Troublemaking actor Shia LaBeouf chased after a homeless man — demanding he hand over a McDonald’s bag in Times Square — a few hours before he went berserk at the Broadway musical “Cabaret,” new video footage reveals. “He really wanted whatever was in that bag. He had so much focus … If there were French fries in the bag, maybe he really wanted to eat them,” a witness said. He added, “He was dodging people and yelling, ‘Yo, come on!’ … He was on a mission. It was so bizarre.” [NYP, earlier, earlier]
Former “Transformers” star Shia LaBeouf seems to have reached his breaking point. After a series of controversies, the actor has announced he is stepping out of the public eye. “In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life,” the 27-year-old actor, tweeted in the early morning hours of Friday. “My love goes out to those who have supported me. #stopcreating.” [NYP]
While best known around these parts as a thespian and day trading prodigy who claimed, many times, to have turned $20,000 into $489,000 in three months via his flip-phone, Shia LaBeouf actually wears many other hats. The hat of a guy who gets into bar brawls and threatens to have people killed. That hat of a guy who has Bloomberg on speed dial. The hat of a guy who knows how to get a job at Goldman Sachs. And, most recently, the hat of a guy who unknowingly rips off comic books on account of being in the zone. Read more »
* Learn to pretend to trade where Shia LaBeouf hath learned to pretend to trade!
* Threaten to run over a broker “in the street” where Tommy Belesis hath threatened to run over a broker “in the street”!
That’s right, decision makers of the household: the 23rd floor of 14 Wall Street, a space with a whole lotta history, could be yours. Read more »
Remember Tommy Belesis? Founder and CEO of preeminent boiler room John Thomas Financial? Breakout star of Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps? Mentor to Shia Labeouf? Guy who enforces rules at his shop about not letting junior employees sit down, who has cultivated an atmosphere in which senior brokers rub the balls of a bull every morning for good luck and walk around saying things like “motion creates emotion” without any irony, and who generally gives the impression he proudly displays towels in his guest bath that have been hand-stitched with the phrase “Don’t pitch the bitch,” which he make sure to point out during house tours? This may come as a surprise, as it seems so out of character, but he’s been charged with fraud and intimidation that in one instance involved suggesting an employee ought to look both ways before crossing the street. Read more »
Boiler Room Operator Who Doesn’t Let Junior Sit Down, Thinks Cameos In Shia LaBeouf Movies Are Good For Business Shockingly Charged With FraudBy Bess Levin
“Brokers who show up with stubble are sent to the bathroom, where a bow-tied attendant dispenses razors, cologne and candy.”By Bess Levin
Back in February, FINRA informed John Thomas Financial founder Anastasios “Tommy” Belesis, he of rallies for Wall Street and Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps fame, that he “may face disciplinary action on a claim that he artificially inflated the price of a stock,” while the Post reported that the firm was being probed by the FBI and the SEC. According to the firm’s lawyer, Robert Bursky, “There is not a shred of evidence that suggests there is an ongoing inquiry by the FBI,” and if you asked David Pitts, a spokesman for John Thomas, if the brokerage is a boiler room, which Bloomberg did, he’d say it is not (and that, on the contrary, “it helps real companies raise money and provides honest advice to investors”). Regardless of whether or not any of the allegations are true, a few business practices one might want to avoid if questions like “is this place legit” or “is this business entirely modeled after 2000’s Boiler Room” are being raised include: Read more »