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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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Walled In: On DVD March 17th

With the DVD release only 7 days away, more promotional material for Mischa’s psychological thriller Walled In continues to trickle in. 35 promotional stills have been uploaded to the site. The DVD is available for pre-order through Amazon for just $14.99.

Also check out the new and improved finalized trailer for the movie below:

Walled In Preview Clip #1

In the lead up to the upcoming DVD release of Mischa’s psychological thriller “Walled In”, I thought I’d post a few scenes from the movie. Please make sure to support the film by purchasing the DVD when its released on March 17th in the US. This is the first clip for now with a couple more coming the closer we get to release.

You can also check out the trailer for the movie here.

MISCHA’S NEW MOVIE: The Science of Cool

Looks Mischa has signed on to star in a new comedy called The Science of Cool. IMDB is reporting that Mischa’s character will be named Jane and the official MySpace for the film and the production company are also reporting Mischa as the latest addition to the cast. For all the Friday Night Lights fans, also starring in the film is Jeremy Sumpter (who played J.D. McCoy).

The Science of Cool

Neil Tobbler and his best friend Gilbert Stevens are the biggest geeks in their school who love science class, get good grades, are socially inept, and just can’t seem to get a break from anyone they meet in their lives, until they stumble upon a formula which can transform nerds into studs. Life changes instantly before their eyes, or does it?

There is a formula for being cool!

This is another independent film with a tiny budget of around $6 million (also according to IMDB). And from the MySpace is this take on the film: The Science of Cool promises to be a hilarious, modern take on some of the most classic 1980’s teen films such as Weird Science, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Sixteen Candles.

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain – Photos

Thanks to the awesome Marie who is an absolute gun at tracking down photos, a couple of stills and a candid shot from the set of Mischa’s upcoming Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain have been added. Looks like an interesting role for Mischa!

Don’t Fade Away Trailer

The trailer for Mischa’s upcoming independent drama “Don’t Fade Away” has surfaced online thanks to New Films International. I’m extremely happy to see Mischa in a drama like this.

Life was easy for Jackson White. With looks, brains, and athletic ability,the world’s possibilities seemed limitless. 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 on the edge of ruin, he’s been called home to care for his dying father. While in North Carolina, he’ll have to confront the friends he lost track of and the girl he never met. Film stars Mischa Barton, Ryan Kwanten, Beau Bridges and Ja Rule.

Don’t Fade Away Poster

Here is a first look at the poster for Mischa’s upcoming independent drama “Don’t Fade Away”. As you can tell by the poster, the film also stars True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten and veteran actor Beau Bridges.

Walled In DVD

DVD Active has uploaded a larger cover art for Mischa’s upcoming horror film “Walled In”. They have also mentioned that there will be a behind-the-scenes featuretee on the DVD with an expected street date of April 17th, 2009. This date actually contradicts the Amazon.com street of March 17th, 2009. I also checked the website of the film’s distributor and they have the March 17th date listed. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment has announced Walled In which stars Mischa Barton, Cameron Bright, and Deborah Kara Unger. The new horror will be available to own from the 17th April. The film itself will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, along with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround track. The only extra material will be a making of featurette.

In 1993, sixteen bodies were found entombed within the Malestrazza Building, a mysterious apartment complex built by one of the world’s most renowned, yet eccentric, architects. The killer was never caught. Fifteen years later, newly graduated structural engineer Sam Walczak (Mischa Barton of THE O.C.) arrives to prepare the site for demolition. But this massive concrete crypt is not entirely empty: Its halls are lined with secrets. Its rooms are filled with fear. And behind its walls, the ultimate horror has lay waiting…until now. Cameron Bright (X-MEN: THE LAST STAND), Deborah Kara Unger (SILENT HILL) and Noam Jenkins (SAW IV) co-star in this saga of terror, torment and shocking twists based on the best-selling horror novel.

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