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  • outlawjohnmarston outlawjohnmarston May 8, 2014 3:55 PM Flag

    Sure the Powers Rangers bump!!!

    The only way to make this dog look good is stand the chart on its head. Rest easy folks this thing will explode once my June options expire.

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    • good reasoning ftop, good luck to you

    • Divergent has crossed $250 million globally, but that still is far less than the first Twilight ($393 million) or The Hunger Games ($691 million). Is that enough for a franchise?

      WACHSBERGER: It's fantastic. We have established a franchise, no question. You cannot use Twilight as a barometer every time. We broke the curse of the young adult films. I mean, $150 million domestically is not chopped liver. The book wasn't so well established internationally. But when we started marketing the movie overseas, the book sales went through the roof, and the drop for the film from week-to-week has been very small.

      FRIEDMAN: Divergent is digging in as a franchise, and so we're very excited about it; not only its performance as the first film but from a real-life perspective and what we see as trajectory. The movie was released in a uniquely competitive environment.

      Will you market next year's sequel, Insurgent, differently?

      FRIEDMAN: It's obviously a different story, and we don't have to start from ground zero, explaining what Divergent is all about. The second film has a lot more action in it, so we'll take it in a different direction.

      Given the tepid reviews for the third book, Allegiant, why the decision to split it into two films?

      FRIEDMAN: We obviously did it with Twilight, and we've done it with Hunger Games. One of the things we find in the last book is that a lot of ends have to be wrapped up. They tend to be very dense. We felt the same way about Allegiant. There was more than enough material there to make two substantial, satisfying films.

      Johnny Depp stars in Mortdecai, about a bumbling secret agent, which opens Feb. 6. Are you worried that Transcendence marks his third bomb in a row?

      WACHSBERGER: Mortdecai is a totally different movie. Johnny Depp creates [the] character Mortdecai, just like he created the character Jack Sparrow. I personally believe, and I think my partner does too, that this is the way people want to see Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp doing a normal, serious guy? Not so much fun. I think he's created a character in Mortdecai you can basically turn into a franchise.

      FRIEDMAN: I think there are 12 books.

      WACHSBERGER: You can set up the story any way you want -- Mortdecai goes to Hong Kong; Mortdecai goes to Rio de Janeiro.

      Lionsgate was built on horror, namely, the Saw and Hostel franchises. But you have moved away from that a bit, correct?

      FRIEDMAN: I just don't think horror is a part of our film slate that we do very much.

      WACHSBERGER: In other words, there are horror titles to acquire at markets and festivals, but in terms of us doing production, it has to be something very, very special.

      Tyler Perry's movies have been underperforming, and you ended your theatrical deal in February. Is your relationship over?

      FRIEDMAN: No, we're still in business with Tyler, we're still doing his video distribution, we still have television, and we talk all the time about film opportunities. It's just there was a specific part of an overall film deal, which funded the film production entity, that is over, but our relationship with Tyler is as strong as ever.

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      • Still no resolution on the renewal, but I hear the co-producers, Lionsgate TV and ABC Studios, are working on making the numbers work. That is focusing on state tax credit issues (the series films in Nashville), which have to be worked out for the series to get a formal renewal. Tennessee had a generous tax breaks for Nashville that have been trimmed, leaving the producers of the show with a big budget hole to fill. Tennessee committed $12.5 million to Nashville for the 2013-14 fiscal year in a package created outside the normal incentive program — a cost weighed against the estimated $40 million in economic impact the show was generating for the state. The ABC series was initially slated to get $6 million for 2014-2015, but the final budget passed by the legislature cut that amount by two-thirds. Talks are underway on several fronts to try to continue to produce the show without taking it out of Nashville where it belongs. Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development had previously said of the show, “You’re not only getting the 20-plus episodes per season, every advertisement and preview for the TV show is essentially advertising Nashville.” And yes, the goal is to get to 22 episodes…

 
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