I'll be honest with you: I'm getting just as sick of writing about Shia LaBeouf's continued efforts to win the Jerk Olympics as you may be of reading about him, but he keeps trying to top himself after initially being accused of plagiarizing Daniel Clowes (and now, many others) and it's impossible to ignore.
This time around, he tweeted a photo of a storyboard for "my next short," "Daniel Boring," clearly a not-even-thinly-veiled rip-off of Clowes' "David Boring," which he serialized in his series Eightball. Clowes' attorney, Michael J. Kump, sent LaBeouf's attorney a cease-and-desist order, and the Transformers actor posted that, too.
If you were wondering, Shia LaBeouf, a multi-millionaire who has been famous since he was about 12, doesn't think copyright really means anything.
If the actor's recent statements in a nigh-insufferable interview at Bleeding Cool are to be believed, he's been playing everyone all along. Or maybe that's just what he wants everyone to believe now that he's been caught plagiarizing Daniel Clowes' comic "Justin M. Damiano" for his short film HowardCantour.com.
If you missed it yesterday, Shia LaBeouf, star of Disturbia and author of comics including one called Cyclical that involves motorcycles because of symbolism, adapted a Daniel Clowes comic, "Justin M. Damiano," into a short film and showed it at film festivals. Problem is, Clowes and his publisher, Fantagraphics didn't know about it, weren't credited, and weren't paid.
Failed comic book creatorShia LaBeouf, who we understand was in some movies once, has just released a short film titled HowardCantour.com. The film, directed by LaBeouf, follows the emotional trials and tribulations of an online film critic as he struggles with the frustrations of his chosen profession, including the emotional conflict of hero-worship and interacting with other bloggers, among other annoyances. Starring Jim Gaffigan as Howard Cantour, the film is seemingly an adaptation of "Justin M. Damiano," a short story by cartoonist Daniel Clowes.
Clowes, the creator of the graphic novel Ghost World, has seen his work adapted to the screen in the past. The difference this time? It would appear that LaBeouf, in no way, shape or form, had permission from Clowes to adapt his work, nor does he credit him anywhere in the film. In fact, the two have never even spoken.
Better known as an actor, the son of Indiana Jones, and a renowned scholar in the language of Cybertronian, Transformers star Shia LaBeouf made a surprise appearance at the C2E2 comics convention in Chicago this past weekend, signing self-published comics that the Chicago Tribune described as being "borderline philosophical" and having "crude, child-like drawings...
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