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Lionsgate Extends Jon Feltheimer’s Deal to 2023

Lionsgate Extends Jon Feltheimer’s Deal to 2023
In an impressive vote of confidence, Lionsgate has extended the employment deal for Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer until May, 2023.

Lionsgate made the announcement Thursday morning before the opening of the stock market. Feltheimer, 65, and Vice Chairman Michael Burns have been in charge of Lionsgate for the past 16 years.

Lionsgate’s board took a similar step in 2013 when Feltheimer was given a five-year deal to 2018.

The announcement comes three and a half months after Lionsgate announced a $4.4 billion deal to acquire premium cabler Starz, which is expected to close by the end of the year. The acquisition has been touted by Feltheimer as doubling Lionsgate’s scale — giving the combined entity more leverage to compete with corporate behemoths such as Disney and improving its ability to exploit fast-growing digital media platforms.

“We are pleased to extend Jon’s tenure as CEO until 2023, providing Lionsgate with great continuity as he and
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Bobby Cohen Exiting Lionsgate as Co-President of Production

Bobby Cohen Exiting Lionsgate as Co-President of Production
Lionsgate’s Bobby Cohen is departing his post as the studio’s co-president of production and moving into a production deal.

Peter Kang, who came on as co-president of production in April, is expected to remain in the post.

The move comes a month after Rob Friedman departed as co-chair of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. Friedman has been named special advisor to CEO Jon Feltheimer.

Kang had been an exec VP at Paramount, where he worked on the Brad Pitt thriller “Allied,” and at Fox, where he oversaw the revamped “Planet of the Apes” and worked on “Gone Girl,” “The Maze Runner,” and “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”

Lionsgate saw its largest success from “The Hunger Games” movies, which launched in 2012, grossed nearly $3 billion, and transformed Jennifer Lawrence into a worldwide star. But it has struggled to duplicate that since with the “Divergent” series and misfires like “Gods of Egypt.
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Lionsgate Co-President of Production Bobby Cohen Is Leaving

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Bobby Cohen, Lionsgate’s co-president of production, is leaving his position, TheWrap has learned. Peter Kang, the mini-major studio’s other co-president of production, will take over the combined role. Cohen will be moving into a production deal. Kang was formerly Paramount’s executive vice president of production before joining Lionsgate in April. Before Paramount, Kang had the same position at Fox. Also Read: Lionsgate Co-Chair Rob Friedman to Step Down Cohen’s move is just the latest executive shake-up at Lionsgate’s film division. Last month, Rob Friedman, the co-chair of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group, announced that he
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Lionsgate Production Co-President Bobby Cohen Exiting Post

Exclusive: Bobby Cohen, Lionsgate’s co-president of production, is exiting his post. The move comes on the heels of the departure of Rob Friedman as co-chair of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group in September. Peter Kang, Lionsgate’s other co-president of production with Cohen, likely will step up to take over a combined role. Cohen is segueing into a production deal at Lionsgate, we’re told. That would return him to his roots — his producing credits before taking the co-prez…
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Lionsgate, ‘San Andreas’ Producer Developing Exorcism Thriller

Lionsgate is developing a movie based on a true-life exorcism project with “San Andreas” producer Beau Flynn at FlynnPictureCo and Scott Glassgold at Ground Control Entertainment.

Lionsgate picked up the rights to the untitled movie from screenwriters Evan Turner and Harrison Query. Details of the plot are being kept under wraps other than the fact that the exorcism took place on a military base.

Scott Sheldon will oversee the project for FlynnPictureCo. Bobby Cohen and Meredith Wieck will oversee at Lionsgate.

Flynn has produced a pair of supernatural thrillers dealing with exorcism — 2005’s “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” for Sony/Screen Gems, which grossed $144 million worldwide, and 2011’s “The Rite” for New Line. His other credits include the two “Journey to the Center of the Earth” films, “Hercules,” “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” and the upcoming “Baywatch.”

Glassgold has “The Flying Man” set up Sony and reps Query, who
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Michael Caine Conquers All in Now You See Me 2 Digital HD Preview | Exclusive

Michael Caine Conquers All in Now You See Me 2 Digital HD Preview | Exclusive
Living legend Michael Caine returned to portray Arthur Tressler in this summer's sequel Now You See Me 2, the follow-up to 2013's surprise hit Now You See Me. Now that its theatrical run has come to an end, fans will be able to watch this comedy hiest adventure on Digital HD starting today, ahead of its Blu-ray and DVD release on September 6. To get fans ready for this sequel's home video release, we have an exclusive Blu-ray preview with Michael Caine's co-stars Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe revealing how much they admire this iconic actor.

The preview, which comes from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, features Lizzy Caplan calling her co-star a worldwide treasure, while Daniel Radcliffe marvels at how enthusiastic the actor still is about acting and filmmaking in general. Daniel Radcliffe also adds that his co-star's "general attitude" is something he aspires to. We also hear from the man himself,
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Tom Cruise's The Mummy Gets an Official Synopsis

Tom Cruise's The Mummy Gets an Official Synopsis
While Dracula Untold is the official first movie in Universal's Monsters Universe, The Mummy is fully opening up this world that will include a number of iconic crossovers with some of the studio's most infamous ghouls. The remake is set to hit theaters in 2017. It stars Tom Cruise in the lead role, with Sofia Boutella playing the title monster, the first time in series history that this mummified zombie has ever been played by a woman. Universal Pictures has released the official synopsis, which gives us an idea of what we can expect.

"Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the
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Director Josh Boone Confirms He’s Still Working on the ‘Interview with the Vampire’ Reboot

Director Josh Boone Confirms He’s Still Working on the ‘Interview with the Vampire’ Reboot
Almost two years ago, Universal renewed the rights for Anne Rice‘s 13-part Vampire Chronicles books. News broke that Brian Grazer would produce The Vampire Lestat for Imagine Entertainment with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Bobby Cohen. A week or so later after the announcement, The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone entered early talks to write and direct the film. […]

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Peter Kang to Join Lionsgate as President of Production

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Paramount’s executive VP of production Peter Kang is leaving the studio to join Bobby Cohen as president of production at Lionsgate, TheWrap has learned. Cohen previously shared the title with Gillian Bohrer, who TheWrap first reported in January would be leaving her post this June. Kang and Cohen will report directly to Erik Feig, co-president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, to whom Geoff Shaevitz and Michael Paseornek also report. Also Read: Gillian Bohrer to Exit as Lionsgate's Co-President of Production (Exclusive) Kang spent the last three years as an Evp at Paramount, where he has been busy overseeing Paramount’s “xXx,
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Peter Kang Taking Co-President Of Production Post At Lionsgate

Exclusive: Peter Kang is moving from Paramount to Lionsgate, where he will be taking the post of co-President of Production alongside Bobby Cohen. That post became vacant in January when Gillian Bohrer exited. Kang takes the job after spending the past three years as executive vice president of production at Paramount Pictures. Prior to that, he was exec veep at Fox, where he oversaw the relaunch of the Planet of the Apes franchise, and brought in such book-based…
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Jon Chu Returning to Direct ‘Now You See Me 3’ (Exclusive)

Jon Chu Returning to Direct ‘Now You See Me 3’ (Exclusive)
Jon M. Chu is returning to the director’s chair for Lionsgate’s “Now You See Me 3,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The studio struck a deal with Chu nearly two months before it releases his “Now You See Me 2” on June 10 — a signal that it believes the sequel will perform in the same range as the 2013 original, which took in $351.7 million worldwide.

CEO Jon Feltheimer announced nearly a year ago during a conference call with analysts that Lionsgate had already started planning for the third film, but gave no details.

Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are reprising their roles for “Now You See Me 2,” while Lizzy Caplan has replaced Isla Fisher and Daniel Radcliffe has joined the cast.

Feltheimer said at the time that Lionsgate believed that “Now You See Me 2” would top the gross for the original
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‘Second Life of Nick Mason’ Moves Forward With ‘The Equalizer’ Writer

Lionsgate is moving forward on a movie version of Steve Hamilton’s upcoming crime thriller “The Second Life 0f Nick Mason,” hiring “The Equalizer” writer Richard Wenk to adapt.

Wenk’s credits include the sequel to “The Equalizer,” “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” and “The Magnificent Seven.”

Lionsgate acquired the movie rights to Hamilton’s series starting with “The Second Life of Nick Mason” in July and set up the project with “Hunger Games” franchise producer Nina Jacobson through her Color Force production company and with Shane Salerno via his Story Factory.

Putnam will publish “Nick Mason” in May as the first in a series. The titular character is a career criminal who’s released early from prison and finds himself forced to commit increasingly dangerous felonies for a Chicago crime lord while pursued by the detective who put him behind bars.

Hamilton also wrote “The Lock Artist” and the Alex McKnight series.
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'Now You See Me 2' Trailer #2 Has the Four Horsemen on the Run

'Now You See Me 2' Trailer #2 Has the Four Horsemen on the Run
The Four Horsemen return for a second mind-bending adventure in Now You See Me 2. This sequel elevates the limits of their stage illusion to new heights, taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet.&#160Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.

Jesse Eisenberg (J. Daniel Atlas), Woody Harrelson (Merritt McKinney) and Dave Franco (Jack Wilder) all reprise their roles from 2013's Now You See Me, with Lizzy Caplan coming aboard as the new Horseman, Lula, replacing Isla Fisher's Henley Reeves.
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Gillian Bohrer to Exit as Lionsgate’s Co-President of Production (Exclusive)

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Just seven months after she was named co-president of production at Lionsgate, Gillian Bohrer is leaving the studio after nearly 13 years to pursue other opportunities in Hollywood, TheWrap has exclusively learned. Bohrer will stay on at Lionsgate through June, which gives her enough time to shepherd several projects through post-production and help a handful of development titles that are nearing a greenlight get on their feet prior to production. Her imminent departure would currently leave Bobby Cohen as Lionsgate’s president of production, Geoff Shaevitz as president of production at Summit and Michael Paseornek as president of production for the entire.
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Tom Cruise's 'The Mummy' Gets New Release Date From Universal

Universal Pictures has moved the release of The Mummy. The monster movie, which was originally scheduled to bow March 24, 2017, will now open on June 9 of that year. The next film in the Divergent series, Ascendant, and the sequel to Brad Pitt's World War Z also are slated to hit theaters on that date.  The action-adventure will star Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and will be directed by Alex Kurtzman from a screenplay penned by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts. Kurtzman will produce the project, along with Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel, with Bobby Cohen

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Watch: First Teaser for ‘Now You See Me 2’ With Daniel Radcliffe

Watch: First Teaser for ‘Now You See Me 2’ With Daniel Radcliffe
A bearded Daniel Radcliffe is unusually non-magical in the trailer for caper “Now You See Me 2,” released by Lionsgate on Wednesday.

“So happy to be working with you — ta-da!,” he says as he meets the Four Horsemen and flubs a magic trick.

Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine are reprising their roles while Lizzy Caplan has replaced Isla Fisher in the sequel. Radcliffe is portraying the son of Caine’s insurance magnate character, who is the Four Horsemen’s sponsor.

Now You See Me 2” opens June 10. CEO Jon Feltheimer said in May that Lionsgate believes that the movie will top the $350 million grossed by the original movie in 2013 and revealed that plans were already in the works for “Now You See Me 3.”

Jon M. Chu is directing the sequel from a script by Ed Solomon and Pete Chiarelli. Producers are Alex Kurtzman and Bobby Cohen.
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Now You See Me 2 First Trailer Launches

Get ready for their second act. The Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan) return for another mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe.

The teaser trailer has arrived for Now You See Me 2.

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate.

The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.

Now You See Me 2 is directed by Jon M. Chu (GI Joe: Retaliation) from a
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'Now You See Me 2' Trailer: The Four Horsemen Return

'Now You See Me 2' Trailer: The Four Horsemen Return
The Four Horsemen return to dazzle their worldwide audience once again, while taking down a nefarious enemy to boot in the first trailer for Now You See Me 2, which was previously known as Now You See Me 2: The Second Act. Jesse Eisenberg (J. Daniel Atlas), Woody Harrelson (Merritt McKinney) and Dave Franco (Jack Wilder) all reprise their roles from 2013's Now You See Me, with Lizzy Caplan coming aboard as the new Horseman, Lula, replacing Isla Fisher's Henley Reeves. This trailer also briefly introduces us to the Horsemen's new adversary in Now You See Me 2, Walter Mabry, played by Daniel Radcliffe.

The Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan) return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles,
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‘Monopoly’ Movie Going Forward With Lionsgate

‘Monopoly’ Movie Going Forward With Lionsgate
Lionsgate and Hasbro are teaming up on a Monopoly movie and have tapped Andrew Niccol (“The Truman Show”) to write the screenplay.

Lionsgate and Hasbro Allspark Pictures will produce and Lionsgate will finance the film, which centers on a boy from the game’s modest Baltic Avenue on a quest to make a fortune.

“Hasbro is a partner with incredible global reach, one of the most compelling brand portfolios in the world, and a signature brand in Monopoly that has multigenerational appeal,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig.

Andrew Niccol is the ultimate world creator responsible for such disparate and imaginative films as ‘The Truman Show,’ ‘Gattaca’ and ‘The Terminal,'” Feig added. “He is an inspired choice to develop this timeless property into a big, crowd-pleasing event film that will appeal to kids, families and anyone who has ever played the Monopoly game.”

The companies noted that
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Lionsgate Names Bobby Cohen, Gillian Bohrer Co-Presidents of Production

Lionsgate has tapped Bobby Cohen and Gillian Bohrer to serve as its new co-presidents of production.

They will step into the role vacated by Michael Paseornek, who has been upped to president of production of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. Paseornek will oversee in his new capacity production at each one of the studio’s labels.

Cohen is the producer of “Now You See Me,” “Revolutionary Road” and “People Like Us.” Bohrer came to Lionsgate when the studio acquired Summit Entertainment in 2012. She most recently served as the studio’s executive vice president of production and development.

Lionsgate is readying for the end of its lucrative “Hunger Games” franchise, which will wrap up this November with the release of “Mockingjay — Part 2.” The studio’s upcoming projects include the Gerard Butler action film “Gods of Egypt,” the Mark Wahlberg drama “Deepwater Horizon” and a third installment in the “Divergent” series.

Bohrer
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