Edgar Wright’s Top 20 Movies of 2013 Include GRAVITY, HER, and SPRING BREAKERS

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Over the past week or so, we here at Collider have been inundating you with year-end lists.  In addition to personal Top 10s from me, Matt, and Dave, we’ve also run down 2013’s best trailers, posters, movie moments, new TV series, returning TV series, and much more.  Now filmmaker Edgar Wright has chimed in with his own personal “Top 20” of 2013.  The director is plenty busy at the moment prepping to direct Marvel’s Ant-Man (starring Paul Rudd, no less), but he graciously took some time to run down a varied list of films that includes Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Pacific Rim, and Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra.  Hit the jump to take a look at the full batch.

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.

New to Blu-ray: WORLD WAR Z, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, ARROW: The Complete First Season, and More

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Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

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.

Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Taissa Farmiga and Claire Julien Talk THE BLING RING

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From writer/director Sofia Coppola, The Bling Ring tells the real-life story of a group of teenagers who were so obsessed with fashion and celebrity that they broke into celebrities’ homes in Los Angeles and stole their designer clothes and possessions.  When they didn’t get caught, they raised the stakes, becoming more and more bold, and what started out as teenage fun quickly spun out of control.

At the recent L.A. press day, we got the opportunity to chat with the actors and, unlike their characters in The Bling Ring, co-stars Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Taissa Farmiga and Claire Julien come across as sweet, well-adjusted, well-spoken and far removed from the type of individuals that they’re portraying.  During the interview, they talked about their reactions when they learned this story was based on true events, what surprised them most about what happened and how these teenagers got away with it for so long, how they found a way to relate to their characters, and what a relief it was that they all got along and liked each other.  Watch the video after the jump.

New Posters for WHITE HOUSE DOWN, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, NYMPHOMANIAC, THE BLING RING, and THE HANGOVER 3

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A number of new posters have made their way online.  Briefly:

  • White House Down – The new one-sheet for Roland Emmerich’s actioner puts stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx front and center following the latest trailer.  The film opens on June 28th.
  • August: Osage County – The premiere poster for director John Wells’ adaptation of the stage play highlights the fantastic cast that includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, and Benedict Cumberbatch.  The film opens on November 8th.
  • Nymphomaniac – The not-so-subtle first poster for Lars von Trier’s next film teases the pic’s subject of, well, sex.  The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, and Shia LaBeouf.
  • The Bling Ring – The final poster for writer/director Sofia Coppola’s snapshot of the celebrity-obsessed showcases the film’s cast, which includes Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga.  The film opens on June 14th.
  • The Hangover Part III – The latest character poster for Todd Phillips’ trilogy closer features Ken Jeong’s Mr. Chow.  The film opens on May 24th.

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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.

2013 Cannes Film Festival Lineup Includes INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, ONLY GOD FORGIVES, NEBRASKA, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, and More

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The full lineup for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival was announced today, and it looks like a really great group of films will be screening in the south of France later next month.  Official selections include Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the CandelabraJoel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, Roman Polanski’s Venus In Fur, and James Gray’s The Immigrant (previously titled Low Life).  Additionally, the Robert Redford man vs. nature film All Is Lost will premiere out of competition, and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling RingJames Franco’s As I Lay Dying, and the Sundance hit Fruitvale Station (previously titled Fruitvale) will screen Un Certain Regard.

A number of these titles are early awards contenders, and I’m particularly interested to hear the reaction for the Coens’ Davis and Payne’s The Descendants follow-up Nebraska, which is a black-and-white road trip movie starring Will Forte and Bruce Dern.  Hit the jump to read the full lineup.  The 2013 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – 26th.

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 Posters for THE BLING RING, VIOLET & DAISY, and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

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We’ve got a few new posters for your viewing pleasure.  Briefly:

  • The Bling RingSofia Coppola‘s film is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous.  I really like this poster, and I think they should make keep the PerezHilton.com watermark part of the official poster due to the shared obsession with celebrities.  The film opens on June 14th and stars Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Julien, and Leslie Mann.
  • Violet & Daisy – The directorial debut of Precious screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher also has a great poster.  The film stars Alexis Bledel and Saorise Ronan as a pair of perky teenage assassins who have second thoughts about their latest job.  Click here for my review from TIFF 2011.  The film also stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Danny Trejo, and James Gandolfini.
  • Much Ado about Nothing – A bland poster, but there’s not much you can do with a film that cost nothing to make and the spark is in performances rather than individual images.  The one featured here is one of the few memorable shots.  Click here for my review from TIFF 2012.  The film opens on June 7th and stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, and other actors who have previously worked with director Joss Whedon.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

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.

Emma Watson Channels Her Bad Girl Side in THE BLING RING Trailer

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Emma Watson (Harry Potter series) is up to no good in this new teaser trailer for The Bling Ring.  Writer/director Sofia Coppola’s 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.  The picture also stars Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Israel Broussard(Flipped), Katie Chang, Claire Julien and Leslie Mann. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

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.

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