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PAGE 8A Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Shia LaBeouf, shown here at a 2013 movie premiere, has been embroiled in a pla- giarism controversy. By Jana Banin LaBeoufskywrites apology HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)--Shia LaBeouf, the 27-year-old "Transformers" star, has been the center of a plagiarism controversy. LaBeouf's recently re- leased short film "Howard- Contour.corn" appears to be a near replica of veteran car- toonist Daniel Clowes' 2008 comic "Justin M. Damiano." Clowes apparently was blind- sided by the plagiarism, tell- ing Buzzfeed that he had no idea of the film's existence until it was released online in December. HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 17, 2014 6 Degrees (rL, Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup LaBeouf has been tweeting bizarre apologies for weeks, many of which turned out to be plagiarized themselves from sources as diverse as Robert McNamara and Mark Zuckerberg. But LaBeouf topped himself, literally, when he took to the skies tweeting an image of a sky- written message--because clearly writing "I am sorry Daniel Clowes" in the sky above Los Angeles was a logi- cal response to the situation. There was one flaw in LaBeouf's plan: Clowes lives in the Bay Area, hundreds of miles north of the L.A. ether. Harry Styles' New Year's resolution: Learn Hebrew Hebrew school-dreading children everywhere may have a new and very surpris- ing source of inspiration. According to the Daily Star, boy band One Direction's Harry Styles has taken up Hebrew lessons. "Harry's made it his mis- sion to learn to speak and write Hebrew," a source said, adding that the British cutie plans to devote 2014 to picking up the language. "So far he's learned to write his name and One Direction in Hebrew." It isn't the first time that Styles, 19, who is not Jew- ish, has shown an interest in Jewish culture. In 2012 he got a tattoo of his sister 000000ouneemen! Katie Daughtery Faircloth and Michael Benjamin Goldwasser Katie Daughtery Faircloth and Michael Benjamin Goldwasser were married on Nov. 10, 2013, in Heath- row, Fla. The wedding and reception were held at Heathrow Country Club. Rabbi Aaron Rubinger officiated at the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Liz Faircloth of Long- wood, and Gary Faircloth of Altamonte Springs. She is the granddaughter of Barbara and Edsel Prast and Betty and Benjamin Faircloth. The groom is the son of Annette and Albert Gold- wasser of Lake Mary. He is the grandson of Zelda and the late Sol Newman and Ann and Harold Goldwasser. Katie is a recent graduate at University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in elementary educa- tion. Michael is also a graduate of University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in hospitality manage- ment. He is employed by JHM Hotels as an assistant general manager. The couple resides in Lake Mary. Gemma's name in Hebrew, he occasionally tweets Yiddish and Hebrew phrases, and in August he was spotted at a Manhattan kosher eatery. Apparently he's had some guidance from his Jewish pal Ben Winston, who bought him the kippah he wore to that very meal. "Ben has been helping him with Jewish cultural tips and Harry has even taken the prayers at their house on the Sabbath," the unnamed friend said. We hope he sticks with his resolution--at least long enough to be able to throw around some Hebrew on stage when One Direction hits Israel later this year. Seinfeld reveals new col- laboration with Larry David Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David have teamed up for a new project, and it's big. And, well.., that's it. Other than the fact that the thing is about "intentional mumbling" and that we will see it "eventually," Seinfeld revealed little else about the script while answering audi- ence questions on Reddit. com. Reddit's AMA, or "Ask me Anything," feature allows members of the popular social website to ask questions to significant figures. Seinfeld opened up to questions on Monday. Although he was reti- cent about the new mystery project, Seinfeld was more vocal on other topics. In the interactive interview, the comedian spoke about going for bagels and lox with his kids, scrapping an episode of "Seinfeld" in which Jerry buys a handgun, his favorite sup- porting character on the show (Newman!), and much more. Oh yeah, and there was also that plug for season 3 of his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, with a debut episode featuring Louis C.K. It's no "Seinfeld" part 2, but it'll do until "eventually" finally hits. David Copperfield engaged to model girlfriend Mazel tov to David Cop- perfield and Chloe Gosselin on their engagement! The 57-year-old Jewish illusionist formerly known as David Kotkin and his new fiance, a 28-year-old French model, have a 3-year-old daughter together named Sky. It's the second time Copper- field has popped the question to a model. Back in the '90s, he was famously engaged to Claudia Schiffer for six years before the relationship fizzled. "Oh, that was a long time ago," he told Hello! Magazine. "Now I'm engaged and in a committed relationship with Chloe in my mind and my heart." No news on wedding plans yet, but we're betting on Copperfield Bay, the magic man's very own 11-island archipelago in the Caribbean where Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem were hitched. DiCaprio defends 'Wolf of Wall Street' Leonardo DiCaprio has responded to critics who say that "The Wolf of Wall Street,"Martin Scorsese's new flick about the '90s reckless- ness of Wall Street bankers, condones the horrible behav- ior of its characters. In the film, DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a real-life stockbroker (raised by two Jewish accountants) who partied hard and defrauded clients. After being convicted of stock fraud and forced to pay restitution to victims, Belfort wrote a memoir on which the film is based. The movie delves deeply into Belfort's party-boy life- style, with its drugs, yachts and doing drugs on yachts-- not to mention his scornful attitudes toward women (the movie contains a marital rape scene). Some critics see Scorsese's glamorous portrayal as tantamount to an endorsement of Belfort's behavior, which cost his cli- ents millions. "This film may be mis- understood by some," Di- Caprio told Variety. "I hope people understand we're not condoning this behavior, that we're indicting it. The book was a cautionary tale and if you sit through the end of the film, you'll realize what we're saying about these people and this world because it's an intoxicating one." For the latest Jewish celeb- rity news, visit JTA's 6Degrees (no Bacon) biog. The Lifecyclist Seattle couple gets married... and married.., and married By Debra Rubin (JTA)--In less than a year, Dane Kuttler and Rowan Parker exchanged vows in 10 different wedding ceremo- nies at 10 different venues on two coasts under nine different marriage canopies. In what Kuttler calls "Wedding Tour '13," the introverted Seattle couple wanted to share their cele- bration with as many friends and family as possible while avoiding the pressures of one big party. "It was fun," Parker said. "We wanted to travel. We wanted to take a big vaca- tion." The couple first exchanged vows in February in the Florida apartment of Kut- tler's grandmother under a tallit she had used when she became an adult bat mitzvah. Another ceremony was held over Memorial Day weekend in a waterfront town west of Seattle that Parker'sUnitar- ian family has been visiting since he was a child. The largest was held in August at the Van Saun Park Zoo in Paramus, N.J., where Kuttler grew up. Like most of the ceremonies, it was outdoors and the couple's parents held a huppah made from a prayer shawl belong- ing to Kuttler's mother. The final ceremony was held the day after Rosh Hashanah in a Seattle park underneath a huppah Kut- tier estimates was about the size of a king-sized bed sheet. In total, some 150 people witnessed the couple ex- change vows. "I'm against the legal institution that confers special rights on those who choose to monogamously co- habitate," said Kuttler, who concedes the main reason the couple married was to Bat Mitzvah Kayla Marilyn Lewis, daughter of Sheri and Tom Lewis of Winter Springs, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Jan. 25, 2014 at Congretion of Reform Judaism. Kayla, is a seventh- grader at Indian Trails Middle school in Winter Springs where she is in mixed chorus and Beta club. She maintains a 4.0 GPA. Her hobbies and interests include reading, swim- ming and hanging with her friends. Kayla's mitzvah project was collecting donations for the Seminole County Animal. Sharing in the family's simcha are family and friends from Alaska, Texas, New York and California. Dane Kutler and Rowan Parker celebrating at one of their 10 wedding ceremonies in 2013. add Parker to her insurance plan. "These things are meaningful--maybe more to my family than to me. But my parents did say, 'We're not throwing a barbecue for the whole family unless there's a reason.'" Kuttler alternated among three sundresses at the ceremonies, while Parker, a preschool teacher who iden- tifies as transgender, wore a black Utilikilt, a version of the traditional Scottish attire with pockets for tools. "I don't consider myself traditionally gendered, so it was away of playing with my gender," said Parker, 28. "The Utilikilt, at least in Seattle, is avery masculine symbol, but in other parts of the country can be seen as a skirt." Each ceremony included two readings--a poetic interpretation of the tradi- tional seven blessings and a Unitarian reading. Parker broke a glass and the couple recited vows they had writ- ten. A love song written by a friend's 11-year-old daughter was performed as well. None of the ceremonies included an officiant. "Somehow it was impor- tant to me that it has always been just the two of us under the huppah, that there not be a third-party officiant," said Kuttler, 27, a poet who works as a cancer information specialist for the National Cancer Institute. Legal status was conferred by Parker's mother, Lynn, a minister in the Universal Life Church. The couple told her they wanted some assistance with insurance forms. "When we showed up with the marriage certificate, we blindsided her," Parker said. The document was signed on April 22, a date they don't count as one of their 10 ceremonies. Kuttler's father, David, said his daughter's wedding was vastly different from the one her sister Liora had in October. "For Liora's, I was in a tuxedo," David said. "Dane's, I was in shorts. It was very different. Kind of bizarre, but fun." If you know of a lifecycle event that would make a great story, please email