Though critics enjoyed Shia LaBeuof's 2012 directorial debutHowardCantour.com, after making the film available on Vimeo Monday, the tide quickly turned once viewers began to notice the nearly identical resemblance to Daniel Clowes' 2007 comic Justin M. Damiano.
LaBeouf doesn't even bother to hide the source material in the film, stealing Clowes' opening narration verbatim, along with several other lines of dialogue, but the actor failed to cite Clowes in the credits. Once the criticism began gathering speed, the video was taken offline (though it is still available on Buzzfeed).
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Clowes, who's best known for Ghost World, said he's "shocked" and doesn't understand why LaBeouf would so shamelessly steal his work. "The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link. I've never spoken to or met Mr. LaBeouf," Clowes toldBuzzfeed. "I've never even seen one of his films that I can recall — and I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work. I actually can't imagine what was going through his mind."
Talk about a backhanded compliment. Adam Sander has been named the most overpaid actor of 2013 by Forbes.
Though Sandler still commands a fat paycheck, most of his recent films have been Razzie fodder and box office duds. The magazine estimates that for every dollar Sandler received on his last three films, which include Jack & Jill and That's My Boy, the movies returned an average of $3.40. However, there are exceptions when Sandler's price tag pays off, as is the case with Grown Ups 2, one of Sandler's best performing films, which was not counted toward this year's ranking because of its later release date.
Friday Night Lights
After years of talk about a possible Friday Night Lights movie to pick up where the acclaimed TV drama left off, executive producer Peter Berg says it's not going to happen.
"There's not gonna be a movie," Berg told Collider.com. "We talked about it, some people thought...
X-Men: Days of Future Past hasn't even opened yet, but director Bryan Singer is already planning the next film in the mutant franchise.
It's a Wonderful Life
A sequel to It's a Wonderful Life is in the works, Variety reports.
Entitled It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story, the film will focus on George Bailey's grandson as he undergoes his own holiday epiphany when an angel (Karolyn Grimes, who played Bailey's daughter Zuzu in the Frank Capra film) comes to show him the world if he had never been born.