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
Ready or not, a sequel to God’s Not Deadis coming. Bafflingly, the sequel to the 2014 faith-based drama will not be called God: Still Not Dead. God’s Not Dead 2: He’s Surely Alive will star Melissa Joan Hart and Jesse Metcalfe, and, according to a press release, the movie will feature “a story that could easily be pulled from today’s headlines.”
In the movie, Joan Hart plays a teacher who finds herself in trouble with a “zealous civil liberties group represented by an attorney with no love lost for God” after she shares her faith in the classroom. Thankfully, she is able to team with “a sympathetic and charismatic defense lawyer (Metcalfe).” The first installment in the God’s Not Dead franchise wasn’t a critical favorite (it has a 16 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), but managed to take in more than $60 million at the box office on a $2 million budget. Discuss
Here’s the first trailer for the upcoming thriller Captive starring Dave Oyelowo, Kate Mara and Michael K. Williams. The movie tells the true story of a hostage situation involving a recovering meth addict and mother, who read Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life to her captor—a decision that may have saved her life. Captive opens on Sept. 18 ... Discuss