Shia LaBeouf Was Trying to Drunkenly Feed a Lady Strawberries During his Cabaret Arrest

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Back in June, actor, performance artist, and increasingly stark cautionary tale Shia LaBeouf went to take in a Broadway show, making it through at least several minutes of Cabaret at Studio 54 before he was arrested for smoking, yelling, and butt-slapping . Last night on Jimmy Kimmel, we got to hear LaBeouf's version of the incident, which involves rivers of whiskey, at least three different accents, and, according to the actor, a partially successful attempt to woo the middle-aged ladies at the next table before he was taken into custody.

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Shia LaBeouf Shouted "Do You Know Who the Fuck I Am?" as He Was Being Arrested at Studio 54 Theater Last Night

As you may have heard by now, actor and public problem-haver Shia LaBeouf had an unsuccessful trip to the theater last night. LaBeouf's viewing of Cabaret was cut short around 8 p.m., when he was reportedly escorted out of Studio 54 Theater for smoking, yelling, and, per Page Six , slapping the butts of various actors.

We've obtained the criminal complaint against LaBeouf. It says police were called to the theater by a custodian, Carlos Ortiz, who told officers that he'd witnessed LaBeouf "yell loudly" at the actors onstage. Ortiz asked LaBeouf to leave. He refused.

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Alec Baldwin Takes Ball, Goes Home

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Alec Baldwin is done with all you tiny, pathetic ingrates. New York has just gotten too mean. A man can't live peacefully in this town anymore. The days when you were free to call people "queens" and "faggots" and "cocksucking fags" as you saw fit are over. Alec Baldwin bids you to say goodbye to these.

That was the news last night from New York magazine, whose cover story this week features a first-person from Baldwin, declaring, "I Give Up." (On Vulture, New York's culture blog, the piece is billed as ""Goodbye, Public Life.")

It's Baldwin's passionate denunciation of the media, as well as New York City and pretty much everybody in it (Shia LeBeouf, Rachel Maddow, Joe Scarborough, er, Bill de Blasio). He declares that he's done trying "to communicate with an audience playfully like we're friends, beyond the work you are actually paid for." His withdrawal, he adds, is because he's been labeled "a homophobic bigot by Andrew Sullivan, Anderson Cooper, and others in the Gay Department of Justice." And barely 100 words into the piece, he uses an anti-transgender slur. Good God, Lemon.

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Q&A: Rocky Director John Avildsen on Working With Lloyd Kaufman

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In last week's print issue of the Village Voice, we spent time with Lloyd Kaufman, the Troma Entertainment president and splatter-comedy director who's currently remaking his early '80s original, Class of Nuke 'Em High this summer. Kaufman's known for his prolific career in the independent underground, but one of his earliest mentors was future Academy Award Winner John G. Avildsen, who met Lloyd in the editing room of shoestring studio Cannon Films and brought him on for Joe (1970), which introduced actors Susan Sarandon and Peter Boyle, and then Rocky, which shows Kaufman briefly onscreen as a drunken bum and in the credits as pre-production manager. "A title I had never heard and never have since," offers Avildsen, who invented credits for nonunion Lloyd, including "executive in charge of locations" on Saturday Night Fever, which the Academy Award winner was slated to direct. Avildsen spoke with us on the phone recently about his old friend.

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Alec Baldwin (Sort of) Runs for Mayor Again

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Remember when Alec Baldwin considered a mayoral run, and then decided not to, giving the impression that the whole ordeal was nothing more than a bad publicity stunt?

Well, looks like he's up to his old tricks again, according to Baldwin's most recent speech on Bloomberg Television (via Daily News.)

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Alec Baldwin Will Not Run For Mayor After All

For a while, Alec Baldwin was doing his damnedest to sow the seeds of a possible mayoral run in New York City. Or at least to drum up enough buzz so it appeared that he was kind of serious about it, which it turns out (to few people's surprise) he's not; Baldwin said on WNYC today that he "doubts" he'll have a political career. As for the mayoral race itself:

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NYU Professor Says He Was Fired For Giving James Franco a D

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One of James Franco's MFA professors at NYU had to give the actor a D after he missed 12 "Directing the Actor II" classes in one semester. The professor, José Angel Santana, now says that the school fired him over the D and he's suing NYU in Manhattan Supreme Court. He's also taken his story to (where else!) the Post.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn Case Is Getting A Law & Order Episode

The next season of Law & Order: SVU will feature an episode about an important European official visiting New York who is accused of rape. Remind you of anything? Franco Nero, an Italian actor and husband of Vanessa Redgrave, will play the ersatz Strauss-Kahn character.

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Alec Baldwin's Potential Mayoral Run: Pros and Cons

Jack Donaghy Alec Baldwin is running for mayor of New York. No he's not! Just kidding. What he's actually doing is spreading rumors in the media of a possible, nebulous future mayoral run. According to this Times piece, Baldwin wants to run for mayor, but not in 2013. Just sometime in the future. Do we hate this idea? Do we love it? Inside, some pros and cons:

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Tom Aldredge (1928-2011); Consummate Supporting Actor

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​I did not realize the extent to which Tom Aldredge was a hero of mine till the news of his death on Friday, July 22, of lymphoma, at age 83, made me look back on his half century of performances, Off-Broadway and on, which brought me several important realizations: I realize that, despite the wide range of roles he played, I never saw Tom Aldredge give a bad performance, or one in which he seemed miscast.

And though he was always instantly recognizable onstage, he never seemed to be playing himself, or just supplying business as usual. Each role was carefully crafted and fully inhabited for its own sake.

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