SOURCE: Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc.

May 08, 2008 19:29 ET

Peace Arch Entertainment Releases Latest Feature Film "The Babysitters" on Friday, May 9

Movie to Open in Six Major Markets

TORONTO--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - Peace Arch® Entertainment Group Inc. (AMEX: PAE) (TSX: PAE), an integrated global entertainment company, today announced the initial release schedule for its latest feature film, "The Babysitters," starring John Leguizamo ("ER"), Katherine Waterston ("Michael Clayton") and Cynthia Nixon ("Sex In the City").

The latest in a robust slate of films to be distributed by Peach Arch, "The Babysitters" will open Friday, May 9 on 19 screens in six cities: New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Houston and Dallas. The company also holds worldwide rights to the film across all platforms.

"This release affirms our commitment to growing Peace Arch's reputation as one of the leading independent producers and distributors in the North American motion picture industry," said Peace Arch Entertainment President/COO John Flock.

The dark comedy "The Babysitters" was acquired by Peace Arch at the Toronto Film Festival, where the film screened to enthusiastic audiences in sold-out theaters.

Sixteen-year-old Shirley Lyner (Waterston) is an honor student working as a babysitter and saving for college. She's developed a crush on Michael Beltran (Leguizamo), the father of two of her babysitting regulars. One night on the way home, Michael and Shirley kiss, and he pays her a little something extra. They continue their affair, using the nights Shirley baby-sits to cover for their time together. Soon Shirley finds herself becoming a high school Heidi Fleiss, taking a percentage every time one of her friends baby-sits for the married men. But it's only a matter of time before Shirley starts to lose control of her operation and her tightly wound world begins to unravel.

The fourth film to be released by Peace Arch in the U.S., "The Babysitters" follows the March debut of the controversial feature film about the days leading up to Mark David Chapman's assassination of music icon John Lennon, "Chapter 27," February's riveting hostage drama "Towards Darkness" and last summer's release of Tom DiCillo's successful and award-winning comedy "Delirious." Peace Arch has been moving aggressively to expand its North American cinematic presence, having previously released Steve Buscemi's "Interview" and the action-adventure "In the Name of the King" in Canadian theaters.

About Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc.:

Peace Arch Entertainment produces and acquires feature films, television and home entertainment content for distribution to worldwide markets. Peace Arch owns one of the largest libraries of top quality independent feature films in the world, featuring more than 1,000 classic and contemporary titles. For additional information, please visit www.peacearch.com.

Contact Information

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    Roy Bodner
    Senior Vice President
    Marketing and Communications
    Peace Arch Entertainment
    (310) 776-7208
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