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Brittany Murphy's story to be told in a Liftetime network biopic

08.13.2014

Lifetime, the cable bastion of good taste and quality filmmaking, has already made a biopic on the life of Elizabeth Taylor starring Lindsay Lohan and are in production on an Angela Bassett directed film about Whitney Houston. Next, they are going for the logical trifecta and will be bringing us the movie biopic of Brittany Murphy.

Murphy, who died in 2009, was an actress who had appeared in a number of popular films including CLUELESS, SIN CITY, 8 MILE, and contributed voice work to HAPPY FEET and KING OF THE HILL. Her death at age 32 was met with conspiracy theories that she may have been murdered by her husband, screenwriter Simon Monjack, who later died under similar circumstances to Murphy. While foul play has been ruled out, theories continue to this day.

Lifetime has moved forward with the film and cast Amanda Fuller as Murphy. Murphy's mother Sharon has apparently not been involved in the production of the biopic so it remains to be seen if any objections will prevent the film from being made. Sherilyn Fenn (TWIN PEAKS) will portray Murphy's mother. The cable network has set a September 6th premiere for the creatively titled BRITTANY MURPHY STORY.

While these films have existed almost as long as television has, they have still not reached a quality level beyond tabloid journalism. I don't know if Brittany Murphy is a recognizable enough name to warrant a biopic, but there have been worse subjects for TV movies. So, if you are willing to waste the 120 minutes on this film, be sure to not let us know.

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8:56PM on 08/13/2014
Sadly Brittany Murphy never got to be famous enough to warrant anything more than a shoddy Lifetime movie.
Sadly Brittany Murphy never got to be famous enough to warrant anything more than a shoddy Lifetime movie.
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8:24PM on 08/13/2014
The best way to honour someone's memory indeed.
The best way to honour someone's memory indeed.
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5:55PM on 08/13/2014
Crazy that foul play was ruled out. Cause she died of symptoms of rat poising (anemia & pneumonia). Then a few months later her husband dies of the exact same thing. A postmortem toxicology report shows evidence of rat poison in her system.
Crazy that foul play was ruled out. Cause she died of symptoms of rat poising (anemia & pneumonia). Then a few months later her husband dies of the exact same thing. A postmortem toxicology report shows evidence of rat poison in her system.
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3:35PM on 08/13/2014
Lifetime: Television for Rushed, Half-Assed Cash-Ins.
Lifetime: Television for Rushed, Half-Assed Cash-Ins.
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5:35PM on 08/13/2014
I agree with that in general, but not in this case. She died 5 years ago.
I agree with that in general, but not in this case. She died 5 years ago.
5:56PM on 08/13/2014
'Cash in' might've been a little strong, but this is supposed to premiere in less than a month and they've barely started production?
'Cash in' might've been a little strong, but this is supposed to premiere in less than a month and they've barely started production?
8:28PM on 08/13/2014
not sure, but aren't most Lifetime-type TV Movies filmed within a week or two (regardless of subject matter)? i doubt they'd have the budget to hire a full staff for more than two months.
not sure, but aren't most Lifetime-type TV Movies filmed within a week or two (regardless of subject matter)? i doubt they'd have the budget to hire a full staff for more than two months.
3:07PM on 08/13/2014
Another pointless biopic.
Another pointless biopic.
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