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The official website for Mischa’s upcoming drama Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain has gone live. Click here to visit. Corresponding Facebook and Twitter pages have also been started.

Bhopal: A Prayer fo Rain

Release dates are still being finalized with distributors but hopefully some solid news will be out soon. In the meantime, check out the trailer.

Dilip, a rickshaw driver in Bhopal, India, lands himself a job at the Union Carbide plant. It is a chance to prove his worth to his family and pull them out of poverty. The job is tough with long hours; everyone is desperate to hold on to their pay cheque and so Dilip keeps quiet when he notices managers at the plant ignoring safety standards.

Dilip’s long time friend, Motwani, a tabloid journalist knows that Bhopal residents complain of the constant stench in the air and wake up at night choking from the gas. He is on a mission to expose what he believes is a deadly time bomb ticking away in his home town. He feels as if no one will listen but when he meets feisty American journalist, Eva, he sees a ray of hope and persuades her to confront Carbide executive Warren Anderson.

As Eva and Motwani endeavour to delve deeper into Carbide’s activities, Dilip is using every resource necessary to pay and plan for his sister’s wedding. When the wedding night arrives the family are full of joy and celebration as two families

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Nearly thirty years later as the plant stands as a ghost-like constant reminder, the water in Bhopal is still contaminated and one person a day dies as a direct result of the tragedy, Eva visits the now retired Anderson. Will he finally bow down and apologise? Or will he continue to deny that Carbide had any part to play…?

Mischa Barton Talks about her Horror Movie “The Resurrection”

 

The husky voiced actress spoke by phone about her newest project, in which she also serves as an associate producer, working with her lovable late co-star Michael Clarke Duncan, in what turned out to be his final film role and what’s ahead.

Are you drawn to the horror genre?

Not really. This one was the reason that I watched horror movies to begin with. The first film I was in that would be called a scary movie was The Sixth Sense, and then it was on to other types of films, except for maybe (2009’s suspense horror) Homecoming. This is for me, the first one that prompted me to watch the classics. It got me watching Rosemary’s Baby and The Amityville Horror, the ‘70s one. I like those a lot. It’s what influenced me to want to do a piece like this.

You’re an associate producer on this. What did that responsibility entail for you?

It was very much like a family project. It was like everybody wanted to be really involved. (Co-stars) Michael Clarke Duncan and Devon Sawa got on board and we found J. Michael (Trautmann). I think he’s fantastic and awesome. It was about finding the right creepy boy. He was the right boy with the right look to play this character that will keep you guessing. It was a couple of years ago that we shot this, so I’m happy that it’s coming out now. We shot it in 20 days. It wasn’t a huge budget. I think that’s probably better, especially in this genre. A lot of people spend a lot of money on CGI, and making things scary and it doesn’t always work. For this one, it was a straightforward script about a disturbed boy, and I think it turned out quite well considering (the budget) we had to work with.

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Movie News: Gutsy Frog & Dirty Money

Wondering what happened to Mischa Barton? She’s currently working with a Jonas brother.

The 27-year-old British-Irish actress rose to fame playing Marissa Cooper on the teen drama series “The O.C.” After the show ended in 2007 after four seasons, the actress went on to star in the short-lived show “The Beautiful Life,” which depicted the life of fashion models and was produced by Ashton Kutcher.

She then dropped off the TV radar for a bit, appearing mostly in indie films. She also launched a fashion line in her native London and starred in Oasis musician Noel Gallagher’s 2012 music video, “Everybody’s On the Run.”

OTRC.com caught up with Barton at the 2013 BritWeek Los Angeles event on Tuesday, April 23. She talked about her acting career and said she is currently working on three new projects, including a “half-animated piece” called “Gutsy Frog” with 12-year-old Frankie Jonas, the Jonas Brothers’ youngest sibling. He appeared with his three brothers in the Disney Channel show “Jonas L.A..”

“He’s really sweet as the lead boy,” Barton said about her co-star.

“Gutsy Frog” is a half live-action, half-animated pilot that is a remake of a Japanese cartoon. Actress Julie Brown said on her official Facebook fan page that it depicts “a kid with a frog stuck on his tee shirt and he can’t get it off.” She said she is playing Frankie’s teacher and Barton is portraying his mother.

Barton told OTRC.com that she is also currently working on a British movie called “For Hire,” which focuses on a father and hitman, as well as “Dirty Money,” which she said is “like a heist film.”

Barton wore a frilly, cream-colored maxi dress with a black ribbon to the BritWeek event and also sported a large ring on her ring finger on her right hand. She also wore it at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the weekend and sparked engagement rumors — that she later denied — after paparazzi photos of her were posted on websites such as PerezHilton. She attended the event with boyfriend Sebastian Knapp, who is also British.

Source: On the Red Carpet

Mischa Barton to Topline Indie ‘Fast Life’

Mischa Barton has signed on to star in indie drama “Fast Life,”  directed and written by music video helmer Rock Jacobs.

Jessie Rusu (“96 Minutes”) and Artist Int. are producing. Shooting is expected to start in the summer in Los Angeles

“Fast Life” is centered around an ad exec who falls in with an unsavory fast money crowd, only to be drawn to its antithesis when introduced to an unimpressed young woman, portrayed by Barton.

“Fast Life” will be Jacobs’ feature directorial debut. He has directed music videos for Vanessa Hudgens and Miranda Cosgrove.

Barton, best known for the “O.C.,” has starred recently in supernatural thrillers “Into the Dark,” which was shopped at Cannes last year, and “A Resurrection,” opposite the late Michael Clarke Duncan in one of his final roles.

Source: Variety

This project sounds very exciting! Hopefully the rest of the casting is good.

Mischa to star in Kickback?

It’s been a weird few months with the amount of movies Mischa is attached to, and then not attached to, and then attached to again. The latest title is a UK production on a movie called “Kickback” that was due to begin shooting in April, but the production date just shifted to July/August. The cast list is a little confusing as the promotional banner for the movie lists Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert Carlyle and Gerard Depardieu among others, while the written cast list on the website has an entirely different set of actors. It’s possible the above names were simply offered the project and are not confirmed, whereas, Mischa’s name is listed both on the promotional banner and on the written cast list which implies that more solid negotiations occurred. Since the start date recently shifted by a few months, that could also alter Mischa’s availability, so again, take everything with a grain of salt…

Here is the synopsis:

Inspired by true events. Some aspects have been fictionalised for dramatic purposes.

Anna is a reporter investigating the atrocities and injustices of  War, She is an independent woman who does her job with determination and commitment. She lived each day as if there were not enough minutes in the day for what she needed to do in her life. A woman who has lived, but now unsure for how much longer.

Working in both camps she uncovers underhand deals and various plots of espionage and counterespionage.  Her enemies think they are using her until she becomes a threat for both sides and somebody has her assassinated.

A Moscow detective, Ivanov, risks his life more than once, to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death. As Ivanov retraces Anna’s steps, from Moscow, London to Bogota and Qatar, he learns about her kind,  loving nature yet  determination to reveal the  truth about the war in her articles and yet she had secrets of her own. The  trail leads him  into a dangerous web of conspiracy and espionage involving: chemical warfare, an overdue library book,  a secret affair, an undetectable gun, a missing daughter, co-ordinated  terrorists attacks and the assassination of the  President.

And you can visit the website for more details.

Entertainment Weekly Interview

In Mischa Barton’s new film, the girl who was once killed off the hit teen soap The OC in a tragic car accident is now the one trying to solve the murder of a high schooler who was killed by — you guessed it — a car accident. A Resurrection stars Barton as a high-school guidance counselor who is forced to deal with a bullying situation that quickly turns into a murder investigation when a student is run-over by a car allegedly driven by a group of mean cool kids. Eli, the victim’s brother (J. Michael Trautmann), takes his dying brother’s body to a witch, who implants a spirit in the body. According to the witch, six days after being buried, the boy will rise from the grave, and only after killing six people will the spirit leave the body. Conveniently, when Eli is bullied exactly six days after his brother’s burial, he manages for six people to be cornered at the school when the vengeful spirit of his brother comes knocking.

We caught up with Barton to discuss the film, including working with the late Michael Clark Duncan, who plays the school’s principal. Watch an exclusive video clip of the two of them together.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What drew you to this project?
MISCHA BARTON:
[A Resurrection] was the beginning of my love of scary things. I liked the cast, I liked the vibe, and looking at it now, because it was actually [filmed] two and a half years ago, it has a bit less of a retro vibe than we thought but it still has something kind of classic horror scary about it.

Do you have a favorite horror film?

It’s a very specific genre. My favorites were always the classics like Rosemary’s Baby, the original Amityville Horror and stuff like that, so when we got around to doing this, what mattered to me really was just that we all got along and were agreeing on the kind of stuff that we wanted to do. And we did. We all were involved in it. It’s always better if you have a happy family.

You’ve worked on quite a few horror projects recently. Are you going to continue in that direction?
I’m not going to be doing any more genre horror stuff for the time. For me, what I enjoy about it is that you get to make fun of it and you have a good time. You’re doing these things, you all get to joke around and see if it’s going to be scary at the end of the day. That’s sort of the way it works. It takes hours to film some of these sequences, so it’s having fun with it.

What’s the most difficult thing about filming a horror movie?
Ramping up the energy and the things that aren’t there. It’s physically very draining always. I did another one with a French director years ago and I remember I was stuck in a pit, covered in dirt and chained to a wall. My hands were tied, and I left that set cut up and bruised and exhausted. You have to enjoy it and laugh at it and take it for what it is. It’s worse when there’s CGI because you don’t know what they’re going to do. With this, we went for a very classic feel, and I think it worked in a weird way.

There’s a lot of buzz around this being Michael Clarke Duncan’s final film.
He was such a lovely guy; he was a lovely lovely man. I really loved worked with him. He was such a gentle guy and such a sweet guy. Every time he was on set, we had good laughs and good vibes. It’s tragic. He was just such a nice guy. Nobody could say anything negative about Michael. We were so lucky to have him.

Would you ever return to TV?
I don’t ever say never anymore. After The OC and after The Beautiful Life, I felt the need to say No for a second and just do film. But if the right role comes along now in television, absolutely. It’s not where I started. I started in theater and in film so I went back to the roots. And there’s a good chance I’ll be doing some off Broadway this year in New York. I don’t really limit myself.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

“A Resurrection” Teaser

Check out the recently released teaser trailer for Mischa’s upcoming movie A Resurrection. This movie was previously titled The Sibling and co-stars Devon Sawa with the late Michael Clarke Duncan.

The movie is due for limited theatrical release on March 22nd.

Mischa and Scorsese? IMDb Update

A lot has changed on Mischa’s IMDb page over the last few days – namely two new movies have appeared under Mischa’s “pre-production” status. One is an assassin movie called “For Hire” and the other is a feel-good drama executive produced by Martin Scorsese called “Tomorrow.” As always, please take early IMDb casting announcements with a grain of salt.

Here is the synopsis for “For Hire” which will be directed by Giles Alderson and Martin Owen:

Devoted Dad, Peter Frawley, is the only man alive who knows he’s also Thirteen, the UK’s most successful hit man. When someone takes out a contract on Frawley and kidnaps his son, Thirteen finds himself inadvertently hired to kill himself.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Tomorrow”, written by Stuart Brennan and Sebastian Street, is billed as a feel-good story about five main characters living for the day. THR goes on to mention that the film will look at HIV and soldiers returning home with post-traumatic stress disorder. Casting is currently underway with a production date tentatively set for May. Scorsese’s longtime script supervisor, Martha Pinson, will be making her big-screen directorial debut.

Both of the above titles seem to be British productions.

With some good news concerning the two new movies, comes the possibility of some bad news. Back in January, IMDb added Mischa’s name to the cast list of an action movie called “Homefront” starring Jason Statham and James Franco. Mischa’s name has since been removed from the list. Sometimes this simply means that they’re updating the page to add additional information, but other times it means that the initial listing was incorrect. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see on this one.

Additionally, Mischa is also attached to star in a third movie called “The Cabin at the Lake.” This is from the same people who were originally going to make a movie called “Into the Darkness” with Mischa, but that never came to fruition. Considering that this title is listed under the “script” phase (and has been for a while now), it seems less likely to go ahead – with Mischa on board at least.

Finally, we’re still waiting on IMDb to add a horror movie called “L.A. Slasher” to Mischa’s page as we have visual confirmation of her filming scenes for this.

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