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Kristen Stewart Eyed for ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot (Exclusive)

Kristen Stewart Eyed for ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Reboot (Exclusive)
Kristen Stewart is being eyed for the “Charlie’s Angels” reboot, according to sources close to the project.

The “Twilight” star would play one of the members of the female private detective agency. Stewart’s is not the only name being considered. Casting is under way, and Sony, the studio behind the film, is also interested in several other big names, including Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Elizabeth Banks, who scored with “Pitch Perfect 2,” is directing the film. It’s slated for a summer 2019 release, and Sony clearly has franchise hopes for the project.

Stewart has focused largely on indie fare in recent years, earning raves for her work in “Still Alice,” “Cafe Society,” and “Personal Shopper.” She hasn’t headlined a major studio tentpole film since “Snow White and the Hunstman” in 2010. She will appear in Fox’s “Underwater,” which centers on a crew of underwater researchers scrambling with the fallout from an earthquake.

“Charlie
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Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer: We Need to Be Disruptors

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer: We Need to Be Disruptors
Lionsgate Chairman Jon Feltheimer reassured shareholders on Tuesday that the studio behind “Twilight” and “Orange is the New Black” will be able to take advantage of the technological changes upending the media business. His remarks come as the summer box office has hit its lowest levels in nearly two decades, and as streaming services such as Netflix continue to build their audiences, providing compelling alternatives to tradition cable services. Lionsgate has weathered the headwinds better than some, it scored with the late summer release “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and its stock is up 50% from the last time the stockholders gathered in Toronto.

“We spend a lot of our time thinking about the challenges created by a fragmented box office and a television business in which cord cutters and cord nevers are rewriting all of the rules,” Feltheimer said at the company’s annual meeting held at Toronto’s Shangri-La Hotel. “But
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Lionsgate Plans South Korean Theme Park With Hunger Games, Twilight Areas

Lionsgate Plans South Korean Theme Park With Hunger Games, Twilight Areas
Lionsgate is planning a South Korean theme park that will have areas devoted to its “Hunger Games,” “Twilight” and “Now You See Me” franchises along with its upcoming “Robin Hood” movie.

The studio is teaming with Landing Jeju Development Co. Ltd. to develop Lionsgate Movie World at Jeju Shinhwa World, Korea. The park, which will contain approximately 1.3 million square feet, will be Lionsgate’s first branded outdoor theme park.

The project will be developed into seven movie zones, each themed around a specific Lionsgate property, with visitors experiencing actual movie scenes through state-of-the-art rides, attractions and reproduced streets and towns. Each zone will also feature themed restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and entertainment performances.

The companies said in a joint announcement Tuesday that Lionsgate Movie World at Jeju Shinhwa World is expected to commence construction in 2018 and is scheduled to open in 2019. The Lionsgate theme park will be the centerpiece of the Jeju Shinhwa World resort, which
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Lionsgate Chief Says ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Twilight’ Have ‘More Stories to Tell’

Lionsgate Chief Says ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Twilight’ Have ‘More Stories to Tell’
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer hinted to Wall Street that the studio isn’t ready to roll the credits on its “Hunger Games” and “Twilight” franchises. He implied, however, that the company will only go forward with fresh installments or spinoffs in the blockbuster series if they get the sign off from “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer and “Hunger Games” creator Suzanne Collins.

“There are a lot more stories to be told, and we’re ready to tell them when our creators are ready to tell those stories,” Feltheimer said during a quarterly earnings call with analysts on Tuesday.

The Lionsgate chief didn’t just consign himself to predictions about the future of Katniss Everdeen and Edward Cullen. He also expressed optimism about the prospects for a grand bargain between studios and theater owners that will enable movies to hit home entertainment platforms weeks or even months earlier. All that’s needed, he said,
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Starz Orders Drama ‘The Rook’ From Stephenie Meyer, Liberty Global and Lionsgate

Starz Orders Drama ‘The Rook’ From Stephenie Meyer, Liberty Global and Lionsgate
Starz has given a series order to the drama thriller “The Rook” from “Twilight” saga author Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate and Liberty Global.

The series marks Liberty Global’s move into original drama in partnership with Lionsgate. The supernatural spy thriller will be executive produced by “Twilight” saga creator Stephenie Meyer and Stephen Garrett (“The Night Manager”).

Playwrights and screenwriters Sam Holcroft (“Rules for Living”) and Al Muriel (“Precious & Rich”) have adapted the 2012 novel by Daniel O’Malley for TV. Garrett will serve as showrunner under his Character 7 banner. The project was previously set up at Hulu.

Liberty Global, the international cable arm of John Malone’s empire, has been looking to expand its original production activity. Liberty Global owns a small stake in Lionsgate and its CEO, Mike Fries, sits on the studio’s board of directors. Malone was also the major shareholder in Starz, which Lionsgate acquired last year.

Based
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Robert Pattinson: I Was Almost Fired From ‘Twilight’

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Robert Pattinson: I Was Almost Fired From ‘Twilight’
Can you imagine the “Twilight” movies without one of its main stars? That almost happened, according to star Robert Pattinson, who played brooding, sparkling vampire Edward Cullen. In an interview with The New York Times published over the weekend, he mentioned that he was almost fired from the first movie in the franchise after acting out, but his agents flew in to resolve the issue. This echoes something Pattinson said in 2012 on the verge of the final film’s release. He mentioned that he took method acting to such a “serious” level that he was fighting with almost everybody else and almost got fired.
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'Moana' Sets Sights on $80+ Million 5-Day Thanksgiving Debut

'Moana' Sets Sights on $80+ Million 5-Day Thanksgiving Debut
The last three years have seen Thanksgiving weekend topped by a film in the Hunger Games franchise. Before that it was the Twilight franchise that led the way. In fact, not since 2008 has a major franchise film not led the three-day Thanksgiving weekend with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 filling a gap left by Twilight in 2010. That said, over the course of those seven years three of the top five three-day and five-day Thanksgiving openings have occurred, none of which finished #1 and all of them were animated features from Disney. The three films are last year's The Good Dinosaur, Tangled and, of course
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'Batman v Superman' Drops Big While Crossing $680 Million Worldwide

'Batman v Superman' Drops Big While Crossing $680 Million Worldwide
The steep second weekend drop suffered by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will receive the bulk of attention this week and rightfully so as it is the fifth largest second weekend drop for a film that opened over $100 million. That said, the superhero feature maintained the #1 position and has now crossed $680 million worldwide. Meanwhile, Disney's Zootopia continued its impressive run while the weekend's widest new release, God's Not Dead 2, fell well short of its predecessor. Heading into the weekend, it appeared Batman v Superman was looking at a drop anywhere from 58-68% and it ended up settling in on the wrong side of those expectations. The film's estimated $52.3 million signifies a 68.4% drop (62.1% if you take into consideration its $27.7 million in Thursday previews last week). This is the fifth largest drop of all-time for a film opening over $100 million, topped only by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2's
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Forecast: 'Spectre' and 'Peanuts' Hope for Strong Second Weekend Holds

Forecast: 'Spectre' and 'Peanuts' Hope for Strong Second Weekend Holds
Spectre's $70.4 million opening last weekend was the seventh largest of 2015 and this weekend it faces little to no incoming competition. The week's new wide releases include the Chilean miner drama The 33, the Christmas-themed family feature Love the Coopers and the period, football drama My All American. Not one of these three new wide releases will be threatening the top two spots at the box office, which means the second weekend of Spectre and The Peanuts Movie draw the majority of our attention. Starting with Spectre, the first instinct is to look to Skyfall's second weekend back in 2012. After a monster opening, Skyfall dropped 53.5% in the face of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2's $141 million opening weekend. Quantum of Solace dropped 60% when it faced off, and took second to, the first Twilight film back in 2008. Twilight, however, isn't exactly direct competition. Taking that into consideration, it would suggest those weekend
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‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate Developing Show for Hulu

‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate Developing Show for Hulu
“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer and Lionsgate are developing “Rook,” a new TV show that will play on Hulu and on an unnamed U.K. broadcaster.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer disclosed the news Tuesday during the studio’s earnings call with analysts, but gave no other details other than noting that the studio has a well-established relationship with Meyer.

The five-film “Twilight Saga” series generated $3.3 billion at the worldwide box office for Summit and Lionsgate. Meyer was a producer on the final two films.

Meyer also produced “The Host,” an adaptation of her romantic sci-fi novel, and Keri Russell’s comedy “Austenland,” through her shingle Fickle Fish Films.
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‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate Developing Show for Hulu

‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate Developing Show for Hulu
Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer and Lionsgate are developing “Rook,” a new TV show that will play on Hulu and on an unnamed U.K. broadcaster.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer disclosed the news Tuesday during the studio’s earnings call with analysts, but gave no other details other than noting that the studio has a well-established relationship with Meyer.

The five-film “Twilight Saga” series generated $3.3 billion at the worldwide box office for Summit and Lionsgate. Meyer was a producer on the final two films.

Meyer also produced “The Host,” an adaptation of her romantic sci-fi novel, and Keri Russell’s comedy “Austenland,” through her shingle Fickle Fish Films.
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Stephenie Meyer Rewrote Twilight With Edward and Bella’s Genders Flipped

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Stephenie Meyer Rewrote Twilight With Edward and Bella’s Genders Flipped
Surprise! Twilight is still a thing: Ten years after Edward Cullen and Bella Swan made vampires virtually inescapable, Stephenie Meyer is back to turn your tweens once again. In celebration of the first book's anniversary, Meyer has rewritten Twilight with the genders of the saga's star-crossed lovers reversed. Meet Beau and Edythe, main characters of the newly feminist reading of the series now dubbed Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, out today. In this version, Bella is Beau, a teen boy who moves to Forks, Washington, and finds himself enamored with the vampire Edythe, the female version of Edward. Meyer explained on Good Morning America that the idea behind the new 442-page book was to put to rest repeated criticism of the original series that it reduced Bella to a "damsel in distress" trope.In making Bella a man in the new book, Meyer says that character now becomes a more
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'Twilight' Turns 10 Years Old!

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'Twilight' Turns 10 Years Old!
It's hard to believe that "Twilight" is turning 10 and to celebrate fans are getting even more from Bella and Edward!

Little, Brown Books has announced that Stephenie Meyer's best-selling novel will get a special tenth anniversary edition with exclusive bonus content.

"It's amazing to me that ten years have passed since 'Twilight' was first published," the author said in a statement. "For me, this anniversary is a celebration of the fans, with all of their incredible passion and dedication. I'm excited to get to spend time with them again."

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Lionsgate Reviving ‘Twilight’ Franchise Via Facebook

Lionsgate Reviving ‘Twilight’ Franchise Via Facebook
Liosngate is reviving its powerful “Twilight” franchise by selecting five female directors to make short films based on the series’ characters.

The short films, financed by Lionsgate and its production partners, will be shown exclusively on Facebook next year.

The series will be called “The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of ‘The Twilight Saga.’” It’s backed by the Women in Film organization. The five directors will be selected and mentored by a group of judges that includes “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart and book author Stephenie Meyer. Fans will help select the grand prize winner through Facebook and crowdsourcing platform Tongal.

“The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I’ve worked in the film industry,” said Meyer. “I’m honored to be working with Women In Film, Lionsgate, and Facebook on a project dedicated to giving more women a chance to be heard creatively.
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Nancy Kirkpatrick Out as Lionsgate, Summit Merge Marketing Operations

Nancy Kirkpatrick Out as Lionsgate, Summit Merge Marketing Operations
Lionsgate and Summit have merged their marketing divisions into one entity, it was announced Thursday, forcing the ouster of longtime Summit marketing exec Nancy Kirkpatrick, who oversaw the “Twilight” and “Divergent” campaigns at the company.

As a result, Tim Palen, Lionsgate’s chief marketing officer, will have marketing oversight of the Lionsgate and Summit film labels as well as its Pantelion Films joint venture with Televisa and its urban Codeblack Films label. Palen oversaw marketing of the two “Hunger Games” films, which have grossed more than $1.6 billion.

Kirkpatrick, who has served as Summit Entertainment’s president of worldwide marketing for the past six years, will resign at the end of this month.

“Now was the right time to take the next step in integrating the marketing departments of our Lionsgate and Summit film labels as we continue to achieve significant operational synergies following the acquisition of Summit Entertainment two years ago,
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‘Twilight’ Financier Sues Summit Over Millions in Profits

‘Twilight’ Financier Sues Summit Over Millions in Profits
A financier to the original “Twilight” movie is claiming that it is owed millions of dollars plus interest from Summit Distribution because of “erroneous, deceptive and improper accounting practices.”

Goldcrest Film Distribution, in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, said that it entered into an agreement with Summit in March, 2008, in which it bought certain distribution rights to “Twilight” in a pre-sale, and paid Summit $10 million to help cover the cost of making movie and three other films. Goldcrest claims that it was entitled to a portion of the worldwide net revenues from the films.

But Goldcrest claims that Summit understated the “Twilight” revenues and overstated its costs. It claims that Summit “improperly included” $6 million in retroactive bonuses to stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as charges against the production, misrepresenting them as third-party participations. The suit alleges that the bonuses were charged to “Twilight” as
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Kristen Stewart Attached to 'Lie Down in Darkness'

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Kristen Stewart Attached to 'Lie Down in Darkness'
Her relationship with Robert Pattinson may be on the rocks, but Kristen Stewart's career is sailing along just fine, thank you. The "Twilight" actress is attached to star in the film adaptation of William Styron's classic slice of Southern gothic, "Lie Down in Darkness," Stewart's publicist told TheWrap. Scott Cooper, who directed Jeff Bridges to an Oscar in 2009's "Crazy Heart," will slide behind the camera on the indie film. There's no start date for the film, so it's not clear when "Lie Down in Darkness" will hit theaters.
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Will Kristen Stewart's Infidelity Derail the 'Snow White,' 'Twilight' Franchises?

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Will Kristen Stewart's Infidelity Derail the 'Snow White,' 'Twilight' Franchises?
While Kristen Stewart has alienated "Twilight" fans by cheating on long-time boyfriend and co-star Robert Pattinson, experts say the brewing controversy could do more to boost their careers than damage them. Stewart issued an apology this week when a photo of her canoodling with director Rupert Sanders (pictured, with Stewart) surfaced so as to temper attention to the controversy, but in the 21st century sometimes all publicity really is good publicity. "Twenty years ago or 30 years ago controversy was a career killer," Howard Bragman, veteran industry publicist and vice chairman of
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Lionsgate U.K. Uses Taylor Lautner to Help Fuel 'Hunger Games' (Exclusive)

Lionsgate U.K. Uses Taylor Lautner to Help Fuel 'Hunger Games' (Exclusive)
London – To help chalk up this year’s biggest British box office opener to date with £4.85 million ($7.69 million), Lionsgate’s awareness campaign for Hunger Games used the star power of Taylor Lautner, of Twilight franchise fame. Hunger Games -- the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-selling young-adult novel starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth – was little known on U.K. shores 12 months ago but despite unseasonable warm barbecue weather for March, still managed to open with more than twice the box office of the first Twilight film here. Lionsgate U.K. co-

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Lionsgate Wants To Keep 'Twilight' Franchise Going After 5th Film

Lionsgate Wants To Keep 'Twilight' Franchise Going After 5th Film
$412.5 million. That's how much Lionsgate just paid to acquire Summit in a deal that closed this week. Summit have made a name for themselves thanks to the massive global box office of the "Twilight" films, and over the years, stamped themselves as players with small films that exceeded expectations: "Knowing," "50/50," "Red," "Source Code," "Letters To Juliet" and Best Picture winner "The Hurt Locker" (which won the Oscar despite a terrible reception at the box office). But let's be honest, Lionsgate didn't buy Summit for those. They want the bloodsuckers and werewolves. Twihards will likely rejoice at the suggestion that, while it's far from being official, Lionsgate chief Jon Feltheimer is keeping the flame for a fifth movie alive. Speaking to Company Town, the executive made it clear that it pretty much makes zero business sense to stop a lucrative franchise at the height of its...
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