Suspense Thriller ‘The Ledge’ Due Digitally Feb. 18 From Saban and Paramount

Saban Films and Paramount Pictures will release the high-climbing suspense thriller The Ledge in theaters, on demand and for digital purchase Feb. 18.

Directed by Howard J. Ford (The Dead, Adventure Boyz), the film stars Brittany Ashworth (Hostile, Accident Man), Ben Lamb (Now You See Me 2), Louis Boyer (Outside the Wire), Nathan Welsh (Trust Me), Anaïs Parello (Parlement) and David Wayman (13 Seconds in Kent State).

In the film, a climber trapped on the face of a mountain fights off four killers standing on an overhanging ledge 20 feet above her.

After Kelly (Ashworth) captures the murder of her best friend on camera, she becomes the next target of a tight-knit group of friends who will stop at nothing to destroy the evidence and anyone in their way. Desperate for her safety, she begins a treacherous climb up a mountain cliff and her survival instincts are put to the test when she becomes trapped with the killers.

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Saban Films to Issue ‘Two Deaths of Henry Baker’ on Demand, Digital and DVD Jan. 25

Saban Films has announced the Jan. 25 multiplatform release of the thriller Two Deaths of Henry Baker.

The gritty Western, about a treacherous rivalry between two brothers and their gold, will be issued on demand, through digital retailers and on DVD.

In the film, a decades-long family feud pits two brothers and their sons in a bloody battle for possession of a fortune in gold. On the outskirts of a dusty, rural town, a young boy watches as his father buries a cache of stolen coins. The secret stash is entrusted alone to his favored son, Henry.

Thirty years later, a corrupt cop (Tony Curran) and his crew descend on the now-adult son (Gil Bellows) to snatch the treasure. A bloody ambush ensues, leaving several dead or maimed and Henry being sent away to prison. His only son, Hank (Sebastian Pigott), is now in possession of the riches. After a long stint behind bars, Henry is released and plans to reunite with Hank and the fortune he left behind. Henry’s brother, Sam and his own son (Joe Dinico) have resurfaced to exact revenge and claim the riches as their own.

Animated ‘Mosley’ Available on Demand and Digital Dec. 10, DVD Dec. 14

The animated film Mosley will be released in theaters, on demand and digitally Dec. 10, and on DVD Dec. 14 from Saban Films and Paramount Home Entertainment.

Featuring the voices of Lucy Lawless, Rhys Darby, Temuera Morrison and John Rhys-Davies, the family adventure follows a species of creatures known as “thoriphants” who rebel against their life of servitude and embark on a treacherous journey to find the fabled city of Upright. Discovering he belongs to a heroic tribe of two-legged giants, Mosley is determined to prove he is more than just a farm animal.

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Holiday Film ‘A Gift From Bob’ Available on VOD, Digital and DVD Nov. 9

The holiday title A Gift From Bob will be released in select theaters Nov. 5 and via on demand, digital sellthrough and DVD Nov. 9 from Lionsgate and Saban Films.

In the film from the director of A Dog’s Way Home and Dolphin Tale, for James (Luke Treadaway), a struggling street musician, a very special gift arrives in the form of Bob, a strong-willed stray cat who wanders into James’s tiny flat. Bob enriches James’s life, giving him companionship, purpose, and a large, new audience. When Animal Welfare officers threaten to take Bob, the local community rallies to help James and Bob — sparking a journey that takes the pair to places they never imagined.

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Action Thriller ‘American Insurrection’ Coming to Digital and On Demand Oct. 8

The action thriller American Insurrection will be available in theaters, for digital purchase and on demand Oct. 8 from Saban Films and Paramount.

In the film, after a powerful militia seizes control of the United States, a group of friends attempt to escape the escalating violence and oppression. They must move undetected as their only hope is to cross a heavily guarded border. But as the militia closes in, the friends will need to do whatever it takes to survive in this suspenseful action-thriller.

Nadine Malouf, Nick Westrate, Brandon Perea, Sarah Wharton, Jarret Kerr with Toby Leonard Moore and Michael Raymond-James star.

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New App Aids in Streaming Movie Search, Discovery

A new app called Picticular promises to help movie fans easily and conveniently find films currently streaming on all platforms as well as upcoming releases. The app also offers recommendations and, in the future, will allow movie ticket sales.

Similarly to a dating app, users can either swipe right or left to accept or reject film choices as suggested by the app’s proprietary AI technology.

Conceived in 2018 and co-founded by serial entrepreneur Todd Courtney, pioneering Google senior executive Marcel Van Lohuizen and former iHeartMedia executive Lasse Hamre, Picticular says its advantage is its laser focus on films and how to easily access them — either on a streaming platform for immediate viewing or for marketing purposes for a new film.

“We’re all film enthusiasts and there were countless times when I just gave up on my search for a film,” Courtney said. “There had to be a better and more convenient way to access films, particularly with the growing universe of streaming platforms. With Picticular, the fun of discovery begins while the frustration ends.”

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Beyond the ability to easily find films on streaming platforms, Picticular also offers:

    • Immediate accessibility of content: Users can click on films in the app and can immediately begin viewing the film on the streaming platform’s app;
    • Friend matching: App allows friends to privately share selections with each other;
    • Ticket purchasing: Moviegoers can soon purchase theater tickets directly from the app;
    • Entertainment news: Movie fans will receive celebrity and entertainment news updates;
    • Recommendations: With proprietary AI technology, the app will provide film suggestions to the user, based on previous selections.

 

Picticular also has established relationships with Hollywood. Most recently, Saban Films, which releases around 30 films per year through Paramount or Lionsgate, has been using the app since last December. For the Mel Gibson film Fatman, Picticular captured comprehensive user data and the trailer had nearly two million views.

“As a studio executive, the benefits are significant,” said Jonathan Saba, SVP of distribution and marketing for Saban Films. “For example, Picticular’s private swiping feed ensures an impulsive decision around each film that ultimately provides us with invaluable data. The app allows for full visibility of past or current films with a critical monetization model and branding opportunities.”

Richard Dreyfuss Film ‘Crime Story’ Available for Rental Aug. 13 From Saban and Paramount

Crime Story, starring Academy Award winners Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl, Jaws) and Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite, Mimic), will open in select theaters and for digital rental Aug. 13 from Saban Films and Paramount Home Entertainment.

In the film, a man suffering from cancer seeks revenge on the thieves who have destroyed his life.

When ex-mob boss Ben Myers (Dreyfuss) is targeted in a home robbery, he goes on a deadly rampage of vengeance. But with his family caught in the cross hairs, Myers must finally face the consequences of his dark past in this action-packed crime thriller.

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Roku Inks Pay 1 Window Rights Deal With Saban Films

Roku and Saban Films May 27 announced a landmark agreement granting Roku its first-ever Pay 1 window streaming rights to movies released by Saban Films. Under the agreement, a selection of Saban’s 2021 film slate will stream free exclusively on Roku’s ad-supported streaming service, The Roku Channel, in the U.S. and Canada following theatrical and home entertainment release.

“Streaming has become an incredible way to experience movie-making magic from the comfort of your own home and we are thrilled to bring an extraordinary lineup of entertainment to The Roku Channel,” Bill Bromiley, president of Saban Films, said in a statement.

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Saban’s first film to premiere on The Roku Channel will be Echo Boomers, starring two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon and Patrick Schwarzenegger on June 15. The crime thriller was released last December on DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment.

Future film debuts include Happily, starring Joel McHale and Kerry Bishé; Percy vs Goliath (U.S. only), starring Academy Award winner Christopher Walken, Christina Ricci and Zach Braff; Under the Stadium Lights, starring Laurence Fishburne and Milo Gibson.

“Saban Films is a great partner with a history of creating standout films,” said Rob Holmes, VP of programming for Roku. “This first-of-its-kind agreement allows us to bring these compelling films exclusively to our large, engaged audience for free.”

Launched in 2017, The Roku Channel is the home of free and premium entertainment on the Roku platform, including a lineup of more than 40,000 free movies and programs and 190+ free live linear television channels. The Roku Channel licenses and distributes content from more than 175 partners. In addition to Roku devices, The Roku Channel is available on Web, iOS and Android devices, Amazon Fire TV and select Samsung TVs and can be accessed internationally in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

In the first quarter of 2021, The Roku Channel reached U.S. households with an estimated 70 million people.

Saban Films remains active in the acquisition, production and distribution space. The company’s recent projects run the gamut from theatrical films such as The Homesman, starring Hilary Swank, to two of the biggest Fathom events with Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell and Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which the company partnered on after coming onboard at the script stage.

Mena Suvari Film ‘Locked in’ Opening on DVD July 6

The Saban Films action thriller Locked in, starring Mena Suvari and Jeff Fahey, will debut on DVD July 6 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

It is available now in theaters and on digital and on demand.

In the film, after a diamond heist takes a fatal turn, a pair of thieves must entrust their fortune with an accomplice at a high-tech storage facility while they lay low. Hiding the goods within the labyrinth of storage units, the thieves’ inside man pays the ultimate price when he turns against them. Hellbent on recovering the missing stones, they seize the facility and kidnap surviving employee Maggie (Suvari, American Beauty), threatening her family unless she helps them. Locked in with nowhere to run, Maggie’s only chance to escape alive is to fight back and stay one step ahead of her captors.

The film also stars Manny Perez, Costas Mandylor, Bruno Bichir and Jasper Polish.

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Christopher Walken Drama ‘Percy vs. Goliath’ Due on DVD June 29

The drama Percy vs. Goliath will come out on DVD June 29 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Saban Films.

It is already available in select theaters, for digital purchase and on demand.

Christopher Walken, Zach Braff and Christina Ricci star in this true story of a small-town farmer taking on one of the largest agricultural and food manufacturing corporations. Percy Schmeiser (Walken), a third-generation farmer, is sued by a corporate giant for allegedly using their patented seeds. With little resources to fight the giant legal battle, Percy joins forces with up-and-coming attorney Jackson Weaver (Braff) and environmental activist Rebecca Salcau (Ricci) to fight one of the most monumental cases all the way up to the Supreme Court.

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