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Watch: New Trailer For 'Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones' Will Try To Succeed Where 'The Host' & 'Beautiful Creatures' Failed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 11:55 PM
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So, YA franchises: lucrative new trend or risky fad? Those on the side of "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games" will tout the devoted following both have developed, while one only has to look at the wreckage left behind "Beautiful Creatures" and last weekend's "The Host" to see that nothing is a guarantee. So hoping to come out a little bit better is "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones," which of course is based on a best-selling series of books. But will the fans show up? More importantly, will everyone else?

First Look: Julianne Moore, Lily Collins & Michael Angarano In 'The English Teacher'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 12, 2013 3:44 PM
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What do we know about "The English Teacher"? Well, it's good a good cast for one, starring Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins and Nathan Lane. Directed by Craig Zisk -- a TV vet who's helmed episodes of "Parks and Recreation," "New Girl," "United States of Tara," "The Office," "Nip/Tuck" and more - the picture centers on a English teacher's life that is disrupted when a former student returns to her small town after failing as a playwright in New York.

Watch: Trailer For 'Writers' With Logan Lerman, Lily Collins, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly & Kristen Bell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2013 1:24 PM
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Trying to get noticed amongst hundreds of films is tough, and though it premiered last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, the indie dramedy "Writers" didn't make much of a splash. And while there hasn't been much heard about the film since then, a trailer has wormed its way online, giving a pretty extensive look at the film.

Lily Collins & Sam Claflin Team For Rom-Com 'Love, Rosie'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 5, 2013 11:39 AM
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Someone out there must have seen something that we, as yet, have not, but it looks like Hollywood is still trying to make Sam Claflin happen. The young British actor was virtually anonymous in “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” but that didn’t stop him lining up a key role in “The Hunger Games” franchise as Finnick Odair. Perhaps it’s that the films we’ve seen him in so far haven’t really harnessed his talents (and that’s perfectly feasible considering their respective quality), so we’ll hold out hopes that he’ll bring the goods in the future; perhaps in “Love, Rosie,” in which he’s just been cast alongside Lily Collins.

First Image From 'Mortal Instruments' Arrives, Four Testing For Male Lead In 'Divergent' Opposite Shailene Woodley

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2012 12:20 PM
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With "Twilight" wrapping up its final installment this week, there's clearly a certain amount of jostling to be the next big young adult franchise going on. "The Hunger Games" certainly has the early lead, but that franchise is already eyeing its 2015 endgame by hiring Francis Lawrence to direct the two-part finale, 'Mockingjay,' so the field is still fairly open. And there's plenty on the way, with two of the contenders starting to show their wares or shape up their casts.

Exclusive: New Images From TIFF Pic 'Writers' With Greg Kinnear & Jennifer Connelly Plus Details On Its Indie Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 4, 2012 12:02 PM
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While TIFF will be playing host this year to a number of veteran directors unveiling their latest films, the festival will also be the proving grounds for a handful of first-time filmmakers who will be hoping to make an impression on audiences and the industry. And one of those folks is writer/director Josh Boone, who will be unspooling "Writers" starring Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman and Lily Collins. And with its premiere just days away, not only do we have two exclusive new images from the film, but we also got a chance to talk with Boone about making the film and promising soundtrack that's coming with it.

Take A Look At Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Kristen Bell, Logan Lerman & Lily Collins In 'Writers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2012 12:01 PM
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Sometimes, movies can spend years being put together (ahem, Terrence Malick), while on the other hand, they can occasionally be knocked out in no time flat. Welcome, to "Writers," the indie flick which shot back in the spring, and is gearing up for a World Premiere at TIFF in the fall.

We Read It: Casting Cassandra Clare's 'The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 19, 2012 12:04 PM
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With "Twilight" wrapping up this year, and "The Hunger Games" proving a giant hit, the hunt is on for the next big young adult movie franchise. And we suspect that of all the projects brewing, "The Mortal Instruments" has one of the best chances. The book series by Cassandra Clare has sold millions of copies across its four novels (plus two more in a spin-off series, "The Infernal Devices") to date, as many as any of its competitors. And since the movie version started development, the books' fervent fan-base has come out in force for any tidbit on the project.

Sony Picks Up 'The Mortal Instruments' & Dates It For August 23, 2013 Release

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 4, 2012 8:38 AM
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With "The Hunger Games" killing everything in its sights at the box office, Sony has decided to get serious about its adaptation of "The Mortal Instruments," which has the potential to become a "Twilight"/"Hunger Games"-esque franchise, but perhaps even bigger. Or, at least, longer. Like the other aforementioned franchises, "Mortal Instruments" is based on a series of novels targeted at young adults, though, unlike those other franchises, author Cassandra Clare has six volumes planned compared to "Twilight"'s four and "Hunger Games"' three. Like a Stephen King for the YA set, Clare has been cranking out a new "Mortal Instruments" volume once year since 2007, and somehow found time to simultaneously write two books for the prequel trilogy series "The Infernal Devices." And, finally, Sony is set to make them into movies.

Review: While Gaudy & Gorgeous, The Almost G-Rated 'Mirror Mirror' Is A Forgettable Lark

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 29, 2012 2:12 PM
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“Mirror Mirror” is like the big budget Broadway show that you’re forced to see when your parents are in town. The costumes are exquisite, the staging quite grand, the performances typically arch, and while it flits by you it’s easy to be entertained and occasionally tickled (even if you wince more than once during its intermission-free running time because of its sweetness and attempts at relevant hipness). But once it’s over, and the house lights have gone up, and your parents have returned to Wahoo, Nebraska, you’ll never, ever think of it again. For a movie based in the primordial world of fairy tales, “Mirror Mirror” is remarkably forgettable.

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