Bill Murray to Sing Christmas Carols in Christmas Special Directed by Sofia Coppola

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I fear this is a joke, but I sure hope it’s true: Bill Murray and Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola are planning a Christmas special in which Murray will croon Christmas carols.  Murray elaborated:

“It’s not going to be live.  We’re going to do it like a little movie.  It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music.  It will have texture.  It will have threads through it that are writing.  There will be prose… It will have a patina style and wit to it.  It will be nice.”

More on what little we know about the Christmas special after the jump.

Sofia Coppola in Talks to Direct THE LITTLE MERMAID

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Filmmaker Sofia Coppola looks to be making her first foray into tentpole moviemaking.  Deadline reports that the Lost in Translation director is in negotiations to take the helm of Universal Pictures and Working Title’s live-action adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale The Little Mermaid.  A live-action redo of the story has been in the works for years, with director Joe Wright most recently developing the project with screenwriter Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey).  Wright is currently busy with another adaptation of a classic, Pan, but it appears that Universal isn’t keen to wait, as they plan on moving forward with The Little Mermaid quickly once Coppola officially signs on.  Hit the jump for more.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to Produce John Krasinski’s Action-Adventure Script; Sofia Coppola to Adapt FAIRYLAND

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Two script deals to report tonight:

  • John Krasinski (Promised Land) and Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) sold their action-adventure spec script Warner Bros.  According to Deadline, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will produce alongside Uziel and Scott Z. Burns (Side Effects).  The logline is under wraps, and it is unclear whether Krasinski intends to star.
  • American Zoetrope acquired the feature rights to Alysia Abbott‘s memoir Fairyland, “a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s vibrant cultural scene in the 1970s and ’80s.”  Sofia Coppola (The Bling Ring) and Andrew Durham will adapt the screenplay.  Sofia and brother Roman Coppola will produce.

Check out the Fairyland press release after the jump.

THE BLING RING Blu-ray Review

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With such films as Marie Antoinette and Somewhere, writer/director Sofia Coppola has carved a niche for herself as cinema’s premiere chronicler of privileged ennui.  However, in her latest cinematic offering, The Bling Ring, Coppola steps outside of the insular world of the wealthy and bored to focus her lens on characters desperate to get inside it.  My review after the jump.

THE BLING RING Review

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When I’m in line at the supermarket, I see the covers of celebrity magazines, and I wonder, “Who buys this stuff?  What compels them to be so interested in the lives of strangers?”  We have an artificial familiarity with celebrities based on the entertainment we consume.  Today, “celebrity” has even become a profession whereas it used to be you had to have some kind of tangible skill usually relating to public performance before you were constantly in the public eye.  Even though celebrity worship has become engrained in our society arguably since Clara Bow became “The It Girl”, media saturation has brought us to critical mass.  Despite the fascinating origins of this obsession, Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring skips over the interesting, unexplored aspects, and heads straight to pedestrian observations of celebrity fixation.  While it’s certainly spot-on and is peppered with humorous moments, audiences can gleam the same observations from a plot synopsis.  Moreover, Coppola’s criticisms fall flat when the existence of her film plays into the celebrity culture she aims to critique.

New Trailer for Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING Starring Emma Watson

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A new trailer for writer/director Sofia Coppola’s new film The Bling Ring has been released online.  The film is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between October 2008 and August 2009, coming away with over $3 million worth of loot from the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan.  I found myself shaking my head throughout this whole trailer, which is a testament to how well Coppola has captured the celebrity-obsessed culture that surrounds us nowadays.  Watson looks to give a strong performance here as one of the oblivious and self-obsessed teenagers, and I’m eager to see how the story plays out through Coppola’s lens.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Emma Watson, Taissa FarmigaIsrael Broussard, Katie ChangClaire JulienGavin Rossdale, and Leslie Mann.  The Bling Ring will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and opens in limited release on June 14th.

Emma Watson Pole Dances in First Clip from THE BLING RING; Plus New Images Featuring Gavin Rossdale and Leslie Mann

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Some rather interesting new materials from writer/director Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film The Bling Ring have made their way online.  Most notable is the first clip from the film, which is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between October 2008 and August 2009, coming away with over $3 million worth of loot from the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan.  The clip shows the group of youngsters raiding a rather ridiculous “closet” that presumably belongs to one of the aforementioned celebrities, and we see Emma Watson’s character trying out a stripper pole in the process.  I’m really interested to see Coppola’s angle on this celeb-obsessed story, and it’s looking like The Bling Ring might make a nice double feature with Harmony Korine’s culture portrait Spring Breakers.

Hit the jump to watch the first clip and to check out a batch of new images.  The film also stars Taissa Farmiga, Israel Broussard (Flipped), Katie ChangClaire Julien, Gavin Rossdale, and Leslie MannThe Bling Ring opens in limited release on June 14th.

New Images from Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING Starring Emma Watson

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A number of new images from writer/director Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film The Bling Ring have landed online.  The pic marks Coppola’s follow-up to her 2010 film Somewhere and is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between October 2008 and August 2009, coming away with over $3 million worth of loot from the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan.  It’s most definitely an interesting choice of topic for the Lost in Translation filmmaker, but the pic’s first trailer and these new images promise a fascinating look into the celebrity-obsessed, material-based culture that spurred the film’s real-life events in the first place.  The new images also give us another look at Emma Watson’s rather interesting character transformation.

Hit the jump to view the images.  The film also stars Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Israel Broussard (Flipped), Katie ChangClaire Julien, and Leslie MannThe Bling Ring opens in limited release on June 14th.

Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING Set for Release on June 14th; Sundance Darling THE SPECTACULAR NOW Opens August 2nd

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Release dates have been announced for a couple of anticipated 2013 features from A24 Films.

  • The Bling Ring – Writer/director Sofia Coppola’s film about the group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between 2008 and 2009 will hit theaters in limited release on June 14th. The film stars Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, and Leslie Mann.
  • The Spectacular Now – Director James Ponsoldt’s (Smashed) excellent teen drama made a big splash at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and A24 has set the film for an August 2nd release.  The pic stars Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley and centers on the relationship between two teenagers who are struggling with some serious issues.  Read Matt’s highly positive review here.

Blumhouse Picks Up Duplass Brothers Found Footage Movie PEACHFUZZ; A24 Acquires Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING for June Release

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A couple of interesting acquisitions have been announced.  First up, Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions—known for its small budget, big profit model with the Paranormal Activity films and Insidious—has acquired a found footage movie called Peachfuzz, produced by the incredibly hard working brothers Mark and Jay Duplass.  Plot details on the project are being kept under lock and key, but Mark stars in the film that centers on a young man who answers a Craigslist ad “and gets much more than he bargained for.”  Production on the Patrick Brice film has already wrapped.

Hit the jump for news regarding writer/director Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, starring Emma Watson.

First Official Images from Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING Starring Emma Watson

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The first official images from writer/director Sofia Coppola’s new film The Bling Ring has been unveiled.  The pic is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between October 2008 and August 2009, coming away with over $3 million worth of loot from the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan.  The cast is lead by Harry Potter’s Emma Watson and, based on these images, her character looks to be just about as far from Hermione Granger as possible.  We also get a look at co-stars Taissa Famiga (American Horror Story), Israel Broussard (Flipped), Katie Chang and Claire Julien.  We previously saw a couple of batches of set photos, but these official images shows the whole Bling Ring gang all together, frappuccinos in tow.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The cast also includes Leslie Mann.

Set Photo Roundup: Daniel Radcliffe in KILL YOUR DARLINGS, Emma Watson in BLING RING, and Ron Howard’s RUSH

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We’ve got a batch of set photos to share with you this morning. Briefly:

  • Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen and Jack Huston were spotted on the set of Kill Your Darlings. The trio star as Allen Ginsberg, Edie Parker and Jack Kerouac, respectively, in this period drama.
  • Set Photos from Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring highlight star Emma Watson and surprise guests Kirsten Dunst and Gavin Rossdale (frontman for Bush). The real-life story centers on a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous in the late 2000’s.
  • A roundup of images from director Ron Howard’s 1970s Formula 1 racing drama Rush. The film centers on the rivalry between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl).

Hit the jump to check out the images.

Leslie Mann and Israel Broussard Join Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING

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Casting appears to be moving quickly on Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring now that Emma Watson is set as the lead. We recently learned that American Horror Story star Taissa Farmiga joined the ensemble cast, and now THR reports that Leslie Mann, Israel Broussard (Flipped), Katie Chang, Claire Pfister and Georgia Rock have been added. Written by Coppola, the film is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between October 2008 and August 2009, coming away with over $3 million worth of loot from the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan.

Mann will play a mom of two of the girls involved in the thievery, and Broussard is set as the male lead. Besides Watson and Farmiga, Coppola seems to have gone with relative newcomers to play the group of teens. Broussard seems to have the most experience of the four other young ‘uns, most recently starring in The Chaperone with Triple H. I’m always happy to see Mann onscreen, and I’m eager to see Coppola’s take on celebrity/fame obsession. Production is set to begin this spring in Los Angeles.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY Star Taissa Farmiga Joins Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING and Drama JAMESY BOY

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After breaking out with the first season of Ryan Murphy’s hit horror anthology series American Horror Story, actress Taissa Farmiga has booked two new feature roles. Variety reports that Farmiga has signed on to join Sofia Coppola’s true crime story The Bling Ring. Written by Coppola, the film is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between October 2008 and August 2009, coming away with over $3 million worth of loot from the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan. Yesterday we reported that Harry Potter star Emma Watson is set for a leading role in the ensemble, and now it appears Farmiga will be joining her.

Additionally, Farmiga has landed a leading role in the drama Jamesy Boy. The film tells the story of a young suburban street gang member who gets sent to a maximum-security prison and strikes up an unlikely friendship with a convicted murderer. Farmiga will play the main character’s love interest with a supporting cast that includes Mary-Louise Parker, Ving Rhames, and James Woods. Farmiga is the younger sister of actress Vera, and I found her work to be quite impressive on American Horror Story. Given the show’s anthology nature, Farmiga isn’t expected to return for its second season this fall. She’ll shoot Jamesy Boy first before moving on to Bling Ring, and I think both roles are smart choices for the young actress.

Emma Watson Set to Star in Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING

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Now that a yearly Harry Potter shoot is no longer a part of their schedule, the stars of the most successful film franchise of all time are starting to branch out. Daniel Radcliffe has been making a successful run on Broadway in between film projects, and now Emma Watson is preparing to stretch her chops as a leading lady. Variety reports that Sofia Coppola has tapped Watson to star in her next project, The Bling Ring. The film is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between October 2008 and August 2009, coming away with over $3 million worth of loot from the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan. Coppola wrote the project, which she will also direct and produce.

I think Watson has incredible potential and I’m excited to see her take on a Coppola film. I didn’t love Somewhere, but Coppola has an undeniably unique voice and a knack for making young actresses flourish onscreen. Watson just wrapped The Perks of Being a Wallflower and is set to re-team with Potter director David Yates on an adaptation of the memoir Your Voice in My Head. The actress has some challenging dramatic material ahead of her and I’m eager to see Watson come into her own.

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