Weekend News Roundup! Sochi, Berlin, Ukrainian Television

Published February 10, 2014

BUFFER THAN SHIA

Happy Monday! Here’s our compendium of pop-culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the weekend. 

Shia LaBeouf continued his bizarre descent at the Berlin Film Festival. First, he walked the red carpet with a brown paper bag over his head, which read “I am not famous anymore” (his tux was very nice, though). Then, he walked out of the Nymphomaniac press conference quoting ’90s soccer player Eric Cantona, with the faux-philosophical line: “When seagulls follow the trawler it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.” Whether LaBeouf is plagiarizing Joaquin Phoenix and I’m Still Here, or everyone else, is hard to tell. Either way, he’s making Joaquin look pretty good… [Variety]

Leonardo DiCaprio was sexually assaulted (a man grabbed his crotch) for Ukrainian television. [Page 6]

Someone at Valentino thought it was a good idea to send out a press release about Amy Adams taking her Valentino handbag to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s funeral.  It was not a good idea. [E!]

The Lego Movie won the box office by quite a bit. Expect more toy-to-film adaptations. Sigh. [BOM]

Missouri University football player Michael Sam came out. Apparently he has a good shot of making it into the NFL next year and if he does, he will be the first openly gay player in the league. Congratulations, Mr. Sam. [NY Daily News]

The Winter Olympics began in Russia. After seeing the documentary about snowboard Kevin Pearce, The Crash Reel, we are no longer able to watch 70% of the events, including snowboarding, the luge, and ski jumping. Figure skating is okay.  [CBS]

To end on a happy note, HBO released the trailer for the fourth season of Game of Thrones.  [LA Times]