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Shia Labeouf is at the center of a plagiarism controversy after graphic novelist Daniel Clowes has accused the star of borrowing shamelessly from his 2007 comic, Justin M. Damiano, for a short film directed by the Charlie Countryman star.   That film, Howard Cantour -- which follows the inner dialogue of a disgruntled film critic -- debuted last May at the Cannes Film Festival, where no one in attendance seemed to notice that the characters and dialogue had been lifted directly from Clowes' panels. But when the film debuted online on

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