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Sofia Coppola's New Movie 'Somewhere' Takes Place at Chateau Marmont

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February 10, 2010 at 2:42 PM | by | ()

These days it's impossible to flip through the gamut of television channels fed in by eager cable providers without spotting a hotel as the setting for a reality show adventure or a competition/contest or even a highly sought-after news interview (Remember Rihanna at GPH?). Heck, even Boomer Esiason and the Geico Caveman were shilling for Westin Hotels during the Super Bowl Pre-Game show.

Yet when it comes to true hotel stardom, the big screen still rules. Case in point: Hilton Hotels got a huge lift from being prominently featured in George Clooney's Oscar-nominated pic, Up in the Air. The same goes for any hotel featured in the Sex and the City movies. And the entire Couples Retreat movie was shot on-location at the St. Regis Bora Bora. But as usual, we're more interested in the indie scene.

Director Sofia Coppola's first big hit, Lost in Translation, prominently featured the Park Hyatt Tokyo and in her soon-to-be-released film, Somewhere, the legendary Chateau Marmont has a starring role.

The Playlist blog has posted the movie's synopsis which is:

Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is a bad-boy A-List actor stumbling through a life of excess while living at Hollywood’s legendary Chateau Marmont Hotel.

His days are a haze of drinks, girls, fast cars and fawning fans. Cocooned in this celebrity-induced artificial world, Johnny has lost all sense of his true self. Until, that is, his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) unexpectedly shows up and unwittingly begins to anchor him.

Johnny’s fragile connection to real life slowly revives in her presence. So when the time comes fro Cleo to leave, his sense of loss is palpable, but the gift of hope she has also brought him leads to a beautiful, poetic denouement imbued with all of Coppola’s remarkable powers to conjure mood and atmosphere.

Wow! We didn't even think children were allowed at the Chateau! Wonder if the Olsen Twins will make an appearance too? We just hope that Sofia was able to nab some personalized stationary on her way out.

[Photo via The Playlist blog]

Archived Comments:

Great article

Lost in Translation was definitely a funny movie. The "Lip my socks, prease!" line is a must-know. I've seen the movie at one of the Phoenix movie theaters, don't remember which one, but I left with a good impression about it.