Shia LaBeouf's ‘Howard Cantour.com’ short film to premiere at Cannes Film Festival

By Daniel S Levine,

Actor Shia LaBeouf’s new short film Howard Cantour.com will premiere at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival, the organizers of Critics Week announced Wednesday.

Cast member Shia LaBeouf arrives for the premiere of "Transformers: Dark of The Moon" in Times Square in New York June 28, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this means that LaBeouf will have two reasons for attending the prestigious festival. He co-stars in John Hillcoat’s Lawless with Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman, which will also premiere at Cannes. That film will open in the U.S. on Aug. 31.

The Guardian reports that Howard Cantour.com stars comedian Jim Gaffigan as a film critic. Thomas Lennon, Portia Doubleday and Dito Montiel also star in the short.

The film will be screened on May 18 during the Critics Week sidebar.

LaBeouf, 25, is a veteran director of short films. His first short film, Maniac, was released in 2011. He has also directed several music videos, including videos for Lincoln Park’s “New Divide,” Kid Cudi’s “Marijuana” and Cage’s “I Never Knew You.” More recently, he directed the short film for Marilyn Manson’s new album, Bron Villain.

LaBeouf recently starred in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. He is completing work on Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep and will star in 2013’s The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.

He last attended Cannes in 2010, when he famously slammed 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. “We [Harrison Ford and LaBeouf] had major discussions. He wasn't happy with it either. Look, the movie could have been updated. There was a reason it wasn't universally accepted,” he said at the time.



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