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Release date set for 'Spring Breakers' movie filmed in Tampa Bay

It was just about a year ago that Tampa Bay was buzzing with sightings of Oscar nominee James Franco in Gulfport or Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens lolling on St. Pete Beach in their bikinis for the filming of Spring Breakers, the crime comedy directed by Harmony Korine.

Well, the time is near to see how we look on film. The trailer for the movie will be shown 7 a.m. Thursday on MTVNews.com, the film's producer has announced, and the movie's release date is set for March 22 in New York and Los Angeles, followed by a nationwide bow the following week, according to entertainment website Vulture.com.

Need a refresher on the movie?

Disney darlings Gomez and Hudgens, as well as Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine, star in their raciest roles ever in this raunchy film that follows four college girls who are arrested after robbing a restaurant to fund their spring vacation.

Franco comes along as their corn-rowed, tattooed rescuer, looking eerily like Kevin Federline and introducing them to the world of sex and violence.

We are promised a scene where a shirtless Franco plays the Britney Spears song Everytime on a white piano at the beach as the girls dance around him wearing ski masks and toting shotguns. Mark your calendars, folks.

Release date set for 'Spring Breakers' movie filmed in Tampa Bay 01/15/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 1, 2013 3:17pm]
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