Pictures emerged of James Franco on the set of Harmony Korine’s new film Spring Breakers and as the pictures show, the Oscar-nominated actor now has braids for his new role.

Fuse TV are reporting that they have spoken to rapper Riff Raff via his Twitter (@RiFFRaFF_SODMG). He claims that the character Franco is playing is based on him and that he and Gucci Mane were approached by Harmony Korine to star in the movie. (The Fader has also reported about this.)

“Harmony Korine [the writer of Kids and director of Gummo] called my phone to be in this new movie Spring Breakers. I was out of the country.”

According to Riff Raff, Korine called him and said, “‘Yeah, man, I want you to be in this movie, but we only got a certain timeframe’ or whatever. ‘I wanted you in this movie with James Franco and Selena Gomez and Gucci Mane… But we’re already behind!'” So Riff Raff couldn’t be in the movie.

“The role I would have played would be like a drug dealer, or the friend of a drug dealer, Gucci Mane,” said Riff Raff. I asked him if James Franco was originally supposed to be in the movie as a different character. “James Franco was in the movie, but I was supposed to be in there also. Now James Franco is playing me.”

“I sent him a few things. But all you gotta do [to see how I dress] is search through my videos. I got a pretty distinct style, with the braids, the jewellery.”

On the movie as a whole, Riff Raff said, “I feel really kind of privileged because I got this big actor playing the role of me but at the same time, like, damn, I wish I was there…

“Even though I couldn’t be a part of this project, I’m still glad that James Franco could play the role of me. That’s like if Denzel Washington was playing the role of O.J. Simpson. Even though it’s not O.J. Simpson, O.J. Simpson still gotta be like, ‘Denzel Washington is playing me.'”



Selena Gomez yesterday tweeted a picture of James Franco on the set of “Spring Breakers”. The tweet led to her Instagram page: http://instagr.am/p/IrzzRMxu-U/

Other pictures of Franco on the set have also emerged online. Mostly paparazzi shots.



As we previously reported, Harmony Korine’s new short film “Lotus Community Center” is to screen as part of a feature length project entitled “The Fourth Dimension” at this years Tribeca Film Festival. We have now also learned that it will be screening earlier at the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 20, what will be the film’s world premiere. In addition to this, the film will have a second screening the following day. Ticketing information and other details for the film at SFIFF can be be found here. Three screenings will take place at Tribeca beginning April 24, details for which you can find on the festival’s website here

As well, the film now has a trailer which can be viewed here at Hollywood Reporter.

The international anthology feature The Fourth Dimension will screen in the Viewpoints program of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Tuesday, April 24. Jan Kwiecinski, Aleksey Fedorchenko and Harmony Korine directed the film’s three shorts, one of which stars Val Kilmer as a motivational speaker.

The trailer for the film, which will have its world premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival April 20, premiered Monday exclusively on THR.

Priya Swaminathan, Matt Elek, Michael Derkits, Charles-Marie Anthonioz and Michal Kwiecinski produced the Grolsch Film Works and Vice Films project.



Muse Productions have announced that the ATL Twins have signed on to Harmony Korine’s upcoming film “Spring Breakers”. The skate boarding duo from Atlanta are slated to be playing a pair of drug dealers in the movie. The production company for the film yesterday posted up images of them on the set. The twins also recently starred in  Korine’s as-of-yet unreleased music video to “Gold On The Ceiling” that he shot for The Black Keys. You can view one of the images below, or alternatively you go to the companies official Tumblr blog at http://museproductions.tumblr.com for all the latest news.



Last year, it was revealed that Harmony Korine and Val Kilmer were to collaborate on a short film based around a motivational speaker to be played by Kilmer and directed by Korine. A short video from the set was put onto YouTube a while after the announcement, we were privvy to a few promotional images from the short film entitled “Lotus Community Center” and Kilmer answered a few questions regarding the piece on his personal Tumblr page. Since then information has been scarce but the Tribeca Film Festival today posted up this year’s selections and the Korine/Kilmer film will be in competition in the “Viewpoint” section.

The film is a part of a three-part collaboration entitled The Fourth Dimension and will screen between April 18-29. Read below what the site had to say about the film.

The Fourth Dimension, directed by Harmony Korine, Alexey Fedorchenko, and Jan Kwiecinski, written by Harmony Korine, Alexey Fedorchenko, Jan Kwiecinski, Oleg Loevsky, and Yaroslava Pulinovich. (USA, Poland, Russia). A motivational speaker named Val Kilmer (played by Val Kilmer) delivers a sermon at a roller rink. A Russian scientist builds a time machine in his apartment. Four friends stumble upon an abandoned village in the Polish countryside. All are in search of the fourth dimension—whether they know it or not. Weird, ominous, cool, compelling: These three short films could only be inspired by the creative vision of Harmony Korine and Vice Media’s Eddy Moretti. In English, Polish, Russian with subtitles.

Visit the Tribeca Film Festival website for more information and to keep up to date with times and screenings.



The first image of Harmony Korine on the set of his new film “Spring Breakers” has emerged. The picture was snapped in Sarasota, FL earlier today. I found the photograph over on blogging site Tumblr.com so I don’t have a source for it but it is the first picture we’ve seen of Korine on the set of the film since the first photos of the leading females from the cast emerged a few days ago. You can view the picture below.



The wrestling star, currrently signed to TNA, took to Twitter a few hours ago to announce his part in the film.



The Daily Mail yesterday posted up a selection of images from the set of “Spring Breakers”. Most were centred around Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez but one candid still features a smiling James Franco, a pink-haired Rachel Korine and various cast and crew members taking a break from filming. You can see the still below. Another still features Ashley Benson, Gomez, Hudgens and Korine herself donning mopeds for their roles.

For further updates, production company Muse are avidly updating their site in relation to the film and a Tumblr page dedicated to the film has also popped up.