‘Pieces Of A Woman‘ premiered earlier this year at the Venice International Film Festival, and it received mostly positive reviews from critics.
Vanessa Kirby actually took home the Best Actress prize for her performance.
The film stars Kirby and Shia LaBeouf as a married couple struggling to get through a difficult period after losing their baby during a home birth.
Kirby portrays an upper-middle class young woman named Martha, who contrasts with her husband (LaBeouf), a blue-collar worker named Sean. The couple navigates preexisting struggles, such as Martha’s trauma as a result of her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn), who never approved of the couple; and Sean’s addiction amid the ongoing distress of losing a child, whose birth seemed to be the only hope of holding the two together.
The movie was directed by Hungarian filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó. It’s his first English-language film.
It was picked up by Netflix following its festival run. The first trailer was dropped today. According to the streaming giant, it’ll be released on their service on January 7, following a limited theatrical run in late December.
Well, we finally have some box office news! The Shia LaBeouf-starring film, The Tax Collector, debuted in 219 theaters across the United States.
Some were traditional theaters while others were drive-ins. In total, the movie made around $317,000. Next weekend, the film will open in even more theaters.
There are currently 1,195 movie theater locations open in North America, and of those, 229 are drive-ins.
On premium video-on-demand services, ‘The Tax Collector’ ranked among the top purchases on many platforms, including Google, iTunes, Amazon and FandangoNow, with reports that it pulled in around $1 million in VOD sales.
That’s not a bad debut during these coronavirus times; however, according to IMDB, this film had a $30 million budget. So you have to think they’re hoping for a long run inside theaters to make some of that back.
As for the reviews of the film? Not great. It sits at a 22 score on Metacritic, but it does have a 6.3 audience score. It’s worth noting that not a lot of reviews have come in, so it might be a case of small sample size.
Olivia Wilde made her feature directorial debut in 2019 with the comedy film Booksmart. The film was a hit with critics, but thanks to bad timing and poor marketing, it didn’t perform that well at the box office.
But still, studios were impressed with her performance, and now she’s set to direct her next film.
This time, she’s going with a psychological thriller titled ‘Don’t Worry Darling‘ and she has an all-star cast lined up.
Shia LaBeouf, Florence Pugh and Chris Pine are set to star. It’s being reported that Wilde will also have a supporting role in the film.
New Line considers the film a high priority, having landed the rights after a heated bidding war due to the acclaim of Wilde’s directorial debut ‘Booksmart.’
Not much is known about this project, but we do know it’s set in an isolated utopian community in the 1950s California desert.
No word on a potential release date, but don’t look for it anytime soon considering production is shut down in Hollywood at the moment.
Most people will be interested in this movie because it has Shia LaBeouf attached to it, which is understandable. He’s a rather engaging star, even if it’s for the wrong reason sometimes.
But the most important part of The Peanut Butter Falcon is Shia’s co-star, Zack Gottsagen. His role is extremely important because he’s playing a young man with Down syndrome.
Gottsagen himself has Down syndrome, which is an important step in the right direction for casting in Hollywood. You’ll often see an able-bodied actor playing a character that has some sort of disability. It’s always been a bit controversial considering there are numerous actors out there who actually have disabilities.
Thankfully, The Peanut Butter Falcon gets it right, and judging by the reaction from the early premiere at SXSW Film Festival, the casting decision paid off.
In the film, Zack’s character escapes from a nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol. During his journey, he meets up with a “small time outlaw” played by Shia LaBeouf.
In addition to LaBeouf and Gottsagen, this film also stars Dakota Johnson and Thomas Haden Church. It’s expected to hit theaters August 9, 2019.
You may have heard of Shia LaBeouf’s upcoming film, Honey Boy. In the film, Shia basically plays a fictionalized version of his father. It’s Shia trying to deal with his troubled childhood through film.
He wrote the screenplay for this movie and it currently has an impressive 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s not expected to hit theaters until November (perhaps an awards season contender) but some people have already seen it, thanks to its premiere at Sundance.
And one of those people who saw it was Ron Howard. During an interview on Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast, The Big Ticket, Howard was asked about the last time he cried at the movies.
I got very emotional watching that movie. Shia LaBoeuf is basically playing his father, and I think maybe having been a child actor myself, although my circumstance is quite different — it was a very constructive experience — but I thought that movie was raw and true. So I was really empathetic with it and open to it and really admired it and I found it very moving.
Wow. You know Shia has to be riding high after that comment. To get that reaction from Ron Freakin’ Howard? Not bad, not bad at all. And it’s also a good sign for an awards season run, since it’s people like Howard who will be voting.
The casting team behind the upcoming dark comedy ‘Rothchild‘ are taking a bit of a risk by casting Shia LaBeouf and Mel Gibson in the same film together. Typically, a set can only handle one explosive cast member, but Rothchild is feeling lucky.
Shia stars in the film has Becket Rothchild, the black sheep of the Rothchild family.
As an adult the charismatic Becket hatches a plan to get back into the family and claim his birth right. There are nine Rothchild family members who stand between him and his fortune including Whitelaw (Gibson), the family patriarch and villain of the piece.
As mentioned above, this movie is described as a dark comedy, which is probably how most people would describe the lives of Gibson and LaBeouf.
Jon S. Baird will direct the project. He directed the 2018 film ‘Stan & Ollie‘ which received outstanding reviews from critics.
Keith Kjarval, one of the film’s producers, told Variety the following…
Rothchild is a satirical and thrilling ride, and I am elated to be working with a filmmaker like Jon Baird, who not only has an incredible track record of guiding award-winning performances, but is crafting this film to be an action packed cautionary tale on wealth and power.
No word on a potential release date, but we will keep you posted.
Amazon was extremely busy at Sundance this year. As we reported last week, they purchased Mindy Kaling’s comedy film ‘Late Night‘ for $13 million and $14 million for both ‘The Report‘ and ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon.’
Now we are learning that the studio has also purchased Shia LaBeouf’s coming-of-age drama Honey Boy. The film, which is inspired by Shia’s life as a child with his father, was purchased for around $5 million by Amazon.
The movie got a standing ovation during its premiere at Sundance and is currently sitting at a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Honey Boy was written by Shia and directed by Alma Har’el.
Shia plays the role of his “father” in the movie and Noah Jupe plays the young actor on the rise. Lucas Hedges and Maika Monroe also star in the film.
And like we said, this movie is getting some great reviews. Simran Hans from Observer (UK) wrote this…
“The script, written by LaBeouf, is refreshingly direct, and at times, wrenchingly personal, anchored by vulnerable old-soul Jupe, who gives one of the most moving child performances I’ve seen in years.”
No word on a release date at the moment, but we will keep you posted.
We all know Shia LaBeouf is obsessed with himself. He had that whole livestream event where we all watched him as he watched every movie he’s ever been in, which has to be the most narcissistic thing ever.
But at the same time, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it. He’s a talented dude who is always on the edge of a breakdown, which makes him exciting to follow.
The 31-year-old actor is currently filming a biopic about his life titled Honey Boy. Shia will not be playing himself in the movie. Instead, he’ll be playing his father, and as you can see, he looks almost unrecognizable.
Here’s a first look at Shia LaBeouf as Shia LaBeouf’s father in the Shia LaBeouf biopic Honey Boy ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/mWa2bSwopU
Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges will be playing Shia in the film, which was co-written by Shia. The story will follow the former Disney star attempting to repair his relationship with his alcohol-abusing father.
This will be Shia’s first film since his July 2017 arrest in Georgia for disorderly conduct, obstruction and public drunkenness. He has since apologized for his behavior during the arrest, calling it a mixture of “white privilege and desperation and disaster.”
No word on when this movie is expected to be released, but we will obviously keep you posted. This could either be a masterpiece or a disaster.