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eOne adds 50-plus pix to slate

Acquisitions include 'Pompeii,' 'Tarzan,' 'Big Wedding'

LONDON — Entertainment One was one of the busiest buyers at the Cannes Film Festival this year, acquiring rights to more than 50 pics for its major territories.

The Toronto-based distrib, which operates in the U.S., Blighty, Canada, Benelux, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Scandinavia and South Africa, secured a number of multi-territory rights spearheaded by its biggest acquisition of “Pompeii” from Summit, which Variety exclusively reported during the market (Daily Variety, May 12, 2011).

eOne took rights for the Paul W.S. Anderson pic, produced through Constantin Film, for the U.K., Canada and Benelux after aggressive bids. It also acquired “Tarzan 3D” for the U.K. from Summit, another Constantin production.

Additional multi-territory rights include Jason Statham starrer “Parker,” which the distrib picked up from Sierra/Affinity for U.K., Canada, Australia and Benelux, and Katherine Heigl and Robert DeNiro starrer “The Big Wedding,” which it picked up for Canada and Benelux from NuImage.

As previously reported in Variety, it secured Australian and Benelux rights for Colin Farrell starrer “7 Psychopaths” from HanWay, and U.K. and Canadian rights for Ken Loach’s “Angel’s Share,” sold by Wild Bunch.

For Canada, the distrib bought rights for “Rum Diary” and “London Boulevard” from GK Films, Tyler Perry starrer “I, Alex Cross” from QED, “Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia” from Wild Bunch, “Enchanted Kingdom 3D” from IM Global and “The Host” from Inferno.

In Oz, the distrib nabbed rights to Gerard Butler starrer “Mavericks,” Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and Lasse Hallestrom’s “The Hypnotist.”

For Benelux, it took IM Global’s “Last Days of an American Crime,” toplining Sam Worthington, Gavin Hood’s “Ender’s Game” and “Great Hope Springs,” toplining Meryl Streep and Steve Carrell.

And in the U.S, it nabbed rights to “Devil’s Rock,” starring Craig Hall and Matthew Sunderland, and “Arn,” a TV series staring Arn Magnusson.

Additionally, eOne snapped up U.K. rights to Stephen Frears’ latest pic “Lay the Favorite,” toplining Bruce Willis and Rebecca Hall, which Variety reported during the Cannes market (Daily Variety, May 18, 2011).

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