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Mischa Joins Sex-Trafficking Thriller ‘Hope Lost’

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Michael Madsen and Daniel Baldwin will co-star in the crime film from mew [sic] Italian production and finance group AMBI Pictures.

Mischa Barton (The O.C.) and Danny Trejo (Machete Kills) have signed on to star in Hope Lost, a new crime thriller being financed and produced by Italian company AMBI Pictures.

B-movie favorites Michael Madsen (Sin City) and Daniel Baldwin (Vampires) have signed on to co-star in the feature set in the world of sex trafficking. Italian director David Petrucci will helm the feature. Shooting is set to kick off later this month in Rome.

Barton will play a young Romanian girl, bored with small town life, who dreams of entering the glamorous world she sees on Italian soap operas. One night at a club she meets Gabriele, who claims to be a TV producer who wants to cast her in a reality TV show he is making in Italy. But when she arrives, she is sold to the pimp Manol ( Madsen) and forced to make her living on the street. Things get darker with the arrival of Ettore (Trejo), a sadist who makes snuff movies.

AMBI toppers Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi will produce Hope Lost together with Cosetta Turco. Danielle Maloni is the executive producer.

The feature is the latest on AMBI’s slate, which includes the Phillip Roth adaptation The Humbling, which Barry Levinson is attached to direct and has Al Pacino, Mandy Patinkin, Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin and Dianne Wiest attached to star.

The Rome-based group recently wrapped production on the action thriller Sights of Death, which stars Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah and Rutger Hauer alongside Madsen and Stephen Baldwin.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Also check out the first teaser pic of Mischa from the movie via Ambi Pictures.

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A Prayer for Rain – New Trailer

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Check out this incredible new trailer for Mischa’s upcoming role in A Prayer for Rain. The film is inspired by the real events surrounding the tragic Bhopal disaster. Mischa’s co-stars are Martin Sheen and Kal Penn.

Press play on the photo above to view.

 

In 1945 Union Carbide Corporation helped build the atomic bomb. In 1984 they built a time-bomb…

Starring Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton, Kal Penn and a powerful ensemble cast, “Bhopal A Prayer For Rain” is an epic, ‘whodunnit’ that exposes the shocking events that led to the biggest man made industrial disaster in history, in which as many as 10,000 people were killed in one night and for those that did survive, the tragedy had just begun.

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…?

A disaster that set a deadly precedent for multinational corporate activity in the developing world and revealed a poisonous corruption at the heart of India, the world’s largest democracy – this is a story that demands to be seen.

 

 

Mischa to Star in Jean Harlow Biopic

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I posted about Mischa’s involvement in this film in the development update a few days ago, but now the role is excitingly receiving some proper press courtesy of Variety.

And how awesome are the pictures showcased above of Mischa’s transformation into other memorable icons from the glory days of Hollywood and beyond. We can’t wait to see Mischa transformed into Jean Harlow.

Here is the story:

Mischa Barton has been cast as Jean Harlow in the biopic “By Love Reclaimed” for ThunderBall Films and Mania Entertainment.

Nuala Barton and Mario Domina are producing “By Love Reclaimed.” Adrian Finkelstein and Valerie Fanich will exec produce.

The script, written by Finkelstein, centers on the 1932 scandal in which MGM producer and Harlow’s husband Paul Bern was found shot to death in their Benedict Canyon Home — two months after Harlow had married him.

Harlow, one of the biggest stars of the 1930s, died in 1937 of kidney failure.

Barton, who is currently in London filming “The Hoarder,” recently wrapped the indie feature “Starcrossed.” She is repped by Artist International and Adam Trahan.

Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard Teaser

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Check out the first teaser trailer from Mischa’s upcoming role in Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard. The film also stars Billy Zane and Dee Wallace.

Press the play button above to view.

The town of Elwood is a small, rural collection of colorful characters tended to by “Doc” a physician who looks out for the well being of the town and sees the community as his patient.

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. 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).

Rory Gower 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.

Films in Development – Update

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Just wanted to do a quick wrap-up of all the movies currently in development with Mischa attached. As we’ve learnt over the years, in development doesn’t mean that a film is moving forward to production, so just think of them all as strictly possibilities.

Kickback
A renegade Moscow detective defies government pressure to investigate the assassination of the mysterious assassination of a maverick reporter, who covered the Chechen war.

Knockout
A young woman, distraught from witnessing the murder of her parents as a child, develops her own unique martial art by playing video games. It’s because of this she suddenly finds herself embroiled in the world of underground fighting.

Butterfly Love
Emma, an American girl aspiring to become a sculptor, is struggling between her job as a waitress and a failing relationship with her wealthy boyfriend, Jefrey. She soon shares a mutual physical attraction with Jean-Pierre, an unsuccessful French painter working in an antique shop. But Emma’s strange behavior, characterized by tormenting and unexplained panic attacks, jeopardizes both Jean-Pierre’s and her life at times.

Fast Life
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.

For Hire
Devoted Dad, Peter Frawley, is the only man alive who knows he’s also Thirteen, the UK’s most successful hit man. When someone takes out a contract on Frawley and kidnaps his son, Thirteen finds himself inadvertently hired to kill himself.

The Hoarder
Ella, a woman who is convinced her fiancé has a secret and is hiding something from her in an isolated underground storage facility. In her search for answers she finds herself locked in the facility, imprisoned in a maze of endless corridors. She reaches her fiancé’s lock-up, but the secret she uncovers is something far worse than she had ever imagined. People have been held captive, some tortured for years, and in order to survive Ella must join forces with them. But whoever, or whatever, is responsible for holding them there slowly picks them off one by one as they desperately attempt to escape the cavernous lair.

Phantasmagoria
Young married couple inherits an old Southern plantation, once owned by an eccentric 19th Century magician.

The Promotion
THE PROMOTION is a raunchy buddy comedy about three people in their mid 20’s, who are embroiled in an all out war with each other, for a promotion at a highly prestigious Manhattan advertising agency.

DragonMan: The Adventures of Luke Starr (trilogy)
Also includes DragonMan: Face of the Unknown and DragonMan and the Poseidon Encounter
Teenager Luke Starr appears to be living a rather dull uneventful life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin until his friends go missing and leads him into a mysterious dark world and confrontation with a nameless, faceless mysterious dark force.

Backsliding
A former live-in boyfriend and girlfriend, backslide into the horrible sex-based relationship they had. They part as friends having learned what they really want out of a relationship.

Of Love and Evil
Chilling, archetypal, epic love story about an infamous pact made between a young woman and the devil in the sixteenth century that plays out today against the backdrop of social media.

A Study in Red: The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper (trilogy)
Also includes Legacy of the Ripper and Requiem for the Ripper
This dark psychological thriller tells of the incredible and terrifying events that surround psychiatrist Robert Cavendish when he inherits a decrepit, yellowed journal from his family. The journal appears to have been written by the infamous Whitechapel murderer, who terrorized the streets of the East End of London in 1888. Filled with dramatic imagery and an underlying sense of foreboding and danger, this compelling novel will certainly lend itself well to the transformation from page to screen.

By Love Reclaimed
Jean Harlow returns to clear husband’s name – On July 2, 1932, after a three year secret love affair, MGM producer, Paul Bern marries screen icon Jean Harlow. Two months later, he is found shot to death in their Benedict Canyon Home.  

Us Weekly: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

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Mischa Barton is Sophia Monet in the new movie I Will Follow You Into the Dark, which is in theaters now. Here, the O.C. alum, 27, gets personal with Us!
Source: Us Weekly

1. I was born in London’s Hammersmith Hospital. When I filmed Notting Hill, Hugh Grant told me he was born there too!
2. I enjoy writing in my journal.
3. I was very competitive in spelling bees in school. I love an extensive vocabulary.
4. As a toddler, I moved between Switzerland, Germany, and England.
5. I recently lived in Paris for a year.
6. I wear glasses.
7. One of my favorite places to vacation is the Maldives, where you can get a little house on the water.
8. My first dog was a sheepdog named Pandora.

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Mischa Barton: The Truth About Her Breakdown (People Exclusive)

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Ten years ago, the hit TV series The O.C. made 17-year-old Mischa Barton an instant “it” girl. Within a few years, however, she was the talk of Hollywood for a different reason as her partying grew out of control.

“We thought, ‘Work hard, play hard,’ ” she says of those years. In 2007, she was arrested for DUI. Then in 2009, shortly after her parents attempted an intervention, she blacked out under the influence of a sedative and landed in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center psychiatric ward under an involuntary 5150 hold after she threatened to kill herself.

“It was a full-on breakdown,” she tells PEOPLE, speaking about the events in detail for the first time in this week’s cover story. “I was under enormous pressure.”

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The terrifying episode forced the actress to slow down and finally focus on getting healthy. But even that led to criticism when body bullies attacked her for gaining weight. When she first shot to stardom, “It was always, ‘She’s too skinny, she must be sick,'” says Barton, now 27. “Then it was, ‘She’s too big.’ I was never the right weight.”

Today, she’s focusing on the positive. In addition to her new supernatural thriller I Will Follow You Into The Dark, she filmed a TV pilot with Frankie Jonas, The Gutsy Frog, in which she plays a crush-worthy schoolteacher. She also has a London boutique, which carries her new makeup collection, a handbag line and some her favorite clothing styles. “I’ve learned a lot,” she says, and she’s proud of her choice to finally speak out about her struggles: “I’m stronger now.”

For much more from Barton’s exclusive interview about how her life spun out of control,

her “terrifying” breakdown and how she recovered, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

Source: People.com

Follow Mischa on Twitter @MischAmazing

Mischa Barton Talks Scary Movies and The OC Memories With Us

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Mischa Barton’s latest film, indie I Will Follow You Into the Dark, is a romance-meets-scary movie that costars the very handsome Ryan Eggold as her supportive boyfriend who suddenly goes missing, causing Mischa to go searching for him in…you guessed it, the dark. It’s a lighter scary-movie fare for those who are scaredy cats this October. I caught up with the original Marissa Cooper to talk about what it’s like on set, her favorite OC moments, and more:

Tell me a little bit about the movie. What attracted you to the role?
Mischa Barton: Well, I thought it was just a really sweet character, and she had some interesting depth to her. I just liked the idea of the role and the director’s passion for the project too. It was a story he wanted to tell about faith and all these questions in life: “Where do we go when we die?” And the match with Ryan was really good. I thought that he was great. The whole thing really depended on the chemistry between me and the guy. When we got Ryan, I just thought it would be a really good cast.

What is it like filming a scary movie? Is there a different vibe on set?

Mischa: It depends. The bit that gets scary is the whole end of it, but then you have this whole other portion that’s not scary at all—the romantic stuff between me and Ryan. It was two different atmospheres. The scary bit gets filmed pretty quickly and some of it was really intense, especially toward the end it’s quite intense, the acting. But it’s just a small portion of it, so it’s like being in two different movies. We had a good time on both sides of the film.

Source: Glamour

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