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lagunadan92677 46 posts  |  Last Activity: Dec 24, 2014 12:55 PM Member since: Sep 28, 2005
  • Reply to

    MERRY CHRISTMAS

    by retiredarmyjoe Dec 24, 2014 9:56 AM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Dec 24, 2014 12:55 PM Flag

    Thanks Joe. Merry Christmas to you as well and to all the regulars.

  • lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Dec 19, 2014 1:53 PM Flag

    I have to agree regarding Mortdecai based on the previews that I've seen. Although, on occasion, a movie that seems too dumb to do well has actually done well at the box office. I'm hoping such is the case with Mortdecai. I'm just not banking on it.

  • Reply to

    SONY was irresponsible

    by mybmw49 Dec 18, 2014 11:18 AM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Dec 19, 2014 5:57 AM Flag

    Apparently Yahoo is not fond of Team America jokes as they deleted my post three times now...

  • Reply to

    SONY was irresponsible

    by mybmw49 Dec 18, 2014 11:18 AM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Dec 19, 2014 12:02 AM Flag

    According to CBS News, even future VOD and DVD releases could be in jeopardy. In any case we'll find out eventually.

    Even though The Interview and Mockingjay demographics don't line up evenly, more young males might be watching Mockingjay on Christmas than would have before. In fact, all top ten movies will benefit from Sony's action.

  • Reply to

    Wanda

    by prinzee1 Dec 1, 2014 5:39 AM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Dec 1, 2014 3:25 PM Flag

    Financial Times posted a more detailed story, "Dalian Wanda in talks to buy Lions Gate", dated Dec. 1st.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Lionsgate has set a Super Bowl weekend release date in the U.S. for the action thriller “Wild Card,” starring Jason Statham, Michael Angarano, Milo Ventimiglia and Dominik Garcia-Lorido.

    “Wild Card” will open in theaters and on demand on Jan. 30. Anne Heche, Sofia Vergara, Jason Alexander, Hope Davis and Stanley Tucci also appear in the film, directed by Simon West and based on the novel “Heat” by William Goldman, who also wrote the screenplay.

    Statham plays a Las Vegas bodyguard with a gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Statham’s charcter strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss.

    Steven Chasman is the producer. Executive producers are Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg, Cassian Elwes, Robert Earl, Brian Pitt and Jib Polhemus.

    “Wild Card” is presented by Lionsgate and SJ Heat Productions in association with Sierra/Affinity and Cinema Seven Productions.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 won the Thanksgiving weekend box office, but Lionsgate analysts have reduced revenue estimates for the mini-studio as the Jennifer Lawrence sequel paces behind last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

    Stifel entertainment analyst Benjamin Mogil trimmed his U.S. box-office expectations for Mockingjay — Part 1 to $325 million, from $382 million, and reduced his DVD/VOD estimates to $198 million, compared to $232 million. Mogil still retains his buy rating on Lionsgate stock and a $39 per-share price target.

    "While we reduce our estimates, we do not expect the company to reduce its three year 2015-2017 (fiscal) guidance, and we would anticipate the company to be active on the buyback front given any weakness in the stock," he added. David Joyce, an analyst at Evercore ISI, also revised his Lionsgate forecasts "due to the lighter-than-expected opening domestic weekend results" for Mockingjay — Part 1.

    Joyce reiterated his buy rating on the mini-studio and a $41 price target. Mockingjay — Part 1 has grossed $480 million, or $226 million domestically and $254 million internationally, after 10 days in theaters. That compares with a $573 million take for Catching Fire, or $296 million domestically and $277 million internationally, after the Thanksgiving weekend in 2013.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Wanda

    by prinzee1 Dec 1, 2014 5:39 AM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Dec 1, 2014 8:28 AM Flag

    I'm not so sure that talks with Dalian Wanda will lead to anything, but this is how takeovers start off. First Alibaba talks, now Wanda talks, possibly Alibaba takes a second look, interest in LGF builds. This is all good for longs whether or not a buyout actually occurs.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • The Hollywood Reporter 11/26/2014:

    Lionsgate founder Frank Giustra is betting on good karma after receiving the Dalai Lama Humanitarian Award from the Tibetan spiritual leader.

    "I don't want to be another rich, dead dude," Giustra told a CTV morning news show in Vancouver after being honored for his philanthropy. The Canadian power broker made his fortune in mining before launching Lionsgate Entertainment in 1997, and more recently picked up a major stake in Canadian indie producer Thunderbird Films, also Vancouver-based.

    But Giustra, who remains a Lionsgate board member, also runs a charitable foundation with former U.S. president Bill Clinton, the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, and has given millions to the Radcliffe Foundation, Street to Home and Boys Club Network.

    Now, realizing his riches don't bring immortality, Giustra wants fellow one percenters to also donate their wealth to do good in this world. "A lot of rich people take themselves too seriously, take their money too seriously," he told the Canadian morning TV show.

    "If you sit down and contemplate the concept of your immortality, or the lack of your immortality, you'll come to the conclusion that hoarding all that money gives no real result," he added.

    Giustra got back in business with Lionsgate after The Hunger Games studio and Thunderbird Films launched Sea to Sky Entertainment, a TV partnership to produce broadcast and cable fare.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Deadline 11/26/2014:

    EXCLUSIVE: More than a month and a half after being hit with a potential class-action lawsuit by a former intern on The Wendy Williams Show, Lionsgate today sought to put a damper on plaintiff Anthony Tart’s Thanksgiving. The company, which syndicates the daytime talker, wants the whole thing tossed. “Defendants respectfully request that the Complaint be dismissed in its entirety, with prejudice, and that the Court award Defendants the cost of their defense, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, and such other relief as the Court deems appropriate,” said Lionsgate’s answer to Tart’s initial October 3 compliant.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Hollywood Reporter 11/24/2014:

    The Jennifer Lawrence sequel hit a franchise record of $275 million globally but failed to catch fire domestically

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 topped the North American box office this weekend, but the film's $123 million domestic total was lower than the opening grosses for previous films in the series.

    Yet Lionsgate analysts remained bullish Monday despite shares in the mini-studio continuing to fall. Matthew Harrigan, a media and entertainment analyst at Wunderlich Securities, reiterated a $37 share price target for Lionsgate as he looked to the upside from expanding international TV sales offsetting "franchise fatigue" for Lionsgate's YA film property.

    "Television now appears to be emerging as an increasingly credible barbell complement to film, with Lionsgate now a pervasive presence across the global TV ecosystem," Harrigan wrote in an investment note. B. Riley analyst Craig Ellis on Monday predicted the Mockingjay box office "could gain steam post-weather delay" and into the Thanksgiving break and added that the overseas "outperformance" could drive the total box office to an original $850 million estimate.

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire earned $864.6 million globally, including $439.9 million internationally. The Hunger Games in March 2012 opened to $152.5 million on its way to global earnings of $691.2 million.

    Francis Lawrence's Mockingjay, based on Suzanne Collins' blockbuster trilogy, grabbed an impressive $275 million globally in its opening weekend, but the movie's domestic haul was down 22 percent from the $158.1 million debut of Catching Fire last year and 19 percent from the $152.5 million launch of The Hunger Games.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Late Friday Night Showing of Mockingjay

    by lagunadan92677 Nov 22, 2014 5:02 AM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Nov 24, 2014 2:49 PM Flag

    Also should have mentioned: "Deathly Hallows pt. 1" opened at $125M while "Deathly Hallows pt. 2" opened at $169M.

  • Reply to

    Late Friday Night Showing of Mockingjay

    by lagunadan92677 Nov 22, 2014 5:02 AM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Nov 24, 2014 2:44 AM Flag

    Joe, thanks for the info. on the weather situation. We don't really get weather here in Southern California. It can be difficult to gauge real weather impact vs. claimed weather impact. (Easily 50% of companies blaming the weather for disappointing earnings are simply jumping on the band wagon.) We'll see over the next few weeks whether MJ1 can make up for lost opportunities from the poor weather. In the meantime, increased foreign sales can also help make up for any shortfall in domestic sales.

    On another note, I couldn't help drawing some comparisons with MJ1 and the Harry Potter movies. I hadn't read the books but enjoyed watching the movies. I saw most of the movies in the theater. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" wasn't one of them. I am a film buff and love going to the movies. However, I chose to skip "Part 1" in the theaters in favor of renting the movie one week before the release of "Part 2". I wanted to watch them back-to-back. I'm guessing that there are others who feel the same way. There's no way to put a number on that, but I expect it was at least a small factor with MJ1. Part 1 of finales don't have the impact of grand finales. I won't be surprised if MJ2 out-sells any of the HG movies.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Some serious volume today

    by riderlessbeast Nov 21, 2014 1:29 PM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Nov 22, 2014 1:54 PM Flag

    The majority of bad reviews were based upon Mockingjay being split into two movies and not about MJ1's storyline or about J Law's acting.

  • MJ1 being shown on 7 of 20 screens at my local theater. I worked a late shift and was off at 10PM. I decided to check out the 10:45PM showing, the last showing of the night, of MJ1. It looked like about 150 people with the theater being almost half full. The audience was mostly in their teens and twenties with a few scattered older adults. Lots of audience reaction during the movie which made the movie even more enjoyable. Comments made throughout the movie were all positive. One sudden scare scene had the girls shrieking. The ending had many cheering.

    I was a little nervous with Thursday night's box office @ $17M, but now feel reassured after watching the movie and seeing the audience's reaction. There could still be hope for the complete weekend. The movie is gripping, emotional and J. Law is at her best. Too bad movies like this don't usually get Oscar nominations. Even though this was the first half of a two-parter, the movie ended in decent fashion. My score: 5 out of 5.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    typical HG sell the news 5% decline...

    by esherwood77 Nov 21, 2014 12:34 PM
    lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Nov 21, 2014 2:44 PM Flag

    Not so typical this time around. At $17M, we missed $19.7M & $25M for the first two Hunger Games movies.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lagunadan92677 by lagunadan92677 Nov 21, 2014 2:38 PM Flag

    We need a strong weekend to overcome Thursday's weakness:

    "Friday AM Update: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 opened to an estimated $17 million on Thursday night. While that's easily the biggest Thursday night debut of the year so far, it is significantly lower than Catching Fire's $25 million opening on the same weekend last year.

    It's also off from the first Hunger Games movie, which took in $19.7 million from midnight-only showings back in 2012. This is a concerning statistic—with showtimes starting at 8 p.m., Mockingjay absolutely should have earned more than this.

    Overall, the $17 million debut ranks 13th all-time for Thursday/midnight launches.

    If Mockingjay follows Catching Fire's pattern from here, it will end the weekend with $106 million. That would be a stunning drop; for now, let's assume that fans simply decided to wait to see the movie on Friday or Saturday. Even with that assumption, though, this late night debut essentially rules out a $150 million weekend."

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • FX previously announced that the 100th show will be the series finale. A.M. is already being syndicated around the world.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Nov 21, 2014 10:14 AM Flag

    John, I'm just trying to keep it real. I gave my opinion and stated as such. You gave your opinion but stated it as fact, ("wall street will give us a hostile takeover premium"). I simply stated that there could be more than one outcome should BABA take a stake in LGF.

    In any case, I trust Jon & Michael (and Mark) to make the right decision.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lagunadan92677 lagunadan92677 Nov 21, 2014 4:52 AM Flag

    Who would BABA outbid? If BABA buys a stake in LGF, whether 12% or 37%, no one else would bother making an offer. Why would they? Also, we're currently not receiving any friendly takeover offers, let alone a hostile one. Sure, there could be benefits if BABA takes a small stake, but an LGF takeover would probably not be one of them (Assuming it's not a perfect world).

    I've seen several interviews with Jack Ma. The guy is obsessed with movies. With the current work relationship between BABA & LGF, LGF is already high profile in Ma's life. If he's serious about buying an entertainment company, I would expect him to make a serious offer. If he doesn't, I'm doubtful that he ever will.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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