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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

TMI Movie TV Spot: Journey

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Fansites Sit Down with Lily Collins: Every Young Girl Has Some Clary in Them

The Mortal Instruments opens in theaters today, and we are so excited to bring you our interview with Lily Collins. Sitting down with Lily in Los Angeles, she welcomed us like old friends. That's the thing about Lily, she genuinely cares about fans and everyone she meets. She doesn't forget faces and always has the time to appreciate the people that matter to her - the fans.

We sat down with Fangirlish, TMI Movie News, and TMI Institute. We hope you enjoy! 

Loved you in the movie.Lily: Oh you finally saw it. 
Last night.
Lily: Oh my God, were you happy? 
Ya, you did an awesome job with Clary.  We were up until like three in the morning talking about it.Lily: Really? 
Oh we went home and dissected like everything.
Lily: That’s why I couldn’t sleep last night. Genuinely I was tossing and turning all night, and I was like what is going on, I think subconsciously I knew that people were talking about the movie and I was like Oh My God, I hope they like it.

We were sitting up in bed last night examining every single point of view. But you seriously do embody Clary. I think that anybody who was ever a naysayer is going to be like WOW. And your red hair looked amazing.
Lily: Thank you so much. Everyone has been like that’s the wrong color. I am like it was red.

It was great.
Lily: And how awesome was Jamie? 
We were just telling him that.Lily: Oh you just saw him.

The entire thing was awesome. The acting, the chemistry, take the writing and put it aside – the chemistry you guys had just brought everything to life. Between you and Robbie and you and Jamie. Just everything. We loved it.Lily: Oh thanks. And you guys are like the fans, so we want to make sure. 
We were just telling Jamie we were assholes in the beginning, we are really sorry.
Lily: I knew from the second that he was cast and he started getting this backlash, I am telling you when he comes out, people are going to be like I am sorry. And that makes me happy. 
We did our sorry’s after the set visit.
Lily: That’s right.

 I think for us it was weird, because we have been fans of the book since it came out.Lily: Of course. 
And you know how when you read something you picture someone…Lily: I was a fan too. With any book you read, you always have this person. And as a fan, I would have been the same way of any actor that was cast as Clary. I just happen to be that actor that is in that stream of talking, but of course you always have an idea. Harry Potter – I went through the same thing with Harry Potter. I wanted to be Hermione. And I had an idea in my head and I thought Emma nailed it. But as a reader and a fan you do have an idea who you think should play it or who the character is.

 Cassie’s the one, I was like I am going to take your word for it, I totally trust you, so if you say Jamie can do it. She was like why do you think he won’t be good. And ok, Alex Pettyfer – the younger version, was who at that time I had pictured as a Jace.
Lily: Right. 
We won’t talk about his acting or anything.Lily: But very different actors. 
So when he was cast, she was like “Just wait, I promise.” And then seeing it and meeting him, I was like you totally brought book Jace to life. And you brought book Clary to life.
Lily: Ah, thank you. 
You made the different stages believable. You made the different stages that Clary goes through believable.Lily: Thank you. That was the fear I had from the beginning. The fact that she is thrown these who, what, when, where, why, questions every five minutes. And in real life as a young girl its okay to be totally confused as to who you are. Young girls are all over the place with their emotions anyway. Its like you can be sad because you are literally angry, sad, or upset or frustrated or in love. There are so many reasons to be upset or annoyed or frustrated. And I didn’t want to play it one note, but I also didn’t want her to be this superhuman, girl power, never vulnerable girl. That’s why I think the scene where she breaks down in the rain is really necessary, because it allows Jace to say look we don’t have a choice here, so if you wanna get her back you have to come with me, you have to trust me. Otherwise this girl who is so opinionated in the first place just go on this journey with this guy she’s afraid of. We needed to show a vulnerability with Clary and the true essence of a young girl going through this stuff would be hesitant and nervous and scared. But at the same time she never allows herself to be defined by those emotions. She keeps going and toying with that, making her completely relatable, but at the same time, somewhat able to be on a pedestal of how to not victimize yourself. How to be a strong young woman. So thank you. That really was initially the biggest fear for me in playing her, and not even fear, it was kinda like I wanna be her in the best way possible.

You made her very relatable. We told Harald the same thing, that it is a movie with strong ideals and don’t falter for them. You know you see stuff sometimes where a girl will hit something and run away. But the scene with Jocelyn – she was like –Lily: Oh my God, she keeps going. 
It was the same thing with Clary too. You see the broken relationships, you see the stuff and they go through things, and they still fight. I love that we have a movie with strong girls. Because I don’t think that gets portrayed enough.
Lily: No, Jemima is kick ass as well. 
Oh Izzy is amazing. But, how fun was it on the mall tour?Lily: It has been the most surreal experience. It is so strange, because we have this reaction without the movie even coming out yet, without it being a sequel, without any footage beyond the footage that we have been showing them for the first time as they are already there. It’s like t-shirts with our faces on, people fainting, and crying. It’s been amazing to be one on one with the people buying the tickets and parents who brought their kids to sleep over the night before. You kinda are going oh my God, this means so much to them. There was this one girl that Jamie and I were watching during the Miami mall tour and we were like okay here’s the new footage and the footage goes and she was just crying and getting so into it. And Jamie and I went over to her after and were like you are the most genuinely excited person we have seen – what’s your name, where are you from. Because genuinely this was her life and every time someone would come on screen she would just light up. To see that first hand and to go speak to people. They waited overnight for two seconds of our time.

That to me is the true essence of a story, to feel for the characters. And that’s what Harald wanted. Character and emotion and for them to be able to connect with something and not just have a characture of the story. Seeing their passion and all these people’s enthusiasm for Clary, just clarified the fact that I always saw Clary as being something that every young girl has in them. Every young girl can be a Clary. Just because I am the actress playing her doesn’t mean that I actually define Clary anymore. Obviously if you watch a movie based on books, and you weren’t a fan and you read it, but see the movie first, you are going to imagine the actress playing it. But I felt for the fans, I didn’t ever want to take their vision of who Clary was and I just wanted to be the actress being able to play her. And I think if everyone can relate to her that way when watching the movie, everyone’s got these emotions flowing through them. 
Everyone gets confused as a teenager about who they are and are you my parents – I don’t know if this is my name. I totally had that where I was like I wonder if I really came from here. You always go through these weird kind of adolescent thing, because you watch weird movies, and you are like her past isn’t the same and maybe I was lied to. And I think it’s just like you relate to characters in stories and I really wanted Clary to be one of those characters that people could relate to and go, maybe that’s my story, and if it’s not my story, what would I do if I was in that. I am so close to my Mom and that’s what I related to the most with her – I wanted it to be a journey that even if she was in New York finding her Mom, it could be the same as in this fantasy. Cause yes there are warlocks and demons, and yes, she is floating about a tombstone, that’s obviously something that wouldn’t happen in New York, but the essence of the story, and going through these trials and tribulations to get to her, and having to dress the part to meet somebody – that’s all stuff that you totally go through. And you feel uncomfortable, but your friends are like you won’t get to see him unless you dress like this. And you are like ok, that is so wrong, but if I gotta do it, I gotta do it.
And Clary’s morals don’t change. Like you said Jocelyn and her are kick ass women but their morals never change. Like Clary is still Clary in a tight dress and heels. Clary’s relationship with Jace is the same as when they are in an alleyway as it is when they are at the piano and she’s all “You play that like you lost your only love.” And its rejection and they still are very at each other. That’s what they respect, because they find a combater in each other. That never changes, even in the emotional things, even in the romantic things, they still push and pull. She never changes herself for the story. 
As a fan of the series yourself, what was the scene that you were really excited to film?Lily: Genuinely the greenhouse. Just because as a reader you are like, FINALLY THEY GET TOGETHER. It’s magical and it’s beautiful and it’s that young girl in me being like I want a romantic scene now. And it was the moment where you see Jace’s vulnerability. It’s kinda a calmness in the mayhem and craziness of the action story. I just wanted to see Clary and Jace get together. So filming that was kind of a bonus I think. To have someone that you get along with so well – I mean, it’s always an awkward situation in those moments. But to have such a supportive crew and co-star in moments like that, it’s kinda like wow, this is actually translating exactly as it is from the book. I know all the young girls – literally all we had to say on tour was ‘Greenhouse’ and they would scream. And it became a running joke where Jamie and I would be like now, okay now, “Greenhouse.” It literally was the moment that the girls went crazy, so we wanted to make it perfect. 

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Jamie Campbell Bower: I feel incredibly blessed just to have the support

We know what a lot of you are saying. We know that there a lot of people who say that Jamie wasn't their ideal Jace. But we can't imagine anyone else in the role. If you ever have the chance to meet him, you will know that Jamie is Jace. In real life he's that perfect mix of cocky and vulnerable. But what you may not see is a side that we got to - the side that genuinely loves the fans and wants them to know that they changed a part of him. He's strong willed and determined. But he's also perfect. We hope you get to see a side of Jamie that we got to see.

We sat down with him - along with fellow fansites Fangirlish, TMI Movie News, and TMI Institute. He's a great man.

Can we just talk about how awesome you are in this movie?

JCB: Stop it. You guys liked it then?

You were awesome. We loved it. You seriously brought Jace...

JCB: Well, look, you guys are the most important people that we need to make sure that we please as well, so if you guys are happy, then we're happy.

Well, we were even talking about this last night afterwards, we're like, okay, you could not have cast a better Jace because your mannerisms, the looks you gave, the comments you said and the way you said it... You were just great. You wanted to slap you, but you wanted to hug you at the same time.

JCB: Stop it! You can do both! You can do both of those things.

No, you brought book Jace to life perfectly. There's not one thing that you could change to make it better.

JCB: Thank you, that means so much.

I mean, it's got to be good to hear though. I mean, point blank, the fans were mean to you at the beginning. We were assholes. We were really jerks. I feel like you should know that people are gonna change their minds. The whole theater last night was like, "Wow." I mean, we walked away and others were sitting behind us, and they were like, "Holy sh*t. We underestimated him." We've had that moment, I've seen, where like, "And that is why Jamie is Jace." He is Jace.

JCB: Yeah, I mean, look, I put a lot of work into this. Maybe if there wasn't a negative reaction at the beginning... I mean, I try and put 100% in whatever I do. Maybe if there wasn't a negative reaction, would I have...? It's like when somebody tells me I can't do something, I'm like, "F*ck you. I'm going to do it better than you can possibly imagine." Literally, like, I will focus on something so hard. It's like my mom and dad when I was a kid, I wanted to play the drums and play the guitar and my mom and dad were like, "You don't need lessons for that." And I was like, "Right. You don't know, you don't know. I'm gonna like..." They're like, "Don't be ridiculous." And I like went out and I like tried to do the best that I possibly could. So, in a way, I suppose I probably should be sitting here thanking people for saying negative things. Yes they hurt, and yeah, it's damaging and I don't think anyone should have to go through any form of... Look, outrightly, it sucked. It was bullying and it f*cking stinks like sh*t, and I don't like it. I've said that. But whatever, people say things, sometimes there's no hand to brain or brain to hand or brain to mouth coordination. I'm exactly the same way sometimes. I can say vicious things, and then I go, "Oh my god. What did I do." I should be thanking those people maybe, because they pushed me to a place where actually I seem to have pleased them [laughs]. But I'm not saying go back and do it again.

We were part of the people who put together the book of fan pictures for you.

JCB: Which is upstairs in my room, and I look at it every day.

That's so sweet, because we were really, really freaking nervous. We actually are starting other volumes because I have so many pictures. I have like over 5,000 pictures and I just couldn't fit them all into one volume to get to you. You are way loved.

JCB: No really, that book's insane. I showed it to my friend yesterday, and he's just like, "That's beautiful. It's crazy, but it's beautiful." I was like, "I know." I do feel incredibly blessed to just have that support. I get very emotional just thinking about it.

It was seriously so much fun walking you just embody Jace. The banter that you and Simon have - between you and Robbie - is so spot on, and the lines you guys have and the relationship and the chemistry you have with Lily... What was one of your favorite moments to film?

JCB: There's one line that didn't make it into the movie which I really wish had. I mean, look, it was Jace, like, I made him such a prick at this point, but I really wanted him to be a prick to Simon at that point. It's where they're standing over the bed and Simon's going, "They have runes to make you blah blah blah to make you hungry." And Jace goes, "No." And I was like, "No, you're an idiot." And I really wanted it to stay in, and Harald was like, "We can't keep that in. We just can't. It's too mean. It's too mean." I was like, "Okay, fine. I get it. Whatever." That was really fun. That banter scene with Robbie was fun. One of my favorite scenes actually in the movie is when Alec and Jace go and introduce Clary to Hodge, and Alec and Jace just have this - it's a very short interaction - but it says so much about these two people. I don't think it's even a minute; I think it's maybe just under a minute. But it's just very light, but concerned, and Kevin brings this sort of brotherly love and Jace is trying to sort of brush him aside. That was probably my favorite scene to shoot because I was just there, like, hanging out with my brother. Kevin has become like a brother to myself and Lily. He is like our brother. So, like, I was just there, just hanging out with my brother, saying something that was on the script. I wasn't even really thinking about the script. I was like, "Okay, here we are. This is fun."

It's great because you have this look where you're looking at Clary like you're kind of fascinated by her, and then you have Alec in the background and it's his look that says it all. He's looking at you and then he looks at Clary and looks her up and down and looks at you, and you just see the disdain like he just wants to kill her, but you can see when he's looking at Jace that he really cares about you. It said it all. You're just looking at Clary and Clary's like, "Oh my gosh, what kind of world did I get into?" That whole moment, it just said it all without saying much else. It was perfect.

JCB: It's a great moment. Aw, I'm glad you guys... I'm really happy. I'm really happy.

So, Jace is kind of a jerk.

JCB: Yeah, a little bit [laughs].

What's his redeeming quality?

JCB: His redeeming quality. His loyalty. His loyalty to his family and his loyalty to those that he loves. He feels that the world is against him. I think that's how a lot of people feel sometimes. It's how I certainly felt as a kid. I think his redeeming quality is his sort of undying loyalty to his family and to who means most to him. For all his cockiness and for all his banter, he's pretty unsure of himself. He's a bit lost, and I love that about him. I love damaged goods. I'm all about damaged goods, mate.

You had a lot of vulnerability, like in the scene right before the greenhouse scene where Jace sticks his hand through the portal. That moment just melted my heart. So talk about Jace's vulnerability and how you got into that. Is that you in general, or do you feel like Jace...?

JCB: In any performance, there always has to be a little bit of yourself in there; otherwise it sort of can look like you're acting. Yeah, I'm pretty vulnerable. I'm a pretty vulnerable person. How did I get to it with Jace? Well, the reason Jace is such a prick at the beginning is because I knew we had this moment in the greenhouse that was coming and that's why... Like, without that scene, you would walk away from the theater going, "Who was that guy? What the hell was his problem?" So, filming the greenhouse scene was like probably the most terrifying day for me, because it's like his entire moment. That is a huge character point for him. So, the vulnerability aspect of it... I sort of took a lot of... I made a mood board when we first started shooting of just images: no words, just images. So I used a lot of fan art that I'd found, stuck that up, images of Jace and Clary that people had like drawn and stuff, stuck them up on the board. Pictures of myself, pictures of Lily, and then pictures of people like Heath Ledger, who was incredibly vulnerable - that incredibly vulnerable man - but beautiful, and very strong at the same time. Images like that, and like River Phoenix, and then I wanted the aggression side, so I used the idea of like James Hetfield from Metallica... So when I would get to the vulnerable bits or when I was sort of losing track of what it was, I'd go back to the board, and I'd be like, "Okay, this board here is Jace's brain, but who am I going to be out of his brain today? Okay, so there's a bit of Jamie in there, but there also has to be a bit of whoever."

So is the hands through the hair gonna be signature?

JCB: [laughs] That was actually a reshoot! We added that in for a bit of sneakiness.

It was twice, right? I didn't miss any extras?

JCB: Yeah, I mean, there's obviously when he kills the ravener at the beginning - and takes off his shirt. It's the reveal, come on. It's movie magic. I mean, it could have been this slow motion (makes jesture running hand through hair).. There could have been a number of them.

I love that scene, though, with Jace. He comes in, kills the demon, and then he's kind of like looking at Clary, but then he kind of picks her up, consoles her, and then he turns back into the, "Well, I did just save your life," which, by the way, is like the best line ever.

JCB: Thank you.

Thank you for bringing Jace to life. You were just fantastic.

JCB: Thank you guys for supporting the movie, and thank you for saying the things that you said. I really mean it, like, you guys, it means a lot to me.

TMI Movie Stills: Luke & Jocelyn

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones official hits theaters today! Check out these new stills featuring Luke and Jocelyn. Can I just tell you guys how much I love these two. I loved them in the books, and I love them even more so in the movie. I can't wait to see more Aidan and Lena screen time as the movie series progresses.

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Shadowhunters! Why You Need to See 'City of Bones' Opening Weekend

So you are telling yourself that you will wait and see it next week. You are telling yourself that it can wait. It can't. It's August 21st and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is out in most places. Shadowhunters! It's time to rise up and show the world that this is a fandom worth fighting for.

Most people don't realize this, but opening weekend is the most important weekend to go and see a movie. It's the weekend that can make or break a movie, including any possibility of a sequel. Opening weekend has to go well in order to ensure the franchise. I don't know about you, but I want Seeley Court and I want Will and Jem in Infernal Devices. I want more Jace. And I assure you nothing is set in stone until camera's start rolling. And what makes cameras role on sequels - a great opening weekend.
It could very well be a great movie, one that you’re interested in seeing, but since you didn’t go on the opening weekend, it will not only be pulled from the screens early, it also tells the film industry that people weren’t interested in that type of film and they won’t be making any more like it. 
As a film goer, you have a lot more power than you might think. Big studios will make movies according to what makes money. So if you want a certain type of film to be made, you have to take a stand and put your money toward the box office sales in the first weekend.
We are asking you to tell your family, your friends - whether or not they have read the books - to see the movie this weekend. Spread the word. Show the world that we, fans of The Mortal Instruments, are a force to be reckoned with. See the movie. See it twice. Hell, see it four or five times.

It's also time to show your Shadowhunter pride. TMI Source, Mundie Moms, and Fangirlish are teaming up to spread the word. Fan sites around the world will be at your disposal. Tweet us, show us your runes, your outfits, your ticketstubs - we want to see it all. Tweet us  - MundieMoms (@mundiemoms), Fangirlish (@fangirlishness), and TMI Source (@tmi_source) your pictures. We'll be compiling them all. Tweet us your reactions to the movie using #tmimoviereaction hashtag.

Happy Release Day! We are thrilled that you have allowed us to be part of this journey with you, and don't hesitate to tell us what you think of City of Bones, what you want for City of Ashes. We are here to listen. We are here to deliver your words.

We are proud to be a part of this fandom and so glad that you are a part of it too!

HQ Pictures from the Mortal Instruments Premiere in Berlin