Sideshow: Shia LaBeouf bags it in Berlin

Isn't that the Unknown Comic? A guy in a tuxedo who might have been Shia LaBeouf decided to bag it in Berlin.
Isn't that the Unknown Comic? A guy in a tuxedo who might have been Shia LaBeouf decided to bag it in Berlin.
Posted: February 11, 2014

Identity crisis

Actor Shia LaBeouf hit the Berlin Film Festival in memorable style Sunday, first walking out of a news conference for the film Nymphomaniac Volume I and then wearing a paper bag over his head at the red carpet premiere.

He walked out of a news conference with co-stars Uma Thurman and Christian Slater, who were promoting Lars von Trier's film, the first installment of a two-part drama about a woman's sexual life from girlhood to age 50.

A reporter's question about whether the actors were worried over the sex scenes elicited this response from LaBeouf: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much." He then walked out.

The line was borrowed from French soccer player Eric Cantona, who famously baffled reporters with it in the mid-1990s after his suspension for a flying kick on a heckler.

Later in the day, a man who appeared to be LaBeouf posed for photographers in a stylish tuxedo - and a paper bag with eyeholes and "I am not famous anymore" written across it.

Celebrity hair

Britney Spears has gone - again - from goldilocks to brownie ones. And fans seem to like it, according to People mag's website. It's not the first time Spears, 32, has moved away from her more familiar honey shade to deeper-colored tresses. She went dark in 2006, 2007, and twice in 2009, and has rocked everything from bangs to rainbow tips in between. . . . People also notes that the "Hollywood Pixie Club" has a new member. Actress Julianne Hough just debuted a major chop, stepping out in Beverly Hills on Saturday sporting a bold, side-swept pixie with messy texture. It's definitely a fresh look for the star, who loves to experiment with extensions. In December, Hough ditched her shorter hair for chest-length add-ins, a seeming indication that she would be growing her strands in 2014. Instead, she's taking things in the opposite direction.

'Lego' a blockbuster

The Lego Movie, the Warner Bros. animated film drawing on the Danish toymaker's popular building bricks and mini-figures, opened with $69.1 million in sales to grab the No. 1 spot in domestic cinemas over the weekend.

The Monuments Men, about a World War II platoon rescuing art masterpieces stolen by Nazis, opened with $22.7 million in U.S. and Canadian cinemas to place second for Sony Corp., according to Rentrak Corp. It was directed, co-written by, and stars George Clooney, and features Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Cate Blanchett.

Vampire Academy, about half-human, half-vampire teens, generated $4.1 million in its debut for Weinstein Co., ranking seventh.

The Lego Movie, featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, and Will Ferrell, gives Time Warner Inc.'s film studio its first No. 1 feature in 2014, and the best opening of any movie year to date. Ride Along previously had the top weekend of the year with domestic sales of $41.5 million.

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