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lagunadan92677 68 posts  |  Last Activity: 20 hours ago Member since: Sep 28, 2005
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    $32. to $33. for the next 12 months!

    by leonard4mvp Feb 13, 2014 10:51 AM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Feb 13, 2014 1:44 PM Flag

    Better try $33 to $35 through 2014, thanks to Comcast. Comcast's buyout offer helped AT&T/U-Verse breakout from resistance ($33.00-$33.25). Then again I'm long and you're short trying to cover. Good luck with that.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Jan 22, 2014 5:32 PM Flag

    1) This has nothing to do with BA.
    2) You're an idiot.
    3) Welcome to my ignore list.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Pre-sales snippet for Divergent

    by mlathrop3 Feb 27, 2014 2:35 PM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Feb 28, 2014 4:55 AM Flag

    From Variety - Feb 25th:

    "The production budget, which started in the low $70 millions, was increased to $85 million by the time “Divergent” was greenlit in December 2012. To help offset costs, Summit secured $65 million in international pre-sales, leaving the company to invest only $20 million in funding production of the film."

    "David Bank, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, notes that the studio has done “a pretty good job” of letting Wall Street know it’s not getting another “Hunger Games.” Still, he says investors want to see “Divergent” reach the mid-$100 million range domestically. Lionsgate says it plans to lay out $40 million in the U.S. to market the film, which will bow in more than 3,500 theaters."

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    787 crash will put boing back to $40

    by john.kloczkowski Jan 22, 2014 3:18 PM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Jan 22, 2014 5:34 PM Flag

    FYI, it's B-o-e-i-n-g and you're on ignore now also.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • The arrangement should help YOU to beef up its mobile VOD business, which kicked off in November with films from Paramount. While the company isn’t disclosing deal terms, it expects to ultimately have 500 movies for its YOU Cinema app, which comes preloaded on Huawei Mate smartphones. Lionsgate‘s contributions are still under discussion, but YOU named a few Disney films that it will offer mobile customers. Alice In Wonderland and Pirates Of The Caribbean and some titles from the Marvel library will go on YOU’s subscription VOD platform with others including Thor: The Dark World and Saving Mr. Banks available for purchase. “This partnership marks the next step in YOU On Demand’s commitment to provide rich and diverse content to customers anytime and anywhere on a wide variety of platforms, including mobile, digital cable, IPTV, Over-The-Top and online,” says company Chairman Shane McMahon — who’s a former World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler and exec, and the son of that company’s CEO Vince McMahon and two-time Connecticut GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon. Some 18M cable customers receive YOU’s conventional VOD service. YOU shares, which trade on NASDAQ, have appreciated 135% over the last 12 months.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Last spring we told you the riveting tale how Behind the Lines Productions, creator of the Twilight parody Twiharder, decided to sue Lionsgate and Summit on the grounds that they’re big meanies who unfairly monopolize the Twilight franchise… a franchise they, y’know, own the rights to. Behind the Lines has some gumption, I’ll give them that. Except now that gumption’s gotten them countersued by Lionsgate, whose 204 page countercomplaint can be basically summed up as “…You guys aren’t serious, right?”

    The most thrilling legal case of our age has suffered some bumps in the last few months, specifically when Lionsgate called Behind the Lines’ bluff and was all “OK, let’s move this trial to California.” Behind the Lines, probably realizing it may have made a big mistake, dropped the lawsuit… then refiled it, then dropped it again, then buckled and moved it to California. Then came the countersuit, which claims Twiharder is less a parody, along the lines of Vampires Suck and the excellently titled Breaking Wind, and more a straight-up ripoff. Watching the film, Lionsgate says:

    “did not allay Summit’s fears but, instead, confirmed its belief that the motion picture and its related promotional artwork infringed Summit’s copyrights in and related to the Twilight Motion Pictures and that Plaintiff’s use of Twiharder as the title of its motion picture and on merchandise was likely to confuse consumers into believing that the motion picture and merchandise were associated, connected, or affiliated with, or endorsed, sponsored, or approved by, Summit, when, in fact, they were not. “
    To win its case Lionsgate will have to convince a judge that Twiharder has no artistic merit in and of itself, that it only exists to crib off Twilight‘s success. Lawyers with years, perhaps decades, of legal expertise will be pulling overnighters to draft briefs, examine potential arguments, and pore over legal precedent.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Santa Monica, CA - Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to My Butt Won't Stop Growing, the reality-based movie starring Kim Kardashian. With over 20 million followers on Twitter as well as almost 20 million likes on Facebook, Kim Kardashian is a proven commodity in the YA world. Although the movie is reality-based, it could be best described as a horror-comedy.

    Without giving too much away, the reality-based/horror-comedy film follows Kim during a typical week, as she shops along Rodeo Drive, dines at Crustacean in Beverly Hills, poses for Vogue and Plus Model magazines, has stories from the evening news explained to her, eats ice cream at Ice Cream Lab in Beverly Hills, all the while avoiding the gym at all costs.

    Demonstrating her dedication to helping those less fortunate than herself, Kim will donate $25,000 from the movie's budget to provide caviar and champagne to the homeless. My Butt Won't Stop Growing was produced by April Fools Production Company, LLC.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    787 crash will put boing back to $40

    by john.kloczkowski Jan 22, 2014 3:18 PM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Jan 22, 2014 5:37 PM Flag

    mistercreek, you're right. Someone has to be stupid to think they can affect the stock price via this message board! I guess he's both stupid and desperate.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • The movie poster for the latest Hunger Games film Mockingjay: Part 1 was unveiled.

    The first two Hunger Games films from Lionsgate has earned the studio $1.6 billion in ticket sales. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has brought in nearly $900 million of that total. It comes as no surprise that Lionsgate is now pushing the final film, Mockingjay that will be split into two movies, already.

    Lionsgate has released the first teaser poster for Mockingjay: Part 1, Variety reported. The poster was shown first on Twitter.

    The poster features the signature Mockingjay fully extending its wings surrounded by fire. As in the books, the Mockingjay has become a symbol for the citizens of Panem and for the fans has become a classic symbol.

    Tim Palen, the architect of Lionsgate’s marketing effort, spoke about the vision behind already promoting the final two films. "When we started, we decided to look at this as one big movie that’s eight hours long. Otherwise, it’s going to be kind of overwhelming to do a new campaign for each movie," said Palen.

    Palen did note that the pressure is on to keep up the success with the upcoming final two movies. "We did a major presentation to distributors in Cannes, and did six premieres outside the U.S. And we still have room to grow. We’ve matched ‘Iron Man 3’ on domestic, but we can do better on international," explained Palen.

    Mockingjay : Part 1 will hit theaters on Nov. 21, New York Daily News reported.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • The Economist, Jan 25th

    WHEN some of Hollywood’s biggest studios were pitched a film based on a book series in which young people fight to the death at the behest of a totalitarian government, they passed on it. Bad call. Lionsgate, a fast-growing independent studio, grabbed it, and five years later “The Hunger Games” is one of the most successful film franchises in cinema history.

    Like the films’ heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, pictured), Lionsgate has achieved a level of success no one predicted. American box-office figures for 2013 are now in, and they show that the second “Hunger Games” film helped Lionsgate to overtake Paramount and Fox (see table). Other than the surviving six “majors”, all dating from the age of Gloria Swanson and Rudy Valentino, the young challenger, founded only 17 years ago in Canada, is the only studio to have grossed more than $1 billion in a year, as it did in 2012 and 2013.

    Until recently Lionsgate was best known for its cheap but profitable horror and “genre” flicks, such as the gory “Saw” series and comedies featuring Tyler Perry, a black man who impersonates an old lady. In 2011 it fought off Carl Icahn, an activist investor, who had waged a three-year campaign to oust Lionsgate’s leaders and merge it with MGM, a legendary studio that had long lost its roar.

    Lionsgate has risen by melding risk aversion with serious ambition. Jon Feltheimer, its boss, and Michael Burns, its dealmaking vice-chairman, have made a series of wise transactions, most notably a 2003 merger with Artisan Entertainment, which had a big film library, and the 2012 takeover of Summit Entertainment, another independent studio, for about $413m. Summit brought into Lionsgate’s den the “Twilight” franchise, an extraordinarily lucrative film series about a love affair between a brunette and a vampire. Since then Lionsgate’s market capitalisation has more than tripled, to over $4.1 billion.

    Lionsgate’s television unit, which brings in about one-seventh of its revenues, has also had a run of hits, from “Mad Men”, about 1960s advertising folk, to “Nashville”, a tale of country-music stars. Its bosses want to keep expanding the TV side until it is about a third of the entire business.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    LOOKING FORWARD FUNDAMENTALS AND TECHNICALS

    by retiredarmyjoe Jan 17, 2014 6:50 AM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Jan 17, 2014 6:58 AM Flag

    RAJ, I'm hoping that LGF mgmt. talks up Chaos Walking during the coming conference call. IMO, there is too much focus on Divergent and expectations may have been set too high. LGF needs to change the dialogue. Divergent is only a piece of the puzzle and not half.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Jan 22, 2014 2:11 PM Flag

    LGF getting busy at Sundance, talk about S&P 500 & talk from Piper Jaffray, in addition to upcoming ER means good things are coming our way!

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Jan 22, 2014 6:03 PM Flag

    I couldn't agree more! Divergent would be a huge success if it could match Twilight box office. Divergent foreign box office should exceed domestic due to previous international distribution deals. $120M was a bit light for foreign forecast, IMO.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Jan 24, 2014 4:35 AM Flag

    Yahoo prevented me from adding the rest of the article, so if you're interested you can Google Lionsgate news. Nothing was reported that most of us on this board didn't already know, but it was a very positive report.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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    Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46.

    by value_stocks Feb 2, 2014 2:00 PM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Feb 3, 2014 5:40 AM Flag

    I was saddened to hear news of his passing. As a movie buff I admired his work I remember whooping it up when it was announced in June of 2012 that Philip Seymour Hoffman was joining the cast of Catching Fire. IMO it gave Francis Lawrence some credibility at a time when there was some doubt about him taking over the reins from Gary Ross.

    Hoffman was mostly a character actor (Moneyball, Boogie Nights, Almost Famous, Scent Of A Woman, etc.) Who could forget him in Boogie Nights hitting on Mark Wahlberg? He starred in several films such as Pirate Radio and The Master. He won a Best Actor Oscar for Capote. One of my favorite movies with Hoffman as a lead actor was The Savages, co-starring Laura Linney.

    It is especially sad that Hoffman died from his addiction and that he died at such a young age. R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • In a late Friday night deal, Lionsgate emerged victorious over several other bidders to pick up The Breach, a package that has David Goyer attached to direct.

    Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing with Justin Rhodes writing the script for a sci-fi action thriller that is an adaptation of a 2009 novel by Patrick Lee.

    The story centers on a corrupt ex-cop who is trying to get his life back in order when he discovers a crashed plane in the Alaska wilderness. The first lady is among those dead in the wreckage. That sets off an adventure featuring a beautiful survivor, assassins, a secret organization, alien technology and an end-of-the-world scenario.

    The package came together late last year when Goyer optioned the book and developed it independently with di Bonaventura but it only last week went to the studios. It drew interest from Warner Bros., Fox, Relativity and Millennium, but one reason Lionsgate nabbed it was by showing strong intent on fast-tracking the project.

    Breach is the first of a three novel series. The next book in the trilogy is Ghost Country, followed by Deep Sky.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Feb 13, 2014 1:18 PM Flag

    Disagree all you want, but nothing kickstarts a stock price like a buyout offer. I trust Jon & Michael's judgement as to whether or not a $48+ offer (per your formula) is acceptable. Should they reject such an offer, we would still benefit from an elevated stock price. I've owned LGF shares for 2 years now and would be pleased to see our stock resume it's bullish trajectory. In the meantime, I would rather LGF trade at $48 than $32.50. I could make a lot more money from my trading shares.

    As a stock owner, I don't worry too much about the consumer costs. That doesn't make me money.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lagunadan92677 by lagunadan92677 Feb 7, 2014 9:21 AM Flag

    That sets us up for huge EPS this quarter!

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    2/3 of CF Revenue Still To Go!

    by lagunadan92677 Feb 7, 2014 9:21 AM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Feb 7, 2014 9:53 AM Flag

    Simply put, last quarter included virtually all costs for CF and only 1/3 of the revenue, yet LGF beat EPS expectations. Foreign box office revenue comes in slower than domestic, which is part of the reason why 2/3 of the revenue was not received before the end of last quarter. (The movie is still showing also).
    Looking forward, next quarter will include approx. 2/3 of CF revenue plus little or nothing for costs associated with CF.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lagunadan92677 by lagunadan92677 Mar 21, 2014 6:43 PM Flag

    According to Yahoo Movies this morning, Divergent was showing on 2 screens at my local 20-screen theater. One was IMAX and the other was standard. The first showing was 11:50AM, so off I went, getting there about 5 minutes early. As I bought my ticket, I noticed that there had been an 11:15AM showing. Apparently the theater had added at least one other screen for Divergent.
    There were approx. 25-30 people of all ages inside, mostly older. It was a matinee, so I would have expected an older audience, but I was a bit discouraged, or 'daunted', by the low turnout. I will review the movie separately, but when I was leaving, there was a line forming for the next showing. In fact, as I walked around the lobby area, I saw signs prepared for at least 3 other standard theaters as well as the IMAX theater. Also, I was able to determine that the theater had cut the only screen for Bad Words in favor of Divergent. The lobby was prepared for a blockbuster.
    In retrospect, I'm not as concerned about the $4.9M Thursday night box office. IMO, momentum will build.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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