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Sofia Coppola to Direct Live-Action 'The Little Mermaid'

Sofia Coppola is in talks to direct a live-action version of "The Little Mermaid," a project that previously had Joe Wright attached. (Wright is now moving full-steam ahead with another fairytale reboot, "Pan," which recently cast Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2014 2:56 PM
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Women in Film's Crystal and Lucy Awards Go to Laura Linney, Sofia Coppola, George Lucas and 'Mad Men' Cast

LA non-profit Women in Film has unveiled the winners for the 2013 Crystal and Lucy Awards to include the 'Mad Men' cast, Laura Linney and Sofia Coppola.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2013 2:35 PM
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Sofia Coppola Talks 'The Bling Ring,' First Digital Shoot, Feeling-Over-Talking Technique

Director Sofia Coppola sits down with the DGA Quarterly to discuss her upcoming film "The Bling Ring" (June 14), starring Emma Watson as the leader of a pack of celebrity-looting Hollywood teens. Highlights from the interview below, including Coppola's interest in today's social-mediated youth, her experience with shooting digitally for the first time, and her methods for communicating feeling in a scene.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 10, 2013 1:10 PM
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Trailer Watch: Emma Watson Behaving Badly in Teaser for Sofia Coppola's 'Bling Ring'

Check out the teaser trailer for Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," starring Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga (Vera's little sister), Katie Chang, Israel Broussard and Claire Julien as a real-life group of LA teens who invaded and looted celebrity homes. This first glimpse has Coppola's signature rocker-meets-upper-class-malaise vibe, set to the Brooklyn band Sleigh Bells, and featuring the beautiful young stars grinding at clubs and playing dress-up in stolen bling.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 8, 2013 11:49 AM
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A24 Acquires Sofia Coppola's 'Bling Ring,' Sets Release Date for June 2013

A24 has picked up Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," with plans to release the film theatrically in June. "The Bling Ring" stars Emma Watson and newcomers Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Julian and Taissa Farmiga (Vera's younger sister) as a group of restless teens who loot the homes of celebrities for kicks.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2013 11:07 AM
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Casting Watch: Kirsten Dunst Visits Set of Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring"

Perennial Sofia Coppola muse Kirsten Dunst and rocker Gavin Rossdale have been spotted on the L.A. set of the writer-director's currently filming "The Bling Ring." That doesn't mean that the star of "Virgin Suicides" and "Marie Antoinette" or the rhythm guitarist are necessarily in the movie, although Coppola loves throwing cameos into her flicks.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 28, 2012 2:53 PM
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Directors Guild Reveals Five Male Front-Runners, Skips Women

Directors Guild Reveals Five Male Front-Runners, Skips Women
If there was any doubt as to which films were the front-runners in the Oscar race, they were quelled by the Directors Guild announcement of their nominees. The DGA tends to match Oscar nominations four for five. A movie almost never wins best picture without a DGA nomination, and the DGA winner has been the Oscar winner all but six times since 1948. As expected, first-time nominees Darren Aronofsky and Tom Hooper and vets David Fincher and Chris Nolan are in the running for the DGA's top prize. If the industry still harbors any grudges against David O. Russell for his past on-set behavior, the directors, at least, recognized him with his first DGA nomination for The Fighter.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 10, 2011 5:13 AM
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Tarantino Regrets Leaving Coppola's Somewhere Off His Ten Best

One significant omission on Quentin Tarantino's Ten Best List was ex-girlfriend Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, which the jury headed by Tarantino awarded the Golden Lion in Venice.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2011 4:52 AM
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Sofia Coppola Needs to Escape the Safety Zone

Sofia Coppola Needs to Escape the Safety Zone
The Safety Zone is a dangerous place to be for filmmakers. When it comes to making movies, danger and risk is a good thing. And while I'm not saying that directors should pander to the widest possible audience, I do think that playing to an audience of one, yourself, is a must-to-avoid. Too many filmmakers seem to believe that staying in control is their best course. To a degree, it's wise not to cede control to the wrong people. But input and collaboration bring vital nourishment.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 30, 2010 8:26 AM
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Lousy Christmas Weekend Box Office: Little Fockers Beats True Grit, Best Coens Opening Ever

At a horrendous Christmas weekend---which saw a 44% three-day drop in grosses over last year (flush with Avatar)---sequel comedy Little Fockers beat out adult western True Grit, the best--and widest--opening ever for a Coen brothers movie. It's likely that the well-reviewed oater will have longer legs, however, as it settles in for the long Oscar haul.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 26, 2010 7:03 AM
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