Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), 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 (Lena Headey), 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. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Kevin Durand, Aidan Turner, Jemima West, Godfrey Gao, CCH Pounder, Jared Harris, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers also star. ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ is out now.
What was it about Clary as a character that really attracted you to the part? She’s very much this “normal” girl tumbling into this bizarre world…
Lily Collins: Yeah. I guess the fact that Clary is very normal, you know? I really like that. She cries, she’s confused, she’s going through an identity crisis – which I know I sure did, I don’t think anyone really ever fully gets over. But she embraces that, and she finds the strengths in her weaknesses. And she ends up kicking major butt and hanging with the guys, but all the while, still having those very feminine, young girl moments that make her very real. What I really like was this journey that she goes on, but that she never loses sight of how she actually is very normal as well. Because I think It’s too easy to play it very superhuman, but that’s not relatable to the normal person. That’s what drew me to her.
Clarissa “Clary” Fray (Lily Collins) has been living quietly in Brooklyn for as long as she can remember, when she suddenly begins to see startling and seemingly impossible things. Just as suddenly, her single mom (Lena Headey) disappears after a violent struggle. As she and her best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan) search for her mother, Clary begins to uncover the dark secrets and darker threats in the hidden world of the Shadowhunters, angel-human warriors who have protected humanity from evil forces for centuries. Surrounded by demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other supernatural denizens of the Shadow World, Clary joins forces with young Shadowhunters Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), Isabelle (Jemima West) and Alec (Kevin Zegers) to locate and protect an ancient Cup that holds the key to her mother’s future. Discovering abilities and courage she never knew she possessed, the young woman surprises even herself as she proves to be a formidable opponent against an array of deadly adversaries.
Directed by Harald Zwart (‘The Karate Kid’ remake), ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ is an adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s first book in her best-selling young adult novel series. The likes of Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Lena Headey, Kevin Durand, Aidan Turner, Jemima West, Godfrey Gao, CCH Pounder, Jared Harris, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers star. The film is out now.
What was about this role that intrigued you and you enjoyed playing? I can imagine that given his flamboyance he was fun to play?
Godfrey Gao: Definitely (laughs). My character Magnus Bane is half demon, half human. He’s 800 years-old and he loves to party, and he throws these parties for Downworlders for the world that is beneath us. It’s pretty cool to put this character on the big screen, as he has all this makeup on, glitter, nail polish, eyeliner, eye shadow….. he’s an interesting, flamboyant guy (laughs). He’s a fan favorite, so I feel very honored to play him. I enjoyed myself playing him, during shooting and just by getting so much love from the fans. He is a party animal and he’s definitely out there. Due to age and experience, he’s been through it all and he’s seen it all. He basically owns Brooklyn. He throws parties that everybody wants to attend. Magnus is very powerful as well as very flamboyant, so when he’s in a room, everybody listens. Both men and women are drawn to him and he takes full advantage of that (laughs). Magnus is basically a high end warlock that never ages and never dies; he is immortal. I had a blast.
Entertainment One (eOne) send word that they’ve firmed up a co-development pact with Avi Lerner (Rambo,The Expendables) and Nu Image to develop and produce a television series based on ‘Rambo.’ Under their exclusive option arrangement, the partners will collectively develop the series and shop it to broadcasters in the US and internationally. The parties are currently in negotiations with Sylvester Stallone to be involved with the project on a creative level as well as potentially reprise his iconic role as the original Rambo.
‘Rambo’ is a cult classic series of movies and an epic feature film character starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo. Based on the David Morell novel “First Blood,” the film is about a troubled Vietnam War veteran and former Green Beret who is skilled in many aspects of survival, weaponry, hand to hand combat and guerrilla warfare. The series consists of the films ‘First Blood,’ ‘Rambo: First Blood Part II,’ ‘Rambo III’ and ‘Rambo.’
First Looks At Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren & Randy Couture On The Set Of ‘The Expendables 3′
With filming now underway in Bulgaria on ‘The Expendables 3, the third installment of ‘The Expendables’ action-thriller franchise, CS have got their mitts on this new batch of images from the set of the film. ’The Expendables 3′ will feature Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to their roles in the first two films with Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford joining the all-star cast along with Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell.
In ‘The Expendables 3,’ Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
EW are reporting that Ziyi Zhang is in talks to reprise her role as Jen Yu in the sequel to ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, which will begin shooting in March 2014. A source close to the film reportedly says Zhang’s part would be shot as flashbacks to explain what happened to her character. As previously announced by The Weinstein Company, Michelle Yeoh will return as Yu Shu Lien and Donnie Yen will star as Silent Wolf in the sequel, titled ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon — The Green Destiny.’ Yuen Wo Ping will direct; Ang Lee directed the original, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2000. John Fusco is writing the screenplay, based on ‘Iron Knight, Silver Vase’ by Wang Du Lu, book 5 in the ‘Crane-Iron Pentalogy’ series on which the original film is based. Ping and Zhang also recently teamed up for Wong Kar-wai’s ‘The Grandmaster.’
Wo Ping is a renowned martial arts director and chroreographer, having directed more than two dozen Chinese-language films and advised or choreographed more than a dozen American actions movies including ‘The Matrix’ trilogy, the ‘Kill Bill’ films and the first ‘Crouching Tiger.’ ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ became a surprise international success, grossing $213.5 million. It grossed $128 million in the US becoming the highest grossing foreign language film in American history and has won over 40 awards including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film was also nominated for six other Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Earlier this month it was reported that Steven Spielberg had dropped out of directing ‘American Sniper,’ the biopic of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. In May, DreamWorks joined Warner Bros in a co-production when Spielberg said that he would direct the script by Jason Hall. Both Spielberg and DreamWorks have parted ways with the project, leaving Warner Bros free to seek another director. Today Twitch has learned that Clint Eastwood has reportedly gotten the nod to take over the directing assignment from Warners. Bradley Cooper, who has been developing the project as a producer, is still likely play the lead role. There’s currently no word on when the film will begin shooting.
The book, whose complete title is ‘American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,’ reveals how Texas native Chris Kyle came to record the highest number of sniper kills for an American. The book has been praised for its frankness in telling a first-person account of a warrior who shoots from far and close distances. Kyle tragically was killed at a shooting range by a fellow vet in February. The book spent 18 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and 13 weeks at No. 1. Bradley Cooper’s production company, 22nd & Indiana Pictures, optioned the rights to the book a year ago. The official synopsis for the book is as follows.