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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."

James FrancoJames Franco hates the idea of Spring Breakers 2

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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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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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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Trash Humpers Review


Bad
Filmmaker Harmony Korine continues to push viewer's buttons with this deliberately abrasive mock-doc. He says he intends it to be a modern horror movie, but it's more like a geriatric version of Jackass.

Four senior citizens--Momma, Buddy, Travis and Herve (Rachel Korine, Kotzur, Nicholson and Harmony Korine)--document their antics as they lurk like wayward teens, indulge in pranks and public acts of vulgarity, taunt people they meet and commit vicious crimes, all while cackling with laughter and singing off-key folk songs. They don't seem to live anywhere, but instead roam the streets looking for people they can mock, passers-by they can offend and wheelie bins they can defile.

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Kids Review


Excellent
So much hype has surrounded Kids, the gritty, "not rated" feature about New York teens, that it was almost impossible to go into the film objectively. I was expecting an ultra-graphic film about sex, drugs, and life on the mean city streets. That's about what I got.

The film follows a few characters through one day in New York City. Telly (Leo Fitzpatrick) and his buddy Casper (Justin Pierce) skateboard, do a little petty thievery, drink malt liquor, hustle drugs, beat up a black man, throw some dice, and if a virgin or two happen to cross their path, Telly is only too happy to perform a little "virgin surgery." On their trail is Jennie (Chloe Sevigny), a prior virginal conquest of Telly's, who discovers she is HIV-positive that morning and is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

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Last Days (2005) Review


Extraordinary
Completing a stylistic and thematic trilogy begun with 2003's Gerry and Elephant (and inspired by the work of Hungarian auteur Bela Tarr), Last Days finds director Gus Van Sant once again engaging in breathtaking experimentation with sound, image, and content. Just as Elephant was modeled after, but not a faithful depiction of, the Columbine high school shootings, so Van Sant's latest - charting the final hours of a reclusive, iconic rock star in his remote country mansion - is simultaneously about and not about Kurt Cobain, a hypothetical rumination on the deceased musician that shares with his preceding films a hypnotic sense of time and space, as well as a fascination with the prosaic moments proceeding death. Having turned his back on the staid narrative conventions of formulaic Hollywood dramas (including his own Finding Forrester and Good Will Hunting), Van Sant now embraces an avant-garde aesthetic concerned with finding truth through non-linear storytelling and a focus on environmental tone and texture, both of which are employed as a means of placing viewers in a particular physical and emotional "space." And with Last Days, this unorthodox filmmaking achieves a state of sublime cinematic nirvana.

"Teenage angst has paid off well / Now I'm bored and old," sang Cobain on Nirvana's Serve the Servants, and one can feel that infectious malaise throughout Van Sant's portrait of Blake (Michael Pitt), a grungy icon living out what a friend (Kim Gordon) dubs "a rock and roll cliché." Donning Cobain accoutrements such as a hunter's cap and a green-and-red sweater and sporting shoulder-length blond hair, Blake spends the film sleepwalking around his backwoods home and property with a mixture of drug-addled bewilderment and spiritual melancholy, and Pitt embodies this wayward soul - whose rambling exploits involve wearing a black spaghetti-strap dress and toting a rifle - with a hunched, drooping-to-the-floor sagginess (as if under tremendous strain) that's at odds with the actor's slender physique. His constantly incomprehensible muttering, such as during an amusing, chance encounter with a telephone book salesman (where the only audible Blake line is telling: "Success is subjective"), echoes Cobain's frequently indecipherable lyrics while also conveying a torturous emotional detachment. Trapped in Van Sant's constrictive full frame (employed to heighten the oppressive claustrophobia gripping the character), Pitt's Blake is a zombie who, as revealed by the film's opening scene - finding him symbolically baptizing himself in a tree-shrouded lake, and later whispering and then roaring "Home on the Range" to the empty nighttime forest - desperately seeks communion with the world around him.

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Julien Donkey-Boy Review


Bad
Youngster auteur Harmony Korine proves once again that he's fully lost touch with reality in Julien Donkey-Boy, a nihilistic bit of crap that wants to be oh-so-cool but is really just a low-budget exploration of nothing. Ostensibly a story about the half-deranged Julien (Ewen Bremner) and his fully-deranged father (Werner Herzog, of all people!), there's really nothing much beyond the Dogme 95-confirmed videography and scene after scene of meaningless pap. Pretty much in line with Gummo, Korine's most recent work.

Ken Park Review


Good
Admired by some, reviled by many, Larry Clark and his films range from frighteningly honest to quizzically gratuitous. With Kids, he shocked moviegoers (especially parents) with his group of smooth-skinned city teens humping like mad, partying to disgusting excess, and spreading death. In last year's explosive drama Bully, Clark adapted a true-life tale to illustrate a microcosm of violent peer pressure. With Ken Park, the movie Larry Clark has wanted to make since the late 1980s, the to-hell-with-it-all filmmaker gives us more screwed-up kids, equally deranged parents, and sexual acts teetering on the precipice of boring pornography. Ken Park has something to say -- it just doesn't say it too clearly.

Clark teams up with co-director Ed Lachman (lauded cinematographer of Far From Heaven) and his bad-boy Kids screenwriter Harmony Korine to tell us that young people are the most tension-filled, powder keg group in the country. Witness the film's opening credits: the title teen (red-haired Adam Chubbuck) skateboards through a suburban town, enters his local skate park, and puts a bullet through his own head. Roll movie.

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Gummo Review


Terrible
If not the single worst film of the decade, at least the worst of the year -- and I saw Tarzan and the Lost City. The story, what little there is of one, follows a couple of punks who shoot neighborhood cats, a kid who runs around shirtless in a bunny hat, a dwarf, an albino, a prostitute with Downs Syndrome, and a host of other freaks. What's the point? There is none except to say that the creator of Kids can show off how shocking he can buy. Stupid, idiotic, and offensive -- but only because it's such a waste of time.
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Spring Breakers Movie Review

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Last Days (2005) Movie Review

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Ken Park Movie Review

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