"Sometimes LOVE is not like the movies !" Jacks is an
assistant editor at UK Vogue and forms the center of her group of friends,
taking an 'Emma'-like role as she match makes and steers them through their
Her gay flat mate Peter is a particular focus of her repeated
attempts to help him find true love. But when will Jacks realize she needs to
focus on her own less than ideal love life?
And when will Peter stop letting his imagination of the ideal lover
get in the way of real-life happiness.
provides us with a witty glance into a glittering group of friends and their
London life, whilst examining the difference between love as it is in the
movies versus how it is in real life...
Posted on Monday, Dec 21, 2009 By Gregory Ellwood found at hitfix.com
Murphy at a New York Fashion Week event in 2008.
Credit: AP Photo/Pete Kramer
A little over three yeas ago, while I was still writing
my column for MSN Movies, I spent a few hours on a Friday afternoon waiting for
Brittany Murphy to arrive to discuss her new movie "The Dead
Girl." As time passed, more and more journalists would give up and
head home figuring it wasn't worth it after a busy week. I was a tad
stubborn as Murphy hadn't done any press the previous month for the monster hit
Feet" and, moreover, I had an agenda. Unlike the other
writers who were no doubt hoping for some random snippet about a possible
City" sequel (like that's ever going to happen), I
wanted to ask Murphy about her burgeoning music career. Or, so I thought.
29-years-old at the time, Murphy was coming off a monster dance club hit with
DJ master Paul Oakenfold the previous spring and summer entitled "Faster
She then arguably provided the best singing performances by any cast member of
"Happy Feet" with the tracks "Boogie Wonderland" and
"Somebody to Love." Sure, many actors tried to cross over to
music careers, but Murphy had a voice. She wasn't a studio
finagled creation. And the brazen, honest performances that was evident
in roles in films such as "'8
City"? You could hear that power seeping through
her vocals. Take a moment and listen to Murphy's "Somebody to
As the sun set the publicists insisted Murphy was on her way. Today's
excuse? Murphy was just exhausted after returning to the United States from
Japan where she starred in and co-produced the indie "The Ramen Girl"
(Of course, when Murphy did arrive she'd contradict the publicists and explain
she'd been back in the U.S. for more than a few days). But in many ways,
the whole fiasco was just a reminder that Murphy's career really wasn't where
it should have been.
After breaking out with a number of her peers in the 1995 hit "Clueless,"
the Atlanta native started to land more prominent supporting roles in films
such as "Drop
Things got even better in 2001 when she stood out in the Michael Douglas hit
Say a Word
Feature)." She then seemingly made
it to the big time playing Eminem's romantic interest in the worldwide
Mile." Another hit followed with "Just
alongside Ashton Kutcher (a former boyfriend), but the movie itself was nothing
to write home about. However, she was seemingly on a profitable romantic
comedy track and over the following year she starred in both "Uptown
which did an O.K. $37 million and "Little
which was a devastating bomb with a $7 million opening and a paltry final cume
of $20 million. To make matters worse, "Book" had been a buzzed
about title that Sony Pictures was hoping would be a surprise hit that summer
in the vein of "My
Best Friend's Wedding." You can tell by the rest of her
career track she never got out of movie studio "jail" after that
one. She'd had her chance as a leading lady and didn't even get the
decency of a third strike. Then again, behind-the-scenes her reputation
for being difficult and unreliable was growing by the week.
course, the media perception was different. Murphy was part of the
City" ensemble the following spring, but only the agents
and studio execs knew she was no longer being considered for major roles by the
studios. Instead, she segued to a number of indie projects that never got
proper distribution such as "Neverwas"
with Ian McKellan and Aaron Eckhart, "Love and Other Disasters"
(which should have) and "The
All the while, she had recorded the voice of the penguin Gloria and a couple
songs for George Miller's "Happy Feet." Which lead us back to
the waiting game that memorable day.
When Murphy eventually showed up she certainly wasn't tired. She was full of
energy if not on something to provide it (perhaps coffee? perhaps not?).
The story is no longer live on MSN, but here's some of what she said at the
"I was never formally trained [but] I've been singing since I was born
... anything from an Italian aria to an old blues song," Murphy says.
"There was a time when I was 14 when I could have veered off in two
different directions and done one or the other, acting or music, and I
chose acting and continued writing and doing music for myself."
As for when fans can hear an album of original recordings Murphy adds,
"There'll be a time when I share it with others -- when it feels
Perhaps she should have made that album sooner rather than later.
Murphy's life soon became tabloid fodder after her shotgun marriage to
screenwriter/director Simon Monjack ("Factory
in what was a very peculiar pairing. Other's will speculate what was
behind their love affair, but it was the beginning of Murphy's true career
downturn. This year, her resume is highlighted by two made for TV movies;
"Tribute" on Lifetime and SyFy's "Megafault."
Sadly, in the span of four years she'd gone from the prestige of "Sin
City" and "Happy Feet" to a SyFy original movie and let's be
frank. You can't get much lower than a SyFy original movie. To make
matters worse, she'd recently been savagely mocked on "Saturday Night
Live" for getting fired from a B-movie shooting in Puerto Rico (although
her reps disputed that). "SNL," a show she'd once hosted
when things were looking so good back in 2002.
Now, it would be highly optimistic to say Murphy had any sort of comeback in
the works. Her last feature film appearance "should" be in
Sylvester Stallone's highly anticipated action ensemble "The
Expendables" next year. Unfortunately, her life's constant craziness made
her an easy target for the paparazzi and gossip sites and it was highly
unlikely she would be able to regain any respectability anytime soon (yes
Lindsay Lohan, this is your life).
But in that darkened Four Seasons hotel room, Murphy may have been on
something, the future may not have been bright, but you could tell there was
something special about her. She had that charisma that separates the
stars from the also rans who fade quicker than a CW TV series. It
was in her eyes, it was in her smile and that powerful voice from such a petite
Why it all fell apart was probably a combination of bad choices and just plain
bad luck. Whether Brittany
Murphy death could have been prevented is another matter the police will
investigate. We may never know the truth in either case.
No, she wasn't an Oscar winner or a box office superstar, but she certainly
could have been. Now, her life will be reduced to just another E! True
Hollywood Story and that may be the saddest realization of all.