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Disturbia's LaBeouf Hits Big

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 15, 2007 at 4:59AM

The sign of a rising movie star is a little movie that unexpectedly opens big on mixed reviews. (Disturbia rated a 62 from ">Metacritic.) With Shia LaBeouf and Disturbia, some of the credit for a $23 million opening goes to a well-mounted thriller hitting at just the right time. (There's a reason studios love to do genre remakes for young audiences: they don't know the difference between the technologically enhanced new model and the superior original, in this case, Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window.)
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Disturbia_2 The sign of a rising movie star is a little movie that unexpectedly opens big on mixed reviews. (Disturbia rated a 62 from Metacritic.) With Shia LaBeouf and Disturbia, some of the credit for a $23 million opening goes to a well-mounted thriller hitting at just the right time. (There's a reason studios love to do genre remakes for young audiences: they don't know the difference between the technologically enhanced new model and the superior original, in this case, Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window.)

And it's no coincidence that Paramount/DreamWorks announced right before the weekend that LaBeouf is co-starring with Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones 4, which starts filming in L.A. in June. (Something Variety reported on March 7.) DreamWorks' Steven Spielberg really believes in this kid: LaBeouf not only carries Disturbia but the summer tentpole Transformers, which opens July 4. (He's also doing voice work on Sony's upcoming animated comedy Surf's Up.) Nora's been a fan of LaBeouf's since 2003's Holes, the Disney Channel's Even Stevens and the Project Greenlight series on the making of The Ballad of Shaker Heights.


And she likes to remind me that Shia rhymes with Maya: see this NBC.com link to April 14's Saturday NIght Live. Here's Access Hollywood's backstage interview before the show:

[Originally appeared on Variety.com]

This article is related to: Celebs, Headliners, Franchises, Box Office, Indiana Jones, Transformers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.