In her first series, The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare combined the comfortably familiar settings of Brooklyn and Manhattan with the underground universe of demons, Shadowhunters, vampires, fairies and warlocks. But for the prequel trilogy, The Infernal Devices, she must have felt that was too easy. The first two books, Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince (which came out last week), take place in Victorian London. Orphaned American shapeshifter Tessa Gray and the demon-killing Shadowhunters that take her in are all at the mercy of a rapidly changing world, where scientific advances can be amazing and deadly, and where propriety and gender roles are talked about much more than they’re actually followed.
“The Victorians were much less hung up and repressed than we think of them as,” Clare told TheFABlife of what she discovered while researching the book. “I had always thought of them with these apocryphal stories that they couldn’t say ‘arm’ or ‘leg’ in public and that they covered their piano legs because they were supposed to be naughty. This was all total crap apparently. None of that stuff ever happened. The books of the time period that were really popular are shocking. They were full of sex and violence and betrayal and adultery and sin.”
In Clockwork Prince, Tessa is not only trying to help find and stop the man who seeks to take over the city with an army of clockwork soldiers, she’s also trying to find out the workings of her own heart, torn between tempestuous, deep-dark-secret-holding Will and gentle, probably-dying Jem. And by “trying to find out,” we mean “making out” in some pretty hot and heavy scenes. Read more…
It’s been more than six months since Jamie Campbell Bower was announced to play Jace, opposite Lily Collins’ Clary, in City of Bones, the first movie adaptation of Cassandra Clare‘s The Mortal Instruments series. After that, there seemed to be no forward progress in bringing demon-killing Shadowhunters to the big screen. What gives? Clare herself stopped by the VH1 offices last week while promoting Clockwork Prince, book two in Mortal Instruments prequel series The Infernal Devices, and gave us a very good reason for the movie’s delay: The original script didn’t stay true to the books.
“Nobody could settle on a script that they liked, and so there was a lot of back-and-forthing, and finally, it came down from the head of the studio [Screen Gems] that she wanted the script rewritten,” Cassie told TheFABlife. “She didn’t feel like it stuck close enough to the book. I kind of agreed with her. There were some characters that were taken out and things that were switched around, and it was very different from City of Bones.”
They brought Pretty Little Liars screenwriter Marlene King onboard to rewrite the whole darn thing, bringing back more of Clare’s characters and giving it a “great teen voice,” Clare said.
Of course, no screenplay is going to match the book word-for-word, so we wondered what was most important to Clare as she sees her books adapted. “I really want them to stay true to the relationships between the characters,” she explained. “Jace’s relationship to his adoptive family was really important. I feel like the whole twist with Jace and Clary and their relationship was really important and guides the next two books, and you can’t really take it out. It’s so taboo at the same time, but they’re just going with it. That’s what makes these books.” Read more…
When the first images from Young Adult surfaced on the Web earlier this year, showing Charlize Theron looking bedraggled in her sweats and Mickey Mouse shirt, clutching a Pomeranian in a carrier and a Victoria’s Secret bag, several young adult authors I know took to Twitter immediately. They seemed torn between being excited about the existence of a movie about their profession, especially one written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman, and slightly horrified by the idea of being depicted as ladies who can’t be bothered to brush their hair and put on a decent pair of pants before leaving the house. And then when they learned Charlize’s character, Mavis Gary, is kind of a crazy stalker who can’t let go of her high school years, they were a bit worried.
“I watched [the trailer], and I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to give my profession a bad name!” Mortal Instruments series author Cassandra Clare told TheFABlife last week. At the same time, she added, “I really want to see it, because when will there be another movie about a young adult author?”
But Cody, who calls herself “the Sweet Valley superfan of all time” and is writing an upcoming adaptation of Sweet Valley High, is pretty sure there won’t be a huge outcry from the YA author community. “Mavis is one of a kind. I don’t think it’s an indictment of young adult authors as a group. It’s just this one lady is a little bit off-kilter,” she assured us at the movie’s New York premiere. And though she previously only knew Sweet Valley creator Francine Pascal, “since this movie has been screening, I have met some [YA authors] that have come out of the woodwork, and they are all into the movie, so I’m glad.” Read more…
This week’s Hotness is a tough matchup, for both talent and smoldering looks: Jamie Campbell Bower vs. Andrew Garfield. Frankly, we’re glad it’s up to you to decide, because we certainly couldn’t do it on our own.
In this corner, we have Jamie Campbell Bower, known to every Twilighter as Caius, to Potterheads as Gellert Grindelward and to costume drama buffs as King Arthur in Camelot and soon as the young Earl of Oxford in Anonymous. But soon enough, we may all think of him as Jace Wayland, the brooding hero of The Mortal Instruments. (No wonder our friends at NextMovie are calling him Mr. Franchise!)
The combined power of these fanbases should seem formidable, but then Andrew Garfield has shown that he thrives as the underdog. We wanted to boycott Facebook after seeing how his Social Network character Eduardo got screwed by Mark Zuckerberg. And though we can’t believe they’re making another Spider-Man movie, those expressive eyebrows alone are enough to make us say “Tobey Ma-who?” Will the fanboys and fangirls prevail to steal the Hotness crown from such a powerful vampire? Vote after the jump. (Polls close at 2 p.m. on Friday.)
Lily Collins is one of the biggest, brightest and most beautiful up and coming stars in Hollywood these days. She’s got a gajillion giant films on the horizon, with Abduction dropping this fall followed by The Brothers Grimm: Snow White and the YA franchise The Mortal Instruments. She’s also delightful, down to earth and cute to boot. Check out our interview with Lily in which she dishes on competing with Kristen Stewart and lessons learned from co-star Taylor Lautner.
Lily’s red carpet look is youthful and fun, with a large dose of glam mixed in. Peep the actress’ 20 Hottest Looks in our gallery below!
When we heard that adorable British actor Jamie Bower landed the role of Jace in The Mortal Instruments we were all “YAY!” Our crush on the Camelot star grows larger every time we lay eyes on his messy hair, his sweet litttle smirk and his sexy, swashbuckler-y outfits. He’s perfected pirate chic and taken it to a new level, mixing it with a bit of Brit Invasion and a dash of hipster. Plus he rocks the best possible accessory: his lovely fiancee, actress Bonnie Wright.
We’ve got 20 of Jamie’s Hottest Looks in our gallery below. Feast your eyes on the star of Hollywood’s Next Big Movie Franchise!
Camelot star Jamie Campbell Bower will play Jace in The Mortal Instruments, reports Deadline Hollywood. The actor’s people are apparently making “the deal” now, so nothing is official. But for fans of the book (us), this is official enough! Jamie is playing Jace, a buff, blond and arrogant Shadowhunter (he kills evil demons) and will star opposite Lily Collins, who portrays Clary, his love interest/heroine of the 6 book franchise. As a connoisseur of Young Adult fiction, Jace is our favorite love interest by far; beating out Edward Cullen and Peeta Mellark as our personal #1 pick of the hunky, brooding, equally good at kissing and killing guys you find in YA books. The British actor — who cut his teeth playing Caius in the Twilight franchise — was up against two unknowns for the role: Ed Speelers and Leebo Freeman, both of whom beat him in our poll. Even though he may not be a fan favorite, we’re exciting to see what he brings to the movie. Are you?
We talked to The Mortal Instruments‘ Lily Collinslast week and she told us she had been doing some readings with actors up for the role of Jace. Sure enough, The Wrap reports that three men have emerged as the front-runners for the part, and they apparently all screen-tested with Lily in Los Angeles a few days ago. We had a hunch something was up when Jamie Campbell Bower tweeted, “Screen test done for….. Nah I’ll keep you guessing. Its in fate, producers, actors and directors hands now,” and sure enough, he’s on the short list. Joining him are British actor Ed Speleers and model/newcomer Leebo Freeman. Let’s take a look at the potential Shadowhunters, shall we?
We chatted with Lily Collins when she stopped by VH1 to promote Priest, and when she wasn’t charming us with picture perfect hair and those brows (truly luscious in person) she dished about Taylor Lautner teaching her to deal with super-fans (clip above). We also got her to spill on how she’s gonna approach that kinda-creepy but also totally awesome relationship between Jace and Clary in The Mortal Instruments (clip below). But even more magical is the moment we showed her the giant Twilight cup we drink out of every day. Amazingly, she did not jump under a cubicle and hide away in fear and disgust. That makes her Person #1 in our book.
The only thing we know about Logan Lerman is that at just 19 years old, it’s creepy that we think he’s cute. But we can’t help ourselves – we’ve gotten it in our head that he MUST play Simon in the upcomingMortal Instrumentsmovie and we just can’t let it go. Now we’re a bit intrigued with wee Logan, and so we’re naturally curious about these pictures of him and his Percy Jackson co-star Alexandra Daddario out in NYC last week. She’s six years older than him, so surely nothing’s happening between them…but wouldn’t it be awesome if something was? (Is there? Someone give us the scoop!) Next up for Logan is The Three Musketeers this summer. Kinda seems like he’s on the verge of blowing up, eh?