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Talk about a week full of surprises. We broke the news exclusively that Beyoncé is expecting baby No. 2 with hubby Jay-z , and Angelina Jolie shocked everyone when she announced she had a double mastectomy in February to prevent contracting breast cancer. Those weren't the only stories our readers couldn't stop checking out, though. Take a look at Selena Gomez's banging bikini bod and the other posts that made it into our five biggest stories of the week! Selena Gomez's Bikini Bod: Selena is all grown up. The 20-year-old Spring Breakers star wowed our readers when she showed off her svelte bikini bod while soaking up the sun in Miami. Beyoncé's Pregnant! »
The film in question, an adaption of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying," is a movie of the same name, directed by James Franco. Oh, and he stars in it, too, because of course he does. But wait! Don't let that turn you off -- as it appears, the trailer looks pretty interesting, and if we're lucky, the award-nominated film that premieres at Cannes this year might make it to the Us for release. "As I Lay Dying" is definitely a more somber departure from James' recent projects (like "Oz: The Great and Powerful." And "Spring Breakers"), and revolves around a family in preparation for their mother's burial, all according to her last wishes. The moral of the story (well, this story; not Faulkner's story) is that if nothing else, James Franco is one ambitious dude. Even if you think he's pretty obnoxious and can't get the image of »
- tooFab Staff
Exclusive: John Lesher‘s Le Grisbi Productions is teamed with Dcm Productions on The Kings Of Rome, a script that will be written by Don MacPherson. The writer penned the upcoming BBC mini Fleming, detailing the exploits of James Bond creator Ian Fleming during WWII. The drama is about an American investigator sent to Rome to collect a debt. There, he gets sucked into a Dantean underworld of corruption, sex and murder that reaches to the highest echelons of the Vatican. It’s the second pic Lesher is doing with Dcm; they are teamed on Harmony Korine’s untitled followup to Spring Breakers. Dcm is a Berlin-based production company which co-financed and produced the Dustin Hoffman-directed Quartet, and the Best Foreign Language nominee Kon-Tiki. Lesher’s currently in New York shooting the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed comedy Birdman, and the Guillaume Canet-directed Blood Ties, which is premiering here in Cannes. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Un Certain Regard
Daniel Kasman: The Bling Ring comes on top of a consecutive series of hyper-stylized and seemingly sympathetic portraits of American consumer culture, aspirations and dreams, Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers and Michael Bay's Pain & Gain. Do you see this film as connected to those?
Adam Cook: Absolutely. Clearly, it's the tamest of the three in terms of its approach but nevertheless is concerned with the same set of (specifically American?) themes of image-obsessed lifestyles. I feel as though each of them compliments each other well as their specific interests diverge but collectively illuminate different takes on the tragic pursuit of the American dream—though it's necessary to point out Pain & Gain is »
Flicks and Bits cool fan-made posters for X-Men Days of Future Past
Playbill is Jewel up for the part of Cinderella in Into the Woods? I am always rooting for thirtysomething and forthy something ladies on up (as everyone knows) but isn't she at least 15 years too old for this part?
Cinema Blend Emily Blunt will play the very plum role of the Bakers Wife -- does anyone know if she can sing?
Le Noir Auteur on Angelina Jolie's recent op-ed
Tom & Lorenzo Julianne Moore's photospread in Madame Figaro
Allure Zoe Saldana naked for Allure. And also revealing her weight for some reason
In Contention The Bling Ring reviewed from Cannes
- NATHANIEL R
This seems to be the year of the exaggerated "American dream" and excess along with it being highlighted in films. Besides Spring Breakers and Pain & Gain, one of the other exposes on excess is the latest film from Sofia Coppola, title The Bling Ring. I've been anticipating this ever since the first trailers hit and caught the first premiere of it at the Cannes Film Festival. Unlike Spring Breakers, the film doesn't have any depth, or nuance, or dark humor, it's nothing but a hollow, lightweight portrayal of excess and a group of vacuous teens obsessed with it. Yea, there's fun underage larceny going on but that's about it. There's not much else. The story in Bling Ring is based on real events from a few years ago, about a group of lavish, shallow teens obsessed with celebrities who lackadaisically decide to rob their houses when they're out of town. »
- Alex Billington
Cannes, France — Sofia Coppola was just 8 years old when she first came to the Cannes Film Festival. Her father, Francis Ford Coppola, was there to premiere a work-in-progress cut of a film he had spent years wrestling with: "Apocalypse Now."
"I have nice memories of Cannes," Coppola said in an interview Thursday on the roof of the Palais, the festival center. "I remember coming here as a kid and then my first movie, `Virgin Suicides,' had our first screening ever here. I feel like my career started here."
Growing up in such surroundings, one would think, would have heavily informed Coppola's latest film, "The Bling Ring," a deadpan drama about celebrity-obsessed teenagers in Los Angeles who break into the homes of Paris Hilton and other stars. But Coppola says the movie world she grew up in isn't the same as today's star-crazed culture.
"I definitely noticed that people would act different around my dad. »
Sofia Coppola hasn't had the best of luck at the Cannes Film Festival: her 2006 film "Marie Antoinette" was booed by the finicky cinephiles who attend the prestigious annual event. Fortunately for Coppola, there were no such jeers, at least audibly, when "The Bling Ring" debuted at the 2013 incarnation of Cannes.
"Coppola's uproarious and bitingly timely film feels every inch a necessary artwork: the story is closely based on a string of true events that occurred in 2008 and 2009, but if it hadn’t actually happened, someone -– Coppola, probably -– would have to make it up," wrote Telegraph critic Robbie Collin in a four-star-out-of-five review.
Starring Katie Chang, Israel Broussard and an against-type Emma Watson as a character based on Alexis Neiers, "The Bling Ring" focuses on a group of California teens who robbed the rich and famous of their designer clothes and assorted bling. The film is based on the real-life Bling Ring, »
- The Huffington Post
It's difficult to talk much about Sofia Coppola's latest The Bling Ring without addressing this year's other cute-teens-as-criminals film Spring Breakers -- so let's just get the comparisons out of the way right off the bat. While both films can be accused of glorifying crime by taking voyeuristic trips into the lives of good kids gone bad, Harmony Korines's film does it with scathing sensationalist satire that simultaneously disarms the audience and inserts a distance from the acts portrayed. By contrast, Coppola's take on her true-story subject matter is a totally straightforward telling that goes so far to include documentary elements. The result is a glorification of the kids' lifestyle that relies on the true conclusion's punishment to deliver her message. It's the opposite...
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Following on the heels of Spring Breakers and Pain & Gain, Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring completes a triptych of 2013 films about incredibly stupid people doing incredibly stupid criminal things viewed from strikingly ambivalent, noncommittal directorial perspectives. Shot in a gliding, gently intoxicating style that lightly suggests that this “based on actual events” story could be taking place in a dream (or, more to the point, an altered state), this is a too-cool-for-school portrait of spoiled kids achieving dubious but welcome fame for robbing the homes of young Hollywood celebrities. As such, it will attain a
- Todd McCarthy
When future generations want to understand how we lived at the dawn of the plugged-in, privacy-free, Paris Hilton-ized 21st century, there will likely be few films more instructive than “The Bling Ring.” A spiritual sequel of sorts to “The Social Network,” Sofia Coppola’s fact-based tale of the 2008-09 crime spree by a gang of enterprising SoCal teens targeting the homes of high-profile celebrities reps a return to more pop, accessible filmmaking for the “Lost in Translation” auteur following the austere “Somewhere” (which earned only $1.7 million domestically). Though it lacks the name cast and self-consciously outre style of another recent girls-gone-wild opus, “Spring Breakers,” this lively and fascinating pic should score well with its target hipster demo, delivering solid arthouse numbers for upstart distrib A24, which plans a June release Stateside.
Given her interest in little girls lost and the vacuousness of celebrity — from the age of Enlightenment to »
- Scott Foundas
James Franco has been in a few stinkers through the years -- but there's one movie even he admits is pure trash.So, which movie does the star of such poorly-rated flicks as "Tristan & Isolde," "Annapolis," "Flyboys" and "Eat Pray Love" cite as a career low point?The answer: "Your Highness."The medieval comedy, which costarred Natalie Portman, Danny McBride and Zooey Deschanel, was released in 2011 and currently has a horrible 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.“Your Highness? That movie sucks. You can’t get around that," Franco says in the June issue of GQ.This isn't the first time that Franco has publicly criticized one of his own films. While promoting "Spring Breakers," James told Badass Digest that "Annapolis" was "a really bad movie" -- adding that "it didn't turn out very well" and he "ended up not liking the experience and not liking the movie."Ouch, biting the hand that feeds much? »
- tooFab Staff
Insatiable multi-tasker James Franco is back at film criticism again, and this time has a few words to impart on Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," which opens the Cannes Film Festival today before the film's European roll-out. Franco's a fan, and calls out the critics who "ravaged the film for not being loyal to the book [as] hypocrites." Highlights below. Adaptations of hallowed American classics are close to Franco's heart right now, as his version of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" (which he wrote, directed and stars in) has a place in the Un Certain Regard section of this year's lineup. Watch the trailer here. Franco's dabbling in practically every artistic medium hasn't seemed to hurt his 2013 box office appeal, as polar opposites "Oz the Great and Powerful" (in which he gratingly plays the eponymous lead) and Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" (in which he brilliantly plays a »
- Beth Hanna
Jaden Smith, who starred for his superstar father in "The Karate Kid" remake and stars alongside him in this month's potential franchise-starter "After Earth," is now seeking emancipation, apparently. According to the always-reliable (snort) UK tabloid The Sun (via the Daily Beast), Jaden wants to be emancipated from Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith when the young actor turns 15 on July 8.
"I know if we can do this, he can be an emancipated minor, because he really wants his own place, like ooh," Will Smith said. Will went on to tell the paper that he knows how it feels (he is, after all, the author of the immortal teen rebellion anthem "Parents Just Don't Understand"), although he and Jada aren't exactly strict disciplinarians.
Jaden is something of an entrepreneur, just like his father, having created a lifestyle/clothing like called Msftsrep (which we assume translates from tween to English as »
- NextMovie Staff
The ‘Spring Breakers’ star flaunted her casual and cool sense of style — and you can Shop for her denim shorts right here.
Ashley Benson looked so cute and casual when she attended the BottleRock music festival on May 11 in Napa Valley — we loved it! The best part about the 23-year-old’s style is that her whole outfit was also totally affordable, too.
The star kept her get-up cool and comfortable for the festival, layering the aerie ‘Hidden Love Tank’ on top of her aerie ‘Festival Bandeau’ bra. The pop of color was so pretty beneath the tank. The star topped the whole outfit off with the adorable ‘Festival Shortie’ and apair of ankle-high black boots. She spiced up her outfit by putting flowers in her hair, making her look boho chic for the occasion.
The ‘Festival Shortie’ shorts are a necessity for the summer! Even »
- HL Intern
Selena Gomez is one talented singer-actress. And on top of that, Justin Bieber's ex sure knows how to wear a bikini! Whether she's cooling off with fans in Rio or horsing around with the Biebs in Hawaii, this Spring Breakers star always looks amazing in a swimsuit. The best part about it? This 20-year-old cutie seems happy, healthy and confident in her own skin. And, boys, she just confirmed that she's single again! Time to bust out the swim trunks. »
It seems James Franco has no problem laughing at himself. So it kind of makes sense that the Spring Breakers star would appear on the cover of GQ's June comedy issue. "My public persona is something that is only partially constructed by me, so if people want to mock that, it's fine," he self-deprecatingly tells the magazine. "I mock it." Franco even goes so far as to take a jab at one of his critically maligned films. "Your Highness? That movie sucks," he says. "You can't get around that." Of course, the same arguably can't be said about Pineapple Express, which Franco, like fans of the flick, would love to see get a sequel. "I »
James Franco is comfortable mocking himself. The 35-year-old Hollywood heartthrob - who has starred in various spoof videos, some of were created by him to ridicule himself - is comfortable with people poking fun at him because he can laugh at himself. Speaking in the special June comedy issue of America's GQ magazine, Franco mused: 'My public persona is something that is only partially constructed by me, so if people want to mock that, it's fine. I mock it.' James - who was recently romantically linked to his 'Spring Breakers' co-star Ashley Benson - stars as an exaggerated version of himself in upcoming apocalyptic comedy 'This Is The End'. He admits nothing was off limits and his past »
Franco wrote, directed and stars in the update on the novel, which had yet to receive a film version prior to the 35-year-old Oscar nominee's efforts. The trailer offers a stylistic blend of Terrence Malick's idyllic nature imagery, furtive camerawork and contemplative narration, along with the Coen Brothers' gritty Southern-gothic tone.
Often considered one of the greatest American novels, Faulker's 1930 book tells the story of Addie Bundren's death and her impoverished family's subsequent quest to bury her in Jefferson, Miss., according to her wishes. Franco portrays Darl Bundren, the second-oldest child, while Tim Blake Nelson plays the patriarch Anse. The film also stars Danny McBride as Vernon Tull, a friend of the family, and Ahna O'Reilly ("The Help, »
- The Huffington Post
James Franco is one of GQ magazine's cover boys for the June comedy issue, and he's not just showing his silly side. The 35-year-old Spring Breakers star is also rather candid about his public persona, the worst movie he's ever made and whether we can ever expect a Pineapple Express sequel.
"My public persona is something that is only partially constructed by me, so if people want to mock that, it's fine," the actor/musician/poet/student tells GQ. "I mock it."
Related Video: Franco Gets Hazed By Zach Galifianakis
Though Franco is an Oscar nominee thanks to his part in 127 Hours, the actor does admit to one wrong career choice. "Your Highness? That movie sucks. You can't get around that."
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