I’ve never had much patience for the “transgressive” avant-grunge indie-cinema noodlings of Harmony Korine. But Spring Breakers, his movie about four college women who go on a psychotic Spring Break bender (and, in vintage B-movie cautionary fashion, pay the price), is now threatening to become a crossover sensation in more ways than one. Without a doubt, it’s the first Korine movie that could at least be mentioned in the same paragraph with the word “mainstream.” Opening today on 1,100 screens, Spring Breakers will probably make more money in one hour than all of Korine’s previous films (Gummo, Julien Donky-Boy, Trash Humpers, etc.), added up together, did over the last 15 years. Then again, that wouldn’t be too hard — Korine’s films have basically been provocations falling in the forest without making a sound. The real crossover news about Spring Breakers is that last weekend, in limited release, it averaged a whopping $90,000 on three screens, indicating that it could be an indie smash in the making. READ FULL STORY »
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Casting Net: Seth Rogen to direct, produce, star in 'The Interview'; Plus 'Hercules' adds to its cast, more
• Seth Rogen just got a whole lot busier. The This Is the End actor and director has signed on to direct, produce, and star in a comedy that he co-wrote with Evan Goldberg — Rogen’s collaborator on Superbad, Pineapple Express, and The Watch, among others. The Interview is about a talk show host and a producer (Rogen) who somehow find themselves involved in an attempt to assassinate the North Korean prime minister. This will be Rogen’s second time in the director’s chair. And, don’t get too excited just yet, but apparently Columbia Pictures wants James Franco to star as the talk show host. [THR]
• Brett Ratner’s Hercules added a host of actors to the cast, Thursday, including Ian McShane (Jack the Giant Slayer), Rufus Sewell (The Holiday), Joseph Fiennes (American Horror Story), and John Hurt (Melancholia). According to the press release announcing the news, the revisionist film is set in a world where the supernatural doesn’t exist. The Dwayne Johnson vehicle is based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, and is expected to be released in theaters on July 25, 2014.
• Magic Mike’s Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) have signed on to star in Endless Love. Scott Spencer’s 1979 book tells the story of David Axelrod and Jade Butterfield, who are desperately in love with one another. When Jade’s father forbids David from their home, he sets fire to it, hoping that they’ll forgive him when he rescues all of them. Franco Zeffirelli directed a 1981 adaptation of the novel with Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt. [Variety]
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Disney has released a clip of Oz The Great and Powerful — the mesmerizing opening credits.
The visuals in Disney’s hit film are certainly a selling point, already launching clothing and nail polish lines that emulate the rich colors and magical environment that director Sam Raimi created for the movie. But the first few minutes, like the original Wizard of Oz, are in black and white. Created by designer Garson Yu and his Yu + Co, the opening of the film was inspired by the arc of the story.
“Our goal with the opening title sequence was to set the tone for the audience to enter the unique, imaginative world that Sam Raimi created,” Yu’s web site says of the sequence. “The black and white, stereo 4×3 sequence was designed to flow seamlessly into the film’s first scenes which are set in Kansas in 1905.”
Inspiration for the credits came from the films of George Melis, according to an interview with Cinemablend, and his multi-layered approach to the flowing, moving title sequence.
The title sequence looks better on the big screen in 3-D, but you can still appreciate the artistry in the clip below.
(And the entire Internet will be quick to point out that there is a bit of a spoiler at about 23 seconds. So in case you didn’t already know what the big “twist” is in Oz, the credits might inform you.)
Box office report: 'Oz' endures with $42.2 million; 'The Call' dials up better numbers than 'Burt Wonderstone'
James Franco had a great weekend at the box office. Not only did his $215 million blockbuster Oz The Great and Powerful top the chart for a second time, his edgy indie Spring Breakers made a big splash in limited release.
Oz dropped by a modest 47 percent to $42.2 million this weekend, lifting its domestic total to $145 million. In doing so, Oz surpassed Identity Thief to become the biggest hit of 2013 so far. Overseas, Oz hasn’t had quite as magical of a run. The film conjured another $46.6 million from 55 territories (about 85 percent of the international market) and has now grossed a $136.8 million abroad. The fact that the domestic total still leads the international total for an effects-driven spectacle is a testament to The Wizard of Oz’s enduring equity in American culture and its lack of such equity overseas. Still, let’s not pretend that Disney is sad about a 10-day total of $281.8 million worldwide. READ FULL STORY »
Today’s SXSW panel featuring Spring Breakers‘ cast and director Harmony Korine started innocently enough… moderator Eric Kohn from IndieWire asked audience members to share their favorite Spring Break memories — most of which landed on the milder side, including one 17-year-old’s tale of rubbing elbows with celebs like Joseph Gordon-Levitt last night in Austin and one guy’s recollection of sleeping in Cancun hotel’s bag-check area.
But those tales pale in comparison to the dark places Korine went while researching his Sunshine State-set flick, which made its U.S. debut in Austin on Sunday.
In upcoming film Maladies, screening at SXSW next week after premiering at the Berlin Film Festival late last year, James Franco stars as James, a troubled former soap opera star who moves to a small town under the guise of writing a memoir. He lives with his sister, who is mentally ill (Fallon Goodson) and best friend, Catherine (Catherine Keener) — an artist who is a cross dresser. In the exclusive photo below, we see Catherine at work on a sculpture.
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“I’m starting to think this is the most spiritual place I’ve ever been,” Selena Gomez earnestly intones over footage of drunken carousing in the international trailer for Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. The movie, as you probably already know, stars ex-Disney stars Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, as well as Pretty Little Liar Ashley Benson and Korine’s 25-year-old wife Rachel, as a group of co-eds who get more than they bargained for when they head to Florida for a wild vacation.
Spring Breakers also features James Franco as a dreadlocked, drawling hustler named Alien. If you’ve ever yearned to see Hollywood’s busiest man ecstatically yell “gangsta!” through a mouth of grills, this is the video for you:
Ever since the casting of Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Mila Kunis as the witches of Oz, eager fans of the upcoming Oz The Great and Powerful have been wondering which witch is which. Or, more specifically, which witch is the infamous evil one. The answer remains somewhat elusive as the March 8 release date approaches.
In a new clip, Evanora (Weisz) and Theodora (Kunis) appear to be arguing over the danger of Theodora’s decision to bring Oscar (James Franco) to Oz. But while many assumed Kunis or Weisz would secretly turn out to be the green-faced Witch of the West, the new clip seems to suggest that there may be yet another witch in Oz’s midst. And we’re not talking about Glinda, either.
Check out the preview — which also showcases Theodora’s powerful temper — below: READ FULL STORY »
Any movie whose first trailer had James Franco declare, “Bikinis and big booties, yo! That’s what life is about!” is a film that is asking for a NSFW red-band tease. And now Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers — the anything goes “We’re all grown up” romp starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson as girls gone wild — certainly delivers the R-rated goods. There’s a ton of swearing, bikinis, a surprising amount of guns, and some fleeting nudity. And, of course, the video kicks off with another inspiring quote from Franco’s character Alien: “Some kids want to be doctors, some kids want to be President, I just want to be bad.” Does he succeed? Watch below:
Disney premiered the new teaser for their anticipated fantasy flick Oz the Great and Powerful starring James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and Mila Kunis. The Sam Raimi-directed film, which opens March 8, is a reimagining of The Wizard of Oz. Watch the teaser below, which gives us a glimpse of some very nasty flying monkeys. READ FULL STORY »
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