MSN UK have revealed this brand new UK poster for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. This comes in a week where there has been lots of exciting news for TMI fans not least that the sequel to City of Bones, City of Ashes will go into production later this year.
City of Bones is due for release in cinemas on August 23rd.
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Twilight triumphs at The Empire Cinemas Alternative Movie Awards
Twilight scoops a total of five awards in the people’s vote including Best On-Screen Couple, Best On-Screen Kiss, Best Film Villain, Best Fight Scenes and Best Male Body. The winners chosen by Empire Cinemas customers in the first Empire Cinemas Alternative Movie Awards.
We’ve had the BAFTAs, Oscars and Golden Globes…now it’s time for The Empire Cinemas Alternative Movie Awards as voted for by the real critics – the fans. Despite not being critically acclaimed in the aforementioned industry awards, it’s the final instalment of The Twilight Saga that has really made its mark with cinemagoers as Breaking Dawn Part 2 scoops a total of five awards.
Bella Swan and Edward Cullen proved a huge hit – scooping a massive 86 per cent of vote for both Best On-Screen Couple and Best On-Screen Kiss.
Bella and Edward beat Stewart’s other Best On-Screen Couple nomination for Snow White and The Huntsman alongside Chris Hemsworth (three per cent); while Gangster Squad’s Grace Faraday (Emma Stone) and Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling) takes third place (two per cent). K-Stew and R-Patz also see off competition from Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises (four per cent) and The Hunger Games’ lead characters, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutchinson) with two per cent for Best On-Screen Kiss.
The battle between the Cullen clan and the Volturi gives The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 its third win scooping the award for Best Fight Scenes (83 per cent), seeing off competition from The Dark Knight Rises (six per cent) and the record breaking, Skyfall (five per cent).
As one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Bella and Edward aren’t the only stars of the Twilight phenomenon to receive honourable mentions. Michael Sheen’s manipulative ways as Volturi leader Aro dominates the Best Villain category with over three quarters of the vote (76 per cent), beating Charlize Theron’s spine-chilling performance as Queen Ravenna in Snow White and The Huntsman (eight per cent) and the mask-yielding Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (seven per cent).
And for his ab-rippling performance as Jacob Black, Taylor Lautner scoops over two-thirds of the vote (67 per cent) to be crowned Best Male Body – beating Magic Mike star Channing Tatum (11 per cent) and Snow White and The Huntsman’s Chris Hemsworth (eight per cent).
The penultimate category in The Empire Cinemas Alternative Movie Awards sees another win for Kristen Stewart, this time for her role as Snow White in fairytale movie Snow White and The Huntsman as Best Film Hero (68 per cent) beating Christian Bale’s Batman in The Dark Knight Rises (12 per cent) and Daniel Craig’s 007, James Bond in Skyfall (seven per cent).
Following what has been a box office breaking 12 months, Empire Cinemas asked cinemagoers to vote for their winners of unconventional film award categories in the first Empire Cinemas Alternative Movie Awards.
Jon Nutton, Marketing Director for Empire Cinemas, said: “The awards season is such a talking point in the film and cinema industry. We’ve created The Empire Cinemas Alternative Movie Awards to help celebrate film even more, but to also give film fans a voice and pick the winners of awards not generally seen at the big ceremonies. Twilight was a huge success for Empire Cinemas and it’s clear to see our cinemagoers agree, voting it the winner of five awards. 2013 is going to be another huge year for film – we’re excited to see who will be topping the box office and winning in the next annual Empire Cinemas Alternative Movie Awards.”
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In October I was given the opportunity to visit the movie set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in Toronto, Canada along with a group of other bloggers, websites and competition winners from Europe.
Walking into the production offices for City of Bones, the first thing you see is the concept artwork for the movie. What struck me immediately was how everything written by Cassandra Clare for me to imagine was right there in those pictures. It was definitely a WOW! moment with me saying oh my, someone has been in my brain!
After studying the concept artwork for a while, we were taken along to look at the wardrobe department.
Costume designer Gersha Phillips was on hand to show us her mood boards and describe how she went through the creative processes needed to get to a final article and how she takes influences from magazines, pop stars like Lady Gaga and David Bowie, the cat walk and even other movies like Blade and The Matrix (basically imagine every movie where there’s a guy wearing a long leather coat!) She showed us three costumes worn in the movie by Lily Collins (Clary), Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace) and Jemima West (Isabelle). Jamie and Jemima’s costume can be seen in the teaser trailer. Gersha explained how the thigh high boots for Lily were actually hybrids, 2 pairs slashed together and Jemima’s were from the Material Girl range by Madonna. Jamie’s leather hooded waistcoat is long line, something that wasn’t originally planned but it looked good so they stayed with it. Along with the costumes were pendants for each character with a rune attached. Isabelle’s necklace of course contained the ruby which flashes when demons are near.
Gersha then walked us around the department showing us costumes that were worn from scenes like Pandemonium and Magnus’s party, to those worn by the vampires and the robes belonging to the Silent Brothers. These robes were coloured so they would ‘disappear’ into the surrounding stonework of the buildings. The edges were coloured with the designer’s version of ‘blood’ which she said look awesome on film. She also showed us one rail containing a number of the same jacket worn by Clary, which you can see in the trailer, in various states of wear and tear.
We moved from the wardrobe department on to the art department. We were introduced to many people involved in the design of the sets including the graphics for things like the shop fronts in New York. Here we were met with the art director (Anthony)Tony Lanni who took us down onto the main sound stage where we were walked through various sets like, Jocelyn’s apartment which included Clary’s bedroom with all her artwork on its walls, the kitchen and Jocelyn’s bedroom. We were taken into Madame Dorothea’s house which was perfect right down to the beaded curtains, threadbare rugs and general clutter that adorned every surface even right down to the dust! There was even the faint odour of incense and one could quite easily imagine sitting down for a tarot reading.
The main set consisted of a canopied garden room at the top of the Institute and the Institute library. At the time we visited, Jamie (Jace) was filming some fight scenes with Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Valentine) stunt double (Jonathan was doing some weapons training at the time) and let me tell you, they were really going at it, complete with sword noises and grunts…and sweat both real and sprayed on. Sadly, we didn’t get the opportunity to speak with Jamie but we all said good job after being allowed to stay on set while they filmed the scene. Tony showed us various aspects of the library set and explained how the portal was made using a fabric that is used in greenhouses to reflect light and thus giving a shimmering appearance to it. From the runes on the floor and in the moldings above the doors, every part of the library scene was spot on. Tony also showed us some of the replica stonework used for the exterior of The Institute which was based on ‘Casa Loma’ in Toronto, a location that was actually used in making the movie.
From here we were taken to a set of director’s chairs where we surprised to find the backs with ‘The Mortal Instruments’ and our names on, a special gift to us from the production company. After this we were lead outside to one of the trucks which contained all the small props which help make a scene come together where we met Adam the prop builder. He showed us things like Isabelle’s snake whip which if you recall is gold but in this case they decided to go with silver as it fitted better with her costumes. He also explained how they tried various different materials to get the movement of the whip right but eventually settled with kangaroo. Unfortunately, the silver paint they used didn’t stick too well but since a lot of the time on film Isabelle is seen using the whip will be CGI, they overcame the problem. We were also shown the witch lights which while being used by the cast in a scene were attached to a rather cumbersome battery pack which they didn’t like. For a scene where the witch light needed to be passed between characters, they used a small LED light which he explained, didn’t give off enough light on film but that would be enhanced with CGI in post-production. The last thing he showed us was the swords/daggers. When describing how they were made he told us that initially they tried using a type of crystal but they were too heavy and had a stress point below the hilt which caused them to break. Eventually, they settled on using a polymer resin which when poured they had to be careful that all air bubbles were removed. Unfortunately, this wasn’t always successful and he explained how some poor soul had the painstaking task of drilling into all the bubbles and injecting more resin into the spaces.
From here we were lead back to our directors’ chairs where we watched a scene with Clary, Jocelyn and Luke being filmed. There were many retakes not least because of a malfunction with the door as Clary left the apartment. This was the cause of many giggles from all on set and we hope to see this on the outtakes when the movie goes to DVD. The scene we saw was actually from the beginning of the movie. As is the norm when filming, scenes are often done in reverse order and as Lily explained to us, Clary had been through so much, from becoming a warrior and all of a sudden she had to revert back to being this young innocent teenager again. An interesting fact was that until the day before, Lily and Lena (Jocelyn) had never actually met on set!
In between takes of this scene, we were introduced the producer Robert Kulzer, and Jeff the infamous sideburns guy and also Robert Sheehan (Simon) who explained he was on set to do some CGI work. My co visitors were very happy to see that Robert was actually shirtless. And of course we were happy to get to talk to director Harald Zwart and have a group photograph taken with him as a reminder of the day.
Come lunch time, we were able to join the cast and crew in the canteen although the girls among us were far too excited to eat anything!
To round off the day, we were taken back to the main offices where we were presented with personalized copies of the ‘City of Bones’ book signed by members of the cast and also Cassandra Clare, as well the backs of our directors chairs and other little mementoes of the day! We all expected after this to be taken straight back to our hotel so imagine our surprise when Cassandra Clare walked in. We were lucky enough to spend 20 minutes talking to her about the movie, her other books and taking pictures.
All in all, being given the opportunity to visit a film set was a truly wonderful experience but to be on the set of a book that I love and seeing the dedication of the cast and crew and how much detail they put into creating something they hope will satisfy the most discerning of fans was mind blowing. Roll on August 23rd!
Check out these images released of Charlie Bewley’s exclusive guest role in The Vampire Diaries
Twilight actor Charlie Bewley is set to guest star on The Vampire Diaries as Vaughn, another member of the Five, a highly skilled group of vampire hunters whose tattoos are a road map to the cure for vampirism.
As previously reported, Charlie Bewley will feature in the show for several episodes.