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A Eulogy – The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Movie Poster

It never even saw the light of production, heard ‘cut’ yelled across set, or heard a scream in a sound stage. The follow up movie to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, has been shut down before it even started production. Due to low numbers from the first film, Sony has decided to ‘delay’ production of City of Ashes…indefinitely.

We here at justjmac are indefinitely saddened by this delay. Besides one or two slightly corny bits it was a quite pleasant movie to watch. Now, I don’t know if one could follow it if they hadn’t read the books but still… they should just go ahead and make it for our sake.

le sad.


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Title Revealed for Book 3 of the Divergent Series



Allegiant! That’s the title of the 3rd and final installment of Veronica Roth’s hit series, set to release October 22, 2013.

“You gotta have the -ent (ending),'” Roth, 24, told USA TODAY’s Brian Truitt when he interviewed her about Insurgent last year. Roth has been Jokingly called the 3rd book in the series “Detergent” when discussing the book on her blog. She’s so funny, that Veronica Roth.

We are going to have a lot Divergent activity this year with the new book coming out and the Divergent movie, which is currently being filmed in Chicago.

So what do you think of the name? A hit or a miss?



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The Great Gatsby: My Tween Self is Ready

The new poster came out for this movie and I’m just so undeniable giddy, it’s not even funny. Every big star of my tween dreams is in The Great Gatsby. Leo Dicaprio AND Tobey MaGuire!? Epic. Then there’s Isla Fisher (Confessions of a Shopaholic) and Carey Mulligan( Drive, Pride and Prejudice.)


Look, besides Leo and Tobey, the trailer also has a girl seeing Glitter. Literally. All these flapper dresses, diamonds and the art deco theme of what Fitzgerald dubs the “Jazz age.” (PS if you don’t know who F. Scott Fitzgerald is, you can leave).

In high school, this book didn’t do anything for me. I think I flip-flopped between reading chapters and reading Sparknotes. So, hopefully they play this off well so I stay hyped. Maybe I’ll even give the book another go…maybe.

I think Leo’s flash and crazy will be inspiring enough to love the film but I’m almost more stoked about the fashion that is about to come back into style.

I love head accessories. YES! The roaring 20’s were all about headbands and that makes me so excited! Thank you F. Scott Fitzgerald, Carey Mulligan, and the art director of this movie because I soon wont be looked at like I’m a hippy straight from Texas for wearing my sparkly scarf/headband over my hair.

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The Fault In Our Stars

This is a good book. Different, for me, but a good book.

 Shailene Woodley, John Green, divergent, the fault in our stars, movies

What’s it about, you say?

Meet Hazel (who’s middle name is Grace) and she’s like 16 or 17 with stunted terminal cancer (you’ll understand later). Basically, she’s kind of manic depressive but you can’t really blame her…

Anyway, she starts going to a cancer support group for kids with cancer and it’s in a kind of ironic place (no spoilers) and she’s got a half blind bud there named Isaac. One day, Isaac brings a friend. Friend’s name? Augustus (or Gus- your choice.) After Augustus shows up, nothing is the same.

I’ll give plot hints:

Cancer. Indiana. Hot Guy. Natalie Portman. Novel. Amsterdam. Death. Top Model. Oxygen Tank. Red Dawn. Ann Frank. Champagne. Love.

Basically, you need to read it.
I haven’t outright sobbed because of a book in years and this book left me, in bed, at a 11pm on a Friday night, bawling my eyes out.

…Straight up heaves.

The author is hilarious, as well. I mean, he’s a little too liberal sometimes but all and all he is pretty funny.

OH and watch out, because there is a movie coming and it’s going to star Shailene Woodley  as Hazel. She’s a good crier as we have seen in ‘Secret Life of an American Teenager’ so you know the movie version is going to rock.


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Divergent 3: description and pre-ordering


Exciting news! Thanks to the ever fabulous Amazon we have a short description as well as pre-ordering Deets available!

Here’s the little snip-it they gave us:

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

Click here to pre-order Divergent 3.


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Beautiful Creatures Part Deux: Different Views

So the justjmac team have a difference of opinion. Some of our team members weren’t the HUGEST fans of the movie Beautiful Creatures and some of us FREAKING LOVED IT.

This isn’t a movie review. I respect my fellow blogmates and their opinions and posts. This is a post telling you what I loved about the movie Beautiful Creatures. From the Characters to the scenery.

First of all, when I first saw Alden Ehrenreich who plays Ethan Wate, I was like “Meh” he’s not that cute. Then the movie started. Minus his Richie Valens, Buddy Holly-esque throw back hair, I loved him. He’s adorable. Then it was a mad rush to make sure he was over the age of 21 in real life.

He’s 23 y/o.

Phew. That was a close bullet.

Also, the relationship between the characters were fantastic.  Ethan and Lena had a totally unique relationship.
Ethan and Link were completely hilarious and played off each other so well. It made me happy because Link was spot on. I thought he was hilarious and perfect in every way.

Emmy Rossum’s Ridley didn’t have blonde hair for 99 percent of the movie but she was perfect. A total siren and a coward. There’s a scene toward the end that made me completely L.O.L.


I laughed out loud. I also went to the movies by myself (don’t you wish you were as cool as me?!).

The setting was perfect. I loved Ethan’s room because it was to the ‘T’ of how I imagined it. In fact, his whole house was how I imagined it.

Now, lets talk about Lena’s room. I died when I saw her room. It’s everything I want my bedroom to look like. From the wallpaper to the chandelier lamps to the dresser, and I want my room to turn into all my favorite quotes glowing on my walls with the roof that goes invisible showing the night stars. gah. I was so envious. I don’t even think I was paying attention to the dialogue in that scene. I was just taking tons of mental notes for styling my next room.

Speaking of Dialogue. I loved the banter in this movie! Ethan’s way of speaking reminded me of a male version of the Gilmore Girls. The one liners were fantastic for a YA book based film, as well.

And this movie really made me regret not going south when traveling through the south during Thanksgiving…ehh…let me explain, we went across the tops of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and then to Hotlanta, where it’s pretty but it isn’t swampy with big oak trees hung with moss.

Jeremy Irons is perfection. PERFECTION.

Also, I really loved Ethan’s glasses. As I type I am realizing that Ethan’s whole style was a 50’s throwback from his rolled short sleeved, pop collared button up shirt, hair and glasses.

The Caster Library was beautiful. I wanted to hang out there for years and years. Live there, really. Can I live there? Can it please be real?

Also, I loved Emma Thompson.

And when did a small town (real) library ever look that great? It was truly a pretty library. I wanted to live in it, as well.

I like libraries. I like books.

but I mostly liked this amazing quote from Charles Bukowski called Lifedance:

The area dividing the brain and the soul
is affected in many ways by
experience —
some lose all mind and become soul:
some lose all soul and become mind:
some lose both and become:

Whoa. Shit just got deep.
sorry for the cursing.

Here are some quotes that team member Chris said during/after the movies.

During the snow scene: 

She Vampire Diaries’d him.

Claiming scene:

What is this? The Capitol?

and finally

It was reverse Twilight.

Thank you for these intriguing quotes, guy.

One last thing, there’s a sermon given toward the end of the film that was so deep and truthful. Watch out for it when you see the movie.
PS  you’re seeing the movie.

Anyway. That’s it. That’s what I loved. Also, Ethan is super adorbs at one point in his all Civil War outfit.


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‘Warm Bodies’: Early preview leads to movie review

Last night, My husband and I had the chance to go to an early screening of the Warm Bodies, the new “Zom Rom Com” as people are affectionately referring to it as, that opens in theaters on Friday.  This is the first of many book to movie adaptions that I have been patiently waiting for coming in 2013.

Warm Bodies is based off of Isaac Marion’s 2011 YA novel about “R” (who is not your typical Zombie) as he encounters and rescue’s Julie (a human) from a Zombie attack and the aftermath of their relationship. I read the book shortly after it came out. I remember thinking that I would give it a try because I liked ‘Twilight’ so I might as well give Zombies a try. This was not the case. In all honestly I wasn’t a huge fan of the book. That being said, the entire time I was reading I kept thinking to myself “This would make a really great movie!”, I even remember making that remark to a friend. I finished the book and archived it in my nook, not to be touched again. Then last year, 2 good friends of mine were selected as zombie extra’s for the movie filming up in Canada! I got really excited– this book was going to be made into a movie! I started paying attention to filming news and when I saw the first picture released of Nicholas Hoult as R, I knew that this was going to be good.
So let’s get down to my review. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. When reading the book, I was not envisioning a comedy. At all. But believe me when I tell you, this movie is funny! The entire theater was cracking up! Laugh out Loud funny! It was endearing. You really find yourself caring for R. I was really impressed with how true to the book they stayed and that I still liked it. Nicholas Hoult was fantastic at developing his character. Teresa Palmer was a perfect Julie (I promise I won’t talk about how much she reminded me of Kristen Stewart). Dave Franco plays the typical douche character that he is used to playing. Rob Corddry was awesome as R’s best friend M. One of his line’s is my favorite in the movie SPOILER “Bitches, Man”. John Malkovich was a great overprotective post apocalypse dad. Analeigh Tipton was great as the perfect supportive bff. I have to say this movie was really wonderfully cast! Which says a lot coming from me, As Sarah can attest to, I’m picky about movie casting (aka Josh Hutcherson as Peeta….).
I would have to say this is a definite must see! It is not your typical “zombie” movie. It’s for everyone… even if you think it’s not for you, give it a chance! I would like to share what my husband commented on my instagram about it last night. This mean’s a lot coming from him since he usually just lets me drag him along to movie’s just for the sake of being with me. (Isn’t he sweet?!)
He said:
“I thought for sure that it wasn’t for me. And I found that the movie was really funny, quirky, and entertaining” He also said #mywifeisthebest but that would be bragging to share that!
April is a 30 year old mom to 3 beautiful girls and married to her High School sweetheart. She loves pop culture, reading, music, movies with a major in all things Twilight, Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars and Young Adult Dystopian Novels.  She is a Cali girl born and raised with a passion for the SF Giants! 

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