Mipcom 2013 : Check out some of the films currently being promoted


Some of the films and series currently being promoted/sold/on-offer/ ridiculed at this week’s Mipcom – a huge market for film buyers and sellers – in France.
There’s some good ones amongst the lot. See if you can spot them.

Animal Crackers
Starring John Leguizamo, Will Forte.
In the vein of Ocean’s Eleven – No Mission is Impossible! High concept 3D family action adventure film from the talent behind the box office sensation Shrek, Valiant and Space Chimps to name but a few.
After “Nut House Nuts Inc.” harvest the forest for their own commercial gain, recently escaped con-squirrel ‘Frankie’ must perform the heist of the century – breaking into the high-security packaging plant and salvaging all the nuts.
With the aid of his trusty right-hand porcupine ‘Cody’, and an elite team of forest dwellers, ‘Frankie’ must pull-off one last job, to save the forest animals from hunger and maybe get back the girl of his dreams…
From legendary producer John H. Williams of Vanguard Films. John has produced some of the most successful animated films of all time including our favourite ogre Shrek. Dan Krech has over twenty years experience of working in animation in Canada (Veggie Tales, Dinosaur Revolution for Discovery, Fish ‘n Chips) and in 2012 established a new animation studio, “Buffalo Media” with Phyllis Laing and Ken Zorniak.

A Men’s Dream
Starring Gerard Depardieu, Sam Neill, Tim Roth, Jemima West
Paris,1904. Despite English discord, a group of passionate young European mavericks decide to join forces under one project: The creation of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). And thus is born one of the greatest events of sports history.
From Jules Rimet, Joao Havelange and Sepp Blatter, the epic story of the World Cup follows three exceptional men through wars, time of crises and all the great turning points of the XX century.
Thanks to their vision and dream, football has become a worldwide sport, an international language that expresses hope, passion, and emotion…

Black Sails (TV)
Starring Toby Stephens
This pirate adventure centres on the tales of Captain Flint and his men, and takes place 20 years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island. Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) stars as Flint, the most brilliant and feared pirate captain of his day, who takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew by the name John Silver. Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined both by its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.

Starring Vinessa Shaw, Rob Kazinsky
A woman is cursed with a scent that makes her every man’s desire, but when she finally falls in love, this unique man has his own secrets.

Drive Hard
Starring Thomas Jane, John Cusack
American thief, Simon Keller (Cusack), arrives in a foreign country in need of a getaway driver. Rather than recruit one from the underworld, he takes a driving lesson from ex F-1 champion, Peter Roberts (Jane), now working as a driving instructor. After Keller robs a bank during the lesson, Roberts has no choice, but to use his driving talent to get away from pursuing police and mobsters.

American Beach house
Mischa Barton, Lorenzo Lamas
Six lucky strangers, three handsome young guys and three sexy young women from all over America, win a random contest — an all expenses paid trip to an amazing beach house in glamorous Malibu, California — only to discover that they have to share it with each other! They’ll have the run of the luxurious home as well as their own private beach, supervised by Joe (Lorenzo Lamas), the lifeguard and relationship counselor. The catch is, according to Miss Maureen (Mischa Barton), the house mother, if anyone leaves early, then they all have to leave. This hot young crew will spend their week enjoying some fun in the sun, playing gags on each other, and throwing a wild beach party. But the friendships and romances they have built over the week are put to the test when some unexpected news threatens to end the sun-filled adventure for all of them.

Absolute Killer
Edward Furlong, Meatloaf
To take down his fathers killer, Johnny would have to take on his family, leave the only life he’s known and become the enemy. Loyalty can be deadly.

5 Minutes to Live
John Cusack, Julia Stiles, Jason Isaacs
“Speed” director Jan de Bont attached to direct. Two men rob a bank in tandem – one holding the bank manger’s wife hostage, the other telling the bank manager his wife will be killed in five minutes unless he transfers ten million to an account of their choosing.

Bikini Model Academy
Gary Busey, Morgan Fairchild
T. J. and Benji, two California twenty-something, best buddies, lose their girlfriends, they start a home grown Bikini modeling academy, to make money and meet new girls, in this wacky comedy from New Films Cinema. With a little help from T.J.’s Uncle Seymour, (Gary Busey) the guys begin recruiting pretty girls, until their old grade school enemy, Grub Snout, who owns his own modeling school, tries to shut them down. International Celebrity, Morgan Fairchild, plays the Celebrity Guest Judge, at a hot and funny Bikini Pose-Off competition between the two schools. May the hottest team win!

Black Watch
Mark Dacascos, Peter Stormare
A disgraced élite and decorated SAS officer is recruited into an underground fighting ritual known as Divine Battlefield.

From Dusk Till Dawn (TV)
Starring Danny Trejo
Series based on the popular movie trilogy. Robert Rodriguez to write, direct and produce.

Last Man Out
Pierce Brosnan
A former IRA hit-man is released from Prison after serving 20 years for murder. Once out, he is haunted by the ghosts of his past victims who won’t leave him in peace until he takes revenge on their behalf