The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones is in theaters now and whether you’ve seen it already or not, you might have a few questions. Don’t worry because we’ve not only seen the movie, but we might have read all of the books in author Cassandra Clare‘s popular YA series, and we’re ready to spill some secrets about the film, the characters and that controversial ending.
Be forewarned, though, because mild spoilers abound in the first two pages, and MASSIVE SPOILERS appear in the last page.
It’s not always easy being a woman in a fandom. From sexual harassment at cons to the rude reaction to the Women Who Kick Ass panel at Comic-Con by some male audience members last month, women are often made to feel low status in fan worlds they help shape, champion and rule. Not to mention the assertion that some women are “pretending” to be geeks for attention, or the way female-dominated fandoms are mocked and ridiculed. As a fangirl of many things myself, I know these experiences firsthand.
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There’s a pretty huge twist at the end of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. (Yes, people who have read the books, that thing.) When watching the movie, I noticed that while the story was the same as in the book, the characters’ reaction to the twist was different — more nuanced and emotional, if you will. Turns out stars Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower had a hand in making that change, quite literally. They rewrote it.
We think arms are one of the most under-appreciated body parts around. I mean come on, what’s better than a good hug? Oh, yeah, a good hug from your favorite celebrity. The stars are known for sculpting and toning every last inch of their biceps, delts, triceps and forearms just for our viewing pleasure. The least we can do is be able to I.D. them on sight. Do you think you can tell the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Mario Lopez, Jamie Campbell Bower, Aisha Tyler and more without seeing their faces? Prove it now!
In case you forgot, we’re grilling hot dogs and lighting fireworks on the Fourth to celebrate our independence from England. But are we really free from the folks across the pond? On our screens and in our magazines, there are those darn colonizing Brits everywhere! And we still love them, sometimes more than our homegrown stars (wait, did we just say that on July 4?). Who’s the next Emma Watson, Henry Cavill or Russell Brand?
Around this time last year, we made this list a roundup of our favorite vampires of 2011 — though we named Bella Cullen as our fave, it was Damon Salvatore who ruled your hearts. This year, we took a look around at our favorite movies, TV shows and books and discovered that, while the bloodsuckers of True Blood, Twilight and The Vampire Diaries were still among our faves, they had some competition from other supes, too. There were the characters wielding magic for good or evil — Snow White and the Huntsman’s Queen Ravenna, Beautiful Creatures‘ Lena, The Mortal Instruments‘ Magnus, TVD’s Bonnie. We had a nice crop of werewolves — Teen Wolf’s Scott and Derek, Nightshade’s Calla, True Blood’s Alcide. And then, of course, there were gods, genetic mutations, time travelers and Shadowhunters. Whether they were on the page, the screen or both, these beautiful, dangerous, ever-seductive heroes and villains made us feel a little bit inadequate for being mere humans. But there’s one power we have that they don’t: the ability to vote on which of these 25 characters was our favorite of the year. Take a look at the gallery and then vote!
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Full admission: I have loaned out my copy of City of Bones so many times and I read it so long ago, that it took me a couple of viewings of this first Mortal Instruments trailer for me to remember what’s going on in each scene. Really, that’s why I had to watch it five times in a row. It had nothing to do with the fact that every scene plunged me deeper into Cassandra Clare’s gorgeously dark world and made me fall in love with Clary and Jace and Alec and Izzie and Simon all over again. Or the fact that on my first viewing, I kept giggling about the late Lane Pryce as Hodge. No, it’s just ’cause I have a crap memory for details.
OK, actually, it’s also because the preview has lifted all my hopes about Jamie Campbell Bower playing Jace. I don’t have a whole lot of words to add to back up my reasoning here. Just these 10 images of him being broody, hot and a legit action hero in the face of vampires, demons and his dear old dad. Enjoy!
As much as we’re pleased to see every single glimpse we can of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie shoot — coffee shop Java Jones has come to life! Clary runs through the streets, probably after getting her mom’s frantic phone call! Jace wears a hoodie! Simon looks confused and sweet in his huge glasses! — we’re even more thrilled to hear reports about how the fans are being treated in Toronto. Judging by the tweets, Tumblrs and reports on TMISource.com from the lucky Canadians stalking the set, Rob Sheehan (Simon), Lily Collins (Clary) and Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace) have been smiling and waving at them for the past three days, and Lily and Rob have stopped many times to sign copies of their books. The movie’s publicist has let them photograph the shoot a bunch (though at times they asked them to wait until later to pub them), and the screenwriter even paused to chat. This is all welcome news for a fandom that’s been used to being in touch with author Cassandra Clare practically 24/7 as she simultaneously tweets and writes.
In other TMI news, it was announced early this morning that German star Elyas M’Barek was cast as a “vampire lieutenant” in the movie, though definitely not New York vampire leader Raphael, and Harry Van Gorkum will play werewolf Alaric.
Here’s our gloriously growing gallery of set pics, courtesy of both pros and fans:
[Photos: Tumblr, Twitter, Splash News Online]
Part of me is demon green with jealousy right now as I check out pictures from day one on the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. If they were shooting where the movie takes place, I would be playing hookie and watching Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower blocks away from my own home in Park Slope, Brooklyn. But yeah, I get it, New York is expensive to shoot in, so I guess most of the time, Toronto will be stepping in for the role of my — and Simon Lewis and Clary Fray’s — ‘hood. I will instead be very happy for the fans up north who are getting glimpses of Bower, sporting his brand new Shadowhunter runes (those tattoos on his chest, for the uninitiated), Collins with her newly died red tresses, Robert Sheehan being generally adorable and Simon-like, and Jemima West (Isabelle) and Kevin Zegers (Alec) looking appropriately done up in black leather..
One fan with the Twitter handle @Shadowhunting has been sharing her pics from the set. Between her efforts and those of the paparazzi on set — who are earning some fierce scowls from Lily and Jamie — I almost feel like I’m there. I am so not a good enough fan to remember what those runes on Jace’s chest are for, so if anyone knows, please fill me in. I am a good enough fan, though, that I’m refreshing my photo sites every five minutes to see if there are any other hints about which scenes they’re shooting first. The cafe, maybe? Their encounter with Madame Dorothea/Abbadon?
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones isn’t due in theaters until August 2013, so those of you who have no idea why I’m so excited, you have plenty of time to catch up on Cassandra Clare’s utterly addictive books.
[Photos: Splash News Online]
Much as we thought Jamie Campbell Bower and Bonnie Wright were an adorable couple before their split last month, we must admit to squeeing with delight when we saw these photos of Jamie with his Mortal Instruments co-star Lily Collins in Toronto yesterday. According to the Daily Mail, the two arrived in town for pre-production meetings for City of Bones, the first movie based on Cassandra Clare‘s gorgeous urban-demon-hunter YA series. And you don’t have to be an expert in body language to read these pics as serious flirt-town. She touches her hair as they chat at an outdoor table. She pats his hand as they walk. He leans into her as he says something funny. They laugh hysterically at each other’s jokes.