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Casting is currently at a fever pitch regarding the next great hope in the Young Adult film franchise arms race, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The most recent news we had about director Harald Zwart’s series-launcher is that Game of Thrones and Mad Men vets Lena Headey and Jared Harris had landed roles as two of the adult characters, and today comes news that two of the teenage roles that make up most of the primary cast have also been filled. The thrust of the City of Bones story, again, is that a girl named Clary Fray (Lily Collins) becomes suddenly involved in the hidden world of Shadowhunters (powerful beings who hunt demons right under our noses). The first Shadowhunter that she comes across is dreamboat Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower), a troubled orphan who comes complete with a foster family. Said family is most importantly made up of two siblings who Jace lives and hunts demons with, Isabelle and Alec Lightwood. These are the oh-so-important roles that have now been filled.

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It’s hard to know what to think of this trailer for Killing Bono – the first straightforward comedy from director Nick Hamm. While the director is better known for horror like The Hole and Godsend, this trailer makes his new film out to be a fluffy affair that uses winks and coy smiles to stay afloat. The story focuses on a band from Dublin that isn’t U2, coming up around the same time as U2. As you can guess, the fame and fortune only goes to one of them. That’s strong fodder for both comedy and drama, but Hamm and writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais seem to be taking a piss take here. On the plus side, both Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan are sharp young talents who will hopefully wear name tags so we can tell them apart from the guy playing Bono. It all feels like the cinematic equivalent of The Monkees, and the cheesy mid-90s voice over doesn’t help. Check it out for yourself:

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr heads into the January movie season with a heavy heart. He checks out Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest award bait flick, Country Strong. Hint, hint… no one is taking the bait. Then he tries like hell to see Season of the Witch, but the lack of regional press screenings and midnight shows keep him and Nicolas Cage’s mullet sadly apart. What else would you expect from the industry coming back from winter break. After all, this is the time of year that the mega-hits Leprechaun, BloodRayne and Bride Wars came out.

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This trailer might not work out so well for all of those Rupert Grint fansites around the web, populated by millions of howling teenage girls who love their Ron Weasley for the pure, innocent soul that he is.

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