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Academy Award Winner Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode star in this “darkly wicked, beautifully executed mystery” (Los Angeles Times) by critically acclaimed filmmaker Park Chan-wook (Oldboy).
Following the tragic death of her father on her eighteenth birthday, India Stoker (Wasikowska) meets Charlie (Goode), her charismatic uncle, whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with India and her unstable mother (Kidman), both are drawn to his charming and calming demeanor. But it soon becomes clear that Charlie’s arrival was no coincidence, and that the shocking secrets of his past could affect India’s future…or shatter it completely.
Part innocent teen, part mysterious seductress, »
- Robert Greenberger
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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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.
After Sofia Coppola justly earned plaudits for The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation, a lot of good will remained for the less successful Marie Antoinette and, despite garnering the coveted Golden Lion in Venice, for the frankly mediocre and at times racist Somewhere. That good will may have come to an end.
The Bling Ring tells the true and sorry tale of a group of Hollywood teens eager to purloin the riches of the rich in order to live the Us dream. It all starts with young Mark (Israel Broussard) attending a high school for drop outs, where he is befriended by the »
- Flickering Myth
Sofia Coppola isn't worried about what the real teenage crooks who inspired The Bling Ring think of her big-screen portrayal of their exploits. At a press conference for the film at the Cannes Film Festival, the 42-year-old director acknowledged that her movie is based on the true story of a group of teens who robbed the homes of Hollywood celebrities ostensibly for fun—but it's a fictionalized take. "It's not a documentary. We made a movie, and I'm not too concerned with their reaction," the BBC quotes Coppola as saying. The filmmaker behind such acclaimed movies as The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation was asked about criticism coming from one of those involved in the »
Mainstream teen movies tend to resemble their naivete rather than exploring the more complicated world that surrounds it. Made outside that system, Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" and Francois Ozon's "Young and Beautiful" premiered at Cannes back-to-back in a serendipitous illustration of multiple alternative approaches. Coppola has focused on outsiders since her directorial debut, "The Virgin Suicides," but the trio of features she made after that took her away from teen angst and into the realm of stardom. "The Bling Ring," inspired by the Vanity Fair article about a group of teens in Calabasas, Calif. who burglarized celebrity homes, consolidates the thematic interests running throughout Coppola's movies. Yet it's also the director's lightest, unobtrusive work, and makes it possible to both comprehend its characters' limited worldview while considering its vanity from a distance. At the end a frenzied opening montage, which established a universe of celebrity obsession carried »
- Eric Kohn
Emma Watson stars in the satirical drama as one of a real-life group of fame-obsessed Hollywood teenagers who robbed the homes of celebrities including Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan between 2008 and 2009.
Digital Spy rounds up the critical verdict so far below:
Screen Daily (Mark Adams)
"An impressively mannered and vividly evocative delve into the glossily vacuous side of fame-obsessed Los Angeles, Sofia Coppola's Un Certain Regard opener The Bling Ring is a cool and smart look at the antics of young teens who stole from the rich and famous, but frustratingly lacks the drama and narrative drive to grip audiences, despite the impressive efforts of the young cast."
The Hollywood Reporter (Todd McCarthy)
"Sofia Coppola's too-cool-for-school portrait of fame-seeking miscreants is beautifully shot but light on social commentary. »
Graduation season is upon us and it’s time to start recognizing who had the best hair, who was the most ambitious and who was the biggest slacker. Check out the senior superlatives assigned to characters from your favorite teen films.
There’s no question Amanda Beckett (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Can’t Hardly Wait) had the best hair. When she walked into the party after graduation, all eyes were on her and it was perfect. On the guys side, Trip (Josh Hartnett, The Virgin Suicides) rocked some serious style. No wonder Lux fell for him.
- Stacy Lambe
We’re all big fans of writer/director Sofia Coppola after impressing with dark, fact-based debut The Virgin Suicides. Her ascent from the disappointing actress in her father’s Godfather conclusion to Oscar-winning writer and director of Lost In Translation has made her one filmmaker we’ll always enjoy seeing what comes next. And that ‘next’ project is another true-life tale, The Bling Ring.
The film follows a group of young teens whose obsession with the celebrity culture of Los Angeles led them to commit a number of burglaries in the Hollywood Hills. They were known to track their heroes whereabouts online and to break in and steal lavish gifts while away from their glamorous mansions. The likes of Paris Hilton and Orlando Bloom were said to be victims before the gang were eventually apprehended.
Check out these new stills:
- Craig Hunter
I understand how you might have different levels of reaction to the various films that Sofia Coppola has directed, but I don't understand at all when I hear people try to downplay her talents as a filmmaker. As soon as "The Virgin Suicides" ended that first theatrical screening I saw back in '99, I knew I was onboard with whatever she did in the future because that was as clear a display of filmmaker's voice as I've seen in a debut film in the last twenty years. Dreamy, literate, perfectly capturing a specific age in the life of the American teen, »
- Drew McWeeny
As we eagerly wait for the Cannes Film Festival to reveal its full 2013 lineup tomorrow, the Festival previewed a small but significant piece of information on twitter Wednesday: Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring will open Un Certain Regard on May 16. Qu’est que c’est?
— Festival de Cannes (@FdC_officiel) April 17, 2013
Un Certain Regard is part of the official Cannes lineup, but it’s separate from the official competition for the coveted Palm D’Or. It’s been »
- Lindsey Bahr
While cinephile eyes will be wearily watching the internet early tomorrow morning for the official line up of the Cannes Film Festival, organizers let out a bit of a tease today to tide everyone over. And it will involve one filmmaker making her return to the south of France. Sofia Coppola will be bringing "The Bling Ring" to Cannes, with the festival announcing that it will open the Un Certain Regard slate at the fest. Cannes is a familiar home for Coppola who unveiled both "The Virgin Suicides" and "Marie Antoinette" previously, and the Un Certain Regard category -- which is usually reserved for edgier or more genre-driven fare -- seems like a good fit for her Emma Watson-starring film about a group of no good kids who steal from celebrities. The movie was long rumored to be part of the slate in one way or another, and this »
- Kevin Jagernauth
From the creators of the Tyler Lautner six-pack workout and sunny pop promos to a cheerful consumer of roadkill
Stats 106,000 subscribers, 1.7m views
Who is he? The 30-year-old Cook only posted his first YouTube video on his Ninebrassmonkeys channel in December last year, but his multi-part documentary series, Becoming YouTube, has already become a sensation. Featuring interviews with many of the individuals in this list – Charlie McDonnell, Alex Day and so on – it entertainingly captures the spirit of the movement. "The first YouTuber I discovered was a guy called crabstickz and it was just a whole treasure trove of awesome," he says.
Pitch The official chronicler of Britain's YouTube generation. His style owes a debt to Charlie Brooker, but this is intelligent and professional film-making. His project will ultimately amount to 12 episodes and more than three hours of video content.
Signature video Anatomy of a YouTuber, Cook's debut video, »
- Killian Fox, Tim Lewis
Kirsten Dunst's style is as fashion-forward as it comes. Her roles in "The Virgin Suicides" and "Marie Antoinette" launched trend after trend, and Dunst's personal outfits make her an off-duty superstar. Surely any look on a magazine she covers should be one to copy, right? Get ready for the latest trend modeled by Kirsten Dunst: gray hair.
Billed in Bullett Magazine as "America's edgiest sweetheart," the glossy's cover story dip-dyes Dunst in a wash of silvery tones. Bullett's interview includes an outlandish declaration of Dunst's "disgust" with kissing Brad Pitt for one of her earliest film role. Her gray hair is paired with other avant-garde accessories, like ear cuffs, bronze eyeshadow and... gang signs?
According to Bullett's interview, the gang symbol was Dunst's idea. “Come on, guys,” she said. “Let’s make this controversial. Let’s sell magazines!”
Do you think Dunst makes gray look great? Take a look below! »
- The Huffington Post
Some very cool news from our brother in horror, The Arrow Aka John Fallon has landed a leading actor in his upcoming full length director debut The Shelter (like its Facebook Page here). Michael Paré (Eddie And The Cruisers, The Virgin Suicides, The Lincoln Lawyer) has signed on to play the role of Thomas. Fallon said this about casting: “For my debut, I am trying to surround myself with people that I know and trust. And the same M.O. went for the lead role of Thomas. »
- Niki Stephens
John Fallon dropped us a line with some news of his latest project, The Shelter, along with a promo poster for the flick. Check it out, and look for more on the movie which proves nowhere is safe soon!
From the Press Release
Fallon had this to say about Michael Paré’s casting:
“For my debut, I am trying to surround myself with people that I know and trust. And the same M.O. went for the lead role of Thomas. I needed an actor that I knew as a person on some level, had the chops to do the role justice and who would be an ally on set. Michael Paré was the first name on my list; in fact, »
- Uncle Creepy
The First Time Fest was created by Johanna Bennett and Mandy Ward as a way to showcase new upcoming filmmakers and their works, and to get them a head start in their industry. The festival occurred on March 1st to 4th at The Players Club in New York, which was a club started by some well-known writers and actors, including Edwin Booth (John Wilkes Booth’s brother), Mark Twain, and more.
While the festival does support new filmmakers in their journey, it also awards previous filmmakers who have made names for themselves. Being that this is the first year of the festival, the first ever John Huston Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema went to Darren Aronofsky. The award is named in honor of John Huston as he was a esteemed member of The Players Club, as well as considered to be one of the most influential writer, actor, director and producers of all times. »
- Catherina Gioino
This past weekend, March 1st to 4th, marked the first ever First Time Fest at The Player’s Club in New York City. The festival is a celebration of the films of first time film makers which also features a competition in which 12 aspiring film makers get to debut their first film. These 12 filmmakers have competed for their chance to receive major distribution of their film and all competitors will receive advice from those in the industry.
The festival is to help those aspiring filmmakers in the industry obtain important information in making their films successful. There are twelve competition films that come from all over the world to compete against this wonderful grand prize of not only distribution by Sponsor Cinema Libre Studio, but knowledge- knowledge of how to make films and how people got their start.
The festival itself includes films from these 12 competition films as well as »
- Catherina Gioino
One of the problems many critics and film viewers had with The Godfather: Part III was filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola’s decision to cast his daughter Sofia Coppola in a key role. Near the end of the decade, however, Sofia Coppola burst onto the filmmaking scene herself with her debut feature The Virgin Suicides, largely erasing any memories of her acting career and gaining a new set of fans. With her last feature, Somewhere, arriving in theatres in 2010, many fans were eager to see her return, which is set to happen with The Bling Ring. Taking on writing and directing duties, Sofia Coppola guides a cast that includes Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Taissa Farmiga, and Gavin Rossdale. The first trailer for the feature has now been released, and can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Sofia Coppola, we have missed you. After her disappointing, and slow slow slow Somewhere, a juicy teenagers-gone-very-bad story like The Bling Ring is a perfect opportunity for the talented lady behind The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette to skillfully, artfully tell the tale of adolescent thieves, with penchants for stealing from the wealthy, young and famous, and the teaser trailer delivers precisely what we were hoping Coppola would give us.
From the flashy neon titles, slow-mo group struts and club scenes where Harry Potter alum Emma Watson gives her best duckface, all set to a throbbing Sleigh Bells song, Coppola is back in her rebellious teen element and despite the almost complete lack of dialogue, we feel appropriately teased and can't wait for more.
Check out the teaser trailer for The Bling Ring, after the jump. »
- Andrea Miller
This is the year of good stars behaving bad. On the heels of "Spring Breakers" -- the A24 release starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco's cornrows, threesomes, deep-throated handguns and all manner of poor decisions -- comes the first trailer for "The Bling Ring," the Sofia Coppola movie where Emma Watson steals from the rich.
Based on the real-life Bling Ring -- a group of California teenagers who stole from stars like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan between 2008 and 2009 -- "The Bling Ring" focuses on a group of California teenagers who steal from stars. (The film wound up in the middle of a real-life controversy when an officier involved in the case also acted as a consultant on the project.)
- The Huffington Post
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