Last month, Screen Gems decided it didn’t want to bother with Mortal Instruments, the adaptation of the first novel in Cassandra Clare‘s young adult fantasy series, after all. At the time, Scott Stewart (Legion) was attached to direct with Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower as possible stars.

Now the film is back on, thanks to Constantin Film and Unique Pictures. Stewart is not involved, as he is going to make the TV version of his film Legion. Instead, Karate Kid remake director Harold Zwart will make the film, and he’s got Lily Collins still attached to one of the lead roles. Read More »

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I don’t know how she’s doing it, but Kristen Bell‘s been booking roles almost faster than we can write them up this week. Hot on the heels of news that she’d been cast in Disney’s Frozen and the Neil LaBute adaptation Some Girls, Bell has also landed a part in the dramedy Writers. Recent additions to the film also include Logan Lerman (The Three Musketeers), Nat Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band), Liana Liberato (Trust), and Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) joining previously cast stars Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly.

Written and directed by Josh Boone, Writers follows the dysfunctional Borgens family: successful novelist dad Bill (Kinnear), his ex-wife (Connelly), their college-aged daughter (Collins), and teenage son (Wolff). Lerman will play a fellow student pursuing the daughter, while Liberato will play the son’s first love. Bell is lined up for the part of Tricia, who, as Bill’s friend-with-benefits, helps him get over his ex. Shooting on Writers begins next week in North Carolina. [Deadline]

After the jump, Leslie Mann is the mother of thieves.

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While I haven’t loved most of the marketing for Tarsem Singh‘s Mirror, Mirror so far, one element that’s actually drawn a few laughs out of me is Armie Hammer‘s performance as Prince Andrew Alcott. He’s clearly having so much fun with the character that it’s tough not to be won over, and now a new featurette takes advantage of that appeal by focusing on Hammer and his well-intentioned but ditzy charcter.

But it seems I’m not the only one that hasn’t been such a fan of the kiddie comedy’s trailers. In a recent interview, Singh noted his own displeasure at the way his film was being sold. Could this mean that Mirror, Mirror won’t quite be the the cringe-inducing hamfest we’ve been led to expect? Watch the featurette and read Singh’s comments after the jump.

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I can’t tell whether it’s that the footage of Tarsem Singh‘s Mirror Mirror is truly getting better, or whether I’m just developing some weird cinematic version of Stockholm Syndrome. But after kind of hating the first trailer, the film started to grow on me with yesterday’s featurette, and now this new international trailer has me kind of, sort of, actually looking forward to seeing it.

The new video offers up a bit more than the previous one did in terms of plot, and serves up some fresh jokes as well. Lily Collins stars as the fairytale princess, while Armie Hammer plays the handsome prince, Julia Roberts the evil queen, and Nathan Lane her pitiable sycophant. Watch the video after the jump.

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The Great Snow White Showdown of 2012 has been brewing for about a year and a half now, but it looks like we’ll have to wait just a tiny bit longer to see how things shake out. Mirror Mirror has pushed its release date back by two weeks from March 16 to March 30, the better to take advantage of spring break and the Easter holiday. Snow White and the Huntsman is still scheduled to open June 1.

In the meantime, though, we have a couple of new looks at both in the form of a behind-the-scenes video from Mirror Mirror and a just-released photo of Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman. The more we see of each, the clearer it’s becoming that whatever their respective strengths or weaknesses, the two movies are very different beasts. Hit the jump for more.

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Just weeks ago Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) was announced as the female lead of the new version of The Evil Dead. She was to be the new Ash, essentially, in the Fede Alvarez-directed remake of Sam Raimi‘s classic horror film. (Calling the character ‘the new Ash,’ refers to the Evil Dead lead played by Bruce Campbell in three films, though that might turn out to be a stretch as we don’t yet know enough about what the new character will really be like.)

But that’s no longer the case, as scheduling conflicts have forced Collins to drop out of the project. Read More »

The Great Snow White Race of 2011 resulted in two films: Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, a Lord of the Rings-style action film starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, and Relativity’s Mirror, Mirror, a lighter, more family-oriented comedy featuring Lily Collins, Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer.

Mirror, Mirror will be the first to theaters, with a March 16 release date. The first trailer for the film didn’t convince me that director Tarsem had made a movie I’m going to be excited to see, but Mirror, Mirror could still end up being a decent family movie.

Now we’ve got a look at some behind the scenes images from the film, showing how Tarsem’s all-stage built production came together. Check them out below. Read More »

Lily Collins Joins ‘The Evil Dead’ Remake

The first actual cast member for the remake of Sam Raimi‘s The Evil Dead has been announced: Lily Collins, she of the starring role in Tarsem’s Hallmark Channel-looking Snow White film Mirror, Mirror. From what we know of this new version of Raimi’s story, it seems like Collins will be playing one of the most prominent characters, probably even the lead role. So, is Lily Collins the new Bruce Campbell? Read More »

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