New Posters for MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, and SPRING BREAKERS

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We’ve got a few exciting new posters to share this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Monsters University – This new one-sheet for Pixar’s upcoming prequel teases the film’s fantastically colorful ensemble cast as we’re treated to a rather amusing class portrait.  The film opens in 3D on June 21st.
  • Olympus Has Fallen – Following a barrage of character posters, the official poster for this White House actioner has arrived.  The film stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman and opens on March 22nd.
  • The Place Beyond the Pines – A couple of French character posters for director Derek Cianfrance’s much-lauded crime drama have made their way online.  The film stars Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling, and Eva Mendes and opens on March 29th.
  • Spring Breakers – A new poster for director Harmony Korine’s insane-looking crime pic teases the multitude of supplies used by stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and James Franco.  The film opens on March 15th.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.

New Red-Band Trailer for SPRING BREAKERS

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A new red-band trailer has been released for Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers.  The movie centers on a group of co-eds (played by Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine) who go to disturbing lengths to keep their spring break going, and their journey becomes even stranger when they encounter unhinged drug dealer, Alien (James Franco).  The fun thing about these trailers is that they can’t really spoil the film, because so much of what defines Spring Breakers is the tone.  And as strange as these trailers make the movie look, they’re somewhat misleading, because the flick is not constant, poppy intensity as much as it’s something that absolutely overwhelms the audience.  I caught the film at TIFF, and I can’t wait to see what the widespread reaction will be when the film opens next month.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Spring Breakers opens in New York and L.A. on March 15th, and opens nationwide on March 22nd.

SPRING BREAKERS Posters Show Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine in Bikinis. Oh and James Franco Shows Up, Too.

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We’ve got some new French posters to share with you today from Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers.  As you can see, the hook of this particular feature is “young attractive women in bikinis.”  Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine star as the titular Breakers who encounter the rapper Alien (James Franco) and experience a Spring Break they will never forget.  You can check out Matt’s review of the film here, along with a green and red-band trailer.  Spring Breakers opens stateside on March 22nd.  Hit the jump to see the new posters. 

International Red Band Trailer for SPRING BREAKERS

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An international red band trailer for director Harmony Korine’s new film Spring Breakers has made its way online.  The movie centers on a group of girls (played by Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine) who go to disturbing lengths to keep their spring break going, and their journey becomes even stranger when they encounter unhinged drug dealer, Alien (James Franco).  Like the first domestic trailer, this clip highlights the film’s overall nuttiness and Franco’s sublime work as Alien (a nugget of Alien wisdom: “Titties and big booties, y’all, that’s what life is about”).  It also happens to involve more cursing and Britney Spears sing-alongs.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer, and click here to read Matt’s positive review of the film.  Also, if you missed them, click here to check out 24 images from the movie.  Spring Breakers opens on March 22nd. 

SXSW 2013 Line-Up Announced; Includes MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, THE ACT OF KILLING, and More

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Earlier this month, we reported on the first wave of SXSW 2013 films, which includes The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Evil Dead.  Today, the full line-up has been announced, and it feels like Sundance all over again when it comes to plenty of unknown films.  The chance of discovering a gem is high, and I look forward to hearing the buzz that arises from some these movies.  There’s also a second chance at festival films I missed like The Act of Killing (from TIFF) and Pit Stop (from Sundance).  I thought Toy’s House would make it in to SXSW, but I’ll see it eventually since it picked up distribution.

Hit the jump for the full line-up.  The 2013 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 8 – 17th.

First Trailer for SPRING BREAKERS Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and James Franco

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The first trailer for Spring Breakers has gone online.  The movie centers on a group of girls (played by Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine) who go to disturbing lengths to keep their spring break going, and their journey becomes even stranger when they encounter unhinged drug dealer, Alien (James Franco).  The trailer looks pretty nuts, as we see a barrage of footage in a short amount of time.  The highlight is most definitely Franco’s character, and I can’t wait to see just how far he takes the quirky role in the full film.  In his review, Matt described the film as “wild, agressive, mildly disturbing, darkly comic, and surprisingly thoughtful.”  In short, Spring Breakers clearly looks like a Spring Break movie made by the director of Trash Humpers.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Directed by Harmony Korine,  Spring Breakers opens March 22nd.

First Wave of SXSW 2013 Films Announced; THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE to Open Festival; EVIL DEAD to Premiere

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SXSW 2013 has announced their first wave of films, and the comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone will open this year’s festival.  That’s a huge vote of confidence for the film (last year’s opener was The Cabin in the Woods), which stars Steve Carell as a Vegas magician whose relationship with his partner (Steve Buscemi) becomes strained as the two start getting upstaged by a hipper illusionist (Jim Carrey).  SXSW has also revealed that they’ll host the premiere of Fede AlvarezEvil Dead remake, and they’ll also be showing off Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, which should be a perfect fit for the festival.

Hit the jump to check out the first wave of films announced for SXSW 2013 as well as highlights from the 2013 conference.  The majority of the festival line-up will be announced on January 31st.  The 2013 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 8 – 17th.

TOP 5: 2013 Oscar Nominations, EVIL DEAD Set Visit Coverage, GANGSTER SQUAD Interviews, SPRING BREAKERS, Christopher Nolan Eyes INTERSTELLAR

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What’s the best course of action should you ever find yourself a boring married person who’s hesitant to cash in “movie favors” due to the fear that your return favor will come in the form of the next four Katherine Heigl movies? Align yourself with like-minded boring married people and schedule yourself a significant-other-free triple feature. This advice comes directly from my own playbook and is the reason why this week’s Top 5 is arriving a little earlier than usual; so that I can make time to check out Gangster Squad, Zero Dark Thirty, and Django Unchained all in one glorious day. While you likely didn’t come here for relationship advice, as an added bonus to an already robust palette of content, I’m confident that you’re getting your time’s worth and then some.

All creative thinking pertaining to movies and how we can watch them while in a relationship aside, this week saw the announcement of the 2013 Oscar nominations, a little Evil Dead remake set visit coverage, Gangster Squad interviews with Ruben Fleischer and more, a healthy portion of posters and images from Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, and developing news regarding Christopher Nolan potentially taking on Interstellar as his next directorial effort. All of the above resides in brief recap and link form after the jump.

New Posters from BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, SPRING BREAKERS, EPIC and DEAD MAN DOWN

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We’ve got a round-up of some of the latest posters from the following movies:

  • Beautiful Creatures – A French poster for the Richard LaGravenese film starring Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum and Jeremy Irons.  Beautiful Creatures opens February 14th.
  • Spring Breakers – An alternate poster to the ones that we posted earlier for Harmony Korine’s film starring Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and James Franco.
  • Epic – The animated film from Blue Sky and the creators of Rio and Ice Age is directed by Chris Wedge and features the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Jason Sudeikis, Pitbull, Beyonce Knowles, Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Steven Tyler and Judah Freidlander.  Epic opens May 24th.
  • Dead Man Down – The revenge thriller from director Niels Arden Oplev and Fringe writer J.H. Wyman stars Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper and Terrence Howard.  Dead Man Down opens March 8th.

Hit the jump to see the posters and synopses.

4 Posters and 24 Images from SPRING BREAKERS Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and James Franco [Updated]

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Four posters and 24 images have been released for Harmony Korine‘s upcoming film, Spring Breakers.  The movie centers on a group of girls (played by Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine) who go to disturbing lengths to keep their spring break going, and their journey becomes even stranger when they encounter unhinged drug dealer, Alien (James Franco).  Spring Breakers was one of the trippiest movies I saw at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and I found it quite enjoyable.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and the images.  Spring Breakers gets released sometime this year.  [Update: We added one more poster after the jump.]

SPRING BREAKERS to Have Awards Qualifying Run in Futile Attempt to Get James Franco an Oscar Nomination

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One of the craziest films I’ve seen this year is Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers.  The slightly surreal picture follows a group of co-eds who don’t mind resorting to violence if it means they get to keep their raucous spring break going.  When they end up in jail, they’re bailed out by the colorful drug dealer Alien (James Franco), who thinks he’s met some easy prey but instead he’s met his match.  It’s one of Franco’s most memorable performances, and according to Showbiz 411, Annapurna Pictures will give the movie an awards qualifying run in December to try and get a Best Supporting Actor nomination.  I seriously doubt Franco will get the nod since the Academy probably hasn’t forgotten how he pissed on their ceremony a couple years ago.  More importantly, this isn’t an “Academy” performance.  It’s a strange character in an even stranger film, so I doubt the old white guys are going to warm to Franco singing a rendition of Britney Spears‘ “Everytime”.

Franco just wrapped shooting on his adaptation of William Faulkner‘s As I Lay Dying.  He’s next move on to co-star in Homefront with Winona Ryder and Jason Statham, and Franco recently signed on to co-star in The Grace That Keeps This World.

TIFF 2012: SPRING BREAKERS Review

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Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers is a wild, aggressive, mildly disturbing, darkly comic, and surprisingly thoughtful film about hedonism so thick you’ll about to choke on it.  For college kids who feel entitled to a good time and never want the party to stop, Spring Breakers takes their debauched desires, and plays them out to a grotesque degree where the characters are tested in how far they’ll go to keep the passion of spring break burning forever (the other burning will require penicillin).  Complimented by the glorious stunt casting of James Franco as a goofy drug dealer, Spring Breakers defies simple explanation, and sends the audience spinning as we grasp for some kind of anchor in this sweaty mosh pit of a movie.

New Images from Brian De Palma’s PASSION, Susanne Bier’s LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED, Harmony Korine’s SPRING BREAKERS, and Nick Cassavettes’ YELLOW

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Earlier today, TIFF announced that they were adding new films to their already stellar Galas and Special Presentations line-up.  Among the new additions are:

  • Passion (directed by Brian De Palma) Starring Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Karoline Herfurth, and Paul Anderson.
  • Love Is All You Need (directed by Susanne Bier) Starring Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, and Paprika Steen.
  • Spring Breakers (directed by Harmony Korine) Starring Selena Gomez, James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, and Heather Morris.
  • Yellow (directed by Nick Cassavettes) Starring Sienna Miller, Gena Rowlands, Ray Liotta, David Morse, Lucy Punch, Max Theoriot, Riley Keough, Daveigh Chase, Heather Wahlquist, and Melanie Griffith.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16th.

TIFF Announces New Additions to Line-Up; Includes THE MASTER, PASSION, and ON THE ROAD

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And here I was thinking that the line-up for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival couldn’t get any better.  Silly me.  TIFF has sent out a press release announcing new additions to their Galas and Special Presentations line-up, and there are some powerhouses in the bunch.  The new additions include Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master, Brian De Palma‘s Passion, Spike Lee‘s Michael Jackson documentary Bad 25, Susanne Bier‘s Love Is All You Need, Walter Salles‘ adaptation of On the Road, Lee DanielsThe Paperboy, Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, and Nick CassavettesYellow.  Yeah, there aren’t enough hours in the day.

Hit the jump to check out a list of all the new additions.  The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16th.

Venice Film Festival Line-Up Announced; Includes Terrence Malick’s TO THE WONDER and Brian De Palma’s PASSION

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The line-up for the 2012 Venice Film Festival has been announced and it’s a surprisingly lean year.  Usually, there’s a lot of overlap between the Toronto International Film Festival and Venice, but the only major crossovers are Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder, Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep, Ramin Bahrani‘s At Any Price, Mira Nair‘s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and Ariel Vromen‘s The Iceman.  Venice does have a few standout exclusives this year, most notably Brian De Palma‘s new film, Passion, starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace.  Other notable exclusives include Abdallah Omeish‘s Witness: Libya (executive produced by Michael Mann) and Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers.

Hit the jump for the full line-up.  The 2012 Venice Film Festival runs August 29 – September 8th.

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