Hey, remember earlier this year when Shia LaBeouf set himself up in a Los Angeles art gallery with a bag over his head to have staring contests with strangers for five days? Good times. Actually, as it turns out, not so much for LaBeouf himself. “One woman who came with her boyfriend — who was outside the door when this happened — whipped my legs for 10 minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me,” LaBeouf says in an email interview with Dazed and Confused magazine. “Then [she] walked out with her lipstick smudged to her awaiting boyfriend who I image was quite hurt by it.”
To make things even more absurd, this happened when his girlfriend, Mia Goth, was coming to visit the show and he couldn’t talk to her about it because art, man. Art. “It was Valentine’s Day and I was living in the gallery sleeping in a sleeping bag for the duration of the event,” he explains. “We were separated for five days. No communication. So it really hurt her as well as I guess the news of it traveled through the line. She was only about 25 people back when she came in she asked for an explanation and I couldn’t speak so we both sat with this unexplained trauma silently. It was painful.”
But you know what hurt LaBeouf even more than being sexually assaulted? All you selfish selfie-takers taking advantage of him and his art, man. “Some folks would come in, take my bag off, pop off a selfie and bounce,” LaBeouf explains. “That felt terrible.”
Maybe you’ve never heard of British band The 1975, but apparently it’s a thing and it has a lead singer named Matt Healy who recently met Taylor Swift. And things apparently went really well — though Healy might have just ruined the whole thing with a single radio interview. “I met Taylor Swift, that was really nice,” Healy said during a recent interview with Shazam Top 20 radio. “We exchanged numbers. Let’s see what happens.” I could tell you what’s going to happen, Matt, but I don’t want to spoil it. “I mean bloody hell, what am I going to do? Go out with Taylor Swift? She’s a sensation, I wouldn’t say no,” Healy added. Oh Matt, buddy, I don’t think that’s up to you anymore.
Outspoken “She’s All That” and “Star Wars Rebels” star Freddie Prinze Jr. revealed on Twitter that he underwent spinal surgery shortly before Thanksgiving, though he could have phrased the initial announcement better. On Wednesday he tweeted, “Learned to walk again is like learning jiu-jitsu — one technique at a time” along with a photo of himself in a neck brace.
— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) November 26, 2014
And while he’s been over-sharing with photos of the incision on his neck and details about his recovery — like what kind of painkillers he’s taking — the “learning to walk” bit caused a bit of a stir, so Prinze had to clarify that he’s just fine, tweeting:
@mrsmcgee65 i can walk fine. Just puttin back together one step at a time
— Freddie Prinze Jr (@RealFPJr) November 29, 2014
A nearly unrecognizable Mickey Rourke took to the ring at age 62 to defeat a 29-year-old opponent during a boxing match in Russia over the weekend, and if it all sounds too good to be true, that’s because it probably is. Footage from the bout shows Rourke leveling former California Golden Gloves champ Elliot Seymour with a couple of suspiciously weak-looking blows. Rourke had a three-year boxing career that ended more than 20 years ago, and he says this victory is just the beginning, as he has another four fights planned. “I’ve got some things going on in my life so [boxing has] sort of saved me from myself,” Rourke recently said in a Russian TV interview. “And for a man like me, it’s better to live in fear than go on in shame.” Whatever works for you, buddy.
Either “Avatar” director James Cameron either needs to reconsider his phrasing when trying to get people hyped for the blockbuster’s planned sequels or he has some truly terrifying plans for moviegoers. Speaking to Empire magazine about the second, third and fourth films in the franchise he’s been talking about for more than four years now, Cameron insists that “you will s— yourself with your mouth wide open” when you finally see them. Sounds like fun! He also confirmed that the films will be presented in 48 frames per second, a gimmick Peter Jackson stopped talking about as soon as people actually saw the first “Hobbit” film, so maybe Cameron meant it as a threat after all.
Sure, we were all giddy seeing the “Star Wars: the Force Awakens” trailer over the weekend. But something was missing, and that something was the magic touch of franchise creator George Lucas, who famously can’t leave well enough alone. So a fan made a Lucas-tinged “special edition” of the teaser, complete with extra creatures and noise CGI’d in, just like Lucas did to the original trilogy. So enjoy — and give thanks for J.J. Abrams. Hey look! Jabba the Hutt!
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