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The details of Shia LaBeouf‘s strange behavior at last night’s performance of Broadway play Cabaret are all over the Internet and TV morning shows. However, it is what happened afterwards that, if confirmed, is going to land the actor in more perilous Mel Gibson territory.
At the Midtown North station house, LaBeouf allegedly became belligerent, demanding the cuffs be removed. “F**k you. I’ll f**k you up!” the 28-year-old LaBeouf said, according to the sources.
Since we recently highlighted Zócalo Public Square editor-columnist Joe Mathews‘ angry cross-country diatribe about Jimmy Fallon, it seems only natural to give equal time to an open letter tied to the opposite, east-to-west direction.
Responding to Alec Baldwin‘s New York magazine essay, Mathews runs down the reasons why Los Angeles might not be the right relocation answer. He notes that this is no longer the LA of Annie Hall and warns that a lot of the NYC scourges mentioned by Baldwin such as TMZ, Shia LaBeouf and thoughtless TV executives are all in Lalaland as well.
Mathews thinks he has a much better potential destination for Baldwin: Silicon Valley. A house in Marin County, he argues, could be the perfect, tranquil fit:
The nerds up north would adore you. Google and Facebook engineers routinely drool over visiting celebrities. Valley venture capitalists have thrown money at celebrity entrepreneurs MC Hammer and Jessica Alba. Silicon Valley folks have touted Ashton Kutcher as a tech guru; imagine how warmly they might welcome someone like you, who can actually act.
Here is how you know everything is terrible: James Franco — a man paid millions to play pretend — wrote a New York Times op-ed supporting Shia LaBeouf — another man who gets paid millions to play pretend.
LaBeouf, as you probably know, has taken to behaving like a jackass lately. He started by plagiarizing a comic written by Dan Clowes. Then when he was called out for plagiarism, he plagiarized his apologies. LaBeouf’s antics culminated in a “performance art piece” which involved him staring at people while wearing a bag over his head. In summary: LaBeouf has been acting like a spoiled child. It’s best to just ignore him, because his life isn’t that bad and he’ll (hopefully) realize that eventually.
Franco being Franco, simply cannot do that. Instead, Franco — who is just as annoying as LaBeouf — described LaBeouf’s art as “a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona.” Franco added that LaBeouf’s behavior is basically everyone else’s fault but his own:
A day after a verified Twitter account for Shia Labeouf popped up on Twitter, it has been de-activated. In its wake, the best place to get a sense of what transpired are the tweets of next-door-actor @JamesUrbaniak.
Twitter Labeouf – or someone posting on the account’s behalf – got things rolling Monday with a couple of very straightforward greetings, only to then quickly delete them. This being Twitter, the disappearing act was grounds for all sorts of musings.
Deadline’s Mike Fleming was one of the first this morning to the news that after many years of failed attempts, Broadway adaptation rights for Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window have finally been secured. The lucky winning bidders are director Jay Russell and producer Charlie Lyons, whose previous film collaborations include Ladder 49 and The Water Horse.
In recent years, there have been various pick-ups on the 1954 classic. Shia Labeouf fronted 2007′s Disturbia, which was later challenged in court by the estate controlling the rights to Rear Window (the plaintiffs lost). Meanwhile, in 2009, Jason Sudeikis and January Jones did a questionable SNL riff featuring a very flatulent Grace Kelly.
Casting is going to be key. The 1998 ABC-TV movie remake for example very cleverly chose Christopher Reeve to play the James Stewart character, opposite Darryl Hanah as his concerned girlfriend.
Megan Ellison, 26-year-old daughter of the third-richest man in America, has so far refused all interview requests. Nevertheless, LA Times reporters Ben Fritz and Steven Zeitchik have managed to put together a solid profile of the moneyed indie producer, beginning with these fabulous first two paragraphs:
She’s a 26-year-old former party girl with social anxiety issues, a motorcycle-riding iconoclast who dropped out of USC and attends meetings in Led Zeppelin T-shirts.
Megan Ellison is also the most powerful new producer in Hollywood, running a burgeoning movie company from her $33 million compound in the hills above the Sunset Strip — and giving a critical boost to the kinds of adult dramas the major studios have all but abandoned.
It’s been three years, Hollywood paparazzo E.L. Woody tells CNN, since he sold a celebrity photo for $10,000. The picture was of Shia Labeouf, at a price tag that still pales compared to the glory days of six-figure and even sometimes seven-figure licensing deals.
Another problem with today’s paparazzi trenches, Woody suggests, is that illegal immigrants have jumped into the game, selling their digital snaps for next to nothing. Nevertheless, the 65-year-old veteran says his kind will always be a part of the Hollywood media fabric:
“Celebrities have to have the photogs. It feeds the ego. Every flash, every click feeds their careers,” he says. “It feeds the supernova of fame…”
Expect this to be topic number one on tonight‘s episode of Chelsea Lately.
At a Paul & André Hollywood nightclub pop-up event Friday August 26 sponsored by Belvedere vodka and attended by Chelsea Handler and others, actor Shia LaBeouf is reported to have engaged in some attention-getting behavior. But as far as the specifics of what went down, it really depends on which media report you read.
An August 27 dispatch from Life & Style magazine relays the eyewitness perception that the actor “seemed wasted.” A “spy” for UK Mirror gossip columnist Dean Piper swears the regurgitated water bottle business was the result of an altercation between the Transformers star and rocker Marilyn Manson. However, the New York Post suggests the H2O meshuggenah involved LaBoeuf and a friend of Manson’s.
Then there’s the official statement from LaBoeuf’s publicist, who not surprisingly claimed none of the above:
“Shia actually left early as planned,” Shia’s rep tells Life & Style. “He went to see one of the bands performing in the showcase and left after they finished. Exiting through a crowded room was apparently misinterpreted. No altercation occurred.”
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