Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry, but if you were just to judge by movies, you’d want a vacation from vacations! Spring Breakers opened wide over the weekend, and although millions travel to Florida to party down each March, the whole flick kind of stressed us out.
James Franco is one of the most divisive figures in Hollywood today. Some see him as an uber-handsome multi-faceted actor in the Marlon Brando vein, who has achieved success on both the big budget and the indie film level. Others feel as though he is simply a douche. We see both sides of the argument. His latest movie Spring Breakers opens today, where he plays Alien, a gun toting drug dealer with corn rows. In other words, something of a douche. So in honor of his latest role, we’ve decided to count down our 12 favorite douchey moments from Mr. Franco. We kid because we love. Enjoy!
The cast of Spring Breakers spent most of the shoot in bikinis, but the gals went for glam at their movie premiere in Paris on Monday. Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine all shone on the red carpet, but all in very different styles!
Since set photos were revealed last year, we’ve had ample time to get over the shock of seeing Disney/ABC Family stars Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens (along with fourth star Rachel Korine) traipsing around in bikinis, drinking beer on the street and hanging out with a corn-rowed James Franco. So today, when we finally get to see the full trailer for Spring Breakers, we are nothing but thrilled about this movie’s March 22 release. There are so many things to love: It’s like the second coming of Magic Mike (in that it reminds me why I got the hell out of Central Florida as quickly as possible, and that it’s a lot of hot young things showing skin in Central Florida); it looks both funny and dark; James Franco is appropriately crazy in it, also, Gucci Mane! And we have to say, to the wary parents of college-age kids, we think it might be a good cautionary tale too.
Here are 15 terrible things these ladies do on their wild, restaurant-robbery-funded spring break trip, that we definitely think you kids shouldn’t try at home OR ANYWHERE:
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All sex scenes must be incredibly awkward to shoot. That’s certainly what we’ve gleaned from every Kate Winslet interview from the last three years at any rate. There’s something about having a sex scene with James Franco, however, that seems particularly jarring. Totally awesome, of course, but also deeply jarring. Just ask his Spring Breakers costar Vanessa Hudgens. “It was very nerve-racking for me,” Hudgens said of her first cinematic sex scene. “I told my agent that I never want to do it ever again.” Can’t you just imagine James Franco using a creepy robot voice at the exact wrong moment, or suddenly looking up with tiny plastic dinosaurs Super-glued all over his face? We’re not saying you can’t enjoy that if that’s your thing, but still…James Franco seems like a sex scene loose cannon.
It probably didn’t help that Vanessa’s first foray into onscreen intimacy was part of what we can only imagine is a very seedy threeway involving her, Franco and Pretty Little Liars‘ Ashley Benson. Considering his character’s name is Alien, we’re betting James had his gold grill on the entire time. You’ve seen that Spring Breakers clip of him ranting about t-shirts and vampires! We’re just saying, it’s not like Vanessa had to make faux love in The Notebook 2: Electric Snuggaloo or anything. We won’t know the facts until we see the threesome with our own judgmental eyes! (Which of course we will. Like we wouldn’t go to see this movie!)
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We know it’s selfish, but we hate it when a genius performer feels like he or she has to “spread their wings” and “do something new” with their “craft.” Remember when Robin Williams was in One Hour Photo? We could never watch Bicentennial Man again! Which is why we are so, so glad to see that it’s business as usual for James Franco in his new Spring Breakers clip. “This is my f—ing dream, y’all. All this s—. Look at my s—. I got shorts, every f—ing color. Designer t-shirts. Gold bullets. Motherf—ing vampires,” he mumbles through gold teeth in the teaser. Mothereffing. Vampires. As Franco rants we see a wall of guns, then a wall of hats. Oh, and his character’s name is Alien. It all feels so familiar, like coming home. Coming home to James Franco’s house, where you look over and see a wall of guns, and a wall of hats.
We knew James’ role was going to be beautifully weird based on set photos alone (plus the first Spring Breakers clip was great) but we had no idea we’d get to look forward to “a scene where Franco sings the [Britney] Spears classic ‘Everytime’ while [Vanessa] Hudgens waves a machine gun over her head” in the film. As it should be. As it should be.
Oh, so you thought Spring Breakers was just a movie about neon bikinis, bad dye jobs and scooters? Think again, amigos. It’a also about existential despair. That’s what we’re picking up from the first clip from Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson‘s dark comedy anyway. “I’m so tired of seeing the same thing every single day. Everybody’s miserable here because everybody sees the same things. They wake up in the same bed in the same houses,” Selena intones in the video, as Vanessa, um, faux-shoots herself in the head with her finger gun. And are they in a jail cell? Yikes. This clip real bums us out. It bums us out so much, in fact, that we completely understand why they would follow (let alone speak to) a corn-rowed, Hawaiian shirt-wearing James Franco. In fact, if Party Time James Franco strolled into our cubicle right now, we’d finish our sandwich and go drive his getaway car.
We guess our only question is: is anyone perturbed seeing Gomez get so grim? (Or Pretty Little Liars‘ Benson?)(Or Hudgens, while we’re at it?) “People will be a little shocked, I think. I’m a little nervous about it, but honestly, it’s a right step for me, I’m really proud of it,” Selena told MTV back in June. “I think as an actress it really challenged me. All of the other actresses are also trying to prove themselves, so it was just really, really fun.” Is Selena’s morose turn jarring to you, or does it have you secretly psyched to see her run wild in the streets? Or does it just make you want to go lie down under some blankets?
It’s that time of year again — when celebrities are spending more time on the beach than they are getting arrested or promoting new projects, thus giving us the perfect opportunity to check out their perfect bodies and spur on a little healthy competition. Yes, it’s the Bikini Awards!
As opposed to the contestants in our Supermodel category, the above Disney alumnae (and one current star) are a little less conscious of the camera, which, yeah, we kind of admit makes us feel dirty. Especially when you consider that Bella Thorne (right) is just 14 years old. But we’re not here to make you think gross things about Hannah Montana and High School Musical‘s Gabrielle. We’d just like to point out how much we with we’d look good in a neon string bikini, or a high-waisted polka-dotted number. And we’re so glad Thorne, Miley Cyrus, Ashley Tisdale, Adrienne Bailon, Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez are having so much fun frolicking on the beach and at the pool — even if it’s for work, or under the watchful eye of the paps.
So enjoy the pics below, then choose your favorite. Voting for this round ends July 15 at 11 p.m.!
They’re baaaaack! Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson have been heating up Florida for the past few weeks while filming their latest movie, Spring Breakers. We’re not totally sure about the plot, but the wardrobe department seems to consist entirely of bikinis. Sooo, we have a funny feeling that it’s gonna do pretty well at the box office! Reportedly the girls were filming dancing around in the middle of an outdoor concert. In bikinis. Did we mention they’re in bikinis. Just checking. Plus there’s no James Franco to spoil the view. Head on down to the gallery below for more fun in the sun with some super hot (former) Disney Queens!
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And now something for the ladies! Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens have been working it out in neon-colored two-pieces on the set of Spring Breakers with such frequency, we’re sort of afraid they’re going to develop melanoma. More perturbing, however, is the worrisome lack of on-screen eye candy for the female/dude-loving segment of the population. Worry no more, lady pervs! “This is where the trouble begins…,” Gomez tweeted, along with an on-set pic of a tatted-up, dirt-bagged out James Franco. Oh man, do not let Britney Spears see this photo; she’s going to think it’s KFed and fall in love all over again! Actually…let her see it. The worst that could happen is that she makes a bunch of hilariously embarrassing phone calls.
While Franco’s character doesn’t have a name on the movie’s IMDB page, we’re guessing from the facial hair and general demeanor that the Lovelace star is portraying the film’s “drug and arms dealer,” a sleaze who bails the ladies out of jail to do “some dirty work” on his behalf. Hey, does anyone else remember when Franco was all up in arms over all the “teenage sex” in Breaking Dawn? Once you have scantily clad teenagers draped over your car, James, it’s hard to criticize other films. So just go ahead and keep the goatee. We’re…kind of into it.
[Photo: Selena Gomez's Twitter]