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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Adaptation Back On With Lily Collins In Lead Role

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It was reported last year that the alternative/parody novel, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” was set to become a film. However, little news had been released since then and it appeared the project was halted. The novel, written by Seth Grahame-Smith, was also responsible for the novel and film adaptation, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Now, Variety is reporting that the film adaptation is back on and actress Lily Collins is attached to play the lead role with Burr Steers directing. Continue reading

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Trailer Officially Released

Sony has officially released the debut trailer and a brand new poster for the upcoming big screen adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Opening in theaters on August 23, 2013, the Harald Zwart-directed film stars Lily Collins, Jaime Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Jemima West, Kevin Segers, Kevin Durand, Robert Maillet, Lena Headey, Jared Harris, Godfrey Gao, Aidan Turner, CCH Pounder and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

City of Bones is the first novel of the hit YA series, The Mortal Instruments, written by Cassandra Clare.

The official plot description of the novel is as follows:

Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, 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.

It is set to be released in theaters on August 23, 2013.

You can see the trailer for the upcoming adaptation below:

City of Bones Facebook Page Launches

Sony has officially launched The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Facebook page in celebration of the year threshold mark of when the movie will hit theaters.

As of  the launch of the page, it garnered over 11,000 “likes” and continues to grow.

City of Bones is the big screen adaptation of the first book in the Mortal Instruments series written by Cassandra Clare. The film stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers Godfrey Gao, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jemima West, and Lena Headey.

The novel follows young Clary Fray (Collins) as she finds out she is the descendent of a powerful supernatural group called Shadowhunters. When her mother is kidnapped, she must team up with the group to save her and figure out who she really is.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will hit theaters August 23, 2013.

City of Bones Film Adaptation Begins Filming

City of Bones, the first big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s massively popular “The Mortal Instruments” series has begun filming in Toronto and a picture of star Lily Collins as main character Clary Fray has been released (and can be seen above.)

I appears Collins is working on the first few scenes in the book on the streets of the city. With the incredible popularity of the novel, it seems we will have several production photos released over the next few weeks as people are staking out the area.

The novel and film follows follows a young teen girl, Clary Fray, who 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.

City of Bones will be directed by Harald Zwart. Collins leads the all-star cast that includes Jamie Campbell Bower as fellow main character, Jace Wayland,  Robert Maillet, Robert Sheehan, Godfrey Gao, Lena Headey, Jared Harris, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

The film has a projected release date of August 23, 2013.

Win an Exclusive “Mirror Mirror” Prize Pack – Giveaway

Optionated is excited to offer an amazing new giveaway featuring items from the new film, Mirror Mirror starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins.

Mirror Mirror is an upcoming comedy fantasy film based on ‘’Snow White’’ by the Brothers Grimm. It is directed by Tarsem Singh and stars Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, and Sean Bean. The film is a funny and enticing take on the tale and is great for families.  

What You Get:

One winner will receive the prize pack featuring an official soundtrack from the film, a t-shirt, tote bag, snow globe and compact mirror.

About the prize pack:

  • The t-shirt and tote bag features the phrase “One bad apple” from the film.
  • The soundtrack features a score by eight-time Oscar winning composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin), along with two new versions of the reworked Nina Hart song “I Believe in Love,” sung by Lily Collins.
  • The snow globe and compact mirror features the title of the film.

About the film:

One of the most beloved stories of all time is coming to life in the motion picture event for the whole family, Mirror Mirror.  A fresh and funny retelling of the Snow White legend, Mirror Mirror features breakout star Lily Collins (The Blind Side) as Snow White, a princess in exile, and Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts as the evil Queen who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her Prince in this magical comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over.  The film also stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the Prince, and Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen.

The film was released in theaters Friday, March 30th.

How To Enter:

Send and email with your name and shipping information to contest@bsckids.com. Please make the title Mirror Mirror so we know which contest you are entering. If you follow us on Twitter (@Optionated_) or Facebook you get two chances to win, just make sure you include the name you follow us under in the entry email. We will be announcing winners on April 9th! Good Luck!

Note: Mirror Mirror giveaway items provided by Sneak Attack Media

City of Bones Adaptation Reveals New Director

The news that fans have been waiting for has finally been revealed. Harald Zwart, of Karate Kid fame, is set to direct the big screen adaptation of City of Bones. 

While the director had remained a mystery for several months, it has finally be released now that the film is moving forward. Screenwriter Marlene King recently met with Zwart and the producers of the feature, and author of the novel, Cassandra Clare, also met with them and later confirmed that adaptation was moving forward.

Here’s the official synopsis for Mortal Instruments:

CLARY FRAY (Lily Collins) is an ordinary Brooklyn teenager until the night she meets the mysteriously tattooed JACE, who turns out to be a half-angel warrior known as a Shadowhunter. When Clary finds out her mother JOCELYN has been abducted, she desperately hopes Jace will be able to help. After a whirling golden portal transports her across time and space in a heartbeat, Clary realizes she too has the powers of the Shadowhunters. But can she harness them in time to save her mother?

Clary, Jace and their fellow Shadowhunters endure one breathtaking battle after another against vampire, warlocks and demons—only to discover Jocelyn hid a terrible secret from the fiercest warrior of all: VALENTINE. Cast out from the world of Shadowhunters, Valentine abducted Jocelyn believing she had a powerful tool known as the Mortal Cup. Using her newfound gifts, Clary finds the Cup, only to be brutally betrayed and forced to relinquish it.

Still reeling from this setback and racing to save Jocelyn before it’s too late, Clary finds herself caught in a battle between forces she barely understands. Based on the best-selling series by Cassandra Clare, MORTAL INSTRUMENTS is a magnificent urban fantasy rich in detail and suspense, about a girl’s journey to the darkest corners of the underworld to save those she loves

The film tapped Lily Collins to star as Clary over a year ago, and it seems she is still locked in for the film. Starring opposite of her is  Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland.

City of Bones is the first novel in the series written by Clare, and if all goes well, there is a possibility the whole series will be adapted.

It has also been confirmed that filming for the project is set to begin on August 15th in Toronto.

First TV spot for Mirror Mirror Revealed

To paraphrase the Dark Knight Begins movie series, these are not the movies we needs, but the one we deserve. Cashing in on the public domain stories, Tarem Singh’s Mirror Mirror goes slightly against the mainstream trend and opts to be a spirited adventure comedy instead of going all dark and gritty; which is weird considering that Singh directed Immortals with the zombie Titans.

The movie which will release on March 30 will star Roberts as the Queen, Lily Collins as Snow White, Armie Hammer as Prince Alcott, Sean Bean as the King; Winter is Coming; and Nathan Lane as the Queen’s bungling servant, Brighton. In this adaptation of the Brothers Grimm story Snow White, an evil queen steals control of a kingdom and the exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright in this cartoon-like, slapstick comedy filled with jealousy, romance and betrayal.

Singh’s Mirror Mirror will get first crack at audiences as it’ll be released well before Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman. I’m honestly wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a third Snow White movie in the works that I’m not aware of, but I’ve ranted a bit about my suspicions as to why we’re seeing all these fairy tale revisions here

“Cashing in on the likes of the largest market in the world with disposable income; nerds and 14 year old girls; more and more shows and movies have been focusing on fairy tales. This I believe is based on the popularity of a series of comics called Fables.”

“Looking towards the instant win section for comics, “Fables” and all the characters that are used in the story are part of public domain. So why wouldn’t the industry cash in?”

For a more in depth analysis, check out how the two Snow White movies compare thus far here in Battle of the Snow Whites.

As the first television spot for Mirror Mirror, what’s shown is weak by comparison to the official trailers opening sequence. In Bollywood style, the official trailer opens with a dance sequence and catchy ditty that hitches a ride on the subconscious. This is worse than last song syndrome, it’s new infectious song syndrome. “I believe, I believe, I believe in love, in love.” What I don’t believe is why I can’t find the song online. I know that the song is called “I believe” by Iranian singer Googoosh, but it seems to be a contemporary cover of the actual song. I blame this on Alan Menken, the scorer of this film for dropping the beats. Menken’s known for creating some of the most audibly addictive sounds, having covered music for many a Disney movie to broadwas musicals. The songs are so prolific in my short term memory, that I have to play the song trump game to get rid of some. In my case, “I believe” is trumped by Dr. Steel’s “Singularity” that’s beaten by Basement Jaxx “Take me back to your house” which has to be replaced with Katy Perry’s “E.T.” minus Kanye, then a U Penn Off the Beat capella of Sarah McLachlan’s Possession. All which then burns in me until I fall unconscious for being this crazy to begin with.

So until the Mirror Mirror comes out; or the official soundtrack; I’m going to go crazy with a fraction of a song stuck in my head. For all I know, it’s just a song that’s appearing in the trailer only which will cause my insanity to grow.

Check out the trailer and tv spot for Mirror Mirror below

Mirror Mirror Official Trailer

Mirror Mirror TV Spot

Behind The Scenes Pictures Released for Mirror Mirror

Courtesy of Relativity Media, via The Hollywood Reporter, new behind the scenes images from Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror have been released. Mirror Mirror is the live-action adaptation of Snow White, but should not be confused with the competing Snow White film featuring Kristen Stewart.  Continue reading