The Bling Ring opens in wider release this weekend, and it marks Sofia Coppola's fifth time as director. The subject matter of a pack of young Hollywood-dwelling thieves may be new territory for her, but Coppola's latest effort still displays many of the trademarks that have become the director's signature. From the music to her muses and other things that scream Sofia, here are the elements you can expect to see in a Sofia Coppola film.
You've seen the red carpet and the glamorous gowns, but Louis Vuitton is about to give you a cinematic look inside Cannes. Continuing the link between fashion and film, Vuitton spotlights this year's festival in a collaboration with director Jordan Schiele, one that takes us inside the hotels, the parties, the newly renovated Louis Vuitton store on the Croisette, and the Bling Ring premiere.
Between the bird's-eye view of the red carpet and face time with Sofia Coppola, Fan Bingbing, and Emma Watson, the film's nostalgic tour of the festival — set to the music of Maurice Chevalier's "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" — is maybe the most enchanting view of Cannes we've ever seen.
The sight of Paris Hilton’s jewelry covering the surface of a plain, wooden kitchen table was staggering. Diamond bracelets. Bangles. Expensive watches. Cocktail rings. Pearls. This was just some of the stuff the LAPD had recovered when they raided the homes of the teens and 20-somethings we’d later come to know as the Bling Ring. It was 2009, and I was a 25-year-old correspondent for a cable TV network, crouched on the ground in front of police headquarters, scribbling notes as Detective Brett Goodkin shared pictures and descriptions of the loot with me and the three or four dozen other journalists assembled.
It wasn’t surprising to me when, less than five years later, I found myself watching the story unfold again on the big screen in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. The fascination was already at a fever pitch in the Fall of 2009. The group was eventually linked to break-ins at the homes of Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson, and Lindsay Lohan, to name a few. TMZ was posting constant updates, Vanity Fair was investigating a big, splashy story on the crimes, and the teenage burglar bunch was a regular topic of cocktail-party conversation in LA. It was simple to track down the Bling Ring kids via social media in the early stages of the investigation, and — probably to his detriment — key suspect Nick Prugo had a used-car-salesman of an attorney who was a quick and easy source of information. Clearly it was questionable information, but it was something to go on, nonetheless. Detective Goodkin was talkative and quick to pick up the phone. In fact, his open-book approach has him in hot water these days; he was paid more than $25,000 for consulting on the movie and appearing in a cameo role, as an officer who arrests Emma Watson’s character, without asking for permission from his higher-ups. He’s being investigated by the LAPD as I write this and might lose his job.
For me, the Bling Ring story was a perfect Los Angeles tale. Nevermind that these kids lived in the suburbs of Calabasas, just an hour’s drive in traffic from the Hollywood homes they robbed. They may as well have been from Boise, ID, like me. They were total outsiders who just happened to be in close proximity.
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We spoke with Sofia Coppola at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills yesterday as she prepped for this weekend's release of The Bling Ring. The director talked with us about taking the risk of casting unknown actors for some of the biggest roles in the movie and about the music in the film — the soundtrack was just released this week. She told us she included one track because it was a favorite of Emma Watson's. We also asked Sofia about collaborating with husband Thomas Mars of French band Phoenix, and she admitted she sometimes reviews his lyrics to make sure they "make sense" in English.
January Jones put her new bangs on display when she attended the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills last night. She was accompanied by her Mad Men costars Jessica Paré, Elisabeth Moss, and Kiernan Shipka to pick up their Lucy award, which celebrated all of the women's work on the hit AMC show. Other honorees included Sofia Coppola, whose new project, The Bling Ring, debuts in theaters on Friday, Laura Linney, cinematographer Rachel Morrison, and George Lucas.
While women were the focus of the night, Mad Men fans have been devoting the past few weeks to trying to sift through all the mysterious Bob Benson theories. We caught up with Elisabeth at the Critics' Choice Television Awards on Monday, where she admitted that she has read up on the theories on POPSUGAR and she finds Bob "weird and mysterious." However, she wouldn't spill any new details on exactly what Bob is up to. We were also on hand at the Crystal + Lucy Awards to chat with Sofia, Laura, and host Jenna Elfman, so stay tuned for our interviews!
Emma Watson and her Bling Ring costars premiered their new project in NYC last night at the Paris Theatre. She was joined by director Sofia Coppola, Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, and the rest of the cast for the East Coast fete for the new film. The gang hooked up in LA last week when they premiered The Bling Ring alongside stars like Gwen Stefani and real-life Bling Ring victim Paris Hilton. While at the West Coast celebration, Paris told us that she still gets emotional when thinking about getting robbed by the group of Hollywood teens who targeted her home in 2008. Interestingly enough, Paris revealed that she never received an apology from the young criminals, who are all currently free and out of jail. Find out more about the robber bunch, including why they targeted Paris and which former Disney stars were next on their list before they got caught, in our real-life Bling Ring facts.
Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring tells an unlikely — but true — story: a group of suburban LA teens regularly rob a string of celebrity homes and, for more than a year, get away with it. The real-life bling ring managed to pilfer more than $3 million in clothes, jewelry, guns, and money from the homes of stars like Megan Fox, Paris Hilton, and Rachel Bilson before they were caught in 2009.
The case quickly became a media sensation. Not only did the kids target famous people, but they also seemed to want to be them, partying in Hollywood nightclubs in Paris Hilton's dresses and spending their stolen cash at celebrity-frequented boutiques like Kitson. Here are some surprising — and sometimes stranger-than-fiction — details about the case that you may not have heard:
1. They targeted Paris Hilton because she was "dumb": Nick Prugo, one of the core members of the group, later said that he and coconspirator Rachel Lee chose Paris as their first target specifically because they didn't think she was the sharpest tool in the shed. “Rachel's idea and, I guess, my idea, was that she was dumb," Nick later said in the Vanity Fair article "The Suspects Wore Louboutins." "Like, who would leave a door unlocked? Who would have a lot of money lying around? Logically anyone in America could probably figure out that if you were gonna do something to a celebrity it would be someone that wasn't, you know, that bright."
2. They're all out of jail: Despite ripping off an estimated $3 million in jewels, clothes, cash, and other personal effects, none of the members of the bling ring are still behind bars. Rachel Lee, the ringleader whom Katie Chang portrays in the movie, was released in March of last year after serving two years of a four-year sentence. Some of the more peripheral members of the group were sentenced only to probation and community service. Perhaps most surprisingly, Johnny Ajar — who resold stolen goods for the group — is apparently still living extravagantly. The convicted felon, whom Gavin Rossdale's The Bling Ring character is loosely based on, regularly posts pictures of stacks of cash, Rolex watches, and high-end meals at pricey restaurants on his Instagram feed.
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We chatted with Katie Chang and Israel Broussard, the stars of Sofia Coppola's latest film, The Bling Ring, which tells the true story of a teenager-run crime spree that targeted the glam-packed Hollywood homes of celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson, and, of course, Paris Hilton. The cast actually got to film inside Paris’s pad, but one room was off-limits — so what do they think is behind the door? And did costar Emma Watson keep her valley girl accent going between takes? Find out!
Emma Watson, Paris Hilton, Gavin Rossdale, and the rest of the cast from The Bling Ring stepped onto the red carpet for the new film's premiere. We spoke with Emma about working on her edgy role, and Paris Hilton open up about the robbers who broke into her home. We have all the highlights from last night.
A midriff-baring Gwen Stefani was by Gavin Rossdale's side at Tuesday night's LA premiere of The Bling Ring. Gavin joined Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, and the rest of the film's young cast for the debut, as did many members of director Sofia Coppola's family and inner circle — Francis Ford Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Sofia's Somewhere leading man Stephen Dorff, and Chloë Sevigny among them. The crime drama is based on true events that took place around LA in 2008. The real "Bling Ring" used social media to track down celebrities' whereabouts and robbed their homes when they were out of town. Victims included Rachel Bilson, Miranda Kerr, and Paris Hilton, who allowed Sofia to shoot in her home to re-create the robberies that took place there. Yesterday, Paris told us seeing the movie was an "emotional" experience and said she never got an apology from any of the teens who stole from her.
Gavin Rossdale plays a shady club owner fencing the stolen goods, and when we talked to him this evening, he reflected on being a public figure living in LA during the real-life crime spree. He joked that the "16 Rottweilers" he shares with Gwen Stefani seemed to protect them from the robbers. Gavin also said that while the disaffected SoCal teens portrayed in the movie made him think about moving their two young sons to Montana, the Stefani-Rossdales aren't leaving LA anytime soon. Stay tuned for our interviews with Gavin, Paris, and more of The Bling Ring's stars on tomorrow's POPSUGAR Live!
— Additional reporting by Lindsay Miller