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lagunadan92677 66 posts  |  Last Activity: Apr 16, 2014 1:54 AM Member since: Sep 28, 2005
  • lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Apr 16, 2014 1:54 AM Flag

    Just my two cents worth, but when I bought GOOGL over GOOG, the spread was between $1.50 & $1.80. I chose GOOGL because I believe anyone with serious money wants the voting rights. Serious money meaning millionaires, billionaires, funds, etc. Of course, many small investors won't care as much, but I chose to follow the big money.

    Based on other stocks, I was expecting the spread to eventually increase to $5-$10, but it's already $10-$13. IMO, the voting shares will always be more in demand and will command about a $10 premium. Buying GOOGL whenever the premium/spread falls/narrows sounds like a good strategy to me.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Rotten Tomatoes is brutal for LGF

    by california_is_greece Apr 9, 2014 10:00 PM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Apr 10, 2014 4:51 AM Flag

    Critics can't critique a movie if the movie isn't made available to them. The vast majority of the time, this indicates a movie studio's lack of confidence in the movie. In those instances, the first weekend's box office will account for a larger share of the total box office than usual.

    Draft Day was a cheap buy for LGF and will make money. How much profit is debatable. BoxOfficeCom predicts an opening weekend of $13.5M. LGF's Super Bowl commercial was an attempt to bring in more NFL fans to the theaters. We'll find out this weekend how well this strategy worked.

    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

    80% vs. 57%

    by lagunadan92677 Mar 29, 2014 4:42 AM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Mar 30, 2014 4:32 PM Flag

    79% vs. 49%

    RT viewer rating for Noah dropping fast. Based upon Friday's weekend estimate, Divergent seems to have managed to close the gap by about $4M, according to estimates updated on Sunday. I'm not sure even Easter can save Noah. I expect Divergent will have more staying power over the next few weeks.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lagunadan92677 by lagunadan92677 Mar 29, 2014 4:42 AM Flag

    RT viewer rating for Noah dropped to 57% (Friday night). Is anyone surprised? I'm not. Noah previews impressed me less than the John Carter previews, which isn't much. Divergent, with it's 80% viewer rating, may very well finish closer to Noah this weekend than projected by BoxOfficeCom.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Mar 28, 2014 10:34 AM Flag

    Quote from Les Moonves on CNBC, referring to IPO money and future company plans: This will give us an opportunity to expand in the content business.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Mar 28, 2014 10:09 AM Flag

    Wanna, although there are many possible buyers of LGF, considering our current business relationship with CBS, CBS would be my #1 pick with Netflix beng #2.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lagunadan92677 by lagunadan92677 Mar 24, 2014 3:57 PM Flag

    $17,005,126 for Muppet movie

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Mar 24, 2014 4:15 AM Flag

    Let's not forget the investor presentations from the 10th & 11th (I believe), which could still yield some buying and upgrades.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Second time is even better

    by wanna_million Mar 23, 2014 8:34 PM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Mar 24, 2014 4:02 AM Flag

    Wanna, my thinking is that people who read the book(s) probably saw the movie despite the poor reviews. Some people who never read the book may have stayed away because of the negative reviews and will likely see the movie later as word of mouth spreads. Divergent was an unknown to those who haven't read the books and I think some of those people were simply confused by the negative reviews. I do think this movie will have staying power as those who avoided the movie in the beginning will eventually give in.

    I don't think Insurgent will suffer the same "slow start" as Divergent as people will be looking forward to the next movie now that Divergent is proving itself worthy. I would think Insurgent will open at least 20% higher, but I'm not going to get caught up in a game of predictions. I just think that the uncertainty in some people's perception of Divergent has passed and there won't be any hesitation going forward.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Friday, 11:50AM

    by lagunadan92677 Mar 21, 2014 6:43 PM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Mar 21, 2014 7:15 PM Flag

    My (short) review:

    First of all, I give it an 8 of 10. I was engaged by the movie and liked the look of it. The music and soundtrack seemed perfect to me. The only valid criticism which I agree with is that Shailene Woodley does not have the stage presence that Jennifer Lawrence does. Woodley and Theo James as a team is another story. IMO, "Four" (James) has much more presence than either "Peeta" or "Gale."
    Woodley and James are a great pairing and together are as strong as Lawrence and either Hemsworth or Hutcherson.

    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

  • Reply to

    up $30

    by advisorydoc Mar 14, 2014 10:16 AM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Mar 14, 2014 1:10 PM Flag

    "Mon & Tues we had big investor presentations."

    Outlaw, one possibility is that said investors and firms are waiting on weekend results for Divergent before increasing investment or announcing possible upgrades. Even with all the recent good news, I think Divergent needs to prove itself before we really start to take off again. Investors hate uncertainty.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Jimmy Fallon gave Divergent a ringing endorsement. Now, I know what you're thinking: Don't all talk show hosts give ringing endorsements? Good point but Fallon seemed genuinely excited about the movie as he interviewed Woodley.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Mar 9, 2014 1:40 PM Flag

    Emma Loggins of FanBolt, March 4th:

    At the Atlanta Divergent premiere last night, fans waited for hours for a chance to see the film’s stars – Shailene Woodley and Theo James. When the pair finally arrived, fans went wild with deafening screams. As I looked out into the sea of fans, I couldn’t help but realize – this film will be the next Twilight – the next Hunger Games. With such a large and passionate fan following already, Shailene and Theo have to be thrilled with the fan reception!

    Though the event could only truly be described as utter madness, it did make for some awesome photos (which we have below)! After the red carpet, we made our way into the screening. I’ll have my full review of the film coming March 21st (The day Divergent actually hits theaters), but I will say this – I loved it and I think fans of the book series will love it as well.

    I will actually be interviewing Shailene Woodley and Theo James this afternoon – so be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more Divergent updates!

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • A new cover story offers an in-depth look at actress Shailene Woodley and reveals a few interesting tidbits about her involvement with Divergent.

    The Hollywood Reporter has published a lengthy look at Woodley’s career so far and interviewed numerous people around the actress for new intel.

    There were two tidbits that stood out to us in particular: For one, Woodley was unsure about signing on to star in Divergent until The Hunger Games lead Jennifer Lawrence spoke to her at the favor of Lionsgate co-president Erik Feig.

    Woodley says that Lawrence sent her several e-mails which said, “You must do it,” referring to joining Divergent. “You will not regret it for a second. Yes, there are some hard things, but there are so many beautiful things that will come from an opportunity like this.”

    Feig says that whatever Lawrence said in those e-mails to Woodley did the trick. “I don’t know what happened, but I do know that after that interaction, Shailene said: ‘OK, now I’ll make Divergent. Let’s talk.’”

    We heard a story similar to this last year, but at the time didn’t know that it was directly connected to the actress joining Divergent.

    Elsewhere in the article, THR says that Woodley is signed on for three sequels to Divergent, meaning Lionsgate is leaving the possibility open of splitting Allegiant into two films.

    Summit currently does not have a formal plan to split the movies – at least not publicly. As we told you in December, the studio has set Insurgent and Allegiant release dates, but the latter is only one movie (for now).

    When could they decide to split Allegiant into two? If Divergent and Insurgent perform well enough (early box office reports suggest the first movie will be a hit), they will probably split the third movie. The split-the-finale concept has been pulled off successfully for Harry Potter and Twilight, and soon viewers will see The Hunger Games finale Mockingjay split across two films.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Divergent Tweets

    by lagunadan92677 Mar 8, 2014 2:31 AM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Mar 8, 2014 2:56 AM Flag

    AMC Theatres ‏@AMCTheatres ·Mar 7
    Are you #Divergent? Take our quiz created by @zimbio and find out which faction you belong to! zimbio

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Divergent Tweets

    by lagunadan92677 Mar 8, 2014 2:31 AM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Mar 8, 2014 2:52 AM Flag

    Katie Weitzel ‏@katiew196 ·Mar 4
    Went to the red carpet premiere of Divergent! Soooo good! I met some of the stars. Maggie Q is so nice!

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Divergent Tweets

    by lagunadan92677 Mar 8, 2014 2:31 AM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Mar 8, 2014 2:48 AM Flag

    Divergents UK ‏@DivergentsUK ·Mar 3
    CONFIRMED: The UK Premiere for #Divergent WILL take place on March 31st in London.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Divergent Tweets

    by lagunadan92677 Mar 8, 2014 2:31 AM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Mar 8, 2014 2:47 AM Flag

    EntertainmentTonight ‏@etnow ·Mar 3
    #Divergent's almost here & we're giving away tix to the L.A. premiere of the movie & more!

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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