A Short That’s Perfect for Halloween

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Report: Oct 24 2014

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Since I’ve not been well enough to get out of the house lately, thought I’d share some published reviews of new movies.

Dracula Untold


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 25
Rotten: 80

Critics Consensus: Neither awful enough to suck nor sharp enough to bite, Dracula Untold misses the point of its iconic character’s deathless appeal.



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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 32,582

If I Were Casting This Show: The Mortal Instruments

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I have spent some time recently on a site called IFList. It allows book fans to support having their favorites brought to film. It also allows fans to suggest and vote for which actors should be cast in which roles. That exercise prompted me to spend some time contemplating just who I could see portraying some of my favorite characters.

Now that it is indeed confirmed the The Mortal Instruments book series will be released as a television series much like the Outlander book series has been, I decided to pretend like I am the casting director and offer my humble opinion as to who should / could be cast in these roles.


Katherine McNamara



Clarissa (Clary) Fray: 5’2 with curly red hair, green eyes, pale skin, and freckles. She is said to look like her mother





Zachary Gordon

Zachary Gordon



Simon Lewis: taller, with dark brown hair, which grows longer throughout the series. As a human, his eyes were the color of creamed coffee, a sort of rich brown







Jamie Campbell Bower



Jace Wayland: has fine wavy dark golden-blond hair and dark gold eyes. He has a slim, muscular build, and is about 5’11”. His face is described as being pretty and angular, and Clary often refers to him as beautiful and leonine, with a narrow mouth.






HANNAH MURRAY at Dark Shadows Premiere

Hannah Murray



Isabelle is very beautiful and tall. She has very dark brown eyes with hints of gold that initially appear to be black. She is curvaceous and has long black hair. She dresses stylishly, often with badass heels.





douglas booth

Douglas Booth




Alexander “Alec” Lightwood: thin build and like his mother, has black hair, luminous blue eyes, and impressive height. He is also very pale. Alec is described as being very handsome as well






Rebecca Mader

Rebecca Mader


Jocelyn (Fray) Fairchild/Morganstern: elegant and beautiful with long red hair that is usually in a twist; Clary is often said to look much like her.







Jonathan Rhys Meyers



Luke Galloway has blue eyes and brown, uneven hair. He is tall, with squared shoulders and wears glasses.








Godfrey Gao



Magnus Bane: of Asian descent because his mother was Indonesian and his father is a demon. He is also said to be long and lean, but not skinny, with lightly muscled arms and an inch taller than Alec. He has brown skin and black hair that is usually spiked, colorful, and glittery.






Harry Lloyd



Valentine Morganstern: tall and very handsome. He is broad shouldered and has light blond, almost silver hair. He also has black eyes






‘Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka and Meg Ryan Are Cast in New Indie High School Film

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Fan Girl Casting News

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Here’s an interesting intersection between music and film – the new comedy Fan Girl will star Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom), Meg Ryan (Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally) and real-life band All Time Low.

‘Fan Girl’ is the directorial debut of Paul Jarrett based on a semi-autobiographical film scripted by Gina O’Brien. It centers on a post-millennial 15-year-old (Shipka) whose two obsessions are making movies and alternative rock band All Time Low. She gets a chance to see the band live and film the concert for a class project.

Remember All Time Low? The pop punk band from Maryland achieved considerable fame from 2005-2009 and had several successful Warped Tour circuits and national…

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Cassandra Clare’s ‘The Mortal Instruments’ to Return as a TV Series

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The Mortal Instruments series, a best-selling Young Adult fantasy franchise created by Cassandra Clare, will be made into “a high-end drama series” for television according to The Hollywood Reporter. Constantin Film, the production company that controls the rights to both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series, originally planned on creating a film franchise, however this idea was shelved after The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones film earned only $31 million at the domestic box office.

Ed Decter, whose writer-producer credits include Helix, Unforgettable, In Plain Sight and The Client List, has been hired as the show-runner/executive producer for the Mortal Instruments series. The project is currently in development, with Constantin planning to begin production next year.

We don’t know who will be broadcasting the series, but both author Cassandra Clare and Constantin film’s Martin Moszkowicz seem excited about the prospect of a TV…

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The Hollywood Reporter: MIPCOM: ‘The Mortal Instruments’ to Return as TV Series

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12:40 PM PST 10/12/2014 by Scott Roxborough

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones earned just $31 million at the domestic box office.

‘Helix’ showrunner Ed Decter will develop Cassandra Clare’s YA fantasy franchise for the small screen. After stalling at the box office, The Mortal Instruments is coming back. As a television series.

Constantin Film, the production company that controls the rights to Cassandra Clare‘s best-selling YA fantasy franchise and which produced The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones film, is relaunching Mortal Instruments as a high-end drama series. Constantin has hired Ed Decter, whose writer-producer credits include Helix, Unforgettable, In Plain Sight and The Client List, as the showrunner for the Mortal Instruments series. The project is currently in development, with Constantin planning to begin production next year. No broadcast partners are yet attached to the series.

Constantin had originally planned to turn Clare’s fantasy series into a feature film franchise but shelved that idea after the firstMortal Instruments film, starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, tanked at the box office, earning just $31 million domestically. Constantin, however, insisted it had not abandoned the franchise and planned to return to Mortal Instruments. “It actually makes sense to do (the novels) as a TV series,” Constantin film and TV head Martin Moszkowicz told THR. “There was so much from the book that we had to leave out of the Mortal Instruments film. In the series we’ll be able to go deeper and explore this world in greater detail and depth.”

The Mortal Instruments series is part of a broader strategic shift at Constantin that will see the German-based company move into English-language television series. Moszkowicz said Constantin is looking at possible television adaptations of several of its English-language movie properties, including period serial killer drama Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and the Resident Evil sci-fi horror franchise.

Constantin’s German television business has been consistently profitable over the years even as its recent English-language films, with the exception of the Resident Evil titles, have misfired. In addition to Mortal Instruments, Constantin’s big-budget disaster movie Pompeii and the 3D animated Tarzan, both fizzled at the box office.

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Article Appearing in the NYT: ‘Twilight’ to Be Revived in Short Films on Facebook

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LOS ANGELES — Two years after Lions Gate released the fifth and supposedly final installment of its “Twilight” movie series, the studio has devised an unusual franchise-rekindling effort — and it may hold clues about Facebook’s future in Hollywood.

Lions Gate and Stephenie Meyer, the creator of the vampires-and-werewolves “Twilight” saga, on Tuesday announced plans to select five aspiring female directors to make short films based on “Twilight” characters. The mini-movies, financed by Lions Gate and its production partners, will be shown exclusively on Facebook next year.

“We think Facebook is a great way for us to introduce the world of ‘Twilight’ to a whole new audience while re-energizing existing fans,” Michael Burns, Lions Gate’s vice chairman, said in an interview.

The effort reflects the manner in which Hollywood is maintaining its most valuable film properties between sequels and prequels and remakes. In the past, studios barely kept a pilot light lit, forcing marketing teams to constantly reactivate cold fan bases. Now the savviest studio marketers are using Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube and other online platforms to keep fans on a constant low boil.


Kristen Stewart, with Robert Pattinson, will vet films; neither is likely to appear.CreditAndrew Cooper/Summit Entertainment

“This is the just the beginning — a template, if you will,” Mr. Burns added. “You can probably guess what might be coming next.”

A similar short film series based on “The Hunger Games,” Lions Gate’s other megawatt movie property? A sixth “Twilight” movie? Mr. Burns declined to elaborate, though he did say, “We love Stephenie Meyer.”

While fans salivate over his tease, Hollywood will no doubt focus on the Facebook component. What it signals seems clear: The social media service can be more than a platform for movie trailers. Its future may well include the distribution of entire movies.

The entertainment industry is enticed by that proposition because Facebook attracts such a giant audience: 1.3 billion monthly users worldwide. Movie companies are increasingly exploring nontraditional distribution of all kinds. On Monday, the Weinstein Company announced a deal to simultaneously debut the coming sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” on Netflix and in certain Imax theaters.

Lions Gate has a history of novel Facebook partnerships. The studio created a teaser for “Divergent” in December that became the service’s first video ad. More broadly, Facebook and entertainment industry executives have had informal discussions about partnerships tied to Oculus VR, a maker of virtual reality headsets that Facebook bought for $2 billion in July.

Facebook declined to make an executive available for an interview for this article. In a statement, Dan Rose, the Facebook vice president for partnerships, said Lions Gate’s “premium video program” was a “great opportunity” to engage the 150 million people who followed the official “Twilight” Facebook pages.


Stephenie Meyer is the creator of the “Twilight” series.CreditMichael Buckner/Getty Images

Even so, Chris Cox, the Facebook chief product officer, said in an interview in September that exclusive video or original content, like the new TV-length shows commissioned by Yahoo, were not a focus for the social network.

“It’s really how do we make the experience when you’re there amazing, more relevant and more joyful,” he said. “If you’re solving those sorts of problems, it’s not on your road map to go get exclusive content to get more people to come back to Facebook. One day, maybe, but not right now.”

The short film series, called “The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of ‘The Twilight Saga,’ ” has the backing of Women in Film, an organization devoted in part to ending a shortage of female directors. While not overtly championed by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, the initiative could be viewed in the context of her “Lean In” efforts to empower women in the workplace.

A group of female panelists, including the “Twilight” actress Kristen Stewart and Ms. Meyer, will select the winning shorts and mentor participants, Lions Gate said. Other panelists include the actresses Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer and Julie Bowen; Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first “Twilight” movie; the film producer Cathy Schulman; and Jennifer Lee, who co-directed “Frozen.”

Certain contest details, including the length of the shorts, are still being worked out and will be made available on Tongal.com, a crowdsourcing platform. A spokeswoman for Lions Gate declined to say how much the studio would spend, but added that it would be a “significant” amount, at least by short-film standards. The cast members of the “Twilight” movies are not expected to appear in the short films.

Ms. Meyer’s four “Twilight” books have sold more than 120 million copies worldwide. The five resulting films — the final book, “Breaking Dawn,” was told in two cinematic parts — took in $3.5 billion worldwide, after accounting for inflation.

The participation of Ms. Meyer in the new “Twilight” project carries extra weight. In 2012, when the last movie was released, Lions Gate was eager to work with her on more “Twilight” installments. But Ms. Meyer instead pursued other projects, including a science fiction romance called “The Host,” an adaptation of another one of her novels. “The Host” took in $26.6 million domestically.

In a statement, Ms. Meyer said nothing specific about returning to “Twilight” but instead focused on Hollywood’s gender gap. “The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I’ve worked in the film industry,” she said.