17 December 2013 8:58 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Yesterday, actor-director Shia Labeouf's short film HowardCantour.com was posted online in its entirety, after making its debut at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Despite the fact that the short film was nearly 18 months old, and it had debuted at other film festivals such as the St. Louis Film Festival and the Phoenix Film Festival, it was only revealed last night that the work was plagiarized from Daniel Clowes' 2007 comic Justin M. Damiano.

The short, which stars Jim Gaffigan as online film critic Howard Cantour, follows a day on the press junket circuit, with Thomas Lennon and Portia Doubleday co-starring as Howard's colleagues, and Dito Montiel portraying the filmmaker Howard once idolized. A vast majority of the dialogue is lifted word-for-world from Daniel Clowes' comic, although the character names have been changed.

The credits make no mention of a screenwriter, or that the work was based on or »


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