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Mischa Barton says she’s staying in New York even though her show, “The Beautiful Life,” got canned. At the Sony Vaio launch at Guastavino, Barton said, “I grew up in the city, so there’s a lot to love about it. All my close friends are here. I feel it’s a fun city to lay low in and you get treated right.” About her next career move, she said, “There’s a bunch of projects I always wanted to make, so I’m going back to thinking about things again. I just started looking at films.” NY Post

Interview with Mischa Barton at the Sony Vaio L Touch Launch

Not only did Sony debut the Vaio L Touch, it also debuted the world’s lightest Notebook (yup, lighter than MacBook Air): the X Series. Enchased in a lightweight carbon-fiber chassis, the X Series weighs just 1.6 pounds (with standard battery) and is just over a half-inch thin- roughly the width of a cell phone.

And guess who else apart from Peter Facinelli, Jill Zarin and Star Jones came to salute the new tech launches? Mischa Barton!

She looked absolutely stunning in a biker-chic, laid back “I’m a bad gal” way with her miniskirt, leather jacket and ankle-length boots.

BD: What brings you here?

MB: Honestly, I’m not very computer savvy, I don’t really go online much on Twitter. But I love computers.

BD: What’s next for you now?

MB: Well, I’m just looking at projects and scripts (note that the actress was going to be a lead in The Beautiful Life on CW when the network cut the show) and looking at films. And Ashton (Kutcher, who was the show’s producer) was so great about the whole thing.

BD: So would you move back to LA?

MB: No, I live in the city, I love NYC!

Note: at this point Mischa was whisked away by her publicist, but she looked great and her skin was glowing and flawless. I was going to ask her about her favorite beauty products…but ah well, there will be a next time!

Butterfly Daily

Mischa Barton for Planet Call

“Later is too late,” for action on climate change, says actress Mischa Barton

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Later is too late for action on climate change, actress Mischa Barton warned global youth today as she encouraged them to take action – starting by signing a Declaration for an ambitious new climate treaty at www.PlanetCall.org and stating their “Call”  for the solutions they want to see implemented. “Join me in calling for immediate action to protect our planet at PlanetCall.org. Later is too late,” says Barton.

No newcomer to the devastating impact of climate change on the developing world, the 23-year-old former “OC” star’s commercial and theatrical success has given her the opportunity to speak out on pressing global issues. Previously, she has been a spokesperson for “Climate Star,” an organization that fights global warming through social and legislative activism. She is also an ambassador for the “One Water” campaign, which brings water to remote locations in Africa, and for “Save the Children” who she worked with in India for a month.

“Having an influential and compassionate young star like Mischa Barton support PlanetCall, and its aim of engaging global youth on climate change, at what is an absolutely critical time for our planet, will be pivotal to engaging even more young people whose futures depend on the success or failure of the decision-makers who will meet in Copenhagen this December,” said scientist and author Tim Flannery, Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council, one of the founders of the PlanetCall initiative.

He added: “Our goal is simple. A unified global youth voice on climate change to secure an ambitious binding treaty at COP15. Sign the Declaration and help us reach our goal of reaching 1 million signatures. Young people from 100 countries have already signed. What we now need, with just two months until the UN Climate Change Conference, is the persuasive power of many, so I hope that many more people from all parts of the globe will log on and sign today, encouraging their family and friends to do the same.”

Also endorsed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Connie Hedegaard, Danish Minister for Climate and Energy and host of COP15, among others, the PlanetCall initiative was launched at the World Business Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen, in May 2009, an event headlined by Al Gore, Yvo de Boer, and Cate Blanchett. The PlanetCall Declaration will be handed over to decision-makers at COP15 in December.

PlanetCall is an invitation to young people to become co-architects of their future. PlanetCall is about sustainable solutions, and young people’s willingness to embrace a low-carbon future. This is exactly what is needed to foster innovation and sustainable solutions. On PlanetCall, you demonstrate your willingness to take part in building this sustainable future by doing three things: signing the Declaration; posting a Call; and forwarding on, asking all those you know to do the same.

Four Minutes With Mischa Barton

Native to London town the 23 year old actress who’s most known for playing the sultry- mischievous teenager Marissa Cooper on the hit T.V show The O.C way back in 2006.. Today Mischa may be most notable for her protagonist roles in several indie films, photo shoot’s in magazines and even her incredible street style . Miss Mischa Barton Took four minutes of her time to talk about Fashion, Starbucks and maybe even a possible career in the music industry?

Check out 4 minute’s with Mischa Barton on Pop Excess.com.

PE: What is your favorite drink at Starbucks?
MB: It varies but Im a fan! Iced Coffees are always refreshing on a warm NYC day.
PE: Do you have a favorite designer at the moment?
MB: Zac Posen, Versace and Herve Leger.
PE: Is there anyone in the acting industry you’d like to work with ?
MB: Robert Downey Jr.
PE: Would you ever consider being a DJ or doing anything in the music industry?
MB: Though I’m a fan of all genres.. I have no intentions of performing as of this writing.

The CW cancels ‘Beautiful Life’

We have the first casualty of the fall season.

After two episodes, The CW has canceled Ashton Kutcher’s scripted drama “The Beautiful Life.”

Wednesday’s episode was seen by just 1 million viewers and generated a 0.5 rating in the adult demo.

The decision comes on the heels of two reality show pickups by the network, “Fly Girls” and a Tinsley Mortimer docusoap.

The CW’s freshman revamp of “Melrose Place” has had difficulty achieving liftoff as well, but Thursday night’s “Vampire Diaries” has been performing strong. Last night’s third “Diaries” episode grew in the adult demo despite facing increased competition.

The CW has not yet announced a replacement for the “Beautiful Life” slot. The new reality shows won’t be ready until January. One option is airing “Melrose Place” encores (like the way the network double-pumped “90210″ last season). Another option, less likely, is to bring “Smallville” back into the midweek mix.  “Smallville” was shifted to Friday nights for its final season and debuts this evening.

The Hollywood Reporter

ETA: Production has been shut down on the show and there are currently no plans to air the episodes that were filmed. Melrose Place repeats will take TBL’s slot. Zap2it

Donna Moderna Cover Preview

Thanks to Piero, here is a cover preview from an Italian magazine called “Donna Moderna”. Scans will be added over the next couple of days.

Donna Moderna

TBL Episode 103 Synopsis “The Beautiful Lie”

“The Beautiful Lie” (CONTENT RATING TBD) (HDTV) – September 30th, 9/8c only on The CW

SABASTIAN ROCHE (“GENERAL HOSPITAL”) GUEST STARS Sonja (Mischa Barton) is being hounded by the press about a risqu? photo which forces her to consider quitting the modeling business. Aware of the chemistry between Raina (Sara Paxton) and Cole (Nico Tortorella), Claudia (Ell Macpherson) secures a campaign for a major clothing line for the two. Raina struggles with the public image she must maintain with Cole, while her true feelings are for Chris (Ben Hollingsworth). Raina’s family drama finds its way back into her life and she finally faces her father (guest star Sebastian Roche, “General Hospital”). Isaac’s (Corbin Bleu) relationship with Vivienne (guest star Jamie Murray, “Dexter”) is strained when he is surprisingly replaced, by Chris during a photo shoot. Raina’s brother, Alex (guest star Billy Magnussen, “As the World Turns”), lands himself in a bit of trouble with the Russian mob, but Marissa (Ashley Madekwe) comes to his rescue. Sanford Bookstaver directed the episode written by Dailyn Rodriguez (#102).

Via The Futon Critic

Mischa Barton talks about returning to TV for ‘The Beautiful Life’

We all know that “The Beautiful Life: TBL” star and embattled tabloid fixture Mischa Barton had bad dental work done this summer and that it may or may not have landed her in a psych ward. We also know that said dental work may or may not have made her face temporarily puff up.

What we don’t know is why she decided to come back to television. After playing Newport Beach’s most tragicomic teen, Marissa Cooper, for three years, she famously left “The O.C.” — her character perishing on-camera after she’s run over by a crazed ex-boyfriend – to pursue a career in film full time.

The good news is that Barton, 23, was only too happy to talk to Show Tracker at length about her reasons for coming back to prime time — Her new character? A famous, troubled, jaded model — and why things are different for the actress this time around.

What made you decide to return to television?

The fashion world is something I don’t think anyone’s ever examined in a really realistic way, and I thought this show would be a good fit for me because I get to play a real character, and a lot of people associate me with fashion like I’m a fashion icon already.

Mike Kelley [a writer on "The O.C."] wrote the pilot and wanted me to play this model, Sonja, who is a pretty interesting girl. She’s a little bit bitchy but also kind of nice. I’m having a lot of fun playing her.

Were you actively looking for TV projects?

Yeah, I was reading scripts. I was checking out what was going on, and this project seemed really interesting for a major network. It’s edgier. It’s not a show that’s being remade, again …

Ha! ['The Beautiful Life' is airing on the CW, also home to the '90210' and 'Melrose Place' reboots.]

Not that there’s anything wrong with that! (Laughs) But for me this was new material. And Sonja’s a good character. There’s a lot you can do with her. I think if she’s well written and we’re lucky enough to keep Mike, then we’ll be good. We can make a cool show.

You left TV to do film. Did anything change that made you want to come back?

Well, yeah. There are a few things. For starters, I think a lot of people associate me with television. Since I left “The O.C.” I worked a lot in film, and none of it, even the movies that I really liked, like “Assasination of a High School President,” they never came out. Everybody said I wasn’t working or I wasn’t doing anything. That’s something that really [upset me] because I was doing nothing but working.

So I really felt like it was a good idea to go back to television because it’s a steady job. And it feels so good to wake up every day and know you’re going to make a good paycheck and have a job and get to actually act and not just sit around while you figure out if the next movie you make is even going to come out. It started to get infuriating.

Mischa talks about how things have changed, how playing Sonja is therapeutic, and why she didn’t participate in the show’s naked ad campaign … after the jump …

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Welcome Home, Mischa

Mischa Barton appeared from behind the blue door, labeled “M. Barton,” wearing a leather jacket covered in studs, a gray sweatshirt with the hood pulled over her freshly styled hair, leather boots (also covered in studs) and dark makeup around her eyes. This was last week, at Steinway studios in Astoria, Queens, where the actress was filming the CW’s The Beautiful Life: TBL, in which she plays Sonja Stone, a has-been, pill-popping fashion model trying to reclaim her place on top. Her two miniature dogs, Charles Dickens and Ziggy Stardust, darted out ahead of her and circled at her feet.

“She can come in if she wants, but I’m going to smoke,” she said to no one in particular, though she was addressing The Observer, and retreated back into her dressing room.

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Ms. Barton has a reason to be on the offensive, if for no other reason than to get a break from having to be on the defensive lately. She has had to repeatedly explain and apologize for a DUI arrest last year; a series of roles in independent films (remember You and I, the t.A.T.u. biopic?) that haven’t gone as she hoped; an alleged involuntary psychiatric hold at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in July; accusatory tabloid headlines screaming “Cellulite!”

In her dressing room, where a plate of bacon sat on a table (for her dogs, presumably) and a window was cracked for the cigarette smoke, Ms. Barton introduced herself politely this time and with a smile.

“I’m getting sick of answering questions about it,” she said, regarding her hospital stay, as she lit her cigarette and placed an ashtray on the couch. “I just had a bad time of year and now it’s all over and done with, and I’m just very happy to be feeling happy again and back on top of it and not so worried about everything. It was just too much to handle for me at the time.”

Ms. Barton is 23 years old, which, when you think about it, is kind of absurd. She has appeared in 23 films, eight TV shows, four theater productions and two music videos. Born in London and raised in New York City (she attended the Children’s Professional School on the Upper West Side), she began acting at age 8. At 17, she moved to Los Angeles and was cast as Marissa Cooper on Josh Schwartz’s The O.C., which made her famous.

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