She might be best known for her quiet, lyrical portraits of loneliness and privilege, but Sofia Coppola is looking at a very different type of film. EW confirmed Tuesday that the Lost in Translation and Bling Ring director is in talks to helm a live-action adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.
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Sofia Coppola does not take on just any old project. The Oscar-winning screenwriter has written and directed only five features in 14 years, and produced all but one. After her latest premiered this spring, it looked like she didn’t have any upcoming features in the works.
That changed Tuesday when American Zoetrope announced that it had acquired the rights to Alysia Abbott’s memoir Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father for Coppola to write and produce. Abbott’s memoir details her childhood with her single, gay father Steve, their life among artists and activists in San Francisco in the 1970s and ’80s, and the turmoil of the brewing AIDS crisis.
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“Can you be a little less of a bitch to those girls?” Sofia Coppola asks Claire Julien, which actually sounds like a fairly bitchy thing to say to someone.
Coppola isn’t being cruel or dismissive, though. She’s just directing Julien’s character Chloe, a jaded, cooler-than-thou Los Angeles teen who gets swept up in the now-infamous “Bling Ring” — the group of brand-obsessed high schoolers who robbed their celebrity idols of more than $3 million in shoes, clothes, and other glossy signifiers of wealth and status.
“You’re kind of friends with them…you don’t know them that well,” Coppola continues in a behind the scenes look at the filming of The Bling Ring, her fifth feature. “But,” she adds dryly, “you’re still a badass.”
Based on Nancy Jo Sales’ Vanity Fair article “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” the film chronicles the rise and fall of the starry-eyed and sticky-fingered teens. Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga also star as a pair of Adderall-riddled aspiring actress/model types, who are more than happy to casually walk into Paris Hilton’s home and pick up a few shiny things before heading out to party. Check out EW’s exclusive first look at one of the DVD/Blu-ray extras (available for purchase and download today) to hear Watson and Farmiga talk about Coppola’s unique way of prepping her young actresses for a scene.
Cannes 2013: The girls have gone wild in 'The Bling Ring,' Sofia Coppola's most provocative film yet
I’m writing my first post here at Cannes while I sit at one of my favorite side-street bistros, digging into a bowl of spaghetti carbonara, which is somehow less fattening than it would be in the U.S., because there are so many less additives in European food. That’s kind of how I feel about Sofia Coppola’s filmmaking: It’s additive-free — a series of simple and direct gazes, purged of the usual syrup and glop, though maybe I should add that it’s deceptively simple, because the way that Coppola now works is to take her refreshingly unhurried, open-eyed, and empathetic camera style (which doesn’t descend from her father’s; I’d say it’s closer to Jonathan Demme meets mumblecore) and apply it to subjects of over-the-top extravagance. She first embraced this mode in Marie Antoinette (2006), and now, in her acerbically witty and arresting fifth feature, The Bling Ring, which premiered this morning at Cannes, she pushes it into the docudrama terrain of an American youth culture gone mad. READ FULL STORY
Women in Film is once again honoring women and those who support women in an industry that tends to be more of a boys club. The Los Angeles-based organization announced the recipients of their 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards this week, and among the honorees are Laura Linney, George Lucas, and Hailee Steinfeld.
The awards will be presented at WIF’s Annual Benefit Gala on Wednesday, June 12. The event will also celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary.
“Our six honorees illustrate the wide spectrum of creative innovation coming from women, and it’s a privilege to be commemorating all of their successes,” WIF president Cathy Schulman said in a statement. READ FULL STORY
“Girls! Time for your Adderall,” shouts Leslie Mann’s character to two sleeping teenagers in a brightly idyllic suburban Los Angeles home in the opening shot of the new trailer for The Bling Ring, before we smash cut to the teens acting cooler-than-thou at a dark club while Azealia Banks plays in the background and Paris Hilton and Kirsten Dunst make the rounds. These kids are way past pop tarts, orange juice, and movie nights.
Sofia Coppola’s (Lost In Translation) highly anticipated new film takes on the real-life teenage criminals who stole over $3 million in art, clothes, and jewels from Los Angeles-based celebrities like Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Rachel Bilson between October 2008 and August 2009.
In the trailer, below we see the origin — bored kids on Facebook noticing that Paris Hilton is hosting a party in Vegas. All it takes is one quick online search for “Paris Hilton address” and they’re off. “Let’s go to Paris’s,'” says Nicki (Emma Watson). “I want to rob.”
Check out the trailer below, and watch how things quickly spiral out of control for the label and celebrity obsessed teens who are all too skilled at explaining away their crimes.
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?
The Bling Ring, latest movie by Sofia Coppola with Emma Waston will open Un Certain Regard 2013. The trailer: bit.ly/13iCzpI
— Festival de Cannes (@FdC_officiel) April 17, 2013
You just know that there was something dangerous lurking beneath Hermione Granger’s tightly-wound exterior — and in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, Emma Watson gets a chance to let her thief flag fly.
Watson plays a member of the titular group, a fame-obsessed gang that gets its jollies by going “shopping” in the homes of celebrities like Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan. (And yes, those names count as “celebrities” because the story takes place in 2008 and 2009.) The film is based on a series of actual crimes that resulted in the theft of about $3 million in apparel, art, jewelry, electronics, and cold hard cash. Though the teaser is short, it does give a few glimpses at those shopping sprees, as well as the Bling Ring heading to court — and Watson dancing seductively at a club. Watch below, and you’ll instantly feel swaggier:
It never seemed like a question of whether or not Sofia Coppola’s latest project would get a distributor, it was mainly a matter of who would pick it up. Wednesday it was announced that A24 had acquired the U.S. distribution rights for Coppola’s fifth film, The Bling Ring.
The New York-based A24 has only been around since last summer, but is already starting to carve out a niche for itself in the world of small, idiosyncratic celebrity indies, boasting a roster of films that includes Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, and Sally Potter’s Ginger and Rosa.
Harris Savides, the cinematographer behind some of the most visually striking films and music videos of the last 20 years, passed away today. He was 55.
A native New Yorker, Savides started out his career as a fashion photographer. Moving into music videos, he collaborated with director Mark Romanek on his iconic videos for Madonna’s “Rain” (for which Savides won a Video Music Award), Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream,” and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” — giving each video its own sleek, burnished cinematic bearing.
Harris also worked on music videos and commercials with David Fincher and Gus Van Sant, a partnership that would continue into feature films, including Fincher’s The Game and Zodiac, and six movies with Van Sant: Finding Forrester, Gerry, Elephant, Last Days, Milk, and Restless. READ FULL STORY
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