Just a quick update to mention that there are only 3 days left on the Homecoming DVD Giveaway. Click here for details on how to win 1 of 3 copies of Homecoming on DVD. Officially released on April 20th, Homecoming explores the twisted tale of obsession where an ex-girlfriend stops at nothing to keep the new girl away from her man.
Morgan J. Freeman’s (emphasis on the J) psychological horror flick Homecoming hits home video this week, and to celebrate this auspicious event, star Mischa Barton sat down to give her two cents on the murderous proceedings!
Homecoming available on DVD today!!
Q: In Homecoming you play “Shelby,” a young woman who develops an unhealthy obsession with her ex-boyfriend. What attracted you to the role?
Mischa Barton: Though I’ve done my share of thrillers, I was attracted to the script and the character because I’d previously been on the receiving end of crazy rather than actually portraying it, so it was a lot of fun embracing Shelby’s warped perspective.
Q: Homecoming has been described as “Misery for Teens.” Had you seen Kathy Bates’ performance in Misery prior to shooting? What was your inspiration, and how did you prepare for the role?
MB: Kathy Bates is a phenomenal actress, and I found her performance inspiring well in advance of reading the Homecoming script. Though I didn’t channel Annie Wilkes for Shelby, I just tried to make myself vulnerable to the point of being overcome with jealousy, so much so that that Shelby’s vengeance seemed normal behavior from a first-person perspective.
Q: You were in freezing cold temperatures in the middle of Pennsylvania during the filming of Homecoming. How hard was it to film those scenes?
MB: I think that when playing a character so sadistic, any climate can be a challenge, but since Shelby is so cold-hearted, the freezing temperature kind of lent itself to getting more in tune with the character.
Q: Regarding the axe-wielding scene in Homecoming — Do you have any amusing anecdotes of filming that and other scenes with co-stars Jessica Stroup and Matt Long?
MB: For the axe-wielding scene I couldn’t help but think of Jack Nicholson in The Shining. This role is certainly not as classic, but it was fun and almost empowering even though I was scared to death of hurting the others, or myself, for that matter. Kind of ironic, since they (Stroup and Long) were the ones who were supposed to be afraid.
Q: From The Sixth Sense to Homecoming, you have starred in a lot of dark thrillers. What are your personal favorite films and performances from this genre?
MB: I’d be remiss if I didn’t single out Haley Joel Osment, with whom I had the pleasure of working on The Sixth Sense. Especially upon reflection, it’s amazing what he was able to tap into at such a young age. I think the genre itself is so entertaining – both to film and watch – because there are so many levels of fear that a performer or audience can tap into. Thrillers can go from one extreme to the other – camp to realistic – but either way they’re fun. My personal favorites are those that are scary and suspenseful without the gore.
Q: You most recently guest-starred on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” What do you have coming up next?
MB: “SVU” is my favorite show so when the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance. It was fun to return to NYC, as well. As for what’s next, I’ve yet to decide on my next role, but I am about to launch the new season of my handbag line in the UK and am very excited since they’ve been so well received.
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HOMECOMING available on DVD from April 20th, 2010!
TEEN SENSATIONS MISCHA BARTON AND JESSICA STROUP STAR
IN THE SHOCKING THRILLER
Twisted Tale of Obsession Comes Home on DVD April 20, 2010
Hell hath no fury like an unstable ex-girlfriend in the tense and terrifying thriller HOMECOMING debuting on DVD April 20, 2010 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film stars Jessica Stroup (CW’s “90210”) as Elizabeth, a girl who gets much more than she bargained for when she visits her boyfriend Mike’s (Matt Long, “The Deep End”) hometown for the weekend. Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”) is Shelby, Mike’s obsessive ex-girlfriend, who will stop at nothing to keep Elizabeth away from her man. After an initially friendly meeting with Shelby, Elizabeth falls victim to an accident that leaves her imprisoned in Shelby’s house and at the mercy of an increasingly sadistic captor. As Elizabeth fights to survive, she can only pray that Mike discovers the truth about Shelby before it’s too late. “A mix of Fatal Attraction and Misery for the ‘Gossip Girl’ generation” with “a great cast, tense atmosphere and a memorable villain” (Horror-Asylum.com), HOMECOMING delivers plenty of suspense, unexpected plot twists and “a solid punch to the kidneys” (Movieweb.com).
The US DVD release of Mischa’s recent horror/thriller Homecoming is due on April 27th, 2010. This version seems a little different to the international release as the US disc has different cover art and will reportedly feature deleted scenes.
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Paramount Home Entertainment has announced Homecoming which stars Mischa Barton, Jessica Stroup, and Matt Long. The Morgan J. Freeman directed horror will be available to own from the 27th April. The only extra material will be additional scenes.
A former small-town golden boy (Matt Long) and his new girlfriend (Jessica Stroup) come back to visit his hometown and discover his high school sweetheart (Mischa Barton) has developed an unhealthy obsession with him. His ex-girlfriend’s desperation slowly but surely becomes apparent, and all hell breaks loose as she does everything it takes to get him back.
Several different albums from some of Mischa’s recent movies have been updated with behind the scenes photos of Mischa taking pictures with crew and fans. Big thanks to Maz for sending these through! Here is what has been added:
– Behind the Scenes on Homecoming
– Behind the Scenes on Don’t Fade Away
– Production Stills on Bhopal
– Behind the Scenes on Bhopal
In the spirit of Halloween, screencaps from Mischa’s recent horror/thriller “Homecoming” have been added. Big thanks to Maz for capping!
In an era when film production is an increasingly risky business, a triumvirate of New York City natives with familiar last names have decided to throw their hats into the ring. Bingo Gubelmann (brother to Phoebe and Tantivy and cousin to Marjorie); Austin Stark (an heir to Stark Carpets) and their friend, banker Benji Kohn, formed Paper Street Films two years ago. This weekend, their very first effort, teen thriller flick “Homecoming,” was released and garnered a flurry of tabloid attention when star Mischa Barton landed in the hospital the eve of the premiere.
Stark talked to WWD.
WWD: Why did you cast Mischa Barton as the villain, former homecoming queen Shelby?
A.S.: There are very few actors that are that age who can validate the budget for your investors. So Mischa was on a very short list.
WWD: How do you think her involuntary pyschiatric-hold might affect the film?
A.S.: First and foremost, we hope that Mischa gets well soon. Mischa’s health first, movie second. That’s the important thing here. But, honestly, “Homecoming” is a pulpy teen thriller that appeals best to the younger set. If anything, it’s probably brought more awareness. But it’s certainly not how we wanted this to play out.
WWD: Did this come as a surprise to you or did her behavior on-set indicate that this would be a risk?
A.S.: She was a total professional. She came prepared every day, was always on time, and delivered a fantastic performance. I’m not too close with Mischa personally, so I was a bit surprised by all of this, but certainly not shocked. I hear the rumors like everyone else. The whole thing makes me a little sad.
Actress Mischa Barton, who has been trying to resurrect her career after it got sidetracked following the end of The O.C., couldn’t have picked a worse day to end up being hospitalized for a reported nervous breakdown, as it caused her to miss the New York premiere of her newest film, Homecoming. on Thursday night.
“I found out she wasn’t going to be here last night,” producer Benji Kohn revealed to OK!. “We were very surprised. We didn’t have the details. We just heard the basics — that she was going through personal issues. That was the extent of it.”
One irony repeated by everyone at the premiere was just how well Mischa slipped into playing the role of a disturbed young woman who gets nasty revenge on her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend.
“She was fantastic,” says the film’s director, Morgan J. Freeman. “She really enjoyed carving out this sort of psychotic character.”
However, Freeman made it clear that Mischa is not the twisted person you see in the film. “She was playing a character that needed to be institutionalized,” he explained. “But that was acting.”
Producer Bingo Gubelmann said he actually surprised at how grounded Mischa was during the 20-day shoot. “She’s been an actress her entire life, and a lot of people who are like that, have kind of a disconnect,” he explained. “But she was, and she is, very professional and normal, and is very fun to hang out with. It is very fun to hang out with her, and hopefully it’s going to be fun to hang out with her sooner rather than later.”
As for Mischa’s arrest for DUI that caused the filmmakers to halt production, Gubelmann said, “I thought that was going to be the end-all. We weren’t really sure how she was going to be when she came back, but she was so apologetic and she was just like ‘let’s get right back at it.’ It was awesome to watch. She dove deeper into the character, and could take some of that anxiety of the stress of that situation out on a film that was shooting in the middle of nowhere, Pennsylvania.”
And while Gubelmann hasn’t talked to Mischa since hearing of her hospitalization, he does have a positive message for her: “This in no way affects my opinion of her as an actress, and I would gladly work with her in any project moving forward.”
A producer on Mischa Barton‘s new flick Homecoming isn’t thrilled she missed the NYC premiere after being involuntarily checked into a psych ward Wednesday.
“It’s frustrating. And it’s not ideal,” Bingo Gubelmann told Usmagazine.com at the Thursday premiere. “It’s frustrating, but I’m not going to sit here and trash her because we’re young as a company and we’ve got to live and learn…I don’t want to be known as the producer that will turn on any actress at the drop of that hat.”
While rolling his eyes, Gubelmann continued that “it’s hard to remember” why he chose Barton to star in his indie flick, “because, you know, she’s not here right now.
“Now, I haven’t spoken to her yet because she’s totally unreachable, so I don’t know exactly what happened. I mean, I’m not as good at taking the high road a some people and yes, it would obviously be nice if she was here. Even just to hang out,” he went on.
Gubelmann said Barton didn’t seem “at all” unstable while shooting the flick in less than a month, 16 hours a day.
“She did it and she did an amazing job. It’s like, maybe she went method and maybe that’s what happened!” he said, laughing.
Producer Austin Stark was more sympathetic toward the actress, who required a police escort from her Hollywood Hills home to the hospital.
“I think we would have loved to have had her come out and support the movie, [but] you know, we wish her the best and obviously we hope she gets better,” he told Us. “Obviously, it’s a trying time for her. I mean, obviously we’d like her to be here but I don’t think it hurts the movie.”
Added producer Benji Cohen: “She’s going through a rough patch and she can’t be here. And it’s really too bad.”
Director Morgan J. Freeman told Us: “I hope Mischa is doing OK. My thoughts and prayers are with her. Health first, movie second.”
That first producer guy, Bingo Gubelmann, what an absolutely horrid example of humanity.
So I know the world is focused on Mischa’s current medical crisis, but I’m sure she would still want her work to be promoted and seen. HOMECOMING opens in limited release today in New York, Los Angeles and Louisville. Visit homecoming-movie.com for cinema locations. Make sure to go out and support the film if you’re in a nearby area.