It's not entirely surprising that as the daughter of a legendary Hollywood filmmaker, one who was both celebrated and crushed by the industry, Sofia Coppola would make movies that are drawn in different ways to cinematic culture. Lost in Translation and Somewhere both had characters, played by Bill Murray and Stephen Dorff respectively, who were unsatisfied film stars. Coppola takes a different tack for her next feature, The Bling Ring, exploring the culture of excess and entitlement that exists in the wake of celebrity as she tells the true story of a group of Los Angeles teens who burgled the barely protected homes of various celebrities while they were out waltzing with paparazzi and walking the red carpet.
Robbing the famous made the gang feel famous – they treated their crimes like a movie they starred in, barely taking precautions – and it could make for juicy cultural ground to cover. As the group's leader, Nicki, Coppola has cast former Harry Potter star Emma Watson, who has graduated to playing Americans even if her characters are still in high school. The 22-year-old is steadily expanding her reach on screen. As well as The Bling Ring, she's part of the Biblical clan alongside Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Logan Lerman aboard a very big boat for Darren Aronofsky's Noah. Watson will not, however, be starring in Cinderella alongside Cate Blanchett for director Kenneth Branagh.
Our man Johnnie
The prolific Johnnie To, the Hong Kong director whose action films reflect the city's dense puzzle of people and pressures, has a new project underway. The 57-year-old To, who has managed two features a year in both 2011 and 2012, is working on Man Tam, the story of a police officer (Andy Lau, A World Without Thieves) who is forced into retirement due to damage to his eyes, but is reinstated when he witnesses a bank robbery and a fellow detective (Sammi Cheng, Infernal Affairs) requires his assistance in the investigation.
Return to Oz, again
The long and short of sequel news: Oz: The Great and Powerful, which has been out for a handful of lucrative days, already has a sequel underway, with the main cast members – James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis – already signed, although director Sam Raimi, who reportedly was more interested in scaring adults than attracting children with the movie, won't be back. Danny Boyle would like to have a sequel to Trainspotting, which has been out 17 years, ready for 2016. Author Irvine Welsh has written a sequel, Porno, but Boyle has his own ideas of where to take the now almost middle-aged cast, which originally included Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Kelly Macdonald.
Ford finally gets funny
Finally, Harrison Ford, who keeps threatening to do something interesting with his iconic profile, will play a veteran television newsreader in Anchorman: The Legend Continues, director Adam McKay's sequel to 2004's absurdly amusing Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Ford will star alongside returning stars Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, and possibly the only thing funnier could be Ford playing a 70-year-old Han Solo in a Star Wars sequel.