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Everyone’s feeling a little chatty in this quote-heavy edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Evan Daugherty talks G.I. Joe 3 and Snow White and the Huntsman 2
  • Julianne Moore‘s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay role has been beefed up
  • The Mortal Instruments author teases some City of Ashes spoilers
  • Simon Pegg says Star Trek 3 is looking to shoot in the UK, possibly
  • Bad Santa 2 will shoot next year, according to Billy Bob Thornton
  • Is Steve Aoki working on the Transformers: Age of Extinction soundtrack?
  • 2016: Obama’s America filmmaker revisits his predictions in an update
  • Keanu Reeves says Bill & Ted 3‘s heavy CG costs are holding it back
  • George Miller confirms Mel Gibson won’t appear in Mad Max: Fury Road

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The Mortal Instruments City of Bones

Constantin Films was confident enough in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones that it started planning for the sequel, City of Ashes, before the first film even opened. However, when City of Bones proved a big disappointment at the box office, City of Ashes was delayed indefinitely, and we figured it was that was it for the would-be franchise.

But now that Constantin has had some time to mull it over, and fans have had a chance to speak up, the company has decided that it’s worth pushing ahead with City of Ashes after all. After the jump, find out how they plan to avoid making the same mistakes the next time around.

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‘The Mortal Instruments’ Sequel Delayed

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Every time the first installment of a hopeful new YA-based series hits screens, the industry wonders if it is about to see the next Twilight or Harry Potter. Actually, let me rephrase. Usually, the industry wonders how long it will take the producers of this new series to realize there’s not a chance in hell that they’ve got the next Twilight on their hands. After Harry Potter and Twilight, The Hunger Games was nearly a sure thing; everything else is just hopes and wishes.

We watched the Narnia films try to emulate the success of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, and that series ground out a relatively courageous three films before giving up. Most others don’t even get that far; the Percy Jackson sequel that hit this year is a rare example of most hopeful contenders even getting to a second film.

Now The Mortal Instruments, based on the popular but not popular enough book series by Cassandra Clare, is the latest casualty. Read More »

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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2013 Summer Movie Preview

Trailers! Who has time to watch them all? There are something like forty wide releases due out this summer alone. If you assume each trailer runs about two minutes, that’s about an hour and half of your life you’ll never get back. That’s time you could’ve spent actually watching one of these movies.

If you only watch one trailer this spring, then, you’ll want to make it this one. This three-minute supercut teases most of the season’s biggest releases, from Iron Man 3 to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. It’s surprisingly coherent, which may suggest that these titles aren’t as different as the filmmakers would like us to think. Or maybe it just proves that with the right music and some skillful editing, you can totally change the meaning of any scene. In any case, watch it 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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