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First Look at Clary from the ‘Mortal Instruments’ Movie!

Fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series are probably aware by now that there’s a movie in the works. Though the first film isn’t set to hit theaters until August 23rd of next year, the first glimpses of the characters we love are being revealed.

Today, Entertainment Weekly released the first official sneak peek photo from Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Here’s Clary Fray, played by Lily Collins, showing off a shadowhunter rune:

Clary Fray, played by Lily Collins.

The author had this to say about the image: “Clary has the ability to both create new symbols and make runes that are stronger than other people’s. In this scene, she is fending off an enemy with the first rune that she’s ever drawn on herself at the amazement of the other Shadowhunters. It was very reassuring to come on set and see everything covered in runes and replicated down to the last detail. The movie was definitely made by people who love the books and wanted to do right by them.”

The first official trailer is set to release later this week, be sure to check back with us! Want more? Cassandra Clare did an awesome exclusive interview with about casting and movie spoilers, so be sure to check it out here!


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‘Life of Pi’ Movie Trailer is AMAZING!

Life of Pi is one of my all-time favorite books for many reasons (the animals, the religious chat, the beauty and imagination,  and on and on). As many of us book people know, when your favorite book gets turned into a movie, trepidation often sits in your heart right next to excitement.

Let me set you straight for this book. If the movie is anything like the trailer (and we know, a lot of times it isn’t, so again, I say this with hesitant excitement), this is going to be an AMAZING movie.

Here it is, in all its glory:

Confession time: I literally teared up with emotion when I watched this. Seeing the beautiful Richard Parker with Pi, and some of the most gorgeous scenes from the book brought to life before my eyes, I was completely blown away. BLOWN. AWAY. It’s directed by Ang Lee (known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Brokeback Mountain, among others) who I think does a great job, so again, there are high hopes with this one. The film also stars Shravanthi Sainath, Tabu, Adil Hussain, Irrfan Khan, Gerard Depardieu, and the lovely Tobey Maguire as Yann Martel.

What is this Life of Pi, you say? Not aware of this fantastic book, and want to read it before the movie comes out? Here’s a summary:

Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.
The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional-but is it more true?
Life of Pi is at once a realistic, rousing adventure and a meta-tale of survival that explores the redemptive power of storytelling and the transformative nature of fiction. It’s a story, as one character puts it, to make you believe in God.

Life of Pi is set to hit theaters on November 21st.


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Michael Scott’s ‘The Alchemyst’ to be Made Into a Movie — With Him Writing the Script!

Big news, Flamel fans! The Alchemyst, book one in Michael Scott’s New York Times Best-selling The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series is being brought to the big screen!

What’s even better is that they approached Scott with the opportunity to write the script, which he immediately agreed to. As The Hollywood Reporter reports, “‘I immediately responded to the producer’s vision in bringing the first book in the series to life,’ Scott said.”

Australian-based film company AMPCO Films is set to finance and produce the movie, with filming to start in February of next year down under in both Australia and New Zealand.

Reporter also states:

“AMPCO’s Mario Andreacchio (Captain Johnno, Paradise Found) will produce with Konstantin Thoeren (Peter the Great, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Lili Marlene).

Stefan Brunner, former COO of Imagenation Abu Dhabi, is packaging the project and will executive produce alongside Scott and Barry Krost. Lawless Entertainment CEO Cathy Malatesta brokered the deal for the film rights and will co-executive produce.”

I personally haven’t heard of any of those people, but with Michael Scott writing the script, we can at least be sure he’ll stay true to the story he created. Let’s just hope the filmmakers can bring it to life and give it the feel of the books. We’ll keep you updated as info rolls in!

What’s the book about? Here’s the summary on amazon:

He holds the secret that can end the world.
The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.
The records show that he died in 1418.
But his tomb is empty.
The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That’s exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.
Sometimes legends are true.
And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

The sixth and final book in the series, The Enchantress, hit shelves recently, so now’s the perfect time to start this series cover to cover and be ready for when the movie comes out!


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Francis Lawrence Officially Brought on as Director of “Catching Fire”

Director Gary Ross is no more in The Hunger Games movie franchise. It’s been said for a little while that he was no longer on the project, and it’s confirmed that he’s officially been replaced by Lionsgate with director Francis Lawrence.

What does this mean for the second movie in The Hunger Games series, Catching Fire? Well, Lawrence is best known for his directing on the movies I Am Legend, Constantine, and Water For Elephants. His I Am Legend interpretation steered away from the book’s ending (though that may have been soley the screenwriters’ faults), but I thought his version of Water for Elephants was pretty close to the book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So here’s hoping he’s able to bring Catching Fire to the screen in such a way that it stays true to the book and carries forward the amazing momentum the first movie has created.

What do you think? Based on those movies, do you think Lawrence can pull it off?

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TOTAL RECALL teaser trailer hits the web!


The full trailer for the new Total Recall reboot will release this upcoming Sunday, but until then, here’s a teaser trailer to hold fans over.


Here’s the movie description, for those of you who are unfamiliar: As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker (Farrell) begins to suspect that he’s a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on.

I laughed a little when I watched this, because it’s a teaser trailer for the trailer, which we don’t often see teasers focus on. Overall though, it looks cool (though I personally am not a fan of Mr. Farrell, in general). Will it be better than the original, though, remains to be seen.

Total Recall is set to release on August 3rd.


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Check out five minutes of SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN!

To compete with the other Snow White film Mirror Mirror hitting theaters this weekend, Roth films just released a five-minute extended preview of Snow White and the Huntsman, which comes out in June. The site I first saw this trailer posted on gives a warning that you’ll basically learn the whole plot of the movie, so I opted not to watch it, as I want to be surprised. But here it is, for those of you who are curious!


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First full BREAKING DAWN PART II trailer!

A few days ago we brought you a super-teaser trailer for Breaking Dawn Part II, and mentioned the first full trailer would be playing before the Hunger Games in the theater. Well, here’s that trailer for your viewing enjoyment! It’s still more like a teaser trailer in that it’s less than a minute long, but you can see Bella (Kristen Stewart) in her creepy vampire glory. Check it out below!

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Filming has Begun on ENDER’S GAME — First Photo Revealed!

It has begun. Filming for Ender’s Game has started, and the producers of the film have made a tumblr account to showcase various behind-the-scene things from the filming process. The first photo from the set (of Ender’s chair) was revealed, and though it isn’t much, it’s a beginning of what is hopefully something amazing.

Follow the tumblr to keep abreast of all that’s happening! We’ll also be covering big news as it gets revealed!

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Trailer for Stephenie Meyer’s THE HOST Released

Stephenie Meyer is cleaning up after all five of the books she’s written have been or are in the process of being turned into films. The last to be added to this list is her sci-fi body-snatcher book The Host. The movie is still in production, but a teaser trailer was recently released. Though it doesn’t really show any of the film, it gets the feel of the story across in eerie perfection.

Directed by Andrew Niccol the movie stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, William Hurt and Frances Fisher. The premise is that aliens take over humans, erasing who they were. They make the world a much better place, so in some ways it’s hard to hate these peaceful invaders. The main character, Melanie Stryder (played by Ronan) fights the alien trying to take over her, and for a while they both live inside her mind. Creepy, right? It was an enjoyable sci-fi book, and I’m hoping the movie captures the essence of the story.

The Host is set to hit theaters on March 29th of next year.

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PERCY JACKSON 2 Movie Casting & Directing Updates!

More additions have been added to the cast for Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters, the second movie-from-a-book in the Percy Jackson franchise.

The newest addition is a change-up in casting. Pierce Brosnan is being replaced by Anthony Head to play Percy’s teacher Chiron. Head is best known as his role as Giles in the wildly popular Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series, which ran from 1997-2003. Fans of the old show and these books, what are your thoughts on this new casting?

Other news is that Nathon Fillian is being cast as the god Hermes. I am so excited by this, as I adore him (Firefly and Dr.Horrible, anyone?), and Hermes is one of my favorite side characters in the books.

There’s been a director change-up as well: Chris Columbus has been replaced by Thor Freudenthal to direct the sequel. The first two movies that popped up under his name was Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Hotel for Dogs, so he has experience with movies for kids. Hopefully it doesn’t feel too young though, as the books cater to both young and old. Let’s also hope Thor is up to staying true to the awesomeness that is Rick Riordan’s series and honors it well in this second film.

Good news for those who like consistency in their sequels though, because even though Pierce is gone, Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson and Jake Abel are returning as Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Luke, respectively. I hated Alexandra as Annabeth, but the others were great, so hopefully this won’t be a complete let-down.

The Sea of Monsters is currently set to release in 2013.