Mundie Moms

Monday, August 12, 2013

L.A. Mall Tour Stop Tomorrow

Los Angeles Area Mundie Moms, don't forget that there's one more #TMIMallTour stop tomorrow! Here are the details from Cassie's tumblr:
Because the mall tour went so fantastically well Sony decided to add a last stop — in L.A.! (We’ll all be there anyway for the press junket and premiere, so it was really the only place it could be done!) It’ll be me, Jamie, Lily,Robert, Kevin, and Harald the director — the only stop he’ll be on — so I hope to see you there! Details below:

Tuesday, August 13th from 2pm-4pm – LOS ANGELES
TMI event at The Americana at Brand – 889 Americana Way, Glendale CA 91210
Talent: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, director Harald Zwart and best-selling author, Cassandra Clare
Q&A will be open to the public. To take part in the exclusive autograph signing with the cast, director and author, wristbands can be picked up on a first come, first serve basis at The Green starting at 11:00am on Tuesday, August 13th. 

TMI Movie Premiere Photos

Cassie and Lily (source: Yahoo!Movies)
The cast looked gorgeous at the premiere tonight! Don't you love both Cassie's and Lily's dresses?

Kevin Zegers and Jamie Campbell Bower (source: Yahoo!Movies)

Our very own Katie snapped this photo of Jamie right after she finished interviewing him. (source: MMs instagram)

Kevin Zegers, Jamie Campbell Bower, Lily Collins, Robert Sheehan, Godfrey Gao (source: Yahoo!Movies)
 I think this photo looks amazing. As a fandom, we are so lucky to have a perfectly cast group of actors playing our favorite fictional characters.

Lily Collins looking gorgeous in white. (source: Yahoo!Movies)

Producer Robert Kulzer and Jared Harris (source: Yahoo!Movies)
Katie will have her review of the movie up tomorrow for all of us to read and enjoy. I know I'm awaiting her post rather anxiously. What an unbelievable night, MMs.

New Song from Jamie Campbell Bower: "Waiting"

Cassie's fans in London were treated to Jamie singing his song "Waiting" during the London Waterstones's Piccadilly signing. Well guess what, Ont'sofa (Gibson sessions) has recorded a video of Jamie singing that very song in a studio setting.

Fans Camping Out for the Premiere Were Treated to a Special Guest

Katie and Emm (our very own Aussie Mundie Mom!) 
Yesterday, Katie and our very own Emmaly (you guys may recognize her from MMs Forum; she made the journey from Australia just to be at the premiere) found a poster they just couldn't resist!

Last night, Katie and Emm visited the fans who were braving the elements and camping out to get premiere tickets. And guess who else joined them? None other than TMI director, Harald Zwart!
And Harald, true to his word on twitter, brought soup for the first 100 fans.

Source: MMs instagram

Harald with Katie B to his immediate right. Also pictured: TMI Source, TMI Examiner, fangirlishness staff (Source: MMs instagram)

TMI campers (Source: MMs instagram)

(Source: MMs tumblr)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones MOVIE REVIEW *nonspoilery*

*My review was edited slightly after seeing the movie for the second time, the initial excitement from the screening has set in*

Shadowhunters, I have never been more excited nor more nervous,but really more excited than anything to see a movie. Can I just say, this is a good adaptation. Sure, we all know that when our beloved books get optioned and then turned into a movie that some things are going to change. Thank you Constantin Films & Sony Pictures for bringing City of Bones to the big screen. Overall I really enjoyed this movie. At first when we saw the screening, I loved it, but now that the initial excitement has set in and we've all sat around all night long talking about the movie, there are things that were changed that I think, took away from the staying true to the story.

 Let's face it, it is impossible to fit 300 + pages into a 2 hour movie (yes fans, you read that right. This movie is 2 hours + of Shadowhunter goodness). Now I get some fans are nervous when their beloved book hits theaters, because there have been books that when turned to movies (which I will not name) have literally had their entire story line, and characters changed that it has ruined the entire movie. I had that same concern with this movie. There are few things that made me cringe when changed, Valentine would never wear dreadlocks, and the portal in the Institute ruined leading up to the next book. Aside from a few other minor things, like not writing in all the humor that fans have loved from Cassie's books, this movie made me fall in love with this world all over again, because of the acting.

The acting in this movie was suburb! I felt like that this ENTIRE cast of actors literally pulled my favorite characters from the book and brought them to life. In doing so, each actor gave me characters who became relatable, and real. As you all know, I wasn't the biggest fan of Jamie when he was first cast. I read City of Bones when it first came out (more than a few years ago), and had always pictured Alex Pettyfer as Jace. Can I just say, I AM SO GLAD JAMIE was cast as JACE!! Because, JAMIE REALLY IS JACE! Everything this guy did in the movie screamed Jace. From his mannerisms, to his actions, and those oh so perfect lines we've all come to love of Jace's. Had anyone other than Jamie been cast, this movie in my option would not be what I feel it is. Even though this story line follows that of Clary, it's Jace who really made a huge part of the movie.

Can I just say, not only from a mom point of view, but from the point of view from being a women/girl that I love that Cassie wrote girls who can kick butt, they stay true to their morals, and they don't wavier in who they are. Harald not only kept that aspect of Lily and Izzy's characters, he magnified them and Jocelyn. I already had a hunch at how fabulous Lily and Izzy would be, but man alive, Jocelyn completely blew me away. I love what I saw of Jocelyn in this movie. Lena took Jocelyn to a whole new level for me. I loved her whole fierce shadowhunter/mama bear side that comes out. I'm telling you guys, she's not the only one. Jemima is Izzy! That girl doesn't only embrace kicking butt, she can be feminine and beautiful too. Lily Collins was fabulous as Clary. Her strong convention in herself, her vulnerability,and her strength shined through brilliantly on screen. I think a lot of girls will see a little bit of themselves in her. The onscreen chemistry Lily and Jamie have is seriously perfection!

Aw Simon! Okay, let me be honest. I wanted to slap Simon so many times when I read City of Bones (which I've read more times than I'll admit on here). Robert Sheehan made me fall totally in love with Simon. I know, shocking, since I don't fall in love with book Simon until City of Ashes. What Jamie did with Jace, Robert does with Simon. He makes him vulnerable, he makes him strong, he makes him real and he makes me emotionally feel for him, even when I don't think I would or at times want to. Some of my favorite Simon scenes were the ones between he and Jace. Their one liners and banter was down right awesome. Also like Jamie and Lily, Robert and Lily have an onscreen chemistry that is just as fabulous!

This entire cast rocked! Godfrey was fabulous as Magnus.  I can not wait to see him more of him in City of Ashes. Kevin was the best Alec. Can I just say, some of the best acting doesn't need to have lines in it. Kevin brought Alec to life not just through what he says in the movie, but by his body language and his facial expressions. He rocked as Alec. Aidan Turner is so Luke! I seriously love the adult love story in this book,and I felt it played out perfectly on screen, because of what Aidan and Lena give their characters. I just hope we see so much more of them in City of Ashes.

Another actor who made me feel for him, was Jared Harris's portrayal of Hodge. He made me feel bad for him, when I seriously never felt bad for him before. I know that sounds bad, but once Hodge does what he does in the book, I couldn't look at him in the same light. Movie wise, Jared made me feel for Hodge, and understand the course of actions he takes. Let's talk about the circle. I loved the brief back story of the Circle that was kept in the film. Though I wanted more of it, I loved what they gave me. Hello evil..... Jonathan Rhys Meyers was the most intense actor of the group. When I say intense, I mean despite the fact Valentine would not wear dreadlocks, and in the movie he does, I looked right past that and couldn't look away from on screen Valentine. He really brought the scary side, as well as the persuasive side, and this side that makes you see how just how easy it was for Jocelyn in the beginning to fall for him.

I could go on and on and on, about my love for the cast in this movie, but this review would be way too long. Let me say that this is a movie that is for both teens, adults, guys and girls alike. It's got girl power, and butt kicking guys. It has emotion, and fight scenes, and AWESOME effects. Thank you Harald for not giving this movie cheesy graphics and for having fight scenes that were literally acted out by the actors themselves. It made for some incredible stunt work. Kudos to Harald to giving us a movie that had strong heroines, great action scenes and sweet graphics! Go see this movie! It's really good. I'm curious to know what my other TMI fandom friends think of it.

ROUGE by Gina Damico, Blog Tour & Giveaway

Hi CROAK fans! Today I'm thrilled to be kicking off the ROGUE blog tour, hosted by author Gina Damico! Rogue is the last book in Gina's Croak series. If you're not familiar with Gina's series, I've posted a little bit about it below. To kick off today's blog tour, Gina herself has stopped by to talk about her book. Check it out below and find out how you can enter to win the goodies Gina's giveaway!

Hey hey Croak fans! Welcome to my blog tour! From now until ROGUE's release on September 10th, each stop on the tour will reveal an image that represents a chapter in the book - could refer to setting, plot, an important object, mood, or whatever other diabolical visualizations with which I feel like tormenting my dear readers. Each image also contains a hidden letter...though really, they're not that well hidden. (If you have eyes, you should be able to spot them.) Collect the letters every day, and at the end of the tour I'll hold a contest, the winner of which will receive signed and annotated copies of the complete trilogy. (For a complete description of the contest, tour schedule, and links to the stops you might have missed, check out the blog tour page on my website.)

So! Since today is the first day of the tour, this photo is for the Prologue. I will let the image do the talking.

Thanks for having me! Good luck everyone!

Plot Summary: 
Teenage Grim Reaper Lex’s power to Damn souls is getting out of control. She's a fugitive, on the run from the maniacal new mayor of Croak and the townspeople who want to see her pay the price for her misdeeds. Uncle Mort rounds up the Junior Grims to flee Croak once again, but this time they're joined by Grotton, the most powerful Grim of all time. Their new mission is clear: fix his mistakes, or the Afterlife will cease to exist, along with all the souls in it.

The gang heads for Necropolis, the labyrinth-like capital city of the Grimsphere. There, they discover that the Grimsphere needs a reboot. To do that, the portals to the Afterlife must be destroyed...but even that may not be enough to fix the damage. Things go from bad to worse, and when at last the fate of the Afterlife and all the souls of the Damned hang in the balance, it falls to Lex and her friends to make one final, impossible choice.



If you want to host a giveaway, here's the info: for each stop on the blog tour, I will give away a Croak prize pack - that's 3 signed bookmarks, 3 signed bookplates, 3 magnets, and a scythe pendant. You may run the giveaway however you wish (Rafflecopter, Google forms, comments, whatever you normally do), and for however long you want - just be sure to let me know who the winner is (plus their address) once it's over, so I can ship the prize pack ASAP. (Open internationally.)

GOOD LUCK! I'm looking forward to hearing your theories about what the photo might mean.