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Peace not quiet

TORONTO — Canadian producer Peace Arch Entertainment on Monday said it has launched Peace Arch Releasing, a distribution unit that will release theatrical titles in the U.S. market. Toronto-based Peace Arch said Mark Balsam, the company's president of U.S. distribution, will head up the new division. The Tom DiCillo comedy "Delirious" will be the unit's first theatrical release. It opens Aug. 8 in New York. The move follows the company's December purchase of Castle Hill Prods. and Dream LLC and its recent acquisition of U.S. DVD distributor Trinity Home Entertainment.

'Phoenix' flies

BEIJING — Another Hollywood remake of a Hong Kong hit was announced Monday when Jackie Chan's JCE Movies Ltd. sold the rights to action-comedy "Enter the Phoenix" to L.A.-based Flashpoint Entertainment. Andrew Tennenbaum will produce the remake of the 2004 original. "(Writer-director) Stephen (Fung) tells a great story and has a terrific sense of humor," Tennenbaum said in a statement. The plot centers on the gay son of a boss whose dying wish is that he take over the family business.

Wolpert's war

TORONTO — Canadian producer Pacific Empire Prods. on Monday said that screenwriter Jay Wolpert has signed on to adapt the World War I novel "A Century of November" for the big screen. Vancouver-based Pacific Empire said Wolpert ("Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl") has agreed to pen a feature script based on the 2004 historical novel by W.D. Wetherell about a Canadian father who travels across the Atlantic to visit the French battlefield on which his only son was killed.