JOHN GRISHAM STEPS UP TO THE PLATE WITH HIS OWN THEATRICAL FILM MICKEY STARRING HARRY CONNICK, JR.! Bring the Thrill of the Game Home on March 22 MICKEY Debuts On DVD Courtesy Of Anchor Bay Entertainment! TORONTO ON-- February 15, 2005 -- Anchor Bay Entertainment will have a home run on March 22, 2005 with the release of MICKEY onto DVD, a film written and produced by New York Times best-selling author, John Grisham (The Broker, The Firm, Runaway Jury). Starring Harry Connick, Jr. and young newcomer Shawn Salinas, MICKEY adds more than hot dogs and peanuts to the traditional baseball flick with an intriguing, suspenseful plot sure to keep family audiences intrigued all the way to the Little League World Series finale! The DVD includes insightful features such as interviews with John Grisham and commentary by the film’s director Hugh Wilson (Guarding Tess, The First Wives Club), a behind-the-scenes still gallery, the theatrical trailer and more. The DVD will carry a SRP of $19.98. Connick (Will & Grace, Independence Day) plays Tripp Spence, a Virginia widower whose financial woes lead him to relocate with his son and assume new identities while dodging the IRS. His thirteen year old son, Derrick (Salinas) is a skilled Little League pitcher who’s forced to give up baseball as the two flee to Las Vegas. Derrick’s new identity as “Mickey” makes him a year younger and eligible to play in the Vegas league as a 12 year old. Father and son believe the fraud will end with the final game of the regular season, but neither could have ever imagined Mickey’s dream season as he leads the Las Vegas league all-stars to the pinnacle of youth sports: the Little League Baseball World Series! With an original screenplay by the prolific and talented author John Grisham, the project is a testament to Grisham’s love of America’s national pastime. Grisham not only wrote and produced the film, but he also serves as a youth baseball league commissioner and former coach as well as having played Little League in his home state of Mississippi. He has constructed six ball fields near his home, playing host to over 350 children on 26 teams annually. Grisham was declared the best-selling novelist of the ‘90s by Publisher’s Weekly and has quickly become an international phenomenon. There are over 60 million Grisham books in print worldwide translated into 29 languages. Seven of his books have been made into films. This is the first production Grisham personally oversaw. In conjunction with this unique and inspiring DVD release, Anchor Bay Entertainment is sponsoring a multi-level sweepstakes. Consumers will have a chance to win a trip to the 2005 World Series. The Grand Prize package will include accommodations for 3 days/2 nights, round trip airfare, tickets to the game, ground transportation and $500 in spending cash. Other prizes will include tickets to major league baseball games as well as gift certificates for ice cream. MICKEY was produced in cooperation with Little League Baseball and Softball and is one of only two films ever to be given approval to use the trademarked name and logo by the organization. Little League Baseball is the world’s largest youth sports organization, with about 2.7 million children playing worldwide, and about 1 million adult volunteers. There are now more than 7,400 Little League programs worldwide. Little League Baseball, Incorporated is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "to promote, develop, supervise and voluntarily assist in all lawful ways, the interest of those who will participate in Little League Baseball." Anchor Bay Entertainment is an established leader in the field of home entertainment. In addition to the ever-popular Thomas & Friends collection, the company offers an expansive selection of award-winning, notable theatrical films including “Time Bandits” and “Halloween,” classic television programming such as “Three’s Company” and “Highlander,” the impressive Manga anime line and chart-topping fitness titles including the "Crunch" and "For Dummies" series. Anchor Bay Entertainment, along with its co-owned sister companies, Digital Production Solutions (DPS), Film Roman Inc., Mainframe Entertainment Inc. and DKP Effects, is aggressively developing a wide range of original programs and concepts in addition to licensing existing brands and films. Anchor Bay Entertainment is a subsidiary of IDT Entertainment, a division of the IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT). Anchor Bay Entertainment and the IDT Corporation can be accessed via the web by visiting www.anchorbayentertainment.com and www.IDT.net.