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‘The Mortal Instruments’ stars busy in TV & film for 2014

The cast members of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones are incredibly talented actors that we all enjoy watching perform. With it being the new year we are sure many of you would like to know what movies and television shows you all can see them in this year, what they are currently working on, and what they will be working on soon. So, below is a list of each actor along with all of that information. Release dates will be provided as well if they have been made available. This should hold everyone over throughout the year while we wait for more news regarding City of Ashes.

Jamie Campbell Bower (aka Jace Wayland)

Movie: Overdrive
Role: Garrett
Production Status: In Development
Release Date: 2014
Plot Summary:
A pair of handsome and adventurous brothers, known for being high-profile car thieves, travel to the South of France looking for new challenges and come across a tough local crime boss.


Lily Collins (aka Clary Fray)

Movie: Love, Rosie
Role: Rosie Dunne
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: 2014
Plot Summary:
Rosie and Alex are best friends. They are suddenly separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to America. Can their friendship survive years and miles? Will they gamble everything for true love?

Robert Sheehan (aka Simon Lewis)

Movie: Anita B.
Role: Eli
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: January 16th, 2014

Movie: Begin the Beguine
Role: Nikolai
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: Unknown

Movie: The Road Within
Role: Vincent
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: Unknown
Plot Summary:
A young man with Tourette’s Syndrome embarks on a road trip with his recently-deceased mother’s ashes.

Movie: Caesar
Role: Mark Antony
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: Unknown
Plot Summary:
A chilling film adaptation of Shakespeare’s shocking tale of ambition, betrayal, murder and… the supernatural.

Jemima West (aka Isabelle Lightwood)

Movie: F2014
Role: Annette Rimet
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: Unknown

Movie: Kidnapping Freddy Heineken
Role: Unknown
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: Unknown
Plot Summary:
The inside story of the planning, execution, rousing aftermath and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of beer tycoon Alfred “Freddy” Heineken, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.

 Kevin Zegers (aka Alec Lightwood)

Movie: The Curse of Downers Grove
Role: Unknown
Release Date: 2014
Plot Summary:
A teen angst thriller at a high school gripped by an apparent curse that claims the life of a senior every year. Story follows a senior, Chrissie, who is skeptical, and another, Tracy, who believes that she may be the next victim.

Movie: Into the Americas
Role: John Jewitt
Production Status: In Development
Release Date: 2014
Plot Summary:
Young English seaman John Jewitt is one of only two European survivors left after his crewmates clash with Mowachaht Indians on the west coast of North America. Torn between his desire for freedom and his love for an Indian maiden, Jewitt must choose one or the other.

Movie: Road to Capri
Role: Daniel
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: Unknown
Plot Summary:
One dead father. Two mothers. Two brothers who didn’t know they were brothers. One inheritance.

Lena Headey (aka Jocelyn Fray)

Movie: The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
Role: Monica
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: January 10th, 2014
Plot Summary:
Ancient mysteries. Powerful evil. And a fearless hero’s quest through a fantastical realm of steam-powered wonders and sinister magic… In THE ADVENTURER: THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX, seventeen-year-old Mariah Mundi’s life is turned upside down when his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped. Following a trail of clues to the darkly majestic Prince Regent Hotel, Mariah discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly secrets and a long-lost artifact that grants limitless wealth – but also devastating supernatural power. With the fate of his world, and his family at stake, Mariah will risk everything to unravel the Curse of the Midas Box!


Movie: Low Down
Role: Sheila Albany
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: January 19th, 2014

Plot Summary:
A look at the life of pianist Joe Albany from the perspective of his young daughter, as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1960s and ’70s jazz scene.

Movie: 300: Rise of an Empire
Role: Queen Gorgo
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: March 7th, 2014
Plot Summary:
After its victory over Leonidas’ 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes’ army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land.


TV Series: Game of Thrones
Role: Cersei Lannister
Season 4 Premieres in 2014

Plot Summary:
Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Political and sexual intrigue is pervasive. Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros, asks his old friend Eddard, Lord Stark, to serve as Hand of the King, or highest official. Secretly warned that the previous Hand was assassinated, Eddard accepts in order to investigate further. Meanwhile the Queen’s family, the Lannisters, may be hatching a plot to take power. Across the sea, the last members of the previous and deposed ruling family, the Targaryens, are also scheming to regain the throne. The friction between the houses Stark, Lannister and Baratheon, and with the remaining great houses Greyjoy, Tully, Arryn, and Tyrell, leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war and political confusion, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night’s Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond.

Movie: The Poisoners
Role: Unknown
Production Status: In Development
Release Date: Unknown
Plot Summary:
During World War I, a group of women who are left behind inan English farming community become romantically involved with several German prisones of war.

Aidan Turner (aka Luke Garroway)

Movie: The Hobbit: There And Back Again
Role: Kili
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: December 17, 2014
Plot Summary:
The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug’s lair; but, can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure? And, if so, can they hold on to it?

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (aka Valentine Morgenstern)

TV Series: DRACULA
Role: Alexander Grayson/Dracula/Vlad Tepes
Season 1 is Currently Airing
Plot Summary:
It’s the late 19th century, and the mysterious Dracula has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He’s especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night – useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: he hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan… until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. 

Movie: London Town
Role: Unknown
Production Status: In Development
Release Date: Unknown
Plot Summary:
In 70’s London, a 14 year oldboy is introduced to the Clash by his estranged mother and it changes his life forever.

Jared Harris (Hodge Starkweather)

Movie: Pompeii
Role: Lucretius
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: February 21st, 2014
Plot Summary:
A slave turned gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.

Movie: The Quiet Ones
Role: Professor Coupland
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: April 25th, 2014
Plot Summary:
A University physics professor assembles a team to help create a poltergeist.

Movie: The Boxtrolls
Role: Unknown (Voice)
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: September 26th, 2014
Plot Summary:
A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow.

Movie: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Role: Unknown
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: 2014
Plot Summary:
In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.

Movie: Poltergeist
Role: Carrigan Burke
Production Status: In Production
Release Date: 2014
Plot Summary:
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.

Kevin Durand (aka Emil Pangborn)

TV Series: The Strain
Role: Vasiliy Fet
Season 1 Pilot Episode Premieres in 2014
Plot Summary:
A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust named Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing.

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save his city – a city that includes his wife and son – before it is too late.

Movie: Winter’s Tale
Role: Cesar Tan
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: February 14, 2014
Plot Summary:
A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of rincarnation, he sets out to save her.

Movie: The Captive
Role: Mika
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: Unknown
Plot Summary:
A father tries to track down his kidnapped daughter.

Movie: Noah
Role: Og
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: March 28th, 2014
Plot Summary:
The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.

Movie: Signal
Role: Unknown
Production Status: In Development
Release Date: Unknown

Robert Maillet (aka Samuel Blackwell)

TV Series: The Strain
Role: The Master
Season 1 Pilot Episode Premieres in 2014
Plot Summary:
(See Above since Kevin Durand is in it as well.)

Movie: Brick Mansions
Role: Yeti
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: February 7th, 2014
Plot Summary:
An undercover cop tries to take down a ruthless crime lord with access to a neutron bomb by infiltrating his gang.

Movie: Hercules
Role: Executioner
Production Status: Completed
Release Date: July 25th, 2014
Plot Summary:
Having enduring his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when te King of Thrace and his daugher seek his aid in dfeating a tyrannical warlord.

Chris Ratz (aka Eric)

TV Series: 24 Hour Rental
Role: Junior
Currently Airing

TV Series: Bitten
Role: Jack
Season 1 Premieres on January 13th, 2014
Plot Summary:
Bitten centers on Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf who, years after being bitten, is working as a photographer in Toronto and trying to keep mum about her secret. She’s forced to confront her past, though, when a bunch of bodies turn up at a werewolf sanctuary. Based off the “Otherworld” book series by Kelley Armstrong.

Mortal Instruments Fan of the Month: December



 Introducing: Lara Helmer


                                        Month of: DECEMBER


                                             Mini Showcase: 


Lara has written her own mini Bane Chronicle based on her city. She plans to write more mini Bane Chronicles because, as she states, “There’s still at least 700 years of Magnus’ life left uncovered, even after TMI, TID, and TBC.” Below is an excerpt of her Bane Chronicle:

At a time that turned out to be crucial to his future path, Magnus ended up in Tanzania, however, the question becomes: why was Magnus in Tanzania in the first place?

Read more on her Wattpad HERE!  

Lara was in a cosplay parade for the Calgary Comic Con & Entertainment Expo. before there were any temporary tattoos out to use as runes, and before there was a Hot Topic Mortal Instruments line. Lena Headey was at the Expo., motivating Lara to specifically dress up as Jocelyn Fray. Plus, how many shadowhunters took photos with Star Wars bounty hunters, or Iron Man? View these awesome photos below! 



Lara had started a fan site for Jamie Campbell Bower! She is still working on it and says that “there’s a bit of an associated twitter and tumblr. I’m struggling with getting it going because I want it to be a site that Jamie would be cool with and he has such strong views on judging others, gossip, paparazzi, privacy invasion etcetera.  It’s a challenge to think of what I could put up that he hasn’t put up himself that he would be happy to see online.” -We’re sure your fan site will make JCB happy! 

Check out her fan site Bower Power, also on TUMBLR and TWITTER!

Fan of the Month Fun Facts:
Name: Lara
 
Age: 32
 
From: Calgary, Canada
 
Favorite TMI Book: City of Glass (As happy an ending as we get in the series)
 
Favorite Character: Magnus because he’s got so much depth to him.  We see so many sides, so many aspects of him but there’s always more.  The Bane Chronicles have been fantastic for showing more but there’s still so much mystery – probably 800 years worth.
 
Favorite Quote:He leaned against the door frame, ignoring the kick of adrenaline the sight of her produced. He wondered why, not for the first time. Isabelle used her beauty like she used her whip, but Clary didn’t know she was beautiful at all. -City of Bones 
 
Favorite Fan Moment: On Canada’s Inner Space hour special on the Space Channel for the TMI Movie, my question was one of three asked to Jamie, Lily and Kevin.  That was pretty exciting for me because while we don’t have the mall tours in Canada and I’m the opposite side of the country from Toronto, I got to in a way be the focus of the cast for a moment.


Fan of the Month Social Media:
Tumblr: dreamreality13
 
 
 
We really hope you enjoyed meeting December’s Mortal Instrument’s Fan of the Month! The Mortal Instruments have brought people together of all ages from around the world, and we are hoping to make a few introductions that will lead into a lasting fandom family. Say hi to Lara in the comments below, and come back to meet January’s Mortal Instrument’s fan of the month! 
 
If you are interested in becoming fan of the month, tweet @YugenBliss  
 



Lena Headey graces new character poster for ‘300: Rise of an Empire’

A gorgeous new poster just surfaced of Lena Headey as the Spartan Queen Gorgo in 300: Rise of an Empire. With just a few months to go until the highly anticipated sequel to 300, many amazing new posters and footage will be popping up frequently. Be sure to keep checking back here for more on the movie before it comes to theaters on March 7th, 2014!

What do you all think of the poster? Are any of you planning to see the movie when it is released? Let us know in the comments below!

NEW Stills from ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ Show Up

BTA Shadowhunters! A ton of new stills from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones have been released today. Check them all out below. They are very high quality and magnificent!
Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower)
Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower) and Lily Collins (Clary Fray)
Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower), Lily Collins (Clary Fray), Isabelle Lightwood (JemimaWest), and Alec Lightwood (Kevin Zegers)
Clary Fray (Lily Collins), Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower), and the Silent Brothers
Clary Fray (Lily Collins) and Simon Lewis (Robert Sheehan)
Clary Fray (Lily Collins)
Clary Fray (Lily Collins) and Magnus Bane (Godfrey Gao)
Clary Fray (Lily Collins) and Hodge Starkweather (Jared Harris)
Alec Lightwood (Kevin Zegers) and Isabelle Lightwood (Jemima West)
Alec Lightwood (Kevin Zegers)
Clary Fray (Lily Collins) and Luke Garroway (Aidan Turner)
Jocelyn Fray (Lena Headey)
Clary Fray (Lily Collins) and Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower)
Clary Fray (Lily Collins) and Magnus Bane (Godfrey Gao)
Magnus Bane (Godfrey Gao)
Clary Fray (Lily Collins), Simon Lewis (Robert Sheehan), and Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower)
Isabelle Lightwood (Jemima West), Clary Fray (Lily Collins), Alaric (Harry Van Gorkum), and some demons

What do you all think of the new stills? Let us know in the comments!

NEW INTERVIEW: ‘Mortal Instruments’ star Lena Headey on how Game of Thrones has turned her world upside down

The rumble of engine noise and the splatter of fat raindrops fills the back of a large minibus, which rolls through rural Northern Ireland, heading south from the town of Castlerock on the north coast. Lena Headey is sitting at the back, eating pumpkin seeds from Marks & Spencer. She is on her way to Belfast, where she has a wig fitting and evening rehearsals for the fourth season of Game of Thrones, in which her character, the compellingly malevolent queen Cersei Lannister, will — well, more of that in a minute. Tomorrow, Headey will be up at dawn to film her first scene.
She may be a 39-year-old mother, but Headey is basically a back-of-the-bus sort of girl. She vibes mischievous sixth-former, dressed in jeans, boots, a lumberjack shirt and a large beanie, which she periodically yanks off to reveal a shock of dark hair and a little tattoo of a bird behind her right ear. In fact, she is covered in tattoos, from a birds-and-flowers piece covering most of her back, to more delicate etchings on her wrists. ‘I find the process incredibly peaceful,’ she says. Her shapely, expressive mouth spreads easily and often into an infectious smile and her conversation is peppered with jokes, curses and asides delivered in a variety of regional accents. ‘I still think I’m 16,’ she grins.
Headey has, in fact, been acting since she was a teenager. Born in Bermuda in 1973, where her father, a policeman, was briefly posted, she was raised in Huddersfield and remains a proud, self-proclaiming Northerner, rhyming ‘grass’ with ‘sass’ — although her accent is long buried beneath a Londoner’s dropped con-sonants and the occasional hint of LA drawl, as she has lived in California since 2008.
In past interviews she has been described as having been both a painfully shy child and a bit of a tearaway. ‘What kind of child was I? It’s a weird question. I guess I was rebellious in my teenage years. If you asked my dad, he would say I was really rebellious. If you asked me, I would just say I was… expressive.’
That expressiveness found its outlet in acting. She started working professionally at 17 in the film Waterland, an adaptation of Graham Swift’s novel. She had another decent break playing Lizzie in The Remains of the Day in 1993, and has since starred (among many other roles) in Ripley’sGameThe Brothers Grimm300Dreddand as Sarah Connor in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles on the small screen. Her latest part is in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a modern-day fantasy fairy tale. She laughs when I mention it: ‘It’s Lily [Collins] and Jamie’s [Campbell Bower] film really. I’m actually asleep through most of it. Or rather, I’m in a coma.’
The secret to coma acting, it turns out, is ‘being very hungover. It helps to want to lie down. I’m very active; I find it kind of hard being still… It’s quite frustrating, coma acting. Also, people do shit [to you] without asking. You’re like, “I’m not actually in a coma! I can feel that! Don’t expose my bum!” 

Headey is now a bona fide superstar of the biggest (or cultiest) TV drama of the times. Cersei is an extraordinary blend of pitiless hauteur and desperate, motherly vulnerability. Towards her enemies she appears a cold and heartless she-wolf. She is fiercely protective of her eldest son, the monstrous King Joffrey. She is engaged in an incestuous affair with one of her brothers, Jaime Lannister, and locked in a poisonous rivalry with the other, Tyrion, a sharp-tongued, sybaritic dwarf played with aplomb by Headey’s great friend Peter Dinklage. It was Dinklage who originally encouraged her to read for the role, and the show’s co-creators, David Benioff and DB Weiss, who cast her. How did you convince them, I ask. ‘I had sex with both of them.’ Together? ‘No, separately; I didn’t think it was fair.’ On whom? ‘On them! Hee hee hee.’
But as quickly as she jokes, Headey slips into serious analysis. She raves about Benioff and Weiss — ‘such smart, lovely men’ — and about giving depth to Cersei’s tragic arc. ‘As the show’s gone on, people are beginning to understand what I’m doing with her. You can’t ever have dark characters without a bit of light — and people are now starting to be like, “Oh, I get it…” It’s layering.’ It helps that she is working with Charles Dance, who plays her father, the merciless disciplinarian Tywin Lannister. What’s he like? ‘Awesome. He’s such a force. He’s so brilliant and he doesn’t miss a f***ing line. He just stares at you and comes out with it, and you’re like — errrgh! And then you have to step up. I love that. He just commands combat.’
Even among the huge, dazzling cast, I imagine that Headey, as Cersei, must be the subject of intense fanboy attention. But she thinks others get it worse. ‘For Pete and Emilia [Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen] it’s crazy, because those are the heroic characters.’ What do people say to her, then? ‘Oh, I’ve had people say, “You’re that f***ing bitch on TV.” But what’s more worrying is when people come up and tell you they think Cersei is really cool.’
Whatever the reaction, there is a passion about Game of Thrones obsessives that Headey appreciates. ‘Their knowledge is often greater than yours — and it’s not that they want to bring you down, they genuinely want to quiz you [on the show]. When you bring something to life that they hold dear, they get really excited about it. I dig that. I like that interchange with people who are really into it.’

In a sense, there is more interaction with fans than the rest of the cast. Given the nature of Game of Thrones’ sprawling story, filmed in six-month blocks in locations from Croatia to Iceland, many of the stars never work together. Some never even meet. This season Headey will work more closely with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays her lover-brother Jaime. ‘The relationship is complicated. There’s love, but I don’t know where it sits any more.’ She checks herself. ‘But I can’t say too much.’
Neither, alas, can she say too much about the rumour that one cast member (generally thought to be Clarke) is fed up with taking her clothes off and doesn’t want to do any more nude scenes. ‘I don’t know who it was, I have no idea. I’ve heard no internal… anything.’ But on Cersei’s nudity — or lack of it, since she is one of the few characters in the show whose clothes have so far refused to fall off — Headey is more forthcoming. In the first series she was pregnant with her son Wylie, now three. As the filming progressed it became increasingly troublesome to squeeze her bump into the tight corset that is a staple of her costume, let alone get her kit off, and she remained fully clothed in the incest scene that kicked off season one. ‘The camera was moving up and up every day, until by the end of the shoot all you saw was my face,’ she says.
In a sense, though, that’s neither here nor there because, says Headey, getting naked has not hitherto been a part of Cersei’s journey. ‘I have this theory about her keeping her clothes on. I think all along there’s a regality to her that is really protected by being clothed. She’s chosen not to disrobe. And when she does, it’ll be beyond her control.’ Those who have read the books will understand what she means.
As the minibus rolls along, the conversation, quick and frequently very funny, rolls with it: skipping between tattoo culture, 1990s music and fashion (‘you feel like it was yesterday…  but it really wasn’t’), the early films of Al Pacino (she recommends Scarecrow: ‘beautiful — one of those little gems that has been lost’), and how the merging of comic strips and fantasy trumpeted by Comic-Con has affected mainstream film culture (‘now it’s just really hip to be there’). We touch on fat men who like taking their tops off on hot days, the right age to explain to a child that the barracuda in Finding Nemo actually killed and ate Nemo’s mum, and the correct amount of red wine to drink before sitting down to write. (Her: ‘a glass or so’. Me: ‘none’. We agree to differ.)
She talks with boundless enthusiasm about Wylie, who is coming to stay with her in Northern Ireland for a month, enrolling in a local nursery school for ‘a bit of structure’. She is divorcing her son’s father, the Irish musician Peter Paul Loughran, whom she married in 2007, and is reluctant to discuss it but on parenting she says, ‘I love it. I love it. I loooove it.’
Eventually we pull up at Titanic Studios in Belfast, right on time for her duties on set. She skips off the bus, beanie pulled down and kisses all round. Shortly the long blonde wig will be fitted and the delightful, puckish Lena Headey will become the statuesque Queen Cersei. Quite a transformation. Just before leaving, she whispers the scene that she’s filming tomorrow. Crumbs. I promise not to tell: the first rule of Game of Thrones is ‘no spoilers’. But it will certainly be worth the wait.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters on August 21st!

Interview and Photos were found at ES MAGAZINE