First Poster for SPRING BREAKERS Sequel; James Franco Speaks Out on the Unapproved Follow-Up

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A week after the sequel was officially announced, the first Spring Breakers 2 poster has been spotted by our correspondent at the Cannes Film Festival.  The follow-up is titled Spring Breakers: The Second Coming and finds the titular Spring Breakers doing battle with an extreme militant Christian sect that attempts to convert them.  However, the sequel is being developed without the involvement or consent of Spring Breakers writer/director Harmony Korine or James Franco, and the latter has been quite vocal about his opposition to the follow-up.  Essentially, it’s an effort by the producers to take advantage of a recognizable brand.  They hope to mix both old and new castmembers in The Second Coming, but it’s doubtful that any of the main actors from Spring Breakers will actually return.

Regardless, Spring Breakers: The Second Coming is being shopped to buyers at Cannes, and our correspondent was able to snap a photo of the billboard being used to promote the pic.  Hit the jump to take a look at the Spring Breakers 2 poster and to read Franco’s full statement about the film.

TOP 5: SPRING BREAKERS, TRANSFORMERS 4 Plot Details, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Trailer and Poster, THE CROODS

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The nationwide expansion of Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers meant that I had the opportunity to catch the film last night at my local theater. We’ll talk a more specifically about our coverage of the film after the jump. For now, I’d like to make a futile attempt at encapsulating my feelings on the pic in the next few sentences. There’s a lot to like about Breakers whether it be the performances (James Franco‘s especially), the music, the slick editing and use of foreshadowing, etc. Nevertheless, for me this isn’t a movie that I “liked” as much as it’s one I respect. It’s beautiful, surreal, challenging, abhorrent, and vapid all at the same time. In other words, it’s art.

I could go on for days about the pic but that’s not why we’re here. In this week’s Top 5 we’ll take a look at our Breakers coverage, some Transformers 4 plot details, Olympus Has Fallen interviews with Gerard Butler and Antoine Fuqua just to name a few, a new trailer and poster for Star Trek Into Darkness, and The Croods interviews with Nicolas Cage and more. As is standard, a brief recap and link to each awaits after the jump.

Harmony Korine Talks SPRING BREAKERS, Deleted Scenes, Helping James Franco Create His Character, Crazy Spring Break Stories, and More

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Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers opens nationwide this weekend.  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).  For more on the film, watch the red band trailer or read Matt’s review.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I got to speak with Korine.  We talked about what it was like making a movie with so many people watching them work, how the indie flick is is being covered like a 200 million Hollywood blockbuster, his reaction to James Franco’s character, deleted scenes, the craziest stuff he observed watching kids on Spring Break, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

SPRING BREAKERS Director Harmony Korine May Next Helm Southern Crime Story

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Director Harmony Korine’s buzzworthy film Spring Breakers debuted to a highly impressive per-theater average last week in limited release, and now the filmmaker has already secured financing for his potential next project.  Deadline reports that John Lesher (End of Watch) has signed on to produce an untitled film that Korine will direct with DCM Productions.  The logline is being kept under wraps, but the story apparently centers on “a multi-generational family of criminals in the South.”

Having last helmed the 2009 feature Trash Humpers, one could say Korine has a very distinct voice as a filmmaker.  Thanks to his scantily-clad cast and a wild performance by James Franco, Spring Breakers has picked up considerable notice outside the indie community, and it has garnered generally favorable reviews (read Matt’s here).  Though this Southern pic could very well be Korine’s next feature, he’s also developing projects with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, which is releasing Spring Breakers.

SPRING BREAKERS Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  Spring Breakers opens today in limited release.]

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 Red-Band Trailer, Featurette, and TV Spots for SPRING BREAKERS

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A bounty of new material from director Harmony Korine’s upcoming film Spring Breakers has made its way online, with a new red-band trailer, two TV spots, and a featurette awaiting your eager eyeballs.  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).  There’s plenty of new footage to thumb through in these materials, and the featurette provides an interesting look behind the scenes of the film.

Hit the jump to check out the new red-band trailer, TV spots, and featurette.  Spring Breakers opens on March 15th.

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. 

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.

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.

More Posters from Cannes: SPRING BREAKERS, DRACULA 3D, Brian De Palma’s PASSION and WHITE HOUSE TAKEN (OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN)

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With the Cannes Film Festival officially kicking off today, there is plenty of big, bold movie marketing to be found.  For those of you who couldn’t make it to France (including me), we thought we’d bring you some of the sights.  Our international correspondent Magdalena (who you can follow on twitter) has been busy snapping some shots of promotional material at the festival.  We already brought you the first iteration here, but now we have some more goodies to check out.  They include shots of Spring Breakers, Dracula 3D, Brian De Palma’s Passion and Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler. Hit the jump to check them out.

A Cornrowed, Gun Wielding James Franco and More Bikinis on Display in New Images from SPRING BREAKERS

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Director Harmony Korine has been hard at work on his spring break movie appropriately titled Spring Breakers, and we’ve been bringing you plenty of images of the bikini-clad cast over the past few weeks.  The film stars Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine as four college girls who rob a fast food joint in order to pay for their spring break.  They get busted, but a drug dealer played by James Franco bails them out and convinces them to kill his nemesis.  It’s fairly ridiculous premise, but what more could we expect from the director of Trash Humpers?

Not only do these images show off Franco’s latest character creation in all his cornrowed glory, but we also get a, um, nice official image of the core actresses in their fabric-light costumes.  Hit the jump to check out the images.  If you missed any of the other bikini-filled images we posted previously, click here and here.

Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson Talk SPRING BREAKERS in Video Interview with New Footage, Plus More Set Photos of the Cast in Bikinis

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It’s the time of year when many students are dreading their approaching finals while longing for the days of Spring Break.  For director Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, every day is a party. We previously brought you set photos of the cast in their beach attire.  You’ll probably be happy to know that Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine continued to prance around St. Petersburg, FL in their bikinis under the guise of filming a Spring Break movie. (The presence of James Franco is probably a red-herring.) Either way, we have a new video interview for you to check out which features some of the cast and a good deal of behind-the-scenes footage.  Additionally, I’ve pain-stakingly put together a gallery of some Spring Breakers images that I think you will find enjoyable. The things I do for you people.

Hit the jump to check out the new footage in the video interview and a slew of set photos from Spring Breakers.

A Look at James Franco Alongside a Half-Naked Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens in SPRING BREAKERS

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It is tough being James Franco (Pineapple Express). The poor guy has to spend time in Florida with the likes of Selena Gomez (Monte Carlo), Vanessa Hudgens (Sucker Punch), Rachel Korine (Trash Humpers) and Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) running around barely clothed. While the following images simply look like some paparazzi shots of Hollywood celebs on Spring Break, the cast is actually shooting the aptly named Spring Breakers. The latest feature from director Harmony Korine (Gummo), Spring Breakers follows four college girls who rob a fast food joint so can they afford to go on spring break in Florida.  When the girls invariably get arrested, they’re bailed out by Franco’s character, “Alien, a rapping drug and arms dealer who bails them out and entices them to kill his arch-rival, a murderer who is appropriately named Arch.” Hit the jump to see Franco and the girls going wild.

James Franco Joins Indie Flick SPRING BREAKERS; Emma Roberts May Co-Star [UPDATED]

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James Franco has signed on to Harmony Korine‘s indie film Spring Breakers.  The plot centers on four college girls who rob a fast food joint so they afford to go on spring break in Florida.  To shock of no one, the idiotic plan fails and the girls get arrested.  They’re bailed out by Franco’s character, “Alien, a rapping drug and arms dealer who bails them out and entices them to kill his arch-rival, a murderer who is appropriately named Arch.” Variety adds that Emma Roberts is in talks to play one of the co-eds, “Candy, a southern brunette who feeds off danger.” If the plot doesn’t devolve into an over-stylized quirk pile, Spring Breakers sounds like it could be a fun little flick.  Franco will shoot his part over the course of two weeks during spring break in Florida.

Franco recently dropped out of The Iceman, and is currently shooting on Sam Raimi‘s blockbuster Wizard of Oz prequel/re-imagining, Oz, The Great and Powerful.  He’ll next be seen in the indies Maladies, The Stare, and Cherry.  He’s also expected to star in Seth Rogen‘s directorial debut, The Apocalypse (formerly Seth and Jay vs. The Apocalypse). [Update: Variety has updated their story to add that Disney Channel alums Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez are also in talks to join the cast.]

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