ET Online reports:
July 11, 2013
Billy Zane and Mischa Barton have signed on to star in Mining For Ruby, ETonline has exclusively learned.
The film follows Jack (played by Daniel Ponickly), a widower who falls for Ruby (played by Antoinette Kalaj), a passionate environmental hydrology grad student with a troubled past, who is embroiled in a poisonous waste controversy.
Mining For Ruby, written by Daniel Ponickly and directed by Zoe Quist, will shoot in Los Angeles and Alaska.
Thanks to Chris for the tip!
According to Dread, the movie is expected to shoot from early-September in Northeast Pennsylvania with an anticipated release date of Summer 2014.
Here is the synopsis from the website:
The town of Elwood is a small, rural collection of color-ful characters, run by “The Mayor”, an elderly man whose wife seems to control the wealth of the town. “Doc” is a holdover of those country doctors that still make house calls, although for some reason, his calls are sometimes greeted with fear.
Seiler, a war veteran trains a group of 20 something’s in paintball skirmish strategy as a practice for real weapon and militia training. It is an eclectic team of young men and women with Brody seeing potential in trainee Ian Sommers.
The town is enclosed wide fencing that stretches miles around its perimeter. What lies beyond the fence is something awful, in the deep forests surrounding the town.
Households have their well water tested regularly as Doc searches for a bacterial contamination. If found, the homeowners are given a choice of death or “eviction” which is exile into the wilderness around Elwood.
The rural community of Elwood is fenced off from the outside world in the wake of an apparent plague. Humans die but keep moving & shamble the landscape looking to spread their infection in a grisly, horrific way. The community is guarded by a band of young people raised since children to be military combatants. Under the leadership of vet Seiler (Billy Zane), they are known by the community as “Zombie Killers” a negative term used behind their backs.
Ian Sommers tends to his dying mother Sharon (Dee Wallace) while having a semblance of normal life with girlfriend Nikki (Gabrielle Stone). The town is under the care of “Doc”, a stoic man who believes in keeping the residents
Rory and his young wife Toni (Mischa Barton) search for a reason behind the plague while Seiler and his Young soldiers discover something far worse coming For Elwood. Something that may target them or put them in the way of an “Elephant’s Graveyard” and Hell.
And here is early poster/artwork also via Dread Central.
If you’re in New York, make sure to head out this Friday night to support Mischa’s latest movie co-starring Ryan Eggold – I Will Follow You Into the Dark.
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
join together as one. But as the music plays an invisible catastrophe is working its way throughout the town and wedding party. One by one the guests start to feel unwell the largest tower at the Carbide plant spews poisonous gas into the night air; one by one they collapse; and one by one they unknowingly become a statistic in the world’s largest chemical disaster to date.
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…?
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.
Source: Static Multimedia
Thanks to Caleb for the tip!
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 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.
This project sounds very exciting! Hopefully the rest of the casting is good.
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.