Howard Cantour.com (2012)
The Spring Breakers star has written an essay for the New York Times in which he tried to explain Labeouf's headline-grabbing antics, comparing him to Marlon Brando in the process.
Labeouf was recently accused of plagiarising the work of graphic novelist Daniel Clowes in his short film Howard Cantour.com. Last week, he opened a bizarre art installation in Los Angeles called #Iamsorry.
Franco wrote: "This behaviour could be a sign of many things, from a nervous breakdown to mere youthful recklessness.
"For Mr Labeouf's sake I hope it is nothing serious. Indeed I hope - and, yes, I know that this idea has pretentious or just plain ridiculous overtones - that his actions are intended as a piece of performance art, one in which a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona.
"My love goes out to those who have supported me," said Labeouf, who will also be remembered for his role in Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. He made no further comment on what his retirement will involve. He has a supporting role in Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac, which is due to be released next month....
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Hollywood actor Shia Labeouf has posted on Twitter that he is "retiring from all public life" following "the recent attacks against my artistic integrity". He added "My love goes out to those who have supported me", and finally "#stopcreating".
The decision comes after Labeouf became embroiled in a plagiarism row with graphic novelist Daniel Clowes. After his film Howard Cantour.com was found to have lifted dialogue from a Clowes short story, Labeouf admitted "I fucked up" and posted an apology online. However, it emerged that the apology had been lifted from Yahoo! Answers, and Labeouf continued to post apologies taken from others. Kanye West, Gucci Mane, a Texan politician and Lena Dunham all got quoted over the following days; he even sent
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The actor Shia Labeouf has reignited the plagiarism row surrounding him and graphic novelist Daniel Clowes, by first posting a storyboard riffing on another Clowes story, then the subsequent cease-and-desist letters he received from Clowes's lawyers.
The storyboard was for a short called Daniel Boring – a lift from Clowes's David Boring – and was described as "like Fassbinder meets half-baked Nabokov on Gilligan's Island", a description Clowes himself used about his story. Clowes's lawyers sent a letter to Labeouf's lawyers stating: "Your client is seriously out of control. He must stop his improper and outlandish conduct directed at Mr. Clowes and his works, and your client must take all necessary and appropriate steps to redress his wrongs.
A few weeks after LeBeouf apologized for plagiarizing his 2012 short film HowardCantour.com from Daniel Clowes' comic Justin M. Damiano, the actor hired a plane to write "I Am Sorry Daniel Clowes" in the sky over Los Angeles. A few days later, Dunham tweeted, "I've always felt, utterly and unchangeably, that only sociopaths hire skywriters."
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The two young show-business stars engaged in a brief but entertaining conversation via Twitter.
This skywriting debate comes after weeks of trouble in Labeouf's life after he was accused of plagiarizing his short film, "Howard Cantour.com," from the work of Clowes. After many apologies for what Labeouf saw as a mistake were not received well -- partially because the apologies themselves contained more plagiarism -- the actor made a grand gesture: He hired a skywriter to broadcast a new apology in the sky.
Some objected to this over-the-top response too. Dunham may have agreed with them. She started the Twitter discussion with her rather decided views on the mental state of those who deal in skywriting:
I've always felt,
The “Transformers” star sported a red shirt and a black pair of shorts as he and his girlfriend Mia Goth met up with his family for the much-needed vacation.
As previously reported by GossipCenter, Labeouf is currently the target for controversy after ripping off the entire story line from Daniel Clowes’ 2007 "Justin M. Damiano” and used it for his own short film “Howard Cantour.com.”
Although he has fully admitted to the plagiarism and has since apologized, Clowes’ publisher Fantagraphics says there may be legal action against Shia.
“Daniel is exploring his legal options. Labeouf changed the name of the main character, but he used the comic as a direct script and story board,” a rep from Fantagraphics stated.
“Clowes has a real melodramatic voice that is very idiosyncratic and Labeouf just
Labeouf had earlier acknowledged the fact that he borrowed from another artist's work without giving proper credit, the New York Daily News reported.
Labeouf debuted his short film, "Howard Cantour.com," starring Jim Gaffigan, which examines the life of an anguished online film critic and is in the lines of the story of a 2007 graphic novella by artist Daniel Clowes titled "Justin M. Damiano."
According to Clowes' publisher, the writer "is exploring his legal options", and is baffled by the news of Labeouf's.
The troubled “Constantine” actor ripped off the entire story line from Daniel Clowes’ 2007 graphic novella “Justin M. Damiano” and used it for his own short film “Howard Cantour.com.”
And while Labeouf fully admitted to the wrongdoing (albeit accidentally) and has since apologized, Clowes’ publisher Fantagraphics says there may be legal action.
A rep from the company told press, “Daniel is exploring his legal options. Labeouf changed the name of the main character, but he used the comic as a direct script and storyboard.”
“Clowes has a real melodramatic voice that is very idiosyncratic and Labeouf just used the dialogue word for word. There is no ambiguity. There is no way that anybody wrote this but Dan Clowes. It just defies any kind of logic or good sense. This was so
Labeouf debuted his short film, Howard Cantour.com, online on Monday starring Jim Gaffigan. It examines the life of an anguished online film critic. That was also the story line of a 2007 graphic novella by artist Daniel Clowes titled Justin M. Damiano.
Clowes declined to comment directly, but according to his publisher, Fantographics’ Eric Reynolds, Clowes “is exploring his legal options.”
Reynolds said Wednesday he was “baffled” by the news of Labeouf’s project, which he and Clowes got wind of on Monday.
It's been a bad week for renowned actor and less renowned filmmaker Shia Labeouf, and an even worse week for plagiarism. In a series of tweets, Labeouf admitted on Tuesday that he "fucked up" by failing to acknowledge that the short film he passed off as an original work was actually inspired by, if not an entire rip off of, a graphic novella written by artist Daniel Clowes. By way of apology, Labeouf tweeted that in his "excitement and naivete as an amateur filmmaker (he) got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation". Naivete and excitement may well have played their part in this fairly brazen breach of etiquette, but considering Labeouf's previous run ins with plagiarism (even part of his twitterized apology seems to
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Actor Shia Labeouf has issued an abject apology after being accused by comic book writer Daniel Clowes of using his work uncredited for Labeouf's latest film as director, the short film Howard Cantour.com which premiered at Cannes.
The issue came to light after the short debuted online on 16 December, after which it became apparent that Labeouf had included dialogue from Clowes' story Justin M Damiano, which, like Labeouf's Howard Cantour.com, is a study of a world-weary and disillusioned film critic.
Speaking to Buzzfeed, Clowes said: "The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link.
After previous trips to the festival with blockbusters "Transformers" and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," Labeouf is here with his first film in competition, the Prohibition-era "Lawless," as well as a short he directed, "Howard Cantour.com."
"Smaller hotel room, but a lot more pride," he said in an interview shortly before "Lawless" was to make its premiere Saturday.
In "Lawless," directed by John Hillcoat, Labeouf stars as the younger, less violent brother of a trio of Appalachia bootlegging brothers (Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke) protecting their backwoods freedom from a savage lawman from Chicago (Guy Pearce).
The film, to be released by the Weinstein Co. this fall, is a clear departure for Labeouf, whose young career has been more dominated by franchise action films than character-driven genre work like "Lawless."
"I've made a
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