Selena Gomez & James Franco in the ‘Spring Breakers’ trailer: so gross?

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Selena Gomez covers the February issue of Nylon magazine to promote her role as one of the bikini-clad college girls who decide to rob banks (?) to fund a beach vacation in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. I’ve posted the trailer at the bottom of this post, but first let’s talk about this Nylon cover. This magazine always has the worst covers, right? Always so busy with the colored, competing fonts and the dreadful clothing. Poor Selena cant be enjoying wearing a fringed basketball jersey that looks like it’s woven out of potholder material. The one editorial shot that’s been released isn’t quite as awful though. Here are some interview excerpts:

Selena Gomez

On fame: “I think [the paparazzi] are over me because I’m so boring[…] I get to Topanga Mall, and they’re like, ‘Why is she back at the same place?'”

On Spring Breakers: “It was my first audition in years. I definitely felt that with my first stepping-out role, I should choose something that I could understand a little more. I was really nervous, but Harmony took a chance with me. He said, ‘You live in this bubble, and I’m going to take you out of it, but you have to trust me.'”

Her BFF is still Taylor Swift: “We both experienced the same things at the same time. But we’ve never once talked about our industry. She just became the person I’d go to for an issue with my family or boyfriend. It’s so hard to trust girls, so I’m lucky to have her.”

A pre-breakup summary of her thing with Bieber: “I’m having fun. At the end of the day, love is such a normal thing, and everyone deals with it. Just because it’s a different lifestyle doesn’t change the meaning of what I’ve been raised on, which is fairy tales.”

[From Nylon]

Yeah, it sounds like Selena already had one well-heeled shoe out the relationship door when this interview took place. I really hope she and Bieber are done for good this time because she can do so much better. Speaking of Selena lowering herself, the first trailer from Spring Breakers is out, so let’s watch and discuss below.

Just when I thought James Franco couldn’t be more annoying, he has to double down on his K-Fed makeover with chrome teeth and a terrible accent. When he drawled, “Don’t be spishious,” I actually gave Kristen Stewart a run for her eye-rolling money. This movie looks pretty dreadful even though it’s not meant to be serious. Obviously, Harmony Korine has taken advantage of the fact that former Disney starlets would welcome the chance to don bikinis, wield weapons, and shed their good-girl images. Vanessa Hudgens has already been trying to shed her High School Musical roots for a few years, but it doesn’t look like this movie is going to help much. Unfortunately for her, making the transition from teen to adult actor also requires talent, which is definitely a problem area for Vanessa. She plays the fame game well, but she’s not much of an emoter. As for Selena, only time will tell, but I doubt that her desire to be taken seriously as an actress will be aided by Spring Breakers.

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Photos courtesy of Nylon and Interview magazine

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  1. alons -y alonso says:

    Anything to do with James Franco is by default, gross.

  2. Riana says:

    …you have to audition for this kind of film?

    I figured you just showed up in a bikini and got the job based on your cup-size.

    Wow…hopefully it goes up from here.

    Also I don’t mind the magazine font, I think thats the new trend and Nylon aims for a young crowd, but that…whatever she’s wearing is pretty atrocious.

  3. Marianne says:

    I heard really bad things about when it premiered at TIFF.

  4. Amelia says:

    This looks like the biggest piece of crap going.
    Who the hell commissioned this, a 15 year old boy?
    Or Justin Bieber?

  5. pinkheart says:

    this looks like a perverts fantasy

  6. MSL says:

    I don’t know why but I’m just stuck on the fact that they needed to go on spring break sooooo bad that they robbed a bank! They made it seem so serious in the trailer and they were just talking about spring break lol. I’m in college and I gotta say, spring break isn’t that serious! Rediculous concept for a movie.

    • connie says:

      You are in college and spell ridiculous with an e? I’m sorry, that is a huge pet peeve of mine especially when used by educated/professionals

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      As I’ve mentioned a million times before, I’m from Canada, so let me tell you, there is no such thing as a ‘Spring Break’ here. I’ll only speak for where I live, but we have our break in February, no one goes anywhere but home, IF that, because we have ‘Reading Week’ and it’s exactly what you think it is: after all of your midterms, your professors assign a whole bunch of assignments for you to do to bring back on your first day back in class. Happy Ontarian Winter, students, we freaking HATE YOU, hooray!!

  7. jinni says:

    I really wish there were better roles for young actresses to transition into adult roles. It always seems like they have to do something highly sexually charged, raunchy or degrading involving lots of semi or full nudity (which is usually pointless to the plot and just seems like an easy way for the director to get a chance to look at barely legal young women) in their first big grown up role. It’s just sad.

    • Kelly says:

      Agree. Disappointed in Ashley Benson.

      • thebutlerdidit says:

        If this clip disappointed you, I am not sure if I should tell you, but Ashley B is wild!!! She runs in the party/drug scene, like Lovato, Joe Jonas, V Hud, etc. Everyone likes to flip over Cyrus, she’s the least wild one of the bunch. A little weed here and there, no harder drugs.

      • Baskingshark says:

        @thebutlerdidit I can totally believe that. Ashley B seems to manage to slide under the radar of media disapproval for some reason, maybe because she was never Disney, but she keeps popping up in more and more sketchy situations (like all the stories about her getting with Franco). She also seems very ambitious to get away from her PLL image, and willing to do anything to do so, like leaking stories about how she’d love to star in 50 Shades of Grey. I wonder when people will start to notice.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        This conversation makes me wish I knew she is. I’m being genuine, I know it’s scarcely obvious with me.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      To make to transition from child to adult actress, you have to be at least semi-talented. Evan Rachel Wood managed the transition without sexually exploiting herself, heck even KStew did.
      You just have to choose the right roles and directors, but relaunching yourself as a sexpot won´t bring lasting success, just look at Megan Fox, as you get older you will be replaced by the next sexpot.

      • Viktory Gin says:

        Umm… Have you seen Thirteen, Pretty Persuasion, or Running with Scissors? ERW totally did. But being she was never infantalized in the same manner as your average Disney alum, she had a much easier transition. She dated Marilyn Manson for goddsake. She always been more subversive and macabre. Disney would never have touched with a ten ft pole. This is precisely why she has a legit film career as an adult.

    • Sophie says:

      Wow, you’re a snob…

  8. FirstTimer says:

    She still looks like a little girl. Her face is so young… That actually makes the bit with Franco worst.

  9. carrie says:

    the reviews on the movie are pretty good

  10. Ellie66 says:

    It looks like cheesy 80s movies like Porkys and I think there was one called Spring Break the were all about boobs and terrible acting. James Franco is so annoying I cannot stand him anymore.

  11. poppy says:

    how long before she turns around and says how terrible it was to have been so cheaply objectified, a la megan fox?
    why anyone would want to work with korine, ugh. i know kids was something, but wasn’t it just something because at the time movies were so whitewashed, non-confrontational, and uber-corporatel? some movies of the time were braveheart, die hard, and one of the millions of batmans. harmony is obviously a hack not above using sex and violence to sell a stupid jerk-off story. larry clark has gone on to show himself as a letch as well. being a complete pervert doesn’t take much talent.
    terry richardson of moving pictures.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Seems like one of those movies that’s trying to *say something*. I did notice that one of the stars shares his last name, so it definitely says *something*.

  12. R brooklyn says:

    Franco is actually copying a rapper named Riff Raff, not K-fed.

  13. Lia says:

    James Franco is ridiculous!!! Has he some acting chops of some kind??? 😀

  14. It'sJustBlanche says:

    Who is she taking advice from? She’s such a cute girl and she has a bit of talent. She could do a lot better than this, even if it was a much smaller role. This is just crap.

  15. moi says:

    why do all movies whose target audience is teen girls have to give out such a horrible message ?
    they are all made to look cheap in this movie. disgusting. it’s like something Terry richardson would order

    • MonicaQ says:

      It’s got that layer of skeeze, do not want, and stank grease that I almost thought he had a hand in it.

    • Tasha says:

      He probably already put in his advance order for the DVD.

    • HotPockets says:

      This is totally going to be Terry Richardson’s new favorite movie.

    • Amilu says:

      Though it stars young women, this movie’s target audience is NOT teen girls. It’s a Harmony Korine vehicle. So I’d say the target audience is adults who are into (bad?) indie films and music — the kind of adults who watched ‘Kids’ as…kids.

  16. Monie says:

    LMFAO @ “Spring Break forever, biyatches” Holy heck that was dreadful! This movie makes me yearn for the cinematic prowess and stellar acting of “From Justin to Kelly”.

  17. virginia5 says:

    I’m sorry but I think Selena still looks like a 15 year old girl :/

    • ebrca says:

      That’s why this movie feels soooo skeevy. The female leads all look underage. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s why they were cast.

      I’m curious if this movie will get heavy like one of the girls gets raped, beaten, drug addicted, and/or end up in a pr0n situation. “Kids” got ‘real’ with the rape scene, so I wonder if the trailer just plays fluffy/cheesy and the movie itself is a bit more serious and makes you really uncomfortable.

  18. Emma says:

    ok I’ve been hearing about this movie for so damn long I thought it had already been released….

    The movie looks trashy and degrading. Selena and the group were stupid to think that this would help their transition into more adult roles.

  19. MonicaQ says:

    Ok ok ok.

    1) “Just pretend it’s a video game.” As someone that plays a fair amount of video games, Call of Duty != bank robbery.

    2) Skillex? I didn’t ask for that.

    3) Gucci Mane? Oh good lord. Probably one of the worst rappers ever.

    4) You know what I did on Spring Break? I drank a little, got caught on my homework, slept, played video games, and goofed off in town. (Helps it was Melbourne, FL and the beach was there, whatever). It is not that serious. This is the dumbest premise for a movie since Skyline.

    Bonus: Justin Timberlake from 2000 called. He’s mad. He wants his hair back.

  20. c'est la vie says:

    Harmony Korine and James Franco – together?

    A collision of douchery. Way too early in the morning for me btw.

    And who the fuck thought this one up?
    Some idiot in LA? Or NY?

    I’m going with LA on this one.

  21. Tasha says:

    I was thinking that the movie look horrible when they were filming it and the trailer just confirmed it for me.

  22. INeedANap says:

    Ugh. All of it…ugh.

    The movie looks terrible, from plot to acting to execution. It’s a dumb hook for a movie that takes itself way too seriously.

    And Selena’s line about how it’s hard to trust girls — no. When you are a manipulative and boy-obsessed chick who drops her friends for at a moment’s notice for a guy, of course you can’t trust women. If you keep hanging around people like Swifty, you’ll never make good girlfriends. The only common denominator in all your failed relationships is you, sweetie.

  23. HotPockets says:

    watching the preview alone made me feel dirty and perverted.

  24. Zorbitor says:

    This movie is gonna be HUUUUGE – and for all the reasons you hate it.

  25. PinkG says:

    That’s a lot of Photoshop for someone so young. Seriously, all this Photoshopping is out of hand. What is wrong with being natural?

  26. Bijlee says:

    I cannot stand her. She annoys me and I honestly think shes the one with no acting/singing talent whatsoever. Girlfriend has just been cute and thats it. She’s amongst the fakest and least talented celebs out there.

    Ugh and is Franco supposed to be doing a southern accent? Just comes off racist. It sucks.

  27. j.eyre says:

    Well I clearly did not do Spring Break correctly at all.

  28. Beatriz says:

    uhhh…Selena has no acting chops either -_-.

  29. KellyinSeattle says:

    Maybe Courtney Stodden could get a role (even though she’s older than a teenager) – it’d be rill cool

  30. Jules says:

    This looks amazing!!! I can’t wait!

  31. Valerie says:

    This trailer is appalling and should not be released less than two months after the Newtown shootings. It’s equating violence with young women’s bodies — it looks like a paean to sexual violence. I don’t care if it’s supposed to be ironic: the point doesn’t need to be made in this way. Obviously, Korine is making a film purely to get attention — and not to help anyone in this world.

  32. Mr.Smurf says:

    First off this looks like the cheesiest, stupidest, and most pointless movie/trailer I’ve ever seen. This is a film that should never have been promoted the way it has i.e. like it’s the next big thing. This movie seems like it should be one of those bad, low budget films that you see the trailers on youtube and automatically know it’s trash.

    Second, keep the Franco douchebag stories coming. Reading his archive never ceases to make me feel better about myself. He is also a good cautionary tale (for me at least) against arrogance. I’ve been trying very hard not to think too much of myself, because I’m smart and a lot of other kids in my school aren’t. Franco is a reminder to myself to remember that there is a world of things that I don’t know about, and need to learn about.

  33. Jennifer12 says:

    The endless shots in bikinis were exploitative, but the one of them cuffed in bikinis against the cop car made the bile rise. Why did these women agree to this piece of crap film??

  34. Asdfg says:

    Her interview makes me dislike her even more! Her “It’s so hard to trust girls” comment is… WTF? Whatever girl! Grow up! Girl friends can be just as untrustworthy as guy friends! LOL xD

  35. mommak918 says:

    Ugh ugh and ugh…this looks disgusting. I hope this film flops and dies and isn’t promoted much. The girls sicken me in their suits…being cuffed….
    I’m just glad my babies are too young to see this movie being advertised. Franco, fall off the map for awhile, please.

  36. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    What eva happened to the smurfs?

  37. Mr.Smurf says:

    I don’t know if the people who write this site look at every comment, but here’s what Franco had to say about a UCLA graduate’s commencement speech. Douche.

  38. Heather M says:

    I agree that I initially thought that this film was going to be really bad. HOWEVER, how very short sighted we all are b/c some of the seemingly dumbest movies can turn out to be amazing. I have a sneaking suspicion that this film is going to be powerful and thought- provoking. Lainey had really positive things to say, so I looked into it and it turns out that the film composer is my all time favorite– Cliff Martinez (does a lot of Soderbergh– Traffic, Limey, Solaris, and non-Soderbergh Drive, Arbitrage, etc.). Granted, I am really swayed by film soundtracks/scores, but I may be the only person who is actually excited by this…and I am a film snob! 🙂