MTV INTERVIEW: Jamie Campbell Bower Talks Love of Science Fiction and Fantasy

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MTV had the chance to caught up with our very own Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace Wayland) at WonderCon on March 30, where the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones actor extraordinare talked about his love of science fiction, fantasy and even joked about staring as young Gandalf (TLoTR, The Hobbit) in his next role, as Mr. Jamie Campbell Bower has had roles in a number of successful franchises, including Harry Potter, Twilight and now The Mortal Instruments.

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Mr.Bower talked about what it is that makes science fiction and fantasy so special.

“What I love about the whole notion of sci-fi and fantasy is that it’s a comletely different world, but underneath everything, there’s a sort of reality that grounds it,” he explained. “And people love to be taken out of their daily lives. I don’t want to use the word ‘mundane,’ but that sort of drudgery, sometimes. Sci-fi and fantasy offer that. It offers that of the person watching it and for me, which I love.”

By Pamela Pena (Site Founder)

INTERVIEW: Harald Zwart Talks ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ With Tribute

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Tribute spoke with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones director extraordinare Harald Zwart all about Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, including working with Cassandra Clare, fan expectations, why he chose to be part of The Mortal Instruments family and how he would love to return to direct more Mortal Instruments films.

What was your favorite part about filming in Toronto?
It reminded me of a European city, so after filming, there was always a great place to go and have dinner or just walk around the streets of Yorkville. I just really fell in love with Toronto as a city.

Do you believe in “monsters, nightmares and legends whispered around campfires,”—as heard in the movie?
(Laughs) That’s a great question! Well, I do now!

What made you change your mind? Was it the movie?
Yes, after exploring the idea that us humans, we are limited in our perceptions—we don’t see everything that’s around us—I do believe that there’s more between heaven and earth than what we actually have the capacity to take in.

There are so many movie adaptations of novels being released right now, why did you choose to be a part of this one?
I just really liked the tone of the book. It’s got a good blend of humor and it takes the characters seriously. I think the journey of Clary, who is kind of in a detective story, trying to figure out her own mind—I thought it was wonderfully, psychologically complex and I know that young people are so smart that they can easily be challenged by these things, but they’ll all get it.

What makes a novel fit to be turned into a movie?
I can only speak for this one, but the way Cassandra writes is very visual. Once I start reading it, all the images pop into my head and all these wonderful places that she is describing and the portal. It’s just the mood of the whole thing, just lent itself to any visual inspiration. Look at what the fans have been doing for years! It’s clear that this book has inspired young, creative fans all over the world to keep making their own movie posters, their own version of the movie trailer—so they all seem to be very visually inspired by this.

There are a lot of fans of the book who are excited for the movie. Is there any pressure around this book-to-film?
Yeah, I think there is…we try not to feel the pressure, but still respect what we think they are expecting. You can’t really follow the market. I still do what is right for the movie because after all, it’s a movie. And, I think the fans will love it. I think so far, the response has been really good and I feel confident that they’re going to really enjoy what we’ve done to it.

How closely did you work with author Cassandra Clare?
I was very lucky because Cassandra was very easy to work with. She understands filmmaking and she understands that it’s hard to take a book of that size and squeeze it down to a movie. So we were working really closely with each other. She knows her fans very well. I was actually at a book signing, I was invited along—she was very generous to bring me along—and I was surprised see the young fans, but she also has fans of all ages. She has a good, mature—what I mean by mature is that even though they might be in their mid-teens and upwards, they are very developed and smart people. They ask really smart questions and I was thrilled to see that our target group was ranging beyond what we thought it was initially.

The books are pretty long and there is never a dull moment, how did you decide which scenes would be cut?
That’s a really tough one. That’s a process we go through almost up until we have to lock the picture. You know, we go back and forth, we screen it for people, we look at it ourselves and eventually the movie takes a life of its own and in the end, it’s kind of apparent what scenes should stay in. But as you can imagine, if you condense a book with—like you said yourself—never a dull moment, if you condense that down to a movie length, that movie moves along very nicely.

How important were the details of the set, which I heard are absolutely breathtaking?
That is always important to me. I think that if I don’t believe that the place actually exists, then I don’t think people who see the movie would believe it could actually exist. So, I was lucky with a great production designer, who I also used on Karate Kid, Francois Séguin, who is a true artist and we just made sure everything was as if it had been there for hundreds of years and everything was there for a reason.

Would you be interested in directing the entire trilogy?
Yes! If they want me back, I would absolutely be interested in that.

In the future, are there any movie genres you would like to take on?
I wouldn’t mind slowly moving into a more science fiction-oriented direction and I would love to sink my teeth into any Star Wars spin-off franchise, that would be fun to do.

Is there anything you would like to add about the movie?
I just think people will be really surprised. I think middle-aged men will enjoy the movie. It’s a thrill. We had a great screening where the boys said it was plenty action for them and not too much of what they call the schmaltzy romance. And then the girls were vice versa, they had plenty of what they wanted to see with relationships and they really enjoyed the action. I think we’ve just got a really good balance.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters–in less than 4 months, on Aug. 23.

By Pamela Pena (Site Founder)

Lily Collins One of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful 2013

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For the second straight year, Miss Lily Collins (Clary Fray) has been named to People‘s Most Beautifullist in Hollywood’s Unconventional Beauties category for “redefining with their very own signature look.”

 

LILY COLLINS: EYEBROWS

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“Like Brooke Shields before her, The Mortal Instruments star has caused a stir with her untamed brows. “Big brows weren’t the look in L.A., where I grew up,” Collins, who is the daughter of musician Phil Collins, told Glamour. “But my mom instilled in me that it’s the quirky things that make you beautiful.”

 

Congrats to the always beautiful Miss Lily Collins!

The special issue of People Magazine will be available on Friday, April 26.

By Pamela Pena (Site Founder)

Cassadra Clare’s Trevor Project Fundraiser Extended Until May 31

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Would you love to have a chance to win a signed copy of City of Bones by the cast of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones?

Recently Miss Cassandra Clare donated the book to the Trevor Project, wich will be giving it away randomly to someone who donates.

‘So — and this was a bit of a long game — I brought a copy of City of Bones to the movie set with me, and had all the actors sign it for the charity. It is, as far as I know, the only copy of City of Bones out there right now that everyone in the cast has signed.’

All you need to do is donate $10 to the Trevor Project, “the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.”

The fundraiser, which is now open,will last through May 31.

***Update!***

We’re going extend the fundraiser through May! Because a snippet from a story that’s already out isn’t the most exciting reward, contributors will instead receive a snippet from “The Midnight Heir,”The Bane Chronicles story that features James Herondale.

We apologize for the change of plans. Thank you for your patience, and all your wonderful support!

 

Right now fans have donated $3,932 so go to the Trevor Project Site if you want to support such a good and beautiful cause and donate $10 or more (more please), and enter to win a currently one-of-a-kind autographed book. And even better, donate to a noble cause.

 

CLICK HERE TO DONATE MONEY AND PINK UNICORNS

By Pamela Pena (Site Founder)

Cassandra Jean’s Shadowhunter Tarot Card. Day #4-5 Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn

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Over the past couple of months, The Mortal Instruments / The Infernal Devices fans have been treated to the sight of the amazing art work of Cassandra Jean, including her Shadwhunter-inspired Tarot Cards.

Cassandra as revealed that, thanks to a colaboration with Cassandra Jean, every day for the next 84 days she will be sharing the complete deck, which Jean has now completed, in order.

“Cassandra Jean has finished the complete Shadowhunter Tarot, so for the next … eighty-four? days I’ll be posting a card a day in order, from the first card to the last. Some will be under spoiler cuts; some you’ll have seen before — I’ll explain why each character has the card they have.”

Tarot Card #4-5: Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn

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“The first two are the Emperor and Empress cards, reimagined as the Artist and the Warrior. The Emperor is the fourth card and represents four corners, four seasons, four supports — stability and family, which are Jules’ priorities. The Empress is the Emperor’s counterpart, but a more dangerous card in some ways. She can represent the giving of life, but also the taking of it. And according to my readings the Queen often hooks up with Knights … ouch!

Emma is holding Cortana, and if you look closely you can see the inscription on the blade: I am of the steel and temper of Joyeuse and Durendal.

The third card is a card that we’re not using. It was the Queen of Runes, but we decided to keep all the suits to one family or another, and switched out Emma for a rather unexpected Blackthorn since the others are Blackthorns. I do love Emma having the Strength rune though and it’s a very lovely card, thank you Cassandra Jean!”

By Pamela Pena (Site Founder)

MUSIC: Sam Cushion Unofficial ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ Score, Coming May 7

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If you are a music lover, and you simply can’t wait until the release of ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ score, we have an option for you.

Sam Cushion’s Mortal Instruments song, City of Bones, inspired an entire Mortal Instruments album, “The Mortal Instruments Music Project Part 1: Shadowhunter.”

And now we have a release date: May 7.

You can pre-order  the unofficial score at mortalinstrumentsmusic.com for just $5 and get an instant download of the opening song, “The Mortal Instruments.”

Until then you can listen to one of the songs on the album:

Cushion has also composed unofficial scores for The Hunger Games, Divergent and Twilight.

Let us know what you think!

By Pamela Pena (Site Founder)

RECAP: The Mortal Instruments Panel at LA Times Festival of Books

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In front of a full capacity crowd at USC’s Bovard Auditorium at the LA Times Festival of Books, movie writer Nicole Sperling moderated a conversation between best-selling author Cassandra Clare and director Harald Zwart called “Mortal Instruments Page & Screen.”

Thanks to flicktoflick we have the highlights of ‘Mortal Instruments Page & Screen’ panel! Enjoy!

On adapting the book to a screenplay Zwart said, “The hardest part was the back story. The challenge was explaining the mythology of the series…to make sure people who didn’t read the book understood the complexity of the Shadowhunter world.”

 

Fortunately, Simon’s character bridges the gap. Clare said, “He is the character through which the audience learns about everything. Simon asks all the questions.”

Zwart added that he was committed to making a film version that was “unique to us and very real for the audience.”

 

Although neither Clare nor Zwart was involved in casting Lily Collins as Clary (the author saw it online and Collins was already attached to the project before Zwart came on board), when it came to choosing actors for the film, Zwart allowed Clare to be actively involved and made it collaborative.  For instance, Clare recommended Robert Sheehan for the role of Simon while Zwart suggested Jemina West play Isabelle.

 

Clare said, “We talked on the phone, had conference calls and Skyped. Harald and I had some very passionate discussions.” One key consideration was that the actors looked right together as an ensemble.

 

Clare and Zwart also discussed the movie soundtrack.

“It’s being developed by Universal Republic,” said Zwart. “We’re still talking to DJs and artists.” Clare would only offer that she was sent a list of artists by the production company and provided feedback about the music.

 

In addition to watching the full theatrical movie trailer, fans also got a few insider movie morsels:

 

  • Clare provided a teaser about Aiden Turner, who plays werewolf Luke. “There’s a flashback where Luke looks much younger,” she said. “He looks pretty hot.”
  • There’s “extra Magnus” in the movie. Clare said, “In the book we know that Magnus showed up to heal Alec, but in the movie we actually get to see it.”
  • Zwart was so intent on remaining true to Clare’s vision that he once sent her 16 pictures of rocks to get her opinion on which one looked most like witchlight.
  • Clare was filmed as an extra in Magnus’ party scene. “I was a cat demon. Godfrey (Magnus) and I got our nails done together before the scene. We bonded,” she said. ”The party set was gorgeous.”

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens on August 23, 2013.

Thanks to our dear friend Jasmine from Movies, Shows & Books (Please go check her FB site), we have some exclusive photos, and videos!

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Thank You so much Jasmine, you are a rock star!

By Pamela Pena (Site Founder)

Cassandra Jean’s Shadowhunter Tarot Card. Day #3 Cristina Mendoza Rosales

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Over the past couple of months, The Mortal Instruments / The Infernal Devices fans have been treated to the sight of the amazing art work of Cassandra Jean, including her Shadwhunter-inspired Tarot Cards.

Cassandra as revealed that, thanks to a colaboration with Cassandra Jean, every day for the next 84 days she will be sharing the complete deck, which Jean has now completed, in order.

“Cassandra Jean has finished the complete Shadowhunter Tarot, so for the next … eighty-four? days I’ll be posting a card a day in order, from the first card to the last. Some will be under spoiler cuts; some you’ll have seen before — I’ll explain why each character has the card they have.”

 

 

 

Tarot Card #3 :  Cristina Mendoza Rosales

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“This card corresponds to the High Priestess card. It’s a traditionally religious card. Cristina Mendoza Rosales is a Mexican Shadowhunter; she’s one of the main characters of the Dark Artifices. When I talked to readers in Mexico they asked for a Mexican Shadowhunter girl. I get asked for characters from specific geographical places a lot, but when I thought about setting a book in LA, where there’s such a huge Hispanic presence, it felt wrong not to include Cristina.

I’ve been asking lots of questions of my Mexican readers since starting to write about Cristina about what they’d like to see in a Mexican Shadowhunter girl, and a lot of the response I got was “strong in her faith.” So Cristina takes the High Priestess card here to show she is strong in her Shadowhunter faith. Cristina’s wise; she’s a little shy; she’s funny; she loves her family but she doesn’t always want to do what they say. She believes in angels. 🙂 I hope you’ll like her.”

By Pamela Pena (Site Founder)

INTERVIEW: Lily Collins Talks ‘The English Teacher’, ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ and ‘Love, Rosie’ with Collider.com

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Miss Lily Collins sat down  with Collider and talked  about the passionate fans of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, working on The English Teacher (out May 17, U.S), looking forward to filming Love, Rosie and much more.

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.

Collider:  How did you come to be a part of this film?  Was this a role you auditioned for, or did they come to you about doing this?

LILY COLLINS:  I read the script and I was drawn to the tone of the story.  I thought it could go so many different ways, depending on how the director wanted to take it and whether they wanted to hype up the comedy aspect of make it more dramatic.  So, I had a meeting with Craig [Zisk], the director, and I liked his perspective on it.  I hadn’t done an independent film before, so I was really curious about the process.  But also, it’s really hard to not love the idea of this project that involved Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane and Michael Angarano.  I’ve been a fan of Michael’s work.  I think he’s an incredibly talented young actor.  I had just worked with Nathan Lane (on Mirror, Mirror).  And Greg Kinnear is Greg Kinnear.  You’ve gotta love him.  And then, Julianne Moore is someone I’ve admired since I was little.  She’s an amazing woman.  It was a marriage of the cast, as well as the story, that drew me to the project.  Even though Hallie is a smaller character in this very collaborative project, I saw an amazing opportunity to have an experience going head-to-head with Julianne.  These characters really do have conflict, and Halle is the catalyst for her spiral downward.  It just was a fun character to play and I love all the people that were involved.

When you work with people like that, do you just watch and absorb absolutely everything that you can?

COLLINS:  Completely!  I’m such a believer in going to set, even when you’re not work because I think the best things to be learned, you don’t necessarily get from your own scene or from someone speaking to you and telling you advice.  I think it’s all about watching and just taking it all in.  It’s not even when the cameras are rolling, necessarily.  You can see how they interact with the rest of the crew, and how they deal with being a character and then being themselves.

How did you find the experience of working on an independent film?  Did it inspire you to want to find a balance between bigger films and indies, from now on?

COLLINS:  Completely!  It’s definitely influenced my taste, in looking at different kinds of projects.  I’ve always loved reading all sorts of genres and different types of scripts, but having that experience of everyone being on a set and working towards a common goal that wasn’t about the money or the following of a story was literally about the collaboration for the particular project and the passion of acting.  I’ve since done another independent because I loved this process so much.  It’s more fast-paced than any other project I’d done before, and that really allows me to be really creative in a short amount of time.  You’re all working towards a common goal because, at the end of the day, you know you have 20 days to shoot this movie and, if you don’t get things done, then things don’t get done.  So, it was a really great entrance into the indie world and I’m very fortunate to have gotten the chance to work on it.

Was it fun to get to do the scenes with the play rehearsals, where you got to play around a bit?

COLLINS:  It’s great when improv is encouraged.  It’s a really fun thing.  It depends on who’s in the movie and how their process works, as well.  It takes a director who is open to that because you have a script, but then something funny could happen on set.  So, to have people around you who encourage improv is really exciting because it’s something I’ve always wanted to experiment with.  It taught me a lot, going forward to other projects, because when you have two or three months of filming, as opposed to 20 days, it gives you more time with your character to think about things that aren’t written.  It definitely taught me a lot for the bigger projects, as well. 

Did you enjoy getting to shoot the actual play and getting to wear all of those costumes?

COLLINS:  That was actually kind of terrifying because I didn’t know, until the day of, right before we started shooting, that there was going to be a live audience.  I didn’t know there were going to be 300 people there.  So, I opened the curtain to see, like I would have done if I were in a high school play, and I just froze.  I was like, “Oh, my god, there’s an actual audience here!”  I thought they were going to shoot that separately.  And after every take that we did the play, the audience would yell and clap, as if they were a real audience.  It was really invigorating to have an actual theater filled with people.  I really wasn’t expecting that.

After the trailer for The Mortal Instruments debuted, did you see the overwhelming response for it online?  Are you prepared for the level of excitement for that film?

COLLINS:  I did a Q&A at The Grove where there were about 500 girls, all asking questions.  Some of them were close to fainting and they were hyper-ventilating, and I was like, “This is so weird!”  I was a fan of the books before I was cast, so I get being a fan of the series.  But then, it’s really weird to be the actress who’s playing the role that people admire so much.  It’s like, “I’m just me!  Why are you so excited for just me?!”  It doesn’t click for me.  But, I’m so proud of this project and I’m so excited to share it.  It’s something that I believe in so much, and I would love to play Clary for as long as I can.  I’m a firm believer in whatever happens, happens, and just go with the flow, but if that means that people are in love with the movie and support it and continue to be fans, then that’s a blessing.  That’s amazing to have.

In just a few years, you’ve developed an acting career that many young actress will only ever dream about.  Have you been very careful and deliberate about the roles that you’ve decided to do, or do you just feel very lucky?

COLLINS:  I do feel very lucky in how quickly it happened.  I did a show when I was two, but I didn’t start acting, as a child.  I wanted to go to school, every day, and be with my friends and really have that experience.  I purposely waited to start auditioning and acting until I was ready.  I’ve been very careful about keeping my private life private and trying to do this the right way, for me.  Everyone has their own process.  Regarding scripts and projects, I’ve always been open to reading all sorts of genres and never closing myself off to one because you never know what you might find.  I’m very specific about what I respond to, what I love and what tugs at my heart.  This other project,Stuck in Love, that comes out in June was a passion project, to the extreme.  I read it and fought for it for six months.  I knew that I had to play the character and I was totally prepared to fight for myself because I believed in it.  I feel very lucky that the casts that I’ve worked with have taught me so much and have been so supportive, and that I’ve been able to stay outside of any box with the choices that I’ve made.  I fight for roles, all the time.  It’s not like things are just handed to me.  And I like to fight because I feel like, at the end of the day, it makes it that much more special when you have something that you’re really proud of and that you worked hard for.  You have to prove to people that you can do different things and you can be different types of people and that you’re not a one-trick pony, and that’s fun. 

Do you know what you’re going to shoot next?

COLLINS: I’m shooting a movie in May in Dublin, called Love, Rosie.  It’s based in England, but we’re shooting it in Dublin.  It’s a British romantic comedy.  It’s got a lot of heart.  There is a lot of comedy in there, but it’s a romantic drama.  It’s starring Sam Claflin, as well.  I’m really excited about that because I haven’t shot in Europe before, and I get to be British, which is my natural accent and who I am.  I’m really excited to get to play around with the accent and do all of that.  So, I’m super excited about that.

By Pamela Pena (Site Founder)

VIDEO: Lily Collins Talks About ‘Stuck in Love’ with Academy Conversations

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Miss Lily Collins sat down with Academy Conversations, alongside director Josh Boone, to talk about her upcoming movie, Stuck in Love, which co-stars Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly and Logan Lerman.

Stuck in Love hits  theaters on June 14 ( U.S)

Check the official trailer (Previously named WRITERS):

Are you excited?

By Pamela Pena (Site Founder)