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Significant Firsts For 'Honey Boy'

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Noah Jupe in "Honey Boy," directed by Alma Har'el.
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Taking A New Collaborative Step

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The new movie "Honey Boy" is a first for both director Alma Har'el and actor/writer Shia LaBeouf. The film, which is based on LaBeouf's tumultuous relationship with his father, is Har'el's narrative feature debut and LaBeouf's first feature-length screenplay. But the two have a history that goes pretty far back. LaBeouf first reached out to Har'el after seeing her boundary-breaking 2011 documentary, "Bombay Beach." He then starred in a music video that Har'el wrote and directed for the Icelandic rock band Sigur Rós that touched on themes of addiction and abuse, and he later executive produced her second documentary, "LoveTrue." When LaBeouf began writing the script for "Honey Boy" during a court-mandated rehab stay in 2017 and sent it to Har'el, she says she was certain she wanted to direct it. Har'el spoke with John Horn about what drew her to "Honey Boy."

The Future Is Here

The groundbreaking film, "Blade Runner," is set in November, 2019. To mark the occasion, arts & entertainment editor Mike Roe has compiled an oral history of the 1982 film, including interviews with screenwriter Hampton Fancher, visual futurist Syd Mead, production executive Katy Haber and art director David L. Snyder