The movie's 100% Rotten Tomatoes score overshadows the actor's scene-making behaviour.
Lars Von Trier's controversial new movie Nymphomaniac has gone down a storm with critics after having premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. However, cast member Shia LaBeouf, who has been doing a lot of bizarre things recently in the name of performance art, drew unnecessary attention to himself by walking out of the press conference and appearing with a paper bag on his head on the red carpet.
That There, That's Shia LaBeouf...Promise!
After being asked about the movie's explicit sex scenes, of which apparently there are many, Shia quoted footballer Eric Cantona's famous 1995 line: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea" before making his exit, according to BBC News. He later appeared on the red carpet for the premiere screening wearing a brown paper bag with the words "I am not famous anymore" written on it with two eye holes.
Shia LaBeouf made sure he earned his latest film Nymphomaniac plenty of publicity, though it may not even need it.
Shia LaBeouf walked out of a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival after quoting Eric Cantona's famous line, "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea."
LaBeouf - in Berlin to promote Lars Von Trier's new movie Nymphomaniac, of which he is the star- later appeared on the red carpet wearing a paper bag on his head. Written on it was the words, "I am not famous any more," according to BBC News.
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The actor's latest appearance was just a little bit more bizarre than usual.
Given Shia LaBeouf’s recent antics, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the man is a bit... err… eccentric. He’s also very self aware though, just take a look at his outfit for the “Nymphomaniac Volume I” premiere at the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival.
Even if he isn't famous, LaBeouf can always rely on his fashion choices to make a stir.
LaBeouf’s look included a sharp black tux, white shirt and a brown paper bag. Say what you will about LaBeouf, but he obviously knows how to make a statement. In this case, he made it in black marker on the paper bag on his head. The message read: “I am not famous anymore.” – a statement he has been tweeting repeatedly since January 13, as USA Today notes.
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Von Trier’s controversial new film received its first US showing at Sundance.
The long-awaited North American premiere of Lars Von Trier’s new movie Nymphomaniac surprised audiences at the Sundance Film Festival who had filed into the Egyptian Theater in Park City unaware of what the film they were about to see was. Split into two parts, the latter being premiered at a later date, Von Trier’s controversial new film details the lifelong sexual exploits of a self-confessed nymphomaniac, or sex addict, Joe, played by Charlotte Gainsbourg (‘Antichrist,’ ‘Melancholia’).
'Nymphomaniac' Has Received Its First North American Showing.
In a typical Von Trier way, the movie has raised eyebrows across the globe as viewers encounter Nymphomaniac’s reputedly graphic and shocking scenes of real sexual penetration. There seems to be some dispute over how the movie was filmed – whether the cast’s faces were digitally grafted on to porn actors faces or not – but it appears that the shock factor of watching real people have sex in a cinema has not been diminished.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but some of them might actually be good. Of course, release dates are subject to change...
10. The Expendables 3 (Aug) - Hopefully this meathead action romp will be the guilty pleasure of the year. Other muscle-bound, brainless thrills may come from Pompeii (Feb), Tarzan (May) and Hercules (Aug).
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Cover your eyes little Timmy! Children left scarred by the sexually explicit new 'Nymphomaniac' trailer.
Shocked Floridian parents have been left fearing for the innocence of their young children after the trailer for Lars Von Trier's provocative new movie Nymphomaniac was screened during what should have been the child-friendly advert reel in the cinema.
Promotional Posters For 'Nymphomaniac' Show The Cast's Sex Faces.
Excited children waiting to see the sweet and festive Oscar-tipped Disney movie Frozen with their parents had hands held over their eyes as someone in the projection room slipped up in a monumental goof.
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[NSFW] Lars Von Trier is at it again.
The full-length trailer has finally been released for the Lars Von Trier two-part erotic drama, Nymphomaniac. The Danish director has teased for months with promotional posters for the movie showing cast members' faces in the throes of sexual pleasure.
Written and directed by the somewhat infamously controversial Von Trier ('Antichrist,' 'Melancholia'), the film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as Joe, a woman found beaten in an alley by Stellan Skarsgard's Seligman. Joe attends group therapy sessions after self-diagnosing as a nymphomaniac; a sex addict. Seligman looks after Joe and she tells him her life story, including her sexual experiences.
The actor shared a screen shot from his upcoming movie to promote the upcoming rom-com-action
Shia LaBeouf isn't scared to show a little (or a lot) of skin, as he has shown with his increasingly sordid roles. After baring all for the Sigur Rós' music video for the song 'Fjögur Píanó,' before stripping off completely and getting steamy for the screen with his Nymphomaniac co-stars, Shia this time took to Twitter to flash his bits.
Charlie Countryman comes out next month
Sharing an image from his upcoming film, the rom-com meets action adventure Charlie Countryman, Shia told his followers to check out the upcoming film and gave them at least one reason to check it out with the racy image. Early on Sunday (hey what else are you going to do on a Sunday morning), 20 October, Shia uploaded the image to his Twitter account, along with the caption; "tune in, turn on, drop out - #CharlieCountryman 11/15."
Continue reading: Shia LaBeouf Tweets Naked Selfie To Promote 'Charlie Countryman'
Listen to Baby Blue by Badfinger; the first line sums this story up, and Breaking Bad's. Neat. Tidy.
Shia LeBeouf, you’re an idiot. Leicester Sq. on a busy, drunken evening isn’t the place to start filming intoxicated locals. It just isn’t. You’ll end up with a fist in your face, and that’s exactly what happened to the cocky Hollywood film star, who recently appeared smoking in a mass poster release for Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac.
Charlotte Gainsbourh, Shia LaBeouf, Stacy Martin and Jamie Bell
If the picture above was a line up, and the police asked, ‘alright, which one of these guys got beaten up for being arrogant and ignorant?’ it would be pretty easy to pick one out, wouldn’t it?
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Check out the candid posters below.
Sex. Sex sex sex. It doesn’t matter how many times we say it, it’s still going to make the headlines. And that’s partly why Nymphomaniac – Lars Von Trier’s upcoming film – has been such hot news: it delves into the risqué subject with alacrity and gusto.
The film has also made the news due to the fact that Von Trier is a bit weird.
The Cannes Film Festival is here again, though many believe it is not the same without the presence of Lars Von Trier.
A Still From Lars Von Trier's Controversial New Movie 'Nymphomaniac'
In 2011, Lars Von Trier was the undisputed headline maker at the Cannes Film Festival, though for all the reasons. "What can I say, I understand Hitler. I think he did his wrong things ... but I understand the man," the Danish filmmaker said at a press conference for his movie Melancholia, as Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg looked for the nearest hole to swallow them up. On the occasion, Von Trier was regarded persona non grata and was essentially banished from the festival.
Now, two years later, he has another controversial movie to promote - Nymphomaniac with Gainsbourg, Jamie Bell, Shia LaBeouf and Willem Dafoe - though there is no room for the movie at Cannes. Instead it premieres four days after the festival ends, in Denmark. According to Fox, Von Trier is not banned from the Cannes and simply missed the cut-off submission date for his movie to screen there. The Guardian's critic Xan Brooks argued that Cannes without the filmmaker is simply not the same - and the blustery Riviera weather has done little to make stars, critics and filmmakers feel at home. "He transgressed and was punished and the scars, it seems, have yet to fully heal," Brooks wrote. "But Cannes and Von Trier need each other."
Relive Lars Von Trier's Nazi Comments:
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Remember last year when we reported Shia LaBeouf had dropped acid for 24 hours to prepare for a role in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman? At the time, the 26-year-old told USA Today that he wanted to deliver a realistic rendering of a scene in which he character trips on LSD. "There's a way to do an acid trip like Harold & Kumar, and there's a way to be on acid," he said. "What I know of acting, Sean Penn actually strapped up to that (electric) chair in Dead Man Walking. These are the guys that I look up to," he said.
Well, the movie - which tells the story of a young man who heads to Romania after the death of his mother - premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this week. MTV News caught up with the actor to clear up the acid story, asking, "The character drops acid and you did that for the role. You did it because you wanted to be in that headspace, apparently?" LaBeouf appeared to go into detail about the process of preparing for a scene with the use of drugs, "I'd never done acid before. I remember sending Evan tapes. I remember trying to conjure this and sending tapes. And Evan being like 'That's good, but that's not but, that is," adding, "You reach out to friends and gauge where you're at. I was sending tapes around and I'd get 50 percents from people and that just starts creeping me out. I was getting really nervous toward the end. Not cause I wanted to be on drugs - I'm not trying to mess with the set or anything like that. It's really just fear that propels people."
LaBeouf was also reported to have drunk real moonshine to prepare for the gangster drama Lawless and was expected to film real sex scene for Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac before the idea was scrapped. Following its Sundance screening, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman courted positive reviews, with The Hollywood Reporter saying, "LaBeouf projects a degree of emotional recklessness that's both disarming and disconcerting to watch."
As always, he creates a stunning visual film experience full of raw, wrenching performances. And he tackles themes that are so big that we're not quite sure what to make of it in the end.
Justine (Dunst) is feeling a bit detached on the day of her wedding to the doting Michael (Alexander Skarsgard), and her brother-in-law John (Sutherland) is annoyed that she's not enjoying the expensive party he's staging. Her sister Claire (Gainsbourg) is more understanding, even when events take a few strange turns. Later, the shattered Justine will become the voice of reason when the planet Melancholia, which has been hiding behind the sun, heads towards Earth in a dramatic fly-by. Now it's Claire who's overwhelmed with moodiness, fearing for her young son (Spurr).
Continue reading: Melancholia Review
In a grand castle located in the beautiful countryside, Justine and Michael have married. They enter their reception to cheers and applause and everyone agrees that Justine has never looked happier or more beautiful. The newlyweds enjoy their new marital status and the company of their guests, which include Justine's sister Claire and her husband, John, who organised and paid for the entire wedding.
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After the accidental death of their young son, a couple (Dafoe and Gainsbourg) struggles to cope with their anguish. As a therapist, he offers to help her come to terms with the heartache that has landed her in hospital. But when they head to Eden, their isolated woodland getaway, the grief turns to pain and despair, and all of nature seems to conspire against their recovery. This eerily echoes her thesis on female nature, as events take a turn that's feral and terrifyingly gruesome.
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I'm not even going to attempt to explain the plot of The Kingdom, as it could fill several pages and still not make a lick of sense. I'll leave it at this: "The Kingdom" is a giant Copenhagen hospital, and every single room in it (and most of the corridors, and the driveway, and the parking lot) contains at least one complete wacko.
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Ironically enough, the blueprints are handed straight to the audience: Von Trier's latest, The Boss of It All, basically lays out an office comedy while simultaneously instructing the audience on how a modern comedy should be made. Intermittently sprinkled through the narrative, von Trier's narration comes in to warn us of a change in plot that is "necessary," starting off falsely aloof and ending hopelessly irate. The man can't help himself.
Continue reading: The Boss Of It All Review
Picking up after the violent ending of Dogville, we catch up with Grace Mulligan (Bryce Dallas Howard, replacing Nicole Kidman) as her and her father (Willem Dafoe, replacing James Caan) end up at a small southern plantation named Manderlay. A young, black woman runs up to the car, yelling and crying about how they are going to whip Timothy (Isaach De Bankole). Stopping the car immediately and running onto the plantation, against her father's wishes, she finds that Manderlay is a plantation that still employs slavery. Seeing this as a grave injustice, Grace takes a few of her father's goons and starts running the plantation more like a business, making the white owners work while the slaves are given freedom to go about as they please, receiving shares in the crop's revenue. The slaves are led by Willhelm (Danny Glover), an older man who used to serve Mam (Lauren Bacall), the head of the plantation. As things progress, a dust storm, a child's death, the execution of an elder and Grace's slowly unraveling lust for Timothy start raising the issue that maybe things were better as they were.
Continue reading: Manderlay Review
Predictability reigns for much of the film, because we've seen the story far too often before. A stranger comes to town where the residents are skeptical of outsiders. She proceeds to go out of her way to ingratiate herself, they finally accept her, and then show their true colors against her of what they fear to inflict on one another due to extended co-habitation. The dysfunction turns into a gang of all versus one, regardless of any normal sense of morality, which they are able to slowly rationalize. On the one hand, the unhurried process through which this evolves respects the fact that nobody changes actions or views over night. But because we know it's going to happen, the path to getting there feels arduous.
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An eccentric and intrepid testament to the pure joy of cinema, "The Five Obstructions" is what happens when one of the world's most audacious filmmakers -- Las von Trier, founder of the minimalist Dogme95 movement and director of "Breaking the Waves," "Dancer in the Dark" and "Dogville" -- decides to challenge his artistic mentor to a duel of intellect and imagination.
The semi-documentary begins with a simple conversation between von Trier and prolific Danish writer-director Jorgen Leth, in which the student presents his one-time teacher with a challenge too thought-provoking to refuse: Leth is to direct five remakes of his 1967 short "The Perfect Human," and for each version von Trier will impose creative restrictions to see if the filmmaker can rise to the occasion.
Leth, a kindly, long-faced intellectual in his 60s, enters into the agreement enthusiastically but almost immediately comes to realize he's made a deal with the devil. The childish, egotistical von Trier delights in tormenting him with what seem like increasingly impossible hurdles.
Continue reading: The Five Obstructions Review
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