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Disney starlets join James Franco for new Harmony Korine film

Nov. 2, 2011by:
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Selena Gomez is best known for her squeaky clean Disney-fied image and lately as the arm candy for another teen idol Justin Bieber. Vanessa Hudgens cut her teeth as the star of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" and other Disney TV shows. But both actors are leaving all that behind to team with the man who made gas huffing, cat drownings and humping trash cans part of his oeuvre, Harmony Korine.

Gomez and Hudgens have somewhat inexplicably agreed to star in SPRING BREAKERS, Korine's latest project, which has James Franco set to star in a supporting role. Gomez, Hudgens and Emma Roberts would star as a group of girls who take to a spree of robberies to fund a trip to Florida for spring break. Things go wrong when they're locked up in jail and the drug dealer who bails them out (Franco) forces them to kill an arch-rival as payback.

So why exactly would the three actresses who have a healthy teen fanbase work with Korine? That's a good question. Frankly I'm embarrassed that any of them had to watch one of his previous movies (or maybe they haven't and that explains the pairing). I'm guessing Franco, who's own avant-garde art obsessions seem right up Korine's alley, was enough to convince them.

To say I'm not a particular fan of Korine's work is to put it lightly. GUMMO is, perhaps, one of the worst movies I've ever seen, rivaled closely by JULIEN DONKEY-BOY. His last attempt at making a narrative movie with a respectable budget was MISTER LONELY, an experience so unpleasant for the director, he made TRASH HUMPERS, perhaps his magnum opus of horrible.

But OK - good for these girls for trying something new. MONTE CARLO and SUCKER PUNCH and SCREAM 4 certainly didn't light the world ablaze so why not spread your wings. It worked for Anne Hathaway, who appeared nude in HAVOC, a mostly forgettable film whose only purpose was to remind audiences she wasn't just a Disney princess.

Source: Variety

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6:11PM on 11/05/2012

cant wait!

i am so excited to see Selena Gomez in a more adult role outside of the Disney genre. She's so gorg!
i am so excited to see Selena Gomez in a more adult role outside of the Disney genre. She's so gorg!
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6:03PM on 11/05/2012

cant wait!

i am so excited to see Selena Gomez in a more adult role outside of the Disney genre. She's so gorg!
i am so excited to see Selena Gomez in a more adult role outside of the Disney genre. She's so gorg!
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12:47PM on 11/02/2011

korine fan

Despite being generally a fan of Korine I'll refrain from a lengthy tirade. But good for these chicks.
Having worked on both experimental movies and budgeted Hollywood productions, I bet they're going to have a lot more fun making this Korine movie, than the movies they've been making.
Alos maybe they have realized that the majority of what Hollywood puts out is trash that is lucky if it turns out to be entertaining trash (FYI I am a fan of entertaining Hollywood trash as well as a Korine
Despite being generally a fan of Korine I'll refrain from a lengthy tirade. But good for these chicks.
Having worked on both experimental movies and budgeted Hollywood productions, I bet they're going to have a lot more fun making this Korine movie, than the movies they've been making.
Alos maybe they have realized that the majority of what Hollywood puts out is trash that is lucky if it turns out to be entertaining trash (FYI I am a fan of entertaining Hollywood trash as well as a Korine fan).
Regardless, I'm looking forward to the flick.
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12:42PM on 11/02/2011
I gotta say I'm intrigued, though I have never seen (and, for all I know, maybe never will see) a Harmony Korine movie. I have heard of a couple of those, though.
I gotta say I'm intrigued, though I have never seen (and, for all I know, maybe never will see) a Harmony Korine movie. I have heard of a couple of those, though.
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12:21PM on 11/02/2011
Good for them for moving to more adult roles, at least I'll assume this is not a light hearted romp ala "sugar and spice", but I am curious what if anything this will do to their relationship w/ disney
Good for them for moving to more adult roles, at least I'll assume this is not a light hearted romp ala "sugar and spice", but I am curious what if anything this will do to their relationship w/ disney
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12:48PM on 11/02/2011
I think its a stretch to presume a Korine movie is going to offer 'adult' roles. I enjoy his movies, but they're generally pretty juvenile.
I think its a stretch to presume a Korine movie is going to offer 'adult' roles. I enjoy his movies, but they're generally pretty juvenile.
1:43PM on 11/02/2011
Haha, I guess thats true, but adult in the sense that probably not G rated
Haha, I guess thats true, but adult in the sense that probably not G rated
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