From directing a rap music video to hosting a party during the apacalpyse, James Franco is at it again! Palo Alto Stories is the 'trifecta' of individual films based on the high school experiences outlined in the multi-faceted star's book, Palo Alto. Because his estimated net worth of over $20 million isn't ample enough to fund this project, the Oscar nominee is attempting to raise $500,000 using the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
On the campaign's page, he eloquently writes, "Over the past 3 years I have directed and produced 6 feature films. I’ve also begun dedicating much of my time to teaching. Giving new filmmakers the opportunity to direct and produce films has become one of my greatest passions." Franco has hired his "favorite directors at NYU," Nina Ljeti, Bruce Thierry Cheung and Gabriel Demeestere to direct these three films, entitled Memoria, Killing Animals, and Yosemite. Keeping with these altruistic pursuits, Franco will donate all the profits from his film series to the charity organization, Art of Elysium.
With 30 days left in the campaign, Franco has raised $22,070 of his goal. Through crowdfunding, benefactors are enticed to give the millionaire their money with "exciting rewards." So far, one lucky lad has donated $50 to receive a Special Edition art postcard of one of Franco's Palo Alto paintings. But why stop there? For $7,000, a fortuitous fan will have the "rare opportunity" to own one of the three original Palo Alto-inspired paintings by Franco. Alternatively, they could take a picture of the mural he painted in honor of This Is The End on a brick wall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. But obviously, the choice is clear: The ultimate prize is an executive producer position and, wait for it… a VIP dinner. Since lodging and transportation will be provided, this implies Franco will use your $10,000 donation to fly you first class, put you up in the swankiest hotel in LA, and wine and dine you at Urasawa in Beverly Hills (think $1,111 sushi bill).
For aspiring actors who believe their money is better spent paying for a role than acting lessons, Franco can guarantee your ticket to stardom with a $5,000 donation per line. If being on camera makes you nervous (after all, we can't all be Oz The Great And Powerful), then pay half that much to "live the experience" of being on a film set where you can actually meet Franco in person. Because, let's be real, not everyone will be lucky enough to join his crime ring during a Spring Break vacation.
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Even if you managed to walk away from Harmony Korine's latest film Spring Breakers without the effects of PTSD, you're bound to have some questions. First and foremost, a quivering "Why?!" But there are other, more specific questions, too.
For instance, who were those creepy twins? Or that guy with the ice cream cone tattooed on his face? And what was all that so-called s**t that James Franco's character Alien was yelling about? Hopefully, our glossary of all things Spring Breakers might be able to give you some answers...
ATL TwinsSidney and Thurman Sewell, inseparable Atlanta-based brothers whose skateboarding career helped access the attention of Vice Magazine, which in turn printed a 2012 interview with the pair regarding their bizarre lifestyle and sexual proclivities (i.e., their sharing of a bed, and dogmatic devotion to only sleeping with girls together). The Sewells have a minor part playing themselves in Spring Breakers as associates of Franco's Alien, who comments on their penchant for "double penetration."
Britney SpearsAmerican pop icon whose career as a recording artist and tabloids mainstay is chronicled comprehensively viaSpring Breakers'use of her hit numbers "...One More Time" and "Everytime," as well as the overarching subtext of the film (as documented here).
Calvin Klein Escapemen’s fragrance developed by the Calvin Klein fashion house incorporation in 1993. Franco's Alien is the proud owner of one or more containers of Calvin Klein Escape.
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DangerussRuss Curry, a Florida-based hip hop artist who is confirmed by director Harmony Korine to have inspired Franco's character Alien. Crafted such musical numbers as "My Fork."
DTFColloquial Acronym Representing The Phrase "Down To F**K," Signifying A Party's Willingness To Engage In Acts Of Promiscuity. The Acronym Can Be Read On The Seat Of The Sweatpants Worn By The Characters
DubstepGenre of electronic dance music featured prominently throughout Spring Breakers. See: Skrillex
Gucci ManeRadric Davis, an Atlanta-born hip hop artist who plays Alien's nemesis Archie in Spring Breakers. Sports a larga facial tattoo of an ice cream cone. In 2006, Davis served six months in prison for aggravated assault. His highest charting album to date was 2010's The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted
Kool-AidBrand of flavored mix drink introduced in the United States of America by Kraft Foods in 1927. Franco's Alien boasts ownership of the "blue" variety.
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My Little PonyAmerican entertainment franchise spawned in 1983 as a Hasbro toy line; since has taken form in various children's television programs, including the 2010 iteration My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, which is referenced visually sporadically throughout Spring Breakers.
NunchucksFrom the Japanese nunchaku, traditional weapon employed in the Okinawan martial arts. Franco's character Alien boasts ownership of one or more pair.
Riff RaffJody Christian, Texas-based hip hop artist who has appeared on the MTV reality series From G's to Gents. claims to have been the basis for Franco's Spring Breakers character Alien, which Franco decrees to be untrue.
SaiTraditional martial arts weapon consisting of one long pointed metal baton and two smaller curved prongs to its side. Franco's Alien boasts ownership of one or more.
Scarface1983 crime drama epic directed by Brian De Palma and starring Al Pacino as antihero Tony Montana. The film was adapted from Howard Hawks' 1932 gangster movie of the same name. Franco's Alien has a copy of Scarface playing on perpetual repeat.
ShortsBifurcated garment covering the waist down to the knee, with varying degrees of length. Often warm in lieu of long pants to accomodate for warm weather, or as a decision of fashion. Franco's character Alien owns many pairs of shorts, in a variety of colors. This is a fact in which he takes a good deal of pride.
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ShurikenTraditional Japanese concealed weapon bearing the form of a pointed cross or star, colloquially referred to as "throwing star." Franco's Alien boasts ownership of one or more.
SkrillexSonny John Moore, electronic musician whose music is featured prominently throughout Spring Breakers.
SpiciousRegional slang for "suspicious." term used by Franco's Alien.
Spring BreakA seemingly fun and carefree vacation getaway that will destroy your soul and mind. Spring break forever.
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How's this for meta? James Franco, star of Spring Breakers, has directed a music video for the St. Petersburg, Fla., rapper Dangeruss, the man on whom Franco's Spring Breakers character is based. To make things more post-modern, Franco and Dangeruss performed the song "Hangin' With Da Dopeboys" (the very same ditty for which Franco made the music video) in the film. Trippy, right? Where does reality end and fantasy begin?
Franco tells MTV that he credits Dangeruss with getting him through his first live rap performance and making him "feel like a gangster." Franco says, "Danger and I rapped onstage together for the film. It was a rush. We had an audience of hundreds on the beach, MTV style. It was my first live rap appearance. He led me through. I felt like a gangster," he says.
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"I didn't want the relationship with Dangeruss to end so I asked him if I could film him for a video," Franco continues. "I liked the idea of shooting him doing his daily routine, simple and autobiographical like his music. He watched basketball, he drove over to his friend's house, they smoked blunts, they freestyled. Later, I flew Dangeruss to L.A. and we filmed more in the old movie palace downtown where Chaplin's City Lights had premiered. He was epic. This video is the result."
So, basically, Franco wasn't so much the video's director as its cinematographer — seeing as Dangeruss (or Danger, as his friends call him) just went about his danger-prone life while Franco tagged along.
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Oh, and in case you're wondering, I don't think his afternoon with the dreadlocked rapper earned Franco any street cred. It takes a lot more than one music video and one rap performance to undo a PhD from Yale.
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The lead up to Selena Gomez's psychedelic teen flick Spring Breakers has been bent on complicating and subverting itself. First, we saw fun-loving photos of Gomez and costar Vanessa Hudgens zipping around Miami on Vespas. Months later, trailers and posters emerged. Things got weird. Are those girls robbing banks?! Did James Franco just say his rapper character is named "Alien"?! Why are they in a room full of hats?! This was not the "Spring Break" movie anyone anticipated.
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The latest poster continues to warp our brains while speaking perfectly to the tone of the movie. Juxtaposed against the fun-in-the-sun items of Spring Break are the all the objects necessary to start a full-on underground drug war. Tequila won't be the only thing the ladies of Spring Breakers will be shooting on their vacation.
Adding to the promise of one bizarre time at the movies is Spring Breakers' official soundtrack lineup, which includes new tunes from dubstep wizard Skrillex.
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1. "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" – Skrillex2. "Rise And Shine Little B***h" – Music by Cliff Martinez & Skrillex3. "Pretend It’s A Video Game" – Cliff Martinez4. "With You, Friends (Long Drive)" – Skrillex5. "Hangin’ With Da Dopeboys" – Dangeruss with James Franco6. "Bikinis & Big Booties Y’all" – Music by Cliff Martinez & Skrillex7. "Never Gonna Get This P***y" – Cliff Martinez8. "Goin’ In (Skrillex Goin’ Down Remix)" – Birdy Nam Nam9. "F**k This Industry" – Waka Flocka Flame10. "Smell This Money (Original Mix)" – Skrillex11. "Park Smoke" – Skrillex12. "Young N****s" – Gucci Mane (feat. Waka Flocka Flame)13. "Your Friends Ain’t Gonna Leave With You" – Cliff Martinez14. "Ride Home" – Skrillex15. "Big Bank" – Meek Mill, Pill, Torch & Rick Ross (feat. French Montana)16. "Son Of Scary Monsters" – Music by Cliff Martinez & Skrillex17. "Big ‘Ol Scardy Pants" – Cliff Martinez18. "Scary Monsters on Strings" – Music by Skrillex19. "Lights" – Ellie Goulding
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