Trade Breaks: Sony, Anita, Brutal

“Sony is firming up its early 2009 slte with “Not Easily Broken” on January 9th; “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” on January 23rd; “The Pink Panther 2” on February 6th; a Katherine Heigl-Gerard Butler romantic comedy on April 4th; and they’ve pulled the animated “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” off the schedule for now…” (full details)

“Palm Pictures has bought North American rights to “Anita O’Day: The Life of a Music Legend.” The doc about the Jezebel of Jazz, who attained fame in the 1940s and remains popular in jazz circles today, will bow theatrically in late May and on DVD in the fall…” (full details)

“Anchor Bay Entertainment has acquired theatrical and DVD rights to the horror filmmaking mockumentary “Brutal Massacre: A Comedy.” David Naughton (“An American Werewolf in London”) plays a director trailed by a docu crew on a horror film set where Murphy’s Law rules. Gunnar Hansen and Ken Foree also star. Stevan Mena’s film will be released in New York and Los Angeles later this spring…” (full details)