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Review: 'Silent House' Manages Some Surrealistic Thrills Inside Some Rigid Technical Restraints

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 6, 2012 10:01 AM
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"Silent House" has a nifty hook – it's being billed as a "real time" (probably not) horror movie filled in a single, unified shot (again: there are eight separate shots, but that's still pretty impressive). In a way it's a stylish extension of the current found footage craze, as we're locked into a single character (played, with believable intensity, by Elizabeth Olsen) as she scurries around a dilapidated lake house, but it also allows for far more flowery filmmaking (particularly in the film's freaky final act). What makes "Silent House" such an exceptional little genre treat is that, locked into a very rigid technical framework, filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, have gone out of their way to make a genuinely scary, occasionally surreal, intensely imaginative thriller. What could have simply been an exercise ends up being truly engaging.

Elizabeth Olsen Confirms 'Oldboy' Conversations; Says She's A "Huge Fan" Of Spike Lee

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 4:22 PM
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Rising actres Elizabeth Olsen is certainly doing her best to put a little bit of variety on her filmography. Of course, the actress broke out in the cult drama "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and since then, she's appeared in a few different films, ranging from this year's Sundance entries, the dramedy "Liberal Arts" and the thriller "Red Lights," and this weekend she'll star in the flat out horror vehicle "Silent House." But just last week, word cropped up of another possible project, with reports surfacing that Olsen had been offered the female lead in Spike Lee's "Oldboy" remake. And as Olsen tells, she's indeed eyeing the movie and would take it the role in a heartbeat.

Elizabeth Olsen The Latest Actress Offered The Role Of Marie In Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2012 7:19 PM
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While Spike Lee and the team behind "Oldboy" haven't yet found their leading lady, you gotta at least respect that they are going for some pretty solid talent. Rooney Mara was the first one to be offered the female lead in the film, before passing on it while Mia Wasikowska was also sought to join before the end of the year. Alas that didn't work out either, as yet another offer is going out, this time to rising "Martha Marcy May Marlene" star and recent Spirit Award nominee Elizabeth Olsen.

Watch: That Dubbed Trailer 'Red Lights' Is Now Available In English For Your Viewing Pleasure

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 2, 2012 12:42 PM
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One of the most divisive films from the recent Sundance Film Festival seemed to be "Red Lights," from "Buried" director Rodrigo Cortes. The filmmaker's sophomore effort touted an impressive cast, including Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy and Elizabeth Olsen.

Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain & Jennifer Lawrence Are Vanity Fair's 2012 Ingenues

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 1:43 PM
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Vanity Fair loves the ladies. For their annual Hollywood issue the magazine has once again gone with hot young things for their cover, making it three straight years the boys have left off from strutting their stuff (excluding the 2009 issue which for some reason had Barack Obama fronting the issue). But also as usual, it's hard to argue with their choices for the most part with Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence selected for the cover.

Sundance Review: 'Red Lights' Invites You To Stop, Look & Listen

  • By William Goss
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  • January 28, 2012 6:53 PM
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What you see, you can’t believe. What you can’t understand, though, can ultimately be explained. This is the modus operandi for Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy), parapsychologists primarily interested in debunking supernatural phenomena. “When I see hoof prints,” she says, “I think of horses, not unicorns.” They work out of the Scientific Paranormal Research Center, a budget-strained department of an anonymous university, luring in curious students like Sally (Elizabeth Olsen) and Ben (Craig Roberts) while butting heads with the well-supported likes of Dr. Paul Shackleton (Toby Jones).

'Very Good Girls' Starring Elizabeth Olsen & Dakota Fanning Back On, Anton Yelchin Set To Join

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 23, 2012 10:24 AM
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It's somewhat hard to imagine considering how far she's come but it was only this time last year one Elizabeth Olsen was introduced to movie-goers with her Sundance double of "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and the upcoming horror remake "Silent House." During her year, the actress has managed to fit in projects like Rodrigo Cortes' "Red Lights" and Josh Radnor's "Liberal Arts" (both of which have already been hot topics at Park City this year) but through it all mentioned that one project she attached herself to soon post-Sundance, Naomi Foner's "Very Good Girls," was struggling to find its feet.

Elizabeth Olsen & Dane Dehaan Join Daniel Radcliffe In 'Kill Your Darlings'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 12, 2012 7:48 PM
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How do you follow-up a career making turn like the Sundance 2011 favorite "Martha Marcy May Marlene" (which is strangely absent from this year's Oscar conversation)? Well, if you're actress Elizabeth Olsen, you choose what appears to be a mix of genres. She's got a horror called "Silent House" arriving in March of this year, but it was shot before her Sundance hit, so we can't quite count it. Then there's the dramedy "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding" which appeared at TIFF last year, but still doesn't appear to have distribution, and another upcoming Sundance indie called "Liberal Arts." So what to do for an encore?

Watch: Trailer For Elizabeth Olsen Horror 'Silent House' Delivers Few Creeps Or Scares

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 6, 2012 11:15 AM
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While the awards season race hasn't quite built up around "Martha Marcy May Marlene" the way many predicted, the key role in that film was played wonderfully by Elizabeth Olsen, has the been the subject of much praise from critics and audiences alike, and marked a helluva breakout feature for the the actress. Olsen may not quite have caught on in the way other breakthrough actresses like Jessica Chastain have this year, but her name is still a popular one around Hollywood, and not just because she’s the kid sister of the “Full House” wonder twins.

Elizabeth Olsen & Glenn Close To Star In Period Drama 'Therese Raquin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2011 5:33 PM
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Even though they migth be battling each other for Best Actress in a few short months at the Oscars for their performances in "Albert Nobbs" and "Martha Marcy May Marlene," Elizabeth Olsen and Glenn Close won't let that spoil any chance of the fresh faced next generation new wave actress and the respected old guard veteran from working together on a movie.

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