So what happened in this shorter than average holiday week?  Well, Shia LaBeouf may or may not be sending Lars von Trier sextapes to audition for the director’s newest film (because the Beouf is a serious artist now, you guys).  Aside from the horrifying news, humanity scored one for the good guys with the cancellation of Jersey Shore; meanwhile, the new Terrence Malick film just released a cavalcade of information about the film’s plot, characters, and music.  We’ve got that and a lot more–check it out!

  • Shia LaBeouf will not rest until the whole world views him as a Serious Artist:  After the news broke that the suddenly hyper-serious artiste Shia LaBeouf would be joining the cast of Lars von Trier’s sexually-charged Nymphomaniac, it was also leaked that the film would feature both simulated and real sex between actors.  So of course, during a recent interview, LaBeouf hinted that he even went as far as sending sex tapes of himself and his girlfriend to von Trier.   Please, please, please let him be kidding.  [NY Daily News]
  • Terrence Malick’s newest gets a plot outline:  Terrence Malick’s films are always imbued with a sense of mystery and ambiguity, and little is known about the films until they are released.  Well, apparently, that trend stops now.  Malick’s newest film, To The Wonder, just got a massive plot summary, character list with descriptions, and soundtrack listing.  It’s too large to pack in right here, but here’s a sliver, courtesy of /Film (go there for more):

TO THE WONDER, written and directed by Terrence Malick, is a romantic drama centered on Neil, a man who is torn between two loves: Marina, the European woman who came to United States to be with him, and Jane, the old flame he reconnects with from his hometown. In TO THE WONDER, Malick explores how love and its many phases and seasons – passion, sympathy, obligation, sorrow, indecision – can transform, destroy, and reinvent lives.

  •  Academy Award-winning documentary filmmakers launch Kickstarter campaign:The Oceanic Preservation Society, the group that produced the 2009 Best Documentary, The Cove, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their latest documentary/ “activity operation,” The Heist.  The film will depart from “the confines of a traditional documentary” and follow a group of “unlikely activists as they carry out the drastic measures necessary for initiating cultural changes.”  The “genre bending action-adventure doc” sounds heavy, and is set for a 2014 release.  Want to help get it made? [Kickstarter]
  • The Jersey Shore is dead:  With production having wrapped on the inexplicable sixth season, MTV haso finally come to their senses (i.e.: it was no longer cost effective to keep filming) and announced that the sixth season will be the final one for Jersey Shore, the program in which hyper-tanned human monsters make ethno-cultural stereotyping of the Italian culture fun for the whole family.  RIP, sweet, sweet Snooki.  [The AV Club]
  • Celebrity Doppelgangers of the Past and Celebrity Anagrams:  Looking for a fun way to kill of an afternoon at work when your boss isn’t looking?  Unreality Magazine has two fun timekillers for you: a funny list of celebrity anagrams (Christopher Walken is “Crank the Lower Hips”), and a series of spooky celebrity doppelgangers–seriously, you just have to see this.

Trailers:

  • Walter Salles‘ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s classic novel, On the Road, has already received a handful of trailers, but this most recent clip seems the most in tune with the spirit of the original novel.  That said, the film–which stars Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart–is getting mostly tepid reviews.  A mixed critical response isn’t entirely shocking–after all, a movie based upon on the great books of the 20th Century isn’t likely to please everyone.  Still, not a bad trailer. Check it out.  [/Film]

That’s the end of our round-up for this week. Keep checking back at ScreenCrave for more entertainment news and features.

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