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Lionsgate and Summit Finally Merge Marketing Operations

Inevitably, the long-planned merger of Lionsgate and Summit marketing is coming to pass.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2014 5:26 PM
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Lionsgate Follows 'Twilight/Hunger Games' Template by Extending 'Divergent' "Trilogy"

Not only does Lionsgate/Summit commit to an ongoing production--which is the closest the movie companies come to episodic television, allowing fans to invest in the creation of a world over time--and hang on to beloved actors over a series of films, but "Divergent" is now extending the life of its "trilogy."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 11, 2014 12:38 PM
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'Divergent' Targets the Olympics

Lionsgate/Summit is targeting the Winter Olympics audience with a 60 second preview Thursday night for new franchise hopeful "Divergent" (March 21). I say hopeful because the materials on this movie do not show how romantic it is--they're targeting men with action.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 20, 2014 4:27 PM
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'Insurgent' Director is Robert Schwentke

Robert Schwentke ("Red," "Flight Plan") will take over the directing reins from Neil Burger on "Insurgent," Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment’s sequel to dystopian romance "Divergent" (March 21), adapted by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor from Veronica Roth’s bestseller series.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 12, 2014 1:49 AM
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Third 'Divergent' Movie 'Allegiant' Added to 2016 Summit Schedule Before the First One Opens, Burger Won't Return (VIDEO)

Before the first "Divergent" film has opened (March 21, 2014), Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment has scheduled "Allegiant," the third film adaptation of Veronica Roth's bestselling "Divergent" trilogy, to open wide on March 18, 2016. "Insurgent," the second film, will come to theaters on March 20, 2015. Summit appears to be waiting to see how the first one fares with critics and audiences before assigning a director to the last two films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2013 8:58 PM
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Lionsgate Pacts with Odd Lot Entertainment on Multipicture Agreement Including 'Mortdecai,' starring Depp

It all started with "Ender's Game." Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment have formed a multipicture co-producing, co-financing, and distribution agreement, including David Koepp's "Mortdecai," starring Johnny Depp.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 19, 2013 5:56 PM
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Why 'Divergent' Could Be Rare Successful Launch of YA Franchise (NEW VMA TRAILER)

The official first look at footage of upcoming YA would-be franchise "Divergent" was unveiled last night at the MTV Video Music Awards. The film is set for a March 14, 2014 IMAX release. Watch below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 26, 2013 12:41 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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Casting Watch: Ashley Judd Nabs Role in Sci-Fi YA Entry 'Divergent,' Starring Kate Winslet, Theo James and Shailene Woodley UPDATE

Ashley Judd has been cast in one of the last major roles in "Divergent," starring Kate Winslet, Theo James ("Downton Abbey") and Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants"). The film is based on the bestselling YA novel of the same name by Veronica Roth, and has begun principal photography in Chicago.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 15, 2013 11:35 AM
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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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