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Pussy Riot May Or May Not Be In Talks For "Spring Breakers 2", But James Franco Is Still Not Impressed


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Lots of exciting – and some not so exciting – Spring Breakers-related news today. First off, we found out that Pussy Riot – the Russian feminist punk rockers Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova and Maria “Masha” Alyokhina - are coming to Cannes this week to meet with “Spring Breakers: Second Coming” director Jonas Akerlund and producers Chris and Roberta Hanley, and Jordan Gertner. According to Variety, Pussy Riot, who were jailed for two years in their native Russia for performing an anti-Putin punk prayer at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, are now in talks to appear in the upcoming Spring Breakers sequel.

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Second Coming is in the pipeline, without Franco or Korine's blessing.

“Our director is coming in especially to meet Nadya and Maria to discuss being in the movie,” Chris Hanley told Variety. “The fiction of Spring Breakers never met with the reality of Pussy Riot — until now.”

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James Franco Says 'Spring Breakers 2' Will Fail, Compares Original to 'Taxi Driver'


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James Franco - yeah, the guy who keeps doing weird things on Instagram and Whatsapp - says the planned Spring Breakers sequel will be a "terrible" film and that neither him nor director Harmony Korine will be involved. Franco - who campaigned for himself to get an Oscar nomination for the first movie - said anyone working on the movie is "jumping on board a poison ship."

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Franco posted his official statement about Spring Breakers: The Second Coming on Instagram.

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Sneak Preview Released Of Selena Gomez 'Come And Get It' Shoot


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Selena Gomez fans will have to wait until May 7, 2013 (at 7:53pm), to be precise before they can watch the debut airing of her new single ‘Come and Get It’ but in the meantime, she’s let her fans see a snippet of the raunchy new video. Huffington Post have hosted a snap from the video shoot and it shows Gomez partly submerged in water and seemingly not wearing much in the way of clothing, on her top half.

If you blinked recently, you may have missed Selena’s transformation from homely Disney child to 20 year old sex symbol, but it appears to have happened. After appearing in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, it seems that Selena has well and truly shaken off the shackles of her pristine past, to the extent that she’s started filming sexy videos and posting snaps of herself online that probably wouldn’t make it into any Disney magazines.

There’s still no confirmation on a release date for her forthcoming album though it is known that she’ll be embarking on a the ‘Stars Dance World Tour’ on August 14 in Vancouver. On the weekend, Selena proved that she’s still a hit with Disney, though – they’re not ready to release her into the wild, wild world of sex and grown ups just yet; Selena landed the Best Female Artist award at the Radio Disney Awards. Her off again – on again boyfriend Justin Bieber also won an award, for Best Male. 

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Spring Breakers Review


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Arthouse filmmaker Harmony Korine (Mister Lonely) comes dangerously close to making a mainstream movie with this blackly comical thriller. While the film is often very funny, and constantly challenges our preconceptions by veering in directions we don't expect, it's also an intriguing exploration of America's hedonistic subculture.

Gomez and Hudgens also crush their Disney princess images as Faith and Candy, who decide they want to go to Florida for spring break with their pals Brit and Cotty (Benson and Korine). But they've spent all their cash on drugs, so they rob a restaurant and head to the beach. After indulging in a series of raucous parties, they end up in jail and are bailed out by a sleazy rapper-gangster who calls himself Alien (Franco). He takes them under his wing, getting them involved in his war with a dangerous cross-town rival (Mane).

The film is shot in lurid colours, with the girls wearing little more than fluorescent bikinis, sometimes accompanied with pink balaclavas. And the score by Skrillex and Cliff Martinez is visceral and hugely atmospheric, adding unexpected texture to the way Korine explores physicality, drugs and violence. It's also quite deliberate that, apart from the religiously minded Faith, these young women kind of blur together anonymously, like all the other bikini babes at the various beer-chugging, arms-in-the-air parties.

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Letterman Banned Guest Harmony Korine For Stealing From Meryl Streep


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David Letterman banned guest Harmony Korine from the Late Show after he found the Spring Breakers director rifling through the purse of Meryl Streep. Letterman told the story on Monday (March 25, 2013) when prompted by guest James Franco, the star of Korine' latest movie.

The actor said he heard Korine was banned after pushing Meryl Steep backstage, though defended his director, saying, "Harmony is a very sane guy now -- a great artist and great person to work with. But I think he had a period where he was going a little off the rails, so maybe he was on something that night.

Letterman proceeded to correct Franco on the incident, saying, "I went upstairs to greet Meryl Streep and welcome her to the show, and I knock on the door ... and she was not in there.And I looked around, and she was not in there, and I found Harmony going through her purse. True story. And so I said: 'That's it. Put her things back in her bag and then get out."

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Spring Breakers Wide Release - Is This One Worth Seeing?


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Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers is a big deal this… well, this spring break.

And ok, it may be mostly because of the semi-naked girls gracing the landscape throughout the whole flick, but still, Spring Breakers isn’t without its merits, if you take it for what it is. The popping color palette and at times seizure-inducing editing might put some more serious movie-goers of this, but it certainly does a lot to entice the target audience – which, for this visual romp would be bored teens and twenty-somethings. But don’t be fooled – beyond the bikinis and hot pink tones, Spring Breakers, which premiered last week at SXSW does have some substance as well. Ok, a little substance. But still.

Firstly, let’s talk about Disney actresses playing girls gone wild. Well, it’s fun and, let’s be honest – it’s a much healthier way for ladies like Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez to break out of the Disney mould than, say leaking nude pictures online. And, to be fair, Gomez does show remarkable depth of character – well, as much as the Spring Breakers script will allow anyway.

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Justin Bieber, Cry Baby? Selena Gomez Reveals All On Letterman Show


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Selena Gomez had the Beliebers foaming at the mouths this week after bringing up an anecdote about having made ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber cry. Gomez was visiting David Letterman on the Late Show to promote Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, though conversation quickly turned to Justin, who's endured a rough couple of weeks.

The host started out by asking Selena if she was still with the newly appointed enfant terrible of the pop music world, to which she responded, "No, I'm single." Letterman recalled, "The last time he was on, he and I got into a conversation..and he said something, and I said something and he said something.and I said something.and I made him cry." After the laughter died down, Selena bluntly said, "Well that makes two of us," again, sending the live studio audience into hysterics. "That's pretty good! Pretty strong!" yelled Letterman. 

Of course, Justin's Twitter followers didn't see the funny side, not one bit. "ur immaturity is lower than ur album sales and that says a LOT sis" fumed one. "I'm not surprised Selena Gomez made Justin Bieber cry. She makes me cry every day," quipped another. 

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Is Record Breaking 'Spring Breakers' A Cult Movie In The Making?


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Though 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' dominated the box office for a second consecutive week - pulling In $42 million to take its takings to $282 million - it was another of James Franco's movies that performed the strongest. Harmony Korine's debauched drama 'Spring Breakers' pulled in just $270,000, though it did so from just three theaters, easily the best per-theater average of the weekend with $90,000. Oz averaged just $11,000 per theater.

The new movie is now likely to roll out across more theaters and should turn a profit for Muse Productions and A24, the tiny companies behind the film. It stars Franco as a thuggish drug dealer who charms college girls Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens into a world of crime, sex and violence. It looks to be Korine's biggest hit to date and represents Gomez and Hudgens' first serious roles outside of their Disney work - the former is best known for Wizards of Waverly Place while Hudgens found fame with High School Musical. 

So far, critical reception has been strong too, with Spring Breakers earning a solid 70% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The New York Times said, "[Korine] turns his exploration into such a gonzo, outrageously funny party that it takes a while to appreciate that this is more of a horror film than a comedy," while Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine wrote, "Spring Breakers, beach-party fluff done as an art film by the reliably bizarre Harmony Korine, is a return to form for Franco."

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Selena Gomez Talks Spring Breakers and The Challenges of Breaking Out of the Disney Mould


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The highly anticipated Harmony Korine flick, Spring Breakers has seen its premiere this week and one of its stars, Selena Gomez, has been making the rounds promoting it.

This has, of course, been a huge transition for the former Disney girl – from Disney channel to R-rated flicks is certainly a big jump to make. However, in an interview with MTV, Selena commented that she enjoyed the chance to break out of her mould and experiment as an actress: "It wasn't necessarily about the reaction as it was just for me wanting to do something that was creatively challenging for me, because acting is everything to me," she said. "And it's the reason why I'm here." Gomez also mentioned that she appreciated the chance to work with indie director Corine, as his style was exactly in the direction she was planning to take with her career. Interestingly enough though, it was apparently Selena’s mom, who gave her the final push to star in the R-rated flick: "Well, my mom is actually a big Harmony Korine fan, and we got the script through my agency," she told MTV News during a chat at South by Southwest. "I read it, I watched all of his movies with my mom and [watched] interviews, and I wanted to be a part of it."

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Selena Gomez stars in Spring Breakers alongside Vaness Hudgens and Ashley Benson

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Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, James Franco, Selena Gomez, Rachel Korine and Harmony Korine - The Los Angeles premiere of 'Spring Breakers' held at the Archlight Hollywood - Arrivals - Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 14th March 2013

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Harmony Korine - The Los Angeles premiere of 'Spring Breakers' held at the Archlight Hollywood - Arrivals - Hollywood, California, United States - Saturday 24th February 2007

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Selena Gomez Brings 'Spring Breakers' Premiere To SXSW


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Harmony Korine's new movie 'Spring Breakers' premiered at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, on Sunday (March 10, 2013) with its stars Selena Gomez, James Franco and Ashley Benson turning out for the screening. The movie follows four friends, (Benson, Gomez, Rachel Korine and Vanessa Hudgens) as they rob a bank to pay for their spring break trip, though get thrown in jail before being bailed out by a drug dealer, played by Franco.

The movie premiered at the Austin Convention Center, with Gomez showing off an elegant looking Cushine et Ochs frock. The dress featured cut-out detailing at the shoulders and across the midriff - Gomez certainly showed her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber what he was missing. The sexual and violent themes in 'Spring Breakers' are certainly a departure from Gomez's usual Disney movies, though speaking to FlavorWire at SXSW, director Korine said he isn't too concerned with analysis of his films. "It's funny for me to listen to it," he said, adding, "But I don't really have that much to do with that part of things, I don't have a relationship with that type of analysis. I usually make the movies, and I put them together, and I put them out into the world and then I just go home and cut off as much as possible from all that."

Spring Breakers runs this week at SXSW and opens Friday (March 15, 2013) on limited release. The movie receives a nationwide opening on March 22. Watch the Spring Breakers below.

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Racy Movie Spring Breakers Proves A Hit For Selena Gomez At SXSW


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What do you get when you mix controversial art-house movie director Harmony Korine, with young teen Disney stars like Selena Gomez and muddle them all up in celluloid form? Well, you get a more successful movie than you may imagine, actually. Spring Breakers has made a highly-anticipated showing at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, Texas and although the movie is not without its faults, it has impressed many of the critics that made the trip to see it.

Entertainmentwise’s reviewer found themselves frustrated with the many anticlimactic moments, “the constant cutting between various different moments in the girls’ story makes the film feel more like an extended music video at times than a genuine narrative piece of cinema, meaning that scenes which should frighten or shock blur into the milleu of the movie.” They did, add however, that there is “a lot to like” about the movie. “Though Korine’s style can be difficult to get to grips with, and could alienate its young stars’ fanbase, at other times its spell-binding, funny and poetic.” That’s Korine in a nutshell though; the director is famed for splitting opinion; with films such as Gummo and Kids under his belt, he has offended as many as he has caused to fall in love with his movies. 

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Selena Gomez is an unlikely hit Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers

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Ahead Of 'Spring Breakers' - Vanessa Hudgens Says Nude Photos Were "Worst Moment" Of Career


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In an interview with Paper magazine, the former Disney actress revealed that when nude photos of her were leaked on line back in 2007, it was “by far the worst moment of my career.” Hudgens, now 24, has been able to put the humiliating episode behind her, though at the time it can’t have been easy to be one of Disney’s most popular young protégées, only to have the facade of the standard stereotypical squeaky–clean child star image well and truly scraped away.

Talking about the photographs, which were leaked online, Hudgens comments “That was just a really shitty situation that sucked. That was by far the worst moment of my career.” Five years on, though and Hudgens has managed to escape any embarrassment that the incident caused and is currently celebrating the launch of her new role in Harmony Korine’s controversial new movie Spring Breakers. Hudgens stars alongside Selena Gomez – another young actress known primarily for her clean-cut image. It’s a leap that, according to Paper magazine, should see her heading “into legitimate adult acting territory,” suggesting that the nude photo debacle may in fact have been a blessing in disguise, perhaps facilitating her transition to more serious adult roles.

Korine is known as something of a hard-hitting movie-maker. His movies are never for the faint-hearted and judging by the amount of bare flesh on display in Spring Breakers, this will be no exception. Spring Breakers is scheduled for release on March 15, 2013. 

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Spring Breakers Breaks Selena Gomez Out of Disney Bubble


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You've got to get out of the Disney castle some time, and there's no use sneaking out the back door. As Britney Spears did before her (in a school girls uniform, singing 'hit me baby, one more time'), Selena Gomez has bust right outta there with seemingly no holds barred, as she opts for Spring Breakers to be her first major non-Disney pursuit. New posters for the movie see her clad in a tiny blue bikini, an image which is a far cry from the innocence of her Disney days. 

It's not just the poster image that wont be accessible for Gomez's young fans, the premise of the movie is for a distinctly older audience as well. Gomez plays one of four best friends who live together at college. Without enough money to go on vacation, they rob a restaurant to fund their trip to Florida. When they get there they're arrested on drugs charges, but a drug dealer (James Franco) bails them out. His help doesn't come for free though and he expects them to pay him back one way or another. 

Another poster in the series features Franco who is almost unrecognisable, with cornrows, tattoos, shades and a gun shoved in his jeans. Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine also star. Directed by film maker Harmony Korine, who is best known for Kids and Mister Lonely. Spring Breakers is set for release March 8th. (Huffington Post)

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