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'Point Break' Remake Casts Johnny Utah, Lily Collins Learns 'How To Be Single' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 25, 2014 9:39 AM
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Actress Lily Collins spent much of last year stuck in franchise panic, as planned heavyweight “The Mortal Instruments” weathered delays and production halts following the first installment’s poor critical and box office reception. Her long-term duty to Cassandra Clare’s series remains uncertain, but for now she’s signed on to another adaptation: “How To Be Single," based on Liz Tuccillo’s novel, written for the screen by Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, and produced by Drew Barrymore.

Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes Film To Star Alden Ehrenreich & Lily Collins, Production Now Underway

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2014 1:40 PM
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Warren Beatty, Howard Hughes, Alden Ehrenrecih and Lily Collins
After more than a decade being MIA at the multiplex, bona fide legend Warren Beatty is coming back with a new film. Though recent reports suggested he might've abandoned playing Howard Hughes, not to worry, as Beatty will indeed play the famed billionaire recluse in a movie that's not quite about Hughes at all.

Watch: Anton Yelchin & Kate Mara Team Up For Broken Bells; Jared Leto Tapes Kanye West, James Franco For Short & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 10:24 AM
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Anton Yelchin Kate Mara After The Disco
Indie bands doing short films is kinda so hot right now. As it becomes increasingly challenging to get noticed above the fray, bands have taken to the medium to give fans and newcomers alike a different way of entry for their music. Of course, Arcade Fire teamed with Spike Jonze for "The Suburbs," while Beach House took the more DIY route and made "Forever Still" themselves. And now a couple more bands are stepping towards cinema with interesting results.

‘The Mortal Instruments’ Sequel ‘City of Ashes’ Scatters As Production Is Shut Down Indefinitely

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 11, 2013 9:06 AM
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However financially motivated their aims were, you can’t pin Constantin Film, the producers of $60 million YA adaptation “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” as wholly not optimistic. They envisioned a release so stellar that audiences would immediately clamor for a sequel, and so to hurry along the process they put into pre-production a sequel, “City of Ashes.” Well, after a wave of poor reviews and a weak opening, the lights may have started to dim as the company have decided to potentially call the whole thing off.

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.

Watch: 5-Minute Kitchen Brawl Clip From 'The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 7, 2013 10:45 AM
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If the upcoming YA adaptation “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” has made one positive move in its lead up to release, it's sourcing John Murphy's excellent “Sunshine” theme heavily over the top of every trailer thus far. The actual film is another matter entirely, but alongside a featurette introducing newcomers to author Cassandra Clare's supernatural world, a new five-minute clip from the film has given us our first real look at the final result.

Watch: Bryce Dallas Howard Directed Video For M83's "Claudia Lewis" Starring Lily Collins

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 6, 2013 10:45 AM
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It’s been a couple of years now since Bryce Dallas Howard announced her intentions to move into directing with her original co-written script “The Originals.” Though that project has yet to materialize, Howard hasn’t given up on her directorial career and has helmed the music video for the latest single from M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones' Belongs In The World Of The Mundanes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2013 9:10 AM
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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Here we go again...it's the new trailer for "Beautiful Instruments: Breaking Hunger Bones." Okay, we kid, but really, how generic (and kinda low budget) does "Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" look? Yet another YA franchise hopeful coming this summer, we're still not even sure what it's about, except that in this movie humans are called "mundanes" and that's just about perfectly describes this latest promo.

'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies' Lurches Back To Life, Lily Collins To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 10:13 PM
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If at first you don't succeed.... The big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame Smith's best-selling literary mash up "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" has tried and tried again to get made. David O. Russell, Mike White, and most "recently" "Lars And The Real Girl" and "Fright Night" director Craig Gillespie have all come and gone, trying to get the movie off the ground at Lionsgate with little success. And while names like Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson, Mia Wasikowska and Blake Lively were all mentioned/desired/wished for at various points, a slightly different approach is being taken now.

Watch: Trailer For Indie Dramedy 'The English Teacher' Starring Julianne Moore & Michael Angarano

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2013 4:36 PM
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Earlier today there was the trailer for "The Purge," a movie that we didn't know was happening because it was so far off our radar. And then there's "The English Teacher," a movie this writer initially mistook for "Writers" aka "Stuck In Love," due to the (omnipresence?) of Greg Kinnear and Lily Collins. But just like that movie, it's another indie dramedy where good looking people can't seem to sort out their love life. And frankly, we expect much better from you, Julianne Moore.

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