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‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes’ is Back in Production

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Despite it’s tepid performance at the box office, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones producers have decided to move forward with the sequel, City of Ashes. The second film had originally been put on hold, and fans were unsure if we’d ever see it in the theater.  Executive producer Martin Moskowicz had this to say on bringing the sequel to the big screen:

“The fan response, from the blogosphere and the thousands of mails we have received, has encouraged us to keep going,” Moszkowicz told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s been overwhelmingly positive, in contrast to some other YA titles.”

 

“We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film — particularly with the positioning and marketing — and what changes we have to make. We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise [for City of Ashes].”

 

Moszkowicz suggested one reason for City of Bones’ misfire may have been a marketing campaign that was too narrowly focused on teenage fans, to the detriment of Clare’s 20- and 30-something readers.

“The readers of Mortal Instruments are older than you might think,” he said. “That may have been one issue in our marketing, that we focused too much on a very young audience segment.”

Source: THR | Photo: Teen.com

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J.K. Rowling Teaming with Warner Brothers to Bring Another Harry Potter-Universe Book to the Big Screen

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Harry Potter fans are ecstatic today as it was revealed the J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers have cut a deal to bring Rowling’s book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to the silver screen. While Fantastic Beasts is not actually a Harry Potter book, it does take place in the same universe and discusses the supernatural beasts in that world. 

“‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” Rowling said in a statement.  “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.” 

One big change this time around is that Rowling is actually going to be writing the screenplay for the film. This is a first for her but her reasoning was this:

Rowling, who has never written a screenplay before, said she wanted to because “the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realized by another writer was difficult.”

Look for other merchandise based on the book, as well.

Confession: I haven’t read it. Does that make me a terrible Harry Potter fan? 

Sources: LA Times, B&N

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First trailer & poster for ‘The Spectacular Now’ starring Shailene Woodley & Miles Teller

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You may have had your fill of Shailene Woodley today, what with the release of Entertainment Weekly’s new images of Shailene and Divergent co-star Theo James, and a few new stills from that film, as well as the news that Woodley’s role has been cut from The Amazing Spider Man 2, and will be recast for the third film. But don’t let that keep you from watching this trailer.

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The Spectacular Now stars Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller, who also stars with her in Divergent, and it looks GOOD. The film was well-received at Sundance, and the duo both took acting honors at the fest, as well. And, heck, it has Coach Taylor in it. You can’t lose with this movie, it looks like. Check it out!

Source: ScreenRant

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Game of Thrones: Episode 3×09 “The Rains of Castamere” – Where do we go from here?

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Remember a couple of months back, when it was decided I should recap Game of Thrones for Just Jmac? And I did it twice and was never to be heard from again (well, until now)? I’m sorry, the story involves so many people and it’s so hard to enjoy watching while TAKING NOTES for my write-up. And, come on, those George R. R. Martin books are like 1000 pages. There’s a lot going on there. So, watch the show instead of reading a recap, OK?

SPOILERS AHEAD!

All that said, I MUST comment on last night’s episode. As a reader of the series, this is probably the BIGGEST thing that I was waiting for, from a book that literally has massive event after massive event (Did you see Daenerys take those slaves, set them free, and have her dragon set that awful slave owner on fire? What about when Jon Snow discarded his Night’s Watch vows, got busy with Ygrette, and told the Wildlings secrets to help them over the wall? Oh, and remember when Sansa Stark was forced to marry Tyrion Lannister?).

But last night was the crown jewel of the season. Shocking readers and non-readers alike. In the book, Tulisa was not at the wedding, nor was she pregnant (in fact, she wasn’t named Tulisa). So there was no, “Hey, let’s stab her in the stomach over and over to kill her unborn child” business going on in the pages. And can I say, that was AWFUL to watch! But even knowing the scene was coming, my heart was pounding, and it was so well done. And then: Robb and Catelyn stark are killed, along with Robb’s wife and unborn child (presumably the next King of the North, Eddard).

So now the poop has hit the fan. The internet is collectively freaking out. As they should be. Where do we go from here? These people that you grow to care for, and expect to have a lasting impact on the story, are suddenly gone. And we are in season 3 of what is going to be at least 7 seasons of a show. How could they be so unceremoniously murdered and tossed aside? Wasn’t Robb supposed to take the Iron Throne? Welcome to GRRM’s evil, tragic, mean ol’ mind. Prepare yourself for more. Maybe not worse, but more.

And let’s mourn the loss of Richard Madden and Michelle Fairley on our screens week-to-week. That in itself is a tragic loss.

So, where do we go from here? I don’t think anyone can answer that. Let’s keep watching and continue to allow them to rip our hearts out!

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It’s The Final Countdown! Watch the Trailer for Season 4 of Arrested Development

Can season 4 of Arrested Development possibly live up to the hype? Based on this trailer, I think it can. Check it out below and try not to soil your never-nude shorts on May 26th when the full season will be released on Netflix!

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Only 1 month left! New ‘Arrested Development’ Character Posters and First Clip Released

Arrested Development didn’t do that great in the ratings when it aired on TV, but since has gained such a massive following, that they are producing new episodes. The entirety of season 4 will be released on Netflix on May 26th! Is anyone else planning a marathon viewing that day?

New character posters have shown up online, as well as the first official clip from the show, featuring Lucille and Buster, picking up just about where we left off. Here are the posters, advertising the series for Netflix, and check out the clip down below!

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Click here to watch the video on EW.com!

Photos thanks to SpoilerTV

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Game of Thrones 3×03 ‘Walk of Punishment’ recap

If you missed last week’s episode, it’s because I didn’t write it. I had a busy week and the episode was a bit slow. A problem that this week’s episode did not have. Let’s get to the really important stuff here.

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Jamie and Brienne have been captured, and they run off with Brienne to rape her. Jamie does what he can to save her, convince the misfits’ leader Locke that her father is extremely wealthy and would be a nice ransom for her undamaged. Then he attempts to schmooze his way out of his shackles into some food. But it doesn’t work and they CHOP OFF HIS HAND! Yes, his right hand. His sword hand. The hand that DEFINES him as a knight and as a person (he’s the Kingslayer after all). Can you feel sorry for Jaime Lannister? A little. That stinks.

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After being tortured last week, Theon Greyjoy has some moments of respite when the servant boy sets him free. He rides off into the forest, only to be bested by the Bastard’s men. However, our lovely servant boy (or is he?) shows up to save him. Theon is an idiot. Can you feel sorry for him? Maybe a smidge. But he really digs his own grave (figuratively).

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Khaleesi bargains away her biggest and best dragon for the 8000 Unsullied. Ser Barristan and Ser Jorah are furious with her. But she puts them in their place.

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Robb, his mother and his men have arrived at Riverun for a proper send off for Catelyn’s dead father. Her brother Edmure shows very quickly what kind of man he is when he can’t light the funeral pyre. Enter badass Uncle Blackfish who shoves Edmure out of the way and takes care of business on his own. Robb chastises Edmure for some poor decisions he has made, and we see again that Edmure isn’t the brightest bulb in the bunch (or whatever that cliche is).

Hot Pie chooses to leave Arya and Gendry and stay behind as a baker at an inn where they have stopped. It seems he doesn’t want to move on with the duo and the Brotherhood without Banners.

The high council convenes and an amusing game of musical chairs ensues to ensure that everyone involved has their proper seat. Without a word, Tywin, Cersei, Tyrion, Littlefinger, the Spyder and the Grand-maester show their roles quite clearly.

Tyrion then shows his thanks to Pod for saving him by presenting him with three prostitutes to deflower him. When he returns with his money, Bronn and Tyrion want to know what kind of skills he has that even whores won’t take his money.

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Mance Rayder, along with Jon Snow, come upon hundreds of dead horses. Their riders are presumably killed and will return as white walkers. Mance declares they will march on the wall and Snow will be forced to show his true allegiance.

Meanwhile, the remaining Men of the Nights Watch arrive back at Craster’s Keep where Sam discovers his old pal Gilly is delivering a baby. And it’s a boy. 😦 That means Craster will allow the white walkers to take it. Sad day for Gilly.

Here’s the trailer for next week’s episode. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

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