Continuing the march towards the Academy Awards, director Sam Mendes won another key award for his work on the war drama 1917, making it likely that he’ll end up with a little golden man when the Oscars winners are unveiled next month. The Director’s Guild of America announced the winners of their annual awards, and Mendes took home the top prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. But it wasn’t the only award the 1917 earned this weekend. Read More »
It may become necessary to redefine to word “autobiographical” when referring to the latest work from director Alma Har’el, Honey Boy, based on an original screenplay by actor Shia LaBeouf, who not only fashioned the story of a child actor’s relationship with his domineering father on his own experience growing up, but also cast himself as his father character James Lort in this harrowing and all-too-real portrayal. LaBeouf also shows us the Otis character (played as a child by Noah Jupe, currently also seen in Ford v Ferrari) as a young adult struggling with substance abuse and other signs of PTSD cause by his upbringing. Lucas Hedges plays the older Noah, who is eventually arrested and sent to court-ordered therapy (with a therapist played by the great Laura San Giacomo), where he begins to reflect upon his childhood rise to fame and his early struggles with his ex-rodeo clown/felon dad.
Having debuted at Sundance in January, Honey Boy is so daring and devastating, that it’s difficult to imagine that LaBeouf could find anyone he would trust to direct his own story. But he and the Israeli-born Har’el had been in communication for years before the script was even fully formed, with her guiding him through some of the more difficult structural and story moments.
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At some point over the past few years, you’ve probably rolled your eyes at something Shia LaBeouf has said or done. Whether it was attention-grabbing art projects like #IAMSORRY or the live-streamed marathon of him watching his own movies that spun out of him getting caught plagiarizing artist Daniel Clowes, or the off-screen drunken escapades that were fodder for tabloids, it’s been clear for a long time that LaBeouf was going through some things.
But his new autobiographical movie, Honey Boy – while not serving as an excuse for his sometimes-questionable behavior – at least provides some insight into some of the personal demons he’s had to battle in his life. It might even make you see the actor in a whole new light. Check out the latest trailer below. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, Shia LaBeouf sits down to chow on some spicy wings and talk about his buzzed about indie film The Peanut Butter Falcon and Honey Boy. Plus, comedian Jim Gaffigan sits down to answer some questions while hooked up to a lie detector test, and Saturday Night Live tests your wits about sketches from the past and present. Read More »
One of the breakout films of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival was Honey Boy, the harrowing tale of a child actor (Noah Jupe) stuck in an abusive relationship with his manipulative, alcoholic father, and the toll it takes on his life when he’s an adult movie star (Lucas Hedges) making millions. What makes this story so captivating is that it’s actually the autobiographical tale of actor Shia LaBeouf, as he grew up making a Disney Channel show with his own father as his caretaker and acting coach. Adding to that is the fact that Shia LaBeouf also plays his own father, exorcising some of his personal demons. Watch the Honey Boy trailer below. Read More »
We’ve officially hit the midpoint of 2019, and that means it’s time to take stock of the year’s best movies so far. This summer has been mostly unremarkable, with a few glimmers of greatness here and there, but thankfully, the rest of the year has offered some gems worth gushing about. Honestly though, most of the great movies this year, at least for my personal list, come courtesy of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and thankfully, they’ll be on the way to theaters soon enough.
Below, find out my list of the 10 best movies of 2019 so far. Read More »
In recent years, Shia LaBeouf has become well-known for wild publicity stunts, tabloid-worthy behavior, perplexing performance art, and more. But with his autobiographical film Honey Boy that he scripted himself, the actor not only illustrates the struggles he dealt with as a child star thanks to his abusive, alcohol and drug addicted father, but also proves that he’s still an incredible actor. Read More »
Shia LaBeouf will be starring in a Shia LaBeouf biopic, but he won’t be playing himself. That honor goes to Lucas Hedges, who was nominated for an Oscar for Manchester by the Sea. Instead, in a casting twist that would have Freud in a tizzy, LaBeouf will be playing his own father.
Honey Boy is a film based on LaBeouf’s life that will detail the relationship between LaBeouf and his alcohol-abusing father during LaBeouf’s Even Stevens years on the Disney Channel.
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