Emma Watson Tapped for Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Bling Ring’

Over the past decade, Sofia Coppola has demonstrated a knack for working with talented young actresses. Whether it’s Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation, Kirsten Dunst in The Virgin Suicides, or Elle Fanning in Somewhere, Coppola not only knows how to pick them, but what to do with them once she has them. Now the latest star to join the club is Emma Watson, who’s signed up for one of the leads in Coppola’s ensemble picture The Bling Ring. More details after the jump.

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While it’s not that unusual for big-name directors to do commercial work on the side, there seems to be something about fragrance ads in particular that really draws them in. (“Bucketloads of money” is definitely part of it.) A new ad for the Miss Dior Cherie fragrance has premiered online, directed by Sofia Coppola and starring “brand ambassador” Natalie Portman. It looks like typical perfume ad stuff, with Portman lounging around attractively and making out with Tetro star Alden Ehrenreich and generally acting in a manner that only a person in a fragrance commercial would act — but it is pretty. Watch it after the jump.

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VOTD: The Films of Sofia Coppola

/Film reader Cornelis van Dijkhuizen jr. has edited together a montage titled “The Films of Sofia Coppola.” It’s apparently the first of a series in 12 video compilations which Cornelis plans to release over the coming this year. I especially love how the video edits together some of Coppola’s signature shots from the various films. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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Behind the Scenes Of Sofia Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’

Focus Features has released a three and a half minute behind the scenes featurette for Sofia Coppola‘s new film Somewhere on IMDB (found via FirstShowing). The movie stars Stephen Dorff as a “hard-living Hollywood actor re-examines his life after his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning) surprises him with a visit.” Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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Movie City News has an indepth 30-minute interview with director Sofia Coppola (Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation), talking about her new film Somewhere. And anyone who reads /Film on a regular basis knows that we love long form interviews with auteur filmmakers. Hit the jump to watch the interview now.

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In an interesting and slightly surprising move, the Venice Film Festival jury headed by Quentin Tarantino has awarded the Golden Lion to Sofia Coppola‘s film Somewhere. (Trailer here.) The film got mixed to positive notes out of the fest, but Tarantino said today, “This was a film that enchanted us from our first screening…Yet from that first enchanting screening, it grew and grew and grew in both our hearts, in our analysis, in our minds, and in our affections.” The jury’s decision was unanimous.

The Silver Lion (aka Best Director) went to Alex de la Iglesia for A Sad Trumpet Ballad — that’s also something of a surprise, but I love seeing a long-time sort-of genre filmmaker like de la Iglesia take the prize. His film also won for Best Screenplay.

And Essential Killing, the movie with Vincent Gallo as a Taliban soldier on the run (trailer here), won Best Actor for Gallo as well as the Special Jury Prize. Quite a surprising and intriguing set of awards all around, really. Mila Kunis was also handed the Marcella Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress for her work in Black Swan. Full list of winners is after the break. Read More »

Early Buzz: Sofia Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’

The first reviews of Sofia Coppola‘s new film Somewhere are starting to come in from Venice, and they’re quite good. Praise for Stephen Dorff‘s performance is universal so far, as is an appreciation for the quiet tone of Coppola’s storytelling. Read More »

We’ve seen a trailer and clip from Sofia Coppola‘s new movie Somewhere, but with festival season approaching and the film making a debut at the Venice Film festival in a week or so, the picture remains a bit of a mystery.

But now we know a little bit more, thanks in part to a recent interview with Coppola, who talks about the genesis of the film. There’s also a soundtrack lineup so you can get some idea of the tone of the film based on this collection of songs. All the info is after the break. Read More »

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