Shia LaBeouf Tweets Retirement Announcement

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The last few weeks haven’t been particularly kind to actor Shia LaBeouf. After releasing a subversive short film, it was revealed the short was plagiarized from the work of Daniel Clowes. That lead to an apology, which was also plagiarized, and the actor’s defenses snowballed into weirdness including a skywritten apology and plenty of arguments about the creative process as a whole.

For his next act, LaBeouf — star of the first three Transformers films and part of the upcoming Lars Von Trier film Nymphomaniac — took to Twitter to say “In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life.” Read More »

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“Most critics will give any movie three and a half stars if it flatters their self-image.” That’s interior monologe from the title character in HowardCantour.com, in which Jim Gaffigan plays schlubby film critic and self-styled “warrior” Howard Cantour. But the guy’s voice is far more confident and confrontational when passed through a keyboard than when uttered in person. Shia LaBeouf directed the short, which gently mocks Gaffigan’s critic as it observes him flatulently mocking a film director.

This short takes a lot of well-aimed shots at the culture of film criticism and marketing, as it also indulges in hyperbole of its own. In time, it also cuts to the heart of how some people interact with films — noting that lines can blur between wanting to be moved and actually being affected by something. Watch below.

Update: This is getting messy, as the film is very obviously an adaptation of a comic story by Daniel Clowes, with no credit given to the creator. And Clowes now says he’s never talked to LaBeouf.

Update 2: In a string of tweets, embedded below, LaBeouf has offered an extended “apology.”

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Last week, producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen revealed that the cut of Nymphomaniac that’d make it to Danish theaters wouldn’t be the one Lars von Trier wanted to make. His director’s cut was a butt-numbing 5 1/2 hours long, prompting distributors to whittle it down to a more marketable four hours.

However, Jensen now adds that the longer version could find a release after all, if von Trier really wants it to. It’ll just have to go through alternate routes. Hit the jump to read his explanation, and to check out two more steamy posters.

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Charlie Countryman, starring Shia LaBeouf, has been somewhat divisive since it debuted at Sundance. Adherents (including our own Germain Lussier, quoted in the new trailer) like the film for its audacious, raw visuals and LaBeouf’s all-in performance, while detractors say that the debut from commercials director Fredrik Bond is more music video than anything else.

LaBeouf plays a guy who falls, hard, for a young woman (Evan Rachel Wood) while he’s touring around Europe. But there’s a problem. Her ex, played by Mads Mikkelsen, is possessive and very violent. Would you want to square off against a pissed-off Mads? Thought not.

Get a taste of the film for yourself in the new red-band trailer, which is more true to the film than some other looks we’ve had at it in the past. Like Shia’s other video clip to hit the web this morning, this one is not at all safe for work. Read More »

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Clips from Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac are being released to the internet at a steady pace, and the latest was too much for YouTube. Maybe it was the explicit oral sex, or maybe it was Shia LaBeouf‘s make out technique. Or maybe it’s the three-way — actually, probably not in this case, since the three-way in question is a three-camera split screen, not a tangle of three people.

Check out the clip, via Vimeo, below. Read More »

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All you have to say is “Lars von Trier sex movie” to get someone interested in Nymphomaniac. The controversial director has told many visceral and beautiful stories over his career, often with a great sexual frankness, that the idea of him making full movie about sexuality just screams “potential.”

Speaking of screaming, fourteen character posters for the film have just been released that are sure to make even more people excited about the film. They show the film’s stars — actors as Shia LaBeoufJamie Bell,  Uma ThurmanWillem DafoeStellan SkarsgårdChristian Slater, and Charlotte Gainsbourg — in their most intimate moments. I believe on The League they call it “Vinegar Strokes,” the moment right before, and during orgasm. Check out these provocative posters below. Read More »

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Whether you adore Shia LaBeouf or despise him, you’ll find something to enjoy in the new trailer for Charlie Countryman. He’s the title character and gets to make out with Evan Rachel Wood and hang out with Ron Weasley Rupert Grint, so his fans can be happy about that. He also gets beat up — and kicked, and cut, and suffocated — by Til Schweiger and Mads Mikkelsen, for the haters who’d rather see him suffer.

The romance begins with Charlie discovering that the man sitting next to him on the plane is dead, and only gets wilder from there. If nothing else, director Fredrik Bond, who’s making his feature debut here, deserves credit for coming up with the world’s oddest meet-cute. Watch the video after the jump.

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Four years after Inglourious Basterds (pictured above), Brad Pitt is heading back to World War II to take another crack at destroying the Nazis. But this time around, he’ll take a very different approach.

Pitt leads the cast of David Ayer‘s Fury, which follows a heroic attempt by a Sherman tank crew to fight the bad guys from behind enemy lines. Also along for the ride are Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña, Logan Lerman, and Jon Bernthal. The first photo from the film has just dropped, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Lars von Trier may have been banned (or “banned”) from Cannes two years ago for statements made while promoting Melancholia, but that hasn’t stopped him from having a presence at the fest this year. His new film(s), the two-part Nymphomaniac, weren’t finished in time for the fest, but the release of a new image (above) and a press release are keeping Trier in the global cinema conversation as Cannes kicks off this year.

Click the pic above for a larger version and you’ll be able to see actors such as Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Udo Kier, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christian Slater, and star Charlotte Gainsbourg, as well as the director. And hit the jump for a press release from Trier’s producer, announcing a Christmas Day opening in Denmark. Magnolia has the film in the US, and hasn’t announced a release date yet. Read More »