'Spring Breakers' to Debut in Venice

The Selena Gomez movie, partly filmed at Ringling College, will compete in August at the Venice Film Festival.

, and  and in other beach cities on the southwest Florida coast, will make its debut in another watery setting: Venice, Italy.

The new crime caper, featuring bikini clad starlets on scooters, will vie for top honors at the 69th Venice Film Festival, from Aug. 26-Sept. 8, according to Ace Showbiz.

"Spring Breakers" is scheduled for a 2013 U.S. film release, and stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco.

The moviemaking caused quite a stir in the Tampa Bay area, with streets scenes filmed along St. Pete Beach's Corey Avenue and a jail scene made in Gulfport. Filming also was done in Sarasota where classrooms and housing at Ringling College was used for indoor scenes, and the young female stars were seen having a good time in St. Petersburg.

Although "Spring Breakers" does not have the naughty appeal of which featued a male stripper and was filmed in Tampa, it does feature some of Hollywood's more popular teenage starlets sleuthing beachside in their bikins, with at least , filmed in St. Pete Beach.

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