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May 23, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
It's not quite Smashbox meets smash-and-grab, but the cosmetics brand has partnered with makers of "The Bling Ring" for a makeup kit inspired by the fashion-focused heist flick. According to the media materials announcing the merchandise tie-in with the Sofia Copolla film, which hits theaters in L.A. on June 14 and nationwide June 21, the collection aims to "re-create the fame-obsessed glamour of the film's stars with hot pink pouts, out-all-night kohl-rimmed eyes and lashes for days.
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March 17, 2014 | By Richard Winton, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
One of the leaders of the "Bling Ring" burglary crew, which made headlines for breaking into celebrity homes, has been arrested for allegedly violating his parole, officials said. Nicholas Prugo -- a member of a ring of teens and 20-somethings accused of nabbing more than $3 million in jewelry, designer clothes and accessories -- was arrested Friday morning. He was being held without bail, police said. The alleged parole violation comes as his friend was arrested in connection to a murder-for-hire plot involving rival skin-care gurus in West Hollywood.
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June 17, 2013 | By Alice Short
There's a lot to leave you breathless in "The Bling Ring. " Celebrity culture. Self-empowerment prayer circles. Amoral behavior. But the designer name-dropping throughout the movie may top the list. For that we can thank the label-crazed kids at the center of the Sofia Coppola film, the San Fernando Valley youths who, in 2008 and 2009, burglarized the homes of celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom and Megan Fox, and made off with Louboutins,  Rolexes and goods from Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Rick Owens, Alexander Wang, Versace and Herve Leger.  Nancy Jo Sales, the writer who profiled the Bling Ring for Vanity Fair (Coppola based her script on the 2010 article)
BUSINESS
October 14, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Orlando Bloom has listed his compound in Hollywood Hills West for sale at $4.5 million or for annual lease at $16,500 a month. Set behind wood gates, the house was the target four years ago of the so-called "Bling Ring" burglars, who focused on celebrities including Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom house, built in 1940, features a double walnut door entry, three fireplaces, a den/office, a library and 3,248 feet of living space. The wooded three-quarter acre lot has a swimming pool with spa and is equipped with security cameras.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Richard Winton, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
One of the leaders of the "Bling Ring" burglary crew, which made headlines for breaking into celebrity homes, has been arrested for allegedly violating his parole, officials said. Nicholas Prugo -- a member of a ring of teens and 20-somethings accused of nabbing more than $3 million in jewelry, designer clothes and accessories -- was arrested Friday morning. He was being held without bail, police said. The alleged parole violation comes as his friend was arrested in connection to a murder-for-hire plot involving rival skin-care gurus in West Hollywood.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Orlando Bloom has listed his compound in Hollywood Hills West for sale at $4.5 million or for annual lease at $16,500 a month. Set behind wood gates, the house was the target four years ago of the so-called "Bling Ring" burglars, who focused on celebrities including Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom house, built in 1940, features a double walnut door entry, three fireplaces, a den/office, a library and 3,248 feet of living space. The wooded three-quarter acre lot has a swimming pool with spa and is equipped with security cameras.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
“The Bling Ring” made out like a bandit at the box office this weekend. Sofia Coppola's take on a real-life group of San Fernando Valley youths who burglarized celebrity homes in 2009 debuted in limited release and grossed $210,001, according to an estimate from distributor A24 Films. Playing in two theaters in New York and three in Los Angeles, the film earned a healthy per-theater average of $42,000. Though the movie is set in Hollywood's backyard, the film did the most business this weekend at a cinema near New York University.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
"The Bling Ring" had Emma Watson "Keeping Up With the Kardashians. " The "Harry Potter" alum plays a character based on convicted socialite Alexis Neiers in Sofia Coppola's film, which chronicles the shenanigans of those who looted the homes of celebrities including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom in 2009 and 2010. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday with stars Watson, Claire Julien, Taissa Fariga, Katie Chang, Israel Broussard and writer-director Coppola walking the red carpet.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
"Can you give mommy a cue? Are you hungry?" 21-year-old Alexis Neiers cooed to her crying newborn in the middle of a faux-upscale Calabasas restaurant last week. "When she puts her hands in her mouth, she's hungry. Right now, she's just tired. Maybe a little constipated. " None of the other diners paid much attention to Neiers - former reality TV star, recovering addict and convicted felon - as she pulled her daughter, Harper, to her breast and began to feed the 3-week-old. It was a moment of utter normalcy for Neiers, who shot to notoriety in 2009 when she was arrested and charged with being a part of a group of celebrity-obsessed young burglary suspects that came to be known as the "Bling Ring.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | By Susan Denley
The hype over Sofia Coppola's upcoming film "The Bling Ring" is coming on strong. The latest to surface in my inbox is a news release from SmashBox  cosmetics announcing the launch of its Bling Ring makeup kit -- lipstick, lip plumper, mascara, eye liner, primer and a faux croc clutch. Yes, for $48 (an $81 value!) you can "recreate the fame obsessed glamour of the film's stars," the release says. And that's not all: "To give fans a glimpse of the celeb fantasy that 'The Bling Ring' explores," Smashbox is giving away a trip for two to the film's premiere and afterparty June 4 in L.A.  (The contest entry period is May 21-28, and info is available here .)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Four years ago, Rachel Bilson's Los Feliz home was broken into on six occasions by the Bling Ring. The gaggle of San Fernando Valley youths stole designer shoes, clothing and purses, as well as jewelry bequeathed to her by her mother and grandmother. She estimated the crime circle made off with as much as $300,000 worth of her belongings in 2009 - some of which the group later sold for pocket change on Venice Boulevard. Suffice it to say, the actress wasn't thrilled to hear Sofia Coppola was making a film about the burglars.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The film "Some Girl(s)" opened in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, but it is also the first feature to launch day and date using the Vimeo On Demand platform, available all around the world. Daisy von Scherler Mayer directed the film, which Neil LaBute adapted from his own play. The story involves a man (Adam Brody) who, ahead of his impending marriage, visits a series of women from his past (played by Kristen Bell, Zoe Kazan, Emily Watson, Jennifer Morrison and Mia Maestro)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
It's not exactly the Bling Ring, but Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested the remaining fugitive in what officials say was a scheme built around fraudulent Macy's gift cards that targeted more than 40 stores and netted more than $200,000. Richard Reyes Duenas, 30, was arrested in Las Vegas and booked Thursday in Los Angeles County on felony charges including grand theft, conspiracy to commit fraud and access card fraud, officials said. Duenas had been hunted by authorities since he was charged by Los Angeles County prosecutors in January 2012.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Hot off the success of "The Bling Ring" and "Spring Breakers," the new distribution company A24 will again take a run at the crossover of smart youth and art house pictures with the August release of "The Spectacular Now," starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. The first poster and trailer for the film, which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and plays again Friday as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival, were just released. Based on the novel by Tim Tharp, the film features Teller as a small-town high-schooler on the cusp of adulthood and Woodley as the girl who helps push him in that direction.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
When he's not dropping albums, fathering babies with reality-show celebrities or feeling uneasy about answering questions, Kanye West has another pursuit: supplying songs to popular movies. He's long been a favorite of music supervisors: “Miami Vice,” “Jarhead” and “Coach Carter” all feature Kanye tracks. So do “Mission Impossible: 3” and, across the Hollywood spectrum, the emo coming-of-age tale “It's Kind of a Funny Story.” But if you've had the sense that Kanye has become especially prevalent in films lately, you wouldn't be wrong.
NEWS
June 17, 2013 | By Alice Short
There's a lot to leave you breathless in "The Bling Ring. " Celebrity culture. Self-empowerment prayer circles. Amoral behavior. But the designer name-dropping throughout the movie may top the list. For that we can thank the label-crazed kids at the center of the Sofia Coppola film, the San Fernando Valley youths who, in 2008 and 2009, burglarized the homes of celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom and Megan Fox, and made off with Louboutins,  Rolexes and goods from Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Rick Owens, Alexander Wang, Versace and Herve Leger.  Nancy Jo Sales, the writer who profiled the Bling Ring for Vanity Fair (Coppola based her script on the 2010 article)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
In “The Bling Ring," a group of starry-eyed teens define their worth by the number of designer duds in their closet. The young protagonists of Sofia Coppola's based-on-a-true-story film don't actually own any of these coveted items, of course -- they steal them. Parading through the closets of stars such as Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson and Lindsay Lohan, their eyes widen as they try out Alexander McQueen sunglasses, Chanel handbags and Christian Louboutin pumps. “Oh, my God,” one character gasps as she comes across a chic top. “It's Balmain.” It's a line uttered by actress Claire Julien, who, fittingly enough, was sporting a Balmain dress on the red carpet at the film's Hollywood premiere Tuesday night.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK CITY - Sofia Coppola could have easily gone the studio route in choosing a distributor for her new movie, "The Bling Ring. " Instead she chose the upstart company that set loose the viral image of James Franco as a resplendently thugged-out Jesus. The Facebook posting of the actor in his "Spring Breakers" lizard-king persona, surrounded by his bikini-clad costars, director Harmony Korine and rapper Gucci Mane at a "Last Supper"-style banquet table, spread across the web in late March with a tide of 20,000 thumbs-up.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
“The Bling Ring” made out like a bandit at the box office this weekend. Sofia Coppola's take on a real-life group of San Fernando Valley youths who burglarized celebrity homes in 2009 debuted in limited release and grossed $210,001, according to an estimate from distributor A24 Films. Playing in two theaters in New York and three in Los Angeles, the film earned a healthy per-theater average of $42,000. Though the movie is set in Hollywood's backyard, the film did the most business this weekend at a cinema near New York University.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Forget "World War Z. " The true zombie movie this summer is "The Bling Ring. " Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, the film has the quality of a vacant stare, reflecting back a disturbing, unsettling blankness. The story is based on the real-life group of L.A youths who burglarized the homes of celebrities they ostensibly admired - an iconographic coterie that included Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. Seeming to lack a conscience or sense of consequence, the gang grabbed tabloid infamy as a jaundiced apex of contemporary consumer/reality culture.
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