The Year Observed
Fashion Week Observed
‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Spring Breakers’ make the list. Read More
The old driver with a long white beard had no idea what he was getting himself into. He had been hired to drive around the ATL Twins Friday night, eventually taking them to The Lightbox, an event space in the Garment District, for The Line Up, a bash thrown for the witty, subversive fashion Read More
You see, we put a question mark in the title because that way you will click through to find out whether The Hollywood Reporter‘s video combining scenes from Spring Breakers and HBO’s GIRLS is as great as we question it to be. But the truth is, you already know the answer. You’ve known it all along, deep down. This is obviously the best mashup you will be seeing for awhile. Honestly, they had us at “Spring Breakers meets Girls.” Enjoy.
Acting with James Franco
Last week, The Observer reported on a potential feud brewing between Nascar Grand Marshal James Franco and RiFF RaFF, a Texas-based rapper who had claimed that the role of Alien in Spring Breakers was originally offered to him, though he was later offered a smaller role as part of the character’s posse. Franco not only disagreed, but claimed to not have even used RiFF RaFF as a major inspiration for the part, despite striking similarities in grooming and wardrobe.
Today the artist currently under Diplo’s label and working on an album called NEON iCon responded to our requests to clarify the situation.
In Spring Breakers, James Franco has made the role of a lifetime: Alien, a gangsta white-boy townie from Florida who seduces (and in turn gets seduced by) the trio of bubble-gum co-eds turned criminals played by Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and director Harmony Korine’s wife, Rachel Korine. He’s a creepy, status-obsessed wannabe, but Franco managed to take inspiration from outside of himself anyway.
Since the beginning, rapper Riff Raff has been promoting the film, saying the Franco character was based on him. And the similarities are evident: the gold grill, the dreadlocks, the fact that one of his albums was called The Golden Alien and he and Korine appeared on a Sneeze magazine’s cover together.
All was kosher. That is, until James Franco got upset over the idea that his performance could have been done by the From Gs to Gents contestant himself.
Harmony Korine is either a brilliant genius or insane or both. Not that these are new opinions about the director of Trash Humpers, but still … teaming up with James Franco to make a movie about four teenagers who lose their innocence and become dirty little freaks over the course of one Spring Break is dark enough. Having the teenagers played by formerly squeaky-clean tween stars like Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Selena Gomez (well, she’s less clean now) and Korine’s own daughter wife(!!!), Rachel Korine? That’s bordering on distasteful.
The trailer for Spring Breakers has just hit the net, giving us first glimpse into this sordid tale, which looks like it will give Tony Kushner’s Lincoln script a run for its money.
It has been 18 years since I was last associated with a Hollywood movie—I had a very minor credit on Pumpkinhead II, starring the amazingly talented presidential brother Roger Clinton as “The Mayor”—and this week, at the Venice Film Festival, felt like a walk back in time. In addition to covering the festival for The Observer, I was there to see off my small investment in an independent movie called Kiss of the Damned, which was closing the festival.
Venice is like a smaller Cannes: lots of premieres, stars and glamour, but without the large scale-madness of its French counterpart. Medium-sized commercial movies play alongside smaller, niche pictures. Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, Robert Redford’s The Company you Keep and Brian De Palma’s The Passion all premiered, as did a retrospective of Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate.
My only criticism of the Venice Film Festival is that it’s hard to motivate oneself to go to these movies during the day, when you have a combination of perfect weather, one of the world’s most beautiful cities and whatever residual bleariness from covering all those late-night parties.
Ultra-indie auteur Harmony Korine is screening his new film–the teen flick Spring Breakers, starring Disney alumni Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez–at the Venice Film Festival, and initial reviews describe the movie as James Franco’s show. The alternately reclusive and ultra-productive actor, decorated with multiple graduate degrees, “sits poolside at a cheesy white grand piano and sings Read More