Alec (Kevin Zegers), Jace fights off demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other supernatural denizens of the Shadow World to help Clarissa “Clary” Fray (Lily Collins) in her dangerous quest to retrieve an ancient Cup that holds the key to her mother’s future.

At a recent roundtable interview, Bower talked about his familiarity with the books and using them as a tool for creating his character, his 4-1/2 months of extensive training for the role, the kick-ass Hotel Dumort action scenes, the collaborative directing process with Zwart, working opposite Collins, bonding with his friends on set, his emotional reaction when shooting ended before finding out he’d be in the sequel, his favorite tattoos, his innovative idea for a tattoo cover-up, staying in touch with his friends from Twilight, his childhood love of horror, writing music, and his upcoming films, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes and the action thriller Overdrive.  Check out the rest of the interview after the jump:

Screenwriter Jessica Postigo Paquette Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, the Difficulty of Adapting the Novel, the Sequel, and More

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Screenwriter Jessica Postigo Paquette began her professional career as a political journalist in Spain but has always had a lifelong passion for filmmaking.  She was tasked with adapting the first book of Cassandra Clare’s blockbuster fantasy adventure series, The Mortal Instruments, to the big screen.  The Mortal Instruments:  City of Bones, directed by Harald Zwart from her adaptation, chronicles the adventures of Clarissa “Clary” Fray (Lily Collins), an ordinary young woman who suddenly discovers she’s part of an extraordinary destiny.  Opening August 21st, the film also stars Jamie Campbell Bowers, Robert Sheehan, Jemima West, and Kevin Zegers.

At the film’s recent press day, Paquette talked about why she always wanted to be a filmmaker, the most challenging aspects of adapting the first book to the big screen, making a movie that appeals to audiences beyond the core fan base while trying not to stray too far from the source material, making last minute changes to the script as the filmmakers were going into production, and why she loves the world of fantasy.  Paquette, who is signed on for the trilogy, also discussed her current efforts to adapt City of Ashes, the second book in The Mortal Instruments series, to the big screen.  Hit the jump to read the full interview.

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Review

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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 Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, the Sequel, Social Media, LOVE, ROSIE, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, and More

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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.

24 New High-Resolution Images from THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES

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Screen Gems has released a bounty of new high-resolution images from director Harald Zwart’s YA adaptation The Mortal 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.  These new images give a nice overview of what to expect from the pic, which is now only days away from release.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and if you missed any over our interviews or previous Mortal Instruments coverage, click here.  The film also stars Jamie Campbell BowerKevin ZegersJared HarrisJonathan Rhys MeyersLena Headey, Jemima West, Robert Sheehan, Godfrey GaoCCH Pounder, and Aidan Turner.  The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens August 21st.

Director Harald Zwart Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, Deleted Scenes, Easter Eggs, the Sequel, and More

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Harald Zwart has been working steadily in Hollywood for more than a decade, but when he enjoyed enormous commercial success in 2010 with his remake of The Karate Kid, he put that box office muscle behind a passion project. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the first film in a proposed series of adaptations of Cassandra Clare’s novels, and he undertook the project in order to give his daughter a big-screen heroine she could look up to – in the process doing the same for millions of other young women around the world.

At the recent Los Angeles press day for City of Bones, Zwart talked with Collider about the inspiration for undertaking the series, working on releasing one film while already being in the process of preparing its sequel, and about a few of the surprises and easter eggs fans might get to see when it hits home video.

2 New Clips from THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower

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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 TurnerThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens August 21st.

Extended Clip from THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Features Lena Headey Fighting with a Frying Pan

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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 BowerKevin ZegersJared HarrisJonathan Rhys Meyers, CCH Pounder and Aidan TurnerThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens on August 21st.

Author Cassandra Clare Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, Her Reaction to Seeing the Film, Appealing to Males, and More

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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.

While at Comic-Con to promote the film and share footage with fans, author Cassandra Clare spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what she thought when she finally saw the film, that it achieves emotional closure while leaving the plot open for the second film, why this movie also appeals to guys, what makes Clary Fray a good female lead, who she feels comes the closest to the way she envisioned the characters, and which actors asked her the most questions.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: Director Harald Zwart Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, the Challenges of Adapting the Book, Directing the Sequel, and More

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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.

While at Comic-Con to promote the film and share footage with fans, director Harald Zwart spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about wanting Cassandra Clare involved with the filmmaking process, how challenging it was to get this complex world and story down to a manageable length, following his own instincts during the editing process, how much deleted footage there is, what a privilege it is to get the second film greenlit before the first is released in theaters, that he’s deep in prep for a September start date for shooting, and what he’s most looking forward to with the second film.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Comic-Con: Kevin Zegers Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, Why He Wanted to Play Alec, Seeing the Final Cut of the Film, and More

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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.

While at Comic-Con to promote the film and share footage with fans, actor Kevin Zegers (“Alec Lightwood”) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what originally drew him to the project, why he wanted to play Alec and how he wanted to bring him to life, what it was like to see the final cut of the film with everything put together, how hard they all worked to do their own fighting, how cool it was shoot the climax at the Hotel Dumort where they fight vampires, and how nice it is to know that they’ll be start work on the second film soon.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Comic-Con: Jamie Campbell Bower Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, Living a Rock Star Fantasy, Getting Into Character, the Sequel, and More

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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.

While at Comic-Con to promote the film and share footage with fans, actor Jamie Campbell Bower (“Jace Wayland”) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what initially drew him to this role, getting to live out a bit of a rock star fantasy playing Jace , that he had a mood board with pictures in his trailer to help him get into character, how proud he is of the finished film, how pumped he was to work with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and that they’re looking ahead to the second film, which has already been greenlit.  Check out what he said after the jump.

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