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Olivia Thirlby Goes Noir For 'The White Orchid'; 'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield Joins 'The Purge 2' & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • January 8, 2014 5:41 PM
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New year, new movies, new news. Over at THR we hear of a new project for Olivia Thirlby, who this website wishes got more work, so hurrah.

'Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance' Remake Gets A Director, 'Fast & Furious 7' Keeps Casting & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 12, 2013 11:18 AM
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With TIFF in full swing, letters are being frantically crossed and dotted on all manner of contracts, agreements and bar-room napkins. Here are a few that we managed to smuggle across the Canadian border, hidden inside a stuffed moose...

10 Undervalued Actors Who Deserve To Get More Work

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 28, 2012 2:26 PM
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This week sees the release of Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," a gripping little crime movie than threatens to be one of The Playlist's highlights of 2012. And among its many pleasures is the chance to see some character actor favorites like James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and newer up-and-comers like Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn given substantial roles to chew on. Best of all is a major role for the incomparably great Richard Jenkins.

Olivia Thirlby Talks Loving Her "Flawed" Character In 'Nobody Walks,' More 'Dredd' & Her 5 Favorite Performances

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • October 18, 2012 2:05 PM
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After a long spate of supporting performances in films such as "Juno," "The Darkest Hour," "Being Flynn," and most recently "Dredd," the talented but under-utilized Olivia Thirlby is finally getting leading roles in which she can truly shine, starting with this week's "Nobody Walks" (read our review here). Playing an artist/film director who nobody seems to be able to resist, the actress displays an inner magnetism that should get her cast in more projects to come. (On the wish list: potentially portraying Carole King in "Girls Like Us.")

Review: 'Nobody Walks' Is A Sensual, Emotionally Complex Film With Humor & Humanity

  • By Cory Everett
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  • October 10, 2012 1:01 PM
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Martine (Olivia Thirlby), a 23-year-old New York artist arrives in LA to complete a short film for an upcoming exhibit. We see her embracing a lover in the airport parking lot and just before things get too carried away, she puts on the brakes and tells him that it was nice meeting him on the plane. This girl is going to be trouble. The opening credits roll as Martine makes her way from the airport, gazing out the window to take everything in as the city rushes by. With a synthy score by Brooklyn duo Fall On Your Sword (who also scored last year’s Sundance hit “Another Earth” as well as director Ry Russo-Young’s first film “You Won’t Miss Me”), LA seems really cool. Coming from the confined apartments and gray skies of NYC (in the winter anyway) the wide open spaces of the west coast start to look really attractive.

Actresses Line Up To Play Carly Simon & Carole King In 'Girls Like Us' With Taylor Swift As Joni Mitchell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2012 8:59 AM
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How many women does it take to greenlight a movie about folk legends Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King? Well, more than one at any rate as the developing biopic "Girls Like Us" continues moving at Sony. Back in the spring Taylor Swift and Alison Pill were contending for the parts of Mitchell and King, and while the former seems to have gone through, the latter is facing some competition, as more actresses line up to play Simon. And it's a pretty strong list of talent in the mix.

10 New Pics From 'Nobody Walks' Starring John Krasinski & Olivia Thirlby Plus Soundtrack Details

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 13, 2012 11:42 AM
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Starring John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt and an excellent supporting cast that features Dylan McDermott, Justin Kirk, and one-to-watch up-and-comers like India Ennenga, Rhys Wakefield and Jane Levy, "Nobody Walks" is one of our favorite indie dramas of the fall. The third feature-length effort from Ry Russo-Young (2009's celebrated indie "You Wont Miss Me"), "Nobody Walks" is also co-written by one of Young's high school pals, one Lena Dunham, the star and creator of HBO's "Girls."

Watch: New Clip From 'Dredd' Introduces Us To Drug-Filled Housing Project Peach Trees

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2012 9:22 AM
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One of the more admirable aspects of "Dredd," the 3D sci-fi actioner set to be released at the end of the month (after it hits Midnight Madness at TIFF later this week) is how contained it is. It might be a dystopian extravaganza, but the story takes place in just one building – a huge, derelict housing project with the idyllic moniker of Peach Trees. When several murders occur in Peach Trees, the Judges (futuristic investigators given the power of judge, jury and executioner) are sent in. And in a new clip from Digital Spy (courtesy of Hey U Guys), we get to see the Judges (Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby) enter Peach Trees. It's probably the calmest moment in the whole movie.

Watch: New Clip From Comic-Book Actioner 'Dredd 3D' Takes Us To The Peach Trees

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 21, 2012 2:19 PM
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We were just as surprised as you that our writer on the scene at Comic-Con didn’t completely hate the upcoming revamp of comic book hero Judge Dredd. After a troubled production history and a trailer that reminded us a little too much of this year’s excellent action extravaganza “The Raid: Redemption” (granted, “Dredd” began production long before “The Raid”), we were all but ready to write “Dredd” off as a misfire akin to Sylvester Stallone’s 1995 interpretation of the same anti-hero.

Watch: Trailer For Lena Dunham-Penned Indie 'Nobody Walks' With John Krasinski & Olivia Thirlby

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 3, 2012 3:15 PM
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Just as night follows day, so trailers generally follow posters, and hot on the heels of our exclusive premiere of the one-sheet for Ry Russo-Young's acclaimed Sundance hit "Nobody Walks" yesterday, Apple have premiered the first trailer for the film. And it looks pretty good, all in all. Co-written by "Girls" sensation Lena Dunham, the film follows Martine, a 23-year-old artist from New York City, who stays in the pool house of a Los Angeles family to complete work on her art film. But the characters' worlds are quickly upheaved as lust, desire and deception come creeping into the seemingly idyllic setting.

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