So more vampire movies, geez. If the kids like it, they go to most of the movies. Is their a smart vampire movie that we can sink our teeth into? Excuse the pun. How about Fight Club meets Vampires. The action is the subtext, but what is most important is the social statement.
David Koeep, the film director of the said movie, has first published on April 23, 2014 that the movie will be released on February 6, 2015 but then the date shifted to January 23, 2014 announced very recently last September 24, 2015. Lionsgate will soon announce on February 7, 2015 if there will be another instalment, or they will be creating another franchise for the film.
Mortdecai will indeed showcase Johnny Depp's forte when it comes to this unique and savvy role that only him in the Hollywood can portray. As the story will go on, it will be evident that Johnny Depp's comedy role will be one of the legendaries to talk about in the Hollywood sphere.
Every unique role that he portrayed had given justice to the plot and to the entire cast that made every story rich with such wit, comedy and action. Also, In the not so substantial manner, with just the light feel but then creates too much of a buzz because of its brilliance.
Mortdecai is one of the most awaited films when 2015 comes. This action-packed-comedy filled movie is such a creative idea of its screenplay by Eric Aronson that Infinitum Nihil, Mad Chance Production and Odd Lot Entertainment are proud to produce. The film based on Mortdecai by Kyril Bonfiglioli might get the attention of a lot of movie fans in 2015.
Lionsgate is looking forward to showcasing another brilliant and funny film when January 2015 comes on the verge. Johnny Depp's fans are now on the rush to know more about the film before it will be in theatres worldwide.
You know in facebook tracking LGF is looking good. Fast & Furious is 1 then Step Up which while it only did 14 mil usa is at 90 mil global BO then you have MJ then you have Ted 2 then at number 5 you have Saw re-release. Also on Twitter....
As expected, this week's hot ticket item Annabelle was planted firmly atop the Tweet total list for the last 7 days (Friday to Thursday). A few other films also stood out though, namely The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 1 which is already averaging 10k+ tweets a day even from this distance out (it doesn't open till November 21st). It is generating more buzz than either of its predecessors in the series so far and it would seem as though the lofty heights of $150 million+ are all but assured yet again.
This is pretty smart. You know what they are going to do. They are going to pick a winner and let that director direct the next Twilight flick that will come out in the 2016 HG Nov slot. The director will already be familiar and working with Stewart and the author along with other players before production because of this FB project. That being said with PRangers and other new tentpoles hitting in 16 they may push a new Twilight to 17 to give more time considering 16 earnings could be huge with VOD, DVD, etc etc coming in from HG 15 and trailing BO. Infact if you look at 16 right now its loaded with earnings even with out Madmen and BO for a HG. One other thing.... we know they want young actors to appeal to the under 18 crowd with this property but the stars from the past films are still pretty darn you and can have some main roles. Also......... lots of SEC filings last Fri 10/3.
Fundamentals (Facebook deal, Netflix, Alibaba, upcoming movies) and Technicals (a break through the 200 day MA) points to a 25-30% upside move. Rapid growth in China (x3 72 million despite being pirated) makes this long term investor think the next year will be very rewarding.
“This is the just the beginning — a template, if you will. You can probably guess what might be coming next.”
A new generation of Twilight with baby vampire growing up and marrying werewolf? That is my guess.
Gannett bought out its partners for a total of $1.8 billion. Tribune’s share came out to $686 million, with the after-tax windfall to its bottom line expected to be $424 million, the company said Wednesday. Tribune said it would record the gain in the fourth quarter of this year and pay the tax bill in the first quarter of 2015.
Tribune undoubtedly will use some of the coin to help fund its aggressive ramp-up of original series for WGN America. The cabler bowed its first two dramas, “Salem” and “Manhattan,” earlier this year, and has more on the way. “Salem” has been renewed for a sophomore season, and “Manhattan” is expected to be picked up on the strength of the strong critical response to the WWII-era period piece about the development of nuclear weaponry in Los Alamos, N.M.
This is the first big announcement out of the Twilight fandom since Breaking Dawn, Part 2 opened in theaters in November 2012. Rumors of potential spinoffs had surfaced around the time the final film was in theaters, but they seemingly didn’t pan out.
Speaking to the New York Times, Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns said about what these films mean for the future of the fandom, “This is the just the beginning — a template, if you will. You can probably guess what might be coming next.”
We love the idea of giving aspiring female filmmakers a chance to create stories that have the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of viewers. We’ll be sure to follow this project in the months and years ahead.
LIONSGATE TEAMS WITH STEPHENIE MEYER, FACEBOOK AND WOMEN IN FILM TO CREATE SHORT FILMS COMPETITION BASED ON CHARACTERS FROM THE WORLD OF TWILIGHT
PR Newswire Lionsgate
11 hours ago
Winning Short Films by Aspiring Female Filmmakers to be Chosen By Star-Studded Award-Winning Female Panelists
Shorts will Premiere Exclusively on Facebook Next Year
VANCOUVER, British Columbia and SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing effort to enhance its diverse portfolio of premium content, Lionsgate (LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, is teaming with Facebook, the prestigious Women In Film organization, the crowdsourcing platform Tongal and best-selling Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer to create and manage a social media campaign to develop and produce a series of short films directed by aspiring female filmmakers. The campaign, called "The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga," will include films based on a broad spectrum of characters from the Twilight universe, with guidance provided by Meyer's encyclopedic The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide.
.Courtesy of Lionsgate.
The campaign will center on a multiphase contest culminating in the selection of at least five aspiring female filmmakers to direct short films based on characters from the Twilight universe. The films will be produced and directed with the mentorship of a blue chip panel of advisors, which will ultimately select the winning shorts that will premiere exclusively on the Facebook platform next year. The star-studded group of female panelists will include Stephenie Meyer, actress Kristen Stewart, Academy Award winners Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Lee, the award-winning writer and one of the directors of Disney's global blockbuster Frozen, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, Emmy Award-winning actress Julie Bowen, and Women In Film President Cathy Schulman.
Five winning shorts will be financed through production advances, and fans will help select a grand prize winning filmmaker who will receive a cash prize and career opportunities. The short film development and production process will involve extensive fan engagement on the Facebook and Tongal platforms.
"More people than ever before are creating, discovering and engaging with videos on Facebook," said Facebook Vice President of Partnerships Dan Rose. "This collaboration with Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate and Women In Film is a great opportunity to engage Twilight's massive global audience on Facebook through an innovative premium video program."
"We're delighted to expand our longstanding relationship with Stephenie and confident that her participation in the Twilight short films campaign will add an exciting new dimension to the incredible world she has created as an author and producer," said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer and Vice Chairman Michael Burns. "Our partnership with Facebook and Women In Film underscores the opportunities for growing our franchises in exciting new directions, and we're pleased to introduce fresh creative talent to the Twilight universe as part of our commitment to female empowerment in front of and behind the camera."
"Accessing Hollywood is a momentous challenge, especially for aspiring female filmmakers, so I'm thrilled that Women In Film has been invited to join Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate and Facebook to empower new storytellers with diverse voices," said WIF President Cathy Schulman. "Women In Film is proud to help recruit and mentor female filmmakers as part of a project that illustrates the power of a beloved book and movie franchise to lessen the gender gap in our film community and provide a platform for women's perspectives to be seen and heard."
"The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I've worked in the film industry," said Meyer. "I'm honored to be working with Women In Film, Lionsgate, and Facebook on a project dedicated to giving more women a chance to be heard creatively."
44 to me is a little low - about 30% increase from current level - not to be greedy. You don't think LGF knows what it can fetch, especially after speak "unofficially" with a brokerage company that would do the deal? You got to be careful here or you will do a disservice to you and your shareholders. I like Disney or Universal for the Theme Park aspect for Hunger Games, it makes sense to me.
LIONSGATE REPORTS RESULTS FOR FIRST QUARTER 2015
Adjusted EBITDA Increases 27% to $77.3 Million
Adjusted Basic Net Income per Share Doubles to $0.36
$159.8 Million in Free Cash Flow Delivered in the Quarter
August 7, 2014 4:06 PM
SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lionsgate (LGF) today reported revenue of $449.4 million, adjusted EBITDA of $77.3 million, adjusted net income of $49.6 million or $0.36 adjusted basic net income per share, net income of $43.3 million or $0.31 basic net income per share and free cash flow of $159.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 (quarter ended June 30, 2014).
"We're pleased to report strong adjusted EBITDA, earnings and free cash flow generation in what is historically our lightest quarter of the fiscal year," said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer. "During the quarter we deepened our portfolio of brands and franchises, extended our global reach and formed entrepreneurial partnerships with digital and traditional platforms alike as we used our strengths as an innovative pure play content company to position ourselves for continued growth and profitability in an increasingly dynamic industry environment."
Adjusted EBITDA of $77.3 million for the quarter increased 27% from adjusted EBITDA of $60.8 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA excluded an $11.4 million gain on the Company's sale of its interest in FEARnet, stock-based compensation and a $4.9 million restructuring charge associated with costs of the Company's relocation of its international sales operations to London, England and integration of the marketing operations of its Lionsgate and Summit film labels.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Analysts had been pointing to Lions Gate, which is based in Vancouver, Canada, as a potential acquisition target for months, largely because of its advantageous tax headquarters north of the border. Shares of Lions Gate jumped more than 4% Monday.
On an August conference call, when asked about whether it’s a potential inversion target, Chief Financial Officer James Barge said that the company’s 15.5% tax rate could be tempting to U.S. buyers. But he also said that Lions Gate would consider how it could lower a U.S. target’s tax rate when it considers potential acquisitions, he said.
Don Bilson, head of event-driven research at Gordon Haskett Research Advisors, has often pointed to Lions Gate as a target in his newsletter. He did so again Monday morning, citing Netflix Inc. as a potential buyer.
Alan Gould, an analyst at Evercore Partners, said Lions Gate could be “digestible by many of the larger industry players.” Yet, Mr. Gould questioned whether the company with a market cap of roughly $5 billion at the time ($4.5 billion now) would actually move the needle at any of these companies.
Lions Gate’s largest shareholder, MHR Fund Management LLC, will make or break any deal. MHR’s founder and president Mark Rachesky serves as the chairman of Lions Gate’s board.
Mr. Gould said that MHR, which describes itself as taking a private-equity approach to investing, would likely be open to a deal. MHR did not return immediate requests for comment.
"Hunger Games" producer Lions Gate Entertainment Corp , the largest independent studio with more than a dozen films already released this year, could draw interest, Wold said, echoing other analysts.
Although analysts have mentioned China as a key source of potential buyers, French media group Vivendi SA may also be looking at a deal with Lions Gate as it seeks to bolster its own content offerings, sources have said.
Lions Gate shares were up 4 percent to $32.43 at midday on Monday, while DreamWorks surged 25 percent to $28.01.
A Lions Gate spokesman declined to comment.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Yahoo lists the free cash flow as $1.1 Billion and the operating cash flow as $269 Million with $50 Million in cash. Where is this large free cash flow indicated coming from? All responses deeply appreciated.
Nothing has actually happened yet as far as I know regarding "rumors." Up close to 6%, which is not necessarily an indication it has a suitor or it would be up more than that. LGF was hammered last week, so we got about half back.