CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 |
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.
October 14, 2013 |
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.
June 16, 2013 |
“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.
May 16, 2013 |
"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.
May 24, 2013 |
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 .)
June 6, 2013 |
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.