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Thursday, October 4, 2012

TMI Movie News: Cassie Answers Fans Movie Questions

Recently Cassie took some time to answer some burning movie questions fans had. Here's what she shared this past week on Tumblr:

movie questions asked and answered

“Cassi! First of all I would like to say that I really admire you. So, as a fan of Malec I have to please, please, ask you for a pic of Godfrey and Kevin together. Will you?? <3 font="font" nbsp="nbsp" thanks="thanks">>
— Livingmyunrealworld”

Unfortunately, I can’t do that.  I don’t post pictures of hands because I have a weird hand fetish, I post hands because it’s all I am allowed to post. Anything with sets, costumes, makeup, shoes, etc. Is strictly embargoed and cannot be posted. I had to get special permission for the  hand photos, too. This is because the movie people would really rather release professional, beautiful pictures to be your first look at the actors and characters in costume rather than amateur photos taken on phones.

gigglesandshizz asked you:
How did you get us the picture? what did Kevin and Godfrey say?

Godfrey’s rep had the phone, chased him around for hours and got it. The actors on the set are rarely in one place at one time unless they’re filming, and if they’re filming, obviously you can’t wander into the shot.

“nephiliminthedauntlesscompoundasked you:
so maybe some Sizzy hands and some Clace hands now?”

I’m not on the set any more. :) I sadly do not live there. There is a picture with Lily and Jamie’s hands together with mine and Grace’s, but anything with Robbie and Jemima may have to wait.

jabberjaypb asked you:
Kinda random question, but do you know the brand and name of the nail polish they have on Godfrey? 

Hee! The nail polish is actually dark blue. I have no idea what brand.

“potatohunter asked you:
Because of the very conservative view of society these days, I have been wondering whether or not the issue of Alec’s sexuality as well as Magnus’s clear interest in Alec will be incorporated into the film. I ask because, being a ‘malec’ fan myself, it would be a great disappointment to see their relationship, as well as a major aspect of Alec’s character, being stripped from the movie. However, if this were to be included, I expect much praise in reviews as well as from fans all over the world.”

I agree with you. (Though there will be hate, as there always is, I do not expect it to come from either reviews or fans.)

While I have always tried to be clear that I don’t control the final edit of the film (or any edit!) I’d be surprised if that plotline was cut. I’ve seen both Kevin and Godfrey talk about their characters’ sexuality in interviews. The fact that Alec was gay was part of his audition. I cannot imagine them making him straight.

“Can you tell us if the cast of the Mortal Instruments is what you expected or more? 

P.S And something about Godfrey Gao would be nice too — a-steady-flame

Godfrey is tall, and holds doors for ladies.

I am very happy with the cast. They are all talented actors. They’re smart, they’re professional, they get along: when I was up at the set the whole crew from the drivers to the lighting guys kept saying that they were extraordinary, exceptionally nice and talented (and gorgeous). They are even very like their characters in a lot of ways: Lily is sweet, and Jamie is playfully sarcastic, and Kevin is grounded and Jemima is determined and straightforward and Robbie is hilarious. Whatever may ever develop with the film, I’ll always feel lucky I had these amazing actors on board. Were they what I imagined? How could I have imagined anyone specific? I never did. I have pictures of the characters in my head, and those will always remain the same. The actors are a specific interpretation of those characters. As such, I am yes, very happy with them.

A Re-Cap of Cassie's Recent Posts, Plus a Set Picture from Harald Zwart

Not only is Cassie treating us to TMI set pictures, so is Harald Zwart! Harald tweeted this picture yesterday from the TMI set: 

How much longer do we have until it 8/23/13?!

While there's not been a lot of new TMI Movie news, there has been some exciting posts from Cassie. Here's a quick re-cap of a few of her posts from this past week:
I thought you guys might like to see these! Done by our lovely Cassandra Jean, these are portraits of the City of Bones actors* in their guises as the characters they play. The originals were given to the actors onset as a gift from the fandom to show their support. They loved them and wanted me to say THANK YOU, GUYS.

Check out the rest of her work here.

Cassie recently tweeted another fabulous hands picture from the set. These hands belong to "Blackwell & Pangborn". Based on the size of their hands, um, I can see why Shadowhunters would fear them. lol They look like they could crush someone. 

*sigh* Izzy and Simon hand.... I find it a little humorous that we're all getting excited over the hand pictures. I believe Cassie's started a new fad with movie set picture taking. lol 

The TMI fandom has a lot of talented fans. I love this concept that a fan recently did, which Cassie reposted here. Since this is a post recapping some of Cassie's recent posts, I am sharing this. I love this!

Thoughtful Thursday: Banned Books

Every year since 2010 Mundie Moms has done a week long feature in support of Banned Books Week.  There's been banned book reviews, author guest posts, informative posts sharing stats and links to banned books, and giveaways. This year I felt the need to just promote the simple act of support Banned Books Week. For today's Thoughtful Thursday post I felt it was appropriate for Sophie and I to share our thoughts on the act of book banning. Now, don't get me wrong, I completely understand a parent/guardian's concern over books. I really do. There are some books I feel are not suitable for my kids to read yet, and there's no way in heck I'd allow them to read certain ones, at least right now. My problem lies with act of banning a book. I have an issue with the fact the because one or a few people feel a certain book is not appropriate for their children, then it's not appropriate for anyone else's kids, so they move to get it removed from the schools or libraries. That to me is the problem.

You know never what book might save a readers life literally, emotionally and mentally. Books are a life line for so many readers, and taking that right away from someone isn't something I want to be responsible for. That overly sexually explicit book might be the book that lends a sexual abused child the courage to know that's happening to them is wrong, and they find the courage to say something. Or maybe the offensive book that's full of foul language are words another person or kid is used to. Yes this might sound overly dramatic, but I know quiet a few people who have found refuge and the courage they needed to stand up and say something, because of books. 

What about age appropriate books?  I find it absolutely appalling that books like Are You There God, It's Me Margaret? can be banned or removed from school libraries, public libraries, and not carried in some stores that carry books (I'm talking about those retail and grocery stores), and yet my child has easy access to a book I currently despise, 50 Shades of Gray. *stands up on my soap box* I'm going to use 50 Shades as an example for a moment to hopefully convey my point/thoughts..... I feel there is something wrong with the act of banning a book that deals with natural process of a girl's changing body and yet my kid can go pick up book full of, well crap. I have an issue over the fact it's out in every sort of store, the grocery story, the book store, airport shops etc. and yet I can't find a book with substance and a good storyline because it's been banned and is no longer out on many of these book story shelves. There are far worse things in this book than the majority of the books on the banned book list, and yet this book, for example is easily accessible to kids. As much as I personally despise this book like the plague for so many reasons that I'm not going to list in this post, I wouldn't ask for it to be banned. I would however ask that retailers put this book in age appropriate places so that my 8 yr doesn't randomly walk over and pick up and start reading through it. Though I am anti 50 Shades of Gray, other people have the right to read it, and in fact many of my friends have and I enjoyed it.

Another issue I have with book banning is why books like that one aren't banned, yet so many wholesome, beloved classics are. From the imaginative like Harry Potter, to books like Are You There God, It's Me Margaret that talk about what's really happening to a girl's changing body, to beloved classics like To Kill a Mockingbird,  The Grapes of Wrath that bring to life moments that happened in our past, and cause us to think, to books like The Dictionary (I'm not even going to go there with this one). This is not even a fraction of the hundreds of books that have been banned for many reasons like witch craft, racism, sex, language etc. The thing is, banning these books isn't going to make racism go away, it's not taking sex away nor will it make offensive language cease to exist. It seems more often than not when you ban a book for whatever reason it makes more people curious on why it was banned and they'll want to read it. 

Really, why ban a book in the first place. Sure there's plenty of books I would never pick up and read, nor have the desire to, yet someone else may find the book I'm repulsed by enjoyable. The thing is, if I want to have the freedom to read my religious books, Harry Potter books or any other book I want to freely, then I have to be willing and open minded to the fact that someone else has just as much right to read an anti-religious book that I might personally feel is offensive, or a 50 Shades of Gray a book that I just really despise. Reading is empowerment and no one has that right to take that away from anyone.

Sophie's thoughts on book banning:

I despise seeing a list of Banned Books. It hurts my Mama Heart to know that some of my favorites: Harry Potter series, To Kill a Mockingbird and yes even, are banned. Why? Because of witchcraft, racism and human-vamp hybrid children (kidding, it was over the non-existent sex sexual situations/pregnancy in Breaking Dawn).

Coming of age books are easy targets. I know that as a parent I don't want my child to learn too much information about sex at an early age. But should Are You There God, It's Me Margaret? be banned from elementary school shelves because it deals with a girl's changing body? It's just the kind of book that will help initiate a talk between a girl (or boy for that matter) and their parents, grandparents, adults who they trust to listen to them. These talks are needed and shouldn't be feared by grown-ups. Let's also remember that removing these books doesn't prevent children from finding misinformation from other sources like the Internet or other children.

Now Katie and I joke that while these books are banned, there are others that are readily available, poorly written and are labeled erotica which are not banned. I think I'd rather discuss Margaret's predicaments than explain Anastasia's (from Fifty Shades of Grey) to my tween. And before you think, oh kids don't pay attention to those adult books, they do. Mostly because they are everywhere now (not just public libraries, but grocery and retail stores where kids can readily pick them up and read them). Even my 9 year-old was curious why I wasn't reading the cleverly marketed book with a gray tie on it. So I'm appealing to all parents to take their kids to their local public library this week and read through the list of banned books and reasons why they're banned. It will be an eye-opening moment for all of you.


Some interesting links on banned books:

* Banned books by Governments (US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Greece, Germany, Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Pakistan, the Soviet Union, South Korea, Egypt, China, Australia, Japan, and South Africa are a few of the countries found on this list along with what books were banned in each country dating back to the 1600's through present day). 

* Huffington Post's 11 Most Surprising Banned Books includes books like The Dictionary, The Grapes of Wrath, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, James and the Giant Peach, The Diary of Anne Frank, Little Women, Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls & Farewell to Arms, A Wrinkle in Time, and A Light In The Attic

* A list of the most commonly challenged books in the USA I'm sorry, but I'm snickering over Captain Underpants... really? There are so many classics on this list and books as I read as a kid/teen and loved. I'm seriously shocked to see so many of them on this list. 

* I randomly stumbled around this list of ridiculousness. Check out the books that made this list of banned books.... seriously, The Bible, Sherlock Holmes, James & the Giant Peach?! Yeah, the list goes on and on. 

* Banned Books Week resources links for Booksellers, Kids, Librarians, Teachers, Publishers, Students etc.