SPRING BREAKERS Sequel in Development

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A sequel to last year’s buzzworthy Spring Breakers is in the works.  Ahead of the Cannes Film Festival market, where studios look to sell rights to potential projects in the hopes of getting them off the ground, ScreenDaily reports that Wild Bunch is developing Spring Breakers 2.  The story of the follow-up, titled Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, will find the titular Spring Breakers doing battle “with an extreme militant Christian sect that attempts to convert them.”  Filmmaker Harmony Korine—the creative driving force behind the first film—is not attached to direct or write the sequel, and it appears that the film won’t be that closely tied to the first movie at all.

Hit the jump for more, including who will be taking the helm of the sequel.

Vanessa Hudgens Talks GIMME SHELTER, Stepping Outside of Her Comfort Zone, Preparing for the Role, THE KITCHEN SINK, and More

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Vanessa Hudgens leaves behind her High School Musical image and turns in a stunning and transformative performance in writer/director Ronald Krauss’ drama, Gimme Shelter, based on the courageous, true-life story of Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Hudgens).  A pregnant, homeless teenager forced to flee her abusive mother (Rosario Dawson) and estranged from her Wall Street father (Brendan Fraser), Apple finds herself on a desperate and isolated journey of survival until she finds a true family at a homeless shelter.  Opening January 24th, the inspiring film also stars James Earl Jones, Stephanie Szostak, Emily Meade and Ann Dowd.

At the film’s recent press day, Hudgens spoke about going outside of her comfort zone and tackling more diverse dramatic roles in Spring Breakers, Frozen Ground and now Gimme Shelter, why playing a strong female character appealed to her, how Charlize Theron’s performance in Monster inspired her, her preparation for the role, the emotional depths she explored to play Apple, how it contributed to her personal growth, why she believes the story is so relevant today, why she’s drawn to movies based on real life stories, and her role in the upcoming horror-comedy monster mash-up, The Kitchen Sink.  Hit the jump to read the interview. 

Edgar Wright’s Top 20 Movies of 2013 Include GRAVITY, HER, and SPRING BREAKERS

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Over the past week or so, we here at Collider have been inundating you with year-end lists.  In addition to personal Top 10s from me, Matt, and Dave, we’ve also run down 2013’s best trailers, posters, movie moments, new TV series, returning TV series, and much more.  Now filmmaker Edgar Wright has chimed in with his own personal “Top 20” of 2013.  The director is plenty busy at the moment prepping to direct Marvel’s Ant-Man (starring Paul Rudd, no less), but he graciously took some time to run down a varied list of films that includes Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Pacific Rim, and Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra.  Hit the jump to take a look at the full batch.

Oscar Beat: Best Supporting Actor – Is Jared Leto on His Way to an Oscar Win?

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As we continue our in-depth look at the coming awards season, it’s now time to delve in the Best Supporting Actor race.  It’s a tough category this year, with a number of impressive turns from a variety of actors.  The two big standouts emerged at the Toronto Film Festival this past September with Jared Leto earning extremely high praise for his turn as a transsexual opposite Mattthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, and Michael Fassbender turning heads as a ruthless slave owner in the highly emotional 12 Years a Slave.  But there are plenty of other contenders as well, with both Jonah Hill and James Franco firmly in the race for a pair of more comic performances.

Hit the jump to read the latest edition of Oscar Beat, in which we examine the Best Supporting Actor category.

12 YEARS A SLAVE Sweeps Boston Online Film Critics Awards with Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Supporting Actress

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Oscar frontrunner 12 Years a Slave has nabbed its first critics group award in a very big way.  The Boston Online Film Critics Association awarded the incredibly moving drama six trophies in all, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Editing, and Best Original Score for Hans Zimmer.  Clear frontrunner Cate Blanchett continued her roll with another Best Actress award, Jared Leto landed Best Supporting Actor for his transformative work in Dallas Buyers Club, and the Best Animated Film trophy was split between Frozen and The Wind Rises.  Additionally, the Boston Online Film Critics Top 10 has a few refreshingly eclectic choices, with The World’s End, Blue Is the Warmest Color, and The Spectacular Now all nabbing well-deserved spots alongside films like Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Inside Llewyn Davis.

For those keeping score at home, we now have three critics group announcements and three different Best Pictures.  The New York Film Critics Circle went for American Hustle, the National Board of Review lauded Her, and now Boston has tapped 12 Years.  Hit the jump to read the full list of Boston Online Film Critics awards.

Weekend Box Office: THE CROODS and OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN Excel while ADMISSION Struggles

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For those who overlooked the record-breaking success of The Hunger Games one year ago, it was a great weekend at the US box office. Two of the three new releases exceeded expectations, with Olympus Has Fallen nearly doubling studio projections. Only the Tina Fey comedy Admission stumbled – barely topping what Spring Breakers brought in from half as many locations.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Croods $44,700,000 $44.7
2.  Olympus Has Fallen $30,500,000 $30.5
3.  Oz the Great and Powerful $22,031,700 $177.5
4.  The Call $8,700,000 $30.9
5.  Admission $6,445,000 $6.4
6.  Spring Breakers $5,000,000 $5.4
7.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone $4,275,000 $17.3
8.  Jack the Giant Slayer $2,965,000 $59
9.  Identity Thief $2,500,000 $127.6
10.  Snitch $1,930,000 $40.3


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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.

Friday Box Office: Strong Starts for THE CROODS and OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN; SPRING BREAKERS Expands

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Although the top ten films combined won’t match the debut of last year’s The Hunger Games, overall it looks like a good weekend at the domestic box office. Things look especially promising for DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods, which is on track for the second-highest debut of 2013 with over $40 million. In its first day in 4,046 locations, The Croods earned an estimated $11.6 million: just under the opening of DWA’s How to Train Your Dragon in March of 2010. In second place, FilmDistrict’s Olympus Has Fallen also looks strong. The R-rated thriller exceeded expectations on Friday with an estimated take of $10 million from 3,098 locations, and is now on track to top $25 million through Sunday. After setting records in just three theatres last weekend, Spring Breakers expanded into 1,104 venues yesterday and earned an estimated $2.1 million for fifth place. The only new release headed for trouble, in fact, is Admission. The comedy opened in sixth place and will fall short of $7 million from its 2,160 dates this weekend. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

 Title  Friday Total
1.  The Croods  $11,600,000 $11.6
2.  Olympus Has Fallen  $10,040,000 $10
3.  Oz the Great and Powerful  $5,645,000 $161.1
4.  The Call  $2,675,000 $24.8
5.  Spring Breakers  $2,100,000 $2.5

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.

Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine Talk SPRING BREAKERS, Working with James Franco, Improv, and More

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Now playing in limited release and expanding nationwide this weekend is director Harmony Korine’s 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).  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 Hudgens, Gomez, Benson, and  Korine.  We talked about what it was like making a movie with so many people watching them work, how the majority of the film was improvised, how even though it’s an independent movie, it’s being covered like a 200 million Hollywood blockbuster, and what it was like working with James Franco.  Hit the jump to watch.


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Some new posters have made their way online.  Briefly:

  • Now You See Me – The debut poster for Louis Letterier’s magic-centered crime thriller puts the impressive ensemble cast front and center.  The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Woody Harrelson and opens on May 31st.
  • The East – Director Zal Batmanglij’s eco-terrorist thriller went over well with Sundance audiences, and this poster does a nice job of teasing the pic’s sinister undertones.  The film stars Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, and Ellen Page and opens on May 31st.  Read Matt’s review here, and check out my interview with Batmanglij and Marling for the film here.
  • Spring Breakers – Though the film is already out in limited release, a few UK character posters have landed online for Harmony Korine’s latest film.  The pic stars James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, and Selena Gomez and expands into wide release on March 22nd.  Read Matt’s review here.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.

Selena Gomez Talks SPRING BREAKERS, Why She Signed on, What She Learned from the Experience, BEHAVING BADLY, GETAWAY, and More

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From writer/director Harmony Korine, Spring Breakers shows another, even seedier side of the seasonal American ritual known as spring break, which draws hordes of college students to the Florida coast and elsewhere, each year.  When best friends Brit (Ashley Benson), Faith (Selena Gomez), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) decide to go on their own spring break adventure, their lack of funds leads them down a path straight to local rapper/drug pusher/arms dealer Alien (James Franco), who lures them away from the party of a lifetime into the criminal underbelly that they may never escape from.

At the film’s press day, actress Selena Gomez spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why this script intrigued her and made her want to sign on, what she learned from the experience that she wishes she could go back and tell herself on the first day of filming, how nervous she was about Harmony Korine’s more improvisational style, how much they rehearsed and talked about scenes ahead of time versus being in the moment, what it was like to work with so many non-actors in the film, seeing the film for the first time at the Venice Film Festival, and how this experience has influenced where she’d like to go next, with her career.  She also talked about whether she’d like to do a big comic book movie, who she plays in Behaving Badly, working with Ethan Hawke on Getaway, and why she wants to share a mutual respect with her fans.  Check out what she had to say after the jump. 


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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.


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Check out the latest clips from the following movies:

  • Spring Breakers – Recently premiering at SXSW, this new clip from Harmony Korine’s film features the introduction of James Franco’s character, Alien.  There’s also some bonus behind-the-scenes footage.  Also starring Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine, Spring Breakers opens in limited release on March 15th and expands March 22nd.
  • The Place Beyond the Pines – A new clip from Derek Cianfrance’s crime drama stars Ryan Gosling and Ben Mendelsohn planning a heist.  Also starring Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes, The Place Beyond the Pines opens in limited release March 29th.
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation – The new clip from Jon M. Chu’s sequel pits Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee) against Snake Eyes (Ray Park).  Also starring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, Elodie Yung and D.J. Cotrona, G.I. Joe: Retaliation opens March 28th.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.

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.

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