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Bloody Disgusting reported back in April that Roxy Shih (Dark/Web, The Tribe) will direct Painkillers, a dramatic thriller with major horror elements written by Giles Daoust.
Now, we can report that the film will feature Mischa Barton (Sixth Sense, Homecoming, The Basement), alongside the previously announced Adam Huss (pictured; “Power”), Madeline Zima (“Californication”, “Twin Peaks”), and Grant Bowler (“Defiance”, “True Blood”), with Debra Wilson (“Mad TV”) and Naomi Grossman (“American Horror Story”).
In the film, “After a terrible car crash in which his son dies, brilliant surgeon John Clarke, tormented by guilt, becomes prey to an unbearable physical pain. While his marriage starts disintegrating, John soon finds out that the only thing that can ease his pain is the taste of human blood. When he encounters Herb Morris, a man who claims he can help him get his life back, John embarks upon a nightmarish journey through which he will either have to come to terms with his pain… or become a monster.”
Filming is currently underway in Los Angeles.
Luke Barnett (Fear, Inc.) and Vincent Masciale will produce under their Lone Suspect banner alongside Giles Daoust and Catherine Dumonceaux on behalf of Title Media. Mike Macari (The Ring franchise) and Alain Berliner (Golden Globe Winner for “My Life in Pink”) are executive producing.
Roxy Shih is an internationally acclaimed Taiwanese-American director whose work has screened at an array of festivals such as The LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto Independent, and Dances with Films. Her feature length debut, The Tribe, won multiple awards on the festival circuit, including Best Director at Other Worlds Austin. She most recently directed the first season of Dark / Web (Hannah Marks, Nicholas Brendon), a horror and sci-fi anthology series that explores the dangers of living in a totally connected world. The series is expected to come out fall 2017.
Lone Suspect also partnered with Title Media on their last film, Fear, Inc., which stars Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), Caitlin Stasey (A.P.B.), and Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin (“Scream Queens”). Fear, Inc. premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival where it sold to Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment.
Title Media’s credits include Starry Eyes (SXSW 2014) and the upcoming films Radius(Diego Klattenhoff, Charlotte Sullivan) and Hostile (Xavier Gens).
American actress Mischa Barton is enjoying a winter holiday Down Under.
The 31-year-old, best known for playing Marissa Cooper on teen drama The O.C., flew into Sydney, Australia last month.
She is joined by her boyfriend, Melbourne model James Abercrombie, the son of wealthy former Victorian Liberal Party treasurer Andrew Abercrombie.
‘The jet lag is worth it!’ Mischa Barton is enjoying a surprise winter road trip in Australia with her Melbourne model boyfriend James Abercrombie
In late July, Mischa took to Instagram to mark her first day Down Under with a snap of the sunset overlooking one of Sydney’s small islands on the harbour.
She captioned the post: ‘Oh hey Sydney. the jet lag is worth it if you get this sunset.’
‘Thanks for being so beautiful and all the good memories. Oh, and I climbed the Harbour Bridge… it was really cool!’
She appeared to travel south and followed up the post up with a snap of the iconic Brighton Beach Boxes, which she captioned: ‘Australia’s natural winter beauty.’
New love: She is joined by her boyfriend, Melbourne model James Abercrombie, the son of wealthy former Victorian Liberal Party treasurer Andrew Abercrombie
What a view! In late July, Mischa took to Instagram to mark her first day Down Under with a snap of the sunset overlooking one of Sydney’s small islands on the harbour
She later told fans she was on a road trip, likely joined by her Australian boyfriend, sharing a photo of herself posing in front of a Range Rover.
Mischa’s social media followers speculated she visiting Portsea Back Beach on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
‘Have a nice drive. I hope you’re well,’ a fan commented. Meanwhile, another wrote in reference to The O.C., ‘This pic reminds me of you and Ryan’.
Sightseeing: She appeared to travel south and followed up the post up with a snap of the iconic Brighton Beach Boxes, which she captioned: ‘Australia’s natural winter beauty’
Road trip! Mischa later told fans she was on a road trip, likely joined by her Australian boyfriend, sharing a photo of herself posing in front of a Range Rover
The London-born actress also posted a snap of herself with her arms wide open at what looks like a national park vantage point.
Clearly loving her time in the wilderness, she wrote in the caption: ‘Happy to be in Australia.’
Mischa has also visited Point Nepean National Park, according to her Instagram account.
‘Happy to be in Australia’: The London-born actress also posted a snap of herself with her arms wide open at what looks like a national park vantage point
She’s a stunner! Meanwhile, James has also shared snaps of his girlfriend posing with a vintage Aston Martin convertible
Meanwhile, James has also shared snaps of his girlfriend posing with a vintage Aston Martin convertible.
Their relationship was confirmed by his management just months ago.
‘James met Mischa at a party in Los Angeles just on a month ago. They then headed off on a small trip to France,’ a rep claimed.
‘He is now back in Los Angeles and they are spending a lot of time together.’
Early days: Their relationship was confirmed by James’s management just months ago
Mischa Barton discovered some heartbreaking news about the death of a family member during a session with a medium.
The OC star, who recently opened up about her $500,000 sex tape trauma , discussed “a passing that happened too early” with self-proclaimed medium Tyler Henry for an upcoming episode of Hollywood Medium.
“It’s a very selective way that this individual’s presenting themselves when it came to what they showed emotionally and what they showed mentally,” the medium explained.
“And so in that sense, there’s almost a feeling of an isolating element to this.”
The 31-year-old actress revealed that Tyler’s description applied to her Uncle Jared.
“Jared, he was my uncle. He wasn’t very well mentally and they put him in a home and there’s some question over whether it was suicide or an accident, so it was left very unresolved and it was very painful for the family at the time,” she said.
“There’s a big question mark around his death because nobody was there.”
Earlier this year, Mischa had a meltdown and was found by paramedics semi-naked and screaming her mother was a witch.
She was hospitalised and later claimed she had been unknowingly fed a date rape drug while partying with friends.
In a statement, Misha said: “On the evening of the 25th [January], I went out with a group of friends to celebrate my birthday. While having drinks, I realized that something was not right as my behavior was becoming erratic and continued to intensify over the next several hours.
“I voluntarily went to get professional help, and I was informed by their staff that I had been given GHB. After an overnight stay, I am home and doing well.”
It isn’t the first time the child star has been hospitalised, Mischa was placed under psychiatric care in 2009 after threatening to kill herself, and though she was never actually suicidal, she admitted she felt very “depressed” and was struggling to cope with life.
Earlier this year, she spoke about the problems she faced in her twenties when her work schedule was so packed she had a mental breakdown.
“I probably took about eight days off that entire year , and I had no time to myself,” she revealed on Dr Phil.
“I didn’t realise I was exhausting myself. Ultimately, what really happened was they wanted me to be able to continue working and to go on to the next show. They wanted to like give me a bunch of prescription pills to like, super young, not taken any kinds of those medicines, wasn’t really meant for me.”
Mischa was placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold – the same one that Britney Spears and Amanda Bynes experienced – after threatening suicide, and was taken to a psych ward to recover.
But she told People magazine in 2013 that she was over the worst of her mental illness, adding: “I’m stronger now, and I’m excited for what’s ahead.”
She became a household name as Marissa Cooper on The OC.
And on Wednesday, Mischa Barton is set to return to TV screens – this time for the E! show Hollywood Medium.
On the show, the 31-year-old learned more about her late uncle’s passing, which she said was ‘left very unresolved’ and ‘was very painful for the family at the time.’
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Mischa Barton returned to TV screens – this time for the E! show Hollywood Medium.
Tyler Henry, who stars on the Hollywood Medium, revealed that someone presented their self during her reading.
In a preview clip, the 21-year-old medium said that the situation is ‘kind of tragic’ and there’s an ‘isolative element to this.’
He noted that the individual is ‘very selective’ on how they presented their self to him ’emotionally and what they showed mentally.’
Tyler said that the individual knows ‘that there will be questions around this passing’ due to ‘where it would have happened.’
Focused: The 31-year-old actress learned more about her late uncle’s passing, which she said was ‘left very unresolved’ and ‘was very painful for the family at the time’
Taking it all in: Tyler said that the individual knows ‘that there will be questions around this passing’ due to ‘where it would have happened’
The clairvoyant explained that this person ‘is having me acknowledge’ him and that ‘he puts himself in the context of being alone.’
When asked about how this person feels about that – whether positive, negative or unresolved – Tyler clarified and said that while they were alive, it was a ‘unresolved feeling.’
Adding that ‘in death, I believe that this individual has come to terms with this.’
Getting to the bottom of it: The clairvoyant explained that this person ‘is having me acknowledge’ him and that ‘he puts himself in the context of being alone’
Mischa explained that it could be her uncle, who ‘wasn’t very well mentally’ and was ‘in a home.’
The TV star noted that her family never knew if it ‘was suicide or an accident’ and that ‘there’s a big question mark around his death because nobody was there.’
Tyler finished her session by concluding that her uncle had no anger about his passing.
Getting more clarity: Mischa explained that it could be her uncle who ‘wasn’t very well mentally’ and was ‘in a home’
‘Passing away for him was to some extent a relief and he found a sense of peace and he has that,’ Tyler explained to Mischa.
Mischa gained fame while starring on The OC from 2003 until 2006; she starred alongside Rachel Bilson, Benjamin McKenzie and Adam Brody.
The Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry’s episode with Mischa Barton airs on Wednesday at 9 pm on E!.
In the UK, catch The Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry Thursdays on hayu, reality on demand and premieres Sundays at 9pm on E!
Strike a pose: Mischa gained fame while starring on The OC from 2003 until 2006; pictured in an Instagram picture from mid-July
Blast from the past: She became a household name as Marissa Cooper on The OC; pictured with OC co-stars Benjamin McKenzie, Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson in 2004