Hot Stoner Trailer: ‘High School’

By | Friday April 6, 2012 @ 10:57am PDT
Mike Fleming

Anchor Bay shortly adds to the Stoner movie genre when it releases High School on June 1. The trailer below will be attached to the Universal release American Reunion in about 25 markets this weekend. One part of me eyeballs this and thinks Adrien Brody has certainly veered … Read More »

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WWE Studios, Anchor Bay Tag Team On Release Of 2011 Toronto Title ‘The Day’

By | Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 3:47pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The Day WWE Studios Anchor BayEXCLUSIVE: WWE Studios and Anchor Bay Films have made a deal to co-distribute The Day, a provocative action thriller that premiered in the Midnight Madness section of the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. WWE Studios bought U.S. distribution rights shortly after the film’s first screening. The film stars Shawn Ashmore (X-Men), Dominic Monaghan (The Lord Of The Rings) Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight’s Tale) and Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism). Read More »

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TOLDJA! Anchor Bay Acquires SXSW Midnight Title ‘Girls Against Boys’

By | Monday March 12, 2012 @ 6:27pm PDT

SXSW: Anchor Bay Buying ‘Girls Against Boys’

AUSTIN, TX – In one of the first distribution deals at the SXSW Film Festival, Anchor Bay Films today announced the company has acquired the North American rights to Austin Chick’s Girls Against Boys, the controversial thriller that opened the Midnighter’s section this past Friday. The acquisition was announced by Bill Clark, President of Anchor Bay Entertainment.

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2012 SXSW: Anchor Bay Buying ‘Girls Against Boys’

By | Monday March 12, 2012 @ 3:14pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Anchor Bay is negotiating a distribution deal on the SXSW Midnight title Girls Against Boys. The controversial thriller stars Nicole LaLiberte and Danielle Panabaker as two bartenders who get revenge against men who abused them. The film was written and directed by Austin Chick and produced … Read More »

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Anchor Bay Acquires Slash’s Horror Film ‘Nothing To Fear’

By | Friday January 20, 2012 @ 12:15pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Anchor Bay Films has acquired Nothing To Fear, the first film produced by Slasher Films, the horror label hatched by former Guns n Roses guitarist Slash and the producing team of Rob Eric and Michael Williams. Nothing To Fear is based on an actual town in Kansas, which, according to legend, is one of the seven gateways to Hell. Anthony Leonardi III is directing. He has been the lead creature artist and storyboard artist for Constantine, Pirates Of The Caribbean 3, Rango and the upcoming 47 Ronin. Slash will be co-producing the score of the movie. Read More »

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Anchor Bay Lands Michael Biehn-Directed Thriller ‘The Victim’

By | Friday January 6, 2012 @ 11:17am PST
Mike Fleming

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Anchor Bay Films has locked in North American rights to the suspense thriller, The Victim, starring Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens), Jennifer Blanc (Badass, Dark Angel), Ryan Honey (Men of Honor, Hallowed Ground), Denny Kirkwood

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Anchor Bay Acquires Kurt Russell-Starrer ‘Touchback’

By | Wednesday November 16, 2011 @ 11:33am PST
Mike Fleming

Anchor Bay has acquired North American distribution rights to Touchback, the Don Handfield-directed gridiron drama that stars Kurt Russell, Brian Presley, Melanie Lynskey, Christine Lahti, Drew Powell, Kevin Covais and Marc Blucas. The plan is to release the film next … Read More »

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Anchor Bay Acquires Brett Ratner-Produced ‘Mother’s Day’ Remake

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Anchor Bay Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Mother’s Day, the horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and starring Rebecca DeMornay, Jaime King, Deborah Ann Woll and Shawn Ashmore. The film’s a loose remake of the … Read More »

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Anchor Bay Dates Director’s Cut Of ‘The Divide’

By | Monday October 31, 2011 @ 10:45am PDT

Anchor Bay made probably the biggest-ever deal at the South By Southwest Film Festival when it acquired Xavier Gens’ postapocalyptic thriller The Divide this year for the U.S. in a seven-figure deal. Now the distributor said it is releasing … Read More »

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UPDATE: Redbox To Unveil Streaming Plan As It Raises DVD Rentals To $1.20 A Night

UPDATE, 3 PM: CEO Paul Davis says the Redbox price increase to $1.20 a night followed “several months of testing” and was designed to keep prices “as low as possible for consumers” as operating costs rise. The company says that the “vast majority” of transactions at its kiosks involve debit cards affected by the Durbin Amendment, as opposed to credit cards. Customers will still be able to rent for $1 a night through November if they reserve a DVD online and then pick it up at a kiosk. He added that the company plans to unveil a digital streaming plan by year’s end, calling it “a top priority for the company.” Davis says Redbox has seen business increase from consumers who felt “disenfranchised” by Netflix’s 60% price hike for its combo DVD rental and streaming service, but he can’t say how many people defected.

On the studio side, Davis says Paramount just extended its agreement to provide DVDs to Redbox the same day they’re available in stores through 2014. The studio will receive 100,000 shares of restricted stock in Coinstar, and can collect an additional 100,000 shares if it exercises its two options that each would extend the agreement by a year. Redbox’s day-and-date agreement with Sony runs through September 2012, and one with Lionsgate goes through August 2014. It has similar deals with Summit and Anchor Bay. Read More »

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Anchor Bay Sues BF1 Over 8-Pic Output Deal

By | Thursday August 25, 2011 @ 6:30pm PDT

Anchor Bay, the home entertainment division of Starz Media, filed suit today against Bill Yordy’s BF1 Films claiming the Glendale-based company owes it nearly $2M in advances. Anchor Bay claims that BF1 failed to deliver a series of films set up in a 2008 eight-film output … Read More »

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Anchor Bay Acquires Kevin Spacey Comedy ‘Father Of Invention’

Mike Fleming

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Anchor Bay Films announced today the pick up of the comedy Father of Invention starring Academy Award™ winning actor Kevin Spacey (Horrible Bosses, American Beauty), Camilla Belle (10,000 BC, When a Stranger Calls), Heather Graham (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Hangover) and Virginia Madsen (Sideways, The Number 23). The film was co-financed by Sunrise Films, LLC and debuted as an official selection at the Berlin International Film Festival. Anchor Bay Films has acquired all distribution rights in the U.S., U.K. as well as Australia and New Zealand. Bill Clark, President of Anchor Bay Entertainment, made the announcement.

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Big Bang’

By | Thursday March 24, 2011 @ 2:22pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Anchor Bay has just released a trailer for The Big Bang, the Tony Krantz-directed noir drama that stars Antonio Banderas as an LA private eye on a crazy case. The film rolls out beginning May 13.

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SXSW: Anchor Bay Makes 7-Figure Deal For ‘The Divide’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE:They saved the best for last on the final movie day of the South By Southwest Festival. In the biggest deal of SXSW this year and possibly ever for the Austin fest, Anchor Bay paid low seven … Read More »

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Rooney Mara’s ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Colors ‘Tanner Hall’ Deal At Anchor Bay

By | Friday January 21, 2011 @ 3:05pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Anchor Bay has closed a deal to distribute Tanner Hall, a coming-of-age film that premiered at Toronto last fall. The film got a dose of deal momentum after its unknown star, Rooney Mara, landed the coveted role of Lisbeth … Read More »

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Starz Pushes McGurk And Rosett Out Of Overture As Chris Albrecht Takes Control

overture2Enough is enough is enough. Starz topper Chris Albrecht at first was just going to shut down Overture and its home video arm Anchor Bay. (Founded in November 2006, Overture Films has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Starz LLC, which is … Read More »

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