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By this point, everybody and their former lingerie model mother knows that Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" is based on a true story. What they may not know, however, is that the truer true story, told in journalist Nancy Jo Sales' reportorial book "The Bling Ring" (expanded from her original Vanity Fair article "The Suspects Wore Louboutins") is even wilder than the drug-fueled, celebrity-obsessed months depicted in Coppola's film.
You know how they say you can't make this s**t up? Yeah, that. Like alleged Bling Ring leading lady Rachel Lee leaving a stinky something in Rachel Bilson's house, or the self-obsessed monologues alleged accomplice-turned-reality TV star Alexis Neiers (oh yeah: She got a reality TV show, not that you'll see that hubbub on the big screen) delivered: All real.
Ahead, 16 crazy but realer-than-botox things you may not have known about the real story behind "The Bling Ring. »
- Kase Wickman
Director Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring debuted in limited release this weekend, before its national wide release on June 21. Based on a true story, this crime drama takes us inside the world of a group of teenagers who stole more than $3 million in merchandise from the homes of celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Rachel Bilson. To celebrate the forthcoming wide release, we have a contest where our readers can win a poster, a t-shirt, and the book by Nancy Jo Sales which the film was based on. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win.
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American cinema seems preoccupied with the emptiness of excess, at least in the first half of 2013. Baz Luhrmann luxuriates in the meaningless wealth of "The Great Gatsby," while Harmony Korine put his own twisted spin on the dark soul of the American dream in "Spring Breakers." And now comes Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," another look at the at-any-cost pursuit of celebrity and the worship of brand names, but it doesn't bring anything new to a conversation that seems to have run out of things to say. While the film makes pains to remind the viewer that it's "Based on true events," Coppola is less concerned with accurately capturing the ins and outs of the real-life gang than in simply recreating their criminal behavior. But unfortunately, the criminals themselves are little more than one-dimensional sketches. Katie Chang and Israel Broussard form the heart of the film as Rebecca and Mark, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director Sofia Coppola brings the true story of teenage Hollywood burglars to the silver screen with The Bling Ring, opening in theaters June 14. Between October 2008 and August 2009, seven teenagers from Calabasas, California pilfered more than $3 million in merchandise from the homes of celebrities such as Paris Hilton (whose actual house was used in the production), Audrina Patridge, Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr, Megan Fox, Brian Austin Green, and Lindsay Lohan. We recently sent Todd Gilchrist to chat with stars Taissa Farmiga (Sam), Israel Broussard (Marc), Katie Chang (Rebecca), and Claire Alys Julien (Chloe) about this drama based on an incredible true story. Check out our exclusive conversation for the inside scoop on this teen heist drama.
The new Superman is super hot, but People's critic says 20 Feet From Stardom is the weekend's best bet. See This• Man of SteelGet the paper bags ready, fanboys, because the plot of the new Superman will make you hyperventilate with its Krypton-heavy backstory and angsty vibe. Before I get to that, though, the straight ladies and gay dudes need a moment to lust after the Man of Steel himself, Henry Cavill. People, I share with you that within his first three minutes onscreen, Cavill is shirtless and on fire. I don't mean he's merely hot - or even smoldering in »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
A24 has released an all-new featurette for Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, opening nationwide June 21! Based on true events, The Bling Ring follows a group of teenagers who take a thrilling and disturbing crime-spree in the Hollywood hills. Check out cast members Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga and Israel Broussard as they break you onto the set. In limited release this weekend.
The Bling Ring - Behind the Bling Featurette
The Bling Ring was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson, Claire Alys Julien, Taissa Farmiga, Georgia Rock, Leslie Mann, Carlos Miranda. The film is directed by Sofia Coppola. »
On the balance of probabilities, Sofia Coppola‘s fifth feature is likely to be one of her most commercial; not only is it based on true events (in more certain terms than her edgy if sketchy Marie Antoinette), but the real life tale’s rooting in the cult of celebrity will almost certainly ensure that it earns its fair share of fans. Disappointing it is, then, that Coppola can’t wring much of interest out of the people behind the story, while the eminent appeal of Emma Watson in yet another boundary-pushing, post-Harry Potter presence is almost completely squandered in a throwaway supporting role. Though The Bling Ring is not a good film by any stretch of the imagination, it is still very much the sort of feature audiences would expect from the director, crowded with an indie rock soundtrack and featuring long, deliberate takes in order to focus on the existential ennui of the characters therein »
- Shaun Munro
After delving into the vacuous lifestyle of a celebrity in "Somewhere," Sofia Coppola tackles celebrity anew in "The Bling Ring," this time from the viewpoint of the teens who idolize them so much that they want to be them. Based on the Vanity Fair article "The Suspects Wore Louboutins," her new film stars Emma Watson (sporting an impeccable Valley accent and skimpy outfits that would make Harry Potter blush), Taissa Farmiga and a string of newcomers (including Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Julien and Georgia Rock) as a group of Southern California high schoolers who infamously stole close to $2 million worth of goodies from the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox. Coppola's film opens with the crew each recounting the series of events after being found out by the cops. I called up the soft-spoken Coppola to discuss what attracted her to the story, how her and »
- Nigel M Smith
Sofia Coppola’s fifth feature, The Bling Ring, is her most stylish and least interesting. It’s the true story (documented by Nancy Jo Sales in Vanity Fair) of a group of L.A. teens, some privileged, who broke into the manses of famous materialists like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan and made off with millions of dollars of designer clothes, shoes, purses, etc. Coppola has made a specialty of evoking spiritual dislocation in fabulous locales, all while moving among (and designing for) the people whose existence she finds so hollow. That’s fine — they’re her tribe. And she’s not without empathy. Or hasn’t been till now.On the evidence, she hates every lying, vacuous character in The Bling Ring — except maybe the boy, Marc (Israel Broussard), who trails after Rebecca (Katie Chang) because she’s beautiful and confident and he’s new in school and sexually »
- David Edelstein
In a summer movie season packed with superheroic men, check out this week’s "Sleeper to See" for a refreshingly subversive comedy about some amusingly antiheroic young women. The Movie: The Bling Ring The Director: Oscar-winning writer-director Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides) The Cast: Emma Watson (Harry Potter series, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Leslie Mann (This Is 40), Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Israel Broussard (Flipped) and newcomer Katie Chang. The Story: The Bling Ring is loosely based on the true story of a group of Los Angeles teenagers who made international headlines after breaking into the homes and stealing from such celebrities as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom. Why You Should...
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Emma Watson gives an impressive performance as Nicki, one member of the Hollywood thieving ring depicted in Sofia Coppola's latest film, The Bling Ring. But it makes us wonder: What ever happened to Alexis Neiers, the real-life criminal who inspired Watson's role? And did Paris Hilton ever get her jewels back, by the way? And how many of those kids charged with robbing celebrities actually saw the inside of a prison cell? If you're as curious as we are to know what's up with the real-life Bling Ring, here you go.Rachel LeeAccording to pieced-together testimony, Lee (renamed Rebecca in the film and played by Katie Chang) was the mastermind behind the Bling Ring. Her obsession with celebrity — or at least the Lindsay Lohan, reality-tv kind — led her to want to experience first-hand the big-money lifestyle she read about in the pages of Us Weekly. Named “Best Dressed” in »
- Lindsey Weber
When I'm in line at the supermarket, I see the covers of celebrity magazines, and I wonder, "Who buys this stuff? What compels them to be so interested in the lives of strangers?" We have an artificial familiarity with celebrities based on the entertainment we consume. Today, "celebrity" has even become a profession whereas it used to be you had to have some kind of tangible skill usually relating to public performance before you were constantly in the public eye. Even though celebrity worship has become engrained in our society arguably since Clara Bow became "The It Girl", media saturation has brought us to critical mass. Despite the fascinating origins of this obsession, Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring skips over the interesting, unexplored aspects, and heads straight to pedestrian observations of celebrity fixation. While it's certainly spot-on and is peppered with humorous moments, audiences can gleam the same observations from a plot synopsis. »
- Matt Goldberg
Title: The Bling Ring Directed By: Sofia Coppola Starring: Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Georgia Rock, Leslie Mann, Gavin Rossdale “The Bling Ring” isn’t as slick as “Spring Breakers,” but it benefits from a boost in credibility courtesy of its outrageous factual source material. Being the new kid at school isn’t much fun for Marc (Israel Broussard) until he crosses paths with Rebecca (Katie Chang). She immediately takes him under her wing, introducing him to her friends, bringing him to parties, and giving him something he’s always craved, a true best friend, so when Rebecca suggests they sneak into Paris Hilton’s house while she’s away, Marc follows [ Read More ]
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- Perri Nemiroff
As a 20-year-old film critic, one of the things I always look out for, and do my best to thoughtfully report on, is how filmmakers represent modern teenage life. Having been in high school only a few years ago, the lack of authenticity in cinematic representations of adolescence is a constant annoyance to me, albeit one I understand. Those who have progressed enough in their careers to actually get movies made are far removed from their teenage years, and if youth is a subject they want to tackle, they will either have to craft a period piece specific to their personal memories and experiences – which can turn out spectacularly, as both Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and David Chase’s Not Fade Away, for instance, took spots on my 2012 top-ten list – or work in a contemporary setting and risk seeming completely out of touch. While issues of language, »
- Jonathan R. Lack
"A somewhat alarming portrayal in a rather unassuming guise," Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring opens in limited release in the U.S. on Friday, June 14. The film stars Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang, and Israel Broussard, and is based on the true story of a gang of young people in Los Angeles who robbed the homes of celebrities. Our own Ryland Aldrich saw the film at Cannes last month, and his words are quoted above. He had much more to say, of course, including the following: Instead of using character development to teach the audience what went wrong with these kids (or, say, generation), Coppola just takes us on a 90-minute vacation into their fun-filled lives of coke-fueled clubbing and slo-mo selfies. Where is...
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Based on their social media personas, Katie Chang and Israel Broussard are just like most other 18 year olds. They post photos of food, offer shout-outs to friends and express professions of love toward Daft Punk. They are, of course, not like most other 18 year olds, by sheer virtue of the fact that Chang and Broussard play the lead roles in Sofia Coppola's new film, "The Bling Ring."
The latest in a recent trend of movies about the American dream gone wrong (see also "Spring Breakers" and "Pain & Gain"), "The Bling Ring" focuses on a group of teenagers who rob from the houses of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom and other celebrities simply because they can. (In most cases, the stars don't even lock their doors; Hilton had her key hidden under the doormat.) The film is based on the real-life kids who composed the Bling Ring, a group »
- Christopher Rosen
Below you can checkout a cool new featurette and 22 new photos from the upcoming Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, opening nationwide June 21st, 2013. Based on true events, the film follows a group of teenagers who take a thrilling and disturbing crime-spree in the Hollywood hills. The film features the ensemble cast starring Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Taissa Farmiga, Claire Julien, Emma Watson, Georgia Rock, Gavin Rossdale and Leslie Mann. Here’s the synopsis for the film 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 »
- Allan Ford
A24's The Bling Ring from Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette director Sofia Coppola has a new featurette from the film starring Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Taissa Farmiga, Claire Julien, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Georgia Rock, and Gavin Rossdale. This is an intriguing story, and all the more so because it's based on true events following a group of teenagers who were fixated on the glamorous life, 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.” »
Marc (Israel Broussard) meets Rebecca (Katie Chang) during his first day at a new high school. The two instantly discover a unique kinship in their adoration of high fashion and celebrity culture. Unable to afford the high dollar items they so eloquently ogle, they commence a burglary spree of celebrity homes. After suffering no repercussions from their first couple of break-ins, they invite some of their like-minded friends -- Nicki (Emma Watson), Sam (Taissa Farmiga) and Chloe (Claire Julien) -- along for a self-guided, all-inclusive tour of the homes of Hollywood's most famous narcissists. Keeping a keen eye on the gossip columns and utilizing simple Google searches, they know the home addresses for Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge, Megan Fox and Rachel Bilson, as well as precisely when the stars will be away from home. It is not without irony that the celebrities play the roles of the temptresses »
- Don Simpson
Everything's relative. And so, given that the film currently ruling the box office is about Americans encouraged by their own government to indulge their homicidal urges one night a year – we're talking about "The Purge" – it's tempting to hail the clueless young burglars in "The Bling Ring," by comparison, as veritable humanitarians.
After all, they're not out to kill or even hurt anyone. All they want is your designer shoes, your cute tops, your Rolex watches, jewelry, credit cards and cash.
And unless you're a fashionable young Hollywood celebrity, they'll probably leave you alone anyway, because you're not cool enough to rip off.
Not that Sofia Coppola's latest film, based on a true story about a band of affluent, celebrity-obsessed teen burglars in suburban Los Angeles, isn't chilling. It is, and not only because it displays the soulless nature of our fame-obsessed youth culture. It's also the fact that Coppola doesn't judge these kids. »
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