Grapevine: Robert Redford to retire from acting

Also news on Shia LaBeouf, Steven Spielberg and Leonard Cohen

Redford to retire from acting

If you saw Robert Redford in “Pete’s Dragon” this summer, it’s one of the last times you’ll see the film icon on the big screen. Redford has vowed to bow out of acting after two more films — the upcoming “Our Souls at Night” with Jane Fonda, and “The Old Man and the Gun” with Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek — and then turn his focus toward directing. “I’m getting tired of acting,” Redford said in an interview with his grandson, Dylan Redford, in an interview with the Walker Art Center. “I’m an impatient person, so it’s hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take.” In addition to directing, Redford will focus on his personal paintings and sketchings. “At this point in my life, age 80, it’d give me more satisfaction because I’m not dependent on anybody. It’s just me, just the way it used to be, and so going back to sketching — that’s sort of where my head is right now.”

LaBeouf backs off on Spielberg comments, sort of

Professional insane person Shia LaBeouf apologized, sort of, for recent comments he made about Steven Spielberg while visiting Shade 45’s “Sway in the Morning” show on Friday. “I probably could have gone lighter on Spielberg. That was probably something I should have backed off of, but my feelings were real,” the actor told host Sway Calloway. The comments in question came last month when the actor — who worked with Speilberg on a handful of movies, including the last “Indiana Jones” movie — said Spielberg, at this stage in his career, is “less a director than he is a (expletive) company.” In the same Sway appearance, LaBeouf showcased his superior freestyle rapping skills, because, of course he did, and why wouldn’t he. It should also be noted that LaBeouf is excellent in this year’s “American Honey,” for what it’s worth.

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The news of the death of legendary Canadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen was widely circulated on Thursday, although his label, Sony Music, confirmed on Friday that Cohen died Monday, Nov. 7. No reason was given for the delay in announcement, according to Billboard.com. Cohen, who was 82, released his final album “You Want it Darker” last month.

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