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Lionsgate to distribute 'Dark Blood,' River Phoenix's final film

Twenty-one years ago, River Phoenix died at the age of 23 — leaving his last movie project, a desert-set drama called Dark Blood, in a state of limbo. In 2011, director George Sluzier revived the project by editing the footage he had shot and using a voiceover to fill in the movie’s narrative gaps. The finished product premiered in the Netherlands in 2012, had its North American premiere last January, drew a standing ovation at the Berlin Film Festival the following month – and now Cinemavault has announced that Lionsgate has bought Dark Blood‘s American distribution rights.


'Divergent' closer 'Allegiant' to be split into two films

Shailene Woodley will be ruling March for even longer than we thought she would.

Lionsgate announced Friday that the Divergent trilogy’s final book, Allegiant, will be split into two films — following the franchise trend spurred by the Harry Potter films and aped by both the Twilight movies and the Hunger Games series. Allegiant — Part 1 will be released March 18, 2016, while Allegiant — Part 2 will arrive on March 24, 2017. The studio has not announced where they plan to split the novel’s story.


'Cesar Chavez' targets Latino moviegoers with new translation app

Pantelion Films is partnering with the makers of the new smart phone translation app myLingo to provide a Spanish audio track for tech-savvy Spanish-speaking moviegoers who plan to see the biopic César Chávez when it opens in theaters March 28. The movie — about Mexican-American civil rights activist and labor rights leader César Chávez — was filmed almost entirely in English with lead actors Michael Peña, America Ferrera, and Rosario Dawson. But rather than risk missing out on ticket sales among a core audience of Spanish-speaking moviegoers, Pantelion seized the chance to roll out its first-ever tech partnership in order to provide real-time film translation services with use of a smart phone and earbuds.

“We tried it internally, and it’s so interesting,” says Pantelion director of publicity Jose Rodriguez of the app, which will charge users $1.99 to download a Spanish-language audio track that will play in sync with the onscreen film. “It’s a great way for the Spanish-speaking audience to watch César Chávez. We don’t want language to be a barrier — this way, a moviegoer can take their abuelita to the movie and the entire family can enjoy it.” READ FULL STORY

'Catfish' directors to adapt Jeanne Ryan's 'Nerve'


Directing duo Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman — the team behind the documentary film Catfish — have a lot of nerve. (Get it?)

EW has confirmed that the duo will direct an upcoming adaptation of Nerve, Jeanne Ryan’s hit YA novel, for Lionsgate. The novel follows a high school senior who decides to branch out by participating in an online game of truth or dare. The catch? The game is constantly being watched and commented on. Not surprisingly, she realizes it might not have been the best decision when she starts to advance to higher levels and suddenly finds herself in life-threatening situations.

American Horror Story‘s executive producer Jessica Sharzer wrote the adaptation.

Sundance 2014: With tons of movies sold, the lack of a mega deal was no big deal

I can testify that when you go to a film festival, and someone inquires about how the movies were that year, the answer you end up giving — “Really terrific!” “Lousy!” “They were okay!” — is often dictated by exactly one movie. If you saw something that totally knocked you out, the sort of film that you think is going to get major play in the real world, and you’re already dusting off a place on your 10 Best list for it, then that one movie can determine your entire perception of the festival. That’s what happened to me last year at Sundance when I saw Fruitvale (they hadn’t added the Station yet). The fact that you’ve witnessed a certified home run makes the festival feel to you, in hindsight, like…well, a baseball game in which your team hit a home run. It’s more than a good movie; it’s why you came — to see an unheralded filmmaker knock one out of the park. A single movie that rocks your world can define, year in and year out, the Sundance experience — the reason that a festival like this one exists. Some of the films I’ve seen at Sundance that have had that effect include Crumb (1995), Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), Buffalo 66 (1998), The Blair Witch Project (1999), Chuck & Buck (2000), Wet Hot American Summer (2001), American Splendor (2003), Capturing the Friedmans (2003), Thirteen (2003), Hustle & Flow (2005), Precious (2009), and Fruitvale (2013). READ FULL STORY

First 'Catching Fire' clip shows Katniss and Gale's tense confrontation -- VIDEO


Some Katnisses are born great, some Katnisses achieve greatness, and some Katnisses have greatness thrust upon them.

The heroine at the center of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire may seem to fall under the first category — but she sees herself as a member of the third. As the Girl on Fire tells her oldest friend Gale in this first uninterrupted clip from the film, she never intended to become a revolutionary leader. All Katniss Everdeen really wants is to ensure the safety of her family and loved ones.

Unfortunately, the restless, downtrodden citizens of Panem have other plans for her. And Gale is serving as their mouthpiece: “You haven’t hurt people, Katniss — you’ve given them an opportunity. They just have to be brave enough to take it.”

Catch the clip below, as presented by Liam Hemsworth on Tonight Tuesday. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire blazes into theaters Nov. 22.


'Now You See Me' is getting a sequel


For their next trick, the magician heist is getting a sequel.

During a public call this morning, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts that production on the sequel will happen in 2014. A sequel isn’t altogether surprising: Despite little buzz, the Louis Leterrier-directed picture starring Jesse Eisenberg and Isla Fisher has grossed over $275 million worldwide.

What will the plot be? While Feltheimer was mum, EW has a few ideas.

'Divergent' and 'Ender's Game' panel: Exclusive footage! British accents! Harrison Ford on the hypothetical meeting of Indiana Jones and Han Solo

The Project: Summit Entertainment’s Divergent and Ender’s Game 

The Panel: From Divergent: author Veronica Roth, director Neil Burger, leads Shailene Woodley (Tris) and Theo James (Four), Zoe Kravitz (Christina), Ansel Elgort (Caleb), Ben Lloyd-Hughs (William), Ben Lamb (Edward), Christian Madsen (Al), Amy C. Newbold (Molly), Miles Teller (Peter), Maggie Q (Tori) and Mekhi Phifer (Max). From Ender’s Game: Director Gavin Hood, producer Robert Orci, and lead actors Asa Butterfield (Ender), Hailee Steinfeld (Petra) and Harrison Ford (Colonel Hyrum Graff). READ FULL STORY

'Ender's Game': Lionsgate responds to Orson Scott Card controversy, will host LGBT benefit premiere

Lionsgate has released a statement addressing the controversy surrounding Ender’s Game, the studio’s upcoming film adaptation of the popular 1984 sci-fi novel by Orson Scott Card, whose stance against gay marriage (and subsequent statement to EW declaring the issue “moot”) has caused boycott threats and riled up the Internet. Lionsgate says it does “not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card” and pledges to “host a benefit premiere for Ender’s Game” that will support the LGBT community:

New release dates for 'Expendables 3,' 'Escape Plan,' and 'Non-Stop'

2014 may seem like a long time from now, but studios are already filling their slates and shifting around release dates for later this year and into next. Below, a few of the latest release date changes:

 The Expendables 3, the latest in the Lionsgate franchise that has rounded up action heroes of the ’80s like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, is set for an Aug. 15, 2014 release, the same late summer weekend that the first two Expendables films opened in 2010 and 2012. Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes, Jackie Chan, and Milla Jovovich recently began final negotiations to appear in the threequel. READ FULL STORY

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