Scoop: Is Megan Fox a flop as ‘It Girl’?

By Courtney Hazlett
|  Sunday, Sep 27, 2009  |  Updated 8:30 PM PDT
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Despite being deemed an “It Girl” by Nylon magazine, Megan Fox tells the publication she thinks she’s “really overexposed.”

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Despite being deemed an “It Girl” by Nylon magazine, Megan Fox tells the publication she thinks she’s “really overexposed.”

This revelation, unlike other recent ones like her hatred of dry paper and fear of the dark, might be totally logical.

Fox’s newest film, “Jennifer’s Body,” has only made $12.3 million in the two weeks since its release, a sum made all the more paltry by the fact it’s had a rather wide release in 2,738 theaters. And when you add Fox, an actress wildly popular among the male crowd, to a horror flick, a genre with big appeal to teens, it should be box office gold.

If “Jennifer’s Body” had done well, Fox would have gotten most of the credit as she was the center of the film’s marketing campaign. Her co-star, the immensely talented Amanda Seyfried, was largely ignored. And it’s not like Seyfried hasn’t proven herself on the big screen — “Mamma Mia” has grossed more than $609 million worldwide. Fox’s “Transformers” has done slightly better, but one symbiotic relationship with a film franchise does not an “It Girl” make. Apparently.

The FCC moment during the Sept. 26 season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” might have been the best thing that’s happened to Fox. She wasn't the one who swore on air, but it drew attention to the show she was hosting.

Perhaps now would be a good time to take a break until she can transform herself with the right role.

India eats and prays with, sort of loves Julia Roberts
Just days ago, Julia Roberts was being praised in the Indian press for being so accessible while in India to film “Eat, Pray, Love.”

She was hailed for drinking chai and walking the streets with locals, and some news outlets wrote that the country preferred Roberts over Angelina Jolie, who filmed “A Mighty Heart” in India in 2006 (both “Eat Pray Love” and “A Mighty Heart” are both products of Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company).

Apparently not everyone agrees. The Times of India reported that locals are upset by restrictions placed on a temple where filming is taking place.

"They are allowing entry in the temple only between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. in the morning and 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the evening,'' Renu Singh told the newspaper.

Said another local who spoke to the Times: “I went to the temple this morning but was turned away by security guards. It is really bad that even devotees are being barred from entering the Ashram.”

Feast at the weekend box office
You can buy a lot of meatballs with $24.5 million dollars, which is what “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” brought in over the weekend.

A second straight week at No. 1 speaks to the demand for family-friendly fare at the movies, but also the power of the premium ticket cost — thanks to the film’s 3D and IMAX distribution, “Cloudy” also earns the title of highest-grossing September animation release.

Behind it: “Surrogates” was No. 2, with $15 million, and the remake of “Fame” was third, with a total take of only $10 million.

 

Courtney Hazlett delivers the Scoop Monday through Friday on msnbc.com. Follow Scoop on Twitter @courtneyatmsnbc

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