• Shia LaBeouf is not retiring, it seems. The Nymphomaniac star, thrust into the spotlight recently by an ever-escalating plagiarism controversy, has signed on to Barry Levinson’s Rock the Kasbah alongside a host of high-profile names including Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, and Kate Hudson. The film follows a past-his-prime rock manager who takes his sole client on a USO tour in Afghanistan. While in Kabul, the manager discovers a young talent and enters her into the Afghan Star contest — Afghanistan’s version of American Idol. [The Wrap]
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Sundance 2014: Lars von Trier's top-secret screening of 'Nymphomaniac'...and the Aussie chiller 'The Babadook'
I arrived at Sundance early last night, a step ahead of an East Coast blizzard, to take the critic’s baton from my colleague Owen Gleiberman for the second half of the festival. The first words I heard when I arrived in Park City, Utah, were that there would be a top-secret screening Tuesday night of an eagerly anticipated film from a prominent director months before its scheduled release. The guessing games whipped into a full-on tizzy immediately, with the early odds-on favorite that it would be either Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel or Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher. But when a sign outside the theater warned that “No one under 18 would be admitted”, it was clear it would be neither. This was going to be something naughty.
We were about to be treated to Lars von Trier’s arthouse sex-addict provocation, Nymphomaniac, Vol. 1.
About halfway through, I would have given anything for it to have been either of the other two.
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There may be legal ramifications for Shia LaBeouf after he acknowledged borrowing from another artist’s work without giving proper credit.
LaBeouf debuted his short film, Howard Cantour.com, online on Monday starring Jim Gaffigan. It examines the life of an anguished online film critic. That was also the story line of a 2007 graphic novella by artist Daniel Clowes titled Justin M. Damiano.
Clowes declined to comment directly, but according to his publisher, Fantographics’ Eric Reynolds, Clowes “is exploring his legal options.” READ FULL STORY
UPDATE: According to reports, Shia LaBeouf also plagiarized his apology.
HowardCantour.com wasn’t exactly a new thing. The Shia LaBeouf-directed short premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Critic’s Week sidebar in 2012, and, despite some acclaim, little was made of his portrait of an online film critic.
But the film was made available online Monday, and things started to spiral out of control quickly when bloggers noticed that LaBeouf’s short film bore a striking resemblance to author Daniel Clowes’ comic Justin M. Damiano. Soon after, articles started dissecting the similarities and direct references to Clowes’ text without any attribution, and the video disappeared behind a password-protected wall.
LaBeouf had remained out of touch for most of the day, and his reps did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment. But then, early Tuesday morning, LaBeouf decided to tweet his thoughts on the kerfuffle, culminating in the mea culpa, “I f—-d up.” Take a look after the jump.
EW’s request for comment to Clowes was not returned.
'Charlie Countryman' director Fredrik Bond on Shia LaBeouf's nude scene, Rupert Grint's gritty role -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
In Charlie Countryman, Shia LaBeouf bares all as the title young man who travels to Eastern Europe and soon finds himself entangled in a love triangle with a Romanian woman, Gabi, (Evan Rachel Wood) and her mob boss husband (Mads Mikkelson). The film, which debuted at Sundance last year under the slightly more cumbersome title The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, takes viewers to the underbelly of Bucharest. LaBeouf had some challenging scenes in the film, including going full frontal and reportedly tripping on acid to get into character.
EW spoke with director Fredrik Bond about the exclusive scene below and his work with LaBeouf, Wood, and Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint. Charlie Countryman opens in theaters on Nov. 15.
'Charlie Countryman' red band trailer: Shia LaBeouf, urinals, ecstasy, and strip clubs -- NSFW VIDEO
If your dead mother appears to you in a vision and tells you to go to Bucharest, do you listen? Charlie Countryman does, and immediately hops on a plane to Romania.
In Charlie Countryman, directed by Fredrik Bond, Charlie (Shia LaBeouf) gets entangled in the seedy Bucharest underworld after falling for the mysterious Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood, rocking some intense eyeliner and a thick Romanian accent). Unfortunately Gabi is tied to a violent and acutely jealous mob boss played by Mads Mikkelsen. Til Schweiger, Rupert Grint, and Melissa Leo also star.
Check out the red band trailer after the jump. There’s nudity, blood, drugs, a lot of rough language, and a particularly disheveled LaBeouf, so judge accordingly. The work-friendly green band trailer is available here.
Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac may as well be subtitled The Agony and the Ecstasy. At least that’s the vibe reverberating from a new series of posters promoting the erotic movie about one woman’s lifetime of sexual adventures and relationships. The agony is ours, in some cases, as these O-face photos couldn’t be more overt (and a few are a little icky), and the ecstasy… well, that’s self-evident.
Von Trier is reportedly working on two different versions of the two-part, five-hour film, a softcore version that is scheduled to be released in Denmark on Dec. 25 and a more graphic version that might premiere at next year’s Cannes Film Festival. Von Trier was banned from Cannes in 2011 after making some Hitler remarks, so this promises to be quite the return.
In addition to the poster with Charlotte Gainsbourg, there are shots of Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman, Jamie Bell, and Stellan Skarsgard. Don’t Google “Nymphomaniac” to see them all — that’s just asking for computer trouble. Click below instead. READ FULL STORY
• Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies, The Fall) is in final talks to star in the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy film as the villain. At one point, Pace was being considered for the lead, which eventually went to Chris Pratt. Details on his role are sparse, but we’re not complaining if Guardians wants to take the Avengers route of casting a handsome bad guy. Pace donned a variety of different elaborate costumes recently for his roles in Lincoln, The Hobbit, and Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and will be appearing in the next two installments of The Hobbit as well as the AMC drama Halt & Catch Fire. [The Wrap]
If you paid attention only to the internet hub-bub generated by Shia LaBeouf’s tweets, quotes, and late-night bar brawls, you might forget that he’s still a darn good young actor who’s only beginning to tackle the mature adult roles that will eventually define his career. In The Company You Keep, he plays Ben Shepard, an Albany newspaper reporter who lucks into a huge national news story when a former member of the Weather Underground (Susan Sarandon) wanted for murder is captured in his backyard. Chasing down leads by hook or by crook, Ben follows all the clues back to Jim Grant, an upstate lawyer played by Robert Redford — appearing in his first starring role since 2005′s An Unfinished Life. It’s a clever conceit that fans of All the Presidents’ Men — Redford’s classic movie about the two real-life Beltway reporters who cracked the Watergate scandal — will appreciate. Redford certainly did — he directed this thriller.
In an exclusive video clip from the movie, Ben charms his way into some crucial information by visiting an old flame (Anna Kendrick) who now works in law enforcement. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY
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