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Watch: Sofia Coppola-Directed Video For Phoenix's “Chloroform”

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2013 3:00 PM
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It looks like Arcade Fire don't have complete ownership of premiering new material through unique outlets. French rockers Phoenix are still out promoting their latest LP Bankrupt! and frontman Thomas Mars' wife, the little-known indie filmmaker Sofia Coppola (ha), has directed the band's latest video for the tune "Chloroform." And where has it debuted? Online at MoMA, of course.

Sofia Coppola Directing The Next Phoenix Video, Plus Watch New MGMT Video Featuring Michael K. Williams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2013 11:43 AM
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Sofia Coppola
While they're not quite Jay Z and Beyonce, perhaps they are the indie equivalent, with Sofia Coppola and Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars marking a pretty unique power couple. The recently married filmmaker and musician have collaborated creatively, with Phoenix contributing music to both "Somewhere" (the band scored the film) and "The Bling Ring" (which featured the song "Bankrupt!"). And now, the roles are being reversed.

Filmmakers Tried To Get Kanye West & Phoenix To Collaborate For 'The Bling Ring'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 19, 2013 1:10 PM
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Whether you’ve seen “The Bling Ring” or read the film’s track listing, you’ll know that the soundtrack included a few Kanye West tracks. In an interview with Pitchfork, Sofia Coppola and her long-time musical supervisor Brian Retzell revealed that not only did West’s involvement help get the others (Frank Ocean and Rick Ross in particular) to sign on for the ‘Bling’ soundtrack, but that Coppola and Retzell originally had approached West for a much more integral role in the film’s music.

Hal Hartley To Close Off 'Henry Fool' Trilogy With 'Ned Rifle,' Louis Leterrier Reteaming With Luc Besson For 'Sea At War'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 16, 2013 12:40 PM
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Hal Hartley’s recent work hasn’t been as high profile as his films back in the ‘90s, but it looks like the director is back in action yet again, with a continuation of one of his best known pictures. This time, the project is “Ned Rifle,” which is a follow-up to his previous films “Henry Fool” and “Fay Grim.” Parker Posey, Liam Aiken, and Thomas J. Ryan are all returning to reprise their characters, starring alongside Gemma Arterton. Production on the film is slated to begin later this year with Fortissimo Films taking on sales rights in Cannes.

All The Songs In 'The Bling Ring' Including Phoenix, Kanye West, Sleigh Bells, Frank Ocean & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2013 5:37 PM
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The Bling Ring
Next week the Cannes Film Festival begins, and with it will come a lot of Very Serious Cinema about Important Things, featuring Deep Characters. But, for those looking to get a bit wild, Sofia Coppola will be opening the Un Certain Regard slate with "The Bling Ring," her take on a teen gang of celebrity thieves seeking fame and fortune, by hook or by crook. There will be partying, pole-dancing and all sorts of bad behavior, and as usual, Coppola has selected a pretty fine batch of tunes to go with it.

Benicio Del Toro Lawyers Up For Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' With Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 6, 2013 10:38 PM
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Paul Thomas Anderson's latest, "Inherent Vice" is a major gear shift for the director of the much more opaque and sinister "The Master" and "There Will Be Blood." The filmmaker's talked about making a pure comedy for quite some time, and while we wonder if it'll ever happen (PTA's sensibilities thankfully being a little too askew), perhaps this adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's idler gumshoe novel will be the closest he gets for some time. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, "Inherent Vice" reads something like Raymond Chandler meets the Venice Beach slacker stereotype of that era mixed in with just a smidgen of "Cheech & Chong." The novel, like the film, follows an inept, pot-smoking private detective Doc Sportello (played by Joaquin Phoenix) as he investigates the case of a kidnapped girl, who also happens to be one of his ex-girlfriends. It's very much “The Big Sleep” meets Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye" (another Chandler adaptation) and it should be interesting to see PTA take a more loose and languid approach to this hazy age of cannabis and low-gear layabouts (and yes, it's "The Big Lebowski"-esque on the surface, but it's also its own beast).

Watch: Trailer For Phoenix Documentary 'From A Mess To The Masses'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 10, 2011 10:39 AM
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Who doesn't love French indie-rockers Phoenix? Oh, we're sure they'll be dismissed as some as hipsterish, but there's a joyfulness to their records that make them transcend any hipster connotations, and they seem to get better, and more popular with time. Hell, Sofia Coppola loved them so much so she put one of their songs in "Lost in Translation," married the frontman, Thomas Mars, and got the band to score her last movie "Somewhere."

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