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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...Kate Bosworth!

03.02.2015

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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

Kate Bosworth

The Case

The Prosecution: Movie 43, And While We Were Here, Big Sur, Life Happens, Straw Dogs, The Warrior's Way, 21, Superman Returns, Bee Season

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, after making a splash (heh) in Hollywood with Blue Crush, Kate Bosworth has appeared in several poorly-received films, and in the prosecution's opinion she hasn't shown she has grown as an actress.

Miss Bosworth has had strong turns in movies like Beyond the Sea and (most recently) Still Alice, but she hasn't really done anything to wow the prosecution. It doesn't help that the actress has appeared in many low profile and negatively reviewed films as of late, such as And While We Were Here and Big Sur.

So when did things start to go wrong for Miss Bosworth? The prosecution feels that her Superman Returns role exposed some of her weaknesses as an actress, although some might say she was miscast as Lois Lane. But since appearing in the comic book movie, Miss Bosworth has only had two fresh rated films, and it's obvious her star isn't shining as bright as it used to. While her performance in the Bryan Singer movie wasn't terrible, it certainly is proof that Miss Bosworth just isn't a great actress.

Miss Bosworth isn't the worst actress in the world though, and the prosecution isn't trying to lock her up for life, however we do believe she needs to spend some time in the slammer for appearing in a few too many unimpressive and mediocre movies.

Straw Dogs Kate Bosworth

The Defense: Still Alice, Homefront, Black Rock, Little Birds, Another Happy Day, The Girl in the Park, Wonderland, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, Beyond the Sea, Blue Crush

Ladies and gentlemen, maybe my client is a slightly bland actress who doesn't always appear in the best films, but we don't believe she deserves to go to Movie Jail.

The prosecution claims my client has had a rough go in recent years with the actress mostly starring in smaller films, but Miss Bosworth was actually quite good in many of them. She was great in both Little Birds and Black Rock, even though critics weren't that high on either movie. Homefront wasn't a memorable movie, however she did a very solid job playing a white trash tweaker. The defense also thought Miss Bosworth was fantastic in the 2007 psychological drama The Girl in the Park and in 2011's Another Happy Day.

Miss Bosworth should get some credit for not being just another rom-com actress and for appearing in some dark projects. Have they all worked? No, but at least she hasn't been starring in paycheck films or shitty Nicholas Sparks adaptations. We shouldn't put Miss Bosworth in prison just because she hasn't been in any "big" movies these past few years, and the defense is pretty confident that the jury will agree.

Still Alice Kate Bosworth

IN CLOSING...

Have you enjoyed Miss Bosworth's recent work, or do you think she belongs in an orange jump suit? Do you think we should give the actress a break, or toss her in prison like her Win a Date with Tad Hamilton co-star Josh Duhamel? Is Kate Bosworth 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?

Blue Crush Kate Bosworth

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly was found NOT GUILTY of all charges in last week's trial, and the jury was very disgruntled to see the actress up for Movie Jail. As one jury member put it, "Putting her on trial is like accusing Gandhi of terrorism." While Miss Connelly doesn't have any upcoming films in the works, hopefully she decides to pass on projects similar to her recent failures like The Dilemma and Winter's Tale.

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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, Johnny Depp, Kevin Smith & Chris Rock

Extra Tidbit: Who should stand trial next week? Share your suggestions for actors, directors and writers below with your verdict!
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5:53AM on 03/03/2015

Not Guilty!

She was horribly miscast in Superman Returns. But over the last year I saw her in 3 movies, Black Rock, Homefront adn Still Alice. She was very different in all three and pretty good in all of them(I'd even argue she's the standout in Homefront) so I see no reason for her to be locked up in movie jail whatsoever at all.
She was horribly miscast in Superman Returns. But over the last year I saw her in 3 movies, Black Rock, Homefront adn Still Alice. She was very different in all three and pretty good in all of them(I'd even argue she's the standout in Homefront) so I see no reason for her to be locked up in movie jail whatsoever at all.
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12:04AM on 03/03/2015

Guilty

She's cute in a bikini, but yeah she deserves some jail time.
She's cute in a bikini, but yeah she deserves some jail time.
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11:46PM on 03/02/2015

Guilty

never cared for her as an actress & how the hell can you butcher a role like Lois Lane?
never cared for her as an actress & how the hell can you butcher a role like Lois Lane?
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9:50PM on 03/02/2015

She has Nicole Kidman syndrome

Whatever it is that she did to her face has affected her performances in a negative way. Bland is putting it nicely.
Whatever it is that she did to her face has affected her performances in a negative way. Bland is putting it nicely.
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6:36PM on 03/02/2015

Guilty

She is persona non grata
She is persona non grata
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5:43PM on 03/02/2015
I honestly don't care. The last memorable role I saw her in was Superman Returns, which was, what, nine years ago? Granted, she made a less-than-ideal Lois Lane, but whatever. I think she can be a good actress, not great, but good. Or passable. Or...honestly, I'm a little tipsy, and aside from Beyond the Sea and Superman Returns I don't think I've seen her in anything. She's been in movies, though, I know it. And I've heard good things about some of them. Vote your conscience, that's all. I
I honestly don't care. The last memorable role I saw her in was Superman Returns, which was, what, nine years ago? Granted, she made a less-than-ideal Lois Lane, but whatever. I think she can be a good actress, not great, but good. Or passable. Or...honestly, I'm a little tipsy, and aside from Beyond the Sea and Superman Returns I don't think I've seen her in anything. She's been in movies, though, I know it. And I've heard good things about some of them. Vote your conscience, that's all. I don't have enough evidence to vote mine.
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4:27PM on 03/02/2015
I have to admit something here... I watched the movie Blue Crush, on the flight to Hawaii (Since i'm from the Netherlands, is kinda a big adventure being other end of the world), and i liked it... might have been the mood i was in after already been flying for 14 hours and two layovers. But i liked it, i even have it on DVD... everybody needs a guilty pleasure, i guess...
I have to admit something here... I watched the movie Blue Crush, on the flight to Hawaii (Since i'm from the Netherlands, is kinda a big adventure being other end of the world), and i liked it... might have been the mood i was in after already been flying for 14 hours and two layovers. But i liked it, i even have it on DVD... everybody needs a guilty pleasure, i guess...
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3:20PM on 03/02/2015
Absolutely guilty.
Absolutely guilty.
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2:29PM on 03/02/2015

Guilty

She ruined Superman Returns. Yes, her and her alone.
She ruined Superman Returns. Yes, her and her alone.
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11:29AM on 03/02/2015

Guilty

Couldn't be more of a bland actress.
Couldn't be more of a bland actress.
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12:42PM on 03/02/2015
I second this!
I second this!
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11:00AM on 03/02/2015

It pains me to say.....

But yeah, she's guilty. I always found her crazy-slutty hot (I thought Straw Dogs was going to be 100 times better because she was the star), but I can't think of anything she's done I thought she was good in. I just watched because something about her is so freaking hot.
But yeah, she's guilty. I always found her crazy-slutty hot (I thought Straw Dogs was going to be 100 times better because she was the star), but I can't think of anything she's done I thought she was good in. I just watched because something about her is so freaking hot.
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10:42AM on 03/02/2015
Guilty as charged. She hasn't been in any good movie in ages and her acting skill isn't getting any better either.
Guilty as charged. She hasn't been in any good movie in ages and her acting skill isn't getting any better either.
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10:30AM on 03/02/2015

GUILTY

finally someone who is worthy of going to movie jail...
finally someone who is worthy of going to movie jail...
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10:22AM on 03/02/2015

Pass.

I've only seen 5 of her movies. She was fine in 21. She was great in TAD HAMILTON and GIRL IN THE PARK. I did like her in SUPERMAN RETURNS... and I'm not just comparing her to Margot Kidder's awful performance. She was unmemorable in MOVIE 43.

Next week: Kelsey Grammer. I thought of Olivia Wilde, but it's too soon for her, right?
I've only seen 5 of her movies. She was fine in 21. She was great in TAD HAMILTON and GIRL IN THE PARK. I did like her in SUPERMAN RETURNS... and I'm not just comparing her to Margot Kidder's awful performance. She was unmemorable in MOVIE 43.

Next week: Kelsey Grammer. I thought of Olivia Wilde, but it's too soon for her, right?
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9:27AM on 03/02/2015
I thought she had been placed in Movie Jail years ago. So Guilty. I'm surprised she even has anything on the Defense.

At this point who can we even place on trial that isn't unanimously guilty or not guilty? There isn't a great discussion anymore.
I thought she had been placed in Movie Jail years ago. So Guilty. I'm surprised she even has anything on the Defense.

At this point who can we even place on trial that isn't unanimously guilty or not guilty? There isn't a great discussion anymore.
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8:56AM on 03/02/2015

Gulty

ok, she's cute (like many actresses) but she has no charisma, in every movie, I can see through her....

BLUE CRUSH in the defense ??????? LOL
ok, she's cute (like many actresses) but she has no charisma, in every movie, I can see through her....

BLUE CRUSH in the defense ??????? LOL
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8:22AM on 03/02/2015

Guilty

Thank you for doing Kate Bosworth. I don't hate her. She is not insufferable on-screen. However, she does irritate me.

On one hand, Bosworth was memorable and good in her early career. She showed great promise in The Horse Whisperer (1998). Remember the Titans was a role that she could actually handle. Also, Bosworth is the rare actress who can handle physically-demanding roles. Blue Crush and Superman Returns exemplify this merit.

However, Kate Bosworth still richly deserves Movie Jail
Thank you for doing Kate Bosworth. I don't hate her. She is not insufferable on-screen. However, she does irritate me.

On one hand, Bosworth was memorable and good in her early career. She showed great promise in The Horse Whisperer (1998). Remember the Titans was a role that she could actually handle. Also, Bosworth is the rare actress who can handle physically-demanding roles. Blue Crush and Superman Returns exemplify this merit.

However, Kate Bosworth still richly deserves Movie Jail for several films. First, she has been in many, many films that I have not bothered to see. So possibly, her choice in projects is lame. Second, she fucked-up the Straw Dogs remake. Straw Dogs is supposed to be a raw, dangerous story. Bosworth wanted everything sanitized, and the film suffered for it. She was no Susan George. Third, she did not understand her character Lois Lane in Superman Returns. Lois Lane is supposed to be kind of a tomboy. Bosworth played her as tarted-up. That was as lame as her Amy portrayal in Straw Dogs. Fourth, she was in The Rules of Attraction and Wonderland. I have seen those movies. But, I don't remember her in either. That is how well she distinguished herself. Finally, she was in Movie 43--playing a prude. Granted, the skit does not work if no one disapproves of the controversial iBabe. However, Bosworth played once again a character sucking all of the air out of the room.
Once again, she was lame and a buzzkill.
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11:05AM on 03/02/2015
Thank you! The thing that made Straw Dogs so amazing and controversial in the first place is that you are never quite sure if Susan George is just teasing, or if she really wants to be "manhandled" by her old boyfriend (which leads to worse for her). It's a story you can't tell anymore because it almost made it seem to be her fault for what happened (and that's entirely too controversial for today's PC environment). And what's with her not showing ANY nudity for the role? Really? Just
Thank you! The thing that made Straw Dogs so amazing and controversial in the first place is that you are never quite sure if Susan George is just teasing, or if she really wants to be "manhandled" by her old boyfriend (which leads to worse for her). It's a story you can't tell anymore because it almost made it seem to be her fault for what happened (and that's entirely too controversial for today's PC environment). And what's with her not showing ANY nudity for the role? Really? Just destroyed what should have been a cool film.
8:01AM on 03/02/2015

Guilty...

Despite sharing a last name, I think her acting is pretty bad.
Despite sharing a last name, I think her acting is pretty bad.
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7:20AM on 03/02/2015
Can Movie Jail go to Movie Jail? I like the column but the prosecution is running out of worthy options every week. A few months in Movie Jail might let Movie Jail come up with a few good columns worth debating.
Can Movie Jail go to Movie Jail? I like the column but the prosecution is running out of worthy options every week. A few months in Movie Jail might let Movie Jail come up with a few good columns worth debating.
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8:37AM on 03/02/2015
Good god, I would vote guilty in a heartbeat.
Good god, I would vote guilty in a heartbeat.
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