"Transformers" star Megan Fox knows a thing or two about problematic press. In 2011, she likened her director, Michael Bay, to Hitler in an interview with Wonderland Magazine and producer Steven Spielberg had her fired. She was subsequently fired from the next "Transformers" movie and replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The two seem to have reconciled their differences and Fox will appear in Bay's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie.
Director Brett Ratner's off-handed comment that "rehearsal is for fags" during a Q&A for his comedy "Tower Heist" cost him the choice job of producing the 2012 Oscars.
Heiress/sometimes actress Paris Hilton is known for her reckless behavior and clueless statements, so not many were surprised when Neil Strauss's book "Everyone Loves You When You're Dead" suggested she was against interracial dating. Hilton has also been caught making gay and racial slurs.
Fashion designer John Galliano's anti-Semitic rant in a Paris bar in 2011 cost him his job as creative director of Christian Dior, his industry credibility and 6,000 euros in fines. He has since claimed he was too drunk to remember the incident and has been given a temporary position at Oscar de la Renta's fashion house.
"Seinfeld" actor and comic Michael Richards wasn't getting any laughs when he took a racially charged response to black hecklers while on stage in 2006 at the Laugh Factory. Richards apologized for his statements via satellite on "Late Show with David Letterman" and, judging by the way he referenced the incident in an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," seems aware that it permanently altered his reputation.
"30 Rock" actor and stand-up comic Tracy Morgan has put his foot in his mouth in regards to gays and lesbians (In 2011, he told a Nashville audience he'd "pull out a knife and stab" his gay son) and disabled children (also in 2011, he told a New York City audience "don't ever mess with women who have retarded kids".) In his apology for the first comment, Morgan said " I am an equal opportunity jokester."
90s dreamboat Mel Gibson's rants are legendary. In 2010, his estranged girlfriend famously released recordings of his litany of slurs against her. This, partnered with the PR nightmares of his alleged racist, anti-Semetic and homophobic comments, have ensured that entertainment journalists will forever be writing stories on whether his career is salvageable.
Envelope-pushing storylines, high- caliber thesps.
Wham-bang pedigree: Steven Soderbergh, Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, a Cannes slot.
Playing the widows of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X were meaty roles for Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige.
Ratings blockbuster, exec produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, was a successful move into minis by History.
Laura Linney leads the series' swan song in four hourlong episodes, offering closure to its fans.
With an all-star cast in front of and behind the camera, pic tackles stories of mental illness.
Encore's Brit import looked good but failed to resonate with viewers.
Cast -- Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Sienna Miller -- and pervy subject drew plaudits.
While cancelled by the BBC, mini delivered a rare look at the Cold War via 1950s London and emerging media of TV.
Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that aired on ABC delivers a satisfying spin on Pygmalion.
Moving story also enlightens about malaria in Africa, with Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn.
Rebecca Hall and Benedict Cumberbatch shine in this ambitious Ford Madox Ford adaptation by Tom Stoppard.
While not a critical hit, Al Pacino and Helen Mirren are names that can't be ignored come award season.
Classy cast may have a shot at noms, but USA voted to not bring back the production as a drama series.
Satisfying and pretty romantic telepic from Hallmark Hall of Fame for ABC.
Another Sundance original sporting a stellar cast but without much ratings traction
Tumultuous relationship between June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash from the p.o.v. of June (Jewel).
Lifetime scored a ratings hit with this remake of the 1989 film that's chock-full of eyeball-drawing actresses.
Prestige entry, helmed by Jane Campion and starring Elisabeth Moss, unspooled at Sundance and Berlin.
Brooding Swedish crime and punishment with Kenneth Branagh.
Reelz once again proves that it wants to play in the big-budget arena.