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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Channing Tatum!

Mar. 18, 2013by: Johnny Moreno

Welcome to Movie Jail, a facility like any other, only its inmates are Hollywood writers, directors, actors and producers. This column will serve as a Movie Jail trial. We will put one defendant on trial; lay out arguments for the Prosecution and Defense. And we leave it up to YOU, the reader, to decide whether the defendant is guilty of his or her crime. What crime? The crime of cinematic inconsistency or on the flipside, consistently being a stinking shithouse.

The Defendant


Channing Tatum

The Case

The Prosecution: Most of his career*

Ladies and gentleman of the jury, one of the first names brought up for Movie Jail consideration when this idea came to fruition was Tanning Chatum (it's just more fun to say it that way). And after reading the jury's comments and suggestions over the past few months, we noticed that Mr. Chatum was brought up quite frequently. We can't think of a better candidate for Movie Jail than a guy who's acting makes Ashton Kutchner look like Daniel Day Lewis. Mr. Chatum must have something illicit on a studio executive to keep getting work because we can't figure out why or how his popularity has sustained for so long. We get it, he's got abs and broad shoulders and dreamy eyes that all the ladies (and some dudes) love, but his acting is terrible, and he lacks any on screen charisma whatsoever. So why let this man continue to pollute our screens as he has for the past few years? Before anymore of his nonsense makes its way to our eyeballs, let's throw this pretty boy in a cell with Nasty Nate for a few years to see if that doesn't do the boy some good.


The Defense: 21 Jump Street, Magic Mike, The Eagle, The Son of One, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Haywire*

Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, it seems the prosecution has feelings they're trying to suppress for Tanning Chatum (okay, we admit, it's fun to say). We accept you, but you have to accept yourself. Now, we can partially agree that Mr. Chatum leaves a bit to be desired when it comes to his acting chops, but he's still a young up and comer, and like our assessment of Kristen Stewart, we still think the defendant has plenty of time and opportunity to grow as an actor. Why lock him up if he hasn't, in our opinion, reached his full potential? For now, he looks to be filling a role in Hollywood and is pretty successful at it. We humbly ask the jury for a dismissal so we can give the lad a few more movies before tossing him in Movie Jail.


IN CLOSING...

So, whatís to be done with Tanning Chatum? Is his conviction long over due? Does he still need time to develop as an actor? And the most important question to be asked, once all evidence is taken into consideration, we ask you The Jury, is Tanning Chatum GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

Letís hear YOUR arguments, either side, by STRIKING BACK BELOW.

*The court recognizes that all movies are subjective, so relax.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?


LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

It is the jury's decision that after reviewing last week's evidence, the court finds Kevin Smith NOT GUILTY of all charges. In one of the most feedback'd (that's a word right?) trials so far, the pro Smith jury voted for his acquital by almost a 3 to 1 marging, pointing to the dedication he has to his fans, and the fact that the man simply has done more good than harm with his career, despite a rocky couple years.

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5:31AM on 03/20/2013

Not Guilty!

Loved 21 Jump Street, and Magic Mike was a really solid job. Move along!
Loved 21 Jump Street, and Magic Mike was a really solid job. Move along!
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11:55PM on 03/19/2013

Not Guilty

21 Jump Street made me a fan.
21 Jump Street made me a fan.
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7:14PM on 03/19/2013

Very odd choice for movie jail.

This guy has literally only become a big movie star in the last year or so with a string of major hits, and thanks primarily to 21 Jump Street seems to have finally won over male viewers who despised him beforehand (myself included). How the fuck did you guys decide to feature him in this series?
This guy has literally only become a big movie star in the last year or so with a string of major hits, and thanks primarily to 21 Jump Street seems to have finally won over male viewers who despised him beforehand (myself included). How the fuck did you guys decide to feature him in this series?
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2:56PM on 03/19/2013

Not guilty.

The guy is bigger than ever right now, why is he under movie jail consideration? He has the clout to get his own projects made now so at least judge him on what comes in the next few years. He also has a working relationship with one of modern cinema's more creative directors. Like others have said, early in an actors career they are just trying to work. People shit on his acting but I don't see it as all that bad. He was actually really good in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. This dude
The guy is bigger than ever right now, why is he under movie jail consideration? He has the clout to get his own projects made now so at least judge him on what comes in the next few years. He also has a working relationship with one of modern cinema's more creative directors. Like others have said, early in an actors career they are just trying to work. People shit on his acting but I don't see it as all that bad. He was actually really good in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. This dude didn't really earn consideration on this list.
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10:18AM on 03/19/2013

what? Not guilty

You argue a case of him being LET OUT of movie jail, because his roles, and acting have gotten a lot better since he started. Considering that he got his start as a dancer, you have to give him credit for improving, and working his way up the ladder. Is he one of my favorite actors? Not even close. But respect that he's trying to do the best job he can, and at least cobbling together a career with some type of long-term strategy. And I think you are being overly generous to Ashon Kutcher - I
You argue a case of him being LET OUT of movie jail, because his roles, and acting have gotten a lot better since he started. Considering that he got his start as a dancer, you have to give him credit for improving, and working his way up the ladder. Is he one of my favorite actors? Not even close. But respect that he's trying to do the best job he can, and at least cobbling together a career with some type of long-term strategy. And I think you are being overly generous to Ashon Kutcher - I think AK makes Channing Tatum look like Daniel Day Lewis.
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10:14AM on 03/19/2013

hmm, eh. not guilty.

I would say his early career roles were what any struggling actor would do: just trying to find work. I think he makes better judgement calls now that he has more freedom to do so.
I would say his early career roles were what any struggling actor would do: just trying to find work. I think he makes better judgement calls now that he has more freedom to do so.
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9:59AM on 03/19/2013

NOT GUILTY

Even if I hated the guy, which i don't ( but it seems you do), I would not even consider him for this article. The guy has had more fucking blocbuster hits in one year than most actors in their lifetime. So even if he was fucking retarded and accidently landed in these films, how can he be considered a failure. MOVIE JAIL I assumed was about actors on a downward spiral and whether they can or have been trying to redeem themselves
Even if I hated the guy, which i don't ( but it seems you do), I would not even consider him for this article. The guy has had more fucking blocbuster hits in one year than most actors in their lifetime. So even if he was fucking retarded and accidently landed in these films, how can he be considered a failure. MOVIE JAIL I assumed was about actors on a downward spiral and whether they can or have been trying to redeem themselves
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9:41AM on 03/19/2013

Not Guilty..

Has Tatum even had a long enough career to cast judgment on yet?
Has Tatum even had a long enough career to cast judgment on yet?
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2:10AM on 03/19/2013

Not Guilty

He seems like a nice enough guy and he was fantastic in 21 Jump Street. Let him do his thing.
He seems like a nice enough guy and he was fantastic in 21 Jump Street. Let him do his thing.
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1:41AM on 03/19/2013

NOT GUILTY!!!!!

This argument fails in that you list "most of his career" as the prosecution. The list all of his most recent work as the Defense with the exception of The Vow, (but what little I did see of that it was a good romance movie). He is great to look at, is funny, and moves with amazing grace whether he is dancing or fighting. NOT GUILTY.
This argument fails in that you list "most of his career" as the prosecution. The list all of his most recent work as the Defense with the exception of The Vow, (but what little I did see of that it was a good romance movie). He is great to look at, is funny, and moves with amazing grace whether he is dancing or fighting. NOT GUILTY.
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1:02AM on 03/19/2013

Surprised you didn't mention A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints...

One of my favorites of all time. If you haven't seen it, see it now! R.D.J. in the lead role, Chazz Palminteri, Rosario Dawson, Shia LeBouf... What more could you want? Great cast. Great story. It's the story of my life.
One of my favorites of all time. If you haven't seen it, see it now! R.D.J. in the lead role, Chazz Palminteri, Rosario Dawson, Shia LeBouf... What more could you want? Great cast. Great story. It's the story of my life.
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11:17PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty

I think Soderbergh's made him someone to watch out for. He's great in his small part in Haywire. He's actually really good in Magic Mike, and the fact that Soderbergh basically wanted to make a Channing Tatum movie says something. I haven't seen Side Effects yet, but he's been going back to him, that and 21 Jump Street really surprised me. If you asked this during the Step Up hype, he'd be in movie jail, but if you look at this recent work and where he's heading, NOT GUILTY.
I think Soderbergh's made him someone to watch out for. He's great in his small part in Haywire. He's actually really good in Magic Mike, and the fact that Soderbergh basically wanted to make a Channing Tatum movie says something. I haven't seen Side Effects yet, but he's been going back to him, that and 21 Jump Street really surprised me. If you asked this during the Step Up hype, he'd be in movie jail, but if you look at this recent work and where he's heading, NOT GUILTY.
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10:50PM on 03/18/2013

Not guilty

Seems like he finally realized that he is talented.
Seems like he finally realized that he is talented.
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9:53PM on 03/18/2013
Not guilty

The guy cannot act, but when he's on the screen...I'm watching.
Not guilty

The guy cannot act, but when he's on the screen...I'm watching.
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9:52PM on 03/18/2013

Would not have believed my own answer a few years ago...

But totally not guilty. The guy has actually made leaps and bounds at legitimately trying to be better and I'm interested in seeing where this career is going.
But totally not guilty. The guy has actually made leaps and bounds at legitimately trying to be better and I'm interested in seeing where this career is going.
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9:26PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty

By his own admission C. Tates has stated that he knows he isn't the best actor. Though he says he is always learning. The year 2012 was a good year for him. It will be interesting to see what this year holds for him. Side Effects, G.I. Joe, White House Down, Foxcatcher and in (2014) the Wachowski's big Sci Fi Jupiter Ascending. I think he's going to be around for as long as he wants to be.
By his own admission C. Tates has stated that he knows he isn't the best actor. Though he says he is always learning. The year 2012 was a good year for him. It will be interesting to see what this year holds for him. Side Effects, G.I. Joe, White House Down, Foxcatcher and in (2014) the Wachowski's big Sci Fi Jupiter Ascending. I think he's going to be around for as long as he wants to be.
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9:23PM on 03/18/2013

Not guilty

And obviously you should ask us about Aston Kutchner next.
And obviously you should ask us about Aston Kutchner next.
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6:39AM on 03/19/2013
oh hell yeah, I am surprised he has not been featured already.
oh hell yeah, I am surprised he has not been featured already.
9:19PM on 03/18/2013
Not guilty. Seems a little silly for him to be a candidate for this at this point, too.
Not guilty. Seems a little silly for him to be a candidate for this at this point, too.
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9:05PM on 03/18/2013

Not guilty

If you asked this question a couple years ago I would have said guilty but he is coming around. The dude is not all that bad. Sure, he has made some turds but who hasn't? And how could you put GI Joe as a defense but not A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints?
If you asked this question a couple years ago I would have said guilty but he is coming around. The dude is not all that bad. Sure, he has made some turds but who hasn't? And how could you put GI Joe as a defense but not A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints?
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8:44PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty

He originally wanted Nicolas Winding Refn to direct Magic Mike and he lets Soderbergh keep killing him off in horrible ways. Dude's pretty fuckin' OK in my books.
He originally wanted Nicolas Winding Refn to direct Magic Mike and he lets Soderbergh keep killing him off in horrible ways. Dude's pretty fuckin' OK in my books.
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8:16PM on 03/18/2013

G.I. Joe for the DEFENSE?! Crazy...

I don't feel like Tatum has really been around long enough to warrant the same kind of judgment that's been levied against other more long term Hollywood players. I don't particularly have anything against the guy, so I'm hard pressed to think of a reason why he'd be guilty right now. Perhaps give it a few years and then we'll see. I find him Not Guilty due to lack of witnesses to the alleged crime.
I don't feel like Tatum has really been around long enough to warrant the same kind of judgment that's been levied against other more long term Hollywood players. I don't particularly have anything against the guy, so I'm hard pressed to think of a reason why he'd be guilty right now. Perhaps give it a few years and then we'll see. I find him Not Guilty due to lack of witnesses to the alleged crime.
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8:06PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty!

Haywire and 21 jump street keep him out on probation. GI Joe is the game changer. The jury awaits
Haywire and 21 jump street keep him out on probation. GI Joe is the game changer. The jury awaits
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7:47PM on 03/18/2013

Not guilty

I'm mainly indifferent to the guy. He's been good and bad in different roles. Haywire was forgettable. And I guess I'm the only one who didn't think 21 Jump Street was all that great. I do find it funny that most people on here think his best role is playing a dumb jock. No offense to the guy, but he did seem more comfortable in that role than most others. But he can still has a lot of opportunity ahead of him so I say not guilty.
I'm mainly indifferent to the guy. He's been good and bad in different roles. Haywire was forgettable. And I guess I'm the only one who didn't think 21 Jump Street was all that great. I do find it funny that most people on here think his best role is playing a dumb jock. No offense to the guy, but he did seem more comfortable in that role than most others. But he can still has a lot of opportunity ahead of him so I say not guilty.
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7:31PM on 03/18/2013
This mother fucker was Born & raised in movie prison! But! That being said, gets work release, only because he was great in 21 Jump street. So lets see how G.I joe pans out. He's on thin ice in my book. I feel weird giving him a furlough from movie prison, but he earned it with jump street. Keep it up, and you just may get paroled tanning chatum
This mother fucker was Born & raised in movie prison! But! That being said, gets work release, only because he was great in 21 Jump street. So lets see how G.I joe pans out. He's on thin ice in my book. I feel weird giving him a furlough from movie prison, but he earned it with jump street. Keep it up, and you just may get paroled tanning chatum
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7:15PM on 03/18/2013

NOT GUILTY

Is he a great actor, no, but at least he is moving in the right direction, getting better movie roles not worse unlike the past several move jail defendants. I mean anyone that goes from being in Step Up to being in an action blockbuster like GI Joe and causing them to delay the move so they could add more of him into it (allegedly) must be doing something right.
Next Week: going to throw Shia Lebouf out there again or I saw it was her birthday today what about Queen Latifah.
Is he a great actor, no, but at least he is moving in the right direction, getting better movie roles not worse unlike the past several move jail defendants. I mean anyone that goes from being in Step Up to being in an action blockbuster like GI Joe and causing them to delay the move so they could add more of him into it (allegedly) must be doing something right.
Next Week: going to throw Shia Lebouf out there again or I saw it was her birthday today what about Queen Latifah.
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6:43PM on 03/18/2013

Not a fan, but dont see him being thrown in Movie Jail...yet

I dont think we can put Channing Tatum on trial, yet....but I will say he needs to devlope his acting skills more, because as of now, he is seen more of eye candy then a serious actor. With time, he might turn some heads in taking him more seriously.
I dont think we can put Channing Tatum on trial, yet....but I will say he needs to devlope his acting skills more, because as of now, he is seen more of eye candy then a serious actor. With time, he might turn some heads in taking him more seriously.
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6:42PM on 03/18/2013

NOT GUILTY!

Definitely not guilty!!
Definitely not guilty!!
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6:02PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty

100% not guilty! I am amazed he's even being put on trial. Sure, 'Dear John' isn't amazing, but it's better than some other Nicholas Sparks films I could name, and his chemistry with Amanda Seyfried was good. 'Step Up' was a great dance film, and every movie he had out last year was good to amazing, with him being brilliant in each.
100% not guilty! I am amazed he's even being put on trial. Sure, 'Dear John' isn't amazing, but it's better than some other Nicholas Sparks films I could name, and his chemistry with Amanda Seyfried was good. 'Step Up' was a great dance film, and every movie he had out last year was good to amazing, with him being brilliant in each.
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5:30PM on 03/18/2013

Not guilty

I personally have never really understood the hate for this guy. Okay, I'll give you G.I. Joe (haven't seen it, but it's a fan-boy property, and thus relevant), but between his surprisingly strong turn in "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints", and some mostly chick-flick-type roles, he hadn't exactly been someone I felt had done enough of anything to be insulting. Then last year happened, and I got a whole new respect for him. He's a guy who maybe isn't the best actor around, but very much wants
I personally have never really understood the hate for this guy. Okay, I'll give you G.I. Joe (haven't seen it, but it's a fan-boy property, and thus relevant), but between his surprisingly strong turn in "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints", and some mostly chick-flick-type roles, he hadn't exactly been someone I felt had done enough of anything to be insulting. Then last year happened, and I got a whole new respect for him. He's a guy who maybe isn't the best actor around, but very much wants to improve and broaden his appeal. He's picking better movies, and just taking on a role like Jenko in "21 Jump Street," a macho idiot, is a pretty ballsy move for a guy who had previously been kind of a Mister Cool type, in the vein of Matthew McConaughey. I for one am expecting good, if not great things from him in the future.
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8:29PM on 03/18/2013
I was wondering when someone was going to mention Guide to Recognizing your Saints. Great movie as well as great cast. This guy has made some chick flick shit in his time but he has a long career ahead of him action/comedy. He just needs to lose the girl fanatics from Magic Mike and get on to bigger and better things.
I was wondering when someone was going to mention Guide to Recognizing your Saints. Great movie as well as great cast. This guy has made some chick flick shit in his time but he has a long career ahead of him action/comedy. He just needs to lose the girl fanatics from Magic Mike and get on to bigger and better things.
5:21PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty

The guy started off doing some very crappy movies, but what up and coming actor doesn't go through that? He has grown more likable as he gets better as an actor and chooses better roles that play to his attributes, like his comedic chops on 21 Jump Street. Not Guilty.
The guy started off doing some very crappy movies, but what up and coming actor doesn't go through that? He has grown more likable as he gets better as an actor and chooses better roles that play to his attributes, like his comedic chops on 21 Jump Street. Not Guilty.
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4:59PM on 03/18/2013

not guilty

cmon you have to give the guy a lil time to build up somewhat of a resume, believe me im not a tanning chatum apologist but cmon in the little work he has done I think he has gradually gotten better as he goes
cmon you have to give the guy a lil time to build up somewhat of a resume, believe me im not a tanning chatum apologist but cmon in the little work he has done I think he has gradually gotten better as he goes
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4:47PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty

Like many have said, he's barely off the ground at this point. Yeah, he's done a few cookie-cutter drama flicks, but you can't blame a guy for trying to get his foot in the door. After seeing 21 Jump Street, I'd automatically vote him Not Guilty purely on the basis that I'm now curious to see where his career may go.
Like many have said, he's barely off the ground at this point. Yeah, he's done a few cookie-cutter drama flicks, but you can't blame a guy for trying to get his foot in the door. After seeing 21 Jump Street, I'd automatically vote him Not Guilty purely on the basis that I'm now curious to see where his career may go.
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4:32PM on 03/18/2013

NOT GUILTY

I feel like Channing Tatum has made some real stinkaroos, but that might have to do with choices and director.

He was fantastic in 21 Jump Street, which was a movie I thought was going to be Suck City, USA. His natural timing was off the charts - maybe the dude just needs a good script or a pushy director or I-don't-know, but it's definitely too soon to put him in Movie Jail.

He has potential, and I'm curious to see how it goes.
I feel like Channing Tatum has made some real stinkaroos, but that might have to do with choices and director.

He was fantastic in 21 Jump Street, which was a movie I thought was going to be Suck City, USA. His natural timing was off the charts - maybe the dude just needs a good script or a pushy director or I-don't-know, but it's definitely too soon to put him in Movie Jail.

He has potential, and I'm curious to see how it goes.
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4:26PM on 03/18/2013
Not guilty
If you asked me what I thought about this guy before last year I would have said "yea fuck that guy. He should just fuck off." I thought he was just some douchebag, white boy trying to be hip. Really I cannot blame the guy for taking some shitty roles, most young actors do just to get work and get their names out there. As of late he has been doing better movies and has displayed some genuine talent and screen presence. I don't think he's in danger of becoming the greatest actor of
Not guilty
If you asked me what I thought about this guy before last year I would have said "yea fuck that guy. He should just fuck off." I thought he was just some douchebag, white boy trying to be hip. Really I cannot blame the guy for taking some shitty roles, most young actors do just to get work and get their names out there. As of late he has been doing better movies and has displayed some genuine talent and screen presence. I don't think he's in danger of becoming the greatest actor of his generation but I definitely think he has some talent.
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4:12PM on 03/18/2013

Our generation's John Travolta

IMHO, he needs to disappear for a few years until the right director can reintroduce him.
IMHO, he needs to disappear for a few years until the right director can reintroduce him.
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4:10PM on 03/18/2013

not guilty

Don't really get this one, I mean he had 3 huge hits last year & practically stole 21 Jump Street from Jonah Hill.
Don't really get this one, I mean he had 3 huge hits last year & practically stole 21 Jump Street from Jonah Hill.
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4:03PM on 03/18/2013

the statute of limitations has run

Ladies and gents of the jury, Mr. Tatum may have started low, wading in with some nefarious characters and projects, but as of late, he has turned his life around. film after film has shown that, while he is still growing as a thespian, his past poor role selection days seem far behind. in fact, Mr Tatum has starred in no less than a half dozen consecutive box office and critical hits. these charges are an outrage and go against the entire American ideal of making something of yourself, no
Ladies and gents of the jury, Mr. Tatum may have started low, wading in with some nefarious characters and projects, but as of late, he has turned his life around. film after film has shown that, while he is still growing as a thespian, his past poor role selection days seem far behind. in fact, Mr Tatum has starred in no less than a half dozen consecutive box office and critical hits. these charges are an outrage and go against the entire American ideal of making something of yourself, no matter where you began.
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3:57PM on 03/18/2013

not guilty

this is the only time i've been compelled to actually come to someones defense with this article, as it's usually spot on... but i think he's proven with Magic Mike, Side Effects, 21 Jump Street, and the criminally underrated A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints that he's a very talented and capable guy.
this is the only time i've been compelled to actually come to someones defense with this article, as it's usually spot on... but i think he's proven with Magic Mike, Side Effects, 21 Jump Street, and the criminally underrated A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints that he's a very talented and capable guy.
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3:55PM on 03/18/2013

GUILTY

Tatum is literally one of the worst actors I have ever seen. It's hard to even call him an actor. Daniel Day Lewis is an actor. Tatum is eye candy for people that thinks he's hot, great. So he can get asses in the theater seats, but after they see the film they realize that he is a pretty face that tries WAY too hard. This pisses me off because people with Real Talent struggle when people that don't know what the fuck they are doing, like Tatum, get Hollywood roles. Pathetic and fucking
Tatum is literally one of the worst actors I have ever seen. It's hard to even call him an actor. Daniel Day Lewis is an actor. Tatum is eye candy for people that thinks he's hot, great. So he can get asses in the theater seats, but after they see the film they realize that he is a pretty face that tries WAY too hard. This pisses me off because people with Real Talent struggle when people that don't know what the fuck they are doing, like Tatum, get Hollywood roles. Pathetic and fucking aggravating.
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3:41PM on 03/18/2013

Guilty

Casey Tatums bro bro?
Casey Tatums bro bro?
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3:36PM on 03/18/2013
I see him as the nex Mark Wahlberg or Ben Afflec. His acting ranges from pretty good to awful. But I guess with more experience and age he will be doing fine. Therefore not guilty!
I see him as the nex Mark Wahlberg or Ben Afflec. His acting ranges from pretty good to awful. But I guess with more experience and age he will be doing fine. Therefore not guilty!
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3:30PM on 03/18/2013
Not Guilty

Up until a year ago, I really, really, really, really, really didn't like him and he would have been the guiltiest person in Hollywood, but I have to admit that he kinda redeemed himself the last year. He still looks like the dumbest jock one could find, but he doesn't take himself too seriously and can joke about it, so...
Not Guilty

Up until a year ago, I really, really, really, really, really didn't like him and he would have been the guiltiest person in Hollywood, but I have to admit that he kinda redeemed himself the last year. He still looks like the dumbest jock one could find, but he doesn't take himself too seriously and can joke about it, so...
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3:12PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty

Give him time. He showed he can act in some movies.
Give him time. He showed he can act in some movies.
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3:11PM on 03/18/2013
I believe his box office success is owed to females and gays(no offense) His acting abilities are very weak, he definitely needs time to develop in that department. I cannot take this guy seriously just yet.
I believe his box office success is owed to females and gays(no offense) His acting abilities are very weak, he definitely needs time to develop in that department. I cannot take this guy seriously just yet.
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3:06PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty. Mistrial?

Weird choice. Guy's career is on a massive upswing. He had several hit movies last year, one of which was one of the bests of the year and of Soderbergh's career. I'm not huge on the guy but there's nothing really wrong with him at the moment. Hell, one of the reasons for delaying GI JOE was his stock rising and they wanted to re-shoot more scenes with him. Again, not a huge fan... but no reason to put him on trial. Yet.
Weird choice. Guy's career is on a massive upswing. He had several hit movies last year, one of which was one of the bests of the year and of Soderbergh's career. I'm not huge on the guy but there's nothing really wrong with him at the moment. Hell, one of the reasons for delaying GI JOE was his stock rising and they wanted to re-shoot more scenes with him. Again, not a huge fan... but no reason to put him on trial. Yet.
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3:06PM on 03/18/2013

Not guilty. Come on now.

Here's a list of people who are far better examples than Tatum: Tobey Maguire, Mel Gibson, Adrien Brody, Ashley Judd, Bruce Willis. Ashton Kutcher are all better options for movie jail. If this column is meant to be fun, not obvious.
Here's a list of people who are far better examples than Tatum: Tobey Maguire, Mel Gibson, Adrien Brody, Ashley Judd, Bruce Willis. Ashton Kutcher are all better options for movie jail. If this column is meant to be fun, not obvious.
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2:59PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty

His career is definitely trending upward. It appears that he's learned from his past movie choices.
His career is definitely trending upward. It appears that he's learned from his past movie choices.
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2:55PM on 03/18/2013
Not Guilty because of 2012 (the year, not the movie).
Not Guilty because of 2012 (the year, not the movie).
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2:55PM on 03/18/2013

A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS!!

Not Guilty. Why is A guide to recognizing your saints not on his defense? This film was the one that thoroughly impressed me with both Tatum and Labeouff. Channing Tatum's performance was nothing short of stellar and it really saddens me that it's rarely mentioned like it should be when it comes to both actors, as it's one of my favorite films (Cracks top 30). I also believe The Vow should be on his defense because Tatums performance was one of the redeeming factors of the film.

People seem
Not Guilty. Why is A guide to recognizing your saints not on his defense? This film was the one that thoroughly impressed me with both Tatum and Labeouff. Channing Tatum's performance was nothing short of stellar and it really saddens me that it's rarely mentioned like it should be when it comes to both actors, as it's one of my favorite films (Cracks top 30). I also believe The Vow should be on his defense because Tatums performance was one of the redeeming factors of the film.

People seem to want to judge him solely on his big budget fare ignoring his other films. Step Up was solid, though I'm sure the dance flick isn't one most film aficionados are keen to watching. As for his brief roles, he was very funny in The Dilemma an otherwise forgettable comedy, as well as Ten Year which I enjoyed and thought was a different take on the high school ensemble flicks and a good reunion one.
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2:51PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty

How is Tatum the next up for movie jail when he's only 33 years old? I'm saying Not Guilty because of a lack of evidence.
How is Tatum the next up for movie jail when he's only 33 years old? I'm saying Not Guilty because of a lack of evidence.
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2:47PM on 03/18/2013
Seriously what's the point of a column like this?
The guy's been in like 10 movies, and the majority of those have been pretty good.
Grasping at straws here eh?
Seriously what's the point of a column like this?
The guy's been in like 10 movies, and the majority of those have been pretty good.
Grasping at straws here eh?
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2:44PM on 03/18/2013

Not GUilty

I personally am not a fan, but am often subjected to films due to being married. While I don't find anything he has done to be of great cinematic accomplishment I don't find anything to be COMPLETE trash either (granted he has some that are bad IMO). I think there is still potential with him and he should be given the opportunity to prove himself before being locked up.

I say we throw Robert Pattinson on the stand!
I personally am not a fan, but am often subjected to films due to being married. While I don't find anything he has done to be of great cinematic accomplishment I don't find anything to be COMPLETE trash either (granted he has some that are bad IMO). I think there is still potential with him and he should be given the opportunity to prove himself before being locked up.

I say we throw Robert Pattinson on the stand!
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2:42PM on 03/18/2013
From Guilty to maybe a tons of hours of community service. He had a great year, but that's it.
From Guilty to maybe a tons of hours of community service. He had a great year, but that's it.
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2:37PM on 03/18/2013

Guilty

I'm shocked to see so many "not guilty." ...simply because of one movie, 21 Jump Street? Most the movies listed for his defense, make a bad case in his argument. Haywire was decent, but he was awful in it and GI Joe was such a disappointment. He is just an awful actor and he has the same stale expression in all his movies. Ironic you should mention Kristen Stewart because he's like the male version of her. Both have zero presence on screen, same dull expressions, and are being forced on the
I'm shocked to see so many "not guilty." ...simply because of one movie, 21 Jump Street? Most the movies listed for his defense, make a bad case in his argument. Haywire was decent, but he was awful in it and GI Joe was such a disappointment. He is just an awful actor and he has the same stale expression in all his movies. Ironic you should mention Kristen Stewart because he's like the male version of her. Both have zero presence on screen, same dull expressions, and are being forced on the public audience. The guy should have been in movie jail the moment he walked across the screen. He's a bad actor.
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5:58PM on 03/18/2013
Not just for one movie. He was damned good in '21 Jump Street', sure, but he was equally incredible in '10 Years', 'Haywire', and was absolutely brilliant in 'Magic Mike'; a movie that should not have worked nearly as well as it did. Due in large part to Tatum.
Not just for one movie. He was damned good in '21 Jump Street', sure, but he was equally incredible in '10 Years', 'Haywire', and was absolutely brilliant in 'Magic Mike'; a movie that should not have worked nearly as well as it did. Due in large part to Tatum.
1:24AM on 03/19/2013
I guess we have to agree to disagree here. Like I said I thought he was very wooden in Haywire. As for Magic Mike, it's obvious why the movie sold tickets. A lot of ladies and some gay men (not saying every man who watched it is gay) wanted to see the guy strip. It had nothing to do with his acting. Just look at Side Effects, that movie bombed hard at the box office.
I guess we have to agree to disagree here. Like I said I thought he was very wooden in Haywire. As for Magic Mike, it's obvious why the movie sold tickets. A lot of ladies and some gay men (not saying every man who watched it is gay) wanted to see the guy strip. It had nothing to do with his acting. Just look at Side Effects, that movie bombed hard at the box office.
2:37PM on 03/18/2013
Not Guilty! If you asked me before 2012, I would have swayed towards "Guilty". But since the beginning of 2012, he's made a bit of a turn-around with Haywire, 21Jump Street, Magic Mike, and most recently Side Effects. His role in 21 Jump Street was the best IMO. We shouldn't hold the first few years against him, since pretty much all up and coming actors have gone through that. I still he's just getting started.
Not Guilty! If you asked me before 2012, I would have swayed towards "Guilty". But since the beginning of 2012, he's made a bit of a turn-around with Haywire, 21Jump Street, Magic Mike, and most recently Side Effects. His role in 21 Jump Street was the best IMO. We shouldn't hold the first few years against him, since pretty much all up and coming actors have gone through that. I still he's just getting started.
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2:37PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty

He's on a roll. I think he only gets better and better. No jail time for someone who is doing good now.
He's on a roll. I think he only gets better and better. No jail time for someone who is doing good now.
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2:27PM on 03/18/2013
Not guilty at all. Like others have said, the guy is on a real hot streak and is just getting started. He also seems like a genuinely hard-working guy who's trying his best to choose different projects and work with talented directors.

PLUS: We'll probably see his best work ever in Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher later this year.
Not guilty at all. Like others have said, the guy is on a real hot streak and is just getting started. He also seems like a genuinely hard-working guy who's trying his best to choose different projects and work with talented directors.

PLUS: We'll probably see his best work ever in Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher later this year.
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2:14PM on 03/18/2013
No way he's guilty at this time, as he's in fact on quite a hot streak. Before 2012 maybe, but not today.
No way he's guilty at this time, as he's in fact on quite a hot streak. Before 2012 maybe, but not today.
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2:07PM on 03/18/2013

not guilty.

Channing Tatum? Movie Jail? Really?
"We can't think of a better candidate for Movie Jail than a guy who's acting makes Ashton Kutchner look like Daniel Day Lewis."
...You've GOTTA be kidding me.
Channing Tatum? Movie Jail? Really?
"We can't think of a better candidate for Movie Jail than a guy who's acting makes Ashton Kutchner look like Daniel Day Lewis."
...You've GOTTA be kidding me.
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5:34PM on 03/18/2013
I think you give Ashton Kutcher too much credit.
I think you give Ashton Kutcher too much credit.
2:00PM on 03/18/2013

Not guilty

Two years ago I would have said guilty but after a solid performance in HAYWIRE and being hilarious in 21 JUMP STREET, he gets a solid pass from me.

Plus the fact that he's just getting started really.
Two years ago I would have said guilty but after a solid performance in HAYWIRE and being hilarious in 21 JUMP STREET, he gets a solid pass from me.

Plus the fact that he's just getting started really.
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4:12PM on 03/18/2013
ya but GI Joe came out 4 years ago so give the guy a break & from my understanding is slowly gaining a cullike following
ya but GI Joe came out 4 years ago so give the guy a break & from my understanding is slowly gaining a cullike following
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1:58PM on 03/18/2013
Guilty. The man just can't act.
Guilty. The man just can't act.
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1:56PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty

Next up: Bruce Willis. I was in a DVD section the other day and saw about a half dozen recent direct-to-video actioners I've never heard of all with Bruce Willis on the cover
Next up: Bruce Willis. I was in a DVD section the other day and saw about a half dozen recent direct-to-video actioners I've never heard of all with Bruce Willis on the cover
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1:55PM on 03/18/2013

Not guilty

Let the guy work
Let the guy work
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1:49PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty

After watching 21 Jump Street countless time, there is no way I can say he is failing as an actor. GI Joe may have sucked, but I think that was more because of the script than anything else. And at the time he was still a pretty young and an up n' comer so I can't blame him for wanting to take a starring lead in that movie, especially since the movie was trying to emulate the success of Transformers. Since then, I don't think he's been anything that is absolutely terrible, The Eagle was
After watching 21 Jump Street countless time, there is no way I can say he is failing as an actor. GI Joe may have sucked, but I think that was more because of the script than anything else. And at the time he was still a pretty young and an up n' comer so I can't blame him for wanting to take a starring lead in that movie, especially since the movie was trying to emulate the success of Transformers. Since then, I don't think he's been anything that is absolutely terrible, The Eagle was alright, the Vow is what it is, same with Dear John. He's not exactly taking parts in horrible movies or making bad decisions with his career. There's still a lot more to come from this guy.
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1:45PM on 03/18/2013
Not guilty - the guy is on fire. He's done of string of good and successful movies. He's proven to be a good actor and leading man. Hell, they even postponed GI Joe so that they could put more of him in it.
Not guilty - the guy is on fire. He's done of string of good and successful movies. He's proven to be a good actor and leading man. Hell, they even postponed GI Joe so that they could put more of him in it.
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1:41PM on 03/18/2013

NOT GUILTY

not guilty...he's been making some awesome movies as of late, I feel he may be better suited for comedy than romance...
but gotta give the guy credit, he does what he knows he can do...the girls swoon for him so why not make the crappy romcom every once in awhile to pay the bills.
not guilty...he's been making some awesome movies as of late, I feel he may be better suited for comedy than romance...
but gotta give the guy credit, he does what he knows he can do...the girls swoon for him so why not make the crappy romcom every once in awhile to pay the bills.
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1:25PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty

It's easy to not like him with his history of romantic comedies and pandering to the mainstream audience. But some of his roles have really worked.

I may have loved "GI JOE" for the wrong reasons but i loved it none-the-less. "Magic Mike" was really good. And he really found his niche in comedy with "21 Jump St". Its really hard to describe and im not entirely sure it was on purpose, but he played the role perfectly. It was a dumb jock character that was actually fun to watch, something not
It's easy to not like him with his history of romantic comedies and pandering to the mainstream audience. But some of his roles have really worked.

I may have loved "GI JOE" for the wrong reasons but i loved it none-the-less. "Magic Mike" was really good. And he really found his niche in comedy with "21 Jump St". Its really hard to describe and im not entirely sure it was on purpose, but he played the role perfectly. It was a dumb jock character that was actually fun to watch, something not easily done anymore. Again, this could be completely by accident but it was still pretty good.

His romantic movies may kinda suck, but whose doesn't. I havent written him off yet, i think his best work is still to come. I for one am looking forward to comparing "Olympus has Fallen" to "White House Down"

Next defendant: Ivan Reitman
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1:18PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty...

21 Jump Street is fantastic, Magic Mike was a hit, and despite the claim of 3D, he likely got G.I. Joe delayed just so they could rework his inclusion somewhat and probably eliminate his death. That is the sign of someone who is doing everything right.
21 Jump Street is fantastic, Magic Mike was a hit, and despite the claim of 3D, he likely got G.I. Joe delayed just so they could rework his inclusion somewhat and probably eliminate his death. That is the sign of someone who is doing everything right.
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1:15PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty

Trying to figure out why he really is on this list. Just because he has made a dancing movie and a few chick flicks doesn't mean that those movies are bad. They were successful. Women loved those movies. Scratching my head on why in the world this guy would be on trial to go to Movie Jail. Time to overthrow the JoBlo government. They're outta control lol.
Trying to figure out why he really is on this list. Just because he has made a dancing movie and a few chick flicks doesn't mean that those movies are bad. They were successful. Women loved those movies. Scratching my head on why in the world this guy would be on trial to go to Movie Jail. Time to overthrow the JoBlo government. They're outta control lol.
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4:38PM on 03/18/2013
What is it, Joblo? Exile, or death?
What is it, Joblo? Exile, or death?
1:14PM on 03/18/2013

GUILTY

he's overrated
he's overrated
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1:23PM on 03/18/2013
How so? I thought he was loathed by pretty much everyone till about a year ago. I still don't know of any projects he has lined up that have a WOW factor attached to them. I feel like he's just now able to emerge with a little respect. Regarding his previous work I never felt he was biting off more than he could chew accept for the first GI JOE.
How so? I thought he was loathed by pretty much everyone till about a year ago. I still don't know of any projects he has lined up that have a WOW factor attached to them. I feel like he's just now able to emerge with a little respect. Regarding his previous work I never felt he was biting off more than he could chew accept for the first GI JOE.
1:41PM on 03/18/2013
movie jail isn't a question of whether an actor is overrated or not; it is a review of his career and whether he has made good or bad choices reflected by the quality and performance of the movies he has made, both of which he is beyond reproach.

beyond that, how could he be overrated? the opinion of his abilities isn't very high to begin with.
movie jail isn't a question of whether an actor is overrated or not; it is a review of his career and whether he has made good or bad choices reflected by the quality and performance of the movies he has made, both of which he is beyond reproach.

beyond that, how could he be overrated? the opinion of his abilities isn't very high to begin with.
4:15PM on 03/18/2013
the word overrated is one word that defines itself, it's a cop out to always hate on something when you don't have an opinion to back up.
the word overrated is one word that defines itself, it's a cop out to always hate on something when you don't have an opinion to back up.
7:36PM on 03/18/2013
Overrated might have been an over statement, but I still think he belongs in movie jail
Overrated might have been an over statement, but I still think he belongs in movie jail
1:14PM on 03/18/2013
Not guilty. I really feel like Tatum puts it all on the line in every of his movie. Not guilty for me.
Not guilty. I really feel like Tatum puts it all on the line in every of his movie. Not guilty for me.
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1:12PM on 03/18/2013

Not guilty

I understood the hate for him in movies like Step Up, The Vow, Son of No One, Dear John and some of GI Joe (the part where Cobra reveals his true identity is compounded further into stupidity by Tatum's reaction), but he is getting much better. I really enjoyed him in 21 Jump Street, Haywire and Magic Mike. I think his upcoming White House Down will really turn a lot of haters opinion on him. So he gets a not guilty from me.
I understood the hate for him in movies like Step Up, The Vow, Son of No One, Dear John and some of GI Joe (the part where Cobra reveals his true identity is compounded further into stupidity by Tatum's reaction), but he is getting much better. I really enjoyed him in 21 Jump Street, Haywire and Magic Mike. I think his upcoming White House Down will really turn a lot of haters opinion on him. So he gets a not guilty from me.
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1:08PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty

Minus the singing career he's basically Mark Walhberg 2.0. and that's not a bad thing. With the fucking dancing and modeling background I had written him off early, but I'm totally in his corner now after 21 Jump Street.
Minus the singing career he's basically Mark Walhberg 2.0. and that's not a bad thing. With the fucking dancing and modeling background I had written him off early, but I'm totally in his corner now after 21 Jump Street.
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1:08PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty

Isn't this column supposed to be a career retrospective? Tatum has had way too short of a career to even cast judgment. To use the legal terms - not guilty for insufficient evidence.
It'd be like casting judgment on Ben Affleck post-Gigli... it isn't fair to judge until we can look back.
Isn't this column supposed to be a career retrospective? Tatum has had way too short of a career to even cast judgment. To use the legal terms - not guilty for insufficient evidence.
It'd be like casting judgment on Ben Affleck post-Gigli... it isn't fair to judge until we can look back.
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1:03PM on 03/18/2013

Not Guilty.

I admit the beginning of his career may have sucked, but the guy has pulled it around lately and has done some solid films. He did great work In A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, 21 Jump Street, Haywire, Side Effects, Stop Loss, 10 Years, GI Joe, Public Enemies, and I even enjoyed him in The Vow, Dear John, and The Dilemma.

Dude is a solid actor and is going in the right direction career wise as far as I am concerned.
I admit the beginning of his career may have sucked, but the guy has pulled it around lately and has done some solid films. He did great work In A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, 21 Jump Street, Haywire, Side Effects, Stop Loss, 10 Years, GI Joe, Public Enemies, and I even enjoyed him in The Vow, Dear John, and The Dilemma.

Dude is a solid actor and is going in the right direction career wise as far as I am concerned.
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1:01PM on 03/18/2013
Not Guilty.
I think the statute of limitations has run out on this guy. It'd be like busting David Fincher for Alien3, even though he hasn't made a bad film in ages. Tatum is clearly a solid actor (hasn't blown my mind yet, but I don't mind him) and his career is headed up. Terrible choice, in my opinion, for this column.
Not Guilty.
I think the statute of limitations has run out on this guy. It'd be like busting David Fincher for Alien3, even though he hasn't made a bad film in ages. Tatum is clearly a solid actor (hasn't blown my mind yet, but I don't mind him) and his career is headed up. Terrible choice, in my opinion, for this column.
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12:58PM on 03/18/2013

What?

I'd have convicted in a heartbeat in 2011. But last year he had Magic Mike, Haywire, and 21 Jump Street. He's off my shit list. Not Guilty.

And Fuck you Science.
I'd have convicted in a heartbeat in 2011. But last year he had Magic Mike, Haywire, and 21 Jump Street. He's off my shit list. Not Guilty.

And Fuck you Science.
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