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Review: 'The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones' Starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 21, 2013 9:58 AM
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The duality of humankind has largely been visualized, at least in cartoons and broad comedies, as a tiny angel sitting on one shoulder, while a devil is perched on the opposite shoulder. The inherent drama, of course, is watching as the character decides which symbol to listen to: the heavenly or the demonic. In the case of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" (the ungainly subtitle is there because it's based on a series of popular young adult novels, and because the filmmakers and financiers are convinced this will be the beginning of a long and lucrative franchise), this dilemma is writ very, very, very large. But the inherent tension of this decision is diffused by a painful amount of clumsily introduced back-story, thin characterization, and a pace that makes the "Twilight" movies, which this movie is clearly inspired by, seem positively speedy in comparison.

French Actress Jemima West Joins 'The Mortal Instruments'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2012 3:56 PM
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Oh yeah, "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones," We nearly forgot about you. It seems this movie has been spinning its wheels, moving from on again to off again to on again over the past little while. But it seems some casting is now beginning to happen, and a new face is joining the film.

Jamie Campbell Bower Wins Lead In 'The Mortal Instruments'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2011 5:38 AM
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Sorry Team Speleers, Team Freeman (though was anyone rooting for this guy) and to a much lesser extent Team Pettyfer, another pretty boy has landed the plum role of the lead in "The Mortal Instruments."

Jamie Campbell Bower & Ed Speleers Are Lead Contenders For 'The Mortal Instruments'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2011 4:40 AM
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  • 39 Comments
Model Leebo Freeman Also In The RunningWhile we're yet to see whether youthful, dickish star Alex Pettyfer's move into more serious territory with Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" and the actioner "Overdrive" is a good thing or not, there's certainly one group who are delighted with the actor's career shift: other high-cheekboned young actors! Only a few months ago, the hotly tipped young star of "I Am Number Four" was being courted for every prospective young adult franchise in town, with "The Hunger Games," "The Seventh Son" and "The Mortal Instruments" all said to be courting the 21-year-old actor.

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