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Critic’s Notebook: Megan Fox Smoothly Steps In for Zooey Deschanel on ‘New Girl’

When New Girl premiered, every promo was “adorkable” this and “Zooey Deschanel” that, and the main character’s new roommates were so interchangeable that parts played by Damon Wayans Jr. and Lamorne Morris were swapped out in the early episodes with only minimal discourse. When the show evolved, as central as Jess often continued to be, her integrality to the storylines became so tenuous that when Deschanel became pregnant, rather than trimming the order to only the episodes its star would be able to film, the writers contrived a few episodes in which Jess was bed-ridden or standing behind things and then stuck her on a lengthy sequestered jury trial.
Such is the state of New Girl that the absence of its title character has had essentially no impact on the series.
It isn’t that the writers have found ways to make Nick, Winston, Schmidt and Cece into the core of the story. Rather, New Girl has continued along the path it began when the Nick-Jess relationship, all that anybody wanted to buzz about in the early-going, went from “will-they/won’t-they” to “they did” to “they really shouldn’t have” between the third and fourth seasons. With nothing ever replacing the Nick-Jess dynamic, New Girl has become a show without a center, which doesn’t detract from the amusement that the adroit goofballs on the fringes provide, but it has turned a once terrific show into an erratic meshing of interchangeable parts, none actually contributing to structural integrity.
The ultimate test or proof of New Girl‘s hollow center comes this week with the arrival of Megan Fox, as a character who isn’t exactly taking over for Jess — but she’s moving into Jess’ vacated bedroom, dealing with the strangeness of suddenly living with a trio of men she’s never met before and generating sparks with Nick, so if you can suss out the dramatic purpose she’s serving that’s different from the one Jess initially served, you’re a wise person.
Jess’ absence began two episodes ago, and the impact has been entirely contrived rather than generic. One week, Nick decided he needed extra money for Schmidt’s bachelor party and began leasing out the room in the loft, and Fred Armisen was around for a half-hour. The next week, Nick’s cousins arrived in need of his sperm, and whether or not they actually crashed in Jess’ room, they filled the seven to nine minutes Jess’ A-story probably would have filled. Winston and Cece, never characters prone to interaction, have been spending a lot of time together, mostly because Cece was a character who only had scenes with Jess and Schmidt and is finally, after four-plus seasons, discovering that she bickers with Nick and can relate to Winnie the Bish as almost a girlfriend. Jess has sometimes been mentioned, but she seems as unmissed as Coach, which makes it feel absurd when the characters pay lip service to Jess’ importance. In one episode, they read a lot of nurturing/sanity-enhancing notes that Jess left for them, even though Jess hasn’t really filled that role in years. In another episode, they go and yell at Jess’ silhouette in the window of whatever hotel she’s holed up in, even though the shadow was presumably played by a stand-in.
Since Jess wasn’t doing anything important when she was featured at the end of last season or this season — her job and her occasional relationships are fungible to the extreme — little has changed other than Winston joining Cece in her wedding dress shopping, a task that once upon a time Jess would have found a way to participate in regardless of isolation. No storylines have been put on hold. Nobody has truly been adrift without Jess. Imagine a first- or second-season episode of New Girl functioning without Deschanel. You can’t. Now it’s a shrug. New Girl can still get laughs from an esoteric pronunciation or cadence from Max Greenfield, a slightly manic Jake Johnson improv or line reading, Morris’ gung-ho enthusiasm with whatever personality oddity Winston has been assigned this week, or Hannah Simone’s underrated reactions to the above, but all of those tics are disconnected from whatever those characters do for work or outside friends or significant others they might have. New Girl is often just talented people yelling at each other in a desperate attempt to find humor.
Fox enters this rarely connected chaos, and the absolutely kindest thing I can say is that she’s been given something resembling a real character, and the show becomes neither better nor worse with her presence. Fox’s Reagan is a pharma girl with a varied romantic past, but even though it’s universally acknowledged that she’s attractive, she doesn’t get a slo-mo, wind machine-aided intro set to an ’80s hair rock anthem, which may be the most restraint ever exhibited on a network sitcom. She’s also given a semi-romantic backstory with Cece — five people will notice it’s the same storyline Mom did last week with Allison Janney and Rosie O’Donnell — but that past isn’t played for prurient titillation, but rather to showcase Schmidt’s insecurity, which may be the second-biggest amount of restraint ever exhibited on a network sitcom. And adding to the restraint, nobody has costumed Reagan like a newly arrived bombshell. Reagan and Fox aren’t being treated like the stunt-casting Jess fill-in that they are, and I guess that’s admirable.
And it shouldn’t be surprising that Fox slides into this world without any difficulty. She cut her teeth in multi-cam on ABC’s Hope & Faith, she wasn’t out of place delivering Diablo Cody’s quippiest dialogue in Jennifer’s Body, and she hit her punch lines in This Is 40. No matter how much money she’s made acting opposite robots, turtles and Shia LaBeouf, Fox’s New Girl purpose isn’t as straight-woman to the regular hijinks, nor to be condescended to as a “good sport” brunt of comedy. When she’s given good dialogue, Fox is funny, and her character has an accurate and reductive perspective on how predictable the flatmates have become that the writers would be wise to heed. She doesn’t have much chemistry with Johnson, but giving Nick new flailing to do also yields some amusement.
Fox isn’t distracting, for good or for ill. The show wouldn’t benefit, obviously, from Fox coming in and throwing off timing or interfering with character dynamics, but once the writers determined she wouldn’t be a speed bump for Schmidt and Cece, the show ceased to have any dynamics that could be harmed. But the show also wouldn’t benefit from Fox coming in and being such a fantastic change of pace that casual fans were rooting for her to replace Deschanel permanently. She’s living in the loft for no good reason, but she’s already said she’s only in town for a month. Nick is flirting with her, but nobody’s likely to feel drawn to this as a relationship. When the Fox arc is completed and Deschanel is ready to return, the show will be intact.
If you’re a big fan of New Girl as it currently stands, this is a best-case scenario. Chances are good that fans who think New Girl was top-notch last season and the start of this season don’t like Deschanel/Jess all that much anyway, and they would rather have a show in which Nick and Schmidt plot different businesses each week and Winston admits to a new phobia or obsession each episode and nothing actually happens.
If you remember the second New Girl season fondly and still watch for the characters but miss caring about what those characters are doing, you know that in order for the show to return to its heights, there have to be stakes greater than an upcoming wedding involving a character whose first name has never been revealed. If your show is called New Girl, the removal of that new girl should matter somehow; the good news for Megan Fox and the bad news for the show is that it doesn’t.
New Girl airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

Megan Fox Gives Birth! Actress Welcomes Baby No. 3 With Brian Austin Green

It’s a full house for Megan Fox!

E! News has exclusively learned that the actress gave birth to a baby boy named Journey River Green on August 4, 2016. The 30-year-old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star and her husband, Brian Austin Green are also parents to 3-year-old son Noah and 2-year-old son Bodhi.

Fox surprised fans with the unsuspected pregnancy news when she arrived to the 2016 Cinema Con donning a form-fitting little black dress, the outline of a growing baby bump on full display.

Less than a year earlier, she had filed for divorce from her husband after five years of marriage. However, as news of the third pregnancy spread, a source told E! News the divorce wasn’t going to happen “anytime soon.”

“Brian and Megan have been working on themselves as individuals and things have gotten better between them as a couple,” the insider told us at the time. “They have been getting along great. They are best friends and know each other very well.”

“They admire each other on how they are as parents and are looking forward to bringing their third child into this world,” the source added.

Source: E Online

What Led to Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green’s Original Split?

When Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green filed for divorce in August, the two were at odds over how to balance family life with work, sources say.

“They had several conflicts that led to the divorce,” a family source tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “Megan worked a lot last year, and she continues to work a lot. When she is away, Brian stays with the kids. Before they filed for divorce, they had disagreements about this situation.”

As the actress, 29, continued to pursue her career, Green, 42, began to feel frustrated at home, the source says, adding that Fox’s shifting goals were a factor in the couple’s separation.

“Megan is a great mom, but also wants to keep her great career,” says the source. “Brian ended up being a stay-at-home dad. He is happy to be with the kids, but also wants another life than just being a dad.”

But with a third baby on the way, the former couple are simply trying to focus on what’s best for their two children, Noah, 3½, and Bodhi, 2.

“There is clearly a lot of love,” adds the source. “And they are great parents.”

While Fox and Green are moving forward with their plans to divorce, at least for now, a source previously told PEOPLE they are living together again.

“Maybe a third baby will bring them closer,” says the family source. “It seems they both think it’s worth trying a bit harder to keep their family together as it is.”

Megan Fox Interview with LA Times

When Megan Fox was 2, she told her mom she was going to be an actress. Not that she wanted to be an actress, but that she was going to be one.

“Sometimes I just know things,” she explains. “I accidentally tap into stuff sometimes. I used to do it as a kid, and I do it as an adult. I crossed over and saw a future string.”

String, as in string theory. Fox is into stuff like that. She’s also spiritual. On her Instagram profile, she describes herself thusly: “Child of the Cherokee Tribe … forest nymph … Lunar Leo mother goddess to 2 bohemian revolutionaries-my kamikaze free spirit & my peaceful warrior.”

As a girl growing up in Tennessee, Fox was raised a Pentecostal Christian, speaking in tongues and falling down on the floor. She’s no longer a member of the church, but her upbringing opened her eyes to the spiritual world.

Fox is here in an otherwise barren conference room to talk about her new film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” which opened on Friday. She’s had bronchitis for two weeks. (“I’ll shake your hand, but you’re just going to get sick,” she warns.) She’s pregnant, though you can barely tell with the flowy lace dress she has on. The actress, 30, is about to have her third child with former “90210” star Brian Austin Green, whom she married when she was 24. Their relationship is complicated: Fox filed for divorce last fall, but now that she’s pregnant with his child, the tabloids say they’re considering getting back together.

In “Ninja Turtles” Fox once again plays broadcaster April O’Neil. The movie is a sequel to 2014’s live-action reboot, which grossed nearly $500 million worldwide. And nine weeks after she gives birth to her third baby, she’ll return to Fox’s sitcom “New Girl,” on which her arc this season as Zooey Deschanel’s deadpan roommate earned her strong critical reviews.

Despite that success, Fox isn’t sure she wants to follow her string theory vision anymore. “I don’t think acting is my ultimate passion,” she says about a week before the “Ninja Turtles” opening. “I have other skill sets and gifts that are much, much stronger that I am obligated to exercise and use. I’m really more intellectually minded. I’ve always been into alternative history, antiquities, archaeology. I’ve always been really consumed by these deep mysteries that exist on our planet that can’t be explained today by science. They eat away at me.”

It all started, she continues, on the set of 2009’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” which was partly filmed in Egypt. She and costar Shia LaBeouf were given a tour of of the Great Pyramid of Giza by the Ministry of Antiquities and someone “high-ranking in that field — I will not say who” told the actors that the pyramid was never actually a tomb.

“They presume they may have been some type of energy plant at some point,” says Fox. “The sarcophagus that is in the Great Pyramid was put there by the government for tourism. And that sparked in me an interest in really exposing this sort of thing, because I realized I have access to things I shouldn’t have access to because of what I do for a living.”

OK, but what does this all mean for Fox, practically speaking? Is she going to become a docent at the Natural Museum of History? Host a History Channel show on which she goes on archaeological digs? “It might be something like that,” she says of the latter suggestion. “If I ended up working for Vice, that would be a dream. I don’t know how that could ever work, but I do have a little bit of a journalistic streak and I’m also reckless enough to do well in that field, I think.”

Reckless. It’s a word that’s been synonymous with Fox since those “Transformers” movies, during which she had a notorious spat with director Michael Bay. She likened him to Hitler, and LaBeouf said the director made her feel like a sex object whose main goal on set was to “just arch [her] back 70 degrees.” Steven Spielberg, a producer on the franchise, reportedly told Bay to fire Fox after her disparaging public remarks, and she was soon replaced by model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Fox maintains she quit.

The director and the actress patched things up after the third “Transformers” film, when Fox e-mailed Bay to apologize for her behavior. “I was, like, Hey, the movie is about to come out and it’s gonna be huge. Congratulations. I just want you to understand that anything I’ve ever said negative about you in the press, at this point in my life, I understand I should have kept that between you and I.”

He accepted her apology, which is what led to her role in the “Turtles” series, which Bay produces. But the fracas taught Fox a lot about controlling her impulses, she says. Back then, she felt like she was “Joan of Arc, and it was my job to pick up the sword and defend anyone that I felt like was being treated in an unjust manner,” she says. “There were moments where I could have acquiesced and been more respectful, and I wasn’t.”

As a result of the drama, many directors are afraid of Fox, she says. They’re worried she’ll be difficult — a loose cannon. Dave Green, who directed the “Turtles” sequel insists he didn’t feel that way, partly because he and Fox are about the same age. “I didn’t let those ideas intermingle with actually getting to know her,” he says. “The first time we talked, she wanted to know my astrological sign and found out I was an Aquarius, which she said meant I was sensitive and focused but driven at the same time, or something.”

If she’s going to act, Fox says, she wants to have fun on set. She feels comfortable in big action films, partly because she cut her teeth on them. She likes the chaos and the adrenaline, pretending to exist in a world totally different than her own. She doesn’t like material that might make her cry because she thinks life is tragic enough on its own. That’s why she liked “New Girl,” where the comedic environment was light and everyone was improvising.

“People are always surprised that I can handle comedy,” she says. “But I’ve done it before, and every time I’ve done it — even for five seconds in Judd Apatow’s movie [‘This Is 40’] — it’s always been relatively successful for me.”

Fox says she often feels misunderstood, largely because of her drop-dead gorgeous looks. If she is sent 10 scripts, five of them will include offers for roles as a prostitute or an escort. When the paparazzi catch her toting a book on Nephilism, they make fun of her.

“You know how women that are always cast in James Bond movies are pinups but their job in the movies is always being a marine biologist or neuroscientist?” she asks. “I think people react to me that way. Like, ‘Right, she’s studying neurobiology.’ But I am really interested in that.”

None of this, however, has resulted in Fox playing down her looks. In the opening scene of the new “Turtles” film, Fox runs through Grand Central Station in a skimpy schoolgirl uniform as the camera zooms in on her taut midsection.

She doesn’t feel like feminism and sexiness are contradictory, but, she admits, there’s also a part of her that feels like “resistance is futile, at this point.” “I’m not going to keep fighting the image that exists,” she says, a dreary resignation washing across her face.

“I think people, in general, are plebeians that are brainwashed by the type of media that they expose themselves to. … People anticipate a shallowness [from me]. They anticipate a self-centeredness and a lack of self-awareness. It doesn’t … matter what I say, or how eloquent a speaker I may be, or how positive my intentions may be. I’m going to be made into what people desire me to be. At this moment, they might desire to exalt me onto a pedestal. But the next? You’re a human sacrifice. The control is not in my hands.”

Source: LA Times

Pregnant Megan Fox ‘Hears Messages’ from Her Unborn Child: ‘This Baby Wanted Me to Live Somewhere Else So We’re Moving’

Megan Fox and her unborn child are bonding in ways they can only understand.

The actress appeared on Tuesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and chatted about how she and the baby are already communicating.

“You don’t hear an audible voice, but you hear messages, if you’re open to it,” Fox, 30, explained to the late-night host about her mother/child conversations from the womb. “For instance, this baby wanted me to live somewhere else so we’re moving to a whole different place in Los Angeles because I feel like that’s where this baby wants to be raised.”

Fox further gushed about her “super genius” third child even comparing her baby to engineers Wernher von Braun and Elon Musk.

Also during Tuesday’s show, the mother-to-be admitted to Kimmel that she was far along in her pregnancy when she was last on his show in February. “Yeah, I was definitely pregnant, I was already in my second trimester,” Fox clarified when Kimmel noticed her growing baby bump. “I had on like three pairs of Spanx and we were really harnessing that in,” she said.

In April, Fox’s estranged husband Brian Austin Green confirmed to PEOPLE that the pair were going to be parents once more. As Green and Fox get ready for their new addition, their sons Noah Shannon, 3½, and Bodhi Ransom, 2, are preparing to be big brothers.

“I’ve showed them with a baby doll, they know where the baby is coming out,” Fox told Kimmel. “Bodhi thinks it’s really funny that you’re gonna feed the baby with your boobies,” she continued, adding, “Older one’s aware, but he’s excited.”

Besides moving houses, Fox revealed she’s getting used to be pregnant, though she’s not looking forward to the labor. “It’s easier doing it, I’ve had a baby every other year since 2012, I’ve gotten used to it,” she said. “With this one I’ve been a little more relaxed because I know how much it’s gonna hurt. I’m getting a little nervous about that, the pain is no joke.”