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Beauty vs Beast: Girls Gone Wildin'

Happy Monday to one and all, Jason from Mnpp here with this week's brand new edition of "Beauty vs Beast" -- enfant terrible provocateur Harmoney Korine is tossing another neon grenade our way this forthcoming Friday with his film The Beach Bum (reviewed at SXSW), twisting our sexual stoner preconceptions of Matthew McConaughey to suit his perverse needs. So for this week's contest, with Britney's voice still warbling in our heads, let's toss it back seven years to Korine's last much celebrated ode to the wacky Florida lifestyle, Spring Breakers.

In one corner we've got our four bikini kill co-eds and everywhere else we've got the drug-dealing pistol-fellating Alien (James Franco), owner of shit.

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Previously I figured last week's Eternal Sunshine contest wouldn't be close but it really, really, wasn't close -- Kirsten Dunst walked away with 92% of the vote over Elijah Wood's mega-creep; said Fitz:

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Watch: Matthew McConaughey Stars in Groovy New ‘The Beach Bum’ Trailer

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Watch: Matthew McConaughey Stars in Groovy New ‘The Beach Bum’ Trailer
Matthew McConaughey takes on new levels of drug use in the latest trailer for “The Beach Bum.”

True to the film’s title, the trailer opens on a trashy beach town stage where McConaughey’s character Moondog is waiting to accept some sort of musical award.

“Before I accept whatever award it is they’re giving me today, I want to start off with a little poetic foreplay,” he says to a crowd of waiting beachgoers. “One day I will swallow the world, and when I do I hope you all perish violently.”

A neon montage of drug use and drunken antics is next, highlighting Moondog’s poor decision making alongside the film’s high-profile cast. In between clips of coke lines and weed trees, Moondog plays golf with Jonah Hill, kisses Isla Fisher, and wanders the streets at night with Zac Efron. Also rounding out the cast is the hip-hop sensation himself,
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The 20 Best Crime Films of the 21st Century, From ‘Memento’ to ‘Zodiac’

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The 20 Best Crime Films of the 21st Century, From ‘Memento’ to ‘Zodiac’
No genre illustrates the evolution of cinema better than the crime film. As recently as the ’90s, Hollywood regularly released stories of cops-and-robber showdowns and mystery-thrillers based on best-selling novels — but as the middle class continues to disappear from Hollywood films, smart crime stories moved to television (see: “The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Night Of,” et. al.).

Outside the studios, there is a longstanding tradition – from the B-movies to the Coen brothers – of new directors showcasing their filmmaking chops with dark, stylish, and intense crime sagas. A surge of new filmmakers in the ’90s brought fresh interpretations to the genre, from the pastiche of “Reservoir Dogs” to the unnerving realism in “Boyz n the Hood.”

Read MoreThe 50 Best Films of the ’90s, From ‘Pulp Fiction’ to ‘Groundhog Day

These days, many of the best contemporary directors — including Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Mann, the Coens, Park Chan-wook and Spike Lee – still love the genre,
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Spring Breakers TV show in development

Harmony Korine’s 2012 feature Spring Breakers is heading to the small screen thanks to the upcoming digital platform Blackpills, who have tapped the movie’s producers Chris Hanley and Fernando Sulichin to develop a scripted series for the new streaming service.

“Muse has always been a pioneer in detecting new young talents, so they perfectly complement our vision at Blackpills,” said Blackpills co-founder Patrick Holzman. “We want to engage new audiences by releasing Spring Breakers in an unconventional digital format beyond one typical for movies. Muse’s passion for new progressive formats excites us and marks the start of a long partnership.”

Korine will not be involved with the project, not will any of the film’s cast, which included Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine and James Franco.
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‘Spring Breakers’ Will Be Turned into Digital Series

Spring break forever, indeed. After James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine took us on a vacation like no other in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers a few years back, the adventure will continue. Plans have been announced for a new project based on the 2013 hit, but it will be taking a different format than a big-screen follow-up.

Deadline reports that the original film’s producers Chris Hanley and Fernando Sulichin will be creating a digital series based off the film, but Korine — who is kicking off production this summer on The Beach Bum starring Matthew McConaughey — will not be involved. The series, one of four scripted shows coming to the soon-to-be-launched Blackpills, is currently in its casting stages, which we imagine will feature an all-new ensemble.

“Muse has always been a pioneer in detecting new young talents, so they perfectly complement our vision at Blackpills,
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Digital series based on Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers' in the works

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Digital series based on Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers' in the works
Show commissioned by new online platform Blackpills.

A digital series based on Harmony Korine’s cult film Spring Breakers has been announced.

Blackpills, a digital streaming platform that is launching this year, has commissioned the series from the film’s producers Chris Hanley and Fernando Sulichin. Harmony Korine will not be involved.

Hanley’s Muse Productions will produce the series. Blackpills co-founder Patrick Holzman said they plan to release Spring Breakers in “an unconventional digital format”.

Plot details are under wraps, with casting in the works.

Other Blackpills projects that have been announced include Tycoon, a thriller series from Louis Leterrier, and Killer’s School, a mobile-native series written by Luc Besson.

Blackpills was founded by Holzman, previously of Canal+ and AlloCiné, and Deezer co-founder Daniel Marhely.

The original Spring Breakers starred Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Korine as hedonistic millennials who befriend a drug dealer played by James Franco during spring break.

The
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Harmony Korine’s ‘Spring Breakers’ Being Turned Into Digital Television Series

Harmony Korine’s ‘Spring Breakers’ Being Turned Into Digital Television Series
The reckless debauchery of Harmony Korine’s contemporary cult classic “Spring Breakers” is coming to television. Deadline reports that Blackpills, a digital streaming platform that is expected to launch this year, has ordered a “Spring Breakers” digital TV series from the original film’s producers Chris Hanley and Fernando Sulichin. The adaptation is one of four scripted shows the producing duo is setting up at Blackpills. Korine won’t be involved.

Read More: Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the ‘Spring Breakers 2’ Scandal — So Far

Spring Breakers” became an instant cult classic when it was released by A24 in March 2013. The film gained attention for casting tween icons Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens in a more provocative light, but it cemented its status as a critical favorite after reviews found much to admire in Korine’s takedown of hedonistic millennial culture. James Franco earned rave reviews
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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 8, 2016)

Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 8, 2016)
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 8. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Director: Jake Szymanski

Cast: Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Zac Efron

Synopsis: Two brothers place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.

The Secret Life of Pets

Director: Chris Renaud,
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James Franco’s Movie Column: Civil War Meets Mumblecore in ‘Men Go To Battle’

James Franco’s Movie Column: Civil War Meets Mumblecore in ‘Men Go To Battle’
James + Semaj is a column where James Franco talks to his reverse self, Semaj, about new films. Rather than a conventional review, it is place where James and Semaj can muse about ideas that the films provoke. James loves going to the movies and talking about them. But a one-sided take on a movie, in print, might be misconstrued as a review. As someone in the industry it could be detrimental to James’s career if he were to review his peers, because unlike the book industry—where writers review other writer’s books—the film industry is highly collaborative, and a bad review of a peer could create problems. So, assume that James (and Semaj) love all these films. What they’re interested in talking about is all the ways the films inspire them, and make them think. James is me, and Semaj is the other side of me.
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‘Men Go To Battle’: How To Shoot a Period Piece Indie

‘Men Go To Battle’: How To Shoot a Period Piece Indie
Editor’s Note: “Men Go To Battle” is not your normal micro-budget independent film. The story of two Kentucky brothers set against the backdrop of Civil War is a perfect example of how resourceful low budget filmmakers can be, as director Zachary Treitz and his small band of collaborators creates a vibrant and credible-looking period drama. The film is much more than an inventive recreation of period, it is also an exercise in taking a modern approach to story and filmmaking to cut through the layers of historical embellishment to make a direct and intimate film that is as relatable as any set in 2016.

In the first of a series of articles about the film, cinematographer Brett Jutkiewicz talks about how he approached shooting “Men” and how he tackled the challenge of shooting in the low light, pre-electricity world of 1861.

Read More: How To Make a Period-Set Feature Film For
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Watch: Official Trailer for Indie Civil War Drama 'Men Go to Battle'

"This war might last longer than me..." Film Movement has debuted a trailer for the indie drama Men Go to Battle, about the story of two brothers during the American Civil War. This is kind of the opposite of Free State of Jones, another Civil War movie due this year, with more of a mumblecore vibe and it even has a darkly comedic side - though that's hard to tell. The cast includes Timothy Morton, Charlotte Arnold, Steve Coulter, Samantha Jacober, Rachel Korine, David Maloney, Emily Cass McDonnell. The film follows two brothers trying to keep their crumbling estate together outside a Kentucky town. Have fun. Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Zachary Treitz's Men Go to Battle, from YouTube (via Tfs): Official synopsis: Kentucky, 1861. Francis and Henry Mellon depend on each other to keep their unkempt estate afloat as winter encroaches. After Francis takes a casual fight too far,
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Trailer Watch: Zachary Treitz and Kate Lyn Sheil’s Independent Civil War Drama, Men Go to Battle

Written by Zachary Treitz and Kate Lyn Sheil, and directed by Treitz, Men Go to Battle is an ambitious independent historical drama that tells the story of two quarreling brothers whose back-and-forth are interrupted by the Civil War. Here’s how the filmmakers synopsize the film, which stars Tim Morton, David Maloney and, from Spring Breakers, Rachel Korine: While most Americans predict that the Civil War will end by Christmas, Henry (Tim Morton) and Francis Mellon (David Maloney) are more concerned about braving another winter on their struggling rural Kentucky farm. The brothers have become suffocatingly close. Francis’ practical jokes become […]
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‘Men Go to Battle’ in First Trailer For Acclaimed Civil War Drama

If Matthew McConaughey‘s Civil War drama Free State of Jones (or even Civil War) aren’t your cup of tea this summer, we can recommend a more grounded experience from the era with Men Go to Battle. The directorial debut from Zachary Trietz follows two brothers who find themselves facing an approaching war. Premiering back at Tribeca Film Festival last year, it’ll now get a release this summer and the first trailer has landed.

We said in our review, “Mumblecore and the period drama have (somehow) come together, and the result is far better than people who are generally allergic to the subgenre may expect. On a minuscule budget, writer-director Zachary Treitz and his crew have laid out a fully realized recreation of the South during the American Civil War — and it’s more than convincing recreations of an era’s aesthetic. Where many historical films are concerned
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Exclusive: First Poster For Indie ‘Men Go To Battle’ Starring Tim Morton And Kate Lyn Sheil

There’s always a discovery to be found in every Tribeca Film Festival line-up and one of the indies that broke out last year was “Men Go To Battle.” The directorial debut of Zachary Treitz, “Men Go To Battle” is a micro-budgeted Civil War era film that stars Tim Morton, David Maloney, Rachel Korine, Steve Coulter and Kate Lyn Sheil (“House Of Cards,” the upcoming “The Girlfriend Experience”) who co-wrote the movie with its director. The indie centers on two brothers struggling to hold their crumbling estate together outside a small Kentucky town in the fall of 1861. Here’s the official synopsis: Most Americans predict that the Civil War will end by Christmas, but Henry (Tim Morton) and Francis Mellon (David Maloney) couldn't care less. Bracing for another winter on their struggling farm in rural Kentucky, the brothers have become suffocatingly close. Francis' practical jokes become more and more aggressive
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The Knick: Season Two Ratings

Though the first season of The Knick attracted some very positive reviews, the series drew very low ratings. Cinemax brought it back for a second season anyway. Will the numbers go up this time around? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a third season? Stay tuned.

The second season of The Knick continues to follow the troubled professional and personal life of Dr. John W. Thackery (Clive Owen), a physician who works at the Knickerbocker Hospital in New York in the early 1900s. The rest of the cast includes Andre Holland, Jeremy Bobb, Juliet Rylance, Eve Hewson, Michael Angarano, Chris Sullivan, Cara Seymour, Eric Johnson, David Fierro, Maya Kazan, Leon Addison Brown, Grainger Hines, Zaraah Abrahams, Charles Aitken, Latonya Borsay, Rachel Korine, Tom Lipinski, and Michael Nathanson.

Below are the show's TV ratings, typically the best way to tell if the series will
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AFI Fest 2015: Mediterranea, James White & Krisha Among New Auteurs and American Independents Films Lineup

A pair of sections that we’ve been covering almost since its inception, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced their selections for the New Auteurs and American Independents line-ups and we’ve got a noteworthy, eyebrow-raising sampling of award-winning items from the Cannes played hellish immigration drama Mediterranea from Jonas Carpignano to Sundance (Josh Mond’s James White) to SXSW (Trey Edward ShultsKrisha) winners. Since Park City days, our Nicholas Bell has reviewed a good chunk of these titles, but we’ll still likely have a couple of more reviews once the festival begins. Here are the selections and jury members.

New Auteurs Selections (11 Titles)

From Afar – When a middle-aged man is assaulted and robbed by a young criminal, an unlikely relationship develops. Dir Lorenzo Vigas. Scr Lorenzo Vigas. Cast Alfredo Castro and Luis Silva. Venezuela/Mexico. U.S. Premiere

DisorderMatthias Schoenaerts plays an ex-soldier who becomes locked
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Film Movement picks up ‘Men Go To Battle’

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The distributor has acquired all North American rights to Zachary Treitz’s debut feature and Tribeca 2015 selection.

The 19th century, Kentucky-set Men Go To Battle is styled as a darkly comedic but historically accurate look at two brothers whose escalating pranks are interrupted by the Civil War.

Treitz co-wrote the screenplay with Kate Lyn Sheil. Steven Schardt produced the film, which earned Treitz the best new narrative director prize at the New York festival earlier this year.

Tim Morton, David Maloney and Rachel Korine star.

Film Movement president Michael Rosenberg brokered the dal with Matt Burke, Ben Braun and Josh Braun of Submarine
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Selena Gomez Starting to Chain Smoke Cigarettes, Alarming Friends

Selena Gomez has picked up more than one nasty habit since she began dating Justin Bieber. She’s turned into more than a casual cigarette smoker, alarming some of her friends, who fear she’s becoming a chain-smoker like Lindsay Lohan. Her role called for her to smoke in the 2013 bikini romp “Spring Breakers.” She played a bad-ass college kid along with Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Korine. ...Read More
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Imogen Poots, Riley Keough and Dianna Agron to Go ‘Bare’

Natalia Leite has recruited Imogen Poots, Riley Keough and Dianna Agron for the cast of her feature directorial debut, “Bare,” which starts shooting this week in New Mexico. “Bare” centers on “a young girl living in Nevada who starts a complicated relationship with a female drifter who introduces her to a darker world and forces her to grow.” Also set to star Chris Zylka, Paz de la Huerta and Rachel Korine, “Bare” will be produced by Alexandra Roxo, Chad Burris, and Christopher J. Scott. Mateo Frazier will serve as associate producer. Poots, whose busy year has included films like “A [...]

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James Franco So Livid Over ‘Spring Breakers’ Sequel He’s ‘Florid’ By It

James Franco is so mad about a proposed sequel to his coming-of-age flick “Spring Breakers,” he’s florid about it. He denounced the movie’s raison d’être (ooo la la, French) and called it a “poison ship.” It seems a little pretentious to think the 2012 movie, written and directed by Harmony Korine, is worthy of a raison d’être. It was basically beach party bingo on steroids. Co-stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine spendt most of their time in tiny bikinis. ...Read More
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