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Lionsgate Nabs Rights to Bestseller 'Life After Life'; 'Mad Men' and 'The Bridge' Writers Set to Adapt

Lionsgate has snapped up the feature film rights to Kate Atkinson's bestseller "Life After Life." TV writers Semi Chellas ("Mad Men") and Esta Spalding ("The Bridge") are adapting the novel into a screenplay.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 14, 2013 2:23 PM
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OddLot Entertainment Beefs Up, Hires Red Wagon Production Head Rachel Shane

Chicago-based Hyatt Hotel heiress Pritzker, 50, has hired some experienced talent to run her company--Sony and MGM veteran Michael Nathanson, who brought "Ender's Game" to OddLot's attention, and First Look Studios' Bill Lischak. In a move that signals an increase in production and development, OddLot is now adding Red Wagon creative executive Rachel Shane to their development team as Executive VP of Production.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2013 2:48 PM
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Lionsgate Takes Anton Corbijn's Spy Thriller 'A Most Wanted Man,' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman

Lionsgate has snapped up US rights for spy thriller "A Most Wanted Man," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe. The film is helmed by Anton Corbijn ("The American"), and adapted from the novel by John Le Carre.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 31, 2013 12:36 PM
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New Character Posters for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Unveiled

Eleven new character posters have been released for Lionsgate's upcoming and feverishly anticipated "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," starring Jennifer Lawrence as warrior and emerging leader Katniss Everdeen. Adapted from the 2009 sci-fi novel by Suzanne Collins, this film is the sequel to the 2012 box office smash. Lionsgate will be promoting the film this weekend at Comic-Con, where the studio will debut the full theatrical trailer.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 17, 2013 2:43 PM
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Lionsgate/Summit Deems Orson Scott Card's Anti-Gay Views "Irrelevant" to 'Ender's Game'

Lionsgate responds to a recently proposed boycott of the film "Ender's Game" in the wake of Orson Scott Card's anti-gay views, deeming them "completely irrelevant" to the film.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 12, 2013 4:25 PM
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Comic-Con UPDATE: 'Metallica Through the Never,' Marvel, Sony, Fox Panels, Animation Talks Added to Lineup

Making a splash at 44-year-old Comic-Con will be rebooted indie distributor Picturehouse ("Pan's Labyrinth"), which is not only previewing clips from Nimrod Antal's 3-D IMAX film "Metallica Through the Never," but giving away 500 tickets to a live Metallica concert. Comic-Con has also added two days of animation events and panels.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 9, 2013 11:47 AM
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Cannes Market: Lionsgate Acquires Thriller 'The Quiet Ones,' Sets 2014 Release Date

Ahead of the opening of the Cannes market, Lionsgate has nabbed North American distribution rights to Hammer Films genre flick "The Quiet Ones," a supernatural thriller starring Jared Harris ("Mad Men," "Lincoln") and Sam Claflin ("Hunger Games: Catching Fire"). Lionsgate has booked an April 25, 2014 release date.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2013 3:42 PM
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CinemaCon: Lionsgate Puts 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Front and Center

At CinemaCon 2013, the Lionsgate movie that was front and center--even if star Jennifer Lawrence wasn't able to join the company jet--was "Catching Fire" (November 22) which is in post-production. Doing the honors in Las Vegas were director Francis Lawrence, replacing Gary Ross for the final two films in the trilogy, Elizabeth Banks and and Australian star Liam Hemsworth. "We're going to ratchet up the emotion and scope and action," said Lawrence. The CinemaCon trailer will go out on "Iron Man 3."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 30, 2013 4:28 PM
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'Ender's Game' Teaser Poster Strikes Wrong Note

I've been excited about new sci-fi epic "Ender's Game" (November 1) not because I'm a fan of the original Nebula and Hugo-winning 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card, but because Roberto Orci, who wrote the two recent "Star Trek" movies with partner Alex Kurtzman, is producing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 26, 2013 3:06 PM
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Tugg Partners with Codeblack Films For Special Screenings of Shola Lynch's 'Free Angela & All Political Prisoners'

Tugg, a web platform that allows moviegoers to vote on what appears at their local cineplexes, is partnering with Lionsgate's Codeblack Films on making Shola Lynch's TIFF documentary "Free Angela & All Political Prisoners" available to screen nationwide. The film opens in select cities on April 5, and is available through Tugg for special theatrical screenings outside of the planned distribution locales.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 25, 2013 3:00 PM
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