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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

TMI Movie News: Casting Update

Today it was announced that Elyas M'Barek was cast as Vampire Lieutenant. Nope you're not going crazy, there is not a character in the TMI series named that, but as movie filming goes, sometimes characters are combined which seems to be the case here. Read Cassie's response to find out who VL is a combination of. 

Questions about the new casting up on the website today…

Well, this is different casting — the previous casting was done by Stephanie Corsalini, but this casting was done in Canada. I don’t know these guys’ work and I haven’t seen auditions or anything like that (which is normal for casting — especially for smaller parts like these! It doesn’t mean anything bad). I had dinner with the guy playing Alaric, Harry van Gorkum, while I was in Toronto. He was very nice.

As for Raphael/The Vampire Lieutenant/Elyas m’Barek, what I’ve been told is that there wasn’t space enough to properly introduce Raphael. Raphael, after all, is not the vampire who actually captures Simon from Magnus’ party. They’re different guys and it was felt there was not room for both. (This isn’t a decision I made or have any control over — when you give over your movie rights you have to accept that decisions about how to adapt your books will be made without you. Scripts are also rewritten up until shooting, and even rewritten on set. They are never final until the film is done shooting.) So Elyas will play TVL, who is a composite of the vampires in the NYC vampire clan. 

Raphael won’t be in this movie but they hope to introduce him in City of Ashes, as he does play a bigger and bigger part in each book. I’m sad not to see Raphael sooner, as I know you all are, but I hope when the time comes he will be introduced in a way that does him justice. There are a lot of talented Latino actors out there who would be great for the part.

Meanwhile, I’m glad to see my German/Austrian fans responding well to the casting of the lieutenant of our absent vampire leader, and very glad that the actor cast was one of color since the NYC vampire clan is a diverse group.

What do you guys think of the latest casting choice and the reasoning behind not having Raphael in the COB movie? As always, you can find ALL the latest MOVIE NEWS via the OFFICIAL TMI MOVIE site

TMI Movie News: Filming Day 3

Day 3 of the TMI Movie filming was under way today, and like the previous two days there were a ton of awesome pictures from the set from fans circling around the internet today.

Here's a few pictures Cassie shared on Tumblr today:

Cassie saidSimon and Jace. (I don’t think this is a scene. I think they’re just wandering around the set.) Reposted from: shadowhunter-x:
Simon & Jace <3 p="p">

Of these pictures, Cassie saidNot sure why Robbie is pulling his shirt up, but one thing you can’t see is that poor Lily is covered in bruises all over from her fight training sessions. True fact!

reposted from: rozahathaways:
Third day of filming
pictures credit x x x x

Here's a few others I reposted on tumblr from earlier today:

Credit goes to the sources found here, and here. There are A LOT more pictures floating around from today's filming, than what I've posted here. You'll also find more pictures when you click each of those links. You can also read a re-cap of today's on set experience via TMI Source.

TMI Facebook Page

The TMI news keeps getting better! In addition to the movie news, and the fact that exactly 1 year and 1 day from today the TMI Movie will be OUT, there's been some more news! Check this tweet out from Martin today:

I don't know about you guys, but I can't wait to see the official page! FYI, there is a page up now, but that's a fan page. I know a few fans were concerned over the fate of this page,  but I have no idea what will happen with that page when the official one goes up.

Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

Published by: Bloomsbury Kids
Released on: August 21st, 2012
Source: book from publisher to review/signed ARC from TLA
5 stars: I LOVED It
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Series: Princess Academy #2

Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city seems a thrill beyond imagining. When Miri and her friends from Mount Eskel set off to help the future princess Britta prepare for her royal wedding, she is happy about her chance to attend school in the capital city. There, Miri befriends students who seem so sophisticated and exciting . . . until she learns that they have some frightening plans. They think that Miri will help them, that she "should "help them. Soon Miri finds herself torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends' ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city. Picking up where "Princess Academy "left off, this incredible stand-alone story celebrates the joys of friendship, the delight of romance, and the fate of a beloved fairy tale kingdom -quoted from Goodreads

Shannon Hale does a fabulous at creating a whole new story line for her Princess Academy books. She re-introduces readers to characters I fell in love with, with Princess Academy, and introduces them to a whole new set of characters, dangers, and adventures. I really enjoyed jumping back into Miri's world. Though it has been awhile since I have read Princess Academy, I didn't feel lost at all with all that was happening, and who each of the older characters were. I felt like the each of the characters grew up a bit more in this book. There's a sweet, innocent romance, shocking secrets, betrayal, and the Kingdom of Ashland is facing a revolution. A lot of things happen in this book and I enjoyed every moment of it!

Character wise I really enjoyed reading about Miri, her adventures, mishaps and all that she encounters in this book. I felt like Shannon really allowed me to understand her character in this book as she tries to find her place in her world. From being fierce and protective, to be brilliant and educated, and speaking her mind when she needed to, Miri was a character I came to admire a lot more in this book. There were times she was also incredibly naive, but it was so fitting for all that was going on in her story for her to be like that. Everything she experienced and all she does made sense to me. There's a lot she learns as she tries to figure out what's right, and wrong, doing what needs to be done vs following her heart. I admire her courage and love her quest for reading and learning. She's a smart girl who yearns to be educated in the ways of all that's going on around her. I liked how her love for reading, and understanding the history of Ashland's people plays a huge role in something that happens in this story, as does her embracing who she is and where she comes from. 

I love the friendship that she and Britta continue to have, as well as that of Prince Steffan. I adore Peder, but I wish he was a little bit stronger of a character. I felt like Miri is very much the dominate one in their relationship, though there's nothing wrong with that. The new character Timon and his relationship with Miri turned out just how I expected it to, and I liked what his character brought to the story line in the beginning, and all that he challenged Miri to think and feel. There's a few other characters I enjoyed getting to know and understand a bit better as the story went on, and the roles they played in the book. Miri by far is my favorite out of each of the characters we get to read about it in this book. 

The story is fabulous! I love this type of setting, and the feel it adds to the book. The over all storyline is wonderful. I absolutely love Shannon Hale's writing and her ability to not just tell a story, but bring it to life like she does. Her stories are always richly detailed without going over board, innocent, clean cut, and always have these well developed heroines that I completely adore, and fall in love with. Shannon's books are just as engaging and exciting for middle grade readers as they are for adult readers. She knows how to mix age appropriate romance with action, and stay true to the time period her books are set in. I loved Palace of Stone and definitely recommend picking this one up! 

Waiting on Wednesday: PRODIGY by Marie Lu

Published by: Penguin Teen
To Be Released on: 1/29/13
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Series: Legends #2

Jan. 4. 1932 Hours.

Ocean Standard Time

Thirty-Five Days After Metias’s Death

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengence, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong? -quoted from Goodreads

Check out that cover! I love it! I loved LEGEND and I'm really looking forward to reading PRODIGY when it's out. I can't wait to jump back into this world with June and Day to find out what happens next. Judging from this synopsis it sounds like there's still a lot of unrest and a lot at stake. What book are you waiting on?