Talk about a film that couldn’t possibly exist, oh, 10 (maybe even 5) years ago. Nowadays, with Twitter, Facebook, paparazzi websites, TMZ, etc, tracking your favorite celebrity’s every move (hell, even finding out where they live) is a cinch. Which makes a film like Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” (which just happens to be based on a true story) one of those “it can only happen today” sort of tale. And oh yeah, Emma Watson of “Harry Potter” frame fronts the picture as the head thief.
What are the chances the distributors will package “The Bling Ring” side by side with Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers”? We can only hope someone gets smart and puts this together.
In the fame-obsessed world of Los Angeles, a group of teenagers take us on a thrilling and disturbing crime-spree in the Hollywood hills. Based on true events, the group, who were fixated on the glamorous life, tracked their celebrity targets online, and stole more than 3 million in luxury goods from their homes. Their victims included Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Rachel Bilson, and the gang became known in the media as “The Bling Ring.”
In THE BLING RING, Oscar Winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola takes us inside the world of these teens, where their youthful naivete and excitement is amplified by today’s culture of celebrity and luxury brand obsession. The members of the Bling Ring introduce us to temptations that any teenager would find hard to resist. And what starts out as youthful fun spins out of control, revealing a sobering view of our modern culture.
Starring Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Taissa Farmiga, Claire Julien, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Georgia Rock, and Gavin Rossdale.
The gang breaks and enters this June 14, 2013 in limited release.