John McBurney is a Union soldier who is found injured in the grounds of a Mississippi Confederate all-girls boarding school in 1863. The girls and their headmistress Miss Farnsworth take him inside to care for him, locking him in a room to keep him separated from the girls, but during his stay he manages to charm the likes of teacher Edwina Dabney and one of the elder students, Alicia, not to mention Martha herself. John's presence in the house disrupts the once quaint atmosphere, and it soon becomes thick with deceit and jealousy. As each of the girls turn on one another one by one, they begin to realise who the real enemy is. And John finds himself in far more danger than he ever was in the ongoing Civil War.
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After replacing Joe Wright as director last year, Sofia Coppola has left 'The Little Mermaid'.
Sofia Coppola has left the currently in-the-works, live-action retelling of The Little Mermaid, due to ‘creative differences’, after signing on to the project last March. The film has been in development since at least 2011 and Coppola is now the second director to pull out, after Pan's Joe Wright left last year.
Sofia Coppola has left The Little Mermaid movie.
Deadline first reported the news that Coppola was gone from the film, which is being jointly produced by Universal Pictures and Working Title film. According to the report Universal are still pressing ahead with the project with a script from frequent Tim Burton collaborator Caroline Thompson.
Let’s hope he’ll be in a better mood than Frank Cross.
Doesn’t it seem like there’s never a normal, run of the mill story about Bill Murray? He's always either crashing someone’s party, dishing out advice to strangers or being honoured with his very own 'day'. But as an actor, Murray is still able to get us very giddy, all he needs to do is announce an exciting new work project. Case in point: this 'Christmas TV special'.
Bill Murray always manages to surprise us
Yes when you think of Bill Murray at Christmas time you probably have a vision of him in Scrooged, saying ‘bah humbug’ to it all. But this Christmas Murray looks set to show an altogether different side of himself, the side which apparently sings classic carols.
What can we expect from Sofia Coppola going under the sea for the 'Liltte Mermaid'?
Reports in Hollywood are suggesting that Sofia Coppola has signed up to direct an upcoming live action version of ‘The Little Mermaid’. What’s that? Sofia Coppola plus the 'Little Mermaid' and it's live action! This sounds like a recipe for something truly magnificent, even if we're not sure what excatly a Coppla helmed 'Little Mermaid' might look like.
Sofia Coppola is set to direct the 'Little Mermaid' reimagining
Ariel, or the ‘Little Mermaid’ is one of those Disney characters that everybody still has a lot of affection for, no matter how old they are. Maybe it was her fiery red hair or that great singing voice, or perhaps just that the movie’s a perfect piece of Disney magic. Either way the character’s endearing quality is such that any talk of a new screen outing for her is bound to be met with squeals of excitement. Now though, things have got even better.
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The 42 year-old director will taking taking on the classic children's story, which is a huge contrast to the adult content featured in her previous films.
American director Sofia Coppola is reportedly taking the helm of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale 'The Little Mermaid.'
The 42 year-old is in talks with Universal Pictures and Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner to take on a live-action version, Deadline reports.
The original animated film was a huge success for Disney as it grossed over $200 million at the Box Office when released 25 years ago in 1989.
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News that Sofia Coppola has replaced Joe Wright on the 'Little Mermaid' has been welcomed, but how did the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola become so renowned in her own right?
Sofia Coppola was never exactly destined to pursue a career as a lawyer or a teacher. Born in New York City to artist Eleanor Coppola and 'The Godfather' director Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia had creativity in her genes from the offset. Her cousins Nicolas Cage, Jason Schwartzman and Robert Carmine all joined the family business, so it seems only natural that Sofia followed suit.
Sofia Coppola Will Direct 'The Little Mermaid'
She made her screen debut when she was still a baby, starring as the baby boy who is baptised in 'The Godfather'. She would later replace actress Winona Ryder in the second and third movies in The Godfather trilogy, although her acting career would be plagued with accusations of nepotism and her acting panned by the critics.
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It truly was what it said on the tin at the Fashion Group International's 30th Annual Night Of Stars held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, as the likes of pop sensation Miley Cyrus and soul legend Aretha Franklin made appearances at the gala. Miley looked almost unrecognisable in a floor length sparkly gown with only her arms and back on show - as opposed to her preferred see through variety.
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."
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.
Paris Hilton learned more about the robberies at her home from 'Bling Ring' director Sofia Coppola.
Paris Hilton says she learnt a few things about the infamous Bling Ring robberies on her home from director Sofia Coppola. The reality star heiress makes a cameo appearance in Coppola's new movie, based on the true story of how a group of San Fernando Valley youths robbed the homes of numerous high profile celebrities four years ago.
Though she was questioned by police about the thefts, Hilton says many of the facts about the robberies only came to light after she met with Coppola. "Sofia told me so many things I didn't know," Hilton, 32, told the Los Angeles Times at the Hollywood premiere on Tuesday evening. "I didn't know they tried to take my dog. I didn't know they were selling my things on Venice Boardwalk."
Hilton has been a prominent member of the promotional team for the movie and flew to the South of France to attend the Cannes Film Festival premiere last month, telling reporters the movie almost brought her to tears.
The director is returning to the genres that made him as a Hollywood great
Francis Ford Coppola is apparently readying himself to take on his next film, one that will follow a similar Italian-American saga as his most famous film franchise; The Godfather. The veteran filmmaker's plans were revealed in a Hollywood Reporter article earlier this week, which stated that the director is planning on making a movie about an Italian-American family that isn't the Corleones.
THR revealed that the filmmaking great looks to follow a similar time scale and ethnic background to what he concentrated on during the celebrated Godfather movies, with the cinematic family lives from the 1930s to the 1960s being chronicled. The as-yet untitled film has reportedly only just began taking its baby steps towards becoming a fully-fledged release, with Coppola setting up office in the Paramount film studios to develop a coming-of-age story that follows a boy and girl in their late teens.
THR also reported that Coppola is enlisting the help of Courtney Bright and Nicole Daniels to find a suitable cast for the film, and enlisting longtime family collaborator and friend Fred Roos as producer. Coppola is handling the screenplay and story himself from the Paramount office. Bright and Nicole Daniels most recently worked with Francis' daughter Sofia Coppola on her new film The Bling Ring.
The seriously good tracklist was released this week, with the album coming out shortly before the film.
Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film The Bling Ring is one of the summers most exciting prospects in cinema, and with it's release date fast approaching movie execs at Paramount have released the playlist for the movie's official soundtrack. Oh yeah, and did we mention that the soundtrack is ridiculously good?
The line-up features a veritable who's who of contemporary modern music, with 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Sleigh Bells, Phoenix, Frank Ocean, Azealia Bank, M.I.A. and Kanye West, and if that wasn't good enough then there's even some krautrock brought into the mix, including Klaus Schulze and Can. The only problem with this major line-up is now we're not sure what we're looking forward to the most, the movie itself or the soundtrack (who are we kidding, its obviously THAT scene with Emma Watson in the nightclub that everyone is looking forward to the most).
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On top of the glittering line-up on the soundtrack, Coppola has also hooked up with Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) to score the film; so expect an exciting electronic undercurrent to accompany the a-list soundtrack (which also features a track from Lopatin). In case you're wondering how all these great act will fit into a movie about a group of young criminal stealing from the rich and famous of Los Angeles the you need only to check out the song names, all of which are very fitting for the theme of the movie.
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Can James Franco's movie become the first since 'Tyson' in 2008 to win the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes?
As I Lay Dying - which competes for the Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival this month - is very much James Franco's baby. The 35-year-old Oscar nominee wrote, directed and stars in the movie adapted from William Faulkner's classic American novel of the same name.
Though the trailer hints at Franco's penchant for the surreal and avant-garde, it looks a far more straight laced movie than his previous stints behind the camera. The movie tells the story of Addie Bundren's death and her impoverished family's subsequent quest to bury the body in accordance with her wishes. Franco plays the second oldest child Darl, while Tim Blake Nelson appears to do a sublime job of portraying father Anse. Danny McBride plays friend of the family Vernon Tull while Fruitvale's Anha O'Reilly plays daughter Dewey Dell.
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Is it folly to suggest The Bling Ring could be a contender for the major awards this year?
The alarm bells started ringing when Sofia Coppola, the director of Lost in Translation and Somewhere, announced she would be adapting the story of a group of internet savvy Los Angeles burglars for the big-screen. Just as David Fincher's Facebook tale The Social Network vied for the top awards at the Oscars and Golden Globes, the idea of Coppola's The Bling Ring seemed likely to chime with the social media generation, and a new wave of younger Academy voters.
Unsurprisingly, the Cannes Film Festival welcomed Coppola and her new movie with open arms for this year's event, where it will make its worldwide premiere. That said, should The Bling Ring pull in nominations for this year's awards season, it would represent a very different type of awards' success story. Firstly, its lead actress Emma Watson is hardly an awards' magnet, having really only starred in the Harry Potter franchise and a couple of lightweight dramas. Secondly, it features appearances from the likes of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan in its examination of America's obsession with celebrity culture and the A-list mecca that is Los Angeles. Though we could imagine it scoring nods for the Globes, it would be a massive feat should The Bling Ring compete at the Oscars. However, it does have one thing in its favour: the director.
Emma Watson [L] and Paris Hilton [R] Both Appear In Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring'
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Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring will open the Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
A still from Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring
A new extended trailer for The Bling Ring - Sofia's Coppola's tale of youthful debauchery in the social media generation - has hit the web. It centers on the true story of a group of Los Angeles kids who used the internet to track their favorite celebrities and subsequently rob their homes when the A-listers were out of town. The teaser trailer gave us the first look at Emma Watson as the ringleader (based on Alexis Neiers), though the new clip offers an insight into her back story, home life and rationale for the thefts.
A movie from the same director as Lost In Translation and the slick Somewhere (also the sister of Moonrise Kingdom writer Roman Coppola) was always going to look good on-screen and the Bling Ring doesn't appear to disappoint. Essentially, the movie tells the story of America's addiction to celebrity culture and the Facebook, Google Maps and social media elements will no doubt appeal to those who enjoyed David Fincher's The Social Network and, perhaps, Harmony Korine's recent Spring Breakers. Something we didn't anticipate is Coppola's use of humor in the The Bling Ring, particularly from Watson's Nikki and Katie Chang's Rebecca. The trailer ends with one of the thieves asking a cop what Lindsay Lohan's reaction was to her stuff being taken. Another nice touch is the cameo of Paris Hilton, a real life victim of 'The Bling Ring.'
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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Emma Watson poses as her 'Bling Ring' character in the latest issue of GQ magazine.
Emma Watson appears in arguably her most provocative photo-shoot yet, in the latest issue of Britain's GQ magazine. The 22-year-old - who stars in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring - wears a revealing cut-out dress for the cover image, similar to that worn by Julia Roberts in her classic 1990 movie Pretty Woman.
Dressed as her character Nikki in The Bling Ring, Watson pulls down the dress even further to reveal a tattoo on her hip. She also reveals ink on her left wrist and clutches an iced coffee as she stares down the camera lens. Watson - still best known for her turn as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies - plays a young L.A. thief in the new movie, which sparked plenty of buzz at film festivals. "When I read the script and I realised that essentially it was a meditation on fame and what it's become to our society, I had to do it," she said in the accompanying interview with GQ, adding, "The character is everything that I felt strongly against - she's superficial, materialistic, vain, amoral. She's all of these things and I realised that I hated her. How do you play someone you hate? But I found it really interesting and it gave me a whole new insight into what my job or my role as an actress could be."
The movie is based on the true story of the 'Bling Ring' or 'The Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch', who were finally arrested in 2009 after a string of break-ins at the homes of famous including Orlando Bloom and Paris Hilton. The gang stole expensive jewellery and clothes while the celebrities were out of town, or attending events in Los Angeles.
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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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The Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2013 fashion show during the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week saw a number of celebs arriving including former 'Hannah Montana' star Miley Cyrus, 'Sleepy Hollow' star Christina Ricci, Blondie's Debbie Harry, 'Lost In Translation' screenwriter Sofia Coppola, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe with her husband Rodger Berman.
Set in the mid-seventies, the plot follows the Lisbon family, with James Woods, a physics teacher at the local high school, as the scatter brained father, and Kathleen Turner as the uncommonly strict mother. Their five daughters are beautiful, naturally blonde, and the desire of every boy in the neighborhood. When the youngest, Cecilia, mysteriously attempts suicide, psychiatrist Danny DeVito recommends that she be allowed to interact more socially, especially with boys. So the Lisbon girls are introduced to the boys of the neighborhood, who have already been watching the girls from afar through half-opened window shades, binoculars, and telescopes. At a party in Cecilia's honor, the boys witness a tragedy that shocks them out of their wits. As a result, the Lisbons fall into a deep suppression shutting out the rest of the world by retreating into their own inner sanctum. It appears they will never recover until Trip Fontaine (Josh Hartnett), the high school heartthrob, pursues the unattainable Lux (Kirsten Dunst). He attempts to ask her to the prom, but the only way her mother will allow him to take Lux is if all the girls go together. For the first time, the girls will venture out of the home to interact socially in an environment other than school.
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