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Cantona-inspired LaBeouf dons paper bag at film event

Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf has been putting in an odd performance at the Berlin Film Festival - quoting Eric Cantona and walking out of a press conference before later wearing a paper bag on his head declaring: "I am not famous any more."

After his press conference walk-out, Shia LaBeouf faced the cameras again with his head provocatively disguised. Credit: REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

The star of Transformers and Wall Street II, who is promoting controversial director Lars von Trier's new film Nymphomaniac at the festival, left the press conference after 10 minutes of questions.

He walked out after repeating Manchester United legend Cantona's famously cryptic speech to reporters in 1995, in which he told them: "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea."

His appearance on the red carpet caused a stir among the photographers. Credit: REUTERS/Jens Kalaene/Pool
LaBeouf ditched the earlier press conference after being questioned about his latest film's explicit sex scenes. Credit: REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

Jimmy Somerville surprises busker singing his song

A busker in Berlin performing 80s hit Smalltown Boy had a career highlight when the song's original singer Jimmy Somerville walked past with his dog and joined in for the final chorus.

It wasn't until the impromptu duet was over that the street musician realised he'd been performing with the former Bronski Beat frontman: "Is it you?" he asked.

Somerville's dog appeared largely unfussed by the chance encounter.

Smalltown Boy reached number 3 in the UK in 1984.


Kipsang's record-breaking run ends behind disrupter

The conclusion of Wilson Kipsang's world record run at the Berlin Marathon was hit by a disrupter who evaded security to run across the victory tape a stride ahead of the winner.

The Kenyan runner appears to have been unaffected as he clocked a record time of 2 hours, 2 mins and 23 secs.

A disrupter crossed the line ahead of Wilson Kipsang at the end of the 40th Berlin marathon. Credit: Reuters/Tobias Schwarz

Wilson Kipsang smashes marathon world record

Wilson Kispang pictured ahead of the Berlin race. The largely flat route through the German capital is one of the fastest in athletics. Credit: Roland Popp/DPA

Kenya's Wilson Kipsang has broken the marathon world record with victory in Berlin in 2 hours, 3 mins and 23 secs.

The 31-year-old's time beat his countryman Patrick Makau's previous record, which was set two years ago at the same race, by 15 seconds.

Obama to follow in JFK's footsteps in Berlin

President Barack Obama will deliver a speech to Berlin in front of the historic Brandenburg Gate later this month, the White House has confirmed.

Obama was not allowed to use the gate as a backdrop when he delivered a speech to 200,000 people in the German capital as a presidential candidate in 2008.

He will become the latest President to make a speech in the city, following in the footsteps of Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and John F Kennedy - who famously said, "Ich bin ein Berliner" in 1963.

Nina Nannar reports:


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