17 December 2013 9:26 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

As a former child actor, Shia Labeouf has had incredible access to how filmmakers like Michael Bay, Lars von Trier, and David Ayer work over the years. But in all the lessons he picked up behind the scenes, he somehow missed the one where you can't--well, shouldn't--claim someone else's work as your own. This week Labeouf released a short film he directed called Howard Cantour.com onto the web, and the internet was quick to point out large portions of it were lifted directly from the graphic novella Justin M. Damiano by Daniel Clowes. Howard Cantour.com stars comedian Jim Gaffigan as an online film critic whose glum voiceover explains to the viewer what his job means to him. "A critic is a warrior," explains Howard. "Most critics will give any movie three and a half stars if it flatters their self-image. I take it much more seriously. Have you »

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