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Disney star Selena Gomez goes risque; R-rated film's director had children in mind

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  • Call2Action Thatcher, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 5:13 p.m.

    So, will she be the next Lindsay Lohan?

    And, for Pa. Reader and your comment about porn. When that story first came out, it listed the top porn viewing zip codes. I checked them out. Only one was for a place that had any population density, and it was the University of Utah, not a Mormon stronghold. Some of the other zips had less than a few hundred residents. The whole study was based on areas of the state that contained only a tiny fraction of the population. In fact, one zip code, for nearly the smallest town in UT, only 134 residents, had the highest percentage of porn viewers. It was used to skew the results to show Utah in a bad light.

  • infoman Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 4:11 p.m.

    For what it's worth, IMDB is the Internet Movie DataBase, not the International Movie DataBase. And the "parent's guide" for this movie could use a lot more detail. But, like Wikipedia, IMDB is crowd-sourced, meaning it relies on users to put the information in.

    Is there any Disney girl that hasn't done something similar, though? Even Anne Hathaway has done some pretty naughty stuff.

  • Pendergast SLC, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 8:14 p.m.

    @ Mukkake 5:34 p.m. Sept. 25

    "Doing a risque film doesn't mean your personal life becomes risque/crazy/out-of-control, too. I know some world view equate the two"

    Agreed. The truly psychologically healthy ones are those who acknowledge their dark side & can keep it in check.

    Unlike organized religion, where denial, repression, fear, & guilt has worked wonders on the hoi polloi.

  • Mukkake Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 5:34 p.m.

    So many simplistic comments.

    Doing a risque film doesn't mean your personal life becomes risque/crazy/out-of-control, too. I know some world view equate the two, but there are plenty of actors/acrtresses who do racy/risque/violent films, but lead normal lives.

    Just because you don't read about the normal ones in you tabloids doesn't mean they don't exist. It really just says more about you, how you get your information, and your overall world view.

  • Pete1215 Lafayette, IN
    Sept. 25, 2012 2:22 p.m.

    Child stars grow up in bizarro land. It would be interesting for someone to do a study on how the ones who successfully get a grip on life go about it. Usually they seem to crash. Which brings up the question of who is responsible for rewarding the child-star bizarro lifestyle (these sequences keep happening).

  • bballjunkie Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    Well you can take my kids off her fan list. Hope the money is worth it. You got to love people who chase the $. It always ends up coming back to bite them.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    "Korine ... explained that the idea for the movie came to him when he envisioned girls in bikinis and ski masks, loaded with guns."

    Well, that explains a lot...

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Sept. 25, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    Why are we not surprised. We destroyed the idea of marital fidelity in the 60's. We've legalized and normed gay relationships and marriage. There are movies seeking to legitimize incest. The next morality frontier is young kids. What better way to go after them than to use their (formerly) squeaky clean idols in a film? These people are so open about what they are doing.

    Once you erase boundaries and say there is no right and wrong, it is a quick slippery slope...

  • Downtime Saint George, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 11:07 a.m.

    Justme001, the movie IS geared for kids. It doesn't matter that the MPAA gave it an "R" rating. The director intended the storyline, the clothing, the themes, and the actions to be viewed by children; and cast those girls for that very reason. The director wanted children to see their role models (specifically young women) as sexually free and sexually active; just like he wants the children to be for whom it was written.

  • cindyacre Shelley, ID
    Sept. 25, 2012 10:58 a.m.

    "In Hollywood you are not taken seriously as an actor if you maintain a wholesome image."

    But why do I want my kids to think of Hollywood's images of what they think is "cool" as actually BEING cool or good? There are alternatives to Hollywood's world - there are good and decent people in this world. There is more than one "reality". Real people work, live, have families, do what is right for the right reason, serve others, sacrifice for others, and life is good. Hollywood's concept of what the world is like is actually very skewed. Having a "wholesome image" isn't wrong - and those who walk away from it don't exactly have easy carefree lives - they experience some pretty horrible things. Why? Just to be like Hollywood?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 9:22 a.m.

    This is the normal career path of the squeaky cleans. Next is meltdown, then rehab. Anyway, It's rated R. Worse than that, I suspect it's a really bad movie. So, here's a thought. Exercise that agency of yours, and don't see it. Don't send the kids, either.

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    So I wonder what Barney feel about Selena Gomez? This may be silly but she should have not played that role.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Sept. 25, 2012 8:05 a.m.

    It's called money.

  • Pugsley53 Riverdale, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 7:01 a.m.

    Article quote: "It’s maybe taboo to say this but I made the movie for those kids to see as well," Korine said. "I don’t know what age groups will be allowed to watch the movie, but I was thinking about them as much as anyone".....yeah...hoping that "those kids" wouldn't check the reviews and go see his film so he can make a fast buck off them. Why else would he have so many popular teen stars. Classic "bait and switch"

  • Whos Life RU Living? Ogden, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 6:50 a.m.

    I'm proud of her! Good job Selena!

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 5:59 a.m.

    Sad.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 25, 2012 1:25 a.m.

    Good thing I taught my kids Selena is a fake.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 9:00 p.m.

    Harumpf! When is Hollywood going to get a clue?
    It's a sign of the times. No past civilizations every did anything like this. That's for sure.

  • justme001 Salt Lake, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 8:18 p.m.

    Ballplayer,
    this movie is not geared for children hence the R rating. Now if a parent lets their kid see the movie, then that is up to them.
    She has come out and said the movie is not good for her young fans and has also said they should not go and see it. As an actress she can not stay in Disney roles if she want any kind of lasting career.
    Don't worry Disney is prepping new young stars to suite your needs. The older Disney stars will go out and try different roles to see what works for them and keeps them in the business they want to be in.

  • Mukkake Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 6:48 p.m.

    I love the high and mighty comments on this board. The fact of the matter is, this is the gamble a lot of former Child/Teen actresses have to take.

    In Hollywood you are not taken seriously as an actor if you maintain a wholesome image. Look at any of the top paid/billed actors in Hollywood and you'll see resumes full of racy work.

    Lots of the biggest actors in Hollywood made the jump with racy teen/college-age movies such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Dazed and Confused, both of which helped bolster those young actors careers to stardom.

    Also, actors take risky parts to try and break the mold of their type-cast; to show their potential. They also try to take roles that are very different from their previous work to refine their craft.

    Actresses like Sally Field and Jodi Foster did the same thing to try and shake their "wholesome" child/teen images and to receive roles that would bring them critical acclaim.

    Dakota Fanning is currently going through the same process, as well.

    Also, actresses are continually fighting time, you can only play young and cute for so long.

  • Open Mind Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 6:39 p.m.

    She joins the ranks of miley cyrus, lindsay lohan, britney spears, the list goes on..

  • bored Lindon, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 5:47 p.m.

    Anything for money, and a few more minutes of fame. This is like a drug for these people, and the addiction can ruin them. Sad, but we might as well get used to it, as long as the people clamor for this stuff, they will keep making it, and the young stars will keep being targeted for these roles. As if there aren't already enough Lindsey Lohan's in the world.

  • Pa. Reader Harrisburg, PA
    Sept. 24, 2012 5:15 p.m.

    I won't be seeing this silly movie.
    How about a follow up piece on how the film does in Utah theaters?
    I'm betting it will be a big success. After all, the purveyors of online porn know they can count on Utah to buy their product at a level far above the national average -- more per capita than just about any other state.

  • Ballplayer Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 5:04 p.m.

    What these girls don't understand about their "Brand" is that as parents we let our kids watch things that are appropriate for children, not because we want them to be good children, but because we want them to become good adults. Going from a good child to a skanky adult sends a horrible message and she is likely to kill her brand by doing this. From every angle this is a dumb move on her part. Parents won't support her for their kids to watch. From a business perspective her brand equity just took a nose dive. And from "Hollywood carreer" standpoint, what serious actress ever advanced their carreer by performing in a "Spring Break" film? It's not like it's destined to become a classic. It will have one weekend of decent sales as everyone who wants to see her scantily dressed goes, then some video sales, then it will be lost in the obscurity of mediocre/bad films. Directors think that just because it's been committed to film it's art. They couldn't be more wrong.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 4:35 p.m.

    Pathetic

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 24, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    We've seen this show before, and we know how it ends. Even Meg Ryan, who was as bankable as anyone, lost her brand after doing s couple of more "mature" themed films, and nwo couldn't get a role if she needed one.

    What next, rehab... baby... what else does Salena have instore for us to prove she is "all grown up" now.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    I don't know why this should surprise anyone. It's the same thing that every Disney star does, once they've decided to move out from under the Magic Kingdom's umbrella. They want to shake the "wholesome" good child persona, and show that they're willing to do anything. So, they pick a role that is a full 180 from whatever they've done on the Disney Channel. I think Hilary Duff has been the one exception, but even she's not really acting much these days.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    So disappointing. The only thing that is sadder is that most of her fan base will keep cheering her on.