About three years ago, I read a Vanity Fair article called "The Suspects Wore Louboutins" about a group of teenagers who burgled millions of dollars worth of clothing, jewelry, handbags, and other property from the homes of celebrities like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge, Orlando Bloom, and Brian Austin Green. I was immediately fascinated by the whole thing, since it included Hollywood, crime, and celebrities! Hooked. Immediately.
Cut to 2013 and a film based on the article, called "The Bling Ring", written and directed by Sofia Coppola (who brought us "The Virgin Suicides" and "Marie Antoinette"), is set to hit theaters in June. Not only that, but a longer, book version of Nancy Jo Sales' article has been released. (I bought it and read the whole thing within four hours. Love.)
To prep for the film's release, you should definitely read the article and/or the book so you know what's up. You can also get some behind-the-scenes drama by watching the episodes of E!'s short-lived reality series "Pretty Wild" on Netflix - it's available for instant viewing and follows one of the teens arrested for the burglaries, Alexis Neiers. (She is the basis of Emma Watson's character Nicki, and she served as a consultant on the film, according to Sales' book.)
You see Neiers' arrest, meetings with her lawyer, and even some of her in-court appearances. It's interesting to see if you have knowledge of the case. (Otherwise, it's a vapid show about vapid people. But still entertaining, especially when high-as-a-kite Alexis leaves Sales several crazy screaming voicemails after the Vanity Fair article was published.)
|Me with my copy of The Bling Ring!|
I am super excited for this movie. My friend and I have obsessed over it on our first and fourth episodes of our podcast, Viewer Obsession Is Advised. It hits theaters June 14th... are you ready?