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The Bling Ring

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Inspired by Nancy Jo Sale's article in Vanity Fair Magazine titled 'The Suspects Wore Louboutins', THE BLING RING (2013) starring Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, and Emma Watson is the ultimate story of 'brand obsession' and the crimes committed in the name of fashion.

Based on true events, a tight-knit clutch of friends take their teenage dreams of celebrity/fashion/money and parlay it into at least fifty break-and-enters in Calabasa, California between October 2008 and August 2009. Utilizing Google Maps, celebrityaddressaerial.com, Facebook, and Twitter—THE BLING RING managed to steal roughly 3 million dollars in cash, belongings, and credit cards from the likes of Paris Hilton, Brian Austin Green, Lindsay Lohan, and many others.

Fueled by reality television, the young criminals referred to their break-and-enters as 'going
shopping', choosing to hit Paris Hilton's home at least five times before the celebrity homeowner decided to go public and report and thefts. During their crime spree, the group even managed to score a loaded .380 semi-automatic (Green's), cocaine (Hilton's), and topless photos (Lohan). Delighting in their collection of Alexander McQueen, Channel, and Herve Leger couture fashion, the group reportedly sold their unwanted items at Venice Beach.

On an added note, Detective Brett Goodkin, the chief investigator on the case was approached by filmmakers to not only consult on the movie, but was eventually offered the chance to play himself in front of the camera. Unfortunately for his professional career, Goodkin was later cited for 'conflict of interest' as it was found that he was simultaneously working on the movie before the case was even resolved in court. NOTE: None of these celebrities had bothered to install a $500 Radio Shack alarm system? THE BLING RING was directed by Oscar winner Sofia Coppola, Rated-R, 90 Mins, Crime, Drama, ** 2 stars out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin September 19, 2013
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