The Internet collectively gasped yesterday when silver screen sexpot Megan Fox was not invited back to the Transformers movie franchise. True, Fox had bad-mouthed the plot (as it was) and safety standards of the last two movies, as well as director Michael Bay, but Bay seemed to be okay with her controversial interview style, and to actually be looking forward to making her sweat it out in a leather catsuit one more time. But then, suddenly, she was out, and the search for her replacement was underway. Of course, now Fox is saying that she left the production of her own free will, that she in fact chose not to come back, and while that would be a dubious career move for her, we're going to assume she's telling the truth, especially since she immediately followed it up with several more clarifications that ring true. Here's some additional knowledge Fox dropped on us.
In Hollywood, apparently all you need to establish "nerdy" is a pair of glasses, limp hair and some frumpy clothing. Unfortunately, while unusual-looking leading men are plentiful in Hollywood, unusual-looking leading women must be in short supply, because the movies have a tendency to "nerd up" gorgeous young starlets and try to convince us that they are friendless outcasts. In Jennifer's Body, Amanda Seyfried dons the glasses to play the nerdy, less-popular friend of Megan Fox, despite being every bit as pretty -- as if her friend wouldn't give her any fashion tips! Ellen Page will similarly nerd up for Whip It next month, and the pair have gotten us thinking about the other adorable women of Hollywood who have worn the glasses, the lab coats and the sweats of the nerd. Keep in mind that this list doesn't include the generally frumped-up (Cameron Diaz in Being John Malkovich), the nerdy-in-flashback (Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed) and the supermodel scientists that aren't even trying (any female mathematician or computer tech in a James Bond movie).
What kind of movies get released in the waning days of the year? When shoppers are spending gift cards and Christmas money and making exchanges left and right? 1. Your flash-in-the-pan, window-is-closing movies. 2. Your "heard good things but never saw it" movies. 3. And, of course, your "no one is going to buy this" movies.
Whew! Finally, the summer is almost over, which means we don't have to look at any more pictures of Transformers 2 star Megan Fox and can move on to... What? She has another movie coming out? In which she stars as an evil high school student who likes having sex wiht boys but is actually a demon? Great. Now we can look forward to another month of photographs of her wearing red-carpet fashions and biting her tongue to make herself look either more or less attractive (we're not exactly sure which she's going for with that). Plus, more Diablo Cody talk-show appearances, to boot. Vloggers Omar and Pablo G. dissect the Jennifer's Body redband trailer -- and the Fox phenomenon herself -- in the latest installment of "Trailers Without Pity." Watch it below, or click here!
Well, it's been a while since I talked about the Witchblade movie, so I thought I'd jump back in with a crazy Witchblade sandwich. No, not the kind with Witchblade in the middle (although those are tasty), but the kind with Witchblade as one piece of bread and her aquatic, equally scantily-clad comic-book counterpart Fathom as the other piece of bread. In the middle? Megan Fox. Now, that sounds like a delicious sandwich. Anyway, Megan Fox has been linked to both roles in two months, and I just thought I'd let you know so all of the Megan Fox fans can start picturing her in skimpy outfits. ...Because I highly doubt anyone was doing that already.
You know what's surprising? A great cast, a pair of lunatic screenwriters and a badass premise can still make a terrible, unbelievably half-assed movie. I know! It's never happened before in the history of film! And yet, it somehow happened with Jonah Hex, a movie so bad I'm actually having difficulty coming up with a comparable example of its flagrant awfulness.
I must be a glutton for punishment. Despite not liking the first Transformers movie (although I like this one), I am desperate for new information about the sequel. Maybe it's because I used to work in the toy industry, or maybe it's because I subconsciously liked it on some level. No, that second one is too horrible to contemplate. Let's say it's entirely professional curiosity. It will help me sleep at night.
Jennifer's Body, Diablo Cody's latest outing as a screenwriter, is a film of contradictions. I don't mean that in a negative way, but Jennifer's Body is a film that gives credit to teenagers while simultaneously making them look like morons. I'm starting to realize the beautiful nature of Cody's schtick. The dialogue she writes for teen characters overflows with the lukewarm tears of juvenile wisdom. I remember thinking that I knew everything when I was in high school, and Cody's characters portray the false sense of maturity that seems to go along with the pangs of adolescence.