This excerpt taken from the PAE 6-K filed Jul 12, 2006.
Peace Arch Acquires Worldwide Distribution Rights as Company Continues to Expand Film Production Pipeline
TORONTO--(MARKET WIRE)July 11, 2006 -- Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc. (AMEX:PAE - News) (TSX:PAE.TO - News), a rapidly emerging, vertically integrated film and television company, has announced that acclaimed film actors Lucy Liu and Cillian Murphy have been set to star in director Paul Soter's comedy Watching The Detectives, which begins shooting July 10th in New York City. New York-based Plum Pictures is producing the film, with Peace Arch Entertainment co-financing and serving as worldwide distributor.
Watching The Detectives is a romantic comedy about a film noir buff whose world is abruptly turned upside down when a beautiful and unpredictable, real-life femme fatale provides far more adventure than he ever experienced and possibly more than he can handle.
Plums Celine Rattray, Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Galt Niederhoffer will produce the film in association with Hart-Lunsford Pictures. Peace Arch will executive produce along with Irving Schwartz, Randy Simon and Bill Benenson.
Since Charlies Angels propelled Liu to superstardom in 2000, she has been seen in such memorable films as Tarantinos Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2, and most recently in Lucky Number Slevin. On television, Liu appeared as 'Ling Woo' in Ally McBeal, a role for which she earned an Emmy nomination as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Lucy will next be seen in 3 Needles, The Cleaner and Rise.
Murphy garnered a Golden Globe Award nomination earlier this year for his performance as Patrick "Kitten" Braden in Neil Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto. His credits also include Ken Loach's forthcoming The Wind That Shakes The Barley (Palme d'Or winner at 2006 Cannes Film Festival), and Danny Boyle's Sunshine. Following his breakout role in Boyle's 28 Days Later, Murphy appeared in Batman Begins, Red Eye and Girl With A Pearl Earring.
The film marks the directorial debut of Soter, who also wrote the script. The filmmaker is best known for his broad comedy work as a writer/producer and star for Broken Lizard, the comedy group who hit the ground running with their films Puddle Cruiser and Super Troopers. He next stars in, wrote and produced Beerfest, slated for release from Warner Bros. in August.
This script is funny, fresh and truly innovative. We are thrilled to work with this talented director as well as our magnificent actors to bring this to the screen, says producer Celine Rattray.
Plum Pictures was formed in 2003 by Celine Rattray, Galt Niederhoffer and Daniela Taplin. Plums credits include Dedication starring Billy Crudup, Mandy Moore, Tom Wilkinson and Dianne Wiest, and Grace Is Gone starring John Cusack, both currently in post production, and The Ground Truth: After The Killing Ends to be released by Focus Features. Past credits include Lonesome Jim, directed by Steve Buscemi, starring Casey Affleck and Liv Tyler and The Baxter, starring Michael Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Williams, Justin Theroux; both released by IFC FILMS.
Peace Arch Entertainments most recent productions, the dramas Chapter 27 starring Lindsay Lohan and Jared Leto, and Delirious starring Steve Buscemi, Alison Lohman, Michael Pitt and Gina Gershon are both currently in post-production.