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Shia LaBeouf Strips Down and Bears It Up For 'Interview': PHOTOS


Shia LaBeouf shows off his buff physique for Interview Magazine's latest issue. He talks with Elvis Mitchell about his dark upbringing and, among other things, that now-infamous run-in with Alan Cumming:

LaBEOUF: ...Really I'm gaining control over myself again. I've given up so much control over myself to this industry. I felt like a slave who wasn't allowed to read. That's extreme, but it really is that debilitating when you have no say over it anymore. A lot of my actions in the public—and not all of them, because there have been some straight-up mistakes, like grabbing Alan Cumming's ass and getting arrested in New York at Cabaret.

MITCHELL: Was that about you walking into a theater and turning it into a performance space?

LaBEOUF: I was reading about [pioneering performance artist] Allan Kaprow happenings, and performance art of the '60s and '70s. So I thought, "All right, I know a little about that." We're all involved here. It's not just you on your stage. We're all in here and we're all part of this. I was wrong. The New York crowd didn't see it the same way, and I totally understand that. So I see the error of my ways. But that moment actually saved my life, forced me to look at myself. And when you're in a cell with a f--king mask on your face and a lead jacket, you can really see that some of your life choices were skewed wrong. And for some people it does take that. I still am a very stubborn, hardheaded person who is theatrical by nature. [...]

LaBEOUF:...That's partly what I've been doing for the last year, trying to reinvent myself, in very calculated behavior, and sometimes in very uncalculated behavior. 

MITCHELL: What would be an instance of the uncalculated behavior? 

LaBEOUF: Well, like, grabbing Alan Cumming's ass and being a drunken buffoon in New York. But the way it gets construed in the media, I have no control over. 

Check out a few more photos of LaBeouf baring his body (and bearing it up) for Interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

You can also read the full interview HERE.

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Alan Cumming Discusses the Shia LaBeouf Butt-Grabbing 'Cabaret' Incident: VIDEO


Last week, actor Shia LaBeouf appeared on Jimmy Kimmel and told an insane story about the night he drank too much last June and ended up in a jail cell after causing a scene at a performance of Cabaret on Broadway and grabbing actor Alan Cumming's butt in the process.

Cumming told Conan O'Brien his side of the story last night and showed some concern for LaBeouf's state of mind. He said that the cast of the show that night was "freaking out because somebody seemed to be a crazy person in the audience", or "a LaBeouf quality to the air" as Conan puts it.

Cumming says that he thinks LaBeouf has "made a good recovery" in the public eye given the craziness of the incident and forgives him also given the fact that he said Cumming is "the sexiest guy he's ever seen."


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Shia LaBeouf Describes Grabbing Alan Cumming's Ass at 'Cabaret' and Subsequent Arrest: VIDEO


Actor Shia LaBeouf sat down with Jimmy Kimmel last night and talked about getting drunk and being arrested at a performance of Cabaret last June, and the events that led up to his being escorted from the theatre in handcuffs.

SHIA_labeoufLaBeouf says he had been drinking all day in Times Square because of the World Cup and was invited to Cabaret by one of its dancers, whom he met randomly on the street. He accepted, he explains, having gotten his drink on, but it was once the show started that things got really crazy. LaBeouf pulled out a cigarette after seeing Alan Cumming smoke one on stage.

Says LaBeouf:

"He puts his cigarette out and it looks like he's winking at me, and I'm thinking, 'oh, well this is great' and at this point I see the ballet guy who gave me the ticket and I'm like 'hey! what's going on, pal?' And now everybody's looking at me and I'm feeling like 'whoa this is weird, I didn't know it was that kind of show'.

Alan Cumming walks past me and all I'm thinking about are his leather pants and him winking at me, and he walks past me and I give him a slap on the ass cause I think he deserves it, and he's seducing me, I mean he's the sexiest man I've ever seen. And I just don't slap and slap but I slapped and grabbed him. I grabbed the whole cheek cause I wanted the party right here in my pants. I wanted to grab the whole party. He finds a way to wiggle out of my Hercules grip...we get to intermission and somebody says 'there's another party outside.' And I see six cops having their own party. Anyways, they wanted to take me to the station."


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Alan Cumming Talks Bisexuality, Circumcision, and His New Book, 'Not My Father's Son'

Actor and now author Alan Cumming sits down with Kevin Sessums at FourTwoNine magazine to talk about his new memoir Not My Father's Son and the abuse he and his family endured at the hands of his late father, and how they continue to push through it.

CummingSays Cumming of the book:

In the course of documenting it all and writing it down, I realized that what is really weird about abuse in any form is that for the abuser and the person who is abused, the more it goes on–the more it goes unchecked and is not commented on or dealt with–it becomes regular. It becomes normal. It becomes acceptable. So what I am doing with my story is that by putting it out into the world, it will never be acceptable. People will be reading it and going, “My God,” and maybe some people will realize that their own abuse in their own lives is not acceptable either.

Cumming also talks about being an anti-circumcision advocate:

I mean, you lose sensation there if you’re circumcised. From my point of view as a sexual and sensual person, the idea that you would hack away at that and lose sensitivity and nerve endings on the most pleasurable and sensitive part of your body is terrible.

And a bisexual:

As for choice, I have no choice but to be bisexual. But in America, especially, everything has to be black and white. Even when you say you’ve watched a movie, people ask you what it’s about. I always go, well, why don’t you watch it and see? Everyone wants to know everything ahead of time. People are afraid of the unknown, so there is an element of that which goes into this sexuality question because people are freaked out if they can’t put you in a box. And even when they put you in the bisexual box–if you are living with a man–it doesn’t make sense to them.

Check out Cumming's full interview at FourTwoNine in which he also discusses open relationships, being a "freak", and his longtime role in Cabaret.

Broadway Bares Hauls In Over $1.3 Million for Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS - VIDEO

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This weekend marked the 24th annual edition of the long running Broadway Baresthe take-it-off burlesque show fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS - one of the leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS organizations.

Rio_francoFeaturing performances by Alan Cumming, war veteran-turned-underwear model Alex Minsky, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Bianca Del Rio giving actor James Franco a “full cavity search”, the rock-and-roll themed Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! altogether raised $1,386,105. 

Playbill reports:

The 75-minute show opened with two dads (Matthew Saldivar and Joey Taranto) complaining that they had been dragged to a One Direction concert by their daughters and reminiscing about the great old days of rock. Through the magic of Broadway Bares, they were whisked back in time to watch performances inspired by the likes of Elvis, Michael Jackson, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin and Prince, with their memories putting the sex back in sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

To date, Broadway Bares has raised more than $11.3 million in the fight against AIDS.

Check out more photos from the night, including a video of Bianca Del Rio getting up-close with Franco’s exposed behind, AFTER THE JUMP

[photos by Kevin Thomas Garcia via Facebook]

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Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams Open On Broadway in ‘Cabaret:’ REVIEW

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A decade after ending its six-year run on Broadway, directors Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s acclaimed revival of Cabaret returns to Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54, where it opened on April 24. Stepping back into his Tony-Award-winning turn as the Emcee, Alan Cumming reigns over the evening with an unshakable carnal magnetism, while Michelle Williams makes a brave Broadway debut with a deeply felt, if less than iconic performance as Sally Bowles.

Cabaret - Willlkommen Cumming1464rAs it was then, the theatre is transformed into something closer to its nightlife roots, and it’s hard to imagine a more fitting home for the seedy glam of Cabaret’s Kit Kat Klub than Studio 54. Based on stories by Christopher Isherwood and a play by John Van Druten, the musical by John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics) and Joe Masteroff (book) has been on Broadway four times since its debut in 1966. Though reviving a revival could easily seem like a lesson in unoriginality, it feels, in this case, like a welcome homecoming.

And who wouldn’t want to come home to an army of omnisexual pretty young things, writhing, dancing and playing an array of instruments in various states of undress? If not—well, you’ve come to the wrong place. 1930s Berlin is not for the unadventurous, and fortunately, Clifford Bradshaw (Bill Heck), an American writer searching for his novel abroad, is not. Just hours after arriving in town, he’s already gotten chummy with Sally, an itinerant English club singer, and shared a passionate lip-lock with something of a former beau.

Cabaret - engagement party 0397Running parallel to Cliff and Sally’s tryst is the more modest courtship between Fräulein Schneider (Linda Emond), from whom Cliff lets his room, and Herr Schultz (Danny Burstein), owner of the local fruit shop. That the supporting romantic storyline is far more affecting than the first is a testament to both the supreme talents of Broadway vets Ms. Emond and Mr. Burstein (Tony-nominated this week for their performances), and the lukewarm chemistry between Mr. Heck and Ms. Williams.

As the pragmatic Schneider, Emond strikes a touching balance of world-weary warmth that’s especially powerful in her commanding performances of ‘So What’ and ‘What Would You Do?’ Burstein is perfectly matched, with his intuitive handling of Schultz’s vacillating pride and vulnerability. Heck’s Clifford seems a bit more inscrutable than hungry for experience, which may help explain his less than magnetic connection with Williams’ Sally.

Standing up to the memory of an indelible, Tony-winning performance by the late Natasha Richardson in the original version of this production is a daunting task, even—and maybe especially—for a young Hollywood star. Williams brings the sort of clever beauty and coy sensibility of a Marilyn Monroe to the role, and a well of readily available emotions to draw upon. She does fine work leading early club numbers like ‘Don’t Tell Mama,’ and passable renditions of more emblematic songs like ‘Maybe This Time’ and the title finale. But to her Sally, chasing pleasure seems more like a whim than an addiction, and most of the company (except for Nazi Erst Ludwig) look to be having more fun.

Cabaret - Williams Don't Tell Mama 0059Of course, pre-Nazi Germany is anything but all fun and games, and the air in the Kit Kat Klub is as thick with danger as it is sexual thrill. Brewing the show’s heady mix of hedonism and doom, carelessness and dread is Cumming’s dynamite Emcee—straddling a line between masculine and feminine and making near bedfellows of everyone in the room. With him at the mic, you have little to no choice but to do as he says and leave your troubles at the door.

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