I didnt see anyone compare or compare as of right now but it seems fair to back date in their careers. You know if you take out the xmen flick she did with a huge well know cast where she was all blue Lawrence made five movies before Hunger games with a total box office of just $11 million. (Thats all 5 together $11 mil). Now Woodley has had basically two flicks come out before Divergent which are Decedents $83 mil & Spectacular Now $7 mil. Also the buzz from those who have seen it at festivals is that The Fault In The Stars will be big for her. Soooooooooo if you want to compare Woodley is ahead of where Lawrence was 2 weeks before HG. Do I think Woodley will be as big as Lawrence is....... doubt it. Then again Lawrence is such the it girl right now that even Julia Roberts never got this much buzz.
Wunderlich Securities analyst Matthew Harrigan on Wednesday wrote in a report that tracking and "Fandango visibility" ahead of the mini studio's March 21 release ofDivergent reduce "any plausibility for a box office hard landing."
Tracking for Divergent, which stars Shailene Woodley and is directed by Neil Burger, indicates it could match, or exceed, the $69.6 million opening of Twilight in Nov. 2008, according to the analyst.
As a result, he raised his price target on Lionsgate stock from $40 to $43 and maintained his "buy" rating.
Harrigan added Divergent is yet another YA movie franchise in the making for the indie studio.
"Divergent and its young stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James now appear likely to create a new three to four film YA franchise for LGF, even if the first movie may be somewhat U.S.-centric," he wrote.
Lionsgate is planning releases for Divergent sequels in March 2015 and March 2016, and has an option to split the last film into two releases.
Really? Not exactly what your headline suggests.
While she felt a kinship with The Hunger Games' Lawrence—even asking her for advice before accepting the lead role in Divergent—Woodley doesn't feel the same affinity for Stewart's series.
"Twilight, I'm sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship," Woodley says of the romance between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, played by Stewart and her real-life ex Robert Pattinson. "She falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she's going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve."
HSX stands for Hollywood Stock Exchange. About 10 days ago they were predicting domestic box office for Divergent at about 140 mil. I imagine now its predicted at 169 mil if doc is correct. I have not checked myself.
Today management has an investor presentation at Deutsche Bank and tomorrow Piper Jaffray.
Not only that but the market knew HG, CF, Twilights were hits ahead of their release and rant up. Divergent was a big wildcard and is now only being confirmed as a real good shot of being another big long term property. Thing of what that does to the bottom line having two huge flicks each year. Thats the only thing wallstreet has had to cry about with this company. They needed another big gun in Divergent.
"Are you blind? Do you know how to read a stock chart? Look at the sell offs right around the time Hunger Games and Catching Fire hit theaters. "
See here is the problem with that way of thinking. One would have to be blind to not see that unlike the other times on a chart LGF has not run up prior to a big film release. And that one little two point bump from from Dec was all about the dividend/buyback news along with earnings beats. So I dont see how you can call someone out on a selloff on a chart when the runup from the same chart hasnt showed up yet. Not only that but as soon as you think youve identified a pattern that happens......... it changes. Thats the market.
Actually it came out last month........
Take control of one of the main characters of the Divergent movie and compete against the other players. You are being tested— answer questions by secretly choosing one of the Faction responses that most closely matches how you would handle the situation. Matching answers of other players will let you advance closer to the finish…or perhaps you will strike out your own path and try to answer differently from the others— and emerge as “Divergent” to win the game. This is an easy-to-learn game of strategy and deductions as players work to maximize their own potential as they face an assortment of challenges!
Woodley will earn $250,000 to $500,000 for the first installment of the Divergent series. It's likely she'll make more for the sequels, Insurgent and Allegiant, slated for release in March 2015 and March 2016.
But how does Woodley's salary compare to that of Lawrence, who similarly used her indie cred to become one of the world's most famous movie stars? For the first Hunger Games film, released in 2012, Lawrence reportedly earned $500,000 upfront, plus bonuses due to box office performance.
MTV AND ELLIE GOULDING TEAM UP FOR WORLDWIDE PREMIERE OF
MUSIC VIDEO “BEATING HEART” THE SINGLE
FROM SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT’S DIVERGENT
ON TUESDAY, MARCH 11 AT 7:53 P.M. ET ON MTV
Divergent Stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James Join Ellie Goulding LIVE at MTV for an Exclusive On-Air/On-Line Interview During MTV FIRST: Divergent “Beating Heart”
New York, NY – (March 6, 2014) - On the heels of the “MTV Movie Awards” nominations, MTV today announced that it will premiere pop sensation Ellie Goulding’snew music video “Beating Heart” from the new action adventure film “Divergent” starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James during MTV First: Divergent Beating Heart. MTV News host Christina Garibaldi will sit down in studio with Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Ellie Goulding for the worldwide premiere on Tuesday, March 11 at 7:53 p.m. ET. Immediately following the premiere, the conversation will continue online at 8:00 p.m. “Divergent” will be released in theatres and IMAX nationwide by Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE company, on Friday, March 21.
In celebration of the worldwide premiere, AMTV and MTV Hits will feature Ellie Goulding artist collection blocks throughout the day. After its on-air debut on MTV, “Beating Heart” will go into rotation immediately on AMTV, MTV2, MTV Hits and mtvu. The video will also be available exclusively for 24 hours.
Get ready to meet The Royals. E! will introduce viewers to a new royal family with its first original scripted series starring Elizabeth Hurley and William Moseley.
The one-hour drama hails from Lionsgate and follows a modern-day royal family and also stars Alexandra Park and Vincent Regan. Mark Schwahn of One Tree Hill fame will serve as writer, director and executive producer. Smallville and One Tree Hill veterans Brian Robbins and Joe Davola are also executive producers.
"We are excited that E!'s first original scripted series will transport viewers into a world that they are already intensely interested in, but reality cameras would never give them access to. The Royals will offer a fictional look behind the very public gilded façade of the palace gates to imagine the private, lush, fun, sexy world of the most-watched celebrity family on the planet," Jeff Olde, executive vice president of original programming & development for E!, said in a statement. "It's a perfect series to introduce E! viewers to scripted pop culture programming on the network."
"This is a big idea and Mark, Brian, Joe and the Lionsgate team delivered. They have an extraordinary track record at crafting buzz worthy content that reflects and drives the pop culture discussion," Kevin Plunkett, SVP of scripted programming for E!, said in a statement. "This team, working on this concept, with this cast is a great way for us to launch our first scripted show."
Our investment in the growth of our television business is continuing to pay dividends with the success of a number of shows resonating with audiences today. In addition to our portfolio of long-running cable series such as Mad Men, Nurse Jackie and Anger Management, we're seeing strong ratings performances from our ABC broadcast series, Nashville, Orange Is The New Black on Netflix and syndicated shows like Wendy Williams and Family Feud. The ratings of each of these last 2 series have been terrific. Wendy Williams and Family Feud both continued to achieve record ratings growth in the quarter. Wendy is up over 20% from last year and is one of the top-performing talk shows among its core female demographic. As it begins to capitalize on increased CPMs and integration dollars, its financial contribution will begin to reflect its status as an important long-term annuity.
Orange Is The New Black is the most watched series on Netflix, and Nashville is the #1 show in its time period this season in its core demo of women 18 to 34, giving us reason to believe both these shows will be renewed for years to come. In fact, I expect as early as today an exciting new announcement of our first syndication deal for Nashville.
We're also complementing our portfolio of shows with event programming, such as our upcoming miniseries, Houdini, starring Adrien Brody for the History Channel; and our adaptation of the classic Rosemary's Baby for NBC, featuring a stellar cast of Avatar's Zoe Saldana, Patrick J. Adams of the hit TV series Suits and Harry Potter villain Jason Isaacs, directed by Academy Award nominee Agnieszka Holland.
And looking at the immediate future, we're about to launch several new series for which we have high expectations, including 2 shows for FX under the 10-90 model: Saint George, featuring comedy superstar George Lopez; and Braddock & Jackson, a sitcom starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence; Manhattan, a new period drama in the vein of The Right Stuff for WGN; Chasing Life from our Televisa partnership for ABC Family; the offbeat comedy Deadbeat for Hulu; and the first-run syndicated series Celebrity Name Game, hosted by The Late Late Show's Craig Ferguson. Celebrity Name Game has already been sold in 90% of the country, primarily in the coveted 5 to 8 p.m. access time slot, giving it superb prelaunch positioning.
will make around $250,000 (though that could rise to $500,000) for the first instalment of the Divergent franchise. Based on Veronica Roth's popular trilogy set in a dystopic future, Divergent is a big-budget project for Lionsgate and the studio thought long and hard about its lead actress in the fall of 2012.
Lionsgate head honcho Erik Feig enlisted the help of Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence to persuade Woodley to sign on for multiple films. Since signing on for the similarly dystopian drama, Lawrence has become an Oscar winning actress and arguably the most in-demand star on the planet.
In a series of emails, according to Woodley, Lawrence said: "You must do it. 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'".
"I don't know what happened," recalled Feig, "but I do know that after that interaction, Shailene said: 'OK, now I'll make Divergent. Let's talk.'"
As for her salary, it's pretty much in line with what Lawrence made for the first Hunger Games movie, though she reportedly negotiated a $10 million deal for the second movie, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. That figure was a combination of salary, bonuses and various escalators.
LGF is also in the black on no obvious news, tacking on 6.3% at $31.70. The shares are on pace to end atop their 10-day and 20-day moving averages for the first time since Feb. 18, and short-term options are flying off the shelves, as evidenced by the stock's 30-day ATM IV of 38.7% -- a 5.7% spike from yesterday's close. Calls are the options of choice, with close to 10,000 contracts exchanged -- five times the average intraday pace. Digging deeper, bulls have honed in on the now in-the-money March 30 call, where more than 3,900 contracts have crossed the tape, primarily at the ask price. Plus, IV is trending higher, and volume has outstripped open interest at the front-month strike, hinting at freshly purchased positions.
Lionsgate will release the first season of hit Netflix original episodic series “Orange Is the New Black” on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) and Digital HD May 13.
Lionsgate produces the series for Netflix, while holding non-pay-TV distribution rights in separate markets, including overseas.
“Orange” follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), whose wild past comes back to haunt her and results in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amid an eccentric group of inmates.
Schilling earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance, but lost out to Robin Wright, who won for her performance in another Netflix high-profile original, “House of Cards.”
Timed to the second-season premiere, the first-season disc includes all 13 episodes on either a three-disc Blu-ray set and four-DVD set. Each set includes four featurettes containing behind-the-scenes interviews with author Piper Kerman, series creator Jenji Kohan, and cast members, along with a gag reel and special episode commentaries with the producers.
Featurettes include “New Kid on the Cell Block,” “Mother Hen: Red Runs the Coup,” “It’s Tribal” and “Prison Rules.”
Episode commentary includes, “I Wasn't Ready” and “Can’t Fix Crazy,” with producers Kohan, Tara Herrmann and Mark Burley.
Dang just this week we have the fan Divergent screening & premier across the USA. We have the new series Saint George 10/90 deal starting Thur on FX. We have Hunger Games dvd out Fri with digital Available as of a couple days ago. We have 12 years A Slave out which LGF distributes outside the USA which has just won best pic, director, supporting actress, and maybe screenplay or something last Sun. We had an investor presentation on Mon and two more next Mon and Tues with JP Mprgan and Chase or someone else big. This is just this week pretty much and I can go on. Weve had two back to back days with above normal volume and that hasnt happened in a while. Let hope this thing turns.
With the lack of company lgf news recently except for some meaningless seeking alpha, fools, or a tv guide worthless pr........... its possible with the authorization of more shares last fall, 3 company investment presentations this week to some large players, and all the events ready to happen, that LGF is selling shares around 30 to use the cash to pay off our debt and increase such a small float. Those shares look more attractive right now than ever to institutions.
Not to mention this short position is in a pickle and has every reason to work this stock. Last q inst added 3 mil shares and yet we went down. HG killed it breaking records and we went down. Earnings last reported killed it and we went down. Anyone who wanted to see could have sold at 37 prior to HG. Any real sellers dont let a stcok trade like this as we open up and are walked down every day. They let the stock run on hype or natural buying and see higher. Believe me this stock is being worked like my mother works me with guilt. People just selling let the buyers come to them when there is this much good news coming out and anticipation for a big even or news. Wellllll Im dont time to get this stock out of my head with a little Judge Judy. haha