Sofia Coppola's Priscilla is the opposite of a travel story—it's a film that hinges on its titular character’s inability to go anywhere at all. Priscilla Presley, during her marriage to Elvis, did not see much of the world. She visited him in Los Angeles once, yes, and accompanied him to Las Vegas for a show as well. But almost all of her time was spent in Memphis, within the confines of her husband’s Graceland. And after a promised trip to Europe disappeared behind a very early pregnancy, travel was simply not on the menu.
Yet a particular strength of Coppola's films is the strong sense of place that defines each of them: the Park Hyatt Tokyo of Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette's Versailles in the film of the same name. It would be easy to assume that Coppola, who had unprecedented access to the palace, had shot her latest project at Graceland itself. But Priscilla was actually made entirely in Toronto—a truth you’d never know were you not told. To get to the bottom of the dupe, we sat down with production designer Tamara Deverell to find out what it took to create Priscilla's world.
The film begins on a military base in Germany, where a 14-year-old Priscilla is first courted by Elvis.
Did you visit Graceland in preparation for this film?
I definitely started with Graceland, because we knew we were going to build the interior sets. I was shocked at how few images there were available. I never visited it, though, no. It was a fast film. And I actually feel like it wouldn’t have been the right thing to do. Now, Graceland is dressed the way it was in the 1970s, which was after Priscilla’s time—he did it all in red. So we only had a few photos, and we really clung to those. I did find the plans of Graceland, and copied the footprint—including Elvis’s bedroom, which there’s really nothing on. I stretched it a little bit because long and narrow sets frame really well, and raised the ceilings because Jacob Elordi is so damn tall, I didn’t want him to bonk his head. Elvis had this 11-foot-long custom couch that we built. But I wasn’t totally religious to what I saw—it was about getting the vibe of the place right rather than perfect accuracy.
We did lots of color testing—do we want blue white, or do we want buttery white?—with [cinematographer] Philippe [Le Sourd] when he arrived from Paris. That was tense. And we found a couple of locations—the house itself and the gate were on opposite sides of Toronto. I had shot the house before for an Anne Rice series called The Feast of All Saints: it’s this old plantation house that could be New Orleans as well. There’s a pool there that we could shoot at certain times of the day.
Minimal photographic evidence exists of Graceland during Priscilla's time there,
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Cycling boosts health, offers affordable transportation – and it’s fun. Few countries embrace biking more enthusiastically than the Netherlands, where it is deeply ingrained in its cultural DNA. On average, each Dutch resident has 1.3 bicycles and there is an extensive network of cycle paths – more than 37,000 km (nearly 23,000 miles) – nationwide, according to the country’s official tourism board.
Las Vegas, the Official Host City of Super Bowl LVIII, has launched a petition on Change.org urging football fans to encourage excessive celebration during the city’s first foray into hosting the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024. The petition was accompanied by a music video featuring former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and Grammy-nominated artist Tobe Nwigwe. The petition is a nod to the fact that while professional sports often restrict excessive celebrations, they are always encouraged in Las Vegas. “Whether you are on the Strip, in the stadiums, or just here for a good time, Las Vegas will forever be the home of excessive celebration,” reads the petition in part.
The Mount Hood stratovolcano, around two hour’s drive east of Portland, Oregon, is the most transfixing ski destination you’re ever likely to lay eyes on. It’s a perfect snow-topped pyramid, pushing high through the clouds, with a belt of fir trees and pistes that crisscross the forest like strands of a spider’s web. Get closer and you’ll see the pattern is the result of several exciting ski areas: Timberline, Mount Hood Skibowl, Mount Hood Meadows, Summit Ski Area and Cooper Spur. For those who love winter sports, this region always offers another reason to stay longer.
I hate using public restrooms. I dislike the sounds, the smells, and the sensations. When I'm exiting the bathroom stall, I hate the awkward shuffle I have to do when I'm pulling the door towards me, while at the same time, trying to avoid touching the rim of the toilet with the back of my legs. But the worst part for me about using a public restroom is people overhearing me.
Revisiting Panem, the dystopian country in which The Hunger Games novels and movies are set, in prequel film The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes offered director Francis Lawrence an opportunity to present the world through a new lens. Set 64 years before those earlier works, the new film (based on a 2020 novel of the same name) showcases the familiar country just 10 years post-war—the thriving political Capitol, 12 outlying districts. As part of reconstruction, the Capitol has introduced the series' titular competition.
Paris, the epicenter of culinary innovation, is abuzz with new dining destinations that are redefining the city's gastronomic landscape. From the opulent revival of iconic Art Nouveau bastions like Maxim's to the daring and adventurous flavors found at spots like Boubalé, showcasing the richness of Eastern European cuisine, the dining scene in the French capital has reached a fever pitch of excitement. This curated list unveils the top 10 hottest restaurants, each offering a unique blend of tradition, innovation, and a tantalizing journey through diverse culinary narratives, promising a feast for the senses and an exploration of Parisian dining at its most avant-garde.
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