The Mortal Instruments Makes It To Sevententeen’s List Of 10 Must-See Summer Movies

seventeenYes Shadowhunters, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was named to Seventeen’s list of 10 Must-See Summer Movies.

Clary Fray (Lily Collins) in MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES.

 

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones

Starring:Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Lena Headey, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Comes Out: August 23

What It’s About: Based on the best-selling book, Lily Collins plays Clary, who discovers shocking details about her past when her mom is attacked by a demon. Her entire life changes when she tries to rescue her mom.

Hot Guy Factor:Jamie Campbell Bower may have looked creepy in Twilight as Caius, but he’s smokin’ hot in this movie!

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VIDEO: ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ International Trailer Debuts Online

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Sony Pictures knows us well. It’s been almost a month since The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones theatrical trailer debuted in WonderCon and already the international trailer has hit the web.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones International Trailer

Can’t get enough of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones? Take a look at:

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Teaser Trailer

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Theatrical Trailer

What you think? What was your favorite part of the new international trailer? Sound off in the comments!

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Yahoo! Movies Names ‘The Mortal Instruments’ One of ’25 Most Anticipated Movies of Summer 2013′

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Our friends from Yahoo! Movies has named The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones to their list of the ’25 Most Anticipated Movies of Summer 2013.’

25) The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (August 23)

“There have been plenty of fantasy movies trying to fill the gap left by “Harry Potter” and “Twilight,” but this adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling series might have the best shot at taking over. Lily Collins plays a young woman who discovers she has the ability to see the demons that walk among us, and she joins a band of Shadowhunters to defend the human world. It’s got action, romance, werewolves, and everything else fantasy fans are looking for.”

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Kevin Zegers Talks ‘Mortal Instruments’ and how LGBT Roles on Screen Have Changed with Straight.com

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Straight.com had the chance to catch up with actor extraordinare Kevin Zegers. He spoke about how LGBT roles on the big screen have evolved over the years. Mr.Zegers also discussed portraying one of those characters, Alec Lightwood, in the upcoming film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (August.23)

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Mr. Zegers on how LGBT roles has changed over time:

“It’s not as taboo as it used to be,” the Canadian star from Woodstock, Ontario, says. “It’s much more of a generational thing that that is even something that people consider….It used to be like the gay character and they didn’t even have to define him any further. They were just like, ‘Oh, he’s the gay guy’. I think everyone now has much more experience with gay family members and whatever the case may be. Certainly for my generation, it’s just not something that’s that big a deal anymore.”

On how views have changed in society:

Mortal Instruments is a pretty big movie and the fact that the studio feels comfortable with one of their lead characters being gay is pretty indicative of peoples’ opinion towards that sort of thing, which is that you don’t really have to make a big deal out of it. It’s just sort of is what it is. It’s just one of the layers of the characters that I get to play.”

 

On how Alec’s sexuality added to the complexity of the role:

“For me, it makes the character more dynamic. There’s a lot more to work with and his behaviour and what he does in the film is not defined at all by his sexual preference. In fact, he’s probably one of the more bad-ass characters in the movies so it’s certainly not something that we played or…it’s not something that we needed to focus on. It’s just one of the many traits he has.”

On how the important things are the stories and characters:

“To me, it’s boring to play a one-note character. I think maybe ’cause I was so young when I started working and was on set for the first time, I think the novelty of being on set has worn off in a way that I wanna do something that’s hard. I wanna do something that’s challenging and difficult and uncomfortable. And to me, that’s what I look for more than anything. So when I read the Mortal Instruments, it was the character that I immediately resonated with because there were so many layers to this guy….I just try to find the character or the film or the director who I think will challenge me the most.”

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Kevin Zegers Talks ‘The Mortal Instruments’ Passionate Fan Base and The Colony with Tribute.ca

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Our very own Kevin Zegers (Alec Lightwood) spoke to Tribute about The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, while on a press tour for his latest film The Colony, which came out on Canadian theathers last April 26 and will hit U.S theaters on the same day as The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

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Mr. Kevin Zegers talked about the passionate fan base surrounding the series:

“We were just at WonderCon, which is the pre-Comic Con thing, which we’re doing in July, and it’s bananas. There’s more people that have read this book than I’ve ever met in my whole life. But if you think about that it’s so hindering to doing–the reality is we just made a movie. It’s a big movie, they spent a lot of money on it, there’s a built-in fan base.”

Mr.Zegers mentioned that he’s not used to working on something so big, but that his lack-of experience, helped him focus on portraying Alec Lightwood:

“But if I start thinking what everyone’s opinion of what my character should be, you’d end up with some weird version of a hundred different things. The reason I like movie was because I loved this character and because that character came to me–because I auditioned for it and it happened very quickly–that was my only focus. I haven’t even really digested the things that are sort of happening right now, which is like, God, this a big ol’ thing. They’re talking about the press tour and it’s like I’m not used to that so for me it was just a movie. And it happened to be a big movie, but I wasn’t so focused on what the fans were expecting.”

Mr.Hot Stripper Outfit (Kevin Zegers) is excited about the hype surrounding the movie and the possibility of filming all six books of the series.

“It’s a weird world of people pre-analyzing something that they haven’t seen yet, but it’s great. It sounds like people are excited. We’re all excited for people to see it and we want to make six of them. The hope is that people go out to see it and I think people will. It’s a good movie.”

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MTV INTERVIEW: Kevin Zegers Talks About The Brutal Stunts For ‘City of Bones’

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MTV’s Hollywood Crush had the chance to catch up with actor extraordinare Kevin Zegers (aka Hot Stripper),last March 29 during WonderCon, where they talked about his experience on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

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Any Shadowhunter worth his black would never be caught dead using a stunt double while destroying dastardly demons, and so it was that the actors portraying badass Nephilim in the big-screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments underwent weeks of grueling training to pull off all those jumps, kicks and flips.

When we caught up with star Kevin Zegers recently at WonderCon, he explained the process of getting into top physical condition to portray Alec Lightwood.

“I think I showed up about four weeks before we started, and it went through filming, so then on lunch break we would go and rehearse the fight sequences,” he said of the rigorous preparation. “[Director] Harald [Zwart] wanted us to do our own stuff, which I think when you watch the movie you can tell. It’s sort of great, and you can see that it’s us, and it’s violence and just as, like, a guy, I saw the new trailer and it looks awesome. It looks like a big action movie, also obviously, the love story and everything are going on and the fantasy stuff. The action stuff looks awesome.”

How excited are you to see Kevin Zegers as a bad ass Shadowhunter (Sexy, sexy Stripper)? Sound off in the comments!

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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.

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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.

 

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New ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ Promo Image Revealed

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A new promotional image for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was revealed in the latest edition of The Bookseller (UK).

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The new promotional imagie features the main characters in the movie, from letf to right : Isabelle Lightwood (Jemima West), Simon Lewis (Robert Sheehan), Clary Fray (Lily Collins), Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) and Alec Lightwood (Kevin Zegers)

Thanks to our friends from BookToScreen.co.uk for sharing the scans!

What you think of the new promotional image? Sound off in the comments!

 

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CRAVEONLINE INTERVIEW: Cassandra Clare on ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ : The Author of the Fantasy Series Describes The Adaptation to the Screen

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Cassandra Clare spoke with Crave Online at WonderCon last month about The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, including being open to interpretation on the adaptation, being there for the actors on set, working with Harald Zwart and much more.

CraveOnline: When Hollywood started buying teen literary properties, did you bide your time and lord over this series while entertaining suitors?

Cassandra Clare: I didn’t. I was actually pretty early on the scene. I sold my books before Twilightcame out and so when we put the books out for movie studios and what not to buy the rights, YA was a pretty unknown phenomenon. People weren’t really sure what to do with it. It got bought by Unique Features and Constantin. They just really loved the story and they were on the same page with me, so I didn’t lord it over them. I didn’t wait and entertain suitors because there really wasn’t that kind of feeding frenzy back then. Now it is which is really interesting to me, but no, they’ve had the property for five years.

So did they shop it around and take it to different studios before Screen Gems?

They did but Robert Kulzer, who is the producer at Constantin I’ve worked with the most, has a long term relationship with Screen Gems and Sony. They’ve done the Underworld movies together and I think he felt like they really had a handle on urban fantasy, so I think they were his first pick. Fortunately they got on board.

Do you need the movies to be strictly faithful to your books, or are you open to some interpretation?

I’m open to some interpretation because I think one of the interesting things you can do with movies is, with the books you have the viewpoint of one character, Clary. So you can’t see anything as the reader that she doesn’t see. You can’t hear anything she doesn’t hear, you don’t know things she doesn’t know, but in a movie you can open out the world and you can see scenes that she wasn’t present for, and you can hear things that she doesn’t hear and know things she doesn’t know, and I think that creates some interesting experiments.

We know from the trailer they have the nightclub scene, right?

Oh yeah, they definitely have the nightclub scene. I’m excited about that.

What was it like to see key scenes like that come to life?

Oh, it’s very surreal because you’ve only ever imagined it and then suddenly there it is, coming to life on screen and you’re like, “Wow, somebody crawled inside my head and pulled out all this stuff and put it up on this big screen for everybody to see. It’s really incredible.

Were there certain scenes that they had to have in the movie?

Yeah, there were certain scenes that I really, really wanted them to keep in the movie. The scene where Clary and Jace first talk, the marine house scene which is the romantic scene, and Magnus Bane’s party which is my favorite scene in the book. I really wanted to make sure they got that.

Are all of those scenes in the final cut?

As far as I know, yes.

Were there some scenes you were okay with them leaving out or consolidating?

There were some scenes where I understood why they were consolidating. There’s a big set piece scene that’s a fight in a hotel between Shadowhunters, werewolves and vampires. In that scene in the book, it’s only Jace and Clary. They brought in the other characters, Isabelle and Alec, played by Jemima West and Kevin Zegers. I understood why they did that because I feel like they wanted to make sure that the other characters were equally present and gave the audience more of a chance to bond with them. So changes like that I’m fine with.

When you write, do you think about traditional structures like the Joseph Campbell hero’s journey?

Yeah, definitely. I read Hero with a Thousand Faces and The Golden Bough and all of that stuff before I started. I really wanted to write a hero’s journey book that hit all the beats of a hero’s journey but make it about a girl. That was something I wanted when I was growing up.

Does that apply to book one, or is it expanded over the entire series?

It really arcs over the first three books. Fingers crossed, I’d love for them to get a chance to make all three of those movies because I feel like they do form a set.

Aren’t there six books?

Well, there are six books but they’re actually two separate trilogies. It’s trilogy one and trilogy two. As long as they make the first three, right? That’s not asking for too much.

Why did you decide to call humans “mundanes?”

Because I have a lot of friends who play Dungeons & Dragons and they were really helpful to me when I was working out the magic system for the books because I would say, “Would this kind of fighting work? Would this kind of fighting work?” They always call people who don’t play Dungeons & Dragons mundanes. They would say, “Well, a mundane wouldn’t understand this but this is how this kind of magic works.” I just thought it was such an enchanting way of looking at things that I took the phrase.

Is it even worse than being a muggle to be mundane?

I don’t think it’s actually as bad. I always feel like the Shadowhunters are a little envious of the mundanes because the Shadowhunters’ lives are so dangerous. Wizards, magicians, they have magic, mostly they live happy, magical lives. Shadowhunters are born to fight, they’re trained to fight, they fight their whole lives and they die early. Boy, I think being a mundane would be a lot easier.

What about setting your stories in the real world world of New York?

I think that’s one of the things that’s really fun about the movie actually because I was talking to [director] Harald [Zwart] about instead of taking the characters and removing them from our recognizable world of cell phones and iPads and street traffic and taking them to another location, like far away, like Hogwarts or Camp Half-Blood or something like that, you stay in the gritty urban milieu. But the magic is there at the same time and that’s something that I’ve always loved about really classic, old fashioned, urban fantasy.

Did you get to be on the set?

I did. I visited the set a whole bunch of times actually. I flew back and forth, up and down from Toronto visiting the set.

In any official capacity as a producer or consultant?

I’m not a producer or consultant, I don’t have an official title. They were just very open to having my input and they were nice enough to fly me up and back down. I would sit down with Harald sometimes and talk about when he had questions about set issues. Would this go there? He always wanted to talk about the magic, the rules of the magic, the runes, how they would work. So I sort of was an unofficial consultant wandering around. Mostly I was having fun.

Did Lily Collins or Jamie Campbell Bower ask you questions?

They did ask me a couple questions. I tried to never ever come up and offer them any kind of opinion unless they specifically came up and asked, because I felt like they really had to occupy those roles and be those people and make their own decisions.

What would they specifically ask you?

Jamie asked me how old Jace was, at certain points in his life when he learned certain things. I don’t want to spoil things in the movie but he tells some stories about things that happened in his childhood so he asked me approximately how old he was when those things happened to him, that kind of thing. Just a way of building up the character’s backstory.

It occurs to me, I did my research for this by reading the Wiki and some other things about your book. As an author, does it bother you that the entire synopsis and plot summary is out there like that?

It does a bit because I feel like people could just go and read it and then they’re going to know everything that happens, so they get spoiled. I try to answer all my fan mail. Sometimes I get questions from people who obviously only read the Wiki but haven’t read the books. I’m like, “But you have to read the book or you’re not going to get it.” But I guess it’s a free country. If you want to read the whole synopsis, you can. It’s not the same as reading the book.

I suppose that’s exactly what I did unfortunately, because I only learned about this interview a week ago, and I’m not a fast enough reader to read a whole book in a week.

Well, sure, you’re doing research, so… It’s a lot of pages. [Laughs] I actually think it’s probably useful to have it out there for research, and people who’ve already read the books use the wiki a lot to go back and touch base. It’s a really complicated mythology. It’s a big, sprawling world. They’ll go back and check and see who’s related to who and what happened when.

I’m going to need it just to spell the names right.

[Laughs] Yeah, probably.

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