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]