Dan Gross: Filmmaker wants shuttered Bucks school for flick
FILMMAKER Eric Moyer is outraged that the Souderton Area School District rejected his request to shoot his film “School Spirits” in the closed former home of Souderton High School, from which Moyer graduated in 1991.
The movie, which deals with ghosts in a shuttered high school, stars Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”); Christopher McDonald, whose credits include “Dirty Work” and “Happy Gilmore”; and Robert Romanus, remembered by a generation as Mike Damone in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”
Romanus starred in Moyer’s comedy “A Halfway House Christmas.”
Moyer offered to pay the district, use Souderton High kids as production assistants and have full liability insurance releasing the district from any responsibility should anyone be injured during the shoot. He also said the film contained no profanity, sex or nudity (which might upset some of Barton’s fans).
Souderton Superintendent Frederick Johnson denied Moyer’s request, telling him that having nonschool individuals in the building is “just too much of a risk for the district.”
Moyer says he was never granted the opportunity to pitch the school board and the community, which has long been upset that the abandoned high school sits there unused.
“We are in negotiations to sell the building. We don’t want any possible liability,” Superindendent Johnson told us yesterday.
He confirmed that the building has been broken into and vandalized a few times since it closed two years ago. The school, by the way, also counts former Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer (no relation) among its grads.
Moyer is hoping he can still convince the district to permit the shoot, and is asking any area residents who support his efforts to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Philadelphia Daily News
OTTAWA — From The OC to O-Town, actress Mischa Barton has seen much in her young Hollywood career.
The 25-year-old, British-born actress, who starred for three seasons in the hit TV series The OC, is in town this week to film Offline, a made-for-TV-movie. She plays a woman whose parents are murdered by a serial killer. She goes into seclusion, then reappears 13 years later as an accomplished painter, only to be discovered once again by the stalker.
The film co-stars Canadian actors Ron Lea, Daniel Levy (Eugene Levy’s son) and Marco Grazzini. The film, made for Lifetime Channel in the U.S., is produced by Neil Bregman of Sound Venture and directed by Curtis Crawford. The low-budget thriller will shoot for three weeks at various locations around town. It is expected to be released on the Lifetime Network next year.
Barton was to arrive in town Monday evening and begin filming June 15, said Bregman. He said getting Barton for the movie was a real coup.
“We wanted to put someone with cachet in the movie and Mischa was interested in the role and wanted to do it. She has real cachet,” said Bregman, who has made several TV movies for Lifetime.
Bregman said he wasn’t worried that Barton’s past troubles with the law will affect her entry into Canada. In December 2007, Barton was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and driving without a valid driver’s licence. In July 2009, she was removed from her Los Angeles home by police and placed in involuntary psychiatric hold in what police described as a “medical issue.”
“We have her immigration papers, everything is approved and we’re in constant communication with her,” said Bregman. “I’m not worried, but I will feel better when I see her here and understand her a little better and see how she is. So far she’s been delightful and interested and has ideas and thoughts about the role and is motivated.”
Barton’s last TV series, Beautiful Life, was cancelled after only two episodes in 2009. She has appeared in many television commercials and print advertising campaigns, including modelling for Calvin Klein, Bebe stores, Aeropostale and Neutrogena skin care products. She was among the Hollywood stars at AMFar’s Cinema Against AIDS gala at the recent Cannes Film Festival and was among celebrities in London last month at a party following the Champions League soccer game between Barcelona and Manchester United.
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Larissa Mair Casting & Associates have put up a news bulletin listing the casting announcement for Mischa’s latest project titled Offline.
We have recently finished casting the film “Offline”, and what a cast it is! Starring Mischa Barton, Ron Lea, Dan Levy, Marco Grazzini, Nathalie Brown, it is to begin shooting this month.
This seems to be a Canadian production and although I don’t have specific details, I don’t get the impression this is intended for theatrical release. But we’ll wait and see.
Additionally, I’m about to post a news article claiming that Mischa will be attending the Shanghai Film Festival around the same time that Offline is rumoured to be shooting. So I’m unsure of how the scheduling will work for both commitments.
I also wanted to quickly give an update on Apartment 1303 3D. As we know, the film was supposed to be shot in April but the production date has since been moved to early-fall to accommodate cast availability. Work on special effects has already begun with a new start date to be announced, hopefully, within a few weeks. Big thanks to the MCI company for the info!
Screen captures of Mischa from the Don’t Fade Away DVD have been uploaded. Obviously, the caps contain spoilers so stay away if you intend on watching the movie in the near future. Mischa shares most of her scenes with Ryan Kwanten, and if you’ve seen the movie, I’m sure you’d agree that they had a really great on-screen chemistry.
The Don’t Fade Away DVD was released in Australia on April 6th, 2011 and is rumoured to be released in the US this Summer.
Humanistic Films has announced a summer 2011 start date for the high school movie The Science of Cool. Steve Guttenberg, Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), and Eden Sher (The Middle) have joined the cast, which includes The O.C. co-stars Mischa Barton and Willa Holland, Drew Van Acker (Tower Prep), Guy Kent (The Day the Music Died), Matt Dallas (Kyle XY), and Rumer Willis (Sorority Row). The plot centers on “two high school nerds who discover a secret chemical formula when a science experiment goes terribly wrong that transforms them into the coolest kids in school; but with greatness comes great consequences.”
The film has been in development for a few years now — Eric and Patricia Goren first wrote the script in 2008. At one point Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) and Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights) were attached, but sadly both dropped out due to prior commitments. William Zabka is on board to direct.
Very interesting cast list as Mischa has existing connections with many of these people. Most notably, Mischa starred with Willa Holland in The OC. She also appeared with Matt Dallas in the music video for James Blunt’s Goodbye My Lover. Additionally, Mischa is due to star with Kiowa Gordon in “Into the Darkness” which is also supposed to shoot Summer 2011. And even though they haven’t worked together on screen, I’m sure Mischa is familiar with Rumer Willis due to her connections with Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.
One of the companies (MonteCristo International) associated with Mischa’s upcoming horror movie Apartment 1303 3D have announced a production start date on their website.
APARTMENT 1303 3D to begin shooting in Montreal in April 2011
The US remake of Kei Oishi’s Japanese horror of the same title. A love/hate relationship between a mother and daughter turns into a tale of horror when she moves out and into her first apartment. Some rentals are too good to be true!
Hollywood stars Martin Sheen and Mischa Barton’s upcoming film, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, based on the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, has come under severe attack from NGOs and campaigners for several reasons.
Sheen plays Warren Anderson, the then chief executive of Union Carbide, while Barton plays Eva Gascon, a journalist of the magazine, Paris Match. Although the film has been kept under wraps, reports suggest it ends with an imagined present-day meeting between an unrepentant Anderson and a remorseful Gascon at the former’s country club in the US.
Director Ravi Kumar was unavailable for a comment. However, Rachna Dhingra of the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal says the movie “shows the US-based Union Carbide Corporation management as pure saints”. She adds that they have been in constant touch with Sheen. “Initially, Kumar was in touch but once we started raising objections, he vanished. Sheen has expressed solidarity with us over the issue.”
“Kumar’s film shows Union Carbide’s Indian subsidiary Union Carbide India Limited was responsible for the tragedy while Anderson goes scot-free. Several respected people such as senior journalist Raj Kumar Keswani are depicted in an objectionable manner,” says Dhingra, adding they want the makers to re-shoot a small portion. “They haven’t responded yet. If our concerns aren’t dealt with, we won’t let the film open.”
Satinath Sarangi, managing trustee of Bhopal-based Sambhavna Clinic, which has been helping the victims over the years, says, “Ravi Kumar was constantly in touch with us initially but he suddenly stopped communicating. We are going to shoot off letters to all cast members including Barton and Sheen, who will pay heed to our objections because he has been involved with several causes around the world.” Actor Tannishtha Chatterjee, who plays Leela in the film, says, “I am an Indian so I will never be part of any film that’s insensitive to such a subject.”
The film is likely to release later this year.
The DVD for Don’t Fade Away co-starring Ryan Kwanten, Beau Bridges and Ja Rule has been announced in Australia for an April 6th, 2011 release. This is the first English-speaking territory where the DVD has been announced so hopefully the US and the UK will follow soon.
Life was easy for Jackson White (Ryan Kwanten). With looks, brains, and athletic ability, the possibilities seem endless. But when he came to New York City to pursue a career in the music industry, he was so seduced by money and status that he lost track of who he was. Now, with both his personal and professional lives heading towards the brink of disaster, he retreats home to care for his dying father (Beau Bridges). While in North Carolina, he’ll have to confront the friends he lost track of and the girl he left behind (Mischa Barton). Source: EzyDVD