American actor Israel Broussard who stars in Sophia Coppola's latest film, The Bling Ring released earlier this year - also starring Harry Potter star Emma Watson. Israel plays Marc, a clever mastermind who helps with devising the cunning plan to rob celebrity houses for money. The relatively new actor who has recently found fame is happy to receive the positive recognition as he signs autographs for fans and, seemingly happily poses for photographers in his grey suit accompanied with a white shirt.
Once again, Sofia Coppola confounds expectations with an astutely relevant approach to a true story. These events may be torn from the headlines, but they also echo the world around us. And Coppola is giving us a telling insight into youth culture and its obsession with the high life existence of vacuous stars like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. It's also a very funny film, and deeply chilling too.
Set in suburban Los Angeles, the story centres on Marc (Broussard), a new kid at high school who befriends the Rebecca (Chang), an opportunistic thief who raids unlocked cars then gets an idea when she reads that Paris Hilton will be out of town. They look up Hilton's address online, find the key under her doormat and have an evening of riotous partying in her house, stealing a few souvenirs to prove it. But when they brag about it, their friends (Watson, Julien and Farmiga) want in on the action, so they start raiding homes of a variety of their favourite stars, always finding an unlocked door or window.
Before they were caught, these teens stole more than $3 million worth of cash, jewellery and designer-label clothes. And arrest only made them more excited, because now they were household names themselves. Unsurprisingly, Coppola's approach to these characters is never judgmental, which sometimes makes the film difficult to watch. These teens are unconcerned about the morality of stealing from someone who won't even notice that anything is missing from their obscene stockpile. And their desire for instant fame and fortune is understandable because the entire culture glorifies just that through reality TV and tabloid news.
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Sofia Coppola's true-crime movie 'The Bling Ring' is out now in cinemas but the director has revealed how a real-life jewellery theft in Cannes could have provided some ironic publicity.
In The Bling Ring, the true events that saw a gang of celebrity-obsessed teens burgle the homes of stars in an attempt to emulate the glitz and glamour of Hollywood is brought to life on screen with a cast of Emma Watson (Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), along with a young, up-and-coming Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Claire Julien and Taissa Farmiga who play the light-fingered youngsters.
Sofia Coppola's New Movie The Bling Ring Was Inspired By Real Events.
In an interview with the BBC, Coppola admits that it was a challenge to not bring fame to the real thieves through the notoriety brought about by her film's success. Alexis Neiers, the inspiration for Watson's character, Nicki has already gained some degree of fame after she was the subject of a reality TV program and a Bling Ring TV movie. Coppola's first step was to change the names of all the characters involved, speaking of the way she handled bringing the story to life without portraying the burglars as role models: "I had to make that world seductive so you understand what they're drawn to. They are kids trying on these identities - they haven't figured it out. I didn't want to make those kids more famous, I didn't want to celebrate what they did," she says, "We are bringing attention to it, but I don't think they'll be made into cult heroes."
If you enjoyed The Bling Ring, E!'s Pretty Wild might be your next guilty pleasure.
Sofia Coppola’s the Bing Ring opened in theatres this weekend. Much has been said about the film, its plot, connotations, director, stars, characters... but few remember the 2010 reality show Pretty Wild, which served as some of the source material for The Bling Ring. In the failed (on all counts, this show was deemed the worst in history and barely lasted a season) reality programme, we are acquainted with Alexis Neiers, her adopted sister Tess Taylor and their entire erratic family. Their mother, Andrea Arlington, a former model and current full-time LA-dweller/momager was originally supposed to be the star of the show, but after Alexis’s involvement in a 2010 series of robberies by the so-called LA Burgler Bunch (or The Bling Ring) the focus shifted from mother to daughters and their incredible lives. Said lives, while obviously scripted for the show, definitely yield some priceless moments, which we’ll revisit below for your enjoyment. Let’s start with something light.
5. Alexis, Tess and Gabby’s homeschooling “lesson” In the first episode from the series, Andrea mentions that the girls are homeschooled. We later get a glimpse at exactly what this means and oh, what a glimpse it is. The lesson starts with the girls being tasked with creating “vision boards” as per Andrea’s instruction manual for life, The Secret. The conversation about aspirations soon turns to Angelina Jolie, whom both Tess and Alexis see as a role model. And they have their valid reasons – “her husband” and “her hot bod” do not count as admirable qualities, unfortunately.
4. The interview with Vanity Fair’s Nancy Jo Sales. You know it’s going to go spectacularly wrong, when Tess asks “And there’s no way this could go wrong?” and Alexis answers with an assured “No.” This interview yields some even more hilarious results later on in the episode, but the answers Alexis gives to the journalist, whether genuine or edited to sound that way, are so entertaining, that they automatically earn a spot on the chart. To give you an idea, after being asked about her life, Alexis explains, biting back tears “My main destiny in life is to be a leader. I’m ready to start setting a great example.”
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Nobody can decide if it's satire or not, but everyone is still going to see it.
Much has been written about Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring ever since it made it'ss debut at Cannes. To say that its vapid, shallow and materialistic characters, obsessed with famous-for-being-famous celebrities, are oversimplified would be a valid criticism. But it is also vastly missing the point of the whole movie and what the characters represent.
The Bling Ring could be better than critics first assumed.
The Bling Ring is a glittery, beautiful and shallow piece of commodity culture. So say the film’s reviewers at least, forgetting that, to some extent, that’s what it was intended to be. While critics from USA Today and The Los Angeles Times extend the valid objection that the film never delves into the deeper reasons behind four La teens’ real life crime spree, which inspired the film, they forget that that was never what Sofia Coppola set out to do.
In an interview with Bmftv at the Cannes Film Festival, the director talks about her motives behind making the movie, which mostly revolve around the absurd nature of the whole story. It’s no wonder then that The Bling Ring never tries to explain away or legitimize the actions of the fictional gang of would-be thieves or their real life counterparts. “I thought it was interesting and kind of absurd,” says Coppola about the Vanity Fair article that inspired the Emma Watson, Katie Chang and Israel Broussard starrer.
All of the characters in this – particularly Emma Watson’s fame obsessed Nicki – are delusional and outright obnoxious. But the film’s goal isn’t to make them likable. It’s satire. Granted, it isn’t particularly deep satire, but anyone familiar with the original televised version of the story, Pretty Wild, would know that there isn’t a whole lot of substance to grab onto in the first place. On the other hand, like Coppola’s previous work, The Bling Ring is flashy, creatively shot, simply beautiful. And, while it may not be running for any screenplay awards, it isn’t hard to just sit back and enjoy it for what it is, chuckling occasionally at some of Nicki’s gems (most of them taken directly from Alexis Neiers in Pretty Wild).
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It's not a clear winner, but there's definitely something worthwhile in The Bling Ring.
Finally, after weeks and weeks of anticipation, Cannes kicked off yesterday and European audiences got to enjoy enormously hyped up films like Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby and, of course, Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. Naturally, it being a film about greedy, self-obsessed teenagers, the critics couldn’t wait to sink their teeth into it, mostly blasting the flick with the usual objection – that much like its protagonists, The Bling Ring is pretty, but shallow. And yes, Emma Watson’s American accent (which sounded pretty decent to us) hasn’t been spared any of the heat either. One rather unexpected critic, however, has been Alexis Neiers – an actual member of the LA Burglar Bunch, the Bling Ring or whatever the group is being called lately. Neiers recently blasted the film on Twitter (where else?) calling it trashy and inaccurate.
And what was Coppola’s response? It might very well be both, but the woman never set out to make a documentary. Whether because of that statement, or just for publicity reasons, Neiers seems to have cooled down since and recently tweeted at Emma Watson to “break a leg” in Cannes and that there were “no hard feelings”.
As for the luck in Cannes, early reviews point that once again, a Sofia Coppola film will have critics divided. It’s pretty and entertaining, but lacks the poignant social commentary that people seemed to expect. We’d venture to say that the film should still be immensely entertaining though, so you might want to get yourself to a theatre, before the spoilers start flooding the internet.
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A group of teenagers become bored of their everyday lives while everyone around them enjoys their glitzy lifestyles in LA. In an attempt to become like the celebrities they idolise, they track down their glamorous houses online and plan robberies while working out when they are away for premieres and award ceremonies and such. Discovering a world of designer clothing, expensive jewellery, Rolex watches and wads of cash lying around becomes more than a temptation and the teenagers embark on an addictive routine raid of several celebrity homes with victims among the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Lindsay Lohan. At first they appear to be getting away with their exploits, but it isn't long before they are found out and arrested and they learn that they must face up to the consequences of their crimes.
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The second trailer for Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring" reveals some depth to the film.
The Cannes Film Festival is fast approaching and, in preparation, the second trailer for Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring has been released. If, for some reason, you don’t know by now anticipated film chronicles a string of Hollywood burglaries, commited by a group of L.A. teenagers back in 2010 and is based on true events. The first trailer made it pretty obvious that we’d get copious eye-fulls of shoes, bags, clothes and luxury in typical Coppola style, but this new teaser also reveals some more of the story. And, if we’re reading it correctly, it’s going to be all about exposing the culture which idolizes luxury and the rich. Oh, goodie! Well, it’s also going to be about some vapid teenagers, which the cast seem to have done a surprisingly good job portraying, from the limited glimpses we’ve gotten.
“I think this situation is a huge learning lesson for me,” says Watson in a thoroughly convincing LA twang. “To grow and expand as a spiritual human being. I wanna lead a country one day for all I know.” And if you’ve seen anything about the real-life robberies, you’re probably astonished at the resemblance as well. Israel Broussard stars alongside Watson as her partner in crime and also seems to be doing a spectacular job at it, if the trailer is anything to go by. If you’re not excited about this yet, you probably will be, after seeing the clip below.
Fame and fortune are attractive prospects for most people, but to one group of teenagers living in LA, it has become an obsession. Using the internet to track the whereabouts of the most stylish Hollywood icons, the adolescent crime group known as the Bling Ring repeatedly raid their homes while they're away helping themselves to everything from Rolex watches, jewellery, expensive designer clothes and wads of cash. Among their usual victims are Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Rachel Bilson. While they get away with their crimes long enough to enjoy their loot for several months, it takes them being caught red-handed to fully understand the seriousness of their crimes and the consequences of their unashamed quest to imitate their style icons.
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Once again, Sofia Coppola confounds expectations with an astutely relevant approach to a true story....
A group of teenagers become bored of their everyday lives while everyone around them enjoys...
Fame and fortune are attractive prospects for most people, but to one group of teenagers...