Shia LaBeouf Divulges Many Things in Interview, Including Rape at His Beverly Hills Art Show

Shia-LeBeouf1(PCM) In a long email correspondence with Dazed magazine’s Aimee Cliff, actor Shia LaBeouf bared his soul, telling Cliff about past traumatic experieces, his childhood, his growth, and a shocking story of how he was raped at his “#IAMSORRY” performance art show in Beverly Hills in February.

Contacting Cliff after she wrote a piece about the actor’s performance art, LaBeouf asked the journalist if she was interested in starting up an email correspondence because he liked her point of view.

Jumping on the chance (because who wouldn’t?), Cliff dives into the topics of performance art and metamodernism, a set of developments in philosophy described as meditations between aspects of both modernism and postmodernism, that LaBeouf identifies with.

Among the many, many topics that the two cover, one of the more shocking stories to come from the interview is one where Shia LaBouf reveals that he was raped by a participant of his performance art show.

“#IAMSORRY,” a five day long performance art show in Beverly Hills, allowed anyone to enter a room and have one-on-one interactions with the Transformers and Fury actor while he remained completely silent and wore a paper bag over his head with the words “I AM SORRY” painted in black across his face.

“#IAMSORRY” was a response to the backlash against LaBeouf after he plagarized a short comic by Ghost World author Daniel Clowes in his short film, a genuine apology to the world at large. 

According to LaBeouf, the overall experience was cathartic, revealing, and healing:

“Almost everyone who came in had 
preconceived notions of what they were going to experience, and as soon as Nastja Rönkkö brought them through the curtain, everything changed,” LaBeouf told Cliff.

“I went from being a celebrity or object to a fellow human. I was genuinely remorseful. It wasn’t manipulation, I was heartbroken. People I’ve never met before came 
in and loved on me and with me. Some would hold my hand and cry with me, some would tell me to ‘figure it out’ or to ‘be a man’. 
I’ve never experienced love like 
that; empathy, humanity.

“Still, there were others who came in with an agenda they couldn’t let go of. Some folks would come in, take my bag off, pop off a selfie and bounce. That felt terrible.”

Shia LaBeouf explains that some people entered the performance art show with specific plans for the actor, some more malevolent than others.

The actor goes on to desribe how one woman entered the show, whipped his legs for 10 minutes, then proceeded to strip him of his clothes and sexually assualt him. An incredibly traumatizing experience that the actor endured in silence:

“One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for ten minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me… There were hundreds of people in line when she walked out with dishevelled hair and smudged lipstick. It was no good, not just for me but her man as well” Labeouf revealed.

“On top of that my girl was in line to see me, because it was Valentine’s Day and I was living in the gallery for the duration of the event – we were separated for five days, no communication,” adds the actor. “So it really hurt her as well, as I guess the news of it travelled through the line. 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.”

Shia LaBeouf divulged that the experience was “really terrible” and added that it is through these projects he’s exploring that he is finding himself.

Read the full unedited email correspondence between Aimee Cliff and Shia LaBeouf on LaBeouf and collaborators Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner’s website, and read Cliff’s edited version over at Dazed.

Cliff and LaBeouf also engaged in an in-person meet up, where the two strapped Go Pros to their heads and sat across from one another, silently holding eye contact for the duration of an hour.

The video and the email correspondence serve as part of a metamordernist experience, where the pair’s written interaction is online, a non-physical space, and the video of the two meeting in person is  for the most part silent; the two never exchange a word when physically present.

If you have an hour to spare, you can watch the full video below.

INTERVIEW from Rönkkö / Turner on Vimeo.

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Cowardly Lion Costume From The Wizard Of Oz Sells For $3 Million


(PCM) Talk about making a pop culture pay day, the infamous Cowardly Lion costume worn by actor Burt Lahr in the classic film “The Wizard Of Oz” sold for over $3 million dollars at a recent Bonham’s auction in New York City.

Auctioned off at Bonhams’ Turner Classic Movie Presents… There’s No Place Like Hollywood, the Cowardly Lion costume is verified as the same costume worn by Bert Lahr during the 1939 production of the classic, The Wizard of Oz.

Made of real lion hides, the costume was discoverd folded and tucked away in one of the oldes buildings on MGM’s lot and was aqcuired by The Comisar Collection and owned by Los Angelos TV founder James Comisar.

Several lion costumes were created for the production of The Wizard of Oz but the costume department ran into issues with consistency; most lion hides have distinct swirls and patterns, making it hard to have a uniform lion costume.

As a result, Lahr had to wear the same costume for every day of production, requiring the costume department to dry the costume every night in an industrial sized dryer in order to dry out all of the sweat produced by Lahr under the bright Technicolor production lights.

According to the New York Daily News, the face is sculpted to the likeness of the late actor and according to a spokesperson for costume owner James Comisar, there was a secondary costume that was used in the film that also recently sold at auction for over $1 million dollars.

Comisar says that he plans to use the money that he received from selling the Cowardly Lion costume to further invest in his exhibit and collection of TV memorabilia that includes items from “I Love Lucy” and “Lost” to name a few.

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Chris Hemsworth is People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2014

ChrisHemsworth(PCM) Every year, People magazine names a man and a woman who they respectively deem the Sexiest Man/Woman Alive, and for 2014, the Sexiest Man Alive is Thor lead, Chris Hemsworth.

Hemsworth is in pretty good (and good-looking) company; also making an appearance on People’s Sexiest Man Alive list are Guardians of Galaxy‘s Chris Pratt, Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Jamie Dornan, Michael Strahan, and Matt Bomer.

In 2013, Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine made it on the cover of People’s Sexiest Man Alive issue, and the year before that Channing Tatum was crowned with the title.

Making a new for himself in his homeland of Australia for his role as Kim Hyde on the soap series, Home and Away, Chris Hemsworth has found steadfast fans in America after playing Thor in Marvel’s Thor and The Avengers.

Back in 2013, Chris Hemsworth ranked number 7 on Glamour magazine’s 2013 list of “50 Sexiest Men,” coming in 3 places behind his younger brother, Liam Hemsworth.

Now, the actor jokes about his status as “Sexiest Man Alive,” telling People magazine, “I think you’ve bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house, I can just say to [wife Elsa Pataky], ‘Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don’t need to do the dishes anymore, I don’t need to change nappies. I’m above that. I’ve made it now.’ ”

I think we can all agree that Chris Hemsworth has “made it;” Marvel’s Thor, The Avengers, and Thor: The Dark World, all were huge box office hits and grossed over $2.6 billion worldwide.

Hemsworth is currently filming John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein’s National Lampoon’s Vacation reboot, Vacation, also starring Leslie Mann, Charlie Day, Christina Applegate, and Chevy Chase, and is in pre-production for Frank Darabont’s The Huntsman.

Hemsworth will also star in Michael Mann’s action-drama Blackhat, in theaters January 16, 2015, Ron Howard’s action-adventure In the Heart of the Sea, set to open March 13, 2015, Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, in theaters May 1, 2015, and Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters July 28, 2017.

It’s also of note that Chris Hemsworth has been rumored to star in DC Entertainment’s Doc Savage, written and directed by Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) along with co-writers Anthony Bagarozzi and Chuck Mondry.

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Convicted Murderer Charles Manson Set To Wed In Prison


(PCM) Convicted killer 80-year old Charles Manson and his young fiancee 26-year old Afton “Star” Burton have received the marriage license and are set to wed in a prison ceremony.

The couple have 90 days to complete the wedding ceremony after obtaining their license or else they must reapply again. Manson is currently serving a life sentence at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, California.

Burton relocated to Corcoran to be closer to Manson and speaks to him by phone at least once a day and visits every weekend. Her days are spent painting and maintaining Manson’s various social media sites.

Burton revealed to CNN that her goal is to eventually get Manson out of prison, claiming that he had nothing to do with the seven murders that took place in August of 1969 which he was convicted of being the mastermind behind.

Manson and Burton are allowed only one hug at the beginning and end of their weekend visits and even after they are wed, the two will not be allowed conjugal visits due to Manson’s life sentence.

A spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says that the wedding ceremony must take place on a visiting day and that Manson and Burton will be allowed to have up to 10 guests from outside the prison and two from inside the prison, as well as, an officiant of their choice. There will be absolutely no outside photography permitted.

The news about Manson and Burton’s upcoming nuptials has been sparking a ton of controversy online with many claiming that it truly speaks volumes for the sanctity of marriage these days.

We want to hear from you. Do you feel Manson and Burton should be allowed to marry?

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Bill Cosby Suffers A Social Media Nightmare

(PCM) We are fairly certain that someone from actor/comedian Bill Cosby’s social media and PR team has their head on the chopping block right about now.

As a way to drum up publicity about Bill Cosby’s current tour, someone on his publicity team came up with the idea to start the #CosbyMeme Generator. Cosby sent out a tweet urging his fans and followers to meme him by choosing one of several images on his website and then add their own text to the particular image.


Well, his followers certainly paid attention, however the result was certainly not what his publicity team was hoping. Instead of the friendly, silly and uplifting text they had hoped would end up on the images, they instead received many that were poking fun and criticizing Cosby for his rape and sexual misconduct allegations from the past.


The entire situation has spiraled into a a public relations nightmare. Cosby’s initial tweet urging followers to meme him has since been deleted and the #CosbyMeme Generator has now been removed from his official site. Ouch!

Never underestimate the power of angry internet users, especially if you are dealing with any type of controversy in your life, private or professional, because clearly nothing is off limits.

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