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Shia LaBeouf - Shia LaBeouf, sporting a long ponytail and a silver love heart ear stud tucks into a salad at Hugo's Restaurant in West Hollywood accompanied by a redhead female companion - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 13th April 2015
Photo's fromt he cast of 'Fury' as they attended a photocall at the British Film Institute's London Film Festival
Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth - Shia LeBeouf (sporting a light green vest and work-out gear) and his girlfriend, Mia Goth, were seen on their way to lunch in Los Angeles, California. - Saturday 6th September 2014
Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth - American actor known for his roles in Transformers and Even Stevens Shia LaBeouf photographed with his girlfriend Mia Goth in Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th August 2014
Shia LaBeouf - A bearded Shia LaBeouf wearing his favourite old red 'Mighty Alpha Superstars 1981-1982' t-shirt jumps down from the back of a pickup truck carrying a Nike holdall and old sneakers - Los Angeles, United States - Tuesday 19th August 2014
Shia LaBeouf - Star of Transformers and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Shia LaBeouf returning to his vehicle caught wearing skinny black jeans and grey boots with a t-shirt that says, 'Every picture tells a story - don't it!' - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 12th August 2014
Shia LaBeouf - Shia LaBeouf dressed down wearing ripped cut off jeans, Chicken Shack t-shirt and socks with his sneakers as he goes on errands out and about in West Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 22nd May 2014
The reviews suggest Von Trier has nailed it with Nympho
This weekend sees the limited release of Lars Von Trier’s latest mindbender: Nymphomaniac. Fans of the enigmatic Danish director will relish the chance to see both volumes back to back with this one-day (Saturday Feb 22) release, but if you need convincing to see 4.5 hours of Lars then read on.
Gainsbourg gets up to some raunchy stuff in Nymphomaniac
The film, like many of Von Trier’s, sees Charlotte Gainsbourg take the lead role. She’s a troubled nymphomaniac who provides the film’s plot by recounting her life after Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) finds her beaten in an alley.
It’s split in to two parts – Volume I and II – and both parts are playing tomorrow in London as a double feature. The reviews, however, seem to focus on individual volumes, with the first achieving 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the second, 83%.
“A provocative, engrossing, often hilarious, frequently tough picture. Not for all sensibilities but it's among von Trier's more playful, purely entertaining films, with insight and humour in even the horrors,” wrote Empire’s Kim Newman in his review.
“By the end of four hours the concept "picaresque" has been serially used and abused, much like the film's heroine. There's a vision here, even so, that shapes the film's prolix, promiscuous ends,” said Nigel Andrews in The Financial Times.
“For the most part Nymphomaniac is compelling and achieves exactly what von Trier set out to do: a multi-faceted exploration of sexuality, in all its bizarre, twisted glory,” writes James Mottram for The List.
And here, at Contact Music, Rich Cline awarded Nymphomaniac (both volumes as one film) 4/5, writing: “For the most part Nymphomaniac is compelling and achieves exactly what von Trier set out to do: a multi-faceted exploration of sexuality, in all its bizarre, twisted glory.”
If one thing’s for sure, it’s that Lars Von Trier will take you out of your comfort zone with Nymphomaniac, and it’s something you should experience in its enterity. So what are you waiting for, pick up the phone and start dialing! Oh wait, that’s a different film.
At four hours long, this drama is as confrontational as anything we've seen by Lars von Trier (Melancholia), but it's also perhaps his most humane and hopeful film yet. This is a challenging, complex exploration of human sexuality, but it's told with a surprisingly light touch, allowing humour and warmth to seep in around the edges. So even if it's darkly haunting and occasionally shocking, violent or sexually explicit, it's so recognisably honest that we can't help but be moved.
This is the story of Joe (played as a teen by Martin and as an adult by Gainsbourg), who is found near death in an alleyway and nursed back to health by the kindly Seligman (Skarsgard). While she recovers from her injuries, she tells him about her life, which has been defined by sex since she was 2 years old. She loses her virginity as a teen to the greasy biker Jerome (LaBeouf), who will re-enter her life two more times over the following decades. Through the years she struggles to understand love, which she sees as lust plus jealousy. Then when she suspects that love might be the secret ingredient for good sex, her subsequent experiences take her down an unexpected road.
Flashbacks to Joe's life are sequential, so as she narrates her story we experience it along with her. This includes her riotous teen years preying on men as a game, protesting with her friends against a love-fixated society. Getting sex is easy, but making sense of it is something else. She tries being randomly cruel to men, and having a master (Bell) physically abuse her. She experiences love and motherhood, and eventually finds a career as an enforcer for a loan shark (Dafoe). Along the way, Martin and Gainsbourg deliver unflinching performances that let us see Joe's soul. And Skarsgard takes our breath away in an unusually introspective, wrenching role.
Continue reading: Nymphomaniac Review
Is there ever a dull week in showbiz? Billy Ray Cyrus slaughters his own song and, FYI, Shia LaBeouf isn't "not famous" yet.
RIP Shirley Temple: For younger generations, the death of Shirley Temple may not be as heart-rending as for those who grew up with the adorable, depression-era actress and watched her help pull America out of its slump. Temple died peacefully at home aged 85 on the 10th February after a life of reinventing herself and bringing joy to others through her many talents. You may or may not know that Temple was huge in China, but why? Find out here. Shirley Temple: 1928-2014.
Samuel L Jackson Makes Himself Clear: Samuel L Jackson has been involved in what was arguably the biggest foot-in-mouth moment of the year so far. In an interview with KTLA's so-called "entertainment reporter," Sam Rubin, Jackson was asked about his recent Super Bowl commercial...only, the Robocop actor didn't have a Super Bowl commercial, leading to quizzical stares and the immortal quote "what Super Bowl commercial?" as it dawned on the star that Rubin had him confused with fellow black actor, Laurence Fishburne. Read about the fall-out and watch the toe-curling video here.
Amanda Bynes is hopefully on the road to recovery, but what causes child stars to become so troubled as adults?
The Amanda Bynes saga was funny at first. When she started dressing like Nicki Minaj, pierced her cheeks and began tweeting strange messages to rapper, Drake, it all just seemed like harmless Miley Cyrus attention seeking. But then things took a turn for the worst when Amanda’s behaviour became increasingly erratic, culminating in her attempting to start up a fire in a neighbour’s driveway before accidentally covering her puppy in gasoline.
Amanda began behaving strangely, emerging from court wearing a knotted blonde wig
The actress’ problems didn’t seem to really start until 2012 when she received a DUI and later that year she was charged for two more alleged hit and run incidents. By 2013 she had been arrested for possession of drugs and her hard partying seemed to be a symptom of something a little more sinister. When things finally came to a head with the fire incident, it was clear that Amanda wasn’t high on drugs or ‘acting out’, this was somebody with mental health issues.
Continue reading: Amanda Bynes And The Curse Of The Child Star
The 'Transformers' actor is "not famous anymore" which has just brought him a whole lot more attention.
So Shia LaBeouf isn't famous anymore? Why then, if the 27 year-old Nymphomaniac actor is so averse to a bit of spotlight, has Shia embarked on a trail of most bizarre incidents, starting will his plagiarism of a graphic artist's work, followed by over-apologising, declaring his retirement, walking out of a Nymphomaniac press conference, wearing a paper bag with "I Am Not Famous Anymore" and leading up to his LA art exhibition.
Shia's "I Am Not Famous Anymore" Stunt Brought Him More Fame, Ironically.
The list of weirdness was long enough without the art exhibition, entitled "#IAMSORRY." Visitors are reported to have been scanned by a security guard before they were allowed in one at a time to "see" Shia. They were expected to pick an implement from a table, which apparently included a Daniel Clowes graphic novel, a wrench, and some Hershey Kisses, before going into a room where Shia sat silently with a bag over his head.
Remember that kung-fu kick? Well this isn't nearly as exciting.
While Eric Cantona is no stranger to being banned, his latest is not really his fault. The advert in which he stars – one for Kronenbourg 1664 – has been pulled for misleading customers.
Eric Cantona's parody ad is not cool
The misleading part comes from the assertion within the advert that the beer is brewed in a particular French town, Alsace. But it’s not: it’s brewed in the rainy British city of Manchester. Which isn’t quite as glamorous. The ad sees Cantona parody the treatment footballers get, from fan adulation to superstar treatment in various establishments.
Continue reading: That Eric Cantona Kronenbourg Advert? Yeah, It's Been Banned
It turns out that LaBeouf's questionable behavior of late has all (or mostly) been leading up to this.
Is Shia LaBeouf a misunderstood genius of our time? The actor went from cryptic tweets to deliberate plagiarism, to storming out of a press conference and wearing a paper bag on his head and finally, to a performance art piece. LaBeouf brought out the “I Am Not Famous Anymore” paper bag for a performance art piece, which will run Tuesday through Sunday at the Cohen gallery in Los Angeles. The piece is called “#IAMSORRY” and it was announced via press release from the gallery.
“Shia LaBeouf is sorry. Sincerely sorry. He will be in situ at 7354 Beverly Boulevard for the duration. Implements will be provided. Free admission,” the announcement said.
It was all part of a bigger picture.
Continue reading: Tearful Shia LaBeouf Brings Out The Paper Bag For Performance Art Piece
The movie's 100% Rotten Tomatoes score overshadows the actor's scene-making behaviour.
Lars Von Trier's controversial new movie Nymphomaniac has gone down a storm with critics after having premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. However, cast member Shia LaBeouf, who has been doing a lot of bizarre things recently in the name of performance art, drew unnecessary attention to himself by walking out of the press conference and appearing with a paper bag on his head on the red carpet.
That There, That's Shia LaBeouf...Promise!
After being asked about the movie's explicit sex scenes, of which apparently there are many, Shia quoted footballer Eric Cantona's famous 1995 line: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea" before making his exit, according to BBC News. He later appeared on the red carpet for the premiere screening wearing a brown paper bag with the words "I am not famous anymore" written on it with two eye holes.
Shia's paper bag might not be his weirdest moment ever.
Shia LaBeouf managed to out do even himself in the bizarre stakes yesterday, by storming out of the press conference for Nymphomaniac after quoting Eric Cantona and then appearing at the premiere with a paper bag over his head with I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE" written across it. Crazy stuff but this is all what we've come to expect from Shia who’s created his own Beouf-ometer of weirdness in recent years with these 5 moments alone:
Shia LaBeouf - with a bag on his head.
1. Dropping acid for a role.
For his role in Charlie Countryman, Shia dropped acid in front of several cast and crew members including Ron Weasley, I mean Rupert Grint. Grint later described how LaBeouf “smashed the place up, got naked and kept seeing this owl,” wow, however if the owl was Pigwidgeon it’s understandable.
2. The Sigur Rós video
Shia starred in the video for Icelandic band Sigur Rós’ single 'Fjögur Píanó', where his performance inclduing doing some weird interpretive dancing and then stripping off, unsurprisingly the video became a viral hit. Warning NSFW:
Continue reading: Shia LaBeouf: His Five Weirdest Moments
Shia LaBeouf made sure he earned his latest film Nymphomaniac plenty of publicity, though it may not even need it.
Shia LaBeouf walked out of a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival after quoting Eric Cantona's famous line, "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea."
LaBeouf - in Berlin to promote Lars Von Trier's new movie Nymphomaniac, of which he is the star- later appeared on the red carpet wearing a paper bag on his head. Written on it was the words, "I am not famous any more," according to BBC News.
Continue reading: At Berlin Press Conference, Shia LaBeouf Quotes Cantona, Gets Up, Leaves
The actor's latest appearance was just a little bit more bizarre than usual.
Given Shia LaBeouf’s recent antics, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the man is a bit... err… eccentric. He’s also very self aware though, just take a look at his outfit for the “Nymphomaniac Volume I” premiere at the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival.
Even if he isn't famous, LaBeouf can always rely on his fashion choices to make a stir.
LaBeouf’s look included a sharp black tux, white shirt and a brown paper bag. Say what you will about LaBeouf, but he obviously knows how to make a statement. In this case, he made it in black marker on the paper bag on his head. The message read: “I am not famous anymore.” – a statement he has been tweeting repeatedly since January 13, as USA Today notes.
Continue reading: Seagulls, Sardines And Paper Bags - Is Shia LaBeouf Pulling A Lady Gaga?
Seems like the actor's retirement threat was an empty one
Shia LaBeouf’s antics over the past year have been attributed to a wider ideal: a performance art piece produced with the help of several other artists. Whether that’s true or not, the mercurial actor claimed he was retiring ‘from public life’ – a claim that has just been confirmed as boohocky with the announcement of his role in Rock The Kasbah. (Casbah? Some say K, some say C)
Shia LaBeouf doing some sort of work - proper work
LaBeouf – who made his name as a child-star in Even Stevens, and enjoyed a successful turn in Holes - will star alongside Bill Murray in Barry Levinson's Rock the Kasbah. Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride and Zooey Deschanel also share the screen. Brian Grazer and Tom Freston are stepping in to exec produce Kasbah, while QED International will be looking for buyers at Berlin's upcoming European Film Market.
The actor's bizarre actions recently were all stunts as part of a project, apparently.
Shia LaBeouf has pulled what is known nowadays in showbusiness as a "Joaquin Phoenix," whereby one goes undercover, creating a series of provocative stunts to make the media believe that one's marbles have truly been lost then claiming it was all for art. The actor confused fans recently with a string of bizarre and out-of-the-blue incidents which included ripping off artist Daniel Clowes' work, apologising via a sky-writer, and a string of weird tweets over-apologising for his actions.
Shia LaBeouf Has Lifted The Lid On His Bizarre Actions Of Late.
Many probably assumed that LaBeouf, the former child star of Even Stevens, had simply gone off the rails a bit, as the Macaulay Culkins of the world have done before him. The media scratched its collective head and decided to laugh about the Transformer star's weird happenings. The chain of incidents seemingly ended a few weeks back with LaBeouf announcing that he was "retiring from all public life" after all the negative attention he was receiving.
Shia LeBeouf apologises again on twitter, but claims his recent strange behaviour was all part of a project: "My Twitter @thecampaignbook is meta-modernist performance art."
But the 27 year-old has really out done himself with his latest bizarre tweets.
LaBeouf was surrounded by controversy back in December (2013) after he was accused of plagiarising the work of graphic novelist Daniel Clowes in his short film 'Howard Cantour.com'.
Continue reading: Shia LaBeouf Claims Bizarre Twitter Behaviour Is "Performance Art"
Shia gets up to some stupid stuff
For a man who’s recently decided to retire from public life, Shia LaBeouf is sure lingering in the public eye. He’s walking around London headbutting people willy-nilly, and let’s not forget; he’s starring in two pretty high profile movies this year.
Shia LaBeouf picking up some stuff from the hardware store, something he's deeply sorry for
He’s not quite reached Justin Bieber’s inordinate displays of stupidity, but his recent behavior has gained him more enemies that friends. Here’s a little rundown of Shia’s most idiotic moments, and yes, his recent headbutt makes the cut.
Shia LaBeouf is not starting out 2014 in the right way. First he was accused of plagiarism, and now he is being accused of assaulting a man. Is Shia headed downhill?
Uh oh, it appears that Shia LaBeouf may be going a little Lindsay Lohan on us. The actor seems to be on a downward spiral after being accused of plagiarizing his newest film. And when he apologized for that plagiarizing, he was accused of plagiarizing that apology.
Shia LaBeouf appears at the Cannes Film Festival
Since then, he has acted out, in public and on Twitter, and now he was reportedly in a pub fight in London.
Continue reading: Shia LaBeouf Allegedly Assaults A Man In A London Pub
The actor takes a step back after a string of bizarre incidents. What on Earth is going on?
Shia LaBeouf has announced that he is "retiring from all public life" after a year of crazy incidents has reached breaking point. It has been a rather strange year for the 27 year-old Even Stevens actor who has branched out into directing. Ready to head down the rabbit hole?
Shia LaBeouf Announces He's Retiring From Public Life.
The L.A-born actor was left red-faced after it emerged that he'd persistently plagiarised other peoples' work, most notably that of graphic novelist Daniel Clowes, and then plagiarised his apology for stealing Clowes' work.
Shia Lebeouf reveals that he had to send a photograph of his penis to the production team to land the role of 'Jerome' in Lars Von Trier' controversial film 'Nymphomaniac'.
The 27 year-old must have desired to be in the film as he accepted a very bizarre request from the production team before being cast.
LeBeouf sent director Lars Von Trier a photograph of his penis.
[NSFW] Lars Von Trier is at it again.
The full-length trailer has finally been released for the Lars Von Trier two-part erotic drama, Nymphomaniac. The Danish director has teased for months with promotional posters for the movie showing cast members' faces in the throes of sexual pleasure.
Written and directed by the somewhat infamously controversial Von Trier ('Antichrist,' 'Melancholia'), the film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, a woman found beaten in an alley by Stellan Skarsgard's Seligman. Joe attends group therapy sessions after self-diagnosing as a nymphomaniac; a sex addict. Seligman looks after Joe and she tells him her life story, including her sexual experiences.
'Selfie' is the Oxford English Dictionary 'Word of the Year' - and here's why
2013 is the year of the 'selfie,' the Oxford English Dictionary reckons at least, as the word used to describe a self-shot photograph has been named as the word of the year by the established dictionary authority. According to the Oxford English Dictionary web page, the decision to adopt selfie as word of the year was a " unanimous" decision, noting a 17,000 per cent increase in the usage of the word over the past 12 months.
Mariah Carey is one star who has helped boost the 'selfie' craze
The powers at the Oxford English Dictionary have gone on to chart the rise of the word selfie, tracing its origins to a 2002 ABC Online forum posting. The word experts noted the wider use of the word in 2003 and its adoption into common usage by 2012, but it isn't until 2013 that selfie has become worthy of the Word of the Year title. It beat such buzzwords as 'bitcin,' 'showrunning' and the ever popular 'twerk' to emerge victorious, but what is it that has made 2013 the year of the selfie?
Continue reading: 'Selfie' Is The Word Of The Year: Charting Its Rise To The Top
LeBeouf's reputation just took ANOTHER nosedive. It's difficult.
Shia LaBeouf is an egg. That basically means he’s a bit silly, which we’re pretty sure we can say without being sued. But just in case: Shia LaBeouf is NOT silly. He is however, an idiot. He’s in a really bad film called Charlie Countryman, and to prepare for said bad film, he took the wrong drug.
Shia LaBeouf looking sullen in Charlie Countryman - don't read the reviews mate
Charlie Countryman has amassed 30% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is pretty bad. But it’s not the worst film ol’ LaBeouf has ever done. The Holes actor has some pretty shoddy scores on the review aggregator site. Countryman is below his average of 50% (of the 22 films with ratings, that is).
Probably not the best way to market your movie to a U.K audience...
Remembrance Sunday is primarily a day to mourn, commemorate and celebrate the efforts of solders in World War I, but that doesn’t totally excuse Brad Pitt and his WWII film Fury for filming Nazi scenes on November 11th.
Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf film scenes for 'Fury.'
David Ayer is probably facing the biggest backlash; filming for his WWII tank epic kicked off at 4am this morning, with gunshots, explosions and a hundred extras dressed as both allied and Nazi forces rampaged through fields. And it’s not as though he wasn’t warned: emotional pleas to delay the filming during remembrance Sunday fell of deaf ears as Ayer pushed on with his schedule.
Continue reading: Brad Pitt's 'Fury' Faux Pas: Filming Nazi Scenes On Remembrance Sunday
When Charlie Countryman boarded a plane to Bucharest in Romania after a hallucination of his late mother told him to, it became both the best and worst decision he'd ever make. He becomes embroiled in the life of a middle-aged man who dies beside him on the flight and is forced to meet his daughter; a strikingly beautiful cellist named Gabi; with whom he sets out to uncover the mysteries he left behind. Along the way he meets her party-loving friends who welcome him with open arms and he finds himself falling increasingly in love with her. However, things take a turn for the worst when her crime boss husband Nigel shows up on her doorstep with no intention of letting Charlie take her off his hands. Charlie can do nothing but fiercely protect his lover, but to do that, he is forced to lay down his life.
Continue: Charlie Countryman - Red Band Trailer
The actor shared a screen shot from his upcoming movie to promote the upcoming rom-com-action
Shia LaBeouf isn't scared to show a little (or a lot) of skin, as he has shown with his increasingly sordid roles. After baring all for the Sigur Rós' music video for the song 'Fjögur Píanó,' before stripping off completely and getting steamy for the screen with his Nymphomaniac co-stars, Shia this time took to Twitter to flash his bits.
Charlie Countryman comes out next month
Sharing an image from his upcoming film, the rom-com meets action adventure Charlie Countryman, Shia told his followers to check out the upcoming film and gave them at least one reason to check it out with the racy image. Early on Sunday (hey what else are you going to do on a Sunday morning), 20 October, Shia uploaded the image to his Twitter account, along with the caption; "tune in, turn on, drop out - #CharlieCountryman 11/15."
Continue reading: Shia LaBeouf Tweets Naked Selfie To Promote 'Charlie Countryman'
Brad Pitt's movie 'Fury' has racked up considerable publicity in recent weeks, but what do we actually know about David Ayer's World War II movie?
A stuntman on Brad Pitt's World War II movie Fury was stabbed in the shoulder with a bayonet and air lifted to hospital in Oxford this week. The 35-year-old was accidentally injured during a rehearsal at the movie's set in Pyrton, Oxfordshire. Not familiar with this movie? Read our 'Everything you need to know about Fury'.
Earlier this month, a letter was sent to residents in the community on behalf of Pinewood Studios, warning them to expect "intermittent controlled gunfire and explosives" during the shoot for the movie.
A spokesman for the movie confirmed the stabbing happened as two stuntmen were filming at a converted farm.
Continue reading: Brad Pitt's World War II Movie 'Fury': Everything You Need To Know
Charlie Countryman is a regular guy who is prompted to travel to Bucharest in Romania after experiencing a vision of his deceased mother. However, along the way, fate intervenes when a middle-aged man dies in his sleep while seated beside Charlie, and he is suddenly embroiled in the case of his death. He meets his striking musician daughter Gabi who he vows to help find out what happened to her father, while getting involved with her party-hard, drug-taking friends. The pair begin to fall head over heels in love with each other, but when her crime boss husband Nigel appears, things take a turn for the worst for Charlie. Attempting to stand up for himself and protect his new lover, he endures several emotional and physical attacks from the ruthless Nigel before realising the only way he can save Gabi; he must die for her.
Continue: Charlie Countryman Trailer
The stabbed man was airlifted to hospital.
Fury director David Ayer is looking to make his new movie as realistic as possible, sending his cast to the woods to get them into the mindsets of a WWII troop of soldiers, helping them bond as a unit left to fend for themselves. Then there was the Pinewood Studios notice sent to residents of Shirburn, Pyrton and Watlington in Oxfordshire that they should expect to hear "intermittent controlled gunfire and explosives" during the making of the wartime film.
Stuntman Stabbed During Filming Of Brad Pitt's New Movie, 'Fury.'
However things got a little too real today on set when a stuntman was injured by a bayonet, i.e. the pointed blade attached to the end of a gun. BBC News reports that a 35 year-old was injured at around midday in Pyrton and was subsequently airlifted to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital.
Continue reading: Stuntman Bayonetted On Brad Pitt's 'Fury' Film Set In Oxfordshire
Check out the candid posters below.
Sex. Sex sex sex. It doesn’t matter how many times we say it, it’s still going to make the headlines. And that’s partly why Nymphomaniac – Lars Von Trier’s upcoming film – has been such hot news: it delves into the risqué subject with alacrity and gusto.
The film has also made the news due to the fact that Von Trier is a bit weird.
Shirburn villagers are warned not to call 999 if they hear gunfire on set of Brad Pitt flick 'Fury'.
Hollywood film producers have informed the residents of Shirburn in Oxfordshire not to worry about any nearby explosions while they shoot Brad Pitt's latest movie Fury.
Shia LaBeouf On The Set of 'Fury
Pinewood studios have taken the World War II historical drama to the tiny village until mid-November to shoot several action scenes for the flick which stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman.
Pitt must have flown right over his head
Why is it so funny when old people don’t know who celebrities are? Jay Z’s subway friend - Ellen Grossman - made the news when she asked the infamous rapper what he did. Now, Mr. Comfort, a consultant for Brad Pitt’s new film, Fury, had no idea who the Hollywood ‘A-Lister’ was.
He had no idea who this man was: Brad Pitt
"My regiment, the Light Dragoons, got in contact with me about three weeks ago. They'd been approached by an ex-officer who worked for a film company and asked if there were any old boys left,” explained the war veteran. "Then Brad Pitt phoned me and said he wanted to speak about Sherman tanks for a film. He talked me into going and, I have to say, I was extremely well treated.”
Continue reading: Brad Pitt In Mr. Comfort’s Zone, But Not In His Consciousness
Should we have listened to Shia LaBeouf on the power of the NSA back in 2008?
Shia LaBeouf's NSA worries were essentially proved correct over the weekend as further details emerged of technology giants' co-operation with US spy agencies. Apple, Facebook and Google issued strongly-worded denials that they had 'knowingly' participated in a scheme with the National Security Agency, providing emails, conversations, documents, photos and other materials from agents.
29-year-old former technical assistant to the CIA Edward Snowden is the individual responsible for leaking one of the most significant cover-ups in US political history, though was Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf the first to publically air his fears of the NSA on a mass scale? During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2008, LaBeouf - the star of the Transformers movies - told the American public that "one in five phone calls which you make are recorded, and logged."
"I laughed at him [FBI agent who told Shia about the surveillance], and then he played back a phone conversation I had had two years prior to joining the picture [Eagle Eye]... And it was one of those 'What are you wearing?' kind of things."
Continue reading: Shia LaBeouf's NSA Surveillance Claims Proven Correct
The Cannes Film Festival is here again, though many believe it is not the same without the presence of Lars Von Trier.
A Still From Lars Von Trier's Controversial New Movie 'Nymphomaniac'
In 2011, Lars Von Trier was the undisputed headline maker at the Cannes Film Festival, though for all the reasons. "What can I say, I understand Hitler. I think he did his wrong things ... but I understand the man," the Danish filmmaker said at a press conference for his movie Melancholia, as Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg looked for the nearest hole to swallow them up. On the occasion, Von Trier was regarded persona non grata and was essentially banished from the festival.
Now, two years later, he has another controversial movie to promote - Nymphomaniac with Gainsbourg, Jamie Bell, Shia LaBeouf and Willem Dafoe - though there is no room for the movie at Cannes. Instead it premieres four days after the festival ends, in Denmark. According to Fox, Von Trier is not banned from the Cannes and simply missed the cut-off submission date for his movie to screen there. The Guardian's critic Xan Brooks argued that Cannes without the filmmaker is simply not the same - and the blustery Riviera weather has done little to make stars, critics and filmmakers feel at home. "He transgressed and was punished and the scars, it seems, have yet to fully heal," Brooks wrote. "But Cannes and Von Trier need each other."
Relive Lars Von Trier's Nazi Comments:
Continue reading: Is Cannes Really Cannes Without Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'?
Fox jumping on a trampoline is the first glimpse at the movie we've gotten.
We know she probably hasn’t been on your mind too much lately, but Megan Fox’s trampoline studs made headlines yesterday. The Transformers starlet was caught filming a scene for her upcoming Michael Bay production, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. As Fox was wearing tight clothing – a tank top and yoga pants, you can imagine how excited the fanboys got over the stills. We’ll give you a hint: very excited.
For those of you who haven’t been paying close attention, here’s a quick rundown of the Fox/Bay situation. The actress starred along with Shia LaBeouf in the first two transformer movies, before being booted off for a younger, hotter actress (who had, as you may have guessed, even fewer lines in the film than Fox had had). At this point though, everything is mended between Bay and Fox and she is back to provide the mandated dose of eye candy in the flick - which, judjing from the trampoline photos, courtesy of Us Weekly, she is doing a spectacular job providing.
In this new adaptation, Fox will be portraying TV reporter April O’Neil and she’ll be teaming up with actors Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) and Danny Woodburn (Splinter), as well as a lot of CGI. The plot or general idea is as of yet unknown, but you can count on the fact that, in typical Michael Bay style, there will at least be lots of explosions throughout to keep you from getting bored.
Does 'Orphans' manage to get by without Shia LaBeouf?
The Broadway production of Lyle Kessler's 'Orphans' starring Alec Baldwin, opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Thursday evening (April 18, 2013), after a chaotic build-up that saw lead star Shia LaBeouf walk out of rehearsals. The play follows two orphaned brothers living in a decrepit North Philadelphia row house. The eldest (originally played by Shia, now by Ben Foster) supports his younger sibling (Tom Sturridge) by stealing before kidnapping a rich old man (Baldwin) who becomes the father figure the boys never had.
Alec Baldwin [L] and Tom Sturridge [R] Star in Orphans On Broadway
LaBeouf departed after a highly publicized disagreement with Alec Baldwin, with private emails making their way online. "I can tell you that, in all honesty, I don't think he's in a good position to be giving interpretations of what the theater is and what the theater isn't," Baldwin told Vulture.com afterwards. However, the Transformers actor showed up on the front row for the previews at the end of March and led a resounding standing ovation when it finished.
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'Transformers' star Shia LaBeouf signs autographs and poses for pictures with fans as he arrives outside the New York studios for 'The Late Show With David Letterman'. When the photographers spot that he is wearing some sort of foot support instead of a left shoe, they burst out laughing.
Shia LaBeouf attends the first preview evening of the Broadway play he just got fired from
Shia LaBeouf attended the opening performance of the Broadway play Orphans on Tuesday night, despite having been fired from the play around a month earlier. ‘How supportive and mature of him,’ you may be thinking. Well… not quite. This is Shia LaBeouf, we’re talking about here – you know, the former child actor who hasn’t quite managed to shake off the whole ‘spoilt brat’ thing that most child actors have? No, it turns out that Shia went to the effort of sitting through the entire performance of Orphans, just to make a highly sarcastic gesture at the end, thumping the stage with over-exaggerated enthusiasm as his replacement, Ben Foster, took a bow. Bitter? Um, yes, just a touch, it seems.
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According to a report from New York Times, La Beouf appeared to be at the show alone and sat on the front row, on the aisle. He left his seat during the interval but returned for the second half. At the curtain call, Shia was the first audience member to stand, jumping to his feet “before any other audience member to give a standing ovation at the end.” As Foster took a bow, his predecessor “rapped his palm on the stage.” He left soon after.
The trailer for 'The Company You Keep' suggest Robert Redford has returned to form as a director.
Robert Redford appears to be back on track. Some five years after his disappointing drama 'Lions For Lambs', the Oscar winning director has returned to similar territory with 'The Company You Keep,' a slick looking drama starring an all-star cast. And when we say all-star cast, we really do mean it.
Redford stars and directs in the story of Jim Grant, a public interest lawyer and single father living in New York. Shia LaBeouf plays a scruffy intrepid journalist who exposes Grant as a man wanted for a murder he allegedly committed in his days as an anti-war radical. When another member of the Weather Underground - played by Susan Sarandon - is arrested, LaBeouf's Ben Shepard smells an opportunity to make a name for himself with a national story. The superb Stanley Tucci plays his prickly finger-pointing editor (is it us, or was he born to play a prickly finger-pointing editor?) while the excellent Anna Kendrick plays a vulnerable FBI agent. Elsewhere, there's a gruff looking Nick Nolte, the old-hand Richard Jenkins and legendary western actor Sam Elliott. Oh, and there's Brendan Gleeson. And Terrence Howard. And Julie Christie.
Ben Shepard is a young and ambitious reporter determined to make a name for himself in the media world. When Sharon Solarz, a member of the radical left organisation Weather Underground, is arrested for her involvement in a bank robbery and subsequent murder 30 years ago, Ben smells an important story that could be his big break. Meanwhile, attorney Jim Grant, a single father of an 11-year-old daughter named Isabel who was also involved in the crime, is forced on the run from the FBI as Ben sparks a new manhunt, but on the way he changes course in an effort to expose the truth and prove his innocence. Ben discovers that the whole story is more complicated than he initially thought, particularly as not everyone appears to be who they say they are.
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Shia LaBeouf quits Broadway play Orphans over creative differences with Alec Baldwin
Shia LaBeouf quits Broadway play after a week of rehearsals? We can’t say we’re too surprised. The actor was to play Treat in a revival of Lyle Kessler’s 1983 play Orphans, however, it appears he ran into difficulties with co-star Alec Baldwin, who himself has had a rough week after being accused of racist slurs by the New York Post. It’s bad news for LaBeouf fans who had already snapped up tickets for the Transformers star’s Broadway debut when they were made available two days ago, though the nature of his exit looks complex.
On Wednesday, LaBeouf – who allegedly dropped acid for his turn in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman - took to Twitter to post a series of emails to and from members of the creative team. One from the director Daniel Sullivan appears to hint at artistic tensions between LaBeouf and Baldwin, both hot-headed yet talented performers. “I'm too old for disagreeable situations,” Sullivan wrote, “You're one hell of a great actor. Alec is who he is. You are who you are. You two are incompatible. I should have known it.” Sullivan appears to suggest Shia tried to dissuade him from putting him in the production, saying, “This one will haunt me. You tried to warn me. You said you were a different breed. I didn't get it.”
In an email to both Baldwin and Sullivan, LaBeouf apologizes for his role in the situation, saying, “A man can tell you that he was wrong. That he did wrong. That he planned to. He can tell you when he is lost. He can apologise, even if it's just to put an end to the bickering.” The correspondence paints a picture of a tense and frosty atmosphere on the set of the play, which is set to open at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in the spring. The production’s official website still features a banner with Baldwin, LaBeouf and the British actor Tom Sturridge.
It seems most of the publicity for Shia LaBeouf's 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman' has focused squarely on the lead actor's drug taking in preparation for a scene in the movie. At Sundance this week, LaBeouf confirmed he dropped acid for a sequence in which his character Charlie is tripping on LSD.
The movie - by newcomer Fredrik Bond - follows the story of a young American who travels to Eastern Europe with no plans or ambitions. He lands in Romania, a place more foreign than he could have ever imagined. Charlie finds himself pursuing an equally lost girl named Gabi, a mysterious woman with a dark past. The film generated plenty of buzz at Sundance, though after wading through the tales of acid and method acting, is The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman really that necessary?
The critics don't think so.
With speculation about forthcoming Star Wars movies reaching boiling point, we think it's time to sit back, take a breath, and ask, "WHAT ABOUT INDIANA JONES?" As has been widely reported, George Lucas has handed over his brainchild LucasFilm to Disney for a cool $4 billion, with the studio giant signalling itself intention to go ahead and make further the Stars Wars saga.
Of course, the sci-fi franchise will be Disney's main priority in terms of what they've got for their money, but they now own the rights to Indiana Jones too, which has pulled in nearly $1.9 million at the domestic box office. Despite scathing reviews, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull still pulled in $786.6 million in 2008, proving demand for the franchise is anything but dead. Disney already had two hugely popular Indiana theme parks, the Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland in California and the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando. On paper, a new movie appears to be a no-brainer, though things are a little more complicated in reality.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Disney chief Bob Iger said there were "some encumbrances" to monetizing Indiana Jones and Steven Spielberg isn't exactly jumping at the chance to direct adventure-action films at the moment. During a recent interview in promotion of his Lincoln biopic, he explained, "I knew I could do the action in my sleep. At this point in my career, in my life, the action doesn't hold any - it doesn't attract me anymore." Should Lincoln go on to win Golden Globes and Oscars, we could probably rule a new Indiana Jones movie out, straight away.
Continue reading: Forget Stars Wars' Future: What Happens To Indiana Jones?
The story centres on the three Bondurant brothers in rural Virginia. Eldest sibling Forrest (Hardy) runs the family moonshine business with middle brother Howard (Clarke). But the younger Jack (LaBeouf) wants in on the action and secretly teams up with whiz-kid Cricket (DeHaan) to speed up production and sell their wares to a big-city gangster (Oldman). Then slimy city-slicker Federal Agent Rakes (Pearce) arrives, determined to stop bootlegging no matter who he has to torture and kill. Meanwhile, a sexy barmaid (Chastain) with a shady past arrives to distract Forrest, while Jack daringly woos the rebellious daughter (Wasikowska) of the local preacher.
Continue reading: Lawless Review
The Bondurant Brothers, Forrest, Howard and Jack, take up lawless methods of achieving the American Dream during the Depression in Franklin County, Virginia. Soon their illegal money-making schemes, including selling their home brewed moonshine in their saloon, attract the attention of the local law enforcement who recruit a corrupt inner-city cop, Charlie Rakes, to break the brothers and force them to give him shares in their profits. In an attempt to gain his brothers' respect and win the heart of the pure and well brought up Bertha who seeks danger and excitement, the suggestible and smart Jack partners with the brutal and, quite frankly, untrustworthy city gangster Floyd Banner - things start to become strained for the Bondurants when the 'indestructible' Forrest is seriously injured and loyalty among the brothers is questioned.
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When man first landed on the moon over 40 years ago, their journey was well documented and broadcast on the TV around the world, what we weren't to know was the details of a secret mission the astronauts carried out on the 'dark side of the moon'. What they discovered was beyond their belief, evidence that we're not alone in the universe.
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The film's beginning will not allay your fears. Kale (LaBeouf) and his dad (Matt Craven) are fishing. Knee-deep in a lake and surrounded by mountains, they share a particularly cheesy father-son moment. We see that he's not just Kale's father, he is his friend. The relationship is so clichéd and the setting so cloyingly idyllic, that one wants to run for the (admittedly beautiful-looking) hills. However, before you go to switch off the Hallmark channel, Caruso offs the dad in a car accident just brutal enough to forgive what came before and dissolve some preconceptions. It's a pretty good move (although not quite Janet Leigh in the Bates Motel shower) and sets us up for a film that effectively handles and plays its audience.
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You won't find any sort of rabblerousing or sense of time in Emilio Estevez's Bobby, his account of the people that were in attendance when Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel. Estevez tosses together close to two dozen major characters and storylines along with footage of RFK campaigning against racism, America's poverty, and unlawful McCarthy tactics. The stories run the gamut from a young couple (Elijah Wood and Lindsay Lohan) getting hitched to keep the groom out of the war to an alcoholic diva (Demi Moore) and her forgotten husband (Estevez himself) to a philandering hotel manager (William H. Macy) who must keep his affair with a switchboard operator (Heather Graham) from his wife (Sharon Stone) and from an infuriated ex-employee (Christian Slater). There's also a pack of poll campaigners (Nick Cannon, Joshua Jackson, Shia Labeouf, and Brian Geraghty) who must deal with an acid freak out facilitated by a hippie (Ashton Kutcher), a pushy Czech journalist (Svetlana Metkina), and a flirty waitress at the hotel restaurant (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Sounds like the makings of an ensemble comedy, no?
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Pretty badass, right? Definitely. Deep and meaningful? Hardly. This is a violent and apocalyptic story, based loosely on the Hellblazer graphic novels by comic book legend Alan Moore. And much to the relief of comic book fanboys everywhere, this adaptation adheres to the heavy, religious-war foundational spirit of Moore's work.
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