Peace Arch acquires three films

'Wild Oats,' 'William Vincent' and 'Pete Smalls' on tap

TORONTO -- Peace Arch Entertainment on Wednesday unveiled three film acquisitions and a return to the U.S. DVD market through a deal with E1 Entertainment.

Toronto-based Peace Arch picked up the rights to Scott Marshall's "Wild Oats," which stars Shirley MacLaine, Maria Bello, Christina Ricci, John Corbett and Bill Pullman.

The film will start production in Connecticut and Nevada in August.

Peace Arch also acquired the rights to the Jay Anania-directed arthouse mystery "William Vincent," which stars James Franco and Julianne Nicholson, and bowed at Tribeca.

In addition, Peace Arch has scooped the rights to the Steve Buscemi-starring comedy "Pete Smalls is Dead," from director Alexandre Rockwell.

The film about two old pals who attend another friend's funeral and discover more to his death than being dead also stars Peter Dinklage, Tim Roth, Rosie Perez and Emily Rios.

Peace Arch has also announced a DVD distribution deal stateside with E1 Entertainment.

Toronto-based E1 Entertainment will distribute Peace Arch film titles on DVD, and in some cases on VOD and other digital platforms, in the U.S. market.

Peace Arch will continue to distribute its own product in Canada.

Peace Arch CEO John Flock said the deal with E1 marks a return to home entertainment for his company after it last year sold its North American DVD operation to Phase 4 Films, which is run by former Peace Arch home entertainment exec Berry Meyerowitz.

Flock said Peace Arch has been rebuilding its U.S. distribution business since that sale, and has now out-sourced its DVD operation to E1 Entertainment.

"We chose them because we think they need the product. We trust they will do a tremendous job," he added.

Peace Arch has an initial five film titles to hand off to E1 for DVD distribution, including Alan G. Parker's "Who Killed Nancy," a feature-length documentary that chronicles the events leading up to the death of Sid Vicious' girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, and the political thriller "Kandahar Break."

Also in the DVD pipeline is the thriller "Flick," starring Faye Dunaway, "Smile" featuring Beau Bridges, and the comedy "Puck Hogs," a hockey-based mockumentary.
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