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"Spring Breakers" has been one of the more buzzed-about movies of 2013, but arguably the best part of the film was the surprising performance of James Franco as "Alien," a St. Petersburg gangsta obsessed with all the s**t he has.
Infamous rapper Riff Raff has repeatedly claimed that he was not only the inspiration for Alien, but that he was offered the role before Franco, and though one look at the guy makes the "inspiration" claims kind of difficult to argue, director Harmony Korine has denied any suggestions of Riff Raff's potential casting. Their disagreement has been, at times, contentious. (Riff Raff even "reviewed" the movie for us, as part of our Rappers Review Movies series.)
So they're writing a book together now, of course, as first noted by the Hollywood Reporter. The book will reportedly revolve around Korine's interpretations of Riff Raff's tweets, which are often unintelligible, to put it generously. Get More »
James Franco brought many, uh, distinctive features to his role as Alien, the gun-toting, dreadlocked drug n' arms dealer and part-time rapper of "Spring Breakers." But what's probably most memorable about Alien is the fact that his smile could make you go blind if the light were hitting his mouth just right.
In honor of Alien's trading of boring ol' pearly whites for a tricked-out metal grin, we reimagined a few other movie characters that might benefit from a a set of grillz as well. We actually wouldn't have been surprised to see any of these people in any of the many "Spring Breakers" party scenes. Get More »
[From Film.com] When Harmony Korine’s "Spring Breakers" premiered at the Venice Film Festival late last August, it was received warmly by critics well-prepared for another provocation from one of the American cinema's most reliably incensing auteurs. It was even more enthusiastically received at the Toronto International Film Festival a week later, with many critics feeling certain that it ranked among the best of the slate.
Its opening weekend, when it played a handful of theaters in only New York and Los Angeles, broke records for per-theater numbers and the combined sum of every movie Korine has ever made by the end of the weekend.
That doesn't mean that the tween fans of the film's Disney-pedigreed, bikini-donning stars are going to like it too much. Get More »
Neanderthals may not have known the secret of fire, but they apparently knew how to make crowd-pleasing movies, as according to Film.com, the animated stone age family adventure "The Croods" topped the box office this weekend with an estimated $44.7 million.
And "The Croods" wasn't the only thick-browed example of pre-humanity to do well, as Gerard Butler's "Olympus Has Fallen" also opened strong, bringing in an estimated $30.5 million in its debut.
That left little on the bone for Tina Fey's new comedy "Admission," which bombed out to the tune of only $6.4 million. For a full look at the weekend box office, including the buzzed about limited release "Spring Breakers" and returning champ "Oz the Great and Powerful," head to Film.com.
Now that you've managed to focus above the neck, let's take a tally of how many of these ladies you actually recognize. There's Vanessa Hudgens, the "bad girl" of Disney, voted most likely to have a Mickey Mouse silhouette branded on her ass underneath what little of that bikini exists, and Selena Gomez, who probably politely but forcefully declined that same brand. But, um, there are still two chicks left. Much like the aftermath of a drunken spring break romp, you may be left wondering who these people are and how we got here.
It's time to meet the other spring breakers, the ones the Mouse House hasn't formally introduced you to: Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine. Get More »
Or, "Alien, the Great and Powerful."
Never has the prolific-ness and eclectic-ness (and general weird-ness) of James Franco been better illustrated than with the back-to-back releases of "Oz the Great and Powerful" and "Spring Breakers." You'd be hard-pressed to find two completely polar opposite movies were it not for one thing they share in common: James Franco.
And what a thing. Really, the power and greatness (and, uh, spring break-ness) of Franco is such that they might as well have just merged the two films into one uber-Franco showcase. In our world, Disney and Harmony Korine did just that. Look.
When Vanessa Hudgens was starring in Disney's "High School Musical" movies (which really weren't that long ago), did she ever imagine in a million years that one of her near-future gigs would involve her spending most of her screen time in little more than a bikini, swearin', smokin', drinkin' and sexin' up a storm and just generally flinging herself into a debauchery super-storm?
That's the beauty of Hollywood: its uncanny ability to shred innocence into a million pieces. Check out the "Spring Breakers" beauty embracing her wild side in our gallery.
How do we love "Spring Breakers"? Let us count the ways.
Harmony Korine's neon-soaked ode to Floridian spring break debauchery hits L.A. and New York theaters today and opesn in wide release across the country March 22, when many of our own sunkissed compatriots are taking a break from real life themselves. In the movie, college students played by Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine head south for a week on sandy beaches, singing Britney Spears and slinging margaritas (among other, um, substances). Their situation goes rapidly south, due in part to James Franco's character, Alien, a cornrowed rapper who claims he's "not from this earth, y'all."
Korine's infinitely quotable, cuckoo bananas film is sure to claim its own stake in the pop culture landscape, so we figured we'd get a little head start and share with you our 11 favorite quotes, with accompanying GIFs, from the movie.
We're gonna celebrate spring break forever, bitches. Get More »
Surely director Harmony Korine knew what skill set he was getting when he cast a cadre of former Disney starlets in his drug and violence fueled new movie "Spring Breakers." Even though the flick has more to do with armed robbery, casual group sex and the Floridian criminal underground than most standard Disney fare, the former "Kids" writer clearly couldn’t help but sneak a sing-along moment into the film. The end result, complete with a blinged-out Franco’s piano rendition of the 2004 Britney Spears hit "Everytime," taught audiences nationwide that the Timberlake breakup song sounds so much better while being sung through pink ski masks with a few AK-47s hoisted in the air. While this will undoubtedly be the most-remembered Britney tune in the movie, another of the pop princess' hits makes an appearance: The girls sing "...Baby One More Time" a cappella in a parking lot. Get More »