Matthew McConaughey has been so adamant on proving himself a very serious actor nowadays that it’s easy to forget that he first slouched onto our screens as a smooth-talking burnout in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. And just when we were ready to write off McConaughey’s surfer dude typecast forever, he teams up with Harmony Korine in a chaotic movie about a drugged out surfer dude, The Beach Bum. Read More »
Harmony Korine‘s (Spring Breakers) Cheech and Chong-style stoner comedy, The Beach Bum, has found its lead. Matthew McConaughey will play Moondog, who’s described as a charismatic rebel. Korine starts shooting the stoner comedy this July.
Below, learn more about the new Harmony Korine project.
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Harmony Korine‘s The Trap is on pause. Al Pacino, Benicio Del Toro, Idris Elba, Robert Pattinson, and James Franco were set to star in the film, which is about an insane-sounding feud between a musician (Elba) and his old, ex-convict buddy (Del Toro). The project was financed and ready to go, but after Korine had some personal problems with an actor who was initially attached to the project, a delay occurred. Until The Trap goes before cameras, Korine has been considering other films, including an adaptation of Alissa Nutting’s novel Tampa.
Below, learn more about Korine’s Tampa adaptation.
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It’s been a couple years since Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers sharply divided audiences, but the writer/director is prepping his new film, called The Trap, and he’s pulling together the cast… with a couple changes. We’d heard before that Jamie Foxx and Benicio Del Toro would play a rapper and his best friend, but now Foxx is out, to be replaced by Idris Elba. And a set of new actors has signed on, too, adding even more talent to the mix. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
Harmony Korine is following up Spring Breakers with another crime drama. The indie auteur is getting the pieces together for The Trap, a Southern revenge pic which now has Jamie Foxx and Benicio Del Toro attached to star. Hit the jump for more on Harmony Korine’s The Trap casting.
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Posted on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
What’s Spring Breakers without James Franco and Harmony Korine? We’re about to find out, thanks to the Franco-free, Korine-less Spring Breakers: The Second Coming. And not surprisingly, Franco and Korine are none too thrilled about it.
The actor and the director have taken to social media to voice their displeasure about the upcoming film, which is being directed by Jonas Åkerlund and written by Irvine Welsh. But it’s happening whether they like it or not, so we also have a first look at the new poster for the sequel. Check it out, and read Franco and Korine’s comments, after the jump.
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Just in case you wondered: that recently-announced sequel to Spring Breakers is being made without the participation or even the consent of Harmony Korine. The director of Gummo and Trash Humpers masterminded Spring Breakers as a savage, strange fever dream of excess and influence, but this sequel will probably be… something else. Something more tame, regardless of how much flesh and blood hits the screen. Read More »
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 »