The Mortal Instruments City of Bones

The combined powers of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games have opened the floodgates for a tidal wave of sci-fi / fantasy YA adaptations — it seems like a new potential franchise goes into development every week. As with any genre, though, not all of these films are created equal.

The best ones capture the imaginations of young and old alike, while the worst are forgotten almost before they even open. Time will tell where on the spectrum The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will fall, but feel free to make an educated guess based on the new trailer after the jump.

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Nothing can stop the wave of YA adaptations coming to movie theaters in the next year or two — not even the relative disinterest in the movies. Beautiful Creatures and The Host didn’t really hit so far this year, but there are more to come. Earlier today we saw the trailer for the new Percy Jackson film, and now here’s the first full trailer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

The film features Lily Collins as a young woman who learns that there is a shadow conflict just out of sight, with half-angel warriors battling demons right before the unseeing eyes of humanity. With her own eyes open to the conflict, Collins’ character is quickly drawn in. This trailer shows far more of the newly-done effects than did the teaser, and it also makes the film look rather like a revamped Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Have a look below.

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We all know the beats of the typical rock star origin story — a talented, passionate young person finds his calling in life and overcomes adversity to achieve fame and success, etc. But what about the guy who didn’t make it? The guy who put in the same sweat and blood and tears but never quite managed to scrape together enough talent or luck to actually break into the big time?

We first showed you the trailer for Killing Bono back in December, but now a new, very similar trailer has been released for its U.S. premiere this fall. The reality-based tale follows two brothers, Neil and Ivan McCormick (Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan) who start a band to rival their school friend Paul’s (Martin McCann) group The Hype. But as The Hype gets bigger and bigger — and eventually changes their name to U2 — Neil and Ivan find their own dreams of rock n’ roll superstardom thwarted at every turn. Directed by Nick Hamm, the film also stars Krysten Ritter, Peter Serafinowicz, and Pete Postlethwaite in his final performance. Watch the video after the jump.

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Movie Trailer: ‘Killing Bono’

It’s been almost a year since we heard anything about Killing Bono. Last time we checked in on the film, Nick Hamm was about to direct Ben Barnes, Krysten Ritter, Robert Sheehan, Charlie Cox and Jason Byrne in the movie based on Neil McCormick‘s book about being in a band that struggled in the shadow of U2 during the mega-band’s formative years.

Now the film is done and there is a trailer, which you can see after the break. Read More »

Season of the Witch Teaser Trailer

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Lionsgate has released a special 30-second Halloween teaser trailer for Dominic Sena‘s supernatural thriller Season of the Witch on IGN. The film stars Nicolas Cage as a 14th century Crusader who returns with his comrade (Ron Perlman) to a homeland devastated by the Black Plague.

“A beleaguered church, deeming sorcery the culprit of the plague, commands the two knights to transport an accused witch (Claire Foy) to a remote abbey, where monks will perform a ritual in hopes of ending the pestilence. A priest (Stephen Campbell Moore), a grieving knight (Ulrich Thomsen), an itinerant swindler (Stephen Graham) and a headstrong youth who can only dream of becoming a knight (Robert Sheehan) join a mission troubled by mythically hostile wilderness and fierce contention over the fate of the girl.When the embattled party arrives at the abbey, a horrific discovery jeopardizes the knight’s pledge to ensure the girl fair treatment, and pits them against an inexplicably powerful and destructive force.”

Sena is best known as the director of fun but disposable action films like Gone in Sixty Seconds, Swordfish and the recent comic book adaptation Whiteout. I’ve heard great things about Brian Schut‘s script, but I’m not impressed by the tiny bits in the trailer. Watch it embedded after the jump.

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Rupert Grint’s Cherrybomb Trailer

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An R-Rated promotional trailer for Cherrybomb, a film which stars Rupert Grint from the Harry Potter series. Cherrybomb tells the story of a group of teenagers (Grint, Robert Sheehan and Kimberley Nixon) who embark on a wild weekend of drinking, drugging, shop-lifting and car stealing. But the fun turns deadly  when the three discover that they can’t stop the wild ride. The film debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival in February but has yet to be slotted with a domestic release. Watch the trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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