Over the last few weeks a couple of production titles have hit the blogs with Mischa attached to star in both Papa and The Malevolent. Both have production dates slated for August-September 2015 but I haven’t seen any firm information for either title yet. PAPA is in the process of wrapping up casting so I guess we’ll find out for sure if Mischa is moving forward with these roles in the near future. Here is the synopsis of each title:
Papa is the story of a young man named Ben, adopted by wonderful parents. But, when Ben has an overwhelming need to find his biological parents, he discovers they were in a terrible car accident, killing his mother and leaving his biological father David, mentally challenged. With the help of his friends, but not his unsupportive girlfriend Jennifer (MISCHA BARTON), he finds his real PAPA (as he calls him) living in an adult home for the mentally challenged. There, Ben meets a beautiful, caring and young native Brazalian girl named Dina (SAN BLAKKERT), his real father David’s caretaker. Ben’s adopted parents, Jack & Sarah (DARYL HANNAH & FRANKIE AVALON), didn’t want Ben to find out about his parents to protect him from the pain.
After a serious car accident put him in the hospital and then confined him to a wheelchair during his prolonged recovery, early twenties-something Keith is all but imprisoned in his 4th floor walkup apartment. On the day of the accident, his live-in girlfriend had left him and had taken almost all their shared belongings, leaving him with no television, no stereo system and not much more than a couch to sleep on. Lonely and understandably feeling sorry for himself, Keith has only the visits from his best friend Carlos and his home health care supervisor to look forward to. Keith has been hearing things and seeing things, which he blames on his pain medication. In an attempt to amuse himself, and to find answers as to why his girlfriend left him, Keith dabbles with a spirit board (an Ouija board) and ends up unknowingly inviting a malevolent and shapeshifting entity into his life, one that takes on the guise of a beautiful and helpless young woman, presumably from the vacant apartment upstairs. Blinded by his desire to protect her, Keith doesn’t see her true nature until it’s far too late.
Mischa Barton is back.
The O.C. actress is returning to the small screen to guest-star in ABC Family’s new drama Recovery Road, the network tells PEOPLE exclusively.
The show is based on the Y.A. novels by Blake Nelson and follows a group of teens recovering from addiction at a rehab center, Springtime Meadows.
Jessica Sula (Skins), Kyla Pratt (One on One), Sebastian de Souza (The Borgias), Sharon Leal (Dreamgirls), David Witts (Eastenders), Lindsay Pearce (The Glee Project) and Daniel Franzese (Looking, but most importantly, Damian “I Want My Pink Shirt Back” in Mean Girls) lead the cast.
Barton, 29, plays Olivia, a patient at another center who becomes friends with Franzese’s character, Vern.
ARCHSTONE DISTRIBUTION AND AMC THEATRES SET TO RELEASE
“L.A. SLASHER” IN NORTH AMERICA ON JUNE 12, 2015
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 27, 2015) – Archstone Distribution has announced that the horror-dark comedy feature L.A. Slasher, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger, will receive a North American theatrical release starting June 12 in select AMC Theatres.
“We are very excited to take L.A. Slasher to the silver screen,” Archstone Distribution’s President & CEO Brady Bowen stated. “It is a highly entertaining film with a unique voice that we know audiences are going to love!”
L.A. Slasher Producer Daniel Sollinger remarked, “My team and I are thrilled to be working with Archstone, as they have a steady track record for bringing high quality films to audiences worldwide. We are very proud to be on their roster.”
With an all-star cast that includes Mischa Barton, Dave Bautista, Danny Trejo, Drake Bell, Eric Roberts, Brooke Hogan, Abigail Wright, Elizabeth Morris and Andy Dick (in his comeback vehicle), L.A. Slasher is a social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous. Exploring why it has become acceptable to become an influential star based on no merit or talent, the story follows the titular Slasher character as he systematically abducts these “stars,” much to the joy of the online public who view his exploits via social media, and who subsequently and enthusiastically support his mantra of ‘Death To Reality TV’.
Already a recipient of multiple awards on the film festival circuit, L.A. Slasher is being described as, “A ‘meta’ morality tale for the Age of Twitter” (via ShockTillYouDrop.com) and, “A visual juggernaut” (via TrulyDisturbing.com).
Hooray! We have some news.
Mischa is currently on set filming a movie called Deserted. It is another indie project, but the person behind it is a 27 year old female writer/director called Ashley Avis, which I think is really cool.
Here is brief synopsis:
When twenty-four-year-old Jae is released from prison for killing her mother, she returns to her childhood home in small-town Ridgecrest.
The desire to go anywhere but there prompts her to agree to join her brother on a road trip out to Death Valley … which results in getting them hopelessly lost in the most stunning, but unforgiving topographical terrain on the planet.
It appears that the movie is due to wrap on January 25th.
As I mentioned in the previous update and as I’m sure you’re all aware, things have been pretty quiet on the Mischa front lately. There haven’t been any major news releases or appearances, so in lieu of having several dedicated posts, I’ll give you a quick rundown of some of the smaller headlines from the last few weeks. Most of this will be film related as that’s really all the news that I’ve seen.
– Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain opened in the United States in limited release and is currently due for home release on February 3rd, 2015. This movie took many years to get released, and after the incredibly long wait, it seems that Mischa only has fleeting screen time. So that’s a bit disappointing. The subject matter is still significant so it should be a good project to check out anyway. The reviews of the film have been generally positive.
– Release dates for Throwdown and Mining for Ruby were mentioned on the site previously. Both these titles have since been released on DVD and VOD. I think by now you all know how much I appreciate Mischa’s work, but unfortunately, both these tiles are really flat. It is my recommendation that you only watch these if you happen to find them at a really good price. Thankfully, Mischa only has very limited screen time, but these two titles join a growing list of some very disappointing releases.
– The next movie due for home release is Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard. I’ve not seen this yet, but once again, it appears that Mischa’s screen time is limited. The movie has a relatively solid cast and the premise should attract the zombie fans out there. This title is currently slated for DVD release on February 3rd, 2015, the same day as Bhopal.
– Other titles due for release in 2015 are 24 Hours, Checkmate, Operator, American Beach House, Hope Lost, L.A. Slasher and The Hoarder. I’ve not seen confirmation of release dates for any of these titles, but I would expect most of them to also be DVD or VOD only. L.A. Slasher, The Hoarder and Hope Lost appear to have the best chance of a wider release.
– I did leave out one title from the above list, and that is a small movie called Starcrossed. It had a very limited production budget, but everyone involved with the project appears to be very connected to it. So I feel like this is the one project to really look out for. One thing that can make any movie way more impressive than having a large budget is heart. Again, I haven’t seen specific release details for this, but I’m assuming 2015 is the goal.
– A couple of other tidbits… IMDb has recently updated Mischa’s management information. I’m not sure how accurate that is, but if Mischa has indeed changed management, we may see a different approach to roles moving forward.
– One other small thing that may or may not mean anything is that Mischa and Julie Plec recently started following each other on Instagram. Julie Plec is the series developer/creator of The Vampire Diaries, The Tomorrow People and The Originals. Plus she has worked on Kyle XY and the Scream movies. As I said, this may not mean anything at all, maybe they just know each other somehow. But in a perfect world, I would love if this meant that Mischa and Julie are looking to work with each other on an upcoming project. Or even an existing one.
– Finally, we move onto current news, which is a new project called Deserted… check above for details.
I think I’ve covered everything, but let me know in the comments if I missed a project or any other significant piece of news.
Here is the trailer for Mischa’s upcoming feature Hope Lost. This is the movie that Mischa shot in Italy earlier in the year.
The subject matter is quite dark and there is some disturbing imagery, so just a warning to some of the younger fans out there.
In other news, I know it has been a while between updates, just things have been very quiet on the Mischa front. I will do a wrap-up post for all the small bits and pieces of news that have come out over the last couple of months in the very near future. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!
Here is the video of Mischa’s stunning and inspiring speech at the Millennium Campus Conference where she also received the 2014 Global Generation Award. Mischa gave a really thoughtful and heartfelt speech about how filming Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain in India shaped her understanding of the importance of education for women.
It is a real shame that the media never grabs onto these things to create worthwhile headlines. Instead, we are consistently stuck with superficial nonsense.
Mischa Barton is the lead judge of the new ‘Vapestick Style Icon’ campaign, searching for the next faces of VAPESTICK at fashion events and music festivals throughout the rest of 2014.
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