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32 years ago today, the acting debut of a music icon we lost this year opened in theaters. Audiences were first treated to Purple Rain on July 27, 1984. Purple Rain proved that Prince could be just as captivating in a feature-length film as he was onstage and in music videos. The rock musical debuted a month after the album of the same name hit record stores, giving us such hits as “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “I Would Die 4 U.” Other notable July 27 happenings in pop culture history; • 1940: Bugs Bunny made his official debut at a screening of the short film A Wild Hare. • 1979: The Amityville Horror opened in theaters. • 1982: Little Shop of Horrors had its Off-Broadway opening at the Orpheum Theatre. The writing team behind the wacky musical, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, went on to write some of Disney Animation’s most beloved songs. »
- Emily Rome
There is a new star in Hollywood and her name is Emeraude Toubia. Freeform's Shadowhunters is responsible for making Toubia a household name, but she isn't an overnight sensation. The 27-year-old actress began her career in Univision's Nuestra Belleza Latina and then stopped at nothing until she achieved her dream of landing a role in a huge series. Emeraude, who was born in Canada to a Mexican mother and Lebanese father, recalled the moment she was told she had landed the part of Isabelle Lightwood on the TV adaptation of the young adult book series The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare. "I was at the house and my manager played a joke on me as if I hadn't gotten the role," Toubia »
Marvel already has a large presence on the small screen, with ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, along with four Netflix shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, the upcoming Luke Cage and Iron Fist). Variety reports that another one of the studio's comic book properties, Cloak and Dagger, has been given a straight-to-series order on Freeform, the cable network formerly known as ABC Family. The show will bypass the traditional pilot phase with this series order, but it isn't known how many episodes we're getting in this first season.
Cloak and Dagger will be based on the romantic comic book series of the same name, which follows the title characters, also known as Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson. The story tracks these teenage characters from much different backgrounds who become connected when they gain mysterious new super powers, while they start to fall for each other. Tandy has the ability to shoot "light daggers, »
If you’re concerned about Jace’s mental (and moral) state following the end of Tuesday’s Shadowhunters season finale, you have a very healthy sense of fear.
“We should be very worried about Jace,” showrunner Ed Decter tells TVLine. “As fans of the books know, he’s about to take a very dark journey.”
While the final hour of the Freeform drama’s first season gave cause for celebration at times — including Clary and Jocelyn’s long-overdue reunion — it also presented a laundry list of new obstacles for the gang to overcome. Is Jace, now in league with Valentine, »
Fans of the Shadow World have had a lot to be happy about lately. Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments has officially been renewed for a second season on Freeform, and author/mastermind of the Shadow World Cassandra Clare finally released Lady Midnight in early March. I'm not even going to get started on the latest and very highly anticipated development in this week's most recent episode since fans have probably not quite recovered from it yet (breathe, Malec shippers, Breathe). If you need even more Shadowhunters in your life, then consider us your . . . angels. We've rounded up amazing behind-the-scenes photos that members of the cast have shared on Instagram; go forth and be prepared to become an even bigger fan of the show after seeing the adorable group interact with each other on set. »
- Hilary White
The “Shadowhunters” cast made an appearance at WonderCon on Friday afternoon to tease the final two episodes of Season 1, kicking off with a clip of next week’s much-anticipated episode 12, titled “Malec.”
The sneak peek sees everyone gathered for Alec’s (Matthew Daddario) wedding to Lydia (Stephanie Bennett), but before they can get to the vows, Magnus (Harry Shum, Jr.) arrives to interrupt the proceedings, since Alec’s sister Isabelle (Emeraude Toubia) secretly invited the warlock to the nuptials. Alec’s mother, Maryse (Nicola Correia Damude) tries to make Magnus leave, but he tells her he has business with her son and that he won’t leave unless Alec asks him to — with the clip ending before we see Alec’s response.
“Alec at this point is not just lying to himself, he’s actively building up walls to prevent him from feeling what’s actually going on inside of him, »
- Laura Prudom
Article Excerpt Written by & Copyright Edward Gross From its debut earlier this season, the Shadowhunters TV series has worked its magic, ensnaring large audiences and consistently building its fervent fan following. Not really surprising considering that it's based on Cassandra Clare's best-selling (36 million copies in print) The Mortal Instruments books, the latest spin-off of which, Lady Midnight, was recently published. And even with a failed big screen adaptation in the form of 2013's The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones in the mix, the franchise continues to grow in popularity - a point exemplified by the fact that the show has officially been renewed for a second season. "Listen, I think you have the marriage of the two most important components in being successful," offers executive producer/director McG. "One is archetypal story. I mean, come on, it's the Skywalker story. It's Peter Parker. It's everything I love. That's what »
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Freeform has renewed Shadowhunters for a second season, which is expected to get underway early next year.
The series, which premiered in January, is based upon Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments book series and follows the story of Clary Fray, who on her eighteenth birthday discovers that she is a Shadowhunter, a human born with angelic blood and destined to protect mankind from demonic threats.
- Amie Cranswick
“Shadowhunters” will return for a second season on Freeform, the show’s cast announced on Monday. “We have some very special news for you guys,” series star Katherine McNamara said in a live Facebook chat with fans. “We are all here as a team to announce that we are picked up for Season 2 of ‘Shadowhunters.'” The Ya fantasy drama based on Cassandra Clare’s popular “The Mortal Instruments” series of novels is currently in the midst of its first season run, which will wrap on April 15. Also read: Wrapid Fire: 'Shadowhunters' Star Dominic Sherwood Talks Runes, Costumes »
- Reid Nakamura
Three years ago, Screen Gems and Entertainment One’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones failed to ignite a newfound Ya franchise in the way the studios had hoped. But in circling back to Cassandra Clare’s novel series and all the human-angel hybrids within, Freeform has crafted a new spin on the source material in the form of Shadowhunters.
With a first season now under its belt and a cult audience in tow, the network has renewed the sci-fi series for a second outing, ensuring that it will outlive its cinematic brethren after all.
Word comes by way of the Shadowhunters Facebook page, which recently featured a Q&A session with the core cast and crew. There, it was confirmed that Freeform will pick up Constantin Film and showrunner Ed Decter’s sci-fi drama, with the likes of Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood and Alberto Rosende all primed to reprise their respective roles. »
- Michael Briers
Demons beware, Shadowhunters is sticking around. Freeform has ordered a second season of the fantasy series based on Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments book series. The news was announced in a Facebook live chat. Everything changed for Clary Fray on her birthday when she discovered she's no ordinary girl: she's a Shadowhunter, a human-angel hybrid who hunts down demons. After her mom was kidnapped, Clary went straight into the world of shadowhunting with the mysterious Jace, other Shadowhunters Isabelle and Alec and best friend Simon. Katherine McNamara stars as Clary, Dominic Sherwood as Jace, Alberto Rosende as Simon, Matthew Daddario as Alec, Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle, Isaiah Mustafa as Luke and Harry »
Freeform is keeping the Mortal Instruments in tune.
The cast of Shadowhunters on Monday (via a live Facebook chat) revealed that the supernatural drama has been picked up for a second season.
RelatedCable/Streaming Renewal Scorecard 2016: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s On the Bubble?
Based on Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments book series, Shadowhunters follows a young woman named Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) who discovers on her 18th birthday that she’s a destined to battle the forces of evil — and fall in love with a fellow Shadowhunter named Jace (Dominic Sherwood).
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The renewal was announced Monday morning during a live Q&A on Facebook with cast members. The series bowed Jan. 12 as part of the Freeform relaunch of the Disney-owned cabler formerly known as ABC Family.
Ed Decter is showrunner and exec producer of the series with McG, who directed the pilot. “Shadowhunters” stars Katherine McNamara as an 18-year-old who discovers she’s a human-angel hybrid whose job it is to hunt down demons. Matthew Daddario, Isaiah Mustafa, Alberto Rosende, Dominic Sherwood, Harry Shum Jr. and Emeraude Toubia also star.
Freeform emphasized the show’s stickiness in social media in touting its renewal. The show has logged more than 17.7 million “engagements,” per Freeform, across social media platforms and 7.5 million long-form views, making it Freeform’s No. 2 series behind “Pretty Little Liars. »
- Variety Staff
Freeform has picked up Shadowhunters for a second season. The news was revealed by the cast today in a Facebook Q&A. Undoubtedly helped by lead-in, the channel’s top-rated series Pretty Little Liars, the January Shadowhunters premiere was the top debut the channel has had in two years. It held on to 71% of the 18-49 demo from its Pll lead-in. Based on Cassandra Clare's Ya book series The Mortal Instruments, the series about demon-hunting teens who are part angel and part… »
The announcement was made via a Facebook Live chat with the cast earlier today. The first season, currently airing Tuesday nights, will wrap on April 5th.
The first season launched to 2.9 million total viewers with 1.6 million in the Adults 18-49 demo, it was also the network's top series launch of all time in Men 18-49 and Men 25-54.
Source: FreeForm »
- Garth Franklin
Freeform is moving forward with a second season of its newest fantasy drama Shadowhunters. The show is based off of the book series "The Mortal Instruments" by author Cassandra Clare. It stars Katherine McNamara, who plays a young woman that discovers she's a human/angel hybrid and sets out to hunt down demons. The show also stars Matthew Daddario, Dominic Sherwood and Emeraude Toubia.
I like bad TV. It goes back to the sweltering summers of my childhood where my sister and I were relegated to indoor activities due to parental fear of child-onset, hyperactive spontaneous combustion (and, I guess, a harsh overexposure to the Louisiana sun). We’d marathon TLC’s Trading Spaces and, during commercials, check in on whatever the hell the Zoogs were doing on The Disney Channel. I was barely out of the single digit age bracket, so I had a pretty good excuse for believing that Paige Davis was the cornerstone of television comedy.
I’m older now, but I still believe that everyone’s allowed their own lizard-brain entertainment — the thing that shuts out the world and generates a feeling similar to having your prefrontal cortex scooped out and swathed into a custom-built version of one of those obnoxious massaging chairs from Brookstone. The thing that you know »
- Mitchel Broussard
Cassandra Clare‘s reasoning skills would prove useful at the next Clave meeting.
The author of the Mortal Instruments books — upon which Freeform’s Shadowhunters is based — took to Twitter on Monday to suppress what she calls an “unnecessary war” brewing between fans of the novels and fans of the show.
RelatedShadowhunters Premiere: Jocelyn’s Gift and 5 Other Changes From the Books
Employing the hashtag #ShadowhuntersFandomUnited, Clare insisted that she has a “good relationship” with the entire cast and crew of Shadowhunters, including showrunner Ed Decter and executive producer McG. Furthermore, she insists that “authors do not resent or »
Clare’s lawyer issues statement that the young adult fantasy novelist expects ‘all of Ms Kenyon’s claims will be dismissed’
Young adult novelist Cassandra Clare is “surprised and disappointed” by a lawsuit accusing her of copying fantasy author Sherrilyn Kenyon’s novels, according to her lawyer, who has rejected Kenyon’ claims as baseless.
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- Alison Flood
The “Shadowhunter” book series has been a big success for Cassandra Clare — and according to a new lawsuit, it’s also a big ripoff of someone else’s work. Best-selling author Clare (pictured above) is being sued by fellow best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon, who claims that Clare’s “Shadowhunter” book series infringes on her own “Dark-Hunter” series of books. “Defendant Clare, in writing ‘The Mortal Instruments’ and the ‘Shadowhunters’ series, knowingly and willfully copies the “Dark-Hunter” series and original elements therein to create a work or works substantially similar to and derivative of the ‘Dark-Hunter Series,'” the suit, filed Feb. »
- Tim Kenneally
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