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The Best & Worst Trends Of 2013

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 3, 2014 2:33 PM
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Best & Worst Trends Of 2013
We’ve just wrapped up the highest grossing year in history with the movie industry capturing $11 billion in domestic receipts. Lost within the field of hits and flops were common re-occurrences, ideas and motifs that resurfaced consistently throughout the year to make 2013 its own beast, labeling our shared cinematic experience as a moment in time.

‘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.

Box Office: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Withstands 'The World's End' & 'The Mortal Instruments' To Take #1 For Second Week

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 25, 2013 1:30 PM
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The end of summer is nigh and it's going out with a whimper (although this weekend's gross is up 16% since last year). The openers (even the third installment of the Cornetto Trilogy) couldn't compete with an Oprah and Weinstein Company-endorsed historical drama and a comedy featuring a Jennifer Aniston striptease. Sorry folks, the next few weeks look even bleaker with an Ethan Hawke-Selena Gomez chase heist flick and the One Direction doc on the horizon. With a sense of dread, looking out onto the dearth of late summer movies and waiting for the shiny-though-not-always-golden "I want an Oscar" period of fall, we give you this weekend's not-so-surprising and not-so-thrilling box office results.

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.

5 Rules For Making A Successful Young Adult Adaptation

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 20, 2013 1:07 PM
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When the "Twilight" franchise wrapped up its five-movie reign of terror last year, it had amassed more than $3 billion in box office receipts, firmly solidifying its place as one of the larger cultural events of the past decade. It also made Hollywood desperate to find the next "Twilight," with studios searching high and low for a series of young adult novels with the same romantic punch and kicky entertainment value of the Stephanie Meyer books on which the movies are based. Besides the wild success of last year's "The Hunger Games" (the sequel comes out this fall), the studios are still frantically searching for the next big thing. The latest contestant for a young adult crossover blockbuster is this weekend's "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," which concerns both demons and angels (and, like "Twilight," still manages to include vampires and werewolves). But does it have what it takes?

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.

'The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones' Soundtrack Features Jessie J, Demi Lovato, Owl City & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • July 2, 2013 9:59 AM
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“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” will hit theaters next month and, to get the kiddies excited, Screen Gems and Republic Records has released the track listing for the film’s accompanying soundtrack. The disc will be released in stores and available for digital download on August 20th, and includes tween-friendly artists such as Jessie J, Demi Lovato, Owl City, and AFI (wait, they still exist?). You can check out the complete tracklist below.

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.

Benedict Cumberbatch's 'The Fifth Estate' Moves To Oct. & Vince Vaughn's 'The Delivery Man' Heads To Nov.

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2013 9:40 AM
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Now that Cannes is underway, we're starting the nine-month tick towards awards season -- with the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis" already looking like a Best Picture potential, if the Cannes reviews are anything to go by. And DreamWorks is celebrating the gearing up of the Oscar-hunting machinery by shuffling around a couple of their release dates.

'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' Prequel 'Infernal Devices' Now In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2013 8:56 AM
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Either producers Constantin Film are feeling optimistic that this summer's YA hopeful "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" won't go the way of "Beautiful Creatures" and "The Host" -- both adaptations of best-selling books that no one really cared about -- or they are just being smart and getting prepared in the event that on August 23rd, more people buy tickets for 'Bones' than for Edgar Wright's "The World's End."

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