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04.27.2015

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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

Megan Fox

The Case

The Prosecution: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Passion Play, Jonah Hex, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, due to her exotic looks and multiple tattoos, some have called Megan Fox "the next Angelina Jolie." However, there's one big difference between the two actresses: Miss Jolie has proved she can actually act.

Really, what can the prosecution say about Miss Fox that hasn't already been said? She clearly has a limited range as an actress, and has starred in more than a few critically panned films. Passion Play and Jonah Hex were savaged by critics, and like most of her non-franchise movies, both bombed hard at the box office.

Miss Fox hasn't appeared in that many recent high-profile films, and while at least part of that had to do with her pregnancies, her comments about Michael Bay certainly didn't help things either. She was cast in the Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but comparing her Transformers director (and the one who gave the actress her big break) to Hitler probably wasn't a good idea. While we're on the subject of TMNT, many consider her to be the worst part of the movie, and she won a Razzie for her performance.

Even with her lack of film credits as of late, many are just plain sick of the actress, and in the prosecution's opinion, Miss Fox absolutely needs to go to Movie Jail.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Megan Fox

The Defense: Friends with Kids, This is 40, Jennifer's Body, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Transformers

Ladies and gentlemen, obviously the prosecution has the easier job this week. Miss Fox is more known for her beauty than for her talents as an actress, but the defense still doesn't think she belongs in Movie Jail.

First off, those Angelina Jolie comparisons are completely unfair, and in the defense's opinion, the only reason they exist is because the media likes describing young thespians as "the next whoever." Furthermore, labels like that usually end up having a negative impact on how we view an actor or actress.

But Miss Fox stands before you today because of her movies and acting, so let's get to that. It's true that Miss Fox isn't a particular strong actress, but was anyone really expecting a deep performance from my client in either of her Transformers movies? How about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? One could argue that she hasn't landed a "serious role" because she's a weak actress, however the defense believes it's because she's not trying to be the next Streep or Blanchett. Miss Fox should just stick to looking fine and comedies; the defense thought she was actually quite good in both This is 40 and Jennifer's Body.

Miss Fox's looks may be her greatest asset as an actress, but doesn't mean we need to lock my client up and throw away the key. She's also only 28, and the defense believes we need to see a little bit more from the actress before tossing her in prison.

This is 40 Megan Fox

IN CLOSING...

What should the court do with the much-maligned actress? Do you think Miss Fox has been unfairly criticized for her performances, or does she belong in Movie Jail with her Transformers director? Is Megan Fox 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?

Jennifer's Body Megan Fox

LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

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Brendan Fraser was found NOT GUILTY of all charges in last week's trial, but since the vote was so close, the court has decided to put the actor on probation. As part of his punishment, Mr. Fraser must also serve at least 200 hours of community service by cleaning varies movie theaters around Hollywood, while wearing that ridiculous pink jumpsuit from Furry Vengeance.

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, Melissa McCarthy, The Wachowski Siblings, Kate Bosworth, Garry Marshall, David Goyer

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, Jamie Foxx, Luc Besson, Jason Reitman, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Connelly, Sienna Miller, Ben Barnes, Simon West, Len Wiseman, Brendan Fraser

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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2:13PM on 04/28/2015
Guilty, can't stand this no talent bitch!
Guilty, can't stand this no talent bitch!
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9:48AM on 04/28/2015
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11:08PM on 04/27/2015

Guilty

For a brunette, she's not very bright
For a brunette, she's not very bright
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11:06PM on 04/27/2015

Guilty

Not much to her outside of her looks
Not much to her outside of her looks
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10:57PM on 04/27/2015

Not Guilty

At her age and talent, she's proven that she can poke fun at herself, and that's a good quality. If she continues to take character roles, she's only going to become a stronger actress for it. As I read below, it's not like she's taking parts from anyone else. She should continue to do highbrow comedies. At only 28, I'm curious to how much she can grow.
At her age and talent, she's proven that she can poke fun at herself, and that's a good quality. If she continues to take character roles, she's only going to become a stronger actress for it. As I read below, it's not like she's taking parts from anyone else. She should continue to do highbrow comedies. At only 28, I'm curious to how much she can grow.
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10:53PM on 04/27/2015

NOT GUILTY

This is stupid. Angie hasn't proven she can act. She had like one passable performance and it's been all way downhill from there. At least Fox can pull off lighter roles and maybe she could be decent in those Angie roles or at least not completely suck.
This is stupid. Angie hasn't proven she can act. She had like one passable performance and it's been all way downhill from there. At least Fox can pull off lighter roles and maybe she could be decent in those Angie roles or at least not completely suck.
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10:11PM on 04/27/2015
Not guilty. She's eye candy and a very delicious eye candy at that. It's not like she's blocking talented actresses from getting some amazing roles either, she's cast in mostly shitty movies to look hot. Which she does. I'll forgive a lot for a good look at those tits.
Not guilty. She's eye candy and a very delicious eye candy at that. It's not like she's blocking talented actresses from getting some amazing roles either, she's cast in mostly shitty movies to look hot. Which she does. I'll forgive a lot for a good look at those tits.
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8:06PM on 04/27/2015

Guilty!

Eyecandy....aaaaand the fifteen minutes are up on her clock.
Eyecandy....aaaaand the fifteen minutes are up on her clock.
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7:21PM on 04/27/2015
Throw her Movie Jail. This actress doesn't seem to take her career serioiusly..instead of moving on to better things, she does lackluster performances..I don't see her getting better...lock her up for a few years
Throw her Movie Jail. This actress doesn't seem to take her career serioiusly..instead of moving on to better things, she does lackluster performances..I don't see her getting better...lock her up for a few years
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6:13PM on 04/27/2015

Guilty

I didin't feel that strongly about Megan one way or the other. She'd made a series of public comments that alienated a lot of people, but that I was secretly applauding her for. Especially her denouncement of Michael Bay. Was it childish? Yeah, probably. But it couldn't happen to a nicer guy than Bay. And then she kind of vanished into bit parts at the pretty girl in comedies. Not the MAIN pretty girl, but the one the main woman wishes she was. That was okay, too.

Then she went back to work
I didin't feel that strongly about Megan one way or the other. She'd made a series of public comments that alienated a lot of people, but that I was secretly applauding her for. Especially her denouncement of Michael Bay. Was it childish? Yeah, probably. But it couldn't happen to a nicer guy than Bay. And then she kind of vanished into bit parts at the pretty girl in comedies. Not the MAIN pretty girl, but the one the main woman wishes she was. That was okay, too.

Then she went back to work for Michael Bay. Maybe if it was something other than TMNT I would be okay with it (and to be fair, she wasn't my first concern with that movie by a long shot).

I don't hate Fox like some people seem to. But I don't think she has anything to offer beyond looks. Back when Transformers came out I might've felt differently, but now she's just blah.
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5:20PM on 04/27/2015

Not Guilty

I don't mind Megan at all. She's obviously hot but I thought she killed it in Jennifers Body. Also her as April was one of the worst performance of the year? Come on Vits.
I don't mind Megan at all. She's obviously hot but I thought she killed it in Jennifers Body. Also her as April was one of the worst performance of the year? Come on Vits.
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7:37PM on 04/27/2015
What? It's not just me. She won the Razzie, which was voted by hundreds of people.
What? It's not just me. She won the Razzie, which was voted by hundreds of people.
5:13PM on 04/27/2015

Her five minutes are up, next please.

She has coasted on her looks long enough and that is the ONLY reason anybody knows who she is. She certainly isn't know for her acting prowess.
She has coasted on her looks long enough and that is the ONLY reason anybody knows who she is. She certainly isn't know for her acting prowess.
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4:43PM on 04/27/2015

Lock her up & throw away the key!

So young but already stiff faced from plastic surgery, awful actress, natural beauty ruined by trying and failing to look more like Jolie... I can't stand this bimbo.
So young but already stiff faced from plastic surgery, awful actress, natural beauty ruined by trying and failing to look more like Jolie... I can't stand this bimbo.
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3:41AM on 04/28/2015
This sums it up pretty good!
This sums it up pretty good!
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4:32PM on 04/27/2015
Throw her into jail...then make a movie or a tv series about it, with her showing a lot of tits and ass. Everyone will be happy! ;)
Throw her into jail...then make a movie or a tv series about it, with her showing a lot of tits and ass. Everyone will be happy! ;)
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12:53PM on 04/27/2015

Guilty

If she isn't going to Movie Jail, I don't know what this is for.
If she isn't going to Movie Jail, I don't know what this is for.
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12:52PM on 04/27/2015
Not guilty. She needs better roles, better directors. I don't think we've seen the best of her.
Not guilty. She needs better roles, better directors. I don't think we've seen the best of her.
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12:46PM on 04/27/2015

No one could be more Guiltier

She's a horrible actress. Guilty as hell. All of you who say not guilty are thinking with your dicks.
She's a horrible actress. Guilty as hell. All of you who say not guilty are thinking with your dicks.
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8:07PM on 04/27/2015
Wow! You hit it right on the head and you're getting down voted?!?
Wow! You hit it right on the head and you're getting down voted?!?
12:40PM on 04/27/2015

Not guilty

She's alright and not annoying.
She's alright and not annoying.
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11:58AM on 04/27/2015

Not Guilty

While I do agree that she seems to have limited range, I don't think holding her performances in any Bay production is fair- as he managed to even make great actors like Stanley Tucci and John Turturro look awful and silly. And for my money, she is actually one of the better parts of TMNT, as I found the writing for Shredder and the Turtles to be grating- and everything with Splinter, his design, voice acting, just everything was horrendous and ruins the movie for me all by himself.

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While I do agree that she seems to have limited range, I don't think holding her performances in any Bay production is fair- as he managed to even make great actors like Stanley Tucci and John Turturro look awful and silly. And for my money, she is actually one of the better parts of TMNT, as I found the writing for Shredder and the Turtles to be grating- and everything with Splinter, his design, voice acting, just everything was horrendous and ruins the movie for me all by himself.

Passion Play is a terrible mess of a movie, that doesn't work, but I found Fox to be good in the part, playing it in an otherworldly way, as the role would demand. Yes, she lacks chemistry with Mickey Rourke, but that is more the fault of casting and the director, than her abilities. As for Jonah Hex, it made Josh Brolin look bad. so unless we are disturbing equal blame across the board, again, bad writing and directing.

And she was excellent in This Is 40 (she's one of the only good things in that train wreck) and proved she had good comedic chops in How To Lose Friends And Alienate People. And she and Amanda Seyfried rock the house in the underrated Jennifer's Body.

Should be choosier with her scripts? Yeah, probably. Is she ever the worst part in her films? Absolutely not, so not guilty.
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11:39AM on 04/27/2015

Not Guilty. Despite the crazy bias.

She is a hot actress, and the opinions I've heard about her seem more catty and strangely resentful than informed about her work. Film wise, she is pretty safe, people expecting Oscar quality acting out of her are delusional.
She is a hot actress, and the opinions I've heard about her seem more catty and strangely resentful than informed about her work. Film wise, she is pretty safe, people expecting Oscar quality acting out of her are delusional.
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10:53AM on 04/27/2015

Good Looks, Bad Actress

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Guilty
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10:48AM on 04/27/2015

Not Guilty

Is she a lousy actress? Yes. but you have to be honest with yourself - does anyone really think she has ever been cast for her acting ability? Not once. She has been cast to add sex appeal to a film, nothing more. And she has delivered that as required. And while I'm still annoyed she was cast as April O-Neill, it's really the casting director, producers and director we should blame for that misfire - not Megan Fox who accepted the role offered her. Can you blame her for that? So while
Is she a lousy actress? Yes. but you have to be honest with yourself - does anyone really think she has ever been cast for her acting ability? Not once. She has been cast to add sex appeal to a film, nothing more. And she has delivered that as required. And while I'm still annoyed she was cast as April O-Neill, it's really the casting director, producers and director we should blame for that misfire - not Megan Fox who accepted the role offered her. Can you blame her for that? So while I'd love to strike her down for being a terrible actress - she's never been hired for her acting "talents" and has served in the capacity she was hired for.

Should she make a serious attempt at acting? I don't know if she is even remotely capable of that. But until she does, I say let her continue to provide what little entertainment she does. The truth is - if you're going to see a film where they cast Megan Fox - you have already been warned repeatedly not to expect great acting - you know what you've purchased, and we can hardly blame her for your elevated expectations of this glorified cheerleader. In short - you know better than to get your hopes up guys. The studio doesn't hire Megan Fox to elevate the acting quotient of the film....
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10:48AM on 04/27/2015

Not guilty

Nobody looks good in Michael Bay movies and other good, better actors looked bad in Jonah Hex as well.

The truth is, many actors of limited range ended up on the Not Guilty list so it can't be the only factor for guilt. Look how many bad comedies an actress like Salma Hayek has been and you have to respect her for finding good ones. She's not the biggest name anymore but she's probably smart enough to have a better career than the more popular Jessica Alba.
Nobody looks good in Michael Bay movies and other good, better actors looked bad in Jonah Hex as well.

The truth is, many actors of limited range ended up on the Not Guilty list so it can't be the only factor for guilt. Look how many bad comedies an actress like Salma Hayek has been and you have to respect her for finding good ones. She's not the biggest name anymore but she's probably smart enough to have a better career than the more popular Jessica Alba.
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9:40AM on 04/27/2015

Career average: 4.8/10.

I defended her in TRANSFORMERS 1 & 2, JENNIFER'S BODY and PASSION PLAY because I felt she showed potential in those... but then she ruined it with JONAH HEX (not the worst performance in that movie, but still bad) and NINJA TURTLES (one of the worst performances of 2014). You said that she's young and we still need to see more of her. I disagree because: A) She's 28, not a teenager. B) She's appeared in a number of genres as well as both blockbusters and indies. C) Her acting skills seem to get
I defended her in TRANSFORMERS 1 & 2, JENNIFER'S BODY and PASSION PLAY because I felt she showed potential in those... but then she ruined it with JONAH HEX (not the worst performance in that movie, but still bad) and NINJA TURTLES (one of the worst performances of 2014). You said that she's young and we still need to see more of her. I disagree because: A) She's 28, not a teenager. B) She's appeared in a number of genres as well as both blockbusters and indies. C) Her acting skills seem to get worse with each movie.

I can't really judge her in HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS and FRIENDS WITH KIDS because she didn't really do anything in them. Actually, aside from being fondled by Leslie Mann, I don't remember what her role in THIS IS 40 was. She's Guilty.

Next week: Akiva Goldsman or Kelsey Grammer.
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9:03AM on 04/27/2015
I want to bang her so hard her thumbs grow out.
I want to bang her so hard her thumbs grow out.
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8:28AM on 04/27/2015
Acting - Guilty
Body - Not guilty

Pick whichever you want.
Acting - Guilty
Body - Not guilty

Pick whichever you want.
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7:49AM on 04/27/2015

Not Guilty

Her acting doesn't irritate me, even though she has little range.
Her acting doesn't irritate me, even though she has little range.
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7:45AM on 04/27/2015

Guilty

For sure.
For sure.
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7:35AM on 04/27/2015
Not guilty for me. I'd defend her TMNT movie as April because she was surprisingly enjoyable throughout the movie. I guess Will Arnett helped out a bit as fun Vernon. But aside from typecasting as a hot girl, I'm glad to see her branch out in various roles like Jennifer's Body or This is 40. All in all, not guilty for me. Extra tidbit: Steven Seagal - his movie as of late aren't that good at all.
Not guilty for me. I'd defend her TMNT movie as April because she was surprisingly enjoyable throughout the movie. I guess Will Arnett helped out a bit as fun Vernon. But aside from typecasting as a hot girl, I'm glad to see her branch out in various roles like Jennifer's Body or This is 40. All in all, not guilty for me. Extra tidbit: Steven Seagal - his movie as of late aren't that good at all.
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7:30AM on 04/27/2015

Not guilty

She is just a pretty face who is extremely average at her job. She doesn't bother me though.
She is just a pretty face who is extremely average at her job. She doesn't bother me though.
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7:25AM on 04/27/2015

they cast her ass...

... so not guilty for me, cause she has a great ass !!!!
... so not guilty for me, cause she has a great ass !!!!
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7:04AM on 04/27/2015
Not Guilty.
Not Guilty.
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7:04AM on 04/27/2015

Guilty!

For acting with an half open mouth.
For acting with an half open mouth.
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6:57AM on 04/27/2015

Not guilty

Fox hurt her career when she compared Michael Bay to Hitler. Apparently Steven Spielberg was more offended than Bay who took it in stride.
Fox hurt her career when she compared Michael Bay to Hitler. Apparently Steven Spielberg was more offended than Bay who took it in stride.
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