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


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.”

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


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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Weeeee’re Back

Sorry for the 5 week hiatus. From Jmac packing up and saying ‘adios’ to L.A., Sarah & Chris’ new bun in the oven, Ashley starting a new job as a teacher (good job, Ash!) and …oh you know, Lindsay and April both have their hands full with 3 kids, its just been one crazy summer. That being said, look for some posts coming up!


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O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou, Romeo? | Movie News

“Two households, both alike in dignity,

In fair Verona, where we lay our scene.

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

Chorus 1, Stanza 1&2

When the star-crossed lovers of two enemy families meet, forbidden love ensues… I mean, if you are not familiar with William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by now…

ImagePrepare yourself for October 11, 2013, we will be getting a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s, Romeo and Juliet. The cast for is very well put together, and they are all very attractive!

Haliee Steinfeld (Juliet), got her big break as the co-lead in 2010’s True GritImage

Douglas Booth (Romeo) is not very well known, the only major film we would recognize is LOL starring Miley Cyrus. Image

Damian Lewis (Lord Capulet, Juliet’s father) is well known for Homeland, and Band of BrothersImage

Ed Westwick (Tybalt) well… he is Chuck BassImage

In my personal opinion, it looks like they did a fabulous job bringing one of my most beloved classics onto the big screen. There will always be differences, there will always be something someone doesn’t like, but remember it is an adaptation. There is room for flexibility, as long as the heart isn’t changed.

But in all seriousness, go read the book, first. I will provide you with a link, so there are no excuses. Romeo and JulietIf you can’t seem to hack reading the book (shame on you), then I recommend watching the Leonardo DiCaprio/Claire Danes version.

Enjoy the trailer!


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50 Shades of Grey Movie Has Release Date |Movie News

Just last week it was revealed that the scandalous series soon-to-be movie, 50 Shades of Grey, had nailed down a director in, Sam Taylor-Johnson.  Now Universal Pictures and Focus Features announced that the film will be released August 1, 2014.

Will you be seeing this movie-turned-film? Let us know your thoughts!



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The Number One Song of The Summer

Jimmy Kimmel makes me really happy. Like, really.

He’s joined forces with Jamie Foxx, Gabourey Sidibe, Miley Cyrus, Olivia Munn, Matt Damon, and of course Channing Tatum to produce the biggest hit of the summer (and damn catchy). The R&B hit is appropriately titled, “(I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum.” Can we talk about how hilarious it is. Holy crap, it might be that it’s 10:46PM and I’m exhausted but I really just think this video/song is the Cat’s Meow…maybe I need to go to bed.

You’re welcome.

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The Host Review- Go See it!

So a few weeks ago, the other site I am affiliated with SandwichJohnFilms gave me an amazing opportunity to screen The Host and also interview Max Iron’s and Jake Abel. Here is the review that I wrote for them and WARNING…. it DOES contain spoilers…. SO read on at your own risk!!!

The Host opens Friday March 29th, 2013  Image

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I had the opportunity to screenTHE HOST a couple weeks ago in San Francisco. Being that I was a huge ‘Twilight’ fan, when I heard that Stephenie Meyer wrote another book that was an “adult” book a few years ago, I immediately had to check it out. I’m going to confess here that I didn’t finish it. I wasn’t a fan. I just couldn’t get into it. I’m not a HUGE sci-fi fan to begin with unless you count Star Wars which I don’t since I was raised with two older brothers. I mean who doesn’t like Star Wars. So that being said… I eventually returned the copy I borrowed from a friend unfinished and moved on with my life.

Fast Forward to Comic Con last July, I got to see the exclusive 8 minute trailer introduced by miss Stephenie Meyer herself during the ‘Breaking Dawn Pt 2‘ panel… Meh… Not Impressed.(CueGrumpy Cat)Image

Again, moved on with my life although I was quite intrigued with the cast they acquired. Then a month ago John came to me with the opportunity to screen the movie and interview Max Irons and Jake Abel who play the two main male lead roles in the film. Done. In. Who wouldn’t be right? I immediately downloaded the book on my nook again and tried to read it. Real Life got in the way and I wasn’t able to finish before I saw the movie but honestly I am kind of glad that I didn’t.
I am such a huge reader and so many times I am disappointed with the book to movie adaption.(aka Beautiful Creatures) So for once it was actually really nice to go into this movie not having read the book first. I knew the general story line so I wasn’t too terribly confused with the plot. I brought a friend with me who also hadn’t read the book.


Warning before you read on…. There might be Spoilers!!
THE HOST is technically “sci fi” and “alien invasion” but it’s not your typical Alien story. It takes place after the invasion, which was a sort of peaceful invasion. The aliens which are referred to as souls inhibit human bodies and take possession of their mind, body, spirit. All for the common goal of reclaiming the world for the betterment of humanity. The “aliens” fit in the palm of your hand and are really a bright light with tentacles almost. Not exactly the gross alien I was picturing. Only a few humans have escaped possession, by hiding out in remote areas. Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) is one of the humans that is on the run with her brother, Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and boyfriend Jared (Max Irons). Melanie is cornered in an abandoned hotel and tries to sacrifice her life to protect the ones she loves, however she does not die and is implanted by a millennium old soul (alien) named Wanderer.

Seeker (Diane Kruger) then tries to have Wanderer access Melanie’s memories to rat out the location of other humans in hiding, in search of the “resistance”, however Melanie’s voice starts a sort of “tug of war” with Wanderer for control over Melanie’s body. Melanie convinces Wanderer to escape, and drives out to the desert in search of Melanie’s family. She trenches through the desert and nearly dies of dehydration when Melanie’s Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) finds her. It is very quickly realized that humans do not realize that a human can remain alive once a soul has been inserted into a body. This is one of my favorite parts of the movie which totally catches me off guard. Wanderer/Melanie is reunited with Jared and it’s fantastic I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read the book like me because the shock factor was great!Image

I have to say that the story that follows is quite moving! I was pleasantly surprised! While there were things that I found very predictable and totally “Stephenie Meyer” cheesy, I was greatly surprised with how adult the story was compared to ‘Twilight‘. There are amazing themes of love, friendship, family, loyalty, and humanity that really cause you to think. The love story is actually quite interesting and fascinating. It isn’t a triangle, but more of a box, as I heard one of the actors Jake Abel say in an interview, because SPOILER ALERT, Continue reading

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