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Russian Trailer for Assassination of a High School President

Here is the Russian trailer for Mischa’s upcoming “Assassination of a High School President” co-starring Bruce Willis and Reece Thompson. Thanks to Michele from Luke Grimes Net.

Homecoming Release Date

Looks like the release date for Mischa’s upcoming psychological thriller Homecoming co-starring 90210’s Jessica Stroup will receive a limited thetrical run from July 17th in New York and L.A. Hopefully the official site, which will be launched soon, will give us some more specific details. Thanks to David for the tip.

Psycho thrillers HOMECOMING and …SERIAL KILLER coming for summer

Fango got word about a pair of independent features spotlighting different kinds of crazy heading for big screens in the coming months. One, Morgan J. Freeman’s HOMECOMING, is played straight, while Luke Ricci’s HOW TO BE A SERIAL KILLER is pitched as a gruesome satire.

In HOMECOMING, Freeman (no relation to the similarly named actor) returns to the bad-girl territory he previously explored in AMERICAN PSYCHO II: ALL AMERICAN GIRL. Mischa Barton stars as Shelby, a small-town girl and former homecoming queen who’s just a tad upset when her former beau Mike (Matt Long) comes home from college for Christmas break with his new girlfriend Elizabeth (THE HILLS HAVE EYES II’s Jessica Stroup). Shelby wants Mike back for herself, and embarks on a campaign of terror to get Elizabeth out of the picture. Paper Street Films opens HOMECOMING in New York and LA on July 17, and expands the release in the subsequent weeks. A website will be open soon here.

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A Magazine | Passing Ships

Mischa’s spread in the May 14 issue of A Magazine in Italy has been uploaded.  And thanks to an unnamed visitor in the comments section, Mischa is apparently linked to star in a movie called “Passing Ships”. Haven’t heard anything on this before, but here is the source link. Hopefully more info will come about soon.

Big thanks to our friend Michele from Luke Grimes Net for sending in the shots.

Mischa Behind the Scenes on Bhopal

A few behind the scenes production stills from Mischa’s upcoming film titled Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain have been added. This is the movie she filmed in India that is inspired by true events associated with the 1984 industrial disaster in India. A pesticide plant released 42 tonnes of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas, exposing at least 520,000 people to toxic gases. The Bhopal disaster is frequently cited as the world’s worst industrial disaster. The movie also co-stars Martin Sheen and House’s Kal Penn. Thanks to Maz for the photos.


Writer talks Science of Cool

A couple of weeks ago we reported on a new film that Mischa Barton’s set to star in titled “The Science of Cool”. In the film, two teenagers, the biggest science geeks in school, come upon a formula which can transform nerds into studs.

The writer of the film, Eric Goren, dropped us a line offering to answer any questions we may have considering the project.

According to Goren, Barton is playing “one of the female leads, Jane, who is a girl who is teased and picked on for being “too plain”, Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights) who will playing the role of the nerdy Neil Tobbler, who is the leading male character who “by accident” discovers a formula in science class which transforms geeks into studs.”

The scribe also says Masiela Luscha (”The George Lopez Show”), Kiely Williams (”The Cheetah Girls”), and Jessie Cave (”Harry Potter” series), among others, are also in talks.

”We are also in talks with a number of very popular actors and actresses from TV shows such as Gossip Girl and 90210, and many A list actors from the big screen that everyone in the world will recognize. Tamara Tunie, our director, will be possibly acting in The Science of Cool too.”

Eric Goren and Patricia Goren penned this project and Carlucci Weyant and Eric Goren from Double Helix Entertainment producing the picture. A Summer ’09 startdate is planned.

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Walled In Giveaway: Win 1 of 5 Copies

Want a free copy of Walled In? The promotional company behind the movie is giving away 5 free copies of the movie. Head on over to this website to enter. Best of luck!

I’ve also uploaded concept art from the movie so you can see how the sets come alive from the drawing board.

And remember, Walled In is officially released on DVD March 17th. Head on over to Amazon or another retailer to purchase your copy. Here is another clip from the movie.

Mischa Barton’s ‘High School President’ May Graduate To DVD

At the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Yari Film Group premiered Brett Simon’s Assassination of a High School President, a film noir mystery set inside the world of a John Hughes-style High School comedy. It quickly emerged as one of the underdogs on the schedule to become one of the most buzzed about films at the festival. Unfortunately, Yari Film Group was forced into involuntary bankruptcy, and the film has been sitting on the shelf ever since. This has presented a very serious problem for theatrical distribution, and because of the legalities of bankruptcy court, the timing of this economic downturn and a whole slew of other worst-case-scenarios, Assassination is on the verge of losing its opportunity to have the theatrical run it deserves.

There might still be hope. Studios are still deciding whether or not they want to take a financial risk by buying the theatrical rights, spending cash on P&A and distributing the movie theatrically. Sony has the home video distribution rights, and from a business standpoint, they think it makes more sense to send the film direct to dvd. But I, like many others, think that Assassination of a High School President deserves to be seen on the big screen. What can you do? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, become a fan of the film on Facebook, and spread the word. Distributors like Sony Pictures Classics, Samuel Goldwyn, Fox Searchlight, etc need to see that there’s an audience out there waiting for an opportunity to see this film.

Why should you care about this movie? Here is what some other people have said about the film

  • Ken Evans called it “a film that I fell in love with within the first 15 minutes” and “I would have walked right back into the theater to see again if I could have.”
  • Mel Valentin called it “wholly satisfying, enthralling high school-noir every bit the equal of Brick.”
  • MTV said “the film is stuffed with so many rapid-fire laughs that you’ll need to watch it multiple times — especially so you can memorize all the super-quotable lines.”
  • Film School Rejects said it one of those films that makes you “want to run to the top of a mountain and shout its praises”, calling it “smart, sexy and rich with supporting characters that are at some points as interesting as those who get the spotlight.”
  • ComingSoon called it “a funnier and more biting look at high school than any we’ve seen in some time”.
  • UGO calls it “nothing short of brilliant, a hilarious noir-comedy mixture in which each character is more colorful than the last.”
  • FirstShowing says “The comedy never stops, the story is full of twists that keep you on the edge of your seat, and overall this is one of the best balances of mystery and comedy that I’ve seen in ages” and calls it “a great movie that deserves endless appreciation.”
  • Aint It Cool News says “it’s witty characters and style make it the kind of film you’d want to visit a few times over just to hang out with it a little more.”

Many people have drawn comparisons between this film and Rian Johnson’s indie masterpiece Brick, and it would be hard not to. As I wrote in my original Sundance review “Assassination is not a copy of Brick, in fact, it was written before Brick. Imagine if John Hughes had made Chinatown set in a High School. So where Brick was a hardcore film noir story set in the world of high school students, Assassination is a high school movie with a noir mystery storyline.” I always thought of it as a more accessible, more marketable film…

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