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01.05.2015

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This is Movie Jail, a unique maximum security prison that houses some of the worst writers, directors, actors and producers from Hollywood and beyond. Their crimes? The offenses vary from convict to convict but most of these inmates have contributed negatively to the film world to some capacity* and his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene. In each column a defendant is put on trial, arguments are made, and then it is up to YOU, the jury, to decide if the person is guilty or not guilty of crimes against cinema. Their lives are in your hands, dude.

The Defendant

Jamie Foxx

The Case

The Prosecution: Annie, Horrible Bosses 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Rio 2, White House Down, Valentine's Day, Stealth, Breakin' All the Rules, Bait, Held Up, The Players Club, Booty Call

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, 2014 wasn't kind to Jamie Foxx, however his four negatively-reviewed films from last year (Annie, Horrible Bosses 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Rio 2) aren't the only reasons why he's up for Movie Jail. The prosecution's issue with the actor isn't his early films like Booty Call and Held Up (although they are awful), but many of his post-Ray roles.

While Mr. Foxx is a talented actor, he doesn't do a great job picking quality projects to work on. Django Unchained, Dreamgirls, and Jarhead received solid reviews from critics, but Mr. Fox has also appeared in more than a few terrible films, like Stealth and Valentine's Day. Mr. Foxx should think about staying away from sequels, because the three he has starred in (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Horrible Bosses 2 and Rio 2) all received lower reviews than the first movies.

The prosecution doesn't want to make this all about ASM2, but in our opinion his turn in the Spidey film was dreadful. Yes, his character was underdeveloped and the script was wonky, however we still believe it was a poor performance by Mr. Foxx.

Mr. Foxx has done great stuff in the past, so the prosecution isn't looking for a life sentence. But we do believe the actor needs to spend some time in prison for his crimes.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Jamie Foxx

The Defense: Django Unchained, Horrible Bosses, Rio, Due Date, Law Abiding Citizen, The Soloist, The Kingdom, Dreamgirls, Miami Vice, Jarhead, Ray, Collateral, Shade, Ali, Any Given Sunday, The Great White Hype

Ladies and gentlemen, perhaps my client's films since Ray have been hit-or-miss and Mr. Foxx's 2014 was a little rough. However, he's still a very good comedic and dramatic actor who doesn't belong in Movie Jail.

Even though Annie and Horrible Bosses 2 didn't receive stellar reviews from most critics, many would argue he was the best part of both films, and the same could also be said for movies such as The Soloist and Law Abiding Citizen. It's not like Mr. Foxx was 100% at fault for The Amazing Spider-Man 2's shortcomings, and the defense doubts many people blame the actor for the film's failures. At least Mr. Foxx doesn't just stick to one type of film. Last year alone he appeared in an animated movie, a superhero film, a comedy and a musical.

Mr. Foxx's good films definitely outweigh his bad ones, and the actor almost always delivers a solid performance, so clearly the only reason why he stands before you today is due to his unimpressive 2014 movies, regardless of what the prosecution says. But even with his weak films from last year, the defense is quite confident that the jury will agree Mr. Foxx shouldn't be sent to the big house.

Django Unchained Jamie Foxx

IN CLOSING...

Do you believe Mr. Foxx should be tossed in the slammer, or did he just have a really shitty 2014? Would spending a couple of weeks in prison help the actor, or do you think he doesn't deserve to be locked up in Movie Jail? Is Jamie Foxx GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

*The cases for and against a defendant going to Movie Jail by the author are not necessarily his views and opinions but they are some of the beliefs that one would use to effectively make an argument for both sides. Not quite a devil's advocate but you get the point. Anyway, this is all in fun so don't take it too seriously. We have a separate jail for those people called "Troll Tower" and believe me you do NOT want to go there.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?

Annie Jamie Foxx

LAST WEEK'S VERDICTS

Ben Stiller Tim Burton Shia LaBeouf

In last week's batch of Movie Jail Updates, the jury decided Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb star Ben Stiller will remain a free man. As for director Tim Burton and Shia LaBeouf, jury members said they've earned parole with their recent well-received film (Big Eyes and Fury, respectively), with some commenting that Mr. LaBeouf should not have been sent to prison in the first place.

PREVIOUS VERDICTS

GUILTY Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Vince Vaughn, Tim Burton, The Farrelly Brothers, Michael Bay, Jessica Alba, Ice Cube, Gerard Butler, Halle Berry, Marlon Wayans, Julia Roberts, M. Night Shyamalan , Katherine Heigl , Cuba Gooding, Jr., Tyler Perry, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Ashton Kutcher, Happy Madison Productions, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Willis, Paul W.S. Anderson, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brett Ratner, Rob Cohen, Renee Zellweger, Shia LaBeouf, Renny Harlin, Diane Keaton, McG, Demi Moore, King Joffrey (Game of Thrones Special), David Spade, Spike Lee, Kevin James, Joel Schumacher, Ehren Kruger, Chris Rock, Mark Steven Johnson, Mickey Rourke, Ashley Judd, Uma Thurman, Josh Duhamel, Saw Franchise (Halloween Edition), Zach Braff, Sam Worthington

NOT GUILTY Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Nic Cage, John Travolta, Oliver Stone, Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Wes Craven, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Rodriguez, Kristen Stewart, Roland Emmerich, Kevin Costner, Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Smith, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Anna Faris, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Will Smith, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Johnny Depp, Ryan Reynolds, Milla Jovovich, John Singleton, Jon Voight, Jack Black, Brian De Palma, Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicole Kidman, Justin Timberlake, Freddy Krueger (Halloween Edition), Johnny Knoxville, Orlando Bloom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Aykroyd, Sylvester Stallone, Gavin Hood, Jason Lee, Jennifer Garner, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack, Chris Columbus, Clive Owen, Terrence Howard, Andrew Niccol, Drew Barrymore, Steve Martin, Joel Silver, Michelle Rodriguez, Kiefer Sutherland, Dario Argento, Susan Sarandon, Dennis Quaid, Rob Reiner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mel Gibson, Pierce Brosnan, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, Ivan Reitman, Stephen Sommers, Shawn Levy, Jai Courtney, Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson

UPDATES: Robert De Niro, Nicolas Cage and Roland Emmerich, Jim Carrey, Robert Rodriguez and Gerard Butler, Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts and The Farrelly Brothers, Ben Stiller, Tim Burton and Shia LaBeouf

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
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3:36AM on 01/06/2015

NOT GUILTY

2 words DJANGO UNCHAINED
2 words DJANGO UNCHAINED
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10:15PM on 01/05/2015
Jamie Foxx is not only arrogant, but he has a massive ego...cant stand it
Jamie Foxx is not only arrogant, but he has a massive ego...cant stand it
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8:43PM on 01/05/2015

Guilty

Never cared for Foxx. He comes across as extremely arrogant and seems to take himself way too seriously (Sorry Halofett)
Never cared for Foxx. He comes across as extremely arrogant and seems to take himself way too seriously (Sorry Halofett)
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6:24PM on 01/05/2015

NOT GUILTY

I don't get the hate for Foxx. I love Miami Vice and Collateral. His performances in Ray and Ali were incredible. He's done great work, but also doesn't take himself too seriously.
I don't get the hate for Foxx. I love Miami Vice and Collateral. His performances in Ray and Ali were incredible. He's done great work, but also doesn't take himself too seriously.
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5:48PM on 01/05/2015

GUILTY!

I always hated Jamie Foxx. I haven't even liked him in many of his "good" films.
I always hated Jamie Foxx. I haven't even liked him in many of his "good" films.
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4:55PM on 01/05/2015

GUILTY!

Throw away the key! He ruins every film he is in. The only films of his that I can stomach to rewatch are Collateral and Miami Vice. And I have avoided movies that looked good otherwise, just because of his involvement.
Throw away the key! He ruins every film he is in. The only films of his that I can stomach to rewatch are Collateral and Miami Vice. And I have avoided movies that looked good otherwise, just because of his involvement.
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1:36PM on 01/05/2015
Guilty. The guy hobbles himself, his Max Dillon in ASM2 is no different than Jim Carreys Edward Nigma in Batman Forever.
Guilty. The guy hobbles himself, his Max Dillon in ASM2 is no different than Jim Carreys Edward Nigma in Batman Forever.
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1:29PM on 01/05/2015

Not Guilty

Any actor hits the occasional rough patch, and it looks like any recent bombs weren't his fault. His performance in DJANGO UNCHAINED excuses a lot, too.
Any actor hits the occasional rough patch, and it looks like any recent bombs weren't his fault. His performance in DJANGO UNCHAINED excuses a lot, too.
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1:25PM on 01/05/2015

Not Guilty Sir!

OK staring in Annie is a shocker.

The dude is Django though.
OK staring in Annie is a shocker.

The dude is Django though.
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1:15PM on 01/05/2015
Not guilty, his bad movies aren't necessarily bad because of him, just terrible scripts, while a chunk of his stronger films are elevated because of him....
Not guilty, his bad movies aren't necessarily bad because of him, just terrible scripts, while a chunk of his stronger films are elevated because of him....
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12:27PM on 01/05/2015

Not guilty for now

Annie and ASM 2 are seriously bad, but his other work still outweighs those.
Annie and ASM 2 are seriously bad, but his other work still outweighs those.
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12:20PM on 01/05/2015

Not guilty

His failures have been quite miserable failures but he's managed to bounce back, and I think he'll be able bounce back from his slight slump over the last year. His successes have been very success so for now he is safe but he could be in danger a little ways down the road.
His failures have been quite miserable failures but he's managed to bounce back, and I think he'll be able bounce back from his slight slump over the last year. His successes have been very success so for now he is safe but he could be in danger a little ways down the road.
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11:38AM on 01/05/2015

Not Guilty

Yes he has disappointed some recently (Annie, AS2, White House Down) and I hate Miami Vice but this guy has too great of a resume to go to movie jail. He was great as Django and I love his work in Ray, Dreamgirls, Collateral, and Any Given Sunday. Not guilty at all! Mr. Foxx is the man.
Yes he has disappointed some recently (Annie, AS2, White House Down) and I hate Miami Vice but this guy has too great of a resume to go to movie jail. He was great as Django and I love his work in Ray, Dreamgirls, Collateral, and Any Given Sunday. Not guilty at all! Mr. Foxx is the man.
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11:33AM on 01/05/2015

Not guilty

Get out! The man maybe didn't have a banner year, but he's still in my book one of the most reliable actors in the biz, because I can't think off-hand of a single time he phoned it in. I am genuinely worried this column has run out of ideas. Either way January is here, so that ought to make life a little easier for Movie Jail.
Get out! The man maybe didn't have a banner year, but he's still in my book one of the most reliable actors in the biz, because I can't think off-hand of a single time he phoned it in. I am genuinely worried this column has run out of ideas. Either way January is here, so that ought to make life a little easier for Movie Jail.
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11:24AM on 01/05/2015

Mr. Jones was my father. You can call me

NOT GUILTY, MOTHERFUCKER!
NOT GUILTY, MOTHERFUCKER!
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11:15AM on 01/05/2015

Not Guilty

HELLO! Have we forgot the role that helped started it all - Wanda from "In Living Color"
HELLO! Have we forgot the role that helped started it all - Wanda from "In Living Color"
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10:24AM on 01/05/2015

not guilty

Mainly because of 2 characters: Carl "The Tooth" Williams and Wanda.
Mainly because of 2 characters: Carl "The Tooth" Williams and Wanda.
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10:15AM on 01/05/2015
Not Guilty. Should not even be up for a trial.
Not Guilty. Should not even be up for a trial.
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9:52AM on 01/05/2015
Django. Enuff said.
Django. Enuff said.
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11:19AM on 01/05/2015
So, not guilty?
So, not guilty?
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9:43AM on 01/05/2015
Nope, not guilty.
Nope, not guilty.
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9:40AM on 01/05/2015

Not Guilty

The guy is too good of an actor and has too good of a resume to be in movie jail. Despite the film, he always gives it his all.
The guy is too good of an actor and has too good of a resume to be in movie jail. Despite the film, he always gives it his all.
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9:09AM on 01/05/2015

Career average: 5.6/10.

I've noticed a pattern: Almost every time he takes on a leading role, he does his best effort (RAY; COLLATERAL; SOLOIST; DJANGO), and then he spends the next couple of years doing supporting roles. Sometimes he also puts an effort (JARHEAD, DREAMGIRLS, RIO 1, HORRIBLE BOSSES 1), and others he just goes for the paycheck (VALENTINE'S DAY; DUE DATE; WHITE HOUSE DOWN; everything he did in 2014).

Since he's never given a terrible performance, he shouldn't go to Movie Jail. I still think he's
I've noticed a pattern: Almost every time he takes on a leading role, he does his best effort (RAY; COLLATERAL; SOLOIST; DJANGO), and then he spends the next couple of years doing supporting roles. Sometimes he also puts an effort (JARHEAD, DREAMGIRLS, RIO 1, HORRIBLE BOSSES 1), and others he just goes for the paycheck (VALENTINE'S DAY; DUE DATE; WHITE HOUSE DOWN; everything he did in 2014).

Since he's never given a terrible performance, he shouldn't go to Movie Jail. I still think he's Guilty, but he should just do community service.
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3:21PM on 01/05/2015
There's no argument that Valentine's Day was a paycheck, but it was a paycheck for all involved. Nobody on that film got more than $3 million, max and that was for Julia Roberts who got more than anybody else. Due Date looks like a role he played for fun, probably for not very much money in Hollywood terms. Again, 2-3 days of shooting for him, max. White House Down was absolutely a paycheck role ($10-20M) but I challenge anybody to say he didn't wasn't the best thing going for that film. ASM2
There's no argument that Valentine's Day was a paycheck, but it was a paycheck for all involved. Nobody on that film got more than $3 million, max and that was for Julia Roberts who got more than anybody else. Due Date looks like a role he played for fun, probably for not very much money in Hollywood terms. Again, 2-3 days of shooting for him, max. White House Down was absolutely a paycheck role ($10-20M) but I challenge anybody to say he didn't wasn't the best thing going for that film. ASM2 was a definite paycheck role but I'm guessing Annie was a bit of a passion project for him. He loves music, he loves his daughter. It's a film he can be proud of as a dad, a singer/actor and one day, hopefully, a grandfather. Every actor does voice work (Rio) for a quick, low effort buck.
8:43AM on 01/05/2015

Not guilty...

He's a terrific actor and despite the awfulness of ANNIE, his recent performances such as DJANGO are fantastic not to mention many past years or excellent work.
He's a terrific actor and despite the awfulness of ANNIE, his recent performances such as DJANGO are fantastic not to mention many past years or excellent work.
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8:33AM on 01/05/2015

Not Guilty.

Not guilty....I agree with americanmoviefan about the movies that he's been in that have been shitty.
Not guilty....I agree with americanmoviefan about the movies that he's been in that have been shitty.
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8:20AM on 01/05/2015

Also worth noting:

Michael Mann is to blame for Miami Vice's failure, Stealth was filmed before Ray or Collateral changed the trajectory of his career (look at his equally billed co-stars for proof of this) and he was revelatory in his few scenes as Bundini Brown in Ali. Basically, from what I can tell, given his options and what he's already conquered at various points in his career, Jamie Foxx has never made a bad choice in selecting his theatrical roles.
Michael Mann is to blame for Miami Vice's failure, Stealth was filmed before Ray or Collateral changed the trajectory of his career (look at his equally billed co-stars for proof of this) and he was revelatory in his few scenes as Bundini Brown in Ali. Basically, from what I can tell, given his options and what he's already conquered at various points in his career, Jamie Foxx has never made a bad choice in selecting his theatrical roles.
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9:40AM on 01/05/2015
How was Michael Mann to blame for Miami Vice?
How was Michael Mann to blame for Miami Vice?
10:15AM on 01/05/2015
What was wrong with Miami Vice to begin with?
What was wrong with Miami Vice to begin with?
3:14PM on 01/05/2015
Mann was still kinda tooling with his HD handheld camera and an attempt at cinema verite meets fantasy action epic and although I love Miami Vice, I think he got shafted a bit with the way Tubbs is portrayed/fleshed out in that particular iteration of the property.
Mann was still kinda tooling with his HD handheld camera and an attempt at cinema verite meets fantasy action epic and although I love Miami Vice, I think he got shafted a bit with the way Tubbs is portrayed/fleshed out in that particular iteration of the property.
8:15AM on 01/05/2015

Not Guilty

The guy has an incredibly diverse filmography, crushing it in action, comedy, drama, musical. He energetically takes on medium sized supporting roles (ASM2, White House Down) or small near cameo sized supporting roles (Due Date, Horrible Bosses) and he's the unsung hero of his biggest hits or the best part of movies that were no worse than comparable, more successful films (White House Down vs Olympus Has Fallen) all in all the guy is prolific, consistent and unpredictable. Also Annie is on
The guy has an incredibly diverse filmography, crushing it in action, comedy, drama, musical. He energetically takes on medium sized supporting roles (ASM2, White House Down) or small near cameo sized supporting roles (Due Date, Horrible Bosses) and he's the unsung hero of his biggest hits or the best part of movies that were no worse than comparable, more successful films (White House Down vs Olympus Has Fallen) all in all the guy is prolific, consistent and unpredictable. Also Annie is on pace to make $90-100MM domestic. That puts his potential haul for 2014 releases at $500 million domestic. So what if he's recently gone pure popcorn commercial with little artistic merit? He's earned the right to cash some nice paychecks and thrill some teenagers. He'll get back to Awards Bait stuff in a couple of years. The guy seems to be operating on a cycle since Ray and Collateral (Despite the well deserved nomination, I view Collateral as a blockbuster paycheck role he turned on its ear) and picks his projects incredibly well. Not one certifiable bomb since Ray. Also Booty Call is a classic. That movie taught me so much about safe sex its ridiculous.
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8:04AM on 01/05/2015

Not guilty!

Good actor, i like him.
Good actor, i like him.
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7:51AM on 01/05/2015

Not Guilty

I have huge respect for the guy. He was hilarious when he started out on In Living Color. He can sing, dance, do action movies and is a pretty damn good actor to boot.
I have huge respect for the guy. He was hilarious when he started out on In Living Color. He can sing, dance, do action movies and is a pretty damn good actor to boot.
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7:43AM on 01/05/2015
Not guilty. Sure some of his movies aren't that good but that depend on script. Say, early 2000 he was in the movie Bait and Breakin' The Rules which weren't good. Then came along Collateral and he was sensational (though Tom Cruise was way better). And then some time later came Stealth and Miami Vice which were okay but not that good. Then came along The Kingdom, The Soloist and Law Abiding Citizen which were consistently good. Overall, not guilty.
Not guilty. Sure some of his movies aren't that good but that depend on script. Say, early 2000 he was in the movie Bait and Breakin' The Rules which weren't good. Then came along Collateral and he was sensational (though Tom Cruise was way better). And then some time later came Stealth and Miami Vice which were okay but not that good. Then came along The Kingdom, The Soloist and Law Abiding Citizen which were consistently good. Overall, not guilty.
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7:39AM on 01/05/2015

Not Guilty

the guy has just too good of a resume to be put in the guilty and even in the not guilty stuff he is in, he is the best part of it or at least a strong aspect. Glad to see Miami Vice in the Defense as it is a personal favorite of mine and seems that people have warmed up to it in recent years. Love it!!! This guy is just too cool for movie jail.
the guy has just too good of a resume to be put in the guilty and even in the not guilty stuff he is in, he is the best part of it or at least a strong aspect. Glad to see Miami Vice in the Defense as it is a personal favorite of mine and seems that people have warmed up to it in recent years. Love it!!! This guy is just too cool for movie jail.
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7:37AM on 01/05/2015

Not Guilty

" any given sunday " is my favorite movie ever so.... for me he will always be Willie Beamen
GO MIAMI SHARKS !!!!!!!!
by the way, the has a pretty impresive resume !
" any given sunday " is my favorite movie ever so.... for me he will always be Willie Beamen
GO MIAMI SHARKS !!!!!!!!
by the way, the has a pretty impresive resume !
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7:44AM on 01/05/2015
That last game's last quarter always give me breathless every time I watch it.
That last game's last quarter always give me breathless every time I watch it.
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