Spring Breakers - James Franco as Alien

James Franco‘s performance in Spring Breakers is wild, electric, memorable, and totally mesmerizing.  The superficial aspects of the role — the grill, the cornrows, and so on — are only the beginning. It’s the way his character Alien brings to life a demented vision of the American Dream (“look at my shit!”)  and the way he eventually allows his cracked hyper-masculine persona to submit to a feminine force. Franco does stuff in Spring Breakers that you rarely see major stars doing, and the sight is fantastic.

Is it award-worthy? Who knows! The Oscars, like every other award setup, are based on campaigning and influence and many other factors besides the simple merit of the work. And so A24, distributor of Spring Breakers, has been getting its own campaign going for Franco. The latest salvo is a video demanding that voters consider Franco, phrased in a manner that is so appropriate to the film. Read More »

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Briefly: Harmony Korine‘s latest film, Spring Breakers, is a huge success in limited release, earning a $90k per-screen average on the few screens it hit this past weekend. That may not sound like much, compared to far bigger and more excessively marketed releases, but the movie is already Korine’s most successful — the earnings from just one of this weekend’s screens are already more than Julien Donkey Boy made in its whole limited run.

With Spring Breakers set to hit 1000 theaters this week — an astounding expansion for a Harmony Korine movie — the director is already setting up his next film. He’s got one project in the works with John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions and DCM Productions, but is also developing new movies with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Productions. Read More »

Oddly enough, everything you need to know about Spring Breakers is represented by its two credited music composers: Cliff Martinez and Skrillex. Martinez is a veteran, a regular Steven Soderbergh collaborator who recently did the score to Drive. He’s known for pulsing, tense, dramatic scores. Skrillex is the world’s best known dubstep DJ, known for grimy, catchy party anthems infused with a certain soul and savagery. Those two sounds, traditional and modern, are Spring Breakers in a nutshell. It’s a wild, entertaining and vibrant movie with an underbelly of tension and purpose.

At times Spring Breakers pops with energy and excitement. It then dives into much more intense drama. The tones, like those of the score, sometimes clash. But often the oddfellows mesh beautifully, making us question why this film is the way it is: a fever dream of drugs, sex and violence. The answer brings to light some tough questions about society’s core beliefs. Read More »

Four young women rob a store in an attempt to enjoy the best spring break ever. Then they team up with a despicable drug dealer, and things get really weird. Those are the broad strokes of Harmony Korine‘s highly anticipated Spring Breakers, which opens limited March 15 and wide March 22. The film is a colorful, high-octane, ode to excess starring an Oscar nominee (James Franco), two former Disney starlets (Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens) and two more talented young actresses (Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine).

Just watching the trailer for Spring Breakers offers tons of visual stimulation, and the company behind the film is taking that to the next level. They’re holding a make your own Spring Breakers poster campaign. To kick it off, we’re proud to exclusively debut an awesome poster designed by artist Doaly. Check it out below along with more details on the contest. Read More »

The four bikini-clad, gun-toting hotties at the center of Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers have drawn quite a bit of attention, by virtue of the fact that they’re, well, four bikini-clad, gun-toting hotties. (And two of them former Disney gals, no less.) But based on festival reviews, it may be James Franco as Alien you really want to keep an eye on.

Franco’s performance is so strong, distributor A24 reportedly even considered giving the film an Oscar-qualifying December release to allow Franco a shot at the big prize. Nothing actually came of that plan, as far as I know, but it’s just another indication that Franco and the movie around him will be worth checking out when it finally comes to theaters. The new red-band trailer puts the spotlight on Alien, and you can watch it after the jump.

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Winter is slowly but surely inching to an end, so let’s look ahead to what the next season has in store for us. The next few months promise to be an interesting one for indie releases, as both Spring Breakers and Zal Batmanglij‘s The East are slated to open.

Further down the road, The Weinsteins are getting into the paranormal YA game next winter with Vampire Academy, and Universal’s Untitled Illumination Entertainment Project (not the final title, obviously) has been slotted for summer 2015. Hit the jump for all the details, in chronological order.

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When Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers premiered in Toronto late last year, it instantly became a must-see film. Some people hated it, other people loved it; arguments went that many either loved that they hated it so much or hated that they loved it so much. Films like that don’t come along very often.

Four girls (Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Rachel Korine and Ashley Benson) rob a store to go on spring break, get arrested and are sprung by a rapper calling himself Alien (James Franco). His promise is that they’ll have more money and drugs than they could ever imagine if they just join him in his life of debauchery and crime. The first trailer looked absolutely insane and now this French, non-censored trailer throws even more sex and profanity into the mix. Check it out below. Read More »

Even before its debut at Venice last fall, Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers was attracting attention for its unexpected cast and wild premise. Former Disney gals Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez star with Rachel Korine and Ashley Benson as longtime pals desperate to get out of their boring college town. They hatch a plan to rob a convenience store, and then use the cash to head to Florida and party all day in skimpy neon bikinis. But the police eventually get the jump on them, and the girls are arrested.

Enter James Franco‘s Alien, flashing a totally ridiculous grill and even more absurd-looking cornrows. The drug kingpin/rapper bails the girls out of jail and convinces them to join his crew, promising all the debauchery and adventure they could ever ask for. Watch the trailers after the jump.

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