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4 July 2013

Baby Hit Me One More Time - Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers To Get August Home Release

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Prepare to have your senses well and truly assaulted by the coolest film of the year and uncover a tale of deranged, crazed, sexy college teens on the road to hedonism and self discovery.  Spring Breakers is released on 2 Disc Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD with Ultraviolet on 12 August 2013, and becomes available for Digital Download from 29 July 2013 from Universal Pictures (UK).  The Special Edition Blu-ray will contain an additional bonus DVD disc loaded with fantastic special features including deleted scenes, outtakes and an exclusive ‘making of’ documentary.

Starring Disney graduates Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place) and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Rachel Korine (Mister Lonely), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) and Oscar® nominee James Franco (127 Hours) as you’ve never seen them before in a take on the American college tradition of Spring Break that has to be seen to be believed. Directed byHarmony Korine (KidsGummoin his uniquely metaphorical and symbolic style, Spring Breakers shatters our expectations and shows us a bizarre underworld where nobody can look away, all set against a scorching soundtrack including original music bySkrillex, Cliff Martinez and Gucci Mane.

Brit, Candy, Cotty and Faith have been best friends since grade school, trying to save enough money for Spring Break. Still short of cash, three of them hold up a restaurant using toy guns in order to get to Florida for two weeks of fun.  After a few days of partying, the girls get arrested during a police raid and land up in jail.  Bailed out by local drug dealer Alien (Franco), they soon find themselves in over their heads when their mentor introduces them to the wonders of an addictively dangerous Spring Breakthey will never forget.

If you follow The People's Movies and cinehouse you'll know opinion was divided. Here at The People's Movies it's rated one of the worst films in 2013 (0.5/5 rating) however over at Cinehouse 4 star review it was a more enjoyable experience. Whatever your views on the film Spring breakers is one of those films which will become a cult classic for the right or wrong reasons making the purchase of the film even more worthwhile.

Edgy, hilarious and outrageous, immerse yourself in an intoxicating world when instant cult classic Spring Breakers is released on2 Disc Special Edition Blu-ray, and DVD with Ultraviolet on 12 August 2013, and becomes available for Digital Downloadfrom 29 July 2013.


  • ‘Making of’ feature (26 mins)

  • Feature commentary with writer / director Harmony Korine

  • Four featurettes:

    • Behind the scenes
    • Harmony Korine
    • AVPs
    • The Girls

  • Theatrical trailer

    • ·         Breaking it Down: Behind Spring Breakers (21 mins 46 secs)
    • ·         Deleted scenes (1 min)
    • ·         Outtakes (7 mins 20 secs)
    • ·         Harmony’s Ear Candy Featurette (7 mins 20 secs)

    Pre-Order / Buy Spring Breakers on[Blu-ray] / [DVD]

    23 May 2013

    Pace To Present James Franco's First UK Art Exhibition

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    The artists first collaborated on Rebel, an exhibition presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2012. In Rebel, Franco acted as a producer for Gordon, while in this exhibition Gordon has acted as a curator and teacher for Franco.
    He's turning into a bit of a renaissance man Hollywood actor James Franco will be showing off his multimedia skills when Pace Gallery in London exhibits the actor's latest multimedia installation  Psycho Nacirema. Curated by Scottish artist Douglas Gordon this June  until  August will be on view to general public, the actor's first major exhibition in the UK

    Psycho Nacirema presents a mise-en-scène of director Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller Psycho, remodelling the infamous Bates Motel where the intrigue of the film takes place, intertwined with the 1920’s Arbuckle scandal.

    In Psycho Nacirema, James Franco uses the motel structure as both a physical and literal framework,
    reinterpreting iconic scenes from the original film through evocative details such as the motel neon signage or the infamous shower room where the film character Marion Crane, is murdered.One of Gordon’s most well-known works is 24 Hour Psycho (1993), a projection of Alfred Hitchcock’s famous film slowed down to last an entire day which also sparked inspiration for the exhibition

    Franco’s installations heighten the psychological entrapment set out by Hitchcock, beckoning the audience to become a participating character within the plot. Split Marion, 2013 a diptych mirror installation, prompts the viewer to join the artist to gaze and be gazed upon, projecting themselves as the characters of Marion Crane and Norman Bates. Compelled to identify with them, the audience is forced to recognise their own neurosis and psychological inadequacies generated by the silver-screen.

    Psycho Nacirema makes numerous trans-historical juxtapositions. Principally using Hitchcock’s film as a starting reference, Franco twists it together with the real-life scandal of Fatty Arbuckle, the Hollywood star and first one-million-dollar paid actor charged with the death of the American model and silent film actress Virginia Rappe in September 1921. The Arbuckle case was filled with murky evidence and media speculations which shed a harsh light on the cinema industry.

    Franco’s fascination with the subject leads to the final room of the exhibition. A four-way projected film which shows the re-enactment of the scenario that supposedly took place in Room 1219 where Arbuckle was found with Rappe who was mysteriously injured and distressed. Marrying the Psycho thriller with the Arbuckle scandal, the exhibition performs interplay of reality with fiction, compelling the viewers to address how cinema is entrenched in the modern collective consciousness.

    Film is the medium that employs all art forms, but it is contained within the screen. We take this multi-form idea and pull it through the screen, so that the different forms are once again fully dimensional and a new nexus of interaction and significance is created. In this show, we go back to the original locations and images of Psycho and alter them so that once again the viewer's relationship with the material changes. One becomes an actor when interacting with this work. Film becomes raw material and is sculpted into new work.James Franco, May 2013.

    Psycho Nacirema will be accompanied by a catalogue that features a discussion between both artists and Russell Ferguson, Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programmes and Chief Curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

    Psycho Nacirema will be on view at Pace London, 6-10 Lexington Street, from 6 June to 3 August.

    More information on the event can be found here at

    All Images from Psycho Nacirema © 2013, James Franco, courtesy Pace Gallery

    4 April 2013

    James Franco: A Career In Pictures (Spring Breakers)

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    James Franco is best known for being a jack of all trades. The California native is an award-winning actor and filmmaker, a college professor as well as an avid student, a prolific academic and mathematician, a serious painter and Huffington Post blogger, a published author and poet; the list goes on and on.

    Franco dropped out of college to pursue his acting career, eventually landing one of the lead roles in the short-lived television series Freaks and Geeks, starring alongside future stars Jason Segel and Seth Rogen. Since then, Franco has grown into an accomplished professional. His intense dedication and seemingly unstoppable drive has pushed him further and further with every new project he undertakes. In honour of the UK release of his latest movie, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, here is a look back of some of the most memorable roles of his film career yet.

    James Dean (2001) – James Dean


    Playing the title character in this biopic about the legendary actor, James Franco immersed himself completely into the complex role, going from being a non-smoker to smoking two packs a day. He also learned how to ride a motorcycle and play the guitar and bongos. He received a Golden Globe for his performance as well as nominations for an Emmy and an SAG Award.

    Spider-Man (2002) – Harry Osborne


    Franco received worldwide fame and recognition with his role as Harry Osborne, the son of villain Green Goblin and best friend to Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man. The film was a commercial and critical success that would later lead him to reprise his role in the second and third instalments of the superhero franchise in 2004 and 2007, respectively.

    Pineapple Express (2008) – Saul Silver


    Co-starring alongside former Freaks and Geeks alum Seth Rogen, Franco plays lazy pot dealer Saul Silver who winds up on the run from hitmen after being implicated with a dropped bag of weed at the scene of a crime. His performance earned him another Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, praised for his ability to transform a simple role into a three-dimensional character.

    Milk (2008) – Scott Smith


    Franco starred opposite Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and Emile Hirsch in this powerful drama about Harvey Milk’s life and career. Playing Scott Smith, the boyfriend of Penn’s Milk, Franco further proved his versatile skill as an actor who could take on virtually any role. He won the Independent Spirit Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor for his performance.

    127 Hours (2010) – Aron Ralston


    Under the direction of Academy-Award winning director Danny Boyle, Franco gives a chilling performance as he portrays real life mountain-climber Aron Ralston as he tries to free his hand after it becomes trapped under a boulder in a ravine. His most well-received movie, Franco earned a Golden Globe, SAG Award, and Academy Award nomination for Best Actor as well as winning an Independent Spirit Award.

    Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) – Oz


    Franco takes the lead again in the latest delve into L. Baum’s world of Oz. Playing a small-time magician with dubious ethics who gets swept away into a fantasy land by a familiar tornado, he stars alongside the three witches portrayed by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams. Bringing a fresh take to a classic story, Franco gives his character just the right combination of arrogance and charisma that provides an interesting background to the original character.

    Spring Breakers (2013) – Alien


    Starring alongside Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine, Franco takes on the role of Alien in Harmony Korine’s latest film Spring Breakers. Completely embracing the ganster-with-a-heart-of-gold persona, Franco shines in the role as he takes the four college girls under his wing of drugs and guns, promising them a spring break none of them will ever forget.

    Spring Breakers hits UK cinemas Today, Friday 5th April.

    26 February 2013

    UK Trailer, TV Spots And Featurette For Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers

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    If there's one perfect way to lose your squeaky Clean Disney image star in Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers will do the trick. Skimpy, sexualised, drug fuelled, all out batshit crazy, Don't knock the hustle and watch Spring Breakers UK Trailer.

    Spring Breakers  stars Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine 4 college girl friends  who'll do anything to extended their Spring Break. After been arrested the girls get their wish when they encounter  Alien (James Franco)a local drug dealer who bails them out of trouble. The new trailer does provide some new snippets as do the 2 TV Spots and featurettes giving us a  a good sense of the debauchery that curtails in the film along with an interesting look at the making of it too.

    Spring Breakers is a coming of age story for its one time Disney stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens even Ashley Benson from her Nickelodeon days. These girls are certainly grown up now they want to party if you love those programmes that follow holiday reps in clubbing hotspots around Mediterranean tenfold that throw in some guns , James Franco been gangsta you'll have an idea what you can expect when this one arrives. Spring Breakers is certainly going to keep cinephiles talking, some walking out of screens, others loving the controversial film when  last week the film made it's UK premier at Glasgow Film Festival. If you where eagled eyed following my Tweets when I shared my after thoughts and all I say is I described the film as 'Like been locked in a room forced to watch Jack & Jill on a 24 hour loop....painful'. In the film's defence the demographic of the film the visual feel the score will go down a treat.

    You can read my  Spring Breakers review closer to the film's UK release on 5th April, USA 22nd March (limited release) 29 March (full release).
    Brit, Candy, Cotty, and Faith have been best friends since grade school. They live together in a boring college dorm and are hungry for adventure. All they have to do is save enough money for spring break to get their shot at having some real fun. A serendipitous encounter with rapper “Alien” promises to provide the girls with all the thrill and excitement they could hope for. With the encouragement of their new friend, it soon becomes unclear how far the girls are willing to go to experience a spring break they will never forget.


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