July 22, 2013 |
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.
June 29, 2013 |
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)
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June 21, 2013 |
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.
June 20, 2013 |
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.
June 17, 2013 |
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.
June 17, 2013 |
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)