This week, James Franco, the multi-hyphenate talent and student of all things art, finally chimed in on the ongoing shenanigans (Shia-nanigans?) of Shia LaBeouf -- from his plagiarism of Daniel Clowes, to his plagiarized apologies for his plagiarism, to his bizarre public appearances wearing a bag over his head declaring "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE," among various other ridiculous things. Franco's op-ed in The New York Times read like a myopic declaration of male actor privilege, particularly because you'll never see actresses pulling the same stunts LaBeouf's been pulling (or that their other male counterparts have, for that matter) -- and if they have or had, they certainly wouldn't have a career afterward.
Shia LaBeouf continued his insane public antics this weekend at the German premiere of Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac,' appearing with a paper bag on his head and refusing to show his face to photographers snapping pictures -- and that's not all. The actor also plagiarized (yet again) part of a speech before storming out of the press conference for the film after the very first question. Guys, Shia really isn't famous anymore -- haven't you heard?
Way back before Shia LaBeouf was the star of the 'Transformers' franchise, and way back before he was the controversial actor stirring up trouble with plagiarism allegations, he got his star on the Disney channel sitcom 'Even Stevens.' LaBeouf played Louis, who often clashed with his older sister Ren in the suburbs of Sacramento, and the show followed the two and their lives at home and at school with their friends. Now that LaBeouf has announced his retirement, we decided to take a look back at the show that started his whole career. Join us as we revisit the cast of the series, which ended in 2003, and see what they're all up to these days.
The past few weeks have not been kind to actor Shia LaBeouf. First he was booted from the cast of a Broadway play. Then he was busted plagiarizing his apology to the other actors. Later, it was revealed his short film, 'Howard Cantour' was actually plagiarized from a comic by author Daniel Clowes. LaBeouf apologized and - you guessed it - that was plagiarized too. He hired a skywriter to fly a smug "I am Sorry Daniel Clowes" banner over Los Angeles (Clowes lives in San Francisco) and defiantly posted the cease and desist from Clowes' lawyers online.
Whatever seems to be happening in LaBeouf's personal life that has precipitated this breakdown appears to have finally reached it's head as the actor announced that he's ready to retire.
If there's one thing an artist should never do, it's directly steal from another artist without giving due credit. Apparently, someone forgot to tell Shia LaBeouf, who released a short film he directed online only to find himself being accused of plagiarism. Well, "accused" is the wrong word here, mainly because LeBeouf undoubtedly lifted dialogue and shots from another source, and didn't think that was important to mention in the film's credits.
If the title didn't already tip you off, Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' might be one of the most provocative films of recent memory. After all, this is the film for which Shia LaBeouf said he'll actually have sex on camera. But now 14 new posters have been released, and they make no attempt at toning it down. So be prepared ...
A new 'Charlie Countryman' trailer has debuted online through Millennium Entertainment, featuring Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood as lovers with a not-so-smooth road ahead of them. But it's cool. If LaBeouf can handle Lars Van Trier's 'Nymphomaniac,' he can handle 'Hannibal' himself, Mads Mikkelsen.
Production on Brad Pitt's next project, the WWII pic 'Fury,' commenced with production not too long ago, with the actor giving his hair a new sartorial look for the effort. Director David Ayer ('End of Watch') has been keeping the fans updated by releasing various set photos, but now, aside from a slew of paparazzi shots, we have our first look at the film.