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Sofia Coppola Wanted Dirt And Lace In The Beguiled


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For her latest film, fiercely independent writer-director Sofia Coppola made the unexpected decision to remake the 1971 Southern gothic thriller The Beguiled, about an injured Civil War soldier (Clint Eastwood in the original) recuperating in a girls school. Of course, she put her own twist on it, and became only the second woman to win the Cannes best director prize.

Sofia Coppola at The Beguiled premiereSofia Coppola at The Beguiled premiere

"I knew about the story from the original film," she says, "and then I tried to put it out of my mind and go back to the book and reimagine it in my own way. This is really the take looking from the other side. I wanted it to be this feminine, gauzy world that doesn't look threatening at all, so that it's a real surprise when the story shifts."

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The Beguiled Review

Excellent

In her inimitable loose style, Sofia Coppola remakes the 1971 Clint Eastwood movie from a distinctly feminine perspective. Like her other films, this feels loose and sometimes aimless, demanding that the audience find their own way through the story. It's also a remarkably effective gothic thriller, darkly playing on the vulnerability and innate power of women.

It's set in 1864 Virginia, where the residents of an isolated girls school can hear the Civil War raging in the distance. Teachers Martha and Edwina (Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst) and students Alicia, Jane, Amy, Marie and Emily (Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Oona Laurence, Addison Riecke and Emma Howard) have just been getting on with their education in their cocoon-like plantation. Then Amy discovers wounded Union soldier John (Colin Farrell) in the woods. With their own male relatives dead or missing in the war, all of these women are fascinated by this man, an enemy who needs their help. So each begins flirting with him in her own way. But as John considers staying on as a handyman, he's unaware of the jealousies he is igniting around him.

The actors give provocative, layered performances, subtly revealing their internal desires as they interact in unexpected ways. Kidman is the focal point as the stern Martha, trying to remain stoic and in control even as she feels lust for this interloper. Dunst's Edwina is more openly romantic in her approach, while Fanning's Alicia is old enough to desire him in unfamiliar ways. The younger four girls stay mainly on the sideline, even as they add their own layers of intrigue. And Farrell is terrific as the brooding, swarthy man who's unaware of the passions he's stirring up. Where this goes is creepy and intense, as John seems to think that he can pick whichever woman he likes. But he's badly underestimating them.

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Sofia Coppola at the U.S. Premiere Of "The Beguiled" held at Directors Guild Of America - West Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 13th June 2017

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Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Sofia Coppola, Kirsten Dunst and Emma Howard
Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Sofia Coppola, Kirsten Dunst and Emma Howard
Sofia Coppola and Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Sofia Coppola, Kirsten Dunst and Emma Howard

Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst at the 70th Cannes Film Festival photocall for 'The Beguiled' held at Palais des Festivals, Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th May 2017

Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst
Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman
Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst
Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst
Colin Farrell, Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke, Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst
Colin Farrell, Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke, Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst

Ava DuVernay And 9 More Ground-Breaking Female Film Directors


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It's simply incredible to see women being celebrated for their achievements rather than their bodies, providing girls with real role models. Ava DuVernay is one such icon of this movement, notably appearing in the 2016 Pirelli calendar alongside such greats as Serena Williams and Kathleen Kennedy. And now she has her own Barbie doll, so even children can learn of her talents.

Ava DuVernayAva DuVernay now has her own Barbie doll

If you didn't already know Ava DuVernay is the director of the Oscar winning 2014 drama 'Selma'; a Martin Luther King biopic exploring his campaign to open up equal voting rights for black citizens. It's an important issue, and a breakthrough for feminism as well as race related issues. Only 7% of film directors are women; a shocking figure given that some of the greatest movies in history had a lady at the helm.

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Chloe Grace Moretz Signs On For Live Action 'The Little Mermaid'


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Chloe Grace Moretz has confirmed she’s signed signed on for the upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. The film was first announced last March with Sofia Coppola attached to direct, but in June the director exited the project due to ‘creative differences’.

chloe grace moretzChloe Grace Moretz has signed on for The Little Mermaid.

Moretz confirmed the news on Instagram writing: ‘Here it is !! I've been waiting months to tell everyone how excited I am to take on this beautiful journey with Working Title, Universal, and a beautiful script by Richard Curtis.. #TheLittleMermaid !!!! Here we go!!!’

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Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Louis Licari, Sofia Coppola , Grace Coddington - Louis Licari Salon on 5th Avenue re-opening - Arrivals - New York, United States - Monday 12th October 2015

Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Louis Licari, Sofia Coppola and Grace Coddington
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Calvin Klein and Louis Licari
Calvin Klein, Louis Licari and Donna Karan
Calvin Klein, Louis Licari and Donna Karan
Calvin Klein and Donna Karan

Willow Smith Signs With The Same Modelling Agency That Represents Kendall Jenner


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Willow Smith is officially a model! The 14-year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith has signed a contract with a modelling agency. Smith has signed with The Society Management agency, based in New York.

Willow SmithWillow Smith at the Black Girls Rock! event in New Jersey, March 2015.

Read More: 14 Year Old Willow Smith Follows Cher As The Face Of Marc Jacobs New Campaign.

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Bill Murray Wishes You 'A Very Murray Christmas' This December


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Christmas has come early. Well, Christmas advertising has come early. Netflix has announced their upcoming mini-series 'A Very Murray Christmas', set to appear in December. The show will star Bill Murray - as the name suggests - and will serve as a homage to variety shows.

Bill Murray wishes you 'A Very Murray Christmas'...Bill Murray wishes you 'A Very Murray Christmas'...

Murray stars as himself. He served as the writer alongside Mitch Glazer and Sofia Coppola who will direct. Murray and Coppola worked together on the well-received 2003 film 'Lost in Translation', while Glazer wrote the 1988 adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol' entitled 'Scrooged', starring Murray. 

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Sofia Coppola - Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 - Anna Sui - Front Row at New York Fashion Week - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 18th February 2015

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Video - Sofia Coppola And Jaime King Among Stars At Valentino Sala Bianca 945 Launch - Part 6


Academy Award winning film director Sofia Coppola and 'Sin City' star Jaime King arrived on the red carpet at the Valentino Sala Bianca 945 launch in New York.

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Video - Michelle Williams Brings Edgy Glamour To The Louis Vuitton Foundation Inauguration


'My Week with Marilyn' star Michelle Williams, 'The Dark Knight Rises' actress Marion Cotillard and 'The Bling Ring' director Sofia Coppola were among the star arrivals at the inauguration of the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris. The building houses an art gallery and was opened to the public in October 2014.

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The Most Successful Women In The Film Industry


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Despite an unfortunate continuation of women in subordinate roles, female actresses in Hollywood are very much in the ascendance, refusing to play second fiddle to the traditional male hierarchy. However, it is behind the camera where male domination prevails. Only four women in the entire history of the Academy Awards have been nominated for the Best Director Oscar, Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties (1976), Jane Champion for The Piano (1993), Sofia Coppola for Lost In Translation (2003) and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2009). Bigelow is the only female director to take home the award. Such an overwhelming consortium of male influence seems perturbing, but a slew of female industry players are intent on overthrowing the status quo, breaking down gender barriers and paving the way for innovation on multiple levels. From the increasingly gargantuan Marvel juggernaut to low budget art-house pictures, women are beginning to make their mark in spheres in dire need of a feminine touch, free from a traditionally testosterone-fuelled male outlook.

 Nicole Perlman

.Nicole Perlman At Guardians Of The Galaxy Premiere
Nicole Perlman is the first woman to write a Marvel feature

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Cannes 2014: Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe And Gael Garcia Bernal Will Judge


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The final panel for Cannes 2014 has been decided upon, with Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe and Gael Garcia Bernal amongst others joining Jane Campion who is serving as jury president. Denmark’s, Nicolas Winding Refn, France’s Carole Bouquet, Iran’s Leila Hatami, China’s Jia Zhangke, and South Korea’s Jeon Do-yeon comprise the rest of the 9 person-strong jury.

Sofia CoppolaSofia Coppola is one of an eclectic bunch set to judge at this year's Cannes

“Cannes has always sought to adopt a universal and international approach, and in tune with this tradition, Campion will be surrounded by eight luminaries of world cinema, from China, Korea, Denmark, Iran, the United States, France and Mexico,” the Festival said in a statement.

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Katie Chang, Taissa Fariga, Israel Broussard, Claire Julien, Emma Watson and Sofia Coppola - 66th Cannes Film Festival - The Bling Ring premiere - Cannes, France - Thursday 16th May 2013

Katie Chang, Taissa Fariga, Israel Broussard, Claire Julien, Emma Watson and Sofia Coppola
Katie Chang, Taissa Fariga, Israel Broussard, Claire Julien, Emma Watson and Sofia Coppola
Claire Julien, Taissa Fariga, Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson and Sophia Coppola
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Sofia Coppola

Date of birth

14th May, 1971

Occupation

Filmmaker

Sex

Female

Height

1.64


Sofia Coppola Movies

The Beguiled Movie Review

The Beguiled Movie Review

In her inimitable loose style, Sofia Coppola remakes the 1971 Clint Eastwood movie from a...

The Beguiled Trailer

The Beguiled Trailer

John McBurney is a Union soldier who is found injured in the grounds of a...

The Bling Ring Movie Review

The Bling Ring Movie Review

Once again, Sofia Coppola confounds expectations with an astutely relevant approach to a true story....

The Bling Ring Trailer

The Bling Ring Trailer

A group of teenagers become bored of their everyday lives while everyone around them enjoys...

Bling Ring Trailer

Bling Ring Trailer

Fame and fortune are attractive prospects for most people, but to one group of teenagers...

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Somewhere Movie Review

Somewhere Movie Review

With a premise that's extremely similar to Lost in Translation, Coppola again takes an atmospheric...

Somewhere Trailer

Somewhere Trailer

Johnny Marco is content living the rock'n'roll dream, he lives at Chateau Marmont, is entertained...

Marie Antoinette Movie Review

Marie Antoinette Movie Review

The word "soft" summarizes the world of Sofia Coppola, perfectly. Each film she has made...

The Virgin Suicides Movie Review

The Virgin Suicides Movie Review

The Virgin Suicides is a dark comedy that embodies some twisted views on suburban family...

Marie Antoinette Movie Review

Marie Antoinette Movie Review

The word "soft" summarizes the world of Sofia Coppola, perfectly. Each film she has made...

Lost in Translation Movie Review

Lost in Translation Movie Review

While filmmakers like Brian De Palma and Neil Jordan have escaped to France to make...

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The Virgin Suicides Movie Review

The Virgin Suicides Movie Review

The Virgin Suicides is a dark comedy that embodies some twisted views on suburban family...

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