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
Some larger size movie stills from You and I have been added.
In other news, You and I grossed an additional $197,136 in its second week (an approx. 52% drop from the week earlier) at the Russian box office. This gives the movie an accumulative total of $775,087 over two weeks. The movie dropped from #7 to #11 with the average gross per screen dropping from $827 to $397.
Despite its world premiere launch in Moscow, You and I failed to garner any significant attention at the Russian box office over its opening weekend. The film came in 7th position accumulating an opening gross of $411,263 or an average of just $827 per screen.
This wouldn’t be so bad if the movie was made on a smaller budget, but reports for the production costs of the film vary from $12 million all the way up to $20 million. It seems the film will need to rely on international sales to pick-up some steam and hopefully its second outing in Russia won’t see significant drops.
You and I stars Mischa Barton in the role of Lana Starkova opposite Shantel VanSanten and Anton Yelchin. The film was directed by Roland Joffe with appearances by Russian girl-group t.A.T.u.
As an aside, Russian media is reporting that You and I has found a US distributior and that the film should be launched by mid-Spring. It’s unclear if they are planning a theatrical release or a straight-to-DVD roll out.
Box office numbers courtesy Kinometro.
Here is a short video of Mischa introducing You and I to the Russian audience in attendance:
Here is another new Russian trailer for Mischa’s upcoming film “You and I.” Due to open in Russia early February. Thanks to max654 for the tip!