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    Babes & Bikinis: More Pics From Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers'

    So what exactly is Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" going to be? With a star-driven and somewhat random cast including James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and more, it seems like the wildly singular director is aiming for the mainstream. But then again, one can never discount Korine's prankster spirit, so who knows if this is just a bigger budget "Trash Humpers." Either way, everyone involved has been more than eager to show off what they've been up to, with a seemingly endless supply of stills and set pics making their way online. And the movie even had a ginormous billboard up at Cannes, the kind usually reserved for blockbusters. We're still not sure what to expect, but until we find out, here are more cheescake pics of the cast.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    FilmFunds Brings Filmmakers & Financiers Together, Names Jason Scoggins New CEO

    Following in the footsteps of online film services such as Amazon Studios and Kickstarter, filmmaker platform FilmFunds is moving to expand its reach.

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    Los Angeles Film Fest Announces Panels & Conversations, Keynote Speaker Chris McGurk

    The Los Angeles Film Festival (June 14-24), which will open with Woody Allen's "To Rome with Love" and close with Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," has booked Cinedigm's Chairman and CEO Chris McGurk as its keynote speaker. The LAFF also reveals its schedule of Coffee Talks, Poolside Rants, Spotlight on the Craft, panels and conversations.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    HBO Buys Pitch For Scripted Dramedy That Will Expose Behind-The-Scenes NBA Happenings

    Not quite Basketball Wives or The Game, but...

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    Exclusive: David Cronenberg Talks 'Maps To The Stars,' Hopes Viggo Mortensen Will Join Robert Pattinson In Cast

    Having just made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, David Cronenberg's striking and claustrophobic "Cosmopolis" is riding a wave of buzz. While reviews of the provocative picture have been mixed, champions of the film -- including our own A-grade review from the Croisette -- describe the effort as one of his best in recent years. And part of the buzz is likely largely in part thanks to Cronenberg's unlikely star Robert Pattinson. Known globally as Edward Cullen from the "Twilight" series, with that franchise coming to a close this year, Pattinson is looking ahead and eager to take on new acting challenges. And by most accounts, he passed with flying colors in the edgy "Cosmopolis," a performance should open the eyes of many to the variety of talents he may not get to exercise in the vampire series.

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    Moving, Painterly "Detropia" To Open Theatrically In September (With Your Help) + A Sneak Peek

    This haunting piece of documentary cinema tells the story of one city in economic decay; but really, as the real people in the film repeatedly state, this isn't just a Detroit problem; it's an American problem, and other cities within the country will eventually experience a similar fate; that is unless something is done to reverse trends brought about by what we call globalization, as captains of industry make decisions based almost entirely on the need to generate profit.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Cannes Good-Buys? Should Indie filmmakers be worried about distribution landscape

    File this post under the politics of filmmaking (not film and politics). Looking at the acquisition landscape after Cannes got me thinking: Should filmmakers be worried? Cannes is never the business hotbed that is Sundance, but this year's number of purchases seemed to be muted. Even IFC Films, perennially the most active buyer in Cannes, only purchased four films (Wheatley's "Sightseers," Loach's "The Angel's Share," Im Sang Soo's "The Taste of Money," Kiaostami's "Like Someone in Love") as of today, when past years saw the theatrical-and-VOD distrib pick up more than half a dozen movies. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I haven't seen Magnolia pick up anything, which means either 1) there were slim pickings at the festival, or 2) the market is downscaling once again.

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    Contest Giveaway: Win Ralph Fiennes' 'Coriolanus' On DVD Starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Chastain & More

    Shakespeare has been no stranger to big screen adaptations, but few has been as forward-thinking or creative as Ralph Fiennes' "Coriolanus." Not only did the actor/director choose a lesser-known play to tackle, but he gave it a contemporary setting and rounded up a strong cast -- Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Chastain, James Nesbitt -- to tell the tale. With a script by John Logan, "Coriolanus" was certainly one of the more unique pictures to hit the big screen last year, and in case you didn't catch it then, we've got 3 copies on the film on DVD for some lucky readers.

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    Idris Elba: "The Less I Talk About Being Black, The Better"

    Brit import Idris Elba has a reputation for being fairly candid in interviews, and never backing down on comments he makes; two character traits that I think amp up his appeal to his ever-expanding body of fans, as more audiences become familiar with the man and his talents.

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    Aubrey Plaza Joins Shia LaBeouf In 'The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman'

    “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” is a film that this writer reported on last week and incurred the wrath of many a commenter by expressing reservations over the casting of Rupert Grint. Well, you won’t find any reservations about this latest bit of casting (or about Grint again – hell hath no fury like a 'Potter' fan scorned) as Aubrey Plaza confirmed to Latino Review that she's joined the cast, alongside Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Til Schweiger, Mads Mikkelsen and Melissa Leo. U.K. readers may also be interested to read that “The Inbetweeners” star James Buckley is also on board.

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