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James Franco Defends Shia LaBeouf's Behavior In New Article

Feb 20, 2014 11:40 AM


James Franco penned a lengthy article for the New York Times about Shia LaBeouf's bizarre behavior, and he says he's willing to take an "empathetic view" on the situation, as he understands where the Transformers star is coming from.

In the piece, titled "Why Actors Act Out," James throws around names like Marlon Brando and Joaquin Phoenix and explains how serious thespians often feel the need to break away from the identity they've created for themselves. Still, he isn't that close to Shia, as evident from his remark that "this behavior could be a sign of many things, from a nervous breakdown to mere youthful recklessness."

James continues, "Any artist, regardless of his field, can experience distance between his true self and his public persona. But because film actors typically experience fame in greater measure, our personas can feel at the mercy of forces far beyond our control. Our rebellion against the hand that feeds us can instigate a frenzy of commentary that sets in motion a feedback loop: acting out, followed by negative publicity, followed by acting out in response to that publicity, followed by more publicity, and so on." Oh, those poor film actors! We feel so bad that they're forced to jet all over the world to make and promote movies while being paid more than most of us will see in a lifetime...

"Mr. LaBeouf has been acting since he was a child, and often an actor’s need to tear down the public creation that constrains him occurs during the transition from young man to adult," James concluded. "I think Mr. LaBeouf’s project, if it is a project, is a worthy one. I just hope that he is careful not to use up all the good will he has gained as an actor in order to show us that he is an artist."

We're not anti-Shia, especially after meeting him at his #IAMSORRY art show the other day, but do you agree with James?

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Shia LaBeouf Closes #IAmSorry By Attacking Female Photographer And Hugging Fans

Feb 17, 2014 09:30 AM

How bizarre!

After spending six days doing a highly controversial performance art show entitled #IAmSorry at Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles -- Shia LeBeouf emerged from his paper bag-wearing cave, proceeded to attack a female photographer and then hug female fans for minutes at a time. It's pretty weird!

Honestly, we don't know what to make of his aggression towards the photographer coupled with his sensitive embracing of fans -- so we are just going to chalk it up to the pitfalls of being under the Hollywood microscope.

On Tuesday afternoon, the 27-year-old actor sent the Internet aflame when news broke that a man who may or may not be Shia LaBeouf (because was wearing a paper bag on his head that said, "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE") was sitting at a table, palms down, in an empty room from Tuesday until Sunday -- and allowing people in to laugh at him, berate him, hug him, (essentially do whatever they wanted to him) -- in an apparent attempt to apologize for his past actions (i.e. plagiarism, Twitter rants, etc ...).

Many bloggers viewed the "performance art piece" as yet another publicity stunt by an out of control actor -- while others reported that they were greatly moved by Shia's efforts.

What the "#IAmSorry" stunt was about -- we don't currently know -- but we can't wait for Shia to talk about it!

My 10 Minutes In An Empty Room With Shia LaBeouf And Only Shia LaBeouf

Feb 11, 2014 06:41 PM


Tuesday at the X17online offices started like any other -- I had written about Kim Kardashian's massive butt, yet again chatted with my coworkers about Justin Bieber's sizzurp-tastic meltdown, and written about the death of 1930s film icon. All in all: it was a typical day in celeb news. However as my work day was coming to a close, that rapscallion Shia LaBeouf sent Los Angeles (and my office) aflame when news hit that he put up art installation in which he was apparently in a store front in West Hollywood, letting people in one at a time to speak to him.

Being the plucky X17online writer that I am (and because I LOVE a good story), I offered my services and said I would be willing to check out this sure-to-be sh*t show.

All I knew was this: a man who may or may not be Shia LaBeouf (because was wearing a paper bag on his head that said, "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE") was sitting at a table, palms down, in an empty room -- and allowing people in until 6 pm today (and every day until Sunday) to laugh at him, berate him, hug him -- whatever, in an apparent attempt to apologize for his past actions (i.e. plagiarism, Twitter rants, etc ...). Umm ... what?! How could I pass this up?! It was too weird to miss!

I drove to the storefront and got into the line that was about 20 people strong at that point. As I stood among a sea (or small lake, rather) of strangers, I talked to people who had gone in and those who were waiting their turn. The overwhelming response from those who had gone in was this: "That was so weird!" The majority of the bystanders seemed to be other bloggers, tourists and the occasional older, confused person who just seemed like he or she wanted to see what the cool kids were up to.

As more and more media and camera crews showed up and started filming the scene, I stood in line and thought of my appearance, concerned that I wasn't wearing my most capable looking outfit and that I had left the house without any eyeliner (a rookie mistake).

While waiting, people talked about what they were going to say. One girl put on bright red lipstick so she could kiss him (but got too scared to do it when the time came) another girl wanted to give him her phone number (she did), one guy just wanted to get the hell out of there but had to stay because of work. I joked with some of the members of the media, who were former coworkers of mine, that I was there because I needed a boyfriend ASAP since Valentine's Day is coming up. A few people laughed. I was confident in my joke-riddled plan to ask Shia to be my Valentine.

This wasn't a serious thing -- so I wasn't going to take it seriously. Security had warned me I could not record anything and that no photos were allowed -- I told them that's fine -- since Shia and I were going to fall in love, so I would eventually be able to get all the photos I wanted of him.

After what felt like an eternity (okay an hour and a half), it was finally my turn. By this time I had a paper bag over my head on which I had crudely written, "I WAS NEVER FAMOUS IN THE FIRST PLACE." If he wasn't going to show his face -- neither was I. Before stepping into the office, I, paper bag on head, turned to the crowd and yelled, "I am doing it!" They cheered back. This was going to be hilarious!

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Shia LaBeouf Keeps His Cool At The Airport

Feb 11, 2014 06:30 AM

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For someone who has the tendency to have some Kanye West-worthy meltdowns, Shia LaBeouf certainly seemed pretty calm at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday afternoon.

The 27-year-old actor was returning from the Berlin Film Festival, where he premiered Lars von Trier's latest film Nymphomaniac - Volume 1, and his antics at the film fest included giving weird quotes during an interview and wearing a paper bag on his head on the red carpet.

At a news conference LaBeouf was reportedly asked to describe his thoughts on starring in a movie with a lot of very graphic sex scenes, and he quoted soccer star Eric Cantona and said, "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea." LaBeouf then left before anyone could make any sense of his reply, and it should be noted that this isn't the first time he's, ahem, borrowed a quote or idea from someone...

So what about the paper bag incident? On the red carpet he wore a tuxedo ... and a brown bag over his head with eye holes and the message "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE" scrawled on the front in black marker. Strange as it may seem, LaBeouf has tweeted this message every day since January 20...

Is he pulling a Joaquin Phoenix on us or does someone need to 5150 him?

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Shia LaBeouf Claims He's Retiring After Plagiarism Controversy

Jan 10, 2014 11:25 AM


Is this the latest celebrity meltdown?

Very early on Friday morning (and we mean early ... around 2am) Shia LaBeouf tweeted that he's ready to give up his celeb status, at least for now.

Shia wrote:

    "In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life. My love goes out to those who have supported me. #stopcreating."

Back in December the 27-year-old Transformers star was under fire for plagiarizing material from graphic novelist David Clowes' 2007 work Justin M. Damiano with his own short film, HowardCantour.com. Clowes was considering suing LaBeouf, and apparently was not too receptive to the actor's apologies either.

After tweeting several messages expressing his remorse, LaBeouf hired a skywriter last week to write "I am sorry Daniel Clowes," but he was slammed by a number of folks (including Lena Dunham!) for what was deemed a rather tacky apology. LaBeouf then tweeted, "Im addicted to lean & that sh*t ain't no joke. I can barely remember all the things I've done & said. However there's no excuse 4 skywriting."

The only problem with that was the fact that rapper Gucci Mane basically tweeted the exact same thing back in 2013, which might not be the best way to go about saying you're sorry for plagiarism!

Lean (aka "purple drank" or "sizzurp") is a cocktail of codeine and soda, which Gucci referenced last year in a tweet to his fans. "I wanna be the first rapper to admit I'm addicted to lean & that sh*t ain't no joke," Gucci wrote. "I can barely remember all the things I've done & said. However there's no excuse. I'm currently incarcerated but I will be going to rehab because I need help."

But do you really think Shia is retiring? He has two movies to promote this year, so we can't imagine his management team and the studios behind those flicks are too thrilled about it!

Shia LaBeouf Steals A Line From Gucci Mane In Another Apology For Plagiarizing Daniel Clowes

Jan 5, 2014 01:00 PM


We think it's a bit of a stretch to say that one can plagiarize a tweet, but Shia LaBeouf essentially stole the meat of a 140-character message that Gucci Mane tweeted to his followers last year. And the kicker is that LaBeouf's tweet was part of yet another apology to Daniel Clowes, whose work he plagiarized earlier this year. (Parts of LaBeouf's short film HowardCantour.com were clearly stolen from Clowes' 2007 graphic novel, Justin M. Damiano).

After tweeting several apologies, last week the Transformers star hired a skywriter to express further remorse, and shortly after that he tweeted, "Im addicted to lean & that sh*t ain't no joke. I can barely remember all the things I've done & said. However there's no excuse 4 skywriting."

Lean (aka "purple drank" or "sizzurp") is a cocktail of codeine and soda, which Gucci Mane referenced back in 2013. "I wanna be the first rapper to admit I'm addicted to lean & that sh*t ain't no joke," Gucci wrote. "I can barely remember all the things I've done & said. However there's no excuse. I'm currently incarcerated but I will be going to rehab because I need help."

It does seem like Shia is making a joke by lifting the rapper's tweet, but given the circumstances, he should probably just come up with his own way of saying sorry!

Shia LaBeouf Issues Bizarre Skywriting Apology To Graphic Novel Writer He Plagiarized

Jan 2, 2014 09:20 AM


Shia LaBeouf can't stop, won't stop! The scandal-ridden actor took to the friendly skies on Wednesday, to offer yet another apology (this one via skywriting) to graphic novel author Daniel Clowes, whose work LaBeouf plagirized in his short film, HowardCantour.com.

The 27-year-old actor posted a photo of the skywriting, which read “I am sorry Daniel Clowes,” on his official Twitter account.

The Transformers actor was accused of ripping off graphic novel writer Clowes's graphic novel Justin M. Damiano for his 12-minute short film. HowardCantour.com first debuted during the Cannes Film Festival however the plagiarism accusations didn't come to light until the short was released online last month.

After news of the plagiarism broke, LaBeouf has tweeted a serious of bizarre and seemingly mocking "apologies" to the scribe. In a move that seems pretty passive aggressive to us, the actor wrote a series of tweets which were taken from famous apologies. On New Year's Eve, LaBeouf wrote, "You have my apologies for offending you for thinking I was being serious instead of accurately realizing I was mocking you." Umm that doesn't seem like a good apology to us!

Despite LaBeouf's internet anger, the claims of plagiarism seem completely legitimate to us -- both Justin M. Damiano and HowardCantour.com start with the same opening line, "A critic is a warrior, each of us on the battlefield have the means to glorify or demolish, whether a film, a career or an entire philosophy by influencing perception in ways that if heartfelt and truthful, can have far-reaching repercussions." And there are several more of HowardCantour.com's plot points that shadow Clowes' graphic novel.

"I've never even seen one of his films that I can recall - and I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work," Clowes said to BuzzFeed. He added, "I actually can't imagine what was going through his mind."

Umm neither can we! We all know that LaBeouf's a weird dude -- but his blatant plagiarism and subsequent apologies are just completely baffling. Get it together, dude!

Stuntman Stabbed With Bayonet And Airlifted To Hospital While On Set Of Brad Pitt Movie

Oct 15, 2013 09:10 AM


A stuntman was stabbed in the shoulder with a bayonet and then subsequently airlifted to a hospital while on the set of Brad Pitt and Shia LeBeouf's World War II film, Fury.

The 35-year-old stuntman was filming a one-on-one battle scene when a nine-inch blade was plunged into him. The wound was reportedly so severe the he had to be airlifted from the field in Watlington, Oxfordshire. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

A spokesman for Sony Pictures, said: "The incident involved two professional stuntmen filming a rehearsed action sequence. Unfortunately there was an accident. The man was injured but left the set laughing and talking."

Pitt, 49, and LeBeouf, 27, were on set at the time but did not actually witness the stabbing.

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