Venice, Italy — First-time director Gia Coppola says she is trying to find her own voice as a filmmaker, so she didn't seek much help from either grandfather Francis Ford Coppola or aunt Sofia Coppola.
"It was important for me to find my own voice and try to do it on my own," she said in an interview Sunday before the debut of her film "Palo Alto" out of the main competition at the Venice Film Festival – where Sofia walked away with the Golden Lion in 2010 for "Somewhere."
Franco plays a soccer coach who makes advances on a student, April, played by Emma Roberts. Val Kilmer appears in a cameo as April's goofy stepfather, which Coppola, 26, helps explain "why she would »
I think it’s a good thing when parents are successful in a particular field and then use that success to help their children break into the same business, or just collaborate with them.
For example, Francis Ford Coppola produced his daughter Sofia’s films Somewhere, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette; while Ivan Reitman did the same for his son Jason on Up In the Air. Now, it appears Alfonso Cuaron will be producing his son Jonas’ Spanish language film Desierto.
Jonas Cuaron and Mateo Garcia wrote the script, in which illegal immigrants crossing the border into the United »
- Philip Sticco
After premiering at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, Eran Riklis‘ Zaytoun is finally making its way to U.S. theaters this fall. The film centers on an Israeli fighter pilot played by Stephen Dorff (Somewhere, those weirdly confrontational e-cigarette commercials), whose plane is shot down in the midst of the 1982 Lebanese Civil War. He strikes a deal with Fahed (Abdallah El Akal), a young Palestinian boy living in a refugee camp, to get him back home in exchange for helping him break free. Dorff’s kind of broken accent aside, the trailer shows a film with all the potential to be a great “buddy” adventure. Though clearly these two enemies aren’t going to trust each other for at least half of the road trip, they’ll surely form a tentative bond that evolves into an unlikely friendship when they realize that they’re not so different after all. Think of all the lessons they’ll learn »
- Samantha Wilson
While it seemed for a brief moment that the career of Stephen Dorff might be in for a mid-period ascension thanks to his turn in Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere," that didn't quite happen. As we documented in our feature 10 Actors Hollywood Tried And Failed To Make Happen, Dorff has pretty much gone back to doing a mix of movies you've never heard of, the occasional blockbuster and...well, "Zaytoun." And after making the requisite festival stops last year, it's coming to theaters and a new trailer has arrived. Directed by Eran Riklis, and set against the backdrop of the 1982 Lebanese Civil War, the film finds Dorff playing an Israeli pilot (with dodgy accent and everything), whose plane is shot down. He then makes a deal with 12-year-old Fahed (Abdallah El Akal) –a Palestinian boy living in a Beirut refugee camp—to take him back to his ancestral home in exchange for helping him escape. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
FEARnet is proud to present brand new fiction from Nightmare Magazine. Once a month, we'll be featuring a story from Nightmare’s current issue. This month's selection is “How Far to Englishman’s Bay” by Matthew Cheney. Please tell us what you think and enjoy!
How Far to Englishman’s Bay
Max had made the decision that April morning to close up the bookshop and go away for once and for all, but he hadn’t told anyone yet, and he needed somebody to take the cat, so it was a good thing Jeffrey showed up an hour before closing.
“I think Carmilla wants to go home with you,” Max said, watching Jeffrey roam, as always, through the military books. Jeffrey didn’t reply. He took a tattered Shooter’s Bible off the top shelf and held it up.
“Do you really think this is worth ten bucks? »
- FEARnet Staff
I am already on record for absolutely loving Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave. I tore through this book—which details in disturbingly frank and too-realistic-feeling how an alien invasion affects Cassie, our 16-year-old heroine—and even while I was ripping through pages I found myself wondering who I would cast in the movie. This is either an occupational hazard of being an Entertainment Weekly writer or it’s due to the fact that this book is so vivid I knew it’d only be a matter of time before it made its way to the big screen.
And sure enough, »
- Sara Vilkomerson
Comic Con hasn’t been strictly superheroes in a long, long time. We have scoured the schedule for this year’s event and have pulled out the dark, the bloody, the monstrous, and the ghostly panels that look to be right up FEARnet readers’s alley.
Paranormal Passion Panel
Authors discuss the inclusion of romantic elements in their action-packed novels. Protagonists must battle the forces of evil while trying to keep the world (and often their lovers) safe from destruction. Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy leads a discussion with Comic-Con special guest Christine Feehan (The Dark Series), Claudia Gray (Spellcaster), Aprilynne Pike (Earthbound), Lauren Kate (The Fallen Novels), Kendare Blake (Antigoddess), and Magnus Flyte (City of Dark Magic).
Thursday July 18, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am
Masters of the Web
Some of the most prominent and influential film pundits on the web discuss the film industry, writing for film online, »
- Alyse Wax
So many actors have tried, and so many actors have failed. Accents have long proven to be one of the hardest things to hone when it comes to a film role. While Irish seems to be the most challenging of dialects to lock down, there are also other accents — even American — that have yet to be mastered in cinema.
Playing a Serbian posing as a Bosnian in the upcoming "Killing Season," John Travolta is going a rare route. It's debatable whether he can pull it off, but he doesn't have to worry about sounding all sorts of wrong if he's in the company of these actors with the worst movie accents.
Playing a maid with a knack for cracking safes, Sidibe didn't initially plan on her character having a Jamaican accent. But "Tower Heist" director Brett Ratner requested it, and even with the use of a dialect coach, »
- Joanna Varikos
Sofia Coppola's story of the teen gang who robbed celebrity mansions is a shallow ode to Hollywood excess
There is a scene in I'm Alan Partridge in which our hero must pretend that the home of a fan is actually his own. He offers two TV executives he wants to impress a tour, despite never having been there himself. This is the lounge, he says, revealing a room with a single chair and a painting of a near-naked woman reclining in front of a Harley. Then he opens the door to the next room, which turns out to be plastered with posters of himself, customised T-shirts, blown-up autographs, a lifesize model, personalised bunting. The execs flee, frightened as to the kind of mind that could conceive of, let alone inhabit, such a shrine to self-love.
One can only imagine their horror faced with the house of Paris Hilton as »
- Catherine Shoard
A mildly spooky thing happens while I'm at home preparing my questions the night before meeting Sofia Coppola: Nino Rota's theme music for The Godfather comes on the radio. Not only did Coppola's father write and direct the movie, but it marked her own on-screen debut. She's there at the centre of the climactic baptism scene, a nipper still in nappies, oblivious to the innovative cross-cutting going on all around her. Now 42, she's a notoriously reserved interviewee, so I know this is just the ticket to bridge those awkward few moments between the handshake and the opening question. Obviously it would be a more arresting ice-breaker if the radio had been tuned to Kerrang! rather than Classic FM when the Godfather theme kicked in, »
- Ryan Gilbey
We're so close to San Diego Comic-Con 2013 I can taste it! What does it taste like you ask? Ghirardelli ice cream, of course! There's a Ghirardelli ice cream shop in downtown San Diego that the GeekTyrant crew eats at every night after a long day of awesomeness and work.
Comic-Con has released the full schedule for Thursday, July 18th, and there's a ton of great stuff, including Sherlock, Dexter, Ender's Game, Batman: Arkham Origins, Marvel: House of Ideas, Divergent, The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Panel, The X-Files 20th Anniversary Panel, and more!
To see the full panel and event line-up, click here. Here are a few of the panels that I thought were noteworthy.
Thursday, July 18
Stars Josh Holloway (Lost), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and executive producers Michael Seitzman (North Country), René Echevarria (Terra Nova, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and Tripp Vinson »
- Joey Paur
This true story of a gang of celeb-obsessed thieves startles with its sharpness
For a satire on America's modern day celebrity culture, The Bling Ring is hard to beat. And, like all tales that come from the Us that sound too far-fetched and redolent with symbolism to be real, it is entirely true.
Between 2008 and 2009, a group of five teenagers, one boy and four girls, spent their weekends on the outskirts of Los Angeles doing typical modern-day, middle-class American teenager stuff: updating their Facebook pages, going to Pilates classes, reading celebrity gossip on the internet, taking photos of themselves on their iPhones. And then, when they were done with all that, they would get drunk, get high, and get in a car. But after that they did something different: they raided the houses of celebrities they'd spent the day reading about on the web.
The celebrities, perhaps feeling protected by their own fame, »
- Hadley Freeman
★★★☆☆ 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
Hollywood loves to reduce, reuse, and recycle when it comes to film ideas, and this time it’s especially appropriate: Apparently the early ’90s cartoon Captain Planet and the Planeteers, about an environmentally conscious kid superhero squad (I always thought of them as the Vegetarian Burger King Kids Club), is up for a silver screen reboot! This is thrilling, as the show tackled some tough issues — including AIDS, in an episode featuring characters voiced by Elizabeth Taylor and a young Neil Patrick Harris – and there are plenty of opportunities for gay actors to nab big, fun roles here.
Let’s cast Captain Planet and the Planeteers with at least a few out gay actors. I’ve got three on this tally. The power… is ours!
Wheeler, as played by…
- Louis Virtel
The famous socialite, often depicted in the press as somewhat of a self-absorbed diva, was one of the highest-profile victims of burglary by the gang, who checked on the internet where their A-list targets would be, before targeting their houses for clothes, jewellery and other items.
What the Bling Ring discovered when they went into Paris Hilton's house, recreated for the film
Coppola tells HuffPostUK that Hilton could not have been cooperative, showing the crew all her security footage, letting them film in her actual house, and then taking a cameo role in the film.
"I really liked meeting her. I think she respected me, and wanted to be helpful," says Coppola.
The Oscar-winning director of 'Adaptation' was equally impressed by Emma Watson, »
- Caroline Frost
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
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
Price: DVD $22.98, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
The movie follows Hall Baltimore (Kilmer), a writer appearing in a small town on a book tour who uncovers a disturbing murder that could be source material for his next novel. But as Hall investigates the killing, he finds himself confronted by chilling nightmares, including the ghost of a young girl (Fanning). As he uncovers more horrifying revelations, Hall discovers that the story has more to do with his own life than he could ever have imagined.
Independently produced by Coppola, Twixt was shot in 2010 and has been sitting on 20th Century Fox’s shelf since 2011. Though »
Review by Andrew MacArthur of The Peoples Movies
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 »
- Phil Wheat
As the daughter of an already acclaimed filmmaker, Sofia Coppola was faced with a fairly big challenge establishing her own identity as a director, when she first started making feature films back in 1999. Since then, she has not only successfully emerged from the shadow of her father, but also become a strong, female auteur with a great body of work. With her 2010 film Somewhere, she became the first American woman to win the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. As one of the few prominent female directors in Hollywood, her films are ripe with beautiful heroines, interesting, often pale colour palettes, cool clothes and even cooler soundtracks. Her films certainly share her well-known quiet demeanor, as her less-is-more approach to filmmaking subtly leaves distinct marks on audiences. Her filmmaking style is very distinct and focuses on mood and atmosphere instead of heavy plot and dialogue.
- Tara Costello
- Guest Guest
Since scoring widespread acclaim (and an Oscar) for "Lost in Translation" a decade ago, Sofia Coppola has become a distinctly divisive figure in the auteur ranks: "Marie Antoinette" and "Somewhere" drew as much praise as criticism for their high-style studies of privileged ennui, and "The Bling Ring" has followed much the same pattern since its Cannes debut. I've never felt let down by a Coppola film, and am once more firmly in the pro camp on her latest, an outside-in take on her favored celebrity milieu that may be her chilliest, most formally structured film to date. After opening in New »
- Guy Lodge
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