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Having ditched big budget popcorn fare like the Transformers franchise and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull for projects such as Lawless and Nymphomaniac, Shia Labeouf was just starting to gain some credibility... until he allowed his short film HowardCantour.com to be posted to the internet yesterday, and almost immediately got caught out for plagiarising comic book writer Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) 2007 comic Justin M. Damiano.
After password protecting the film, Labeouf took to Twitter and actually plagiarised a Yahoo! Answers post about plagiarisim, stating that,"Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different Is creative work." Labeouf seemingly then realised that "lifting parts of a creative work wholesale" isn't exactly being "inspired" and came up with a ridiculous follow-up suggesting that, "In my excitement and naivete as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative »
- Gary Collinson
Indie film and Hollywood are still two very separate worlds. One puts out smaller films where the filmmaker’s artistic vision is key; the other is filming three Avatar sequels back-to-back-to-back in an attempt to give James Cameron complete control of the Earth’s economy. Yet a strange overlap exists between these two extremes, and it’s one that’s been growing in recent times. Where does one categorize 12 Years a Slave? Its cast is a staggering list of star actors and its budget was in the eight digit range, yet it released under Fox Searchlight (Fox’s go-to distributor for indie films) and had one of those newfangled limited releases that don’t go to movies trying to bring in copious amounts of dough. Those who inhabit this odd gray area- your Steve McQueens, Terrence Malicks and Alexander Paynes- often become minor celebrities in their own right (many times have we seen the groupies desperate for »
- Adam Bellotto
Update - The video has now been taken off the internet and is unavailable to view due to the fact that Mr Labeouf seems to have plagiarised the entire thing. It was copied from a comic published in 2007 called Justin M. Damiano by famous artist Daniel Clowes, Labeouf’s piece bears such a striking resemblance to Clowes original work that it’s almost a direct adaptation. You can see a picture from the original comic below and the original article below this:
Shia Labeouf has come a long way from being the child star of Disney Channel original series Even Stevens, the actor shot to fame after Michael Bay’s Transformers and went on to star in two more films in the robot-smashing franchise. After some questionable career decisions Labeouf has moved on to more personal, artistic projects recently such as Lawless and the upcoming Nymphomaniac.
Now Labeouf has tried »
- Ben Read
Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy just can’t stay away from each other. The two actors have appeared together in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Dark Knight Rises, and Lawless and that’s only over the last 2 years. Next year will see them reunite for Child 44. Set in Russia during the time of Stalin, the film sees Hardy and Oldman investigating a series of child murders. As you can imagine, there’s a greater conspiracy afoot. Based on the novel by Tom Rob Smith and directed by Safe House’s Daniel Espinosa, it certainly sounds as though we’ll have a chilling thriller on our hands.
Source: Rope Of Silicon
The post Oldman & Hardy In ‘Child 44′ Stills appeared first on The Hollywood News. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
After getting all sorts of awards attention for 12 Years a Slave, the recently Golden Globe and SAG-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is looking to work with Lawless director John Hillcoat in the crime drama Triple Nine. Back in 2010, Shia Labeouf was slated to star in the film, but when it resurfaced earlier this year, Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy") was tapped to lead the film with Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett in town. Now Casey Affleck is replacing Hunnam as the lead in the film about a group of thieves who plan to kill a young Lapd officer to divert the police away from a daring heist they’re perpetrating across town. The title refers to the code used when a police officer needs assitance. Read on! As for Ejiofor, The Wrap reports he'll play the leader of the gang. But in this band of criminals will be Michael B. Jordan, »
- Ethan Anderton
The brilliant director of The Proposition and Lawless, John Hillcoat, has his eye on three major talents for his next project known as Triple Nine. The ruthless crime thriller, written by Matt Cook, follows a gang of thieves with a plot to murder a cop in an effort to divert attention away from their real plan to carry out a heist on the other side of town.
Oscar-favourites Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) have been offered the criminal mastermind and his corrupt cop partner respectively, with Out Of The Furnace’s Casey Affleck set for the role of the unlucky cop. The film will also star Academy Award-winners Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett who had previously signed on a number of weeks ago.
Source: The Wrap
- Craig Hunter
John Hillcoat’s latest project, the long-gestating crime drama Triple Nine, has added three more high caliber names to its impressive star studded cast. Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael B. Jordan will be joining Academy Award winners Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett in the film.
Triple Nine, written by screenwriter Matt Cook, tells the story of a group of corrupt cops that plan a major heist and realize that in order to get away with the crime, they will have to shoot one of their own. Casey Affleck will play the film’s lead, replacing Charlie Hunnam in a role that is being described as a “young upstanding officer who is chosen as the victim.”
Meanwhile, Chiwetel Ejiofor, who’s been making headlines for his widely praised portrayal of a free man who’s sold into slavery in 12 Years A Slave, will play the cop that comes up with the heist. »
- Alex Greb
After losing his Lawless star Shia Labeouf and despite attracting some interest from Charlie Hunnam earlier in the year, John Hillcoat hasn’t had much luck finding leading men to star in crime thriller Triple Nine. Things appear to be looking up, however, as he now has Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck and Michael B. Jordan in talks.The plot will follow a group of thieves who hatch a deadly plan to kill a young L.A. police officer in order to distract the authorities' attention from a heist their colleagues are trying to pull across town. If the deals are made, Affleck will play the officer, while Jordan will be a streetwise fellow cop who conspires with Ejiofor’s master thief to double-cross Affleck’s character. And the title, in case you’re wondering? The radio code for an officer needing emergency assistance, which we'd like to think was inspired by the British emergency number. »
As if the casting director blindly threw a dart at an Oscar prediction pool, Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Michael B. Jordan are in talks to join Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett in Triple Nine, the Wrap reports. The film centers around a group of robbers who attempt to murder an Lapd officer (Affleck) in order to draw attention away from a robbery on the other side of town. Ejiofer would play the head robber, and Jordan his dirty cop disciple. Directed by Lawless’s John Hillcoat, it sure sounds like a gritty crime drama, but we’re still hoping for it to turn into an Ocean’s 13 spinoff, with Affleck applying the lessons he’s learned. »
- Jesse David Fox
News Simon Brew 12 Dec 2013 - 06:42
Earlier this week, we learned that the title of Terminator 5, the second cinematic reboot of the franchise, would be Terminator: Genesis. It's still expected to be Alan Taylor directing, following his success with Thor: The Dark World, and most of the casting rumours to date have centred on who will be playing Sarah Connor in the new movie (Emilia Clarke and Brie Larson are apparently candidates).
With regards the role of John Connor though, a name has finally entered the mix. And that actor is Jason Clarke, who it's been reported is now the front runner for the role.
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 12 Dec 2013 - 05:49
The year of Baggins, Potter and Spider-Man also had a wealth of lesser-known movies. Here’s our pick of 2002's underappreciated films...
At the top of the box office tree, 2002 was dominated by fantasy and special effects. Peter Jackson's The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers made almost a billion dollars all by itself, with Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets taking second place and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man not too far behind.
In many ways, 2002 set the tempo for the Hollywood blockbuster landscape, which has changed relatively little in the decade since. A quick look at 2013‘s top 10, for example, reveals a markedly similar mix of superhero movies, with Iron Man 3 still ruling the roost at the time of writing, followed by effects-heavy action flicks and family-friendly animated features.
As usual in these lists, we're looking »
According to Deadline, the search for a John Connor is now over as Terminator: Genesis has cast Jason Clarke in the lead role. Said to be a reboot, the film will be scripted by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier, with Alan Taylor behind the camera. Other than that, details on this one are pretty scarce. We do know, however, that casting for the role of Sarah Connor is currently underway and the frontrunners are Emilia Clarke and Brie Larson.
Though not a household name just yet, Clarke is well on his to the A-list. Starting with 2012′s Lawless, the actor has been on the rise ever since, snagging big roles in Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gasby and White House Down. He’ll also be seen in upcoming high-profile projects like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups.
While I personally think »
- Matt Joseph
We might still be waiting to hear about the new Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke is said to be the front-runner, with Brie Larson still in contention too), but "Terminator 5" has found her on-screen son. While Tom Hardy was said to be the target for the role of John Connor (played by Edward Furlong, Nick Stahl and Christian Bale in the previous films), Skydance and Annapurna Pictures' reboot, "Terminator: Genesis," it's the actor's co-star in "Lawless," and the upcoming "Child 44," Jason Clarke who's won out, according to Deadline. The Australian-born Clarke's become an increasingly in-demand actor after his breakout role in "Zero Dark Thirty" last year: he popped up in "The Great Gatsby" and "White House Down" this year, plays the human lead in next summer's tentpole "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes," and will star with Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and John Hawkes in Baltasar Kormakur's "Everest. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Team Fyc highlights our favorite individual fringe Oscar contenders. Here's Philippe Ostiguy...
Last January, waves of chatter came rushing out of Sundance with glowing words for a little American drama that has steadily enchanted audiences since. Though it can’t be credited with much innovation, David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is an old-fashioned tale of love and crime told with heart, eager to pay tribute to Americana pioneers. Though its sun-kissed cinematography and trio of lead performances by Rooney Mara, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck have been the main talking points, the film earns most of its magic by way of Daniel Hart’s musical contributions, at once delicate and tense, alert and dreaming.
Classically trained violinist Hart, who has released music under his own name as well as with his bands The Physics of Meaning and Dark Rooms, has little film experience: his only other scoring »
- GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
Mia Wasikowska is a fantastic young actress that has a long successful acting career ahead of her. She's been in films such as Jane Eyre, Stoker, Alice in Wonderland, Lawless, and several more. She was amazing in all of those, and now she's basically going to carry a whole film on her shoulders with Tracks, which is based on an inspiring true story. This looks like a beautifully shot film, and I'll be checking it out when it is released.
Tracks is based on the inspirational and iconic true story of Robyn Davidson. Robyn's phenomenal solo trek from Alice Springs to Uluru and on to the Indian Ocean saw her traverse 2700km of spectacular yet unforgiving Australian desert accompanied only »
- Joey Paur
Swerve is as much a “thriller” as turkey bacon is bacon – and if you understand my feelings on bacon, you’ll know that turkey bacon is nothing but a cheap, farcical wannabe. Heading down under for Craig Lahiff’s latest film didn’t provide the exotic joys I wished for, as this imitation Coen brothers crime film fails to create the quirky, tense atmosphere it so reaches for. There’s guns, girls, and shrimp on the barbie, but nothing comes together in a very fun-filled way. This action ride feels like it’s gliding on cruise-control the whole time, with each twist and turn only being a minor speed-bump along the way. Yeah, this thing only goes from about 0 to 25, and takes a while to do so, circling the same track we’ve seen over, and over, and over, and over…you get my Tokyo Drift (So Many Car Puns! »
- Matt Donato
Let’s Do It Again: Lee’s Reimagining Imaginative Enough
Call it what you will, reimagining, reinterpretation, or remake, Spike Lee’s Oldboy can’t escape its describing root word, even while this retooling of the much celebrated 2003 Park Chan-wook for the Western intellect does have some minor differences. Those familiar with the original should perhaps be envious of those that will be coming to Lee’s version with an undiluted palette, for it’s an enjoyable work of its own, less hyper stylized, with certain changes that make it more viciously pulpy and, surprisingly, seedier.
It’s 1993, and Joe Doucette (Josh Brolin), an alcoholic, womanizing advertising executive suddenly finds himself locked in what appears to be a secured hotel room without windows, where Chinese dumplings and pints of vodka are served to him while he’s monitored by cameras in the room. He will be stuck there for the next 20 years. »
- Nicholas Bell
Hugh Hefner's gonna be pissed ... 'cause "Zero Dark Thirty" star Jessica Chastain tells TMZ she's totally down to get naked in front of a camera ... but it will Never be for Playboy. The Golden Globe winner was leaving the Brentwood Country Mart yesterday when we congratulated her on locking up the cover of Vogue -- and Jessica told us for her next shoot, she's hoping to do something a little more "risque.'"Awesome. »
- TMZ Staff
A suitcase full of money, a crooked cop, a femme fatale and plans gone wrong... It sounds like something we've seen before, but with the usually solid Jason Clarke ("Lawless," "Zero Dark Thirty," "The Great Gatsby," "White House Down") in the lead, "Swerve" is one we'll definitely be checking out. Co-starring Emma Booth and David Lyons, the story is set against the Australian outback where a man stumbles across a car accident, but more importantly, a suitcase stacked with cash. He does the right thing and turns it in but soon he's ensnared in the lives of a twisted police officer, his seductive wife, and as you might guess, he'll probably have to fight for his life. Again, this seems pretty standard but we are intrigued by The Hollywood Reporter review which drops Alfred Hitchcock, the Coen Brothers, James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler as reference points. "Swerve" opens in limited release on December 6th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Following breakthrough roles in films like Zero Dark Thirty, Lawless and The Great Gatsby over the past year (as well as a turn in White House Down), Australian actor Jason Clarke is making quite a name for himself. Next year, we'll see him in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but before that, audiences can check him out in a thriller called Swerve. The film from down under follows a man (David Lyons) who happens upon a road accident where he finds a dead man, a beautiful woman, and a suitcase full of money. After trying to do the right thing he finds himself caught up in a dangerous scheme and pursued by a crooked Cop (Clarke). The film hit festivals in 2011 and 2012, but it's coming to the Us next month, and we have a trailer. Here's the trailer for Craig Lahiff's Swerve via The Film Stage: When »
- Ethan Anderton
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