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Watch: Vanessa Hudgens Gets Grimy In Trailer For Indie Drama 'Gimme Shelter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 25, 2013 5:28 PM
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Gimmie Shelter, Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Hudgens has had a pretty wild 2013, going from Harmony Korine's neon soaked pop nightmare "Spring Breakers" to the wilds of Alaska with Nicolas Cage in "The Frozen Ground." And she'll continue to shed her good girl image heading into 2014 with a role that'll make her near unrecognizable.

Review: 'The Frozen Ground' Starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack & Vanessa Hudgens

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 21, 2013 10:56 AM
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What is the allure of true crime stories beyond the truth of “well, that happened”? It’s the sort of rubbernecking that not only kept “Law And Order” on the air for years, but spawned a cottage industry of shows and movies geared towards illuminating the dark side of crime, dramatizing, and attempting to bring structure to the cruel arbitrariness of violent murder, rape and assorted trauma. You wouldn’t think there would be so much entertainment value from seeing a star’s glassy eyes as he stands over a murder scene, attempting to register the horror before him. But that sort of mass media has always generated interest, particularly as it hides artistic deficiencies behind the veil of “true story” labelling in an attempt to render the genre critic-proof. Exhibit A: "The Frozen Ground.”

Watch: Nicolas Cage Wants To Put John Cusack In Jail In Trailer For 'The Frozen Ground'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2013 11:51 AM
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Here we go, yet another low budget, crank-it-out-in-a-few-weeks Nicolas Cage movie, and if you forgot about it that's cool, because it's hard to keep track of his prolific, if unselective, output. The latest? "The Frozen Ground," a based on a true story tale with Cage as a cop, tracking down bad guy John Cusack, with Vanessa Hudgens playing a prostitute. Obviously.

Review: Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers' Is A Semi-Conventional Genre Flick & Future Cult Favorite

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 13, 2013 6:31 PM
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This will make you feel old: it has been 18 years since Harmony Korine wrote “Kids” at the age of 21, with the Larry Clark-directed film proving to be something of a firecracker in the midst of mid-'90s indie cinema, by turns controversial, seedy, and honest. Korine made his own directorial debut with 1998’s “Gummo,” and over the last 15 or so years has made films that (with the possible exception of “Mister Lonely”), push aesthetic and critical boundaries further and further, culminating in 2009’s “Trash Humpers,” a film shot on a VHS camcorder, featuring a cast in old-people masks generally trying to provoke the audience into walking out. So where could he possibly go from there?

Watch: Alien Introduces Himself In New Clip From 'Spring Breakers' & Harmony Korine Tells Wild On-Set Stories

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 11, 2013 8:58 AM
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Picking up coverage everywhere from EW to Cahier du Cinema, Harmony Korine's “Spring Breakers” finally opens in theaters this month, and while the promo efforts are perhaps getting to be just a few clips away from overkill at this point, we've got a quick new one as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the cast and crew's Miami exploits.

Watch: 'Spring Breakers' Featurette Plus New Poster & Cahiers Du Cinema Cover

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 26, 2013 10:24 AM
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You can trust us on this one, folks; Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” is going to comfortably be the highest grossing film of the director’s career to date. In fact, if we had to go out on a limb, we’d say that he’s unlikely to ever match it. The film will go into limited release on March 15th a week before it goes wide, it's secured distribution in most major European and Antipodean territories over the next few months, and it’s not exactly the hardest product to market. Images from the film stick out like a sore, fluorescent thumb whenever they’re posted online, and any film that heavily features a headline-attracting pop starlet and the former star of a massively successful Disney franchise clad in skimpy bikinis is going to have a sizable built-in audience.

Watch: New, Wild Red Band Trailer For Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2013 2:23 PM
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For the past few months we've been eating a steady diet of awards season fare, glossy blockbusters and studio throwaways. But soon the Oscars will be over, and we'll be needing some kind of cinematic release. So, it's a good thing that Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" is right around the corner, and it's an even better thing that it looks brilliantly bonkers.

Watch: Everything Is The Same In First Clip From Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 10:13 PM
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James Franco in dreadlocks! Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine all sweaty and half dressed! A Florida-set crime romp! Given all the ingredients for it to be potentially batshit crazy, the first clip to make its way online from Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" is relatively normal.

Watch: Vanessa Hudgens Strips While Nic Cage & John Cusack Face Off In Trailer For 'Frozen Ground'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2012 9:19 AM
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Another day, another trailer for a movie Nicolas Cage made over a weekend. Yesterday brought us "Stolen," Cage's "Taken"-in-a-taxi-cab movie, and today brings "Frozen Ground," with a rough/early spot leaking to the web, promising Vanessa Hudgens stripping and lots of glowering from Cage and his co-star John Cusack.

Vanessa Hudgens Joins 'Machete Kills'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2012 12:51 PM
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Vanessa Hudgens is running away from her "High School Musical" roots that made her name as fast she can. While she has lent her face to such tween-skewing fare as "Bandslam," "Beastly" and "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," she's been just as eager to prove she's all grown up, appearing in "Sucker Punch" and signing on for movies like the gritty indie "Gimme Shelter," the serial killer flick "Frozen Ground" and of course, Harmony Korine's potentially amazeballs "Spring Breakers." And she continues to shake her wholesome Disney image.

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