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June 20, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Forget the director's cut. Here comes “Spring Breakers: The Remix. " In March, the $5-million artsploitation film rippled across the cultural consciousness, spreading across social media on a viral tide of mini upturned thumbs . Starring James Franco, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens in career-defining roles, the sexy crime romp became one of the rare art house cinema offerings to cross over into the mainstream on a blaze of neon-hued bikinis....
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April 12, 2014 | By August Brown
Toward the end of the Knife's Friday night set on the Outdoor Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, a couple of shirtless bronzed bros wandered over from across the field, pulled by the siren song of an electronic house-music beat. They probably expected an outpost of the rave-centric Sahara Tent (where, it seems, most fans are spending their days). From a distance, the Swedish electronica duo's take on their 2006 song "Silent Shout" did sort of sound like it belonged in the heaving maw of the dance tent.  The bros began their species' natural fist-pumping, and crept closer to the stage.
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May 14, 2010 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Underground cinema imp Harmony Korine's latest freaky dispatch from America's rancid subculture is "Trash Humpers," a gnarly bleat about a tightly knit gang of elderly street denizens, whose recorded antics — vandalism, peeping, dragging baby dolls around on bikes and, yes, violating garbage bins — are presented as a "found" videotaped artifact of secret misfithood. (The cast is Korine and company in extra-wrinkly old-age makeup.) Stripped of the forced sentimentality that jarred as much as the outré imagery did in his previous films (which include "Gummo" and "Julien Donkey-Boy")
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April 4, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The late-night circuit is usually a well-oiled Hollywood hype machine through which movie stars and hot-shot directors can safely plug their latest films. Every once in a while, though, things go off the rails, a phenomenon that seems to happen with a bit more frequency on Letterman, whose arched detachment can allow those moments to play out in all their awkward glory. In honor of the "Late Show" host's announcement that he plans to retire in 2015 , here are five of the most memorable movie guests to grace Letterman's couch.
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April 30, 2008 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
Harmony Korine burst onto the independent film scene in the late '90s as the twentysomething enfant terrible who wrote the screenplay to the controversial "Kids" and went on to direct the purposefully modulated provocations "Gummo" and "Julien Donkey-Boy." Then he seemed to vanish into a cloud of drug rumors, transient living and alleged projects. It was as if he had come to destroy cinema, and in the process nearly killed himself.
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July 6, 2013 | By Noel Murray
The Gatekeepers Sony Blu-ray, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Dror Moreh's innovative, comprehensive documentary was nominated for an Academy Award this past year and deservedly so. To tell the story of Israel's security agency Shin Bet, Moreh gets rare interviews with six of its former heads and illustrates them with archival films and dynamic animations of old photographs, illuminating both the violence that...
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October 18, 1999 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the years since Harmony Korine, then 18, wrote the script for Larry Clark's controversial 1995 "Kids," he has directed two films himself, "Gummo" (1997) and "julien donkey-boy," which opened Friday at the Sunset 5. In that time he's been the subject of considerable ink, both as a chronicler of life on the brutal edges of American society and as a put-on artist with the press.
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March 8, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
It remains to be seen whether "Spring Breakers" turns out to be one of the movies of the year, but it is without question a movie of its moment. It has been a source of intense interest since shooting first started around St. Pete Beach in Florida last spring, as images began to surface via paparazzi and social media of young starlets Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson. Seeming to be a part of raunchy spring break shenanigans, they were seen riding scooters, frolicking on the beach and being marched around in bikinis and handcuffs.
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June 14, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK CITY - Sofia Coppola could have easily gone the studio route in choosing a distributor for her new movie, "The Bling Ring. " Instead she chose the upstart company that set loose the viral image of James Franco as a resplendently thugged-out Jesus. The Facebook posting of the actor in his "Spring Breakers" lizard-king persona, surrounded by his bikini-clad costars, director Harmony Korine and rapper Gucci Mane at a "Last Supper"-style banquet table, spread across the web in late March with a tide of 20,000 thumbs-up.
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June 16, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Forget "World War Z. " The true zombie movie this summer is "The Bling Ring. " Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, the film has the quality of a vacant stare, reflecting back a disturbing, unsettling blankness. The story is based on the real-life group of L.A youths who burglarized the homes of celebrities they ostensibly admired - an iconographic coterie that included Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. Seeming to lack a conscience or sense of consequence, the gang grabbed tabloid infamy as a jaundiced apex of contemporary consumer/reality culture.
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December 14, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The line between the real and the surreal is a thin one for James Franco. The actor's persona has become such a carefully cultivated hall of post-postmodern mirrors that it can often be hard to tell what's true and what's a put-on. So naturally, when online award spots started appearing, promoting Franco for his role as a "gangster mystic" in Harmony Korine's outrageous indie hit "Spring Breakers," it was hard to know what to make of it. In fact, one ad plays on this confusion. "Are you being serious?"
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December 8, 2013 | By Susan King
The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. has announced its first wave of winners, with more selections to be announced Sunday afternoon. Lupita Nyong'o received supporting actress honors for "12 Years a Slave," in which she played the abused plantation slave Patsey. Runner-up was June Squibb for "Nebraska. " There was a tie for best supporting actor: James Franco as a rapper/gangster named Alien in "Spring Breakers" and Jared Leto as a transsexual suffering from AIDS in "Dallas Buyers Club.
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October 17, 2013 | By Martin Tsai
A junkie hipster spin on the unreliable-narrator conceit, "Toad Road" is based on an urban legend about a trail dubbed the Seven Gates of Hell behind a former mental institution in York, Pa. Think of it as the CliffsNotes version of Dante Alighieri's "Inferno. " The film starts out with sort of a Harmony Korine homage, in which unsupervised slouches drop acid, forage for magic mushrooms, wrestle each other to the ground and perform stupid human tricks that are unfit for print. RELATED: More movie reviews by The Times When the up-to-no-good James (James Davidson)
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October 1, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- Over a five-decade career, the French fashion designer Agnes B. has engaged in some colorful pursuits. She's opened stores from Asia to Europe, launched perfume and handbag lines and, in recent years, even dabbled in film by forming a producing collaboration with Harmony Korine that yielded "Spring Breakers. " But for all these disparate achievements, Agnes B. (also sometimes known as Agnes Trouble) had never directed a film. And she certainly hadn't directed a film about incest and child runaways.
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September 7, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
With more than 300 movies showing at the Toronto International Film Festival, there is bound to be some overlap. Jesse Eisenberg acts in two films world premiering at the Canadian event, while Mia Wasikowska performs in three screening there. But the multiplicities are especially manifold for their movie "The Double," director Richard Ayoade's examination of the horror of encountering your better self. A loose adaptation of the Fyodor Dostoevsky novella first published in 1846, "The Double" stars Eisenberg in a dual role in a tale of identity, paranoia and the relentless grip of self-loathing.
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September 4, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
James Franco's history with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is an infamous one: During his 2011 Oscar co-hosting stint with Anne Hathaway, the actor's low-key demeanor seemed more appropriate for a backyard barbecue than an entertainment event watched by 40 million people. Now Franco, who was also nominated for an Oscar that year for his performance in "127 Hours," is giving academy members another reason to shake their heads -- an irreverent awards campaign for his raunchy arthouse hit "Spring Breakers.
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September 4, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
James Franco's history with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is an infamous one: During his 2011 Oscar co-hosting stint with Anne Hathaway, the actor's low-key demeanor seemed more appropriate for a backyard barbecue than an entertainment event watched by 40 million people. Now Franco, who was also nominated for an Oscar that year for his performance in "127 Hours," is giving academy members another reason to shake their heads -- an irreverent awards campaign for his raunchy arthouse hit "Spring Breakers.
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October 17, 2013 | By Martin Tsai
A junkie hipster spin on the unreliable-narrator conceit, "Toad Road" is based on an urban legend about a trail dubbed the Seven Gates of Hell behind a former mental institution in York, Pa. Think of it as the CliffsNotes version of Dante Alighieri's "Inferno. " The film starts out with sort of a Harmony Korine homage, in which unsupervised slouches drop acid, forage for magic mushrooms, wrestle each other to the ground and perform stupid human tricks that are unfit for print. RELATED: More movie reviews by The Times When the up-to-no-good James (James Davidson)
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August 21, 2013 | By David Ng
Between his gigs in front of the camera as an actor and increasingly behind the camera as a director, not to mention his writing career and a highly anticipated Comedy Central roast, James Franco will find the time to host a new art-related series for the Ovation cable station. "James Franco Presents," which is scheduled to premiere in November, will follow Franco on his exploration of gallery exhibitions, his personal videos and other pet art projects. "It is an art show that is an art piece, meaning the show has synched with the rhythms of my life and work," said Franco in a release.  Ovation said the series will feature Franco's video diaries -- "thousands of hours from James' personal video library will be showcased" -- as well as footage from his most ambitious art films and interactions with his "heroes" from every artistic genre.
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July 27, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Followers of celebrity gossip have seen a lot of Selena Gomez's driveway over the last few months. Located off a winding residential street in Tarzana, it's where paparazzi have snapped countless pictures of the former Disney Channel star and where her on-again/off-again boyfriend, Justin Bieber, was photographed one night after a reported argument between the two tween idols at a restaurant in Encino. Arriving home first, Gomez apparently locked the gate in the driveway, leading to a widely circulated image with this immortal TMZ caption: "Biebs Denied.
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