The Los Angeles Times has a "Ministry of Gossip." That's not the thing. That's just a side-note, and I'm not sure how I feel about that -- it's awful that a major news organization dedicates page space to something with the word gossip in the name, but it's nice that they've got it segregated into its own section. The weird thing is the specific article that showed up in my Google Newsfeed.
At first, I assumed this was some sort of hologram/alternate reality thing that he was agreeing to. But then I realized that would explicitly be simulated sex, so I was quickly back into the territory of "I have no idea what that means." Great headline, though. Got them my pageview.
It turns out, LaBeouf has agreed to actually have sex with the actors his character is having sex with in "Nymphomaniac," a Lars Von Trier film that has not yet gone into production. It is apparently about sex addiction, so it's weird that they're titling it after a different psychological disorder.
"I sent him videotapes of me and my girlfriend having sex and that's how I got the job," Shia plainly told Chelsea Handler on her chat show.
"I don't know what it's gonna be until I get out there. I know he's a very dangerous director, I know we're trying to do something different. [...]"
The article linked to the side of this one is titled "Shia LaBeouf goes full-frontal nude for Sugar Rós video," so I guess this isn't completely unexplored territory for him. Still, I've discovered things today about Shia LaBeouf and the present state of the film industry that I find genuinely surprising.