Monday, April 15, 2024

Cannes 2013: Emma Watson of “Harry Potter” Fame Will Bring the “Bling”


As the news and rumors come in fits and starts: Sofia Coppola is a favorite of the Cannes Film Festival. I will never forget the reception her brilliant “Marie Antoinette” got — boos and standing ovations. Now I hear that Coppola’s “Bling Ring” is the likely opener for Un Certain Regard, one of the mini-programs that run within the larger Festival du Cannes.

“The Bling Ring” opens here on June 14th, and stars “Harry Potter” actress Emma Watson. She leads a group of nutty fans who track Hollywood celebrities’ movements, then break into their homes and steal stuff. In real life, this happened, and the thieves stole around $3 million of jewelry and other items from Paris Hilton and other stars between August 2008 and October 2009. In the movie, which also stars Taissa Farmiga, Watson does a little pole dancing in a celebrity’s closet.

“The Bling Ring” sounds like hit number 2 from A24 Films, which also has “Spring Breakers” in release right now, and booming at the box office. The company, owned by Guggenheim Partners– owners also of the Hollywood Reporter and the Golden Globes–had an early misstep with Charlie Sheen’s comeback film “Charles Swan III.” It made no money whatsoever and died a quick death. But A24 seems like they are now focusing on movies with a very young, cutting edge feel. Good plan.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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