by Jessica Marshall
The mundane days that you spent waiting for "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" are at an end. The film hits theaters today!
It's the story of Clary (Lily Collins), an average artsy fartsy New York City teen, who discovers she's part of a long line of demon-slaying Shadowhunters after her mother is kidnapped. Vowing to save her mum (played by “Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey), she enters a dark otherworld she never knew existed. There to guide her every step of the way is fellow Shadowhunter and inevitable love interest, Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower).
Before you take a sip from the Mortal Cup and head to theaters, here are five things you should do.
This week, Robert Sheehan becomes our latest crush thanks to his role in "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones." With the flick hitting theaters on Wednesday (yes, that’s today!), we can’t help but nominate this adorable actor as this week’s Hump Day Hottie.
Check out this dreamy photo of Robert, and keep reading for more details about him!
Vital stats: This brunette babe, 25, grew up in Ireland, where he pursued acting from a young age, taking up gigs even as a kid. Despite attending Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology to study film and TV, his love and passion for acting eventually won out and he took on an acting career full time.
Few directorial declarations soothe a lit-lover's soul quite like these four little words: "I am a fan." After all, seeing one's favorite book make the leap from page to screen can be anxiety-inducing, and it's always a relief to know the characters you adore are in good hands. So fans of Cassandra Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series should be pleased to hear that helmer Harald Zwart considers himself part of the Shadowhunter army.
"I, myself, am a fan," Harald said when asked how he approached the thorny process of adapting a beloved book series. "When I started getting involved in it, I started spending time on my own with the book and visuals and ideas and other movies."
If you've been keeping up with our slew of set visit videos from "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," you already know that actor Godfrey Gao, who plays the magical Magnus Bane, filmed his very first scene in the film sans pants. But you may not know the hysterical backstory behind the the skivvy scene.
Here, straight from the actor himself, is the rest of the tale of his first day on set (and in the breezy wardrobe):
"I had a rack of blazers to chose from, dress shirts, accessories, and I see a rack of underwear," Godfrey recalled. "It's like boxers, briefs, all sorts of styles and colors. And, you know, the stylist was like, 'Pick one. Whatever you like.' I was like, 'Can I have none of those? Can I have some pants on or something?' And the director, Harald [Zwart] walks in, and he was like, 'Those look pretty much like an outfit, the boxers with a heart shape or flowers on them.' He asked me, 'What kind of underwear are you wearing today?' And I said, 'Just some regular gray briefs, you know—just normal looking.' He said, 'Why don't you take off your pants and see what it looks like with the other outfits on.' I said, 'What? Are you serious?' So I showed him, and he was like, 'Cool. That's the outfit. We're going to use that."
Merry Mundanes: Just six sleeps stand between us and the theatrical debut of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," based on the best-selling urban fantasy by Cassandra Clare! And with the release oh-so close, Sony has released another brand-new clip (via Yahoo!), featuring stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan.
In this scene we find our heroes stumbling into an abandoned church that doubles as the Shadowhunter Institute. (Pretty cool how it magically appears as the facade melts away, huh?) Clary stumbles upon entering, succumbing to the demon bite she sustained during an earlier ruckus. She makes a feeble attempt at a joke about Jace rending his garments to bandage her wound, with the bad boy responding in his characteristically snarky manner: "If you wanted me to take off my clothes, you should have just asked."
Sexy Shadowhunters (and marvelous mundanes, too) were out, about and dressed to the nines at last night's big L.A. premiere of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"—and we've got the pics to prove it. Just fix your peepers on these photos of the cast on the arrivals carpet, and try not to faint over how good they all look.
These premieres are usually a style showcase for the ladies in attendance, but this time around, it was the men of "The Mortal Instruments" who turned up looking eye-catchingly fashionable. Case in point: Jamie Campbell Bower, who sported a cobalt three-piece suit and looked beeeeauuuutiful in blue. Also earning kudos for stylish menswear: Kevin Zegers, who upped the ante on a slim black suit with some white piping on his jacket lapels; Godfrey Gao, who donned a sleek black tux that would've no doubt earned the approval of Magnus Bane himself; and Robert Sheehan, who was unignorable in what looked like the world's most formal paisley pajamas.
Prepare your seraph blade, Shadowhunters—the demons are coming!
An extended clip from the upcoming "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" has debuted on Yahoo! Movies, showing just what kind of ooey-gooey creatures Clary Fray and co. will have to face in the August 21 release.
Snippets of the scene have already found their way into previous trailers: Clary confronts Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) about his otherworldly abilities, while mom Jocelyn (Lena Headey) faces home invaders who are after a whole lot more than her big-screen TV or gold jewelry. It's then that Jocelyn calls Clary, warning her not to come home. Of course, she doesn't heed her mom's advice, and comes face to face with a dangerous demon.
Do not adjust your computer monitors: That is indeed "The Mortal Instruments" author Cassandra Clare flaunting cat ears. And, no, that is not her usual authorial garb. Like many writers before her (think: Stephenie Meyer of "Twilight" fame), Cassandra is making a cameo in the big-screen iteration of her best-seller.
When we chatted with the author in between takes on the Toronto set, she admitted that even though she grew up in the film industry, the whole experience was still hard to wrap her head around.
"'Surreal' is the word," she said. "My husband says it's like being at Disneyland where all of the rides are based on my book. It has gone through a long process."
But there was one vivid moment Cassandra recalled where it all started feeling very real.
As September's Seventeen cover girl, Lily Collins is sporting a vibrant aesthetic that's all about bold prints and bright colors—all the better to complement her new outlook on life, which is less plan-ahead, more live-in-the-moment.
The star of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" is about to be one of this summer's biggest superwomen, courtesy of the exciting book-to-film franchise that puts her in the same star caliber category as Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence (whom she told the mag she admires for their ability to handle fame and take on new roles). And just in time for her to hit the A-list, Lily explained to Seventeen that she's embracing the art of letting go and getting (at least a little bit) wild.
Among the noticeable differences: her personal sense of style, which the actress says she's playing with as she tries to carve out her own place on the celebrity landscape.
FROM MTV NEWS: When the soundtrack listing for "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" was announced earlier this month, the forces behind the album (that would be Republic Records, Constantin Film and Screen Gems) promised even more songs to come. And, by the angel, did they deliver!
Joining Demi Lovato, Jessie J. and Colbie Caillat on the August 20 release is Ariana Grande along with The Wanted's Nathan Sykes and their duet "Almost Is Never Enough."
Ariana talked with MTV News about what it was like recording the track and her reaction upon learning it was going to be on the "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" soundtrack.
Click over to MTV News for the full story!