Trio rush to make 'Deadline'

5:00 AM PST 06/06/2008 by Gregg Goldstein, AP

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Brittany Murphy, Thora Birch and Tammy Blanchard are starring in the psychological thriller "Deadline."

In the "Shining"-style feature, Murphy plays a scribe who travels to an abandoned house to write a screenplay. A bout of writer's block and other unforeseen events lead her to a psychological breakdown.

Sean McConville is making his directorial debut with the independently financed feature, which began principal photography Wednesday in Louisiana. Roger Betterton is producing. Marc Blucas also stars.

Murphy, repped by Paradigm, next appears in the thriller "Across the Hall."

Birch is repped by Special Artists Agency and Keep the Peace Management.

ICM reps Blanchard. (partialdiff)
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