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Anthem Magazine: Q&A with Mischa

A Resurrection is now playing in select theaters.

Are you spending a lot of time in Los Angeles these days?

I still split my time between London and L.A. mostly—and New York obviously since I grew up there. I’ve been shuttling back and forth between London and L.A. for the past few years.

A Resurrection is reminiscent of ‘90s slasher movies even though it has a paranormal angle to it. Are you a big fan of the horror genre?

I’ve done a few horror films now. Some of them are more slasher than others, I’d say. Homecoming was one and I guess A Resurrection also has that quality. The other ones have been more tongue-in-cheek where they make fun of the genre. They’re all kind of different, but A Resurrection was definitely the one that prompted me to go back and watch the classics. I never really liked the horror genre before. I checked out stuff like the original Amityville Horror and Rosemary’s Baby. I was 23 when we shot this movie, which was two or three years ago… I’m losing track of time in L.A. It was a couple years ago. [Laughs] I can’t even remember. They wanted to go for a more classic feel with this one and it wasn’t meant to be a modern-day slasher film, which appealed to me. I became really deeply invested in the genre and I think I understand it a lot better now. Having said that, I don’t know if I’ll be doing a lot of horror moving on because I’ve had my share at this point. But I enjoy making them. It’s a great genre.

What scares you in real life? Do you have fears that are pretty pedestrian like the fear of heights? Are you maybe superstitious?

I believe in ghosts. I definitely believe in the paranormal. Every now and then, I’ll get worked up if I’m left alone in the dark. It’s like when you’re in a creepy place and there are weird vibes around you. That seems pretty common.

Source: Anthem Magazine

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Mischa to star in Kickback?

It’s been a weird few months with the amount of movies Mischa is attached to, and then not attached to, and then attached to again. The latest title is a UK production on a movie called “Kickback” that was due to begin shooting in April, but the production date just shifted to July/August. The cast list is a little confusing as the promotional banner for the movie lists Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert Carlyle and Gerard Depardieu among others, while the written cast list on the website has an entirely different set of actors. It’s possible the above names were simply offered the project and are not confirmed, whereas, Mischa’s name is listed both on the promotional banner and on the written cast list which implies that more solid negotiations occurred. Since the start date recently shifted by a few months, that could also alter Mischa’s availability, so again, take everything with a grain of salt…

Here is the synopsis:

Inspired by true events. Some aspects have been fictionalised for dramatic purposes.

Anna is a reporter investigating the atrocities and injustices of  War, She is an independent woman who does her job with determination and commitment. She lived each day as if there were not enough minutes in the day for what she needed to do in her life. A woman who has lived, but now unsure for how much longer.

Working in both camps she uncovers underhand deals and various plots of espionage and counterespionage.  Her enemies think they are using her until she becomes a threat for both sides and somebody has her assassinated.

A Moscow detective, Ivanov, risks his life more than once, to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death. As Ivanov retraces Anna’s steps, from Moscow, London to Bogota and Qatar, he learns about her kind,  loving nature yet  determination to reveal the  truth about the war in her articles and yet she had secrets of her own. The  trail leads him  into a dangerous web of conspiracy and espionage involving: chemical warfare, an overdue library book,  a secret affair, an undetectable gun, a missing daughter, co-ordinated  terrorists attacks and the assassination of the  President.

And you can visit the website for more details.

Entertainment Weekly Interview

In Mischa Barton’s new film, the girl who was once killed off the hit teen soap The OC in a tragic car accident is now the one trying to solve the murder of a high schooler who was killed by — you guessed it — a car accident. A Resurrection stars Barton as a high-school guidance counselor who is forced to deal with a bullying situation that quickly turns into a murder investigation when a student is run-over by a car allegedly driven by a group of mean cool kids. Eli, the victim’s brother (J. Michael Trautmann), takes his dying brother’s body to a witch, who implants a spirit in the body. According to the witch, six days after being buried, the boy will rise from the grave, and only after killing six people will the spirit leave the body. Conveniently, when Eli is bullied exactly six days after his brother’s burial, he manages for six people to be cornered at the school when the vengeful spirit of his brother comes knocking.

We caught up with Barton to discuss the film, including working with the late Michael Clark Duncan, who plays the school’s principal. Watch an exclusive video clip of the two of them together.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What drew you to this project?
MISCHA BARTON:
[A Resurrection] was the beginning of my love of scary things. I liked the cast, I liked the vibe, and looking at it now, because it was actually [filmed] two and a half years ago, it has a bit less of a retro vibe than we thought but it still has something kind of classic horror scary about it.

Do you have a favorite horror film?

It’s a very specific genre. My favorites were always the classics like Rosemary’s Baby, the original Amityville Horror and stuff like that, so when we got around to doing this, what mattered to me really was just that we all got along and were agreeing on the kind of stuff that we wanted to do. And we did. We all were involved in it. It’s always better if you have a happy family.

You’ve worked on quite a few horror projects recently. Are you going to continue in that direction?
I’m not going to be doing any more genre horror stuff for the time. For me, what I enjoy about it is that you get to make fun of it and you have a good time. You’re doing these things, you all get to joke around and see if it’s going to be scary at the end of the day. That’s sort of the way it works. It takes hours to film some of these sequences, so it’s having fun with it.

What’s the most difficult thing about filming a horror movie?
Ramping up the energy and the things that aren’t there. It’s physically very draining always. I did another one with a French director years ago and I remember I was stuck in a pit, covered in dirt and chained to a wall. My hands were tied, and I left that set cut up and bruised and exhausted. You have to enjoy it and laugh at it and take it for what it is. It’s worse when there’s CGI because you don’t know what they’re going to do. With this, we went for a very classic feel, and I think it worked in a weird way.

There’s a lot of buzz around this being Michael Clarke Duncan’s final film.
He was such a lovely guy; he was a lovely lovely man. I really loved worked with him. He was such a gentle guy and such a sweet guy. Every time he was on set, we had good laughs and good vibes. It’s tragic. He was just such a nice guy. Nobody could say anything negative about Michael. We were so lucky to have him.

Would you ever return to TV?
I don’t ever say never anymore. After The OC and after The Beautiful Life, I felt the need to say No for a second and just do film. But if the right role comes along now in television, absolutely. It’s not where I started. I started in theater and in film so I went back to the roots. And there’s a good chance I’ll be doing some off Broadway this year in New York. I don’t really limit myself.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Mischa on Access Hollywood

It seems like its been a lifetime since Mischa was on an entertainment show in the US promoting a movie, but here we finally are. Mischa appeared on Access Hollywood to promote the limited release opening of A Resurrection this Friday. Mischa also mentions that she might be doing an Off-Broadway play in New York and that she’ll be filming a movie in Alaska late-Summer. Check out the video below. She looks beautiful!

Mischa and Scorsese? IMDb Update

A lot has changed on Mischa’s IMDb page over the last few days – namely two new movies have appeared under Mischa’s “pre-production” status. One is an assassin movie called “For Hire” and the other is a feel-good drama executive produced by Martin Scorsese called “Tomorrow.” As always, please take early IMDb casting announcements with a grain of salt.

Here is the synopsis for “For Hire” which will be directed by Giles Alderson and Martin Owen:

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.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Tomorrow”, written by Stuart Brennan and Sebastian Street, is billed as a feel-good story about five main characters living for the day. THR goes on to mention that the film will look at HIV and soldiers returning home with post-traumatic stress disorder. Casting is currently underway with a production date tentatively set for May. Scorsese’s longtime script supervisor, Martha Pinson, will be making her big-screen directorial debut.

Both of the above titles seem to be British productions.

With some good news concerning the two new movies, comes the possibility of some bad news. Back in January, IMDb added Mischa’s name to the cast list of an action movie called “Homefront” starring Jason Statham and James Franco. Mischa’s name has since been removed from the list. Sometimes this simply means that they’re updating the page to add additional information, but other times it means that the initial listing was incorrect. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see on this one.

Additionally, Mischa is also attached to star in a third movie called “The Cabin at the Lake.” This is from the same people who were originally going to make a movie called “Into the Darkness” with Mischa, but that never came to fruition. Considering that this title is listed under the “script” phase (and has been for a while now), it seems less likely to go ahead – with Mischa on board at least.

Finally, we’re still waiting on IMDb to add a horror movie called “L.A. Slasher” to Mischa’s page as we have visual confirmation of her filming scenes for this.

HauteLook & Mischa Barton Collection

For what I think is the first time ever, Mischa Barton Clothing & Accessories will be available for US customers with sales up to 70% off retail prices on the HauteLook website. If you’ve not heard of HauteLook before, it is a private and limited-time sales website offering special discounts on some of the world’s most coveted brands. All you need to do is sign up at HauteLook and then wait for the Mischa Barton sale to begin on January 20th at 8am Pacific time. Stock is always limited so it’s best to get in quick.

HauteLook does ship to select international destinations so check their help page to find out if they ship to your country. Happy Shopping!

Mischa's Place

Statham mystery revealed – Mischa joins Homefront

We’ve been hearing about a mystery project of Mischa’s starring Jason Statham for a little while now, and IMDb has now finally revealed the title. The movie is called Homefront and also stars James Franco, Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth. By the looks of things, Mischa is in a supporting role but it is still very exciting to see her involved in a project with several recognized and well known actors. The movie is written by Sylvester Stallone based on a novel of the same name by Chuck Logan.

IMDb indicates that the film is currently in post-production with release slated for 2014.

Here is the brief synopsis linked with the movie:

A DEA Agent retires to a seemingly quiet place with an underbelly of drugs and violence. When his family is threatened he is forced back into action to save his loved ones and the town.
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Mischa Barton – The Times UK

With massive thanks to Ivonne, here is Mischa’s article from The Times UK.

Mischa Barton has been famous for so long it’s quite a surprise that she’s only 26. She was starring on stage aged 8 and on screen by 11. And ever since winning her role as a bronzed beach babe in the TV teen drama The OC a decade ago, she’s been an almost permanent fixture in the glossy and the gossipy magazines.

We are meeting in Mischa’s Place, her boutique in Spitalfields, East London, which opened in August and is easily spotted because of the paparazzi outside. Inside there are rails of Barton’s own range of boho-glam clothes, handbags and make-up as well as the iPhone covers she designed for Uunique London. At their launch last month she posed with a £189,000 phone cover made from rose gold, pink and white diamonds and handmade Italian leather. Her own designs are a more affordable £34.99 and feature hippyish appliqué florals or a cartoon avatar of Barton herself, all swirly hair and pout.

In the flesh, Barton is just as Bambi-eyed and swishy-haired, but she’s also slightly haunted-looking in the manner of Kristen Stewart.

She teeters out of her taxi in battered leather jacket, skinny jeans and towering diamanté Jimmy Choos and takes me on a guided tour of the shop, proudly showing off the items that she designed herself. “I tend to be quite opinionated about what I do and don’t like. It’s important for me that girls actually want to wear it and enjoy it,” she says earnestly. “I get a kick out of that, I really do.”

Lydia Slater
Published at 12:01AM, January 5 2013

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