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Labadie’s shopping Spree

Revived company buys 'Tideland,' Jarmusch pic

Gallic distribber Jean Labadie has acquired a batch of films at the Cannes Film Festival, including Terry Gilliam’s “Tideland” and an untitled Jim Jarmusch project.

Other acquisitions are the U.S. animated film “Hoodwinked,” Claude Chabrol’s “The Bridesmaid,” three French pics produced by Agat Films and “Cinderella,” a live-action musical starring France’s hottest teenybopper pop star, Lorie.

The company also pre-bought on spec the horror film “Creep” from Capitole.

The buying spree follows lean times for Labadie’s company Bac Majestic, which was threatened with bankruptcy until recently, when Gallic toon house Millimages stepped in to take a 51% stake. Labadie remains CEO of the company.

“We’re back in action and very happy to be buying films in Cannes again,” Labadie told Variety, adding the company plans to theatrically distribute 12-15 films a year.

The Gilliam pic is being produced by Jeremy Thomas and will start shooting in early September for delivery by June 2005. The deal was inked by Tim Haslan and Labadie.

The Jarmusch pic will shoot in New York this summer with a soon-to-be-announced male lead and five female roles currently being cast. The film will be delivered in fall 2005.

“Hoodwinked,” in which all of the characters in “Little Red Riding Hood” give their personal version of the fairy tale, will be ready for delivery in winter ’05.

Chabrol’s “The Bridesmaid,” an adaptation of a Ruth Rendell mystery that stars Benoit Magimel and Laura Smet, is produced by Aliceleo. It will be released in France in September.

The other French pics include “Shellfish and Crustaceans,” a comedy with a twist, about a couple who fear their teenage son is homosexual, helmed by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau. Bac will handle internationally as well as distribute in France.

In another fresh deal with Agat, Bac will release helmer Anne Villaceque’s “Riviera,” a dark tale about the teen daughter of a chambermaid in a luxury Riviera hotel who dreams of becoming rich and famous. Bac also will distribute Agat’s “Spelling Mistakes,” a comedy set in a boarding school, helmed by Jean-Jacques Zilberman and starring Carole Bouquet and Olivier Gourmet as the school’s married directors. Pic will be released in France in November.

Bac has been handling sales of “The White Planet,” a docu about the North Pole produced by Gedeon, a subsid of Millimages. The pic, which is being made from 700 hours of footage shot at the North Pole, has been taken by Telemunchen in Germany, Cineart in Belgium and Frenetic in Switzerland.

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