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.
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!
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.
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.
Ryan Phillippe joins Bruce Willis in Grand Rapids for ‘SetUp’
The cast of the 50 Cent/ Bruce Willis movie, SetUp, which is currently filming in Grand Rapids, MI, is growing quickly.
Today, MLive confirmed the news that WSNX broke this morning: Ryan Phillippe has joined the movie and is already in town to shoot his scenes.
The movie is also expected to add Jerry Ferrara (who plays ‘Turtle’ on Entourage), Ambyr Childress, and Will Yun Lee to its cast.
WSNX’s tipster also mentioned that The O.C.’s Mischa Barton had joined the movie (which we would love to see) but we haven’t been able to confirm her involvement. Not to mention, the last we heard she was busy with her new reality show.
It’s finally time for Mischa’s appearance on Chris Moyles’ Quiz Night in the UK. Her episode will screen on Monday, December 6th at 10pm on Channel 4. I hope to have media coverage up on the site shortly after.
Alan Carr, Mischa Barton and Rupert Everett enter into battle with Chris taking part in all rounds of the quiz and face a specialist question in an area of their own expertise in the hope of securing a place in the grand final and a top spot on the series leader board.
Also, excerpts from Mischa’s Tatler magazine spread (which is due on sale Dec 2nd) have appeared online. Check out a couple of them below:
– Mischa talks about her hospitalization
– Mischa talks about her upcoming clothing line
Great news! Mischa appears on the cover of Tatler magazine for January 2011. The cover is stunning and by the looks of it, the rest of the shoot is just as awesome.
And here are the two released preview photos:
Apartment 1303, the American remake of the Japanese ghost film, is one of the horror flicks making a splash at this year’s American Film Market. Now, a very reliable source is telling us that actors Mischa Barton and Rebecca De Mornay are rumored to have signed on to the film.
Our souce is also telling us that the remake might begin shooting in Detroit early next year.
As we reported yesterday, Apartment 1303 revolves around a rental unit that has the distinction of driving young women to suicide. The director behind the project is Daniel Friedell. And the film is expected to shoot in 3D.
I’m personally happy to hear about this one so hopefully it turns out to be true. Shooting in 3D basically guarantees wide theatrical release which is something Mischa has had a lot of bad luck achieving with the indies she’s filmed.
Mischa Barton says her boyfriend Ali Love is a “real sweetheart”.
The 24-year-old actress has been dating the British DJ since early summer, and their relationship appears to be going from strength to strength.
Mischa loves spending time with Ali because he treats her so well, and she admits it must be hard for him to cope with her enormous fame. Luckily Ali is very laidback, so Mischa says he deals with attention from the public well, teasing that she probably wouldn’t be as understanding were she in his shoes.
“He’s amazing, such a sweetheart. I really do feel for him with the paparazzi. I feel for anyone who wants to hang out with me or date me – I’m not sure that I would! Ali’s such a cool guy,” she gushed in an interview with the British edition of OK! magazine.
Mischa has dated a string of handsome stars in the past, such as model Jamie Dornan and musician Cisco Adler. The pretty actress was also in a relationship with Luke Pritchard from British rock band Kooks for one year, although they split in 2009.