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.
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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]