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Study: Female Protagonists On the Rise in Hollywood But the Majority Are White

42 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Maybe it’s the post-“Hunger Games” effect, but the likes of Katniss Everdeen, Rey, and the Black Widow are making some dents in Hollywood’s glass ceiling. But it’s not good news for everyone.

Though the number of female protagonists in major films trails that of men, women comprised 22% of leads in the top 110 grossing films, 34% of major characters, and 33% of all speaking characters, according to research by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. The number of protagonists was a 6% increase from last year, as well as a recent historical high. The number of major characters and speaking parts represented increases of 5 and 3 percentage points.

The study’s results were calculated as a number of female-driven films such as Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck,” the erotic drama “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and Disney’s live action “Cinderella” enjoyed strong box office results. »

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The Divergent Series Finale Ascendant Loses Director Robert Schwentke

3 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Going four for four with its Divergent series, Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment will launch Allegiant into theaters across the globe next month, welcoming back Shailene Woodley, Theo James and director Robert Schwentke, before closing the book on the dystopian Ya series in 2017.

Such an accelerated production schedule – one that closely resembles that of The Hunger Games – has seemingly caused Schwentke to call time on the franchise, with Deadline reporting that the director won’t return at the helm for next year’s Ascendant. Having already taken the reins of both Insurgent and soon-to-be-released threequel Allegiant, all signs pointed to Schwentke seeing out the series until its finale in 2017, though it’s now confirmed that the German filmmaker won’t return for the sequel formerly known as Allegiant – Part 2.

Neither Lionsgate nor Summit Entertainment disclosed an official reason for Schwentke’s departure, though sources close to Deadline claim that tackling the »

- Michael Briers

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Giveaway – Win tickets to a screening of The Forest starring Natalie Dormer

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To celebrate the upcoming release of The Forest starring Natalie Dormer (which opens in the UK on February 26th), we’re offering our readers a couple of pairs of tickets to an exclusive preview screening on Wednesday February 17th at 6.30pm in a Central London location.  Read on for details of how to enter…

Rising with terrifying grandeur at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, the legendary real-life Aokigahara Forest is the suspense-filled setting of the supernatural thriller The Forest.

An American woman, Sara (played by Natalie Dormer of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games), journeys to the forest in search of her twin sister Jess (also played by Ms. Dormer), who has mysteriously disappeared. Frustrated at Jess’ pattern of behavior, Sara’s husband Rob (Eoin Macken of The Night Shift) is unable to talk his wife out of making the 6,000-mile trip.

After a visit to the school where Jess teaches, »

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The final Divergent film needs a new director

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Director Robert Schwentke departs the Shailene Woodley-headlined Divergent: Ascendant...

For a while, it looked like the Divergent series was set to mirror the four The Hunger Games movies in its approach to directors. That is, one person made the first film, and someone else ultimately came in to make the final three.

It was Neil Burger who first brought Divergent to the screen, before Robert Schwentke was hired for the second film, Insurgent. It was then announced that Schwentke was to direct the final two movies as well, Allegiant and Ascendant. But now, as we head towards the release of Allegiant, we learn that Schwentke has departed the series ahead of the last film.

According to Deadline, Schwentke "just needed a break", having made the last two movies pretty much back to back.

Given that Ascendant is due in cinemas in June 2017, that means that »

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First poster for Independence Day: Resurgence

8 February 2016 6:49 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following last night’s Super Bowl TV spot [watch it here], 20th Century Fox has debuted a poster for the upcoming sequel Independence Day: Resurgence; check it out below…

See Also: Will Smith on learning about his character’s death prior to Independence Day: Resurgence

We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

Independence Day Resurgence is set for release on June 24th 2016, with Roland Emmerich directing returning stars Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner and Bill Pullman alongside new additions »

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Super Bowl TV spot for Independence Day: Resurgence

8 February 2016 1:35 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

20th Century Fox has given us a new peek at the Independence Day sequel with a Super Bowl spot for Independence Day: Resurgence; check it out here…

See Also: Will Smith on learning about his character’s death prior to Independence Day: Resurgence

We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

Independence Day Resurgence is set for release on June 24th 2016, with Roland Emmerich directing returning stars Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner and Bill Pullman alongside new »

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12 Things You Never Knew about Philip Seymour Hoffman

7 February 2016 6:00 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Philip Seymour Hoffman unexpectedly passed away on February 2, 2014. The actor had a very successful career starring in Almost Famous, Red Dragon, Doubt, Moneyball, and The Master among countless others. Hoffman most recently was featured in The Hunger Games films and was currently filming the two sequels when he passed. It was revealed that a majority of his footage had already been filmed, so the movies still contain his character. Here is a look at 12 other facts you may not know about the once talented actor: 1. Hoffman was in a long term relationship with costume designer Mimi O’Donnell. The couple met in 1999

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Critic's Notebook: Rivals Feast on Rubio at Gop Debate

6 February 2016 8:57 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It's tempting to compare Saturday night's Gop debate to The Hunger Games, but that really wouldn't be fair: The Hunger Games was far less violent. The debate, held three days before the crucial New Hampshire primary, made the previous events seem like church socials. And why not? The stakes have gotten much, much higher, with Ted Cruz winning the Iowa caucuses even while being accused of dirty tricks; Marco Rubio declaring victory even though he came in third; Donald Trump — yes, he's back — threatening to sue (what else is new?); and the governors' troika of Jeb Bush, John Kasich

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Did 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Cost 'Mockingjay Part 2' $50-$100M?

6 February 2016 2:28 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

If you're going to blame someone, blame the terrorists. And if that doesn't work, blame Star Wars. That's Lionsgate's position this weekend as it tries to explain why franchise closer The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 underperformed to expectations at the box office. During a conference call this past Saturday morning, Lionsgate execs agreed that Mockingjay Part 2 did underperform by at least $100M. But they also claim that their TV division helped make up for the loss.

The conference call kicked off with Lionsgate executives announcing that they are increasing their 2017 release slate. Next year, they will bump up their output to four additional movies, from 13 to 17 feature films that will get a wide release. They also confirmed that they are aiming for overall lower film costs. The studio plans to focus on 'discipline production spends and a diverse portfolio'. While this was seen as good news by most, »

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Blu-ray details announced, four-film box set also confirmed

5 February 2016 3:14 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has confirmed details for the Blu-ray release of the final chapter in The Hunger Games saga, Mockingjay – Part 2 and The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection, both of which are set for release on March 22nd.

See Also: Pre-order The Hunger Games Mockingjay – Part 2 Via Amazon UK Or Amazon Us

The Hunger Games series has become one of the highest-grossing franchises of all time, amassing almost $3billion at the worldwide box-office. The final chapter, Mockingjay – Part 2, took home a sizeable $652million since it’s release at the end of last year.

The limited edition Blu-ray release is packed with over five hours of special features, including the “Pawns No More: Making The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2″ 8-part documentary – an in-depth look at the making of the film from production design, costumes, hair, make-up, stunts, special effects and post production and much more.

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The Magic Tree House Books Are Becoming Movies, Get The Details

5 February 2016 1:20 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Over the last decade, young adult fiction has been experiencing a boost in popularity thanks to movie adaptations. From Twilight and The Hunger Games to Divergent and The Maze Runner, these book series have enjoyed enormous success on the big screen. The latest series that moviegoers will get to see in live action soon is the Magic Tree House series, which has been around a lot longer than those previously mentioned books. Having signed a rights deal with author Mary Pope Osborne, Lionsgate will release its Magic Tree House movies under its Summit Entertainment division. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Osborne will executive produce, while the script for the first movie has been written by Osborne’s husband, Will Osborne, and Jenny Laird. Based on Christmas in Camelot, the 29th book in the series, the first movie will follow protagonists Jack and Annie as they rediscover the tree house »

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Lionsgate Stock Plunges After 'Mockingjay 2' Disappoints

5 February 2016 9:35 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Shares of Lionsgate tanked Friday after an analyst call where top studio execs failed to reassure investors over weaker-than-expected box office for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Lionsgate shares fell $8.21, or 32 percent, to $17.20 during mid-day trading on the New York Stock Exchange, a fall that also followed confirmation that Starz acquisition talks had resumed. Lionsgate reported Thursday "softer than anticipated" performance at the multiplex for its movie releases. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 grossed $650 million worldwide, but its box office was lower than Mockingjay – Part 1 and cost

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‘Mockingjay’ Helps Propel New Paris’ Studios Kremlin Into Limelight

5 February 2016 9:18 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Located in Ivry-sur-Seine, a fast developing pole for film and TV production on the outskirts of Paris, Studios Kremlin occupies a former factory building. It launched in 2014 and immediately shot to prominence as a production base for “Hunger Games: Mockingjay” parts 1 and 2.

In 2015, it received two grants from the Cnc to invest in its studio infrastructure, and has recently installed a three-side green screen cyclorama.

Due to being housed in a former industrial building, the studio has a very high ceiling that is extensively used by commercials and music videos that need to use drones inside the studio. The industrial setting also attracts shoots looking for post-industrial decors.

Recent productions include Clovis Cornillac’s “Un Peu Beaucoup Aveuglement », Jean-Patrick Benes’ sci-fi pic  “Arés,” La Danseuse” by Stephanie di Giusto, and TV series “Disney Dance Talents” and “Alcootest.”

The space of Studios Kremlin also houses production services houses, including the French stuntmen’s federation, »

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Lionsgate Shares Plummet Following Disappointing Earnings

5 February 2016 9:11 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate shares have been hammered in the wake of disappointing earnings and the company’s decision not to make projections about its future performance for Wall Street.

Shares slid by 33%, falling $8.39 to $17.05 in mid-session trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

The company had cited a soft performance by its movies — mostly notably “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” — as the key reason for falling short of Wall Street expectations in its earnings for its third fiscal quarter. The fourth and final “Hunger Games” movie grossed $650 million worldwide, the lowest of the four titles in the hit Jennifer Lawrence franchise.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer provided specifics of the impact during an earnings call Friday with analysts. “‘Mockingjay 2’ is underperforming our ultimate profit margins by over $100 million, much of which hit in our guidance period,” he explained.

Feltheimer also said the studio is tracking below its previous forecast for $1.1 billion to »

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‘MacGyver’ Movie Reboot in the Works at Lionsgate

5 February 2016 7:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate is developing a movie reboot of the action-adventure TV series “MacGyver,” with CBS planning a remake of the show.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer made the disclosure of both projects on Friday during Lionsgate’s earnings call with analysts. He said the movie would be produced by series creator Lee David Zlotoff and Neal Moritz, producer of “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, but gave no further details.

MacGyver” ran for seven seasons on ABC in the U.S. from 1985 to 1992 and starred Richard Dean Anderson as secret agent Angus MacGyver, who worked for the Department of External Services.  The series is best remembered for MacGyver’s ability to solve complex problems with ordinary objects and his Swiss Army knife.

After the market closed Thursday, Lionsgate had reported sharply lower earnings of $40.7 million, or 27 cents a share — less than half of the year-ago quarter — for its third fiscal quarter. The »

- Dave McNary

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Me Before You Is the Harry Potter and Game of Thrones Crossover You Always Wanted

5 February 2016 | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Neville Longbottom is starring in a movie with Daenerys Targaryen and Finnick Odair! This week, the Me Before You trailer broke our hearts into a thousand pieces and reminded us that the stars of this cast are all major franchise veterans. Harry Potter's Matthew Lewis took to Instagram to share a cute picture with Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke when the two stars were filming the movie adaptation. Emilia isn't the only Game of Thrones actor in the movie, either; Charles Dance, aka Tywin Lannister, is also in the film. As if those crossovers aren't exciting enough, Sam Claflin from The Hunger Games also stars in the film opposite Clarke, with the pair playing the main characters, William and Louisa. Keep reading for more pictures of the cast hanging out together, then check out Harry Potter cast reunions. »

- Laura Marie Meyers

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Film Friday Episode 21 [February 5th, 2016]: Trumbo

5 February 2016 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Film Friday is The Hollywood News’ brand new weekly film show which will feature the week’s brand new releases in the UK, as well as looking at the pick of the pics currently showing at your local multiplex.

On this week’s show, we take a look at a five-star rated movie Trumbo, which we reviewed at last year’s London Film Festival, the big Hollywood remake of Point Break, Jack Black starrer Goosebumps, Dad’s Army, and much more.

The series of Film Friday will run every Friday at 12pm midday, UK time, so make sure that you subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest show delivered to your door each week. Otherwise, simply follow us on Twitter or Facebook where we’ll also be posting links each week.

Thank you so much to Cineworld for all of their help in making this week’s episode possible. »

- Paul Heath

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Lionsgate Shares Fall As ‘Mockingjay 2’ Contributes To Weaker-Than-Expected Quarter

4 February 2016 1:26 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Lionsgate’s stock is down 5.7% in initial postmarket trading,  to what would be a new 52-week low, after the studio reported fiscal Q3 earnings that fell short of Wall Street’s expectations. Part of the problem: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2‘s $650 million global box office was down from Mockingjay 1, despite costing more to produce. Movie expenses also were higher, with four wide film releases in calendar Q4 vs two in the last three months of 2014. "While the… »

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Lionsgate Misses Q3 Earnings Projections

4 February 2016 1:16 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lionsgate posted lower than expected Q3 earnings on Thursday, reporting earnings of $0.27 per share, compared to analyst projections of $0.47. The company posted earnings of $0.66 during the same quarter last year. It also reported revenue of $670.5 million, compared to revenue of $751.3 million in the prior year quarter. Lionsgate shares dropped six percent after the results were reported. Although “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2” grossed over $650 million at the global box office, ranking it among the highest-grossing films of the year, its box office performance declined from “Mockingjay 1” with higher “Mockingjay 2” production costs also impacting its profitability. Also »

- Joe Otterson

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The Me Before You Cast Basically Has Every Big Fan Base Covered

4 February 2016 12:30 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Jojo Moyes's bestselling book Me Before You is heading to the big screen this year, and the trailer is promising to be heart-wrenching and faithful to the book. Even better, the movie's cast reads like a who's who of major franchises. Thea Sharrock is directing the film, which is about a woman who forms an unlikely connection with a paralyzed man, and it's set to be released in June. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is playing the lead, Louisa Clark, opposite Sam Claflin, who fans will recognize as Finnick from The Hunger Games movies. Meanwhile, there's a Harry Potter actor in the mix, and one of Clarke's Game of Thrones costars is also part of the film's cast. Keep reading for a look at the Me Before You movie cast, then see pictures of Clarke and Claflin filming in Majorca, Spain, last Summer. »

- Laura Marie Meyers

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