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To mark the release of The Bling Ring on DVD and Blu-ray (out now) we’ve been given 3 copies of the movie to give away on Blu-ray. The movie stars Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Israel Broussard, Claire Julien, Katie Chang, Leslie Mann and is directed by Sofia Coppola.
In the fame-obsessed world of Los Angeles, a group of teenagers take us on a thrilling and disturbing crime-spree in the Hollywood hills. Based on true events, the group, who were fixated on a life of glamour, tracked their celebrity targets online, and stole more than $3 million in luxury goods from their homes. Their victims included Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Rachel Bilson, and the gang became known in the media as “The Bling Ring.”. In The Bling Ring, Oscar Winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola takes us inside the hedonistic world of these youthful teenage wannabes, where naivete and excitement is amplified by »
★★☆☆☆ We all, if being honest, envy to some degree the lifestyles of Hollywood's rich and famous. For most however, lusting after their wealth ends with reading celebrity magazines or watching the latest TV documentary. Not so for the Californian kids whose true story forms the basis for Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring (2013), which stars Israel Broussard, Katie Chang and Emma Watson. Marc (Broussard) is the new boy in town, and as such feels an outsider at his new school. At least until he is befriended by Rebecca (Katie Chang) who has discovered a way to get close to her Hollywood idols and share their lifestyle.
However as their lucrative new sideline is anything but legal, it's not long before the police come knocking at Rebecca's door - and you can be sure she's not going down alone. If you were expecting a tense and gritty drama of bored, dysfunctional La kids, »
- CineVue UK
The Bling Ring, 2013.
Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.
The Bling Ring is the latest film to be "inspired by true events". Despite which aspects are actually true, the film revolves around Rebecca (Katie Chang), a teenager in high school who has an obsession with celebrities and their lifestyles. A new boy at her school, Marc (Israel Broussard), starts to hang out with her and quickly learns that she not only has a celebrity obsession but also an obsession with stealing. Once they become closer they start using the internet to find out when celebrities are out of town so they can sneak into their houses and steal from them. After »
- Gary Collinson
To celebrate the release of Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, below is a fantastic clip of one of the many home release extras which features Ms Coppola discussing Paris Hilton’s first hand involvement in the making of the film.
The Bling Ring is based on the Vanity Fair article ‘The Suspect Wore Louboutins’ and tells the true to life tale of a group of fame-obsessed teenagers who use the internet to follow celebrities and subsequently rob their homes. Sofia Coppola’s tale of wealth and thievery in the Hollywood Hills features every big name of 2005 and no name was mightier than that of Paris Hilton’s.
The Bling Ring is out on DVD, Blu-Ray and Download today in the UK. »
- Ellen Daniels
Directors: Sophia Coppola
Running Time: 90 minutes
The Bling Ring revolves around a group of celebrity obsessed teenage girls who turn to robbing the houses of their heroes. It is based upon the Vanity Fair exposé article “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” and revolves around true events.
The Bling Ring is directed, written and produced by Sofia Coppola, a filmmaker that has seen many of her films greeted with mixed responses from critics and movie-goers alike. Here she assembles an very young cast in a film that is probably her most mainstream and accessible to date. Emma Watson and Taissa Varmiga (Vera’s sister) lead newcomers Israel Broussard, Katie Chang and Claire Julien as the »
- Paul Heath
With such films as Marie Antoinette and Somewhere, writer/director Sofia Coppola has carved a niche for herself as cinema’s premiere chronicler of privileged ennui. However, in her latest cinematic offering, The Bling Ring, Coppola steps outside of the insular world of the wealthy and bored to focus her lens on characters desperate to get inside it. My review after the jump. Based on Nancy Jo Sales' Vanity Fair article "The Suspect Wore Louboutins,” The Bling Ring tells the true story of a gang of fame-obsessed, materialistic L.A. teenagers who broke into the homes of such celebrities as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom, stealing nearly $3 million in cash and belongings. Perhaps out of respect for her real-life source material, Coppola has decided to shoot her young subjects in a more docu-realistic fashion than is typical of the teen movie genre, and the result is a »
- Harrison Pierce
The Bling Ring marks Sofia Coppola’s first feature since 2010′s outstanding Somewhere and faces the challenge of living up to the quality of this and her previous body of work. Whilst The Bling Ring is an enjoyable watch, it ultimately feels as superficial and shallow as its central characters.
Based on real events, The Bling Ring documents a group of teens who break into the homes of some of America’s biggest celebrities.
Coppola’s narrative presents us with teens burglarising the homes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Orlando Bloom simply because they can. This is handled with a lack of insight or depth which can result in The Bling Ring becoming quite a frustrating watch – it is not clear whether Coppola is making a statement about obsession with celebrity or »
- Phil Wheat
Sofia Coppola's flimsy true tale centres on a gang of vacuous, venal and vain teens who break into the celebrity homes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, etc, (very easily; sometimes the keys are under the mat) and pilfer their designer gear. The most interesting character is impressionable Sam (Israel Broussard), whose loneliness leads him into the clutches of Rebecca (Katie Chang) and Nicki (Emma Watson). As shallow as its characters. »
Director Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD, bringing this incredible true story to life in the comfort of your own home. We have an exclusive featurette that breaks down the celebrity culture that this group of real-life teenagers so desperately wanted to be a part of, And did so by stealing more than $3 million in merchandise from the homes of the rich and famous. In addition, we have a second featurette that explains how The Bling Ring so easily broke into the home of Paris Hilton, who is featured in the movie.
A group of celebrity-fixated teens living in the suburbs of Los Angeles begin burglarizing the empty homes of the rich and famous by tracking the celebrities' whereabouts via the internet. The ringleader, Rebecca (Katie Chang) leads the group of misfits including Marc (Israel Broussard), Nicki (Emma Watson), Sam (Taissa Farmiga) and »
In stores this week, Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring is based on real events that took place between 2008 and 2009. The ring raided the homes of Hollywood stars like Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom and Megan Fox. "It's fine. Let's keep going" is the mantra of bling leader, Rebecca (Katie Chang). All told, the Bling Ringers raked in nearly $3 million in stolen goods. The film, starring Emma Watson and Leslie Mann, is fast and loose with a running time of just over 80 minutes, but the DVD extras are plenty. Marc (Israel Broussard) and his new pals hung out a Paris Hilton's pad way longer than a few hours—the heiress allowed Coppola's film crew to shoot in her actual home. Meaning, »
Why do kids want to live like celebrities? There's no definitive answer to that question, but Sofia Coppola explores the mindset of that kind of youth in "The Bling Ring." Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival before hitting theaters this summer, you might have missed the writer/director's take on a culture obsessed with brands and fame. And whether you're now catching up or if you're a fan of the movie, we've got a pretty great prize pack for some lucky readers. But first, let's recap what this movie is all about. Starring Emma Watson, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Julien, Taissa Farmiga and more, the film chronicles the true story of some affluent, bored teens who start breaking into celebrity homes and using them as their own personal shopping mall. Coppola certainly captures the surreal nature of it all, and how addictive their behaviour became, until of course, it »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Based on the real-life Bling Ring crew, Sofia Coppola's film tells the story of the Los Angeles teens whose claim to infamy was robbing the homes of celebrities. The teens who used the internet to track the whereabouts of rich celebs are portrayed by Emma Watson, Katie Chang, Taissa Farmiga, Israel Broussard, and Claire Julien.
Watch: Go behind-the-scenes with Taissa Farmiga (Video)
Why We're In: Coppola's approach to the tabloid-heavy story is one of the most compelling aspects of "The Bling Ring"," as she neither praises the characters, criticizes, or satirizes them. We get to watch the teens from an honest perspective and arrive at our own deduction of how technology and youth obsession with fame impact contemporary culture. "The Bling Ring" was also one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far).
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- Erin Whitney
This week: It's up to Brad Pitt to figure out a way to slow down a global zombie pandemic in "World War Z," a summer blockbuster with a new unrated cut that will excite horror fans disappointed with the PG-13 theatrical cut.
Also new this week is Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" based on true events, Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon and the educational documentary "Space Junk 3D" on Blu-ray 3D.
Box Office: $201 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 67% Fresh
Storyline: Former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is forced back into duty to protect his family and the rest of humanity from a global zombie pandemic that is toppling governments and plunging the world into chaos. The action moves from New York to Jerusalem to Wales as Gerry races against time to find a way to »
- Robert DeSalvo
Viola Davis is sad because her daughter when missing. I'm sad because Hollywood keeps underusing her!Cinema Blend on the giving-too-much-away promotion of crime thriller Prisoners. I must add that one thing they're not giving away is Viola Davis. She's barely in the trailers, despite the fact that her daughter -- not just Hugh Jackman's -- also goes missing!
The Dissolve on racial profiling at screenings of Lee Daniels' The Butler
Joe & Nick talking about Supporting Actor (thus far this year) with notes on the men of The Place Beyond the Pines (have you heard they're all going supporting in Oscar campaigns?) and James Franco in Spring Breaker
Joe & Nick talking about Supporting Actress »
- NATHANIEL R
Lily Collins is the latest celebrity to star in a "supervideo" -- a movie-like music video directed by a big name for MTV. The Mortal Instruments star appears alongside Ashley Rickards of "Awkward" and Bling Ring actor Israel Broussard in the clip for the M83 track "Claudia Lewis." The video was directed by The Help and Twilight actress Bryce Dallas Howard. »
- Shari Weiss
It’s been a couple of years now since Bryce Dallas Howard announced her intentions to move into directing with her original co-written script “The Originals.” Though that project has yet to materialize, Howard hasn’t given up on her directorial career and has helmed the music video for the latest single from M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Part of MTV’s “Supervideos” series that pairs actor-turned-directors with indie bands, the music video for “Claudia Lewis” (via Pitchfork) stars Lily Collins (star of the upcoming Ya-adaptation “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”) as an alien hiding among teenagers that include Israel Broussard (“The Bling Ring”) and Ashley Rickard (MTV show “Awkward”). In an interview with Vogue, Howard cites the Nicolas Roeg-helmed and David Bowie-starring sci-fi film “The Man Who Fell To Earth” as an inspiration for the music video. We don’t really see the connection, »
- Cain Rodriguez
★★★☆☆ In UK cinemas this week following its Cannes Un Certain Regard debut, Sofia Coppola follows up 2010's so-so Somewhere with The Bling Ring (2013). Based on journalist Nancy Jo Sales' Vanity Fare article 'The Suspect Wore Louboutins', Coppola's latest is a hyper-stylised satire on the role of celebrity - but how far can a film about shallowness go before it becomes shallow itself? The Bling Ring charts a gang of over-privileged, under-achieving teens whose obsession with the lives of the rich and famous leads them into committing a series of housebreaks across the palatial mansions that litter the Hollywood Hills.
Using entertainment blogs to alert them of when their idols will be out of town, this conceited teen crime movie also reflects a world where social networking has diluted the principles of privacy, bringing the once unattainable stars of stage and screen within touching distance. They eventually get caught, but »
- CineVue UK
Digital Spy sat down with Coppola to discuss how she approached the stranger-than-fiction story and her decision to cast Watson against type as the shallow, self-deluded Nicki.
The film debuted in May at the Cannes Film Festival.
> Emma Watson: 'Bling Ring research gave me anxiety'
> 'The Bling Ring' review: Edinburgh Film Festival 2013
The Bling Ring is released in the UK on July 5. »
Director: Sofia Coppola.
Running time: 90 minutes.
Synopsis: A group of bored, fame-obsessed teenagers decide to ditch their homework duties and burglarise celebrity houses.
Sofia Coppola is one of Hollywood’s leading female directors. She already has The Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation, Marie Antoinette and Somewhere tucked under her belt and is known for pushing forward her female protagonists, ensuring they steal the limelight and stay there. With The Bling Ring, her new feature film, you’ll find it hard to look away.
Based on actual events, Coppola took inspiration from a Vanity Fair article (The Suspect Wore Louboutins written by Nancy Jo Sales) to base her narrative around new kid Marc (Israel Broussard), a fashion-conscious but lonely teenage boy who moves to a new school. There he meets Rebecca (Katie Chang), the Lindsay Lohan-obsessed »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Chicago – “The Bling Ring” is the latest film from director Sofia Coppola. Her universe of the American Dream is filtered through a circumstance of Hollywood privilege. Who better to understand the end of the world than a director in the grasp of the modern film industry? The end is near.
The following are five signs of the coming apocalypse as filtered through “The Bling Ring.” The white hot nature of the left coast comes through as they are closest to the flame of the end, and therefore produce entertainments that presuppose those days. “The Bling Ring,” besides being excellent social commentary on L.A. society, has the following signs of the essential end of times.
Photo credit: A24
The Celebrity Culture Becomes Culture
The worship of celebrity becomes so acute in “The Bling Ring »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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