Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

At the very least, it’s finished. According to the LA Times, Something Wicked, an indie project with the ignoble distinction of being Brittany Murphy‘s last film appearance before her death in 2009, has been completed and is currently seeking distribution. The only problem is that the project has little going for it other than that distinction. Director Darin Scott has been behind the camera for a handful of middling flicks (Dark House, Caught Up), and Murphy was the only notable name in the cast. Even the synopsis, “As a young couple embarks upon their wedding plans, gruesome secrets from their past collide with sinister forces of the present to ensure these newlyweds do not live “happily-ever-after,” isn’t all that rousing — leaving this movie as little more than a curiosity. Maybe Murphy fans will rally for its release?

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Brittany Murphy

Occasionally, the telefax at Reject HQ (just like in Argo!) spits out a press release that gives even snarky snarkers like us a moment of pause. One such facsimile arrived via the wire (or the radio, or the broadband, or the we’re-really-not-sure) last night, and we’ve struggled ever since to properly articulate its contents. It’s that much of a head-scratcher. The press release proclaims, “Brittany Murphy‘s Mysterious Death Chronicled in Controversial New Documentary; Biopic on the 8 Mile Star to Follow in 2014.” Pardon? Two Murphy features? And one is not only already made, but already “controversial”? And then it got weirder. The first of the two features, Asif Akbar‘s documentary, will premiere at the American Film Market next week. The release promises that “the memory and legacy of actress Brittany Murphy (8 Mile, Clueless, Don’t Say A Word), who tragically died under mysterious circumstances  in 2009 at the young age of 32, will be at the forefront of AFM attendees’ minds” as the film premieres, and it’s hard to argue with logic like that (at least, if you’re bent on maintaining respectful decorum for such a project). Strangely, however, Akbar’s doc doesn’t sound like it has that much to do with Murphy. The project is titled Top Priority: The Terror Within and, as best we can tell, it doesn’t really focus on Murphy, but a “national security whistleblower” named Julia Davis. Seriously, what?

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The dancing, singing penguins of Happy Feet return for another dose of eco-themed animation in this sequel from George Miller, which proves two truisms. First, there’s still a lot of mileage in the spectacle of penguins tap, tap, tapping in unison and belting out cover songs. Second, this franchise is not the clarion call to action on climate change that it wants to be. The star of the first film, Mumble (Elijah Wood), is a father now, struggling to connect with his adolescent son Erik (Ava Acres), who feels misunderstood and marginalized because he can’t dance. For Erik, a surrogate role model of sorts emerges in The Mighty Sven (Hank Azaria), a flying penguin who preaches messages of empowerment. After a shifting glacier traps their community of emperor penguins in a vast valley, little Erik will need all the confidence he can muster when he, his dad, and two of his friends are called upon to save the day.

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The Clueless actress was rushed to the hospital this morning after having a heart attack.

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An attractive, traumatized girl in a big, spooky, empty Victorian home all by herself, investigating some sort of tragedy while she avoids her own personal dangers. Sounds like fun, if you ask me…

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published: 11.21.2014
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published: 11.21.2014
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published: 11.19.2014
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published: 11.19.2014
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