June 22nd, 2010

RockyHorror

She Thinks She's The Female Ryan Reynolds

This weekend, the Jonah Hex movie opened.  People like me weren't expecting much.  Iron Man was a hit and went from a second string Marvel character to one of its best known, but that was thanks to potential that Favs was smart enough to exploit.  Jonah Hex is obscure.  The ratings it was pulling down point to one horrible, horrible movie.  So horrible, I'm thinking of taking it in as a double bill with Marmaduke this weekend.

So, the tally comes in.  Jonah Hex made $5.1 mil opening weekend.  It's a bomb.  And the spinning has started as to whose fault this is.  And, although I understand she wasn't in the movie all that much, most of it is landing on the malnourished shoulders of Megan Fox.  I'm starting to think her being pushed from the Transformers movie franchise might not have been her behavior.  Fox has yet to anchor a single movie herself.  The highest profile release, Jennifer's Body (oy, that was wretched), was an unmitigated failure.  Now, this.  Here comes that label, ready to attach itself like a lamprey to her.

Box office poison.

Fox is a comic book nut.  She wanted to be a penciler before her acting took off (I stand corrected, she did not option Fathom.  The folks at Aspen are quite chummy with her from her portfolio days and she is their #1 choice).  And she apparently still thinks people want to see her 18 inch waist and slightly more expressive that a Madam Toussand's display acting chops in another comic book movie.  She told Faux News in an interview that, if they ever make a Gen13 movie, she wants to play Rainmaker.  That sound you hear is Jim Lee calling Wildstorm and giving them VERY specific notes.

Faux News made sure to imply Fox is a lesbian.  Remember, folks, homosexuality is not a choice, IT'S A MARKETING GIMMICK!!!!

Usually, I have sympathy for actresses.  Their careers in Hollywood are relatively short.  For every exception like Sandra Bullock who starts late and keeps going, there are hundreds that get hot in their early twenties and become overlooked for the next young hot Maxim cover model.  But I can't work up much sympathy for Fox.  When Transformers fell in her lap, she could have leveraged that into something bigger.  Instead, she is wasting the opportunity, and her time looks to be almost up.

I'd feel bad if she didn't spend so much time whining about she's too beautiful to be taken seriously as an actress (here, have a seat next to Jessica Biel).  Maybe instead of looking for comic book movies that no one will call her for, she should refocus.  Elizabeth Berkley has worked steady as an actress after the disaster of Showgirls.  There are places still willing to hire Lindsay Lohan.  Fox could make a run for it, but she has to put some real effort into it.
Peter G

Bookworming

I stole this meme from  ktpinto 

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1).

"Although the word 'shaman' is derived from the Tungus language of Siberian Russia, the practice of shamanism extends far across the globe.  Separate disciplines can be classified as Turkic, Mongolian, Manchu-Tunguz, Korean, Japanese, Finno-Ugrian, American-Indian, Celtic and African, all of which are modeled on the same basic principals.

"Now perceived as something of a witchdoctor, the shaman enjoyed a role in ancient society as a healer and counsellor, and was in many ways a kind of primitive psychotherapist.  People would consult the shaman to be healed of their phyisical, mental, or emotional ailments, or to discover secrets from the future or the past.  The shaman was able to perform these roles by acting as a psychic bridge between this world and the next."

From Greatest Mysteries Of The Unexplained by Lucy Doncaster and Andrew Holland.  Looking for inspiration for new stories.  And I've always found this stuff interesting anyway.