Shia LaBeouf, as we know, has had an interesting year. He's fielded plagiarism accusations, worn weird masks to premieres, done some "art" and spent a bit of time in rehab. He is also, in spite of all that, an undeniably gifted actor whose latest movie, Fury, is genuinely terrific. And now, according to Interview Magazine, he's become a Christian and he is not making any bones about what kind of Christian he is:
I became a Christian man, and not in a f***ing bulls**t way — in a very real way ...I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me. And you can’t identify unless you’re really going through it.
He went on to say that his conversion has been “a full-blown exchange of heart, a surrender of control" that he experienced while making Fury. He had conversations with co-star Brad Pitt (who was raised as a Christian) and director David Ayer (who still is one) and made his decision. “But these two diametrically opposed positions both lead to the same spot," he says. "And I really looked up to both men" ... Discuss
As you probably know, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Captain America (Chris Evans) faced off in a superheroic Super Bowl bet that ultimately (narrowly) went Captain America's way when the New England Patriots clinched the win. Today, Pratt fulfilled his part of the bargain and visited Christopher’s Haven in Boston, Mass. in full Star-Lord garb. Chris Evans joined him, because he's a good sport and these two are great. They spent all afternoon chilling with the kids in the hospital, handing out presents and (begrudgingly, in Pratt's case) signing Tom Brady jerseys. They even made a combined $27,000 donation to both Christopher's Haven and the Seattle Children’s Hospital Evans would have visited if he lost the bet. So, everyone wins. Except for the Seahawks. And Chris Pratt. But everyone else wins ... Discuss
This week, a distressingly large number of Facebook users raised their voices against the Hollywood elite who spend their free time killing off the world's dinosaurs. That's a pretty incredible sentence, but it's true.
After Santa Jay Branscomb posted a photo of Steven Spielberg on the set of Jurassic Park, several Facebook users decried Spielberg's senseless violence against our Triceratops friends. Branscomb posted the photo ironically, typing “Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man.” But several did not get the joke and flew into a blind rage. "I don't care who he is," declared one. "He should not have shot that animal." Another called it "disgusting" and "inhumane," suggesting that Spielberg should have taken the animal to a zoo.
So, there are a few people out there whose grasp of biology might be charitably described as "outdated." Nevertheless, it's nice to see people agree on something for once ... Discuss
Hollywood’s Biblical movie trend continues. According to a report in Deadline, actor Hugh Jackman has signed on to star in a new epic called Apostle Paul. The Wolverine star isn’t the only Hollywood A-lister involved with the New Testament project: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are among the team producing the film. Though n a 2009 interview with Parade magazine Jackman said he finds “evangelical church too, well, restrictive,” and he is a follower of the School of Practical Philosophy—not traditional Christianity—he is familiar with the Church. Jackman told the magazine that his father is a devout Christian who would take him to Billy Graham crusades frequently growing up. Not many details about Apostle Paul’s plot have been made available yet, but considering Paul’s story of radical conversion and the major role he played in the early church, filmmakers will have a lot to work with ... Discuss
Once in every generation, a moment comes that is so defining, so paradigm-altering, so world-shaking, that you spend the rest of your life telling people where you were when you heard it. It goes beyond making history to shaping the future, and yes, even giving a generation a rallying point and identity. For our generation, that moment came today when Varietyannounced Nicolas Cage is in talks to star in the reboot of the apocalyptic Left Behind film franchise. (The original trilogy, as we all know, starred Kirk Cameron.) The $15 million film will shoot in the spring and is slated for wide release in fourth quarter, 2013. It's hard to know what to say at moments like this, when reality suddenly seems too vast for words. The only thing you can do is find your friends and loved ones, hold them tight, and mark the day for your children and your children's children, so that you can tell them, "I was there. I was there the day Nicolas Cage agreed to star in a Left Behind movie." And they will weep, just like you are now ... Discuss