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12 items from 2014


'Spring Breakers' Producer Chris Hanley Ordered to Appear in Court June 9, Failure to Comply May Result in Arrest

23 May 2014 11:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A judge has scheduled a judgment debtor examination hearing for "Spring Breakers" producer Chris Hanley in response to the suit filed by Periscope Entertainment against Hanley's company Muse Productions. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hanley must appear in person on June 9th or face being taken into custody by law enforcement. Hanley is currently in Cannes trying to raise money for a sequel to last year's sleeper hit - a decision that has subsequently incited the displeasure of James Franco, who, last week, took to his Instagram account to condemn Muse's decision to produce a sequel without director Harmony Korine's explicit consent. Read More: Here's Everything You Need to Know About the 'Spring Breakers 2' Scandal -- So Far What began as a tabloid story transformed into a full-blown legal problem earlier this week, when The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Periscope had filed a suit against Muse, »

- Shipra Gupta

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'Spring Breakers' Production Company in Danger of Liquidation (Exclusive)

23 May 2014 7:26 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

While Chris Hanley attempts to drum up business at the Cannes Film Festival in France, a serious financial situation is unfolding for his company, Muse Productions. Earlier this week, Periscope Entertainment, which advanced Muse almost $300,000 for the film adaptation of Martin Amis' London Fields, filed a lawsuit in an attempt to collect the money. The complaint alleges that Muse had taken steps to hide its assets in light of a $300,000 stipulated judgment. On Thursday, Periscope obtained a court order appointing a receiver for the purposes of collecting on the money. The order gives the receiver the

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Cannes: ‘Spring Breakers’ Producers Learn Riot Control

19 May 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Way back in 1998, Chris and Roberta Hanley’s Muse Prods. was at the center of a Cannes fest casting brouhaha that involved Leonardo DiCaprio and their film version of Bret Easton Ellis’ “American Psycho.” Leo didn’t wind up in the picture, but the Mary Harron-helmed film helped launch Christian Bale into the acting stratosphere, so there’s your happy Cannes ending.

This year, the indie filmmakers have outdone themselves attention-wise, first aided by James Franco’s Instagram attacks on their “Spring Breakers: The Second Coming” project, which is being actively promoted here by Wild Bunch, then courtesy of talks about talks for roles in the film with members of the Russian dissidents/music artists group Pussy Riot.

Pussy Riot issued a statement denying any knowledge of the talks or interest in the project, but as is so often the case with the Hanleys, their ambitions and associations in »

- Steven Gaydos

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Pussy Riot in Talks to Star in ‘Spring Breakers’ Sequel (Exclusive)

17 May 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Franco might be about to find out how Vladimir Putin feels.

After the dustup over Franco’s Instagram attacks on the upcoming “Spring Breakers” sequel — which is happening without star Franco or director Harmony Korine — the producers of the new film are now dropping a bombshell on the already heated debate over artistic rights and creative intentions.

Franco may now have to tussle with no less a force for creative rights than Pussy Riot.

Performance artists Pussy Riot (a.k.a. Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova and Maria “Masha” Alyokhina) are coming to Cannes this week to meet with “Spring Breakers: Second Coming” director Jonas Akerlund and producers Chris and Roberta Hanley, and Jordan Gertner. The political activists were jailed in their Russian homeland for two years after performing an anti-Putin punk prayer at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.

“Our director is coming in especially to meet »

- Steven Gaydos

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Spring Breakers: The Second Coming Producers Fire Back At James Franco

16 May 2014 6:40 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Earlier this week, James Franco got a lot of people buzzing when he publicly called out the producers of Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, a sequel to the Harmony Korine-directed cult hit. The actor alleged that the follow-up was not being done with Korine’s permission and denounced it on his Instagram page, saying it would be “a terrible film.” Now, producers Chris and Robert Hanley of Muse Productions, and Jordan Gertner of Hero Productions, all three of whom are collaborating with Wild Bunch on Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, are firing back.

Speaking exclusively with Variety about the subject, the trio didn’t pull any punches in dissing Franco for his comments. Referencing the actor’s long track record of sequels or reimaginings, including Oz the Great and PowerfulSpider-Man and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Chris Hanley had none too kind words for Franco:

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- Isaac Feldberg

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After James Franco's 'Spring Breakers 2' slam, producers fire back

16 May 2014 9:16 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

James Franco talks a lot about artistic integrity and vision. But there are at least a few people who are publicly calling Bs on the actor: The producers he slammed for making a sequel to Spring Breakers without his consent.

Let’s rewind: Earlier this month, production company Wild Bunch announced it was working with Muse Productions, which was behind the first film, on Spring Breakers: The Second Coming. “It’s not a direct sequel, although there are allusions to some of the characters in the original,” said Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval. The follow-up, written by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting »

- Amber Ray

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'Spring Breakers' Sequel Producers Fire Back at James Franco; Let the Feuding Begin

16 May 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

While audiences who loved "Spring Breakers" are no doubt thrilled with news that the film is getting a sequel, original star James Franco is none too pleased.

Franco and "Spring Breakers 2" producers have been engaged in a public war of words since the sequel was first announced, with both sides slinging pretty harsh zingers at the other. Franco's beef lies with producers' choice to move forward with a follow-up without the involvement of director Harmony Korine, who Franco said was the creative visionary behind the 2012 first film. He released the following rant on Instagram:

Statement About Spring Breakers 2: This is not being done with Harmony Korine or my consent. The original was wholly Harmony's creation and these producers are capitalizing on that innovative film to make money on a weak sequel. I want everyone to know that whoever is involved in the sequel is jumping on board a poison ship. »

- Katie Roberts

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Winterbottom to direct Vatican Connection

15 May 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Film is based on the real-life story of the NYPD detetcive who first uncovered the Vatican Bank’s links to the Mafia.

Michael Winterbottom is to direct The Vatican Connection about the real-life story of the NYPD detective who first uncovered the Vatican Bank’s links to the Mafia in the 1970s.

Detective Joe Coffey was working undercover in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, tailing a vicious local mobster, when he stumbled upon information linking the Vatican Bank and the Mafia.

His global investigation – taking him from New York to Munich, London and Rome - revealed that Vatican Bank president Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, was working with the Mafia to hide losses incurred by the institution as it financed anti-Communist missions in central America.

Through intermediaries Archbishop Marcinkus had the Genovese Crime Family of New York manufacture and supply the  Vatican Bank with $6 billion dollars of counterfeit blue chip bonds from major Us corporations.

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‘Spring Breakers 2’ Producers: James Franco Is a Hypocrite (Exclusive)

15 May 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With their Muse Productions company hanging on such edgy fare as “American Psycho,” “Freeway,” “Buffalo 66″ and “Spring Breakers,” producers Chris and Roberta Hanley are no strangers to controversy, however there’s something in the spring air this year that has gotten them more than their share of colorful press.

Earlier this month, former business partner on the Harmony Korine-directed hit pic “Spring BreakersWicks Walker sued Muse and fellow producer Jordan Gertner of Hero Entertainment for breach of contract.

This week, as the Hanleys and Gertner were landing in Cannes to start tubthumping several projects, including the upcoming sequel, “Spring Breakers: The Second Coming,” their star of the original picture took to Instagram to denounce the sequel as “not being done with Harmony Korine or my consent,” acidly adding, “it will be a horrible film.”

The Hanleys and Gertner spoke to Variety exclusively about this Franco dustup, giving back »

- Steven Gaydos

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'Spring Breakers 2' Producers Respond to James Franco's Criticisms

15 May 2014 12:49 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Yesterday, Spring Breakers star James Franco, who received critical raves for his performance as the cornrowed drug dealer Alien, issued a harsh statement for the filmmakers behind the sequel Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, which neither he nor director Harmony Korine are involved with. In case you missed it yesterday, here's the actor's statement in full.

Statement About Spring Breakers 2: This is not being done with Harmony Korine or my consent. The original was wholly Harmony's creation and these producers are capitalizing on that innovative film to make money on a weak sequel. I want everyone to know that whoever is involved in the sequel is jumping on board a poison ship. It will be a terrible film, with a horrible reason d'&#234tre: to make money off someone else's creativity. Can you imagine someone making the sequel to Taxi Driver without Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro's consents? »

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'Spring Breakers: The Second Coming' Producers Hit Back At James Franco, Make Fun Of His Blockbusters

15 May 2014 11:04 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It's all fun and games until James Franco says your project will result in "a terrible film, with a horrible reason d'être: to make money off someone else's creativity." Those were the actor's words about "Spring Breakers: The Second Coming," but the producers aren't taking it lightly. They've hit back at the star of the first movie by mocking Franco's blockbuster choices in the past. “Let’s see if I can remember all of the sequels James has done,” Chris Hanley of Muse Productions told Variety. “ ‘The Great and Mighty Oz,’ ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Planet of the Apes’ ” he said, while also throwing in that “he’s pushing hard to help set up the ‘Pineapple Express’ sequel. I guess he thinks only ‘too big to fail studio films’ are the artistically valid ventures.” While Hanley seems to misunderstand the difference between a sequel and reboot but it seems he was mostly »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cannes: ‘Breakers’ Sequel Team Springs Back at Franco (Exclusive)

15 May 2014 10:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With their Muse Prods. shingle hanging on such edgy fare as “American Psycho,” “Freeway,” “Buffalo 66″ and “Spring Breakers,” producers Chris and Roberta Hanley are no strangers to controversy; however, there’s something in the spring air this year that has gotten them more than their share of colorful press.

Earlier this month, former business partner on the Harmony Korine-directed hit pic “Spring BreakersWicks Walker sued Muse and fellow producer Jordan Gertner of Hero Entertainment for breach of contract.

This week, as the Hanleys and Gertner were landing in Cannes to start tubthumping several projects, including the upcoming sequel “Spring Breakers: The Second Coming,” their star of the original picture, James Franco (pictured above in the film), took to Instagram to denounce the sequel as “not being done with Harmony Korine or my consent,” acidly adding, “it will be a horrible film.”

The Hanleys and Gertner spoke to »

- Steven Gaydos

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