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'Spring Breakers' sort-of sequel in the works


Grab the bikinis and machine guns — Spring Breakers 2 is in the works.

Titled Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, the film will follow a new group of revelers battling an extreme militant Christian sect attempting to convert them.

Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) wrote the screenplay, with Jonas Akerlund (Spun, Small Apartments) set to direct. Muse Productions, which was behind the first movie, is producing alongside Wild Bunch.

“It’s not a direct sequel, although there are allusions to some of the characters in the original,” Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval told Screen Daily, which first reported the story. READ FULL STORY

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: 'Gravity' ties with 'Her' for Best Picture, James Franco ties with Jared Leto


The Los Angeles Film Critics Association named ties in three major categories Sunday. Gravity tied with Her for Best Picture, James Franco and Jared Leto tied for Best Supporting Actor for their performances in Spring Breakers and Dallas Buyers Club, and Cate Blanchett and Adèle Exarchopoulos tied for Best Actress for their work in Blue Jasmine and Blue is the Warmest Color.

The LAFCA did choose distinct winners in the other major acting categories. Bruce Dern was named Best Actor for his portrayal of Woody Grant in Nebraska, and Lupita Nyong’o picked up a supporting actress win for playing the tragic Patsey in 12 Years a Slave.

Gravity was the big winner beyond its Best Picture tie with Spike Jonze’s Her, walking away with nods for Best Director, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography. Also of note, Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tellrecently selected as one of the 15 docs on the Academy’s shortlist — won Best Documentary.

Noticeably absent from any recognition was David O. Russell’s American Hustle, which the New York Film Critics Circle named Best Picture; Sundance favorite and recent Gotham Awards-winner Fruitvale Station; and the Robert Redford survival pic All Is Lost.

Check out the full list of winners below.


'Spring Breakers': James Franco tells Oscar voters to 'Consider this sh-'

With summer coming to a close, Oscar season is officially in full swing. James Franco, fresh from his Comedy Central Roast, kicks off the first of the “For Your Consideration” ads that appeal to awards-show voters. In a bid to secure a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as Alien in Spring Breakers, the film’s distributor, A24, launched a campaign called “Consider This Sh–,” The Hollywood Reporter first reported.

In Spring Breakers, directed by Harmony Korine, Franco plays a kind of Spring Break Jesus, in the form of a rapper/hustler/predator of college girls — replete with chest-length cornrows and a grill, and a psycho-Southern accent.

Though not considered a leading contender for the category, a spokesperson for A24 films told The Hollywood Reporter, “James Franco has created a character so indelible it deserves recognition. We are excited to be able to support it with a campaign and know the impact of Alien will last far past this awards season.”

In the ad, Franco, dressed to the Florida-swag hilt as Alien, is book-ended by two out of four of his college-age, perma-bikini-clad protégés: Brit (Ashley Benson) and Candy (Vanessa Hudgens). Franco is leaning against a white car and proudly double-fisting Oscar statuettes.

Own 'Spring Breakers' foreverrr: DVD/Blu-ray comes out in July -- EXCLUSIVE


You’ve got designer t-shirts. You’ve got gold bullets. You’ve got Calvin Klein Escape. You’ve got shorts in every f–in’ color. But you don’t have Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers on DVD or Blu-ray; in fact, you don’t even know when you’ll be able to buy it.

Or at least you didn’t… until now.

EW can reveal that discs of Korine’s candy-colored crime spree flick will hit shelves July 9. The film comes packaged with a behind-the-scenes documentary, deleted scenes and outtakes (oh please, let it include James Franco’s Alien listing more of the things he owns!), a VICE featurette that gives “an inside look at the ATL Twins and real life partying in Panama City Beach,” and “an insightful look at the music of Spring Breakers,” which hopefully means even more footage of stars Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Rachel Korine singing Britney Spears songs.

Clearly, our excitement about this release can be expressed only in the form of GIFs:


Box office report: 'The Croods' scores rock solid $44.7M, 'Olympus Has Fallen' strong in second

This weekend, The Croods proved that cave people have more pop culture appeal than just Geico commercials.

The $135 million film, which features vocal performances by Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds, bashed up a strong $44.7 million in its first three days — the second best debut of 2013 behind Oz‘s $79.1 million bow. The colorful family film was produced by DreamWorks Animation, whose last film, Rise of the Guardians, severely underperformed and forced the company to take an $87 million write-down. Thus, The Croods‘ success (for reference, Rise opened with just $23.7 million on its way to a $103.2 million domestic finish) is vindicating for the Jeffrey-Katzenberg-owned studio.

For distributor Fox, who inked a five-year distribution deal with DreamWorks Animation last year, The Croods is poised to become a massive success. The film opened in the same range as 2012’s Ice Age: Continental Drift ($46.7 million) and higher than the studio’s 2011 release, Rio, which began its flight with $39.2 million.

With an “A” CinemaScore and Easter/Spring Break ahead for many young school-goers — plus the fact that there are literally no family or animated films hitting theaters until Epic on May 24 — The Croods could evolve into a box office mammoth. A $200 million domestic finish wouldn’t surprise me one bit. Internationally, The Croods proved equally appealing, bowing with $63.3 million for a sizzling $108 million global total after its first three days. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Croods' cruises to No. 1 on Friday with $11.6 million; 'Admission' rejected

Fox’s $135 million family film The Croods climbed out of its cave and straight to No. 1 at the box office on Friday, taking in $11.6 million in its first 24 hours. The colorful comedy, which was produced by DreamWorks Animation (whose last film, Rise of the Guardians, forced the company to take an $87 million write-down), will benefit from strong Saturday showings and Sunday matinees with parents and children, and it should finish the weekend with a rock-solid $42 million.

In second, FilmDistrict’s White House thriller Olympus Has Fallen broke out with a strong $10 million and is headed for a $28 million weekend — a better start than February’s A Good Day to Die Hard, which took in $24.8 million in its first weekend. The action film, which stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman, cost Millennium Films $70 million to produce. READ FULL STORY

Here's why you should see 'Spring Breakers' this weekend: It's the most outrageous movie of the year, and James Franco is genius in it

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

Box office preview: 'The Croods' will oust 'Oz' from top spot

Oz has reigned atop the box office for two weeks, but Fox’s family flick The Croods is ready to club the Disney tentpole out of the pole position this weekend.

Two other new releases, the White House thriller Olympus Has Fallen and the Tina Fey/Paul Rudd comedy Admission, should also make notable debuts, as will Harmony Korine’s “Disney Channel starlets gone bad” film Spring Breakers, which is expanding from three theaters to over 1,000 locations.

Here’s how the box office may shake out:

1. The Croods – $40 million
The caveman comedy will be the first film distributed under the new five-year DreamWorks Animation/Fox deal. From 2006 to 2012, DreamWorks Animation had its films distributed by Paramount. Both companies took a big hit last year with Rise of the Guardians, which forced DreamWorks Animation to take an $87 million writedown. The Croods should fare much better. It’s more colorful, more comedic, and facing less competition for families than Rise was in November. Fox has marketed the film, which cost about $135 million, aggressively, and the distributor has a proven formula for success — they launched Rio to $39.2 million in spring 2011. Out in a massive 4,046 theaters, The Croods could earn $40 million over its first three days.

2. Oz The Great and Powerful – $22 million
The $215 million production, which has already earned $153 million domestically, would fall more sharply against The Croods if it played exclusively to families. Thankfully, Oz is hitting with more than just parents and kids. As it stands, the film may drop by nearly 50 percent to $22 million, giving it a $178 million total.

3. Olympus Has Fallen – $21 million
FilmDistrict will distribute Millennium Entertainment’s $70 million White House thriller, which stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, and Aaron Eckhart in 3,098 theaters. Olympus is entering a market that has been especially unkind to male-driven action in recent months, but its buzz seems to have built nonetheless. Seeing the White House in danger is a popular novelty — a second White House action movie, White House Down, will hit theaters this summer — and Olympus‘ strong advertising images will bring in men over the age of 18, with whom the R-rated film has been tracking well. Plus, Morgan Freeman!  All told, expect about $21 million over the weekend.

4. Admission – $9 million
Everyone likes Tina Fey. And everyone likes Paul Rudd. But people like them because they make them laugh — something that ads for Admission, Focus Features’ $13 million college admission comedy, have failed to do. Fey’s fans like her because she’s sharp, not sweet, so they may skip this one. And the weak performances of How Do You Know, Wanderlust, and Our Idiot Brother suggest that Rudd is a bigger draw in male-targeting comedies than female-friendly relationship tales. Focus is releasing Admission in 2,160 theaters, where it may only make about $9 million.

5. The Call – $8.5 million
The Halle Berry thriller dialed up a successful debut weekend, but with mediocre buzz and loads of new competition, there’s no reason it should hold especially well. The Call may dip 50 percent to $8.5 million, which would give it nearly $31 million total. Not half bad considering the TriStar-released film cost only $15 million to produce.

Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers has a shot at breaking into the Top 5, if it isn’t too weird for mainstream America. The film earned $263,000 from three theaters last weekend, encouraging distributor A24 to push it into 1,104 locations this time around. Spring Breakers has garnered massive publicity from the casting of Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, two Disney starlets eager to shed their good-girl images. Still, that doesn’t always translate into box office numbers, and Breakers is an off-center film that may struggle to connect with audiences. Curiosity may help pull in about $6 million for the weekend.

Check back to EW all weekend to see how all these films end up doing!

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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

SXSW: Harmony Korine talks 'Spring Breakers' sex and violence, cast covers Britney -- VIDEO

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.


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