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Actress Mischa Barton chats about her new line of handbags

Mischa Barton may not be the first person that comes to mind in the Reality TV world, but she stopped by the Reality Rock Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center and talked to “On The Red Carpet” host Chris Balish.

The model and actress shot to fame for her role as Marissa Cooper on the show “The OC,” and over the years has become a fashion fixture on the red carpet. Barton is now taking fashion into her own hands and launching her own handbag line.

“Fashion has always been something I’ve been really into,” said Barton. “Handbags in particular are just a great thing to design. Because as a woman you don’t have to try them on, they can be really beautiful and interesting and funky and change up your whole outfit. And they are a functional thing that you need every day.”

Barton says the inspiration of her line reflects her own eclectic style, drawing from high-end fashion to street fashion. “The bag line is a great way to link with fans and all these fashionable girls,” Barton told “On The Red Carpet.”

But she is at the Reality Rock Expo, so “On The Red Carpet” had to ask what reality shows grab her attention. “I like everyone else watch the funny bloopers on stuff, Snooki outtakes and Jersey Shore. We do watch that stuff, my friends and I,” said Barton. “I really like any of the dog shows. All those animal rescue shows. And I really like cake decorating. I go nutty for those cake decorating competitions. It’s amazing, I love that stuff.”

Even though her line is only available in stores in the UK and Japan, people in the US can purchase her handbags on the fashion website ASOS.com. Bags will also be available at the Reality Rocks Expo, which finishes up Sunday April 10.

And make sure to check out the rest of our coverage from the Reality Rocks Expo including several interviews with your favorite reality stars and photos from the event.

Source: On the Red Carpet

Mischa Barton looks back on ‘The O.C.': ‘People lived and died by those characters’

Break out your old Phantom Planet CDs, Death Cab For Cutie t-shirts and Captain Oats replicas: We’re going back to California.

We’ll admit, we were surprised to see “The O.C’s” Mischa Barton on the list of attendees at the 2011 Reality Rocks Expo. She’s not an actress we usually — or ever — associate with reality TV. It turns out Barton was in the house to promote her self-titled line of handbags, which is only available in the UK.

Being huge fans of “The O.C.,” we here at Zap2it knew we had to sit down and chat with the actress who played our favorite poor little rich girl: Marissa Cooper. Who didn’t swoon when Ryan (Ben McKenzie) ran through the door at the nick of time on New Year’s Eve to kiss Marissa? Who didn’t tune in and freak out when Marissa decided, ‘Hey, I’m a lesbian now!?’ And don’t you dare tell us you didn’t shed a tear (or, um, 40) when Marissa tragically died in Ryan’s arms at the end of Season 3. Not cool, Volchok. Not cool. Who ever would have thought a spoiled, alcoholic high school girl would end up being one of TV’s most tragic characters?

Lucky for us, Barton was more than game to answer all of our “O.C.”-related questions, including her favorite episode, when she knew the show was a cultural phenomenon and how she related to Marissa’s darkness. We also found out if Barton would ever be interested in gracing the small screen again.

So cue up “California” on your iPods ’cause nostalgia here we come… via Zap2it

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Mischa for OCfenix?

It seems as though Mischa is shooting a campaign for a skincare company called OCfenix. As there has been no press release linking Mischa to the brand so far, I can’t tell if this is a full fledged endorsement a la Philipp Plein or simply a one-off photo shoot. Anyway, check out the following tweets from Mischa’s co-model Katie Clearly.

@Katie_Cleary Shooting a campaign today with Mischa Barton. I hope it doesn’t rain!

@Katie_Cleary Mischa Barton and I shooting for the Fenix Skin Care Campaign http://twitpic.com/4cvhnu

Mischa’s message to Japan

Elle Japan posted a message from Mischa concerning the recent devastating natural disasters:

My heart goes out to the Japanese people and all those affected by the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami., my work has brought me many times to Japan and I feel a very close affiliation to those suffering there.

Thanks to Reina for the tip!

 

Apartment 1303 3D to shoot in April

One of the companies (MonteCristo International) associated with Mischa’s upcoming horror movie Apartment 1303 3D have announced a production start date on their website.

APARTMENT 1303 3D to begin shooting in Montreal in April 2011

I also stumbled on some early poster artwork via their Facebook page as well as some promotional key art.

The US remake of Kei Oishi’s Japanese horror of the same title. A love/hate relationship between a mother and daughter turns into a tale of horror when she moves out and into her first apartment. Some rentals are too good to be true!

Bhopal film in trouble?

Hollywood stars Martin Sheen and Mischa Barton’s upcoming film, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, based on the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, has come under severe attack from NGOs and campaigners for several reasons.

Sheen plays Warren Anderson, the then chief executive of Union Carbide, while Barton plays Eva Gascon, a journalist of the magazine, Paris Match. Although the film has been kept under wraps, reports suggest it ends with an imagined present-day meeting between an unrepentant Anderson and a remorseful Gascon at the former’s country club in the US.

Director Ravi Kumar was unavailable for a comment. However, Rachna Dhingra of the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal says the movie “shows the US-based Union Carbide Corporation management as pure saints”. She adds that they have been in constant touch with Sheen. “Initially, Kumar was in touch but once we started raising objections, he vanished. Sheen has expressed solidarity with us over the issue.”

“Kumar’s film shows Union Carbide’s Indian subsidiary Union Carbide India Limited was responsible for the tragedy while Anderson goes scot-free. Several respected people such as senior journalist Raj Kumar Keswani are depicted in an objectionable manner,” says Dhingra, adding they want the makers to re-shoot a small portion. “They haven’t responded yet. If our concerns aren’t dealt with, we won’t let the film open.”

Satinath Sarangi, managing trustee of Bhopal-based Sambhavna Clinic, which has been helping the victims over the years, says, “Ravi Kumar was constantly in touch with us initially but he suddenly stopped communicating. We are going to shoot off letters to all cast members including Barton and Sheen, who will pay heed to our objections because he has been involved with several causes around  the world.” Actor Tannishtha Chatterjee, who plays Leela in the film, says, “I am an Indian so I will never be part of any film that’s insensitive to such a subject.”

The film is likely to release later this year.

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Mischa Barton signs up for new comedy The Hen Do?

Got To Dance judge Adam Garcia and The O.C’s Mischa Barton have reportedly signed up for a new two-part comedy drama titled ‘The Hen Do.’

Unreality TV were chatting with actress and writer Lucy Brown yesterday, about her imminent return to ITV’s Primeval this weekend, when she revealed details on her newest TV project.

During our interview, Lucy explained that she and her writing partner Olivia Poulet (The Thick Of It) have teamed up with Caveman Films and producers Andy Serkis (aka Gollum) and John Cavendish (Bridget Jones) for the show, which is currently in it’s casting phase. It will be set on the party island on Ibiza and explaining more about the venture Brown said:

I’ve just written a two-part comedy drama with my writing partner Olivia Poulet. We’re in the middle of casting and Caveman Films are our producers and Andy Serkis is our executive and John Cavendish. We’re attaching a major cast at the moment – we’ve attached Adam Garcia and just before Christmas we attached Mischa Barton, which is fantastic!

It’s exciting times, exciting to see things happening from the other side of the table as well. I give full credit to Adrian (Hodges) and the writers and creators of shows like Primeval now because I’m starting to understand it all a little better.

It’s called The Hen Do and it’s about a hen do that goes awry in Ibiza amongst other places. It’s going to be a fun comedy drama!

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Mischa shooting “Sibling” in Pittsburgh

A little thriller was shooting under the radar until a local Pittburgh paper broke the news today.

Michael Clarke Duncan, Devon Sawa and Mischa Barton are starring in Sibling for director Matt Orlando.

Producer Brian Hartman is keeping the plot under wraps, it seems, as all he told the paper is that the film is a “whodunit.” The narrative is set at a school, however, where Duncan plays the principal and Mischa Barton is the guidance counselor. Really? The school sounds like a friggin’ party. Sawa is apparently playing a cop.

Filming is expected to wrap by Christmas and we’ll see Sibling sometime next year.

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Wilkinsburg native producing star-studded ‘Sibling’ in Pittsburgh

With three Pittsburgh films currently in theaters, a sibling rivalry could be forming.

“Sibling,” a horror movie being filmed almost exclusively at the former Knoxville Middle School, started shooting last week. It stars Michael Clarke Duncan (“The Island,” “Planet of the Apes,” “The Green Mile”), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.” television series, “The Sixth Sense”) and Devon Sawa (“Nikita” television series, “Final Destination”).

Duncan, who arrived Monday in Pittsburgh, plays a principal. Barton is a guidance counselor, and Sawa is a local police officer. They both arrived last week. “It’s sort of a whodunit,” said producer Brian Hartman, a Wilkinsburg native who moved back to Pittsburgh to make films after working in Los Angeles.

“Sibling” is Hartman’s 10th producer credit and third project to be shot in the area in the past year. The others were “Riddle,” starring Val Kilmer and directed by local filmmakers Nick Mross and John Hartman, and “Mafia,” with Ving Rhames and Pam Grier. Both of those films are expected to be released next year, the same as “Sibling,” Brian Hartman said. Directing “Sibling” is Matt Orlando. Joining Hartman as producers are Phillip Glasser and Aaron Levin. Amanda McBride is co-producer.

Hartman came back to Pittsburgh to make “The Bridge to Nowhere” in 2008, because he thought the script fit the city. Pittsburgh’s film industry has boomed recently, with recent major motion picture releases such as “Unstoppable,” “The Next Three Days” and “Love & Other Drugs.” “I came back when it started to get busy here,” said Hartman, 43, of Collier. “Now, it’s like a dream come true.” Pittsburgh offers things that make filmmaking easy, including a film-friendly environment and an existing film-crew infrastructure, Hartman said.

And projects such as “Sibling” help sustain the local film industry, said Dawn Keezer, executive director of the Pittsburgh Film Office. “All film projects are important to the local film industry,” Keezer said. “It keeps everyone working and helps to train the newer members of our film crew.” And that is good news for Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, said executive director Charlie Humphrey.

“First, it means jobs for students, faculty and members,” he said, “and second, it raises awareness about filmmaking as an art form.” Soon to join “Sibling” will be the production of “Locke and Key,” a Fox television pilot to start filming early next year.

“Silbing” will wrap filming around Christmas, with about 20 shooting days total, Hartman said.

The producers plan to sell the movie in May at France’s Cannes International Film Festival.

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