SOURCE: Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc.

July 10, 2007 03:30 ET

Peace Arch® Entertainment Acquires Canadian Distribution Rights to Sienna Miller, Steve Buscemi Feature Film "Interview"

First Canadian Theatrical Release for Peace Arch to Premiere on July 20 Following Sony Classics' U.S. Premiere

TORONTO--(Marketwire - July 10, 2007) - Peace Arch® Entertainment Group Inc. (AMEX: PAE) (TSX: PAE), an innovative film and television entertainment company, announced today that it has acquired exclusive Canadian theatrical distribution rights to the new motion picture "Interview," and will premiere the Sienna Miller, Steve Buscemi feature on July 20, 2007 following Sony Classics' U.S. theatrical release premiere on July 13, 2007.

"Interview" had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was an official selection at the Seattle and Los Angeles Film Festivals. It marks the first Canadian theatrical release by Peace Arch, and the film will begin its run in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Peace Arch's first U.S. theatrical release will be Tom DiCillo's edgy romantic comedy "Delirious" (starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Alison Lohman, Gina Gershon and Elvis Costello), which will premiere in New York City on August 15th. "Delirious" has experienced notable success at film festivals worldwide, including official selections at Sundance, Seattle, San Francisco and at Spain's San Sebastian Film Festival where DiCillo won Best Director and Best Screenplay, at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Film Festival where DiCillo was awarded Best Director, and at Istanbul where "Delirious" was awarded the prestigious special jury prize, the Silver Tulip.

"'Interview' marks the beginning of a significant expansion of our North American business operations," said Peace Arch Entertainment President John Flock. "After substantially improving our international sales division and filling our distribution pipeline with top quality new films and library content over the past two years, with the launch of these two pictures Peace Arch joins a select group of independent North American distributors possessing fully integrated production, distribution and international sales operations together with a profitable film library and high-profile television business. As we continue to execute our strategic plan for organic growth coupled with accretive acquisitions, we believe Peace Arch is now well-positioned to successfully compete with any film and television company now operating in our industry."

In "Interview," Pierre Peders (Steve Buscemi), a self-destructive journalist and Katya (Sienna Miller), a pop diva, TV and movie star go head-to-head in a sexually charged drama about media, truth and celebrity. Having made his name as a war reporter, Peders has traveled the world seeing some of the most horrifying sights imaginable. So he feels his puff-piece assignment, an interview with Katya is beneath his dignity. The two meet in a restaurant and instantly it's a collision of two worlds -- his serious political focus and her superficial world of celebrity. But perhaps all is not as it appears.

"Interview" was directed by and stars Steve Buscemi ("Delirious" "Fargo" "Reservoir Dogs" "The Big Lebowski") opposite Sienna Miller ("Factory Girl" "Casanova" "Stardust" "Alfie"). "Interview" was written by Steve Buscemi and David Schechter from the original screenplay by Theodor Holman, produced by Bruce Weiss and Gijs van de Westelaken and executive produced by Nick Stiliadis.

"Interview" is the first of a series of three films paying homage to the late, acclaimed filmmaker Theo van Gogh by his longtime Dutch producer Gijs van de Westelaken, now partnering with American producer Bruce Weiss. The second film in the trilogy will be "Blind Date" directed by Stanley Tucci, starring Tucci opposite Patricia Clarkson, followed by an adaptation of van Gogh's "06" directed by John Turturro. Both shoots will employ van Gogh's camera crew and shooting techniques. Peace Arch Entertainment will be releasing "Blind Date" and "1-900" in 2008.

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 500 classic and contemporary titles. Peace Arch Home Entertainment is one of the leading distributors of DVDs and related products in Canada. Peace Arch Releasing distributes feature films theatrically in the United States and Canada. For additional information, please visit www.peacearch.com.

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