Cocky teen bandits of The Bling Bling

Cocky teen bandits of The Bling Bling
Movie Still: Emma Watson in The Bling Ring.

"This is the life everyone wants," says Marc, one of characters in The Bling Ring.

Directed by Oscar-winning Sofia Coppola, 41, and based on Nancy Jo Sales' 2010 Vanity Fair article The Suspects Wore Louboutins, the satire chronicles the exploits of the most successful and outrageous burglary gangs in recent times.

The group of fame-obsessed, club-hopping teens from privileged upbringing dubbed the "Bling Ring" by US media.

The movie, which opens here Sept 12, stars Emma Watson and newcomers Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Claire Julien and Taissa Farmiga.

The actors play a version of the real bandits - ringleader Rachel Lee/Rebecca (Chang), Nick Prugo/Marc (Broussard), Alexis Neiers/Nikki (Watson), Courtney Ames/Chloe (Julien) and Tess Taylor/Sam (Farmiga).

Coppola changed the names of the characters for the movie because she didn't want them to become more notorious for their misdeeds.

The quintet's claim to fame started when Hollywood was rocked by a series of real-life break-ins carried out in 2008 and 2009, when stars found their houses ransacked and valuables stolen.

Through entertainment websites, celebrity blogs and social media accounts, the thieves knew which celebrities would be out of town.

They then blatantly walked into the targeted houses - victims included Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Megan Fox, Rachel Bilson and Audrina Patridge - and helped themselves to whatever they fancied.

Call it audacity or foolishness, but they later bragged about their conquests to friends and even posted photos of themselves with the stolen goods on Facebook, gaining celebrity status in their own twisted way.

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