New this week: Morgan Wallen music, tiger cubs and 'Herself'
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. Shia LaBeouf co-stars as her partner and Ellen Burstyn gets a meaty supporting role as her mother. “Pieces of a Woman” is not for the faint of heart but in the trauma, there is catharsis too. It’s loosely based on Davidson’s own life and childhood loss and the comedian gets a co-writing credit, too. It adds to the anticipation of his sophomore album, “Dangerous: The Double Album,” to be released Friday.
FKA twigs sues Shia LaBeouf, alleging abusive relationship
LOS ANGELES – Singer FKA twigs filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that Shia LaBeouf was physically and emotionally abusive during their relationship from 2018 to 2019, saying her experience was part of a pattern of terrorizing women for the 34-year-old actor. “Shia LaBeouf hurts women,” the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court said in its opening lines. On a Valentine’s Day getaway in 2019, FKA twigs awoke to LaBeouf choking her and she was paralyzed with fear, the lawsuit said. She made several attempts to leave him that he resisted, but he later ended the relationship himself, the lawsuit said. The lawsuit said Pho allied herself with Barnett in attempt to protect women from LaBeouf, although Pho is not listed as a plaintiff.
Shia LaBeouf charged with misdemeanor battery, petty theft
LOS ANGELES – Shia LaBeouf has been charged with misdemeanor battery and petty theft. Prosecutors allege that the 34-year-old actor fought with a man named Tyler Murphy and took his hat, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday from the Los Angeles city attorney. The charges were filed on Sept. 24 for the June 12 incident. A representative for LaBeouf did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. He has had several run-ins with the law during his career, including a 2017 New York arrest for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct that was captured on a livestream video.
Hungary's theater & film college protests a loss of autonomy
BUDAPEST Thousands of students, faculty and supporters of Hungarys University of Theater and Film Arts formed a human chain Sunday between their institution and parliament to protest government steps seen diminishing its autonomy. Students at the University of Theater and Film Arts have barricaded themselves inside the building since Tuesday. Many of the university's top professors have resigned, as has the school's leadership, in wake of the designation of the foundation's board of trustees, led by theater and film director Attila Vidnyanszky. Since 2013, Vidnyanszky has also been the director of Hungary's National Theater. On Saturday, film director Kornel Mundruczo wore a #Free SZFE T-shirt at the Venice Film Festival, where his new film, Pieces of A Woman, starring Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf and Ellen Burstyn, is in the competition.
Spicoli to the rescue with 'Fast Times' virtual benefit
LOS ANGELES – Spicoli is making a virtual return to Ridgemont High to raise money for a pair of non-profit groups. Sean Penn, a cast member in 1982's “Fast Times at Ridgmont High," will be joined by Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and other stars in a socially distanced reading of the film's script. Penn is handing the role of stoner Jeff Spicoli over to another actor, with details about who's playing what part to be unveiled at next week's event. None of those actors, nor Roberts or Aniston, appeared in the original film. It will be available on Facebook Live and TikTok via CORE’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CoreResponse.
New this week: Luke Bryan, Jeff Foxworthy and 2 Seth Rogens
This cover image released by Capitol Records Nashville shows "Born Here Live Here Die Here" by Luke Bryan, out on Friday. If you want to keep the warm feelings going, the good-natured Peanut Butter Falcon hits Amazon Video on Thursday as well. AP Film Writer Lindsey BahrMUSICCountry superstar Luke Bryan is looking to his roots on his seventh album. From the safety of his Georgia homes man cave, Foxworthy visits everyday people to check out their potentially valuable heirlooms, pop-culture keepsakes and such. AP Television Writer Lynn Elber___Catch up on APs entertainment coverage here: https://apnews.com/apf-entertainmen t.
Toronto sets lineup, Regina King to debut Muhammad Ali film
This combination photo shows actor-director Werner Herzog, left, and actress-director Regina King. The Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday unveiled a lineup featuring the directorial debut of Regina King and the latest documentary from Herzog. Toronto, which is set to run Sept. 10-19, has plotted a largely virtual 45th edition due to the pandemic. In normal years, TIFF is the largest film festival in North America. Some of the films will play first at the much smaller Venice Film Festival the week prior in September.
Venice Film Festival unveils selections for September fete
FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 file photo, actress Cate Blanchett poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'A Star Is Born' at the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. The lineup for the Venice Film Festival will be announced on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, and will be the first major film event since the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. Barbera noted that almost half of the competition film selections this year are directed by women. The decision to hold the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival is experienced like a sign of confidence in dnd concrete support of the world of film and the audiovisual industry, Barbera said. Cannes and Telluride were cancelled and others like Venice and the Toronto International Film Festival have had to get creative and scale back where possible in order to proceed.