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MIPCOM 2011 is preparing to welcome a galaxy of internationally-recognised actors, directors, writers, producers and show business personalities who will join the largest TV industry gathering in Cannes and grace the red carpet at MIPCOM’s Opening Night Party. Holding a MIPCOM World Premiere Television Screening of its new thriller TV series Missing in the Palais des Festivals’ Grand Auditorium, ABC Studios is bringing stellar cast members of the show to Cannes.

American film and television star Ashley Judd portrays Becca Winstone, a mother and former CIA agent struggling across Europe to rescue her kidnapped son. Ashley Judd is known internationally for her numerous leading roles in major Hollywood productions including Heat (co-starring Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and Val Kilmer), A Time To Kill (Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock), High Crimes (Morgan Freeman), Crossing Over (Harrison Ford), Double Jeopardy (Tommy Lee Jones), De-Lovely (Kevin Kline) and Bug (directed by William Friedkin).

New Zealand’s Cliff Curtis gained his fame in Hollywood while portraying characters of many ethnic origins in blockbusters like Live Free Or Die Hard (with Bruce Willis), Training Day (Denzel Washington), Three Kings (George Clooney), The Insider (Al Pacino and Russel Crowe) and Bringing Out The Dead (Nicolas Cage, directed by Martin Scorsese).

The son of Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini and Italian director Livia Giampalmo, Adriano Giannini co-starred with Madonna in the 2002 Swept Away, directed by Guy Ritchie. Giannini became a huge name in Italy with The Consequences Of Love, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, and appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Twelve.

Creator and executive producer of Missing, Gregory Poirier, previously wrote the screenplay of the John Singleton film Rosewood in 1997, for which he won the Writers Guild of America’s Paul Selvin Award. Poirier also gained professional recognition in writing National Treasure: Book of Secrets (starring Nicolas Cage), Gossip (Kate Hudson), A Sound Of Thunder (Ben Kingsley), The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride and in writing and directing the spirited and energetic comedy Tomcats (2001).

Missing executive producers Gina Matthews (What Women Want, 13 Going On Thirty) and Grant Scharbo (The Gates) are joining the ABC Studios entourage in Cannes along with MIPCOM 2011 Personality of the Year Anne Sweeney, Disney/ABC Television Group President and Disney Media Networks Co-chair.

Dutch director of major blockbusters Robocop, Basic Instinct, Total Recall and Starship Troopers, Paul Verhoeven is flying to MIPCOM to promote FCCE’s Hollywood-style format and cross-media event called The Entertainment Experience, the world’s first multi-platform format based on a user-generated movie. All aspects of movie making, including acting and filming are produced by new talent – anybody can sign up – guided by an established director who will also make the final cut of the movie. FCCE is in talks with several major international directors for a worldwide rollout of The Entertainment Experience.

Eddie Izzard (The Riches, Ocean’s 12, Ocean’s 13, Valkyrie) is sailing into MIPCOM topromote his appearance as piratical villain Long John Silver in RHI Entertainment’s new two-part movie adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Eddie will be accompanied by Treasure Island’s director Steve Barron (Merlin, Arabian Nights). The classic tome, which has been given an edgier tone to appeal to the modern viewer, also stars Elijah Wood (The Lord Of The Rings) and Donald Sutherland (Pride & Prejudice). The adrenaline-charged adventure was filmed earlier this year in Puerto Rico and Ireland and is due to premiere on Syfy in the US and Sky in the UK.

Entertainment One and Endemol are bringing the eagerly-awaited new western show Hell On Wheels to MIPCOM, along with cast members Anson Mount (City By The Sea, In Her Shoes, Last Night), Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist and actor Common (Terminator Salvation, American Gangster, Date Night, Wanted), Dominique McElligott (Moon, The Philanthropist, Blackthorn) and Colm Meaney (Dick Tracy, Die Hard 2, The Commitments, Con Air). Hell On Wheels will debut in November on AMC in the US.

Endemol is jetting to MIPCOM with two other shows. Fran Drescher (The Nanny), writer, producer and star of hit sitcom Happily Divorced will appear alongside co-writer and Executive Producer Peter Marc Jacobson. Renewed for a second season on TV Land, the show is inspired by the real life story of Fran Drescher and her ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson. After 18 years of marriage, Fran (Drescher) is shocked to discover that her husband Peter (John Michael Higgins) is gay. The LA-based florist must deal with this bombshell and learn to juggle her new relationships and her ex-husband, who remains in the same house post-divorce. Emmy Award-winning actress Kristen Johnston (Third Rock From The Sun, ER, Ugly Betty, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) leads the cast of brand new TV Land sitcom The Exes, focusing on the lives of three men whose landlord also happens to be their female divorce attorney and avoids her own relationship and commitment issues by becoming immersed in the men’s affairs.

A man of many talents, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band’s guitar player and singer Stevie van Zandt is also an acclaimed radio show producer (Little Steven’s Underground Garage) and a versatile film songwriter (Something Wild, Home Alone 2, Nine Months, Love Actually, Running Scared). In 1999, Van Zandt became a popular TV series face when portraying mob consigliere Silvio Dante in the hit show The Sopranos. At MIPCOM this year, Stevie van Zandt is promoting his new ‘dramedy’ mafia series Lilyhammer, the story of a reformed criminal who testified against his mafia boss in New York and entered the Witness Protection Programme in the Norwegian countryside. The show is produced by Rubicon and distributed by SevenOne International.

After the recent success of his 3D hit feature length documentary Cave Of Forgotten Dreams, legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog (Aguirre The Wrath Of God, Nosferatu The Vampire, Woyzeck, Fitzcarraldo, Cobra Verde, Invincible, Rescue Dawn, Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call-New Orleans) will attend MIPCOM to present his documentary film on the fate of American convicts on death row Into The Abyss – A Tale Of Death, A Tale Of Life, presented by ZDF Enterprises.

Distributed by BBC Worldwide, Death In Paradise is a fish-out-of-water story about a quintessential English cop posted to the Caribbean island of Sainte-Marie. British comedian, actor and director Ben Miller (Nadia, Johnny English, Primeval, The Armstrong & Miller Show) and French actress Sara Martins (Paris I Love You, Tell No One, Summer Hours, Little White Lies) will be accompanied at MIPCOM by executive producer Anthony Jordan of Red Planet Pictures. Death In Paradise is the first drama partnership between the BBC and France Télévisions.

One of America’s leading stand-up comics and American Comedy Award winner Margaret Cho (Face Off, Sex And The City, 30 Rock, The Cho Show, Drop Dead Diva, Dancing With The Stars) will electrify the red carpet and the MIPCOM Opening Night Party, promoting her new concert film release Cho Dependent, that is represented internationally by Beyond Distribution.

French star photographer, filmmaker and Goodplanet Foundation President Yann Arthus-Bertrand (Home, La Terre Vue du Ciel), President of French production companies Robin & Co and Calt Productions Jean-Yves Robin (Caméra Café, Kaamelot) and Managing Director of Robin & Co Nicolas Coppermann (Café De Flore) are attending MIPCOM to present their new film and television production joint venture Hope Production, dedicated to addressing international environmental questions.

By Bryan Kluger

Former husky model, real-life Comic Book Guy, genre-bending screenwriter, nude filmmaker, hairy podcaster, pro-wrestling idiot-savant, who has a penchant for solving Rubik's Cubes and rolling candy cigarettes on unreleased bootlegs of Frank Zappa records.

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