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Hot International Trailer: ‘The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones’

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, the adaptation of the first of Cassandra Clare’s novels, opens August 21 in the U.S. and the UK. The trailer below is a slightly different take on the first which was released last November. Lily Collins stars as Clary, a seemingly ordinary girl who discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. Jamie Campbell Bower, Lena Headey, Aidan Turner, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Kevin Zegers and Jared Harris also star. Director Harald Zwart is starting the sequel, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Ashes, this fall.

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Cannes: ‘Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones’ Team Returns For Sequel ‘City Of Ashes’

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, the first movie in the series, doesn’t come out until August, but buyers will get a taste for its sequel during Cannes. Stars Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower are returning for part two, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Ashes, as is director Harald Zwart, and a fall start is planned. As it did with the first, Mister Smith Entertainment is selling the adaptation of the second book in Cassandra Clare’s fantasy series that’s produced by Constantin Film and Unique Features.

The first installment, which Screen Gems releases August 23, sees seemingly ordinary teenager Clary discover she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. The sequel picks up in New York’s Downworld, where Clary is overwhelmed with the responsibility of her new role as a Shadowrunner. Read More »

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Lily Collins, Sam Claflin Board Romantic Comedy ‘Love, Rosie’

David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment will debut Love, Rosie at the European Film Market this week in Berlin. Principal photography starts in May on the project, based on the novel Where Rainbows End by P.S. I Love You author Cecelia Ahern. Calendar Girls‘ Juliette Towhidi wrote the script and German helmer Christian Ditter (Wickie And The Treasure Of The Gods, French For Beginners) is directing.

Lily Collins plays Rosie in the romantic comedy with Sam Claflin as her best friend and star-crossed lover, Alex. The pair are planning to head to the States for college together when Rosie discovers she’s pregnant after a crazy night out with the most popular boy in school. She encourages Alex to go without her and over the next 12 years their lives change but an undeniable connection remains. Read More »

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Sony-Based Screen Gems Closing On ‘The Mortal Instruments’

By | Thursday March 29, 2012 @ 7:23pm PDT
Mike Fleming

With franchise fever heavy in the air after last weekend’s The Hunger Games opening and the big auction for Fifty Shades of Grey, I’m hearing that Screen Gems is closing a deal to partner with Constantin on the live action adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, which just got Lily Collins as star and The Karate Kid helmer Harald Zwart as director. Screen Gems will distribute.

Sony Pictures, which has The Da Vinci Code and James Bond and is expected to go forward with the second installment in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo franchise, is looking to fortify its tent pole business. The studio was one of the most aggressive bidders for screen rights to the E.L. James trilogy Fifty Shades Of Grey. Screen Gems, which has the Resident Evil and Underworld franchises, had originally been involved with The Mortal Instruments, before letting it go. Constantin put it back together. The series starts with The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, set in contemporary New York City, where Clary, a seemingly ordinary teenager, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Collins is about to open … Read More »

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Constantin Sets Lily Collins For Harald Zwart-Helmed ‘Mortal Instruments’

By | Friday March 16, 2012 @ 9:13am PDT
Mike Fleming

Lily Collins The Mortal Instruments(Los Angeles, CA) March 16, 2012 – Putting to rest weeks of rampant speculation about director and cast, Constantin Film and Unique Features announced today that Harald Zwart will direct actress Lily Collins in the hotly anticipated film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s #1 best-selling book series “The Mortal Instruments.”

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Lily Collins, Kristen Bell Among Additions To ‘Writers’ Pic

By | Tuesday March 6, 2012 @ 12:20pm PST

Lily Collins WritersKristen BellLily Collins, Logan Lerman, Nat Wolff, Liana Liberato, and Kristen Bell have joined the cast of Writers, a comedy-drama starring Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly. Josh Boone wrote the script and is making his feature directing debut on the film, which begins shooting next week in North Carolina. Judy Cairo of Informant Media is producing. Writers follows the members of the Borgens family and their love interests over the course of one tumultuous year. Kinnear plays Bill Borgens, a famous novelist obsessed with his ex-wife (Connelly). Collins plays their daughter Samantha, who is pursued by a fellow writing student (Lerman). Wolff plays Samantha’s teenage brother, who is experiencing first love with Kate (Liberato). Bell plays Tricia, Bill’s friend with benefits who tries to help him get over his ex-wife. Informant was behind last year’s Crazy Heart and also has the Maggie Gyllenhaal-starrer Hysteria set for release May 18 via Sony Classics and Aaron Eckhart-starrer The Expatriate in the can. Informant’s Michael A. Simpson and Eric Brenner, and The Solution’s Myles Nestel and Lisa Wilson are executive producing. The film is produced in association with MICA Entertainment. CAA represents domestic rights to the film.

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Lily Collins In Talks For ‘Evil Dead’ Remake

By | Wednesday January 4, 2012 @ 5:16pm PST

Lily Collins is in early discussions for the lead role in FilmDistrict’s remake of Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead. Collins’ character Mia would be the main character that corresponds to Ash, who was played by Bruce Campbell in the original 1981 movie, according to the Bloody Disgusting blog. Mia is one of five young people who head to the remote cabin where evil awaits. Recovering from a recent overdose, Mia is particularly vulnerable. Collins plays Snow White in the upcoming Mirror Mirror directed by Tarsem Singh and previously was seen in The Blind Side and Priest. Raimi, Campbell and Rob Tapert are producing with Ghost House Pictures and Mandate Pictures. Fede Alvarez is directing and co-wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues. Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult) is revising the latest draft. The movie is targeted to open April 12, 2013.

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Hot Trailer: Relativity’s ‘Mirror Mirror’

Last week we got a glimpse of Universal’s Snow White And The Huntsman directed by Rupert Sanders. The first trailer for Tarsem Singh’s take on the fairy tale arrived today. Relativity’s Mirror Mirror will make it to theaters March 16 ahead of Universal’s version set for June 1.

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Relativity Titles Its Snow White Film ‘Mirror Mirror’

Mike Fleming

Relativity Media’s Snow White movie now has a title. Mirror Mirror, described as a comedy action adventure that stars Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Julia Roberts, Nathan Lane and Sean Bean, will be released March 16, 2012. That puts it well ahead of Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, which opens June 1 and looks more like The Lord of the Rings than a light fairy tale.

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Comic-Con Photo: Lily Collins as Snow White

By | Friday July 22, 2011 @ 1:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Here is a first look at Lily Collins in the untitled Snow White film that Relativity Media has mounted for March 16, 2012 release, with Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer also starring for director Tarsem Singh. That puts Relativity Media in the lead against the rival Snow White and The Hunstman, which stars Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth.

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Hossein Amini Doing Rewrite On ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Bracing for its race against Relativity Media on rival Snow White films, Universal Pictures has hired Hossein Amini to do a rewrite of Snow White and the Huntsman, the Rupert Sanders-directed film that stars Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth. Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the most recent draft. Amini scripted Drive, the Nicolas Winding Refn-directed film that just debuted in Cannes, and he also rewrote the Keanu Reeves-starrer 47 Ronin, which director Carl Rinsch is directing for Universal.

Universal and Relativity have been playing a game of can you top this in terms of release dates. Universal moved up its Snow White film from late 2012 to a June 1 date, which put it a month ahead of Relativity’s Snow White film, the one that stars Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer, with Tarsem Singh directing. Then, Relativity Media trumped Universal by setting a March 16, 2012 release. It has created bad blood between the studio and Ryan Kavanaugh, but that is how it stands at the moment. Hossein is repped by WME.

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‘Camelot’s Jamie Campbell Bower Gets Lead in Screen Gems’ ‘The Mortal Instruments’

By | Tuesday May 31, 2011 @ 9:43am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems has made its choice: Jamie Campbell Bower will get the male lead in The Mortal Instruments, the Scott Charles Stewart-directed adaptation of the Cassandra Clare novel series. He’ll play Jace Wayland, starring alongside Lily Collins, who’ll play the lead heroine Clary Fray. She has The Sight, and can see both demons and Shadowhunters. Jace is one of the best of the latter. When Clary’s mother is abducted, she is forced to learn about her bloodline and abilities in order to get her mother back. Clare’s series is comprised of six novels and is expected to launch a franchise. The role has been considered a potential star-making vehicle for an actor, and there has been much speculation on who’ll get it. I’m told the deal is being made now for Bower, who is best known for playing King Arthur in the TV series Camelot, and for playing Caius in the final installments of The Twilight Saga and Gellert Grindelwald in the final Harry Potter films. He’s repped by CAA and London-based Simon Beresford.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Abduction’

By | Wednesday April 13, 2011 @ 6:17pm PDT

Lionsgate’s thriller Abduction, starring Twilight Saga mainstay Taylor Lautner in his first solo lead role and Snow White-to-be Lily Collins, hits theaters Sept. 23. John Singleton directs.

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Relativity Finds Its Snow White: Lily Collins

By | Friday April 1, 2011 @ 10:32pm PDT

Lily Collins, the daughter of singer Phil Collins whose breakout role came as the daughter of Sandra Bullock’s character in The Blind Side, has been tapped to play the coveted role of Snow White in Relativity Media’s modern retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, the company said tonight. She joins Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott and Julia Roberts as the evil queen in the Tarsem Singh-directed feature, which has begun preproduction ahead of a planned May shoot. The film already has a release date: June 29, 2012. That’s before a competing Snow White project — Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, which stars Kristen Stewart in the title role alongside Charlize Theron — which has a Dec. 21 bow slated.

Collins next appears in Sony’s Priest, opposite Paul Bettany, which bows May 13. She also stars in John Singleton’s Abduction opposite Taylor Lautner, slated to be released Sept. 23.

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For Young Thesps, It’s All About Locking Roles Before Holidays

Mike Fleming

The town is slowing, but not the deal makers who are racing to lock their young clients into jobs before everything shuts down for the holidays. Here are some of the more interesting results:

British actor Joshua Bowman just got the love interest to Miley Cyrus in her new film So Undercover, which is being financed by Exclusive Media Group and directed by Tom Vaughan. The actor’s repped by Management 360 and United Agents.

Lily Collins has been set to star in the first installment of the Mortal Instruments book series which is being directed by Scott Charles Stewart for Screen Gems. She’ll play the role of Clary Fray. Collins, who followed The Blind Side by starring with Taylor Lautner in Abduction, next stars in Priest. She’s repped by CAA.

Max Minghella has landed the role of Ben Harper in Ides of March, which George Clooney will begin directing next year. with Ryan Gosling starring. Minghella, who’s coming off The Social Network, just starred in the New Regency-Summit supernatural project The Darkest Hour. He’s repped by CAA.

Caleb Landry Jones joins Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale and Ben Foster in Contraband for Universal and Working Title. He’ll play the brother in law of a retired smuggler (Wahlberg) whose screw-up forces him back for one last … Read More »

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