The Bling Ring Review: ‘Artsy’ Movie About Shallow Teenage Thieves Doesn’t Work

still from the bling ring cast
Sofia Coppola directs a movie about every three years, and each one prior to 2010’s Somewhere, which I didn’t see, was beautifully designed and disconnected in that way that we all are when we step into a crowd.

Sadly, the style Coppola applied in the Oscar-winning Lost in Translation simply doesn’t work in a film about morally corrupt, glamour-obsessed teens.

For months we’ve read about Emma Watson’s imitation of Alexis Neiers, who, with Nick Prugo, Rachel Lee and a few others, was convicted of burglarizing the homes of celebrities like Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom and Lindsay Lohan.

Coppola’s fifth feature film opens with fragmented conversations with Marc (Israel Broussard as Prugo), a nervous young man who doesn’t quite fit in, and continues on to his life at an alternative school in Calabasas where he almost immediately befriends Rebecca (Katie Chang as Lee, the bling ringleader).

Continue reading “The Bling Ring Review: ‘Artsy’ Movie About Shallow Teenage Thieves Doesn’t Work”

Emma Watson Watched ‘Pretty Wild’ ‘So Many Times’

Emma Watson Alexis Neiers
As a teenager I was obsessed with Sofia Coppola’s directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides, and then came the Harry Potter movies, and now, as an adult, I find myself voyeuristically fascinated by reality shows.

Obviously The Bling Ring, directed by Coppola, starring Emma Watson and based on Alexis Neiers from one of my favorite “bad” reality shows, Pretty Wild, is my kind of movie.

After reading various interviews with Watson about The Bling Ring, I started feeling like she was skirting the issue of who her character, Nicki, is actually supposed to be.
pretty wild poster
Watson FINALLY spoke candidly about Pretty Wild when a 16-year-old Rookie Magazine interviewer mentioned Pretty Wild and asked if she had received any feedback from Neiers.  Continue reading “Emma Watson Watched ‘Pretty Wild’ ‘So Many Times’”

Paris Hilton’s Tear Ducts Exploded at Cannes

Paris Hilton crying cannesParis Hilton cried a waterfall of Valtrex and cranberry pills at Cannes Film Festival last week when she attended a screening of The Bling Ring. If you’ve seen the trailer or read about the movie, you know there’s a scene where Nikki (Emma Watson’s character) and her merry group of thieves burst into Hilton’s mansion and violate her shoe closet and stripper pole exactly like the Burglar Bunch of Hollywood Hills did in 2009.

I was really emotional watching it,” Hilton told Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan. “I literally had tears in my eyes and I wanted to cry. I knew what happened with the burglaries, but I had never actually seen it – so watching it happen, I was like, ‘Oh my God, this really happened to me. These kids were really in my house and did this to me.'”  Continue reading “Paris Hilton’s Tear Ducts Exploded at Cannes”

Emma Watson Does Her Best Impression of a Dumb Girl in New ‘Bling Ring’ Clip

Emma Watson Bling RingSofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring is timely because it’s about not-terribly bright teenagers who are obsessed with fame and material possessions. Emma Watson plays “Nicki,” entirely based on Alexis Neiers, who spent one month in jail after robbing the homes of celebrities. (The real-life burglaries proved entirely too easy for the group of bored Hollywood kids, due to likes of Paris Hilton leaving the key to her house under a mat in front of the door.)

Watson as an entitled bitch with limited brain cells is a bit of a stretch, but she seems to do okay with the role in the new trailer.

The line “It all comes back to like, bad choices. Who you have as your friends,” is consistent with things said by Neiers on the reality show Pretty Wild, which chronicled her arrest, hearing and life at home with her two sisters and loopy mom who handed out five milligram tablets of Adderall at request. Continue reading “Emma Watson Does Her Best Impression of a Dumb Girl in New ‘Bling Ring’ Clip”

Video: Emma Watson Slytherin On The Pole For ‘The Bling Ring’

Here’s a new clip from Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film, The Bling Ringstarring Hermione, Violet from AHS, Dana from The L Word, Judd Apatow’s wife and Gwen Stefani’s husband.

In the scene, the infamous burglars bust into a home that obviously belongs to Paris Hilton.

The other two girls try on lip gloss and shirts while Emma goes straight to the “nightclub room” for some pole dancing that I’m sure Ron Weasley would approve of.  Continue reading “Video: Emma Watson Slytherin On The Pole For ‘The Bling Ring’”

Trailer: The Bling Ring

A photo of Emma Watson in character for The Bling Ring surfaced nearly a year ago. In a new teaser for the movie about the infamous group of Cali teens who almost got away with ripping off celebs like Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson and Lindsay Lohan, Watson parties, drinks and makes provocative faces.

This is still worlds apart from, say, the bikini string-thing plot of Spring Breakers, where Disney stars like Vanessa Hudgens prance around naked for unproven director Harmony Korine.  Continue reading “Trailer: The Bling Ring”