As the year comes to a close, it’s time for the inevitable look back on some of the most important people, events, and releases of the year. But what about those people, events, and releases that were a complete waste of our time?
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Before Shia LaBeouf came under fire for plagiarism, before he was arrested during a performance of Cabaret, before he staged an elaborate exhibit that featured him wearing a paper bag on his head, Rob Cantor wrote a song about the actor that painted him as a violent creature of the forest. And now it’s a music video.
In “Shia LaBeouf,” a cannibalistic version of LaBeouf is following you. It’s a hilariously creepy and surprisingly catchy track that does a good job making a case against getting caught in the woods with, as they call him, “actual cannibal Shia LaBeouf.” READ FULL STORY
Shia LaBeouf has had quite the tumultuous year, and he knows it. And now he’s explaining it—or at least, he’s trying to. “Metamodernism has influenced a lot of my action in the public in this last year and a half,” LaBeouf told Interview magazine. Ah, metamodernism. Knew it!
Besides waxing philosophical about schools of thought, LaBeouf also talked to Interview about what famous men have tried to help him along in his career, and what famous men he’s, uh, stalked. It’s all a part of an apology tour of sorts he’s been on the past few weeks, where he’s spoken candidly about his recent behavior. (In reality, he’s on a press tour for the just-released Fury.)
Shia LaBeouf grabbed Alan Cumming’s butt. And that’s only a small part of the story behind his June arrest.
The Fury star went on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night and explained how he got arrested during a performance of Broadway’s Cabaret, starring Cumming and Michelle Williams. And it all, not surprisingly, started with whiskey.
“I had been drinking a lot of whiskey in Ireland, I come back, I land, and it’s the World Cup,” LaBeouf said. “And you drink a lot of whiskey during the World Cup, it seems.” READ FULL STORY
After Shia LaBeouf’s rather tumultuous and at-times humiliating 2014—a year that included a series of embarrassing incidents in which he was accused of plagiarism and, most recently, being escorted from a Broadway show in handcuffs—the actor is finally addressing head-on what he calls his “existential crisis.”
After a months-long hiatus (interrupted by a post of the actor pouring ice over himself for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge), LaBeouf started tweeting fitness updates Monday. The first was nothing special—just an automated tweet from the Nike+ app reading, “I just ran 1.83 mi with Nike+.” The second was even less exciting, as he didn’t even break the one-mile mark: “I just ran 0.85 mi with Nike+.” READ FULL STORY
James Franco does not take criticism of his work lightly. Currently starring in Of Mice and Men on Broadway, the actor was quite displeased with the review New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley gave the revival. Though Brantley’s assessment was not excessively negative — he even complimented Franco’s talent at one point — the actor posted an incensed response to the review on Instagram, calling the critic “a little bitch.” The post has since been deleted.
Brantley responded to the criticism much more diplomatically than Franco. “I like Franco’s work on film a lot, and he didn’t disgrace himself on stage,” the writer told the New York Observer. “I hope he returns to Broadway some day. And of course he’s entitled to say whatever he likes about me, as long as it’s not libelous, and somehow I don’t think ‘little bitch’ qualifies.”
Franco is hardly the first celebrity to lash out over hurt feelings and bad reviews. Last year, Brantley was the target of another famous actor appearing on Broadway, Alec Baldwin. The NYT critic panned his show, a revival of Orphans, and Baldwin shot back with a bitter essay on the state of modern theater on The Huffington Post. READ FULL STORY
TMZ, the New York Post, and their ilk have had a lot of fun with Alec Baldwin over the years. A lot of fun. But the embattled former 30 Rock star has had enough, he says in a new New York Magazine cover story: he’s quitting public life. Just think how much the tabloids are going to be missing: They don’t have Alec Baldwin to kick around any more.
The last year has been rough on Baldwin professionally. Privately, it’s been a time of great joy, as he and his wife, Hilaria, welcomed a baby daughter. But even that blessing has been marred by several highly-publicized incidents with paparazzi whom Baldwin says have crossed the line and instigated confrontations. One of those confrontations resulted in accusations that Baldwin had uttered a gay pejorative, leading to his being branded a homophobe by several high-profile out media personalities. As a result, his newly-launched MSNBC talk show, in hindsight, was doomed to failure. Throw in his less momentous but even more fascinating Broadway pissing match with the formerly famous Shia LaBeouf, and Baldwin has had enough. In a 5,284-word confession that is half apology, half Nixonian diatribe, Baldwin settles old scores, makes new enemies, and announces that he’s probably done with New York. “There’s been a shift in my life,” he says. “And it’s caused me to step back and say, This is happening for a reason.”
On the way out the door, he slams a multitude of famous people for incompetence, phoniness, or outright stupidity. If Baldwin is sincere in his intention to retire from the spotlight — at least in the sense of participating in public discourse, both important and frivolous — his final blast was a corker. But I suspect his growing list of enemies will respond, denying him the final word.
1. Rachel Maddow
What Baldwin said: “Another [MSNBC employee] told me, regarding the ‘toxic little queen’ comment, that Rachel Maddow was the prime mover in my firing, as she was aghast that I had been hired and viewed me as equivalent to Mel Gibson. Another source told me, ‘You know who’s going to get you fired, don’t you? Rachel. Phil will do whatever Rachel tells him to do.’ I think Rachel Maddow is quite good at what she does. I also think she’s a phony who doesn’t have the same passion for the truth off-camera that she seems to have on the air.” READ FULL STORY
James Franco has been known to make some dubious professional choices, from acting on General Hospital at the height of his career to his ill-received gig co-hosting the Oscars alongside Anne Hathaway. So it’s no surprise that he can relate to Shia LaBeouf’s recent string of bizarre behavior — ever since the Transformers star was accused of plagiarizing his short film HowardCantour.com back in December — and Franco put that empathy into a New York Times essay that went online Wednesday night.
“This behavior could be a sign of many things, from a nervous breakdown to mere youthful recklessness,” Franco writes. “For Mr. LaBeouf’s sake I hope it is nothing serious. Indeed I hope — and, yes, I know that this idea has pretentious or just plain ridiculous overtones — that his actions are intended as a piece of performance art, one in which a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona.” READ FULL STORY
The internet was abuzz when word got out Tuesday that Shia LaBeouf, the actor-turned-plagiarist-turned-“artist,” was opening up his own exhibit in Los Angeles to apologize for his recent string of bizarre behavior. People flocked to the small storefront art gallery to see if the Transformers star actually transformed at all, but who are these people willing to wait hours for some silent eye contact with a brown paper bag? EW went on the scene to see why people were showing up and waiting for hours, some even days.
The #IAMSORRY installation officially runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day until Sunday. Well, at least that’s what the door says. However, when you arrive at the “performance” space, you are told that the duration of the day depends completely on the artist and his particular mood and feeling that day — meaning LaBeouf could stop seeing anyone at any point of the day, whether it’s 2 p.m. or 2 a.m. However, there is no indication whatsoever as to how long you will be waiting or if you will ever even get to go inside and actually participate. Still knowing this, some people started waiting in line at 8 a.m. By 3 p.m., they were still waiting. There was even another journalist on site who apparently had waited six hours the day before only to be promised by a security guard that he would let him in the next day. Unfortunately, that security guard didn’t end up working the next day, and the journalist had to wait again all day and still wasn’t guaranteed to get in. READ FULL STORY
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