Jay Douglas, Cult Film King Of Anchor Bay Entertainment, Dead At 65
Jay Douglas, the former SVP Acquisitions at Anchor Bay Entertainment and the driving force behind the company’s late 1990s rise as a “Criterion Collection for cult films,” has died. He was 65.
Douglas died of an apparent heart attack on Tuesday in Green Valley, AZ, according to former associates and social media postings by his family.
Douglas joined the upstart Anchor Bay in 1995 and over the next decade his passions came to define the company’s eclectic library of genre… Read
TV Academy To Toss DVD Screeners: Emmy Process Goes Digital In 2020
No more discs – the Television Academy has announced that it will eliminate DVD screeners from its award nominating and voting process for the 2020 Emmy eligibility period. The Academy becomes the first major Hollywood organization to announce the move.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for the Academy to take an important first step to move the industry forward in an area of great concern for both our partners and members, reducing costs and delivering a tremendous… Read
U.S. Home Entertainment Spending Rose 11.5% In 2018 To $23.3B, DEG Says
Overall home entertainment spending by U.S. consumers climbed 11.5% in 2018 to a record $23.3 billion, according to the Digital Entertainment Group, an industry consortium.
Announcing the preliminary annual figures during CES, the DEG noted an especially strong fourth quarter, when spending increased 13% to $6.3 billion. With physical sales and rentals of DVD and Blu-ray discs continue to slide, electronic sell-through for films made up a lot of the shortfall, increasing… Read
‘Game Of Thrones’ Reunion Special Hosted By Conan O’Brien Headed For DVD Box Set Only
A reunion special featuring several cast members from HBO’s now-wrapped epic Game of Thrones, shot earlier this year in Northern Ireland and hosted by Conan O’Brien, is headed straight to video — but it’s not as bad as it sounds.
HBO confirmed Wednesday that the special, shot in Belfast earlier this year, will appear exclusively on a complete Seasons 1-8 DVD GoT box set to hit shelves sometime in 2019. A story in Entertainment Weekly said some past cast members including… Read
Blockbuster Video’s Last Two Alaska Stores To Close, Leaving A Lone Oregon Outlet
And then there was one. Blockbuster Video, once a ubiquitous part of America’s landscape and leisure time, is down to one Oregon location after it was announced today that its two remaining Alaska stores are closing.
The final Blockbuster video stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks are closing their rental business on Monday, July 16, but will reopen on Tuesday through the end of August to sell-off their inventory. That leaves a lone Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon as the last… Read
Redbox-Disney Legal Battle Escalates With Amended Redbox Complaint
The legal battle between Redbox and Disney — a case that stemmed from download codes to Disney movies being sold at discount prices, as Deadline was the first to report — is getting more intense.
The movie kiosk company filed court documents accusing the Burbank entertainment giant of copyright abuse and unfair business practices. The amended complain follows Disney’s renewed efforts to have a federal court judge stop Redbox from selling digital download codes for its… Read
SP Releasing Grabs US Rights To Thriller ‘The Scent Of Rain & Lightning’
The US rights for the thriller-western The Scent of Rain & Lightning have been acquired by SP Releasing.
The film stars Maika Monroe (It Follows), Maggie Grace (Taken) and Bonnie Bedelia (Parenthood) and is out in theaters and on-demand Feb. 16 through SP’s output deal with Echo Bridge Releasing, with the DVD release following on March 20.
Directed by Blake Robbins, and based on a New York Times bestselling novel by Nancy Pickard, the film tells the story of Jody Linder… Read
Redbox Sets New Deal With Universal Pictures Across Kiosks And Digital
Redbox has extended its distribution deal with Universal Pictures for rental and sell-through at the company’s network of 40,000 kiosks as well as its nascent on-demand streaming service.
The studio, which previously had preserved a 28-day window between its own home entertainment releases and when they would debut on Redbox, will now release day-and-date on Redbox and everywhere else.
“We are very pleased that our more than seven-year partnership with Universal has… Read
Bryan Cranston Talks ‘Last Flag Flying’ And His Upcoming Turn As Howard Beale In ‘Network’ On The London Stage
Bryan Cranston is living in London right now, starring in the National Theatre’s production of Network for director Ivo van Hove. And, earlier this month, his new film Last Flag Flying, directed by Richard Linklater, opened in the US. The two projects could not be more different. In the first, he is the mad as hell Howard Beale, determined not to take it anymore. And in Last Flag Flying he is Sal Nealon, a Vietnam vet whose larger-than-life personality lights up every… Read
Michelle Rodriguez Tells ‘Fast’ Folks To “Show Some Love” To Female Characters Or Else
With Universal’s The Fate Of The Furious getting its digital release today, original franchise star Michelle Rodriguez took to Instagram to tout it — sorta. What it ended up being was a gentle but notable nudge seen by her 3.8 million followers to Universal and the series’ producers to “show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise.”
‘Rogue One’ Flies Into Homes Via Digital HD On March 24; Blu-ray Date Is April 4
Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first spinoff feature in the Lucasfilm canon, will be available via Digital HD as early March 24 and on Blu-ray on April 4. To date, the movie has amassed $1.05 billion at the worldwide box office.
April is a big month for Lucasfilm: The annual Star Wars Celebration is set for April 13-16 in Orlando, where it’s rumored that a Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer will drop, as well as other details about Episode VIII. Check out the… Read