February 10, 2014 in Nation/World

People: Shia LaBeouf in the bag for movie premiere

From Wire Reports

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

The actor posed for photographers in a tuxedo – and a paper bag with eyeholes and the words “I am not famous anymore” written across it. LaBeouf has frequently used the statement on his Twitter page, and he was identifiable by a tattoo on his hand.

The unconventional attire came shortly after the star walked out of a press conference with co-stars Uma Thurman and Christian Slater to promote Lars von Trier’s film.

A reporter’s question as to whether the actors were worried about the film’s sex scenes elicited the response: “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.

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

Clooney wants stolen art returned

U.S. actor-director George Clooney on Saturday called for stolen artworks to be returned to their rightful owners, adding that many works looted by the Nazis are still unaccounted for.

“It’s a story that is going to keep coming up,” Clooney said at the Berlin Film Festival, which marks the European launch of his new film “The Monuments Men.”

The film – directed and co-written by Clooney – is based on the true story of a special U.S. military unit charged with tracking down and protecting art during World War II.

Aside from Clooney in the main role, the film also stars Matt Damon as an art restorer, Cate Blanchett as a French art expert, John Goodman as a sculptor and Bill Murray as an architect.

The birthday bunch

Actor Robert Wagner is 84. Guitarist Don Wilson (The Ventures) is 81. Singer Roberta Flack is 77. Singer Jimmy Merchant (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 74. Bassist Bob Spalding (The Ventures) is 67. Actress Laura Dern is 47. Actress Elizabeth Banks is 40. Actress Emma Roberts is 23. Actress Chloe Grace Moretz (“Carrie”) is 17.

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