July 25, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
The quirky comedy about family life in suburbia has been done many times before, but count us in as being intrigued by the first trailer for “The Oranges”, which features a winning cast and some genuinely funny moments. Leighton Meester plays Nina, a young woman who returns home to her family in West Orange, FL, where she proceeds to turn their lives and the lives of the family of their best friends upside down when she begins seeing her father Terry’s (Oliver Platt) best friend David (Hugh Laurie). Needles to say, her mom Carol (Allison Janney), David’s ex-wife Paige (Catherine Keener) and their two kids Vanessa (Alia Shawkat) and Toby (Adam Brody) are a bit put-off by the idea.
The Julian Farino-directed dramedy premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival and, more than a year later, will finally be released on October 5th, 2012. The first trailer can be viewed below.
April 27, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
The last time Elizabeth Olsen ended up in upstate New York at a new age commune, it didn’t work out so well. But thankfully, the hippies who occupy “Peace Love and Misunderstanding” look much less sinister than the ones who terrorized her in “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” Here, Olsen plays daughter to Catherine Keener’s soon-to-be-divorced mother, who drives her kids (Nat Wolff plays Olsen’s younger brother) to grandma Jane Fonda’s house in Woodstock, New York. There, the three generations deal with family drama as well as relationship woes and Olsen finds some relief from writer’s block in the form of Chace Crawford.
The Bruce Beresford film was actually Olsen’s feature debut and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last September. “Peace Love and Misunderstanding” will open in limited release on June 8th. Watch the first trailer below.
January 7, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
in Interviews, Lists
Elizabeth Olsen steps out from the shadows of older sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley and poses for a feature in V Magazine’s “The Discovery Issue”, nominated as the “New Ingenue” by feature debut “Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding” co-star Chace Crawford. Eschewing her older sisters’ child-acting road to success and refusing the many built-in connections that would get her to the top through the “who you know” route, Olsen took the high road. She did children’s theater and school plays, studied acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and even studied abroad at Russia’s Art Theatre School in Moscow. Her professional work before this year revolved around understudying parts on and off Broadway.
She tells V, “If I could live a parallel life, I would live in Russia. “The [stage combat] teacher and I got along even though he didn’t speak English. He was trying to demonstrate something and asked for a guy. I kind of scoffed and raised my hand, because he didn’t ask any of the chicks to volunteer. And we did this exercise where you have to block someone from slapping your head. It was funny, though, because he wasn’t letting me down easy; I actually had to work to avoid getting hit.”
All her hard work is now paying off as she starts off her debut year as a film actress with no less than three films already under her belt: “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” opposite Crawford, Catherine Keener and Jane Fonda, the horror film “The Silent House” in which she stars almost exclusively and the indie “Martha Marcy May Marlene”.
Sounds like Olsen will have no problem getting people to see her as more than just Mary-Kate and Ashley’s little sister.