Actress Brittany Murphy, best known for her performances in Clueless, 8 Mile, and Riding in Cars with Boys, died Dec. 20 after going into cardiac arrest, according to law enforcement officials. She was 32.

Murphy, whose work alternated between light comedy and darker, more dramatic roles, also starred in such hits as Sin City, Girl, Interrupted, and Don’t Say a Word. In a review of the comedy Little Black Book, Roger Ebert praised Murphy’s onscreen persona: “She has the quality of seeming immediately there on the screen, open to possibility, unrehearsed, unstudied, natural, appealing. She hasn’t had the roles yet to prove it, but she is a born movie star.”


Murphy was born in Atlanta and raised in New Jersey. After starring roles in regional theater productions and television commercials, she got her first big break at 14 as one of the stars of the Fox sitcom Drexell’s Class. However, her movie career took off when she co-starred as one of Alicia Silverstone’s best friends in the hit 1995 comedy Clueless. She also had a number of prominent voice roles, most notable as Luanne in the Fox animated series King of the Hill, for which she won an Annie Award for Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production in 2005. As a singer, she had a dance hit with “Faster Kill Pussycat,” a collaboration with DJ Paul Oakenfold.

Her most recent major roles were in 2006, when she starred in The Dead Girl (which was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards), and as a voice actress in the hit animated film Happy Feet, which won the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the 2007 Academy Awards.


Various news outlets reported that Murphy was discovered unconscious by her mother Sharon at the home of Murphy’s husband, screenwriter Simon Monjack, in Los Angeles in the early hours of Dec. 20. She was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Murphy is survived by her parents and her husband Monjack, whom she married in 2007.

For Murphy’s complete filmography, click here.

Fox scored its first number one hit in five months with "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" which grossed an estimated $57.4M on its opening weekend, tripling its nearest competitor’s sales.

Carrying a milder PG rating into 3,959 theaters, the super hero sequel averaged a sturdy $14,499 and just barely edged out the $56.1M bow of the first "Fantastic Four" pic from July 2005. A sequel has now topped the box office for seven consecutive weekends.

Reviews were mixed, but were better than for its predecessor which was critically panned. The sequel brought back director Tim Story along with the four main cast members Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, and Michael Chiklis. However, the iconic Marvel Comics character Silver Surfer was prominently added to the film, and even to its title, to help bring back comic fans who may have had a bad taste after the first "Fantastic" pic. Laurence Fishburne provided the voice for the computer-generated space traveler.

The latest summer sequel kicked off the weekend on Friday with $22M, dipped an understandable 11% to $19.6M on Saturday, and is projected to drop by another 19% on Sunday to $15.8M. Fox also reported that "Rise of the Silver Surfer" opened in 32 overseas markets with a combined $25.4M this weekend although most were minor territories. Russia, Italy, and the United Kingdom were among the only major international markets that launched this frame with more to come in the weeks ahead.

"Ocean’s Thirteen" enjoyed a good hold in its second weekend dropping only 47% to an estimated $19.1M in its sophomore frame. Warner Bros. has now made off with $69.8M in ten days. Threequels often drop by 55% or more and "Ocean’s Twelve" even fell by 54% in its second try. That caper sequel grossed $18.1M in its second weekend and bagged a similar $68.5M worth of loot in its first ten days. "Thirteen," which will not benefit from holidays like Christmas and New Year’s prolonging its run, could be on track to finish with $105-110M domestically which would still be the lowest in the "Ocean’s" series.

Universal’s sleeper hit "Knocked Up" continued to capitalize on strong word-of-mouth and held onto third place with an estimated $14.5M, off only 26%, for a $90.5M cume. The R-rated smash will join the century club next weekend making it the studio’s first $100M hit since its last June romantic comedy offering "The Break-Up."

Disney’s "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End" followed dropping 43% to an estimated $12M in its fourth adventure. Cume stands at $273.8M which is up 31% from 2003’s "Curse of the Black Pearl" after its fourth weekend, but down 24% from last summer’s "Dead Man’s Chest" at the same point. "At World’s End" did manage to rise to number 32 on the all-time domestic blockbusters list sailing past the $267.7M of 2001’s "Shrek."

A trio of kidpics followed. The animated penguin movie "Surf’s Up" sank 47% in its second weekend to an estimated $9.3M giving Sony a not-so-cool $34.7M after ten days. A final gross of about $60M could result. "Shrek the Third" landed in sixth place with an estimated $9M, off 41%, for a $297.2M total. Knocking on the triple-century mark, the Paramount release now stands at number 24 on the all-time list just behind the first "Pirates" film which banked $305.4M four years ago.

Moviegoers passed on solving a mystery with "Nancy Drew" which opened poorly in seventh with only $7.1M, accoridng to estimates. Averaging a weak $2,732 from 2,612 theaters, the PG-rated film starring Emma Roberts failed to make a dent in the summer box office this weekend. "Nancy" opened in the same neighborhood as other films aimed at tween girls like "Ice Princess," "Little Black Book," and "Aquamarine" which all bowed to roughly $7M a piece.

Lionsgate saw its horror sequel "Hostel Part II" tumble 64% after its weak opening to an estimated $3M this weekend. With only $14.2M taken in thus far, the torture pic should finish with just under $20M, or less than half of the $47.3M of the first "Hostel" flick from last year. MGM’s "Mr. Brooks" grossed an estimated $2.8M, off 43%, pushing the cume to only $23.4M for the Kevin Costner thriller.

"Spider-Man 3" rounded out the top ten with an estimated $2.5M falling 42% from last weekend. With $330M after its seventh frame, the Sony sequel climbed to number 15 on the list of all-time domestic blockbusters right behind "Finding Nemo" which took in $339.7M in 2003.

Opening dead on arrival was the new actioner "D.O.A.: Dead or Alive" which bowed to an estimated $232,000 from 505 theaters for a pathetic $460 average. The Weinstein Co. title was released with little fanfare and should see most of its business on DVD.

A pair of hits fell from the top ten over the weekend. Fox Searchlight’s indie darling "Waitress" grossed an estimated $1.3M, down only 21%, for a $14.1M cume to date. A final tally of $17-20M from a limited national release is likely. Paramount’s Shia LaBeouf thriller "Disturbia" collected an estimated $250,000 in its tenth frame pushing the stellar cume to $78.3M. Look for a $79M final which will serve as an appetizer to the studio’s next Shia offering — "Transformers" opening July 3.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $136.8M which was down 2% from last year when "Cars" remained at number one with $33.7M; but up 8% from 2005 when "Batman Begins" debuted in the top spot with $48.7M over three days.

Author: Gitesh Pandya,

Danny Lerner, a top producer at NU Image films, has announced that Walter Hill in final negotiations to direct the fourth Rambo film. After first seeking out Ridley Scott and Richard Donner for the job (they both declined) producers decided to go with…

…a pair up of Jeb Stuart (Switchback) and Stuart Baird (US Marshals) to serve as co-directors.

Eventually, though, Stallone stepped in and took the job — unless a first class action director would happen to get involved. With the addition of Hill it is unknown if Stuart Baird … will remain on board with the film or if Hill will get his own men to serve as editor and assistant director.

As part of the contract, Hill will get an executive producer title and also gain a screenwriters credit since he is currently making small changes to the script. The film is expected to start this June buy may now be pushed back to late summer to the hiring of Hill.

(Walter Hill has directed such films as The Warriors, 48 HRS., Red Heat, Johnny Handsome, and Trespass.)

Tag Cloud

Exclusive Video A24 Epix 20th Century Fox IFC Trophy Talk all-time Lifetime Christmas movies movie telelvision The Walt Disney Company TCA nbcuniversal Extras nfl 21st Century Fox scorecard quibi Prime Video book DC streaming service cats natural history Dark Horse Comics The Arrangement Awards young adult LGBTQ GIFs feel good AMC doctor who hispanic heritage month medical drama new york golden globes genre women laika Quiz adaptation anthology politics Apple TV Plus Country TruTV richard e. Grant Teen Esquire singing competition spider-verse MTV Nickelodeon YouTube Premium American Society of Cinematographers National Geographic cancelled TV series APB Fall TV robots spanish language E3 NBC canceled Disney Channel kids 2017 Amazon Studios 2016 kong 007 Cosplay name the review what to watch Cannes Fargo anime Super Bowl tv talk debate HBO Go true crime Rocky sequels Comic Book TIFF hispanic Box Office popular game of thrones adventure ESPN art house christmas movies boxoffice comic books See It Skip It dreamworks Syfy Elton John Black History Month child's play classics 2019 dramedy 2015 football reboot 24 frames 2018 Music Superheroe BBC Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt cooking Oscars comic book movies Emmy Nominations posters hollywood Arrowverse Wes Anderson aapi docudrama Holiday Marvel Television New York Comic Con thriller MSNBC leaderboard canceled TV shows President cinemax cancelled television Schedule halloween tv blockbusters TLC ABC Signature ratings travel DGA Mary poppins 79th Golden Globes Awards psychological thriller History screenings Women's History Month USA Pop TV spy thriller The Academy E! Pop Summer Pet Sematary Pacific Islander best video Horror zero dark thirty CBS All Access series worst movies NYCC Interview legend 2020 Amazon Prime Video serial killer Food Network Animation Comic-Con@Home 2021 asian-american Tumblr RT21 trailers toy story spain The CW Best and Worst Video Games venice Apple Hear Us Out 99% X-Men children's TV high school Chilling Adventures of Sabrina archives Anna Paquin mission: impossible dceu Comedy Thanksgiving action-comedy disaster Disney streaming service diversity marvel cinematic universe critics concert Funimation 71st Emmy Awards Paramount fresh FX screen actors guild Peacock period drama political drama Marvel Studios war james bond Star Wars Captain marvel cartoon FOX First Reviews criterion new star wars movies stand-up comedy gangster Election supernatural Ellie Kemper DirecTV vampires Emmys Vudu reviews festivals Star Trek rotten movies we love olympics dragons rotten Chernobyl boxing 73rd Emmy Awards heist movie superman Opinion lord of the rings new zealand Shudder movies Spring TV A&E Writers Guild of America dc PBS Film australia 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards SDCC revenge WarnerMedia spider-man Tarantino Holidays documentaries Ovation mcc Ghostbusters Bravo Starz deadpool Mary Tyler Moore BET Awards mutant zombies comic book movie Acorn TV 2021 TCA Awards Legendary Paramount Network elevated horror cancelled BBC One YouTube dexter cops stop motion die hard saw Amazon Prime mockumentary dogs nature crime transformers crime drama parents french finale slashers BAFTA biopic spinoff basketball Nat Geo casting festival sag awards Crackle Comics on TV HFPA Fox Searchlight Lucasfilm ViacomCBS GoT Adult Swim WGN IFC Films Sony Pictures Toys justice league Red Carpet OneApp Brie Larson Spectrum Originals superhero Western rom-coms Alien Britbox dark NBA Reality Competition FX on Hulu Fox News latino halloween Set visit Disney+ Disney Plus Hulu breaking bad Shondaland streaming movies king kong Cartoon Network The Witch foreign Song of Ice and Fire Tokyo Olympics Nominations 90s Kids & Family emmy awards TNT strong female leads PaleyFest Netflix documentary TV movies IMDb TV chucky comic cars Universal worst First Look CNN Netflix Christmas movies Discovery Channel docuseries Logo teaser films franchise TCA 2017 Spike monster movies Creative Arts Emmys Lionsgate Binge Guide stoner binge facebook Photos police drama Endgame Warner Bros. Grammys YA universal monsters rt labs 1990s Black Mirror crossover indiana jones composers Pride Month MCU remakes Character Guide Television Critics Association Year in Review sopranos a nightmare on elm street technology ABC sequel CW Seed Turner FXX critic resources godzilla Turner Classic Movies Columbia Pictures japan Paramount Plus Academy Awards marvel comics VH1 hist 72 Emmy Awards Heroines animated zombie comics miniseries harry potter blaxploitation mob royal family Polls and Games The Purge RT History book adaptation obituary Superheroes Rock Infographic theme song science fiction fast and furious DC Comics TBS Awards Tour video on demand razzies historical drama PlayStation sports BBC America hidden camera Pixar Sci-Fi LGBT Broadway biography south america Tomatazos Marvel Rocketman YouTube Red black OWN trophy Pirates psycho Reality Christmas Winter TV Calendar suspense scene in color golden globe awards Hallmark Christmas movies Fantasy AMC Plus Freeform Action HBO Hallmark GLAAD television Musical USA Network Winners Amazon blockbuster versus Crunchyroll TV crime thriller twilight prank SXSW Drama HBO Max Biopics talk show cancelled TV shows japanese Image Comics scary unscripted comiccon renewed TV shows Instagram Live Universal Pictures witnail Mary Poppins Returns comedies SundanceTV Classic Film live event Comedy Central TV Land El Rey Premiere Dates VICE black comedy Mindy Kaling rt labs critics edition Marathons award winner Podcast aliens Disney indie international romantic comedy joker ID TV renewals Stephen King Avengers scary movies TCM Trivia Sundance Now spanish Television Academy batman Sundance TV 45 green book Baby Yoda Hollywood Foreign Press Association Watching Series Showtime Masterpiece know your critic Valentine's Day 93rd Oscars Rom-Com jurassic park Film Festival game show CMT social media wonder woman discovery Disney Plus Neflix Mudbound satire live action Martial Arts CBS Mystery jamie lee curtis 4/20 news free movies Family ITV Musicals Walt Disney Pictures TV One werewolf The Walking Dead Lifetime pirates of the caribbean sitcom king arthur target adenture cults Trailer slasher rt archives Countdown DC Universe romance Tubi Sneak Peek toronto BET TCA Winter 2020 kaiju ABC Family San Diego Comic-Con independent Travel Channel vs. Sundance based on movie italian Tags: Comedy space ghosts directors VOD streaming Certified Fresh Apple TV+