Monday, December 21, 2009

Actress Brittany Murphy dead at 32

Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Brittany Murphy, the bubbly, free-spirited actress who appeared in such films as "Clueless" and "8 Mile," died Sunday, apparently of natural causes, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said. She was 32.
Murphy was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m. PT Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Sally Stewart told CNN Radio.
An autopsy had not been scheduled as of Sunday night, but Captain John Kades, a spokesman for the coroner's office, told CNN that there was no sign of foul play or trauma. He added that it's not unusual for a younger person to die of natural causes.
The coroner's office is looking into Murphy's medical history. A final report could take up to eight weeks.
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the death, and robbery and homicide detectives will be at her home, LAPD spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said.

"The sudden loss of our beloved Brittany is a terrible tragedy," her family said in a statement issued by her publicist. "She was our daughter, our wife, our love and a shining star. We ask you to respect our privacy at this time."
Funeral arrangements are pending, the family said.
Murphy starred in several movies, including "Just Married," "Don't Say a Word" and "Riding in Cars with Boys." She also voiced the character Luanne on the animated TV series "King of the Hill."
She is survived by her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, whom she married in 2007.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Did you hear about the Morgans?

The Morgans (Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker). Directed by Marc Lawrence. In New York City, an estranged couple who witness a murder are relocated to small-town Wyoming as part of a witness-protection program.

In theaters on Dec. 18, 2009.


Directed by James Cameron. Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Zaldana, and Sigourney Weaver. Jake (Worthington), a paraplegic war veteran, finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds in a fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.

In theaters on Dec. 18, 2009.