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Shia Labeouf Won’t Attend ‘Nymphomaniac’ Premiere

Shia LaBeoufShia Labeouf will not attend the Nymphomaniac premiere in New York.

The troubled actor reportedly has a "scheduling conflict" that will see him absent from the screening of the erotic film at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) next Thursday, the New York Post newspaper's Page Six column reports.

Though he is blaming a scheduling conflict, the 27-year-old actor has been vocal about a desire to "retire" from the public eye after he was accused of plagiarizing author Daniel Clowes' graphic novellas, Justin M. Damiano, for his short film HowardCantour.com.

Taking to Twitter earlier this year, he wrote, "In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life."

Shia made headlines in February when he stormed out of a Nymphomaniac press conference in Berlin after quoting French former soccer player Eric Cantona before arriving on the red carpet for the film's German premiere wearing a paper bag on his head that said, "I am not famous anymore."

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Shia LaBeouf Wanted a Penis Cam for ‘Nymphomaniac’

Shia LaBeoufShia LaBeouf wanted to wear a penis cam for Nymphomaniac.

The 27-year-old actor - who plays Jerome in the risque drama about a woman's erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 - asked director Lars Von Trier if he could put a filming device on his manhood while shooting the sex scenes to give viewers the "full experience."

"Shia had wanted Von Trier to put a camera on his penis while filming, so that audiences could have the full experience," a source told The New York Post.

However, the cheeky close-up would have been too much for the audience and his co-stars, so the idea was scrapped.

Meanwhile, it is believed the star's recent antics - including showing up to the film's premiere wearing a paper bag over his head and pulling his own tooth out to get into his role for Fury - could be costing him potential parts in upcoming movies. However, insiders insist his erratic behaviour is all part of a "performance art" hoax. "Everyone who knows Shia is in on the joke. It's all part of an act," the source said.


Shia LaBeouf Wears Brown Paper Bag to ‘Nymphomaniac’ Premiere

Shia LaBeoufShia LaBeouf wore a brown paper bag over his head to the German premiere of his new movie.

The 27-year-old actor, who announced he was retiring from "all public life" last month, refused to show his face at a red carpet screening of Nymphomaniac in Berlin on Sunday night. He cut two eye holes into the bag and wrote the words "I'm Not Famous Anymore" in black capital letters on it before placing it over his head and attending the event in a dapper tuxedo, according to gossip website TMZ.com.

The Transformers star was clearly eager to make a statement just an hour after storming out of a press conference for the movie. When asked if it was uncomfortable filming sex scenes for the movie, Shia let his co-star Stacy Martin answer first. After hesitating for a moment, the dishevelled-looking star, who was missing a bottom tooth, then quoted retired French soccer player Eric Cantona's famous words to answer unwanted media attention: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much."

He then walked off stage much to the amusement of Stacy.


Cinecast: Soderbergh to Direct a Play, Shia Isn’t Famous, Ebert Doc

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan filming 'Fifty Shades of Grey'+ Ocean's Eleven director Steven Soderbergh is set to make his debut as a theater director for an off-Broadway play starring Chloe Moretz. Titled The Library, the play - which was penned by Side Effects writer Scott Z. Burns - centers on the subject of gun violence.

+ Staying true to his previous Twitter announcement about retiring, Shia LaBeouf has now exclaimed on the social networking site that he's no longer famous.

+ The upcoming Roger Ebert documentary, Life Itself, is set to debut at Sundance this Sunday.

+ Filming Fifty Shades of Grey continues in Vancouver as new photos of Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan on set have been released.

+ You might hate her on American Horror Story, but the new trailer for Adult World might make you fall for Emma Roberts, who plays an aspiring poet trying to "cut the umbilical cord" by getting a job at an adult bookstore.

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Shia LaBeouf Plagiarizes Daniel Clowes… Again

Shia LaBeouf's supposed storyboard for an upcoming project

Is there an end to Shia LaBeouf's plagiarism madness?

Although the Nymphomaniac star has since plagiarized others' apologies and shelled out for a skywritten apology directed towards Daniel Clowes - the comic book writer/artist whose novel Justin M. Damiano was the very obvious basis of LaBeouf's short HowardCantour.com - he has now prompted Clowes' lawyer to send him a cease and desist letter over a particular Twitter post which was copied from another of Clowes' works. The photo in question (seen above) is a storyboard he has presumably written to which he captioned, "Story board for my next short "Daniel Boring" Its like Fassbinder meets half-baked Nabokov on Gilligan's Island [sic]." The problem is that David Boring is already a graphic novel put out by Clowes (in 2000!), of which he had previously described in the same way Shia did in his caption.

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Shia LaBeouf Organizes Elaborate, Sky High Apology to Clowes

Shia LaBeouf's apology to Daniel Clowes

Shia LaBeouf used a skywriter to apologize for plagiarising a comic book for his short film.

The Transformers actor has been accused of borrowing from artist Daniel Clowes' 2007 graphic novella Justin M. Damiano for his project Howard Cantour.com which debuted online last month, without crediting the inspiration for his short. A message which read, "I am sorry Daniel Clowes" was seen being flown over Los Angeles on New Year's Day.

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Shia LaBeouf May Face Legal Action for Plagiarism

Shia LaBeoufShia LaBeouf may face legal action for plagiarism over a short film he made.

The Transformers actor could be taken to court after being accused of the "blatant" borrowing of another artist's story for his project Howard Cantour.com without giving proper credit. Shia's project, which debuted online on Monday follows the story of a troubled internet film critic, and is extremely similar to a 2007 graphic novella by artist Daniel Clowes called Justin M. Damiano.

According to the New York Daily News newspaper, Clowes declined to comment, but his publisher Fantagraphics' Eric Reynolds claims the artist "is exploring his legal options." "LeBeouf changed the name of the main character, but he used the comic as a direct script and storyboard. Clowes has a real melodramatic voice that is very idiosyncratic and LaBeouf just used the dialogue word for word. There is no ambiguity. There is no way that anybody wrote this but Dan Clowes. It just defies any kind of logic or good sense. This was so blatant and inexcusable that it was as baffling as it was appalling," Eric told the publication.

Shia has since apologized for copying ideas from Clowes in a heartfelt statement posted online, admitting how "embarrassed" he feels about the situation. Howard Cantour.com has since been taken off the internet.


Shia LaBeouf Rips Off ‘Ghost World’ Artist

Shia LaBeouf's Twitter

Shia LaBeouf just can't come out with a project these days without stirring up a bit of controversy. Whether it's with Alec Baldwin on Broadway or Brad Pitt on the set of Fury, it seems as though he's constantly angering someone when it comes to his craft. Today, that someone is Ghost World artist Daniel Clowes.

Although his short film HowardCantour.com - which stars Jim Gaffigan - already premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival, it was its online unveiling yesterday that allowed people to take notice and quickly thereafter become outraged over its blatant plagiarism of Clowes' 2007 comic Justin M. Damiano.

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Evan Rachel Wood Angry Over Hollywood Sexism

Evan Rachel WoodEvan Rachel Wood has hit out at Hollywood double standards after a sex scene was cut from her new film Charlie Countryman.

The 26-year-old actress lashed out at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) - which is responsible for giving new releases age-appropriate audience ratings - after learning that a scene between her and co-star Shia LaBeouf had been cut from the final version of the film after being deemed inappropriate for audiences.

"After seeing the new cut of #CharlieCountryman I would like 2 share my disappointment with the MPAA, who thought it was necessary to censor a womans sexuality once again. The scene where the two main characters make 'love' was altered because someone felt that seeing a man give a woman oral sex made people 'uncomfortable' but the scenes in which people are murdered by having their heads blown off remained intact and unaltered, [sic]" she ranted on Twitter.

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Brad Pitt Frustrated by Shia LaBeouf on ‘Fury’ Set?

Shia LaBeouf and Brad Pitt filming 'Fury'

Brad Pitt reportedly thinks Shia LaBeouf is too serious.

The duo, who are currently filming the movie Fury in Oxfordshire, England, have always wanted to work together but allegedly aren't getting along well on set between scenes because they are so different. "Brad likes to enjoy himself on a set, but Shia is an incredibly serious guy when it comes to his performances. They have very different styles of working and it's not mixing well on a personal level, which is tough because Brad and Shia met many years ago and wanted to work together. They searched a long time until they found the right project and both were enthusiastic about the World War II army thriller," a source said.

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