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What sucked in 2013: Most of 2013 wasn't really that bad for LaBeouf on screen. Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep" was released in the Spring following a Toronto Film Festival debut the September before and did respectable art house numbers. "Charlie Countryman" was a huge dud at the box office, but the Sundance 2012 premiere was certainly a valiant effort for LaBeouf, the filmmaker and co-star Evan Rachel Wood to do something different. Where things really went bad was anytime he attempted to do anything offscreen. In February, he dropped out of the Broadway play "Orphans." He then shared his E-mails with the rest of the cast (who stayed) that were mostly plagiarized from Tom Chiarella's piece "What is a Man?" from Esquire in 2007. Things turned bizarrely worse over the past month when the former "Transformers" star became the center of another plagiarism scandal for his short "Howard Cantour.com" which was first seen at Cannes in 2012 and released online just a week ago. The problem is that the entire short seems to be lifted from Daniel Clowes' "Justin M. Damiano" 2007 comic book series and when LaBeouf apologized he seemed to be lifting his apology from an entry on Yahoo Answers. It's almost become a crash and burn of epic proportions.
What could turn things around in 2014: Well, LaBeouf appears in Lars von Triers' well-received "Nymphomaniac" which will be released in two parts in the U.S. in 2014. He's also close to finishing production on David Ayers' WWII tank action thriller "Fury" which also stars Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman. Needless to say, the events of the past week will make it difficult for any studio to want to put LaBeouf anywhere near the press or an open microphone for the foreseeable future. He'll have to hope the quality of his performances help the public slowly forget the 27-year-old's indiscretions.