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Sofia Coppola Returns from the Ether

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 17, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 17, 2009 |

Sofia Coppola, who has been MIA since her Kirsten Dunst flick, Marie Antoinette, failed to light any pant fires, is finally getting back into the director’s chair. And I can’t tell if the star of her film is a bad indicator of how far Coppola may have fallen since Lost in Translation, or if she’s just trying to pull another Mickey Rourke out of her ass.

Somewhere will star Stephen Dorff, who has been mostly swimming around in obscurity for over a decade, since he starred in the original Blade. He’s managed to make a lot of films in the meantime, but with the exception of Alone in the Dark and a minor role in World Trade Center, Dorff hasn’t exactly been peeing headlines in the snow. He does, however, have a role in the upcoming Public Enemies, so perhaps that, along with Somewhere, is Dorff’s attempt at career resurrection. Although, to be fair, outside of his role as the fifth Beatle in Backbeat, Dorff’s career has never really amounted to a lot besides a reputation for being an asshole. (He’s the prickish version of the douchy Piven).

At any rate, Somewhere is a romantic dramedy, set in Hollywood’s celeb-and-paparazzi friendly Chateau Marmont. It’s about a bad-boy actor stumbling through a life of excess at the Chateau Marmont. After he receives an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter, he is forced to reexamine his life. The 11-year-old will be played by Elle Fanning, who has usurped the preadolescent roles vacated by her older sister and then Abigail Breslin.

I hope that Dorff doesn’t yell at her and make her cry.

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