Thursday, April 18, 2024

Olsen Twins Have Not Seen Little Sister’s Big Movie


Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sister of Mary Kate and Ashley, is breaking out as a big movie star. At Sundance, she received kudos for her work in Sean Durkin’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” an indie film that won high praise and immediately got a distributor. Now the film is going to the Cannes Film Festival, which is quite an achievement. But neither Mary Kate nor Ashley has seen it. Last night I ran into them at P.J. Clarke’s in the World Financial Center, right before the start of the Tribeca Film Festival screening of Cameron Crowe’s “The Union.” They were drooped over a wooden booth, sitting across from Lauren Hutton, who was giving them some kind of advice. At first I thought the twin nearest me was actually Elizabeth (they all have a strong family resemblance). But it was Mary Kate. After we sorted that out, I asked them if they’d seen the film. Neither one had, and it’s unclear whether they will accompany Elizabeth to Cannes. I did not ask them what they thought of Charlie Sheen’s missing goddess, Bree Olsen, using their last name for her pseudonym.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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