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'Mamma Mia!' Casting Directors Reveal 17 Actresses Who Auditioned for Amanda Seyfried's Role of Sophie, Including Three Stars Who Turned It Down

It has been 15 years since the movie musical Mamma Mia! hit theaters and the film’s casting directors are opening up about the actresses that auditioned for the lead role of Sophie.

Amanda Seyfried ultimately landed the role as she “could not only sing but also looked so much like Meryl [Streep].”

Casting directors Priscilla John and Ellen Lewis chatted with Vogue for an oral history of the movie. They revealed 17 women who auditioned for Sophie and didn’t get the role, including three women who actually passed on the job offer.

Musical director Martin Lowe said, “Hollywood is not my world. Thankfully, I didn’t really know anything about those A-list girls at the time. I’ve subsequently looked back at my lists of people we saw and been shocked to discover some of the people that I apparently met.”

Browse through the slideshow to see who auditioned for the role…

'King of the Hill' Revival Series Ordered by Hulu; 7 Returning Actors Confirmed, 1 Left Off Cast List

Hulu has announced that a revival of the animated series King of the Hill will be coming to the streaming service.

The original series ran on Fox for 13 seasons from 1997 through 2009. The original co-creators, Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, are returning to create the new revival series alongside incoming executive producer and showrunner Saladin Patterson.

Hulu has announced which cast members from the original series will be back and there’s one name that appears to be missing from the list. Another original actor passed away and it’s unclear if the role will be recast.

The show, set in the fictional Arlen, Texas, followed the life of Hank Hill, an enthusiastic seller of propane and propane accessories; his wife, Peggy, local Boggle champ and substitute teacher; and their 13-year-old son, Bobby, who defies any expectation his father had for a son. Hank’s friends – conspiracy theorist Dale, military barber Bill and cool but inarticulate Boomhauer, along with Peggy’s friends Minh and meteorologist Nancy, and Bobby’s friend Connie help the Hills navigate a changing world.

Browse through the slideshow to learn about the cast for the revival series…

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'What Happened, Brittany Murphy?' Trailer Looks Deeper Into Her Mysterious 2009 Death - Watch Now

The official trailer for What Happened, Brittany Murphy? has arrived on HBO Max.

Here’s a synopsis: A beloved Hollywood starlet known for a number of iconic roles – gone at 32 years old. Unanswered questions, controversial figures, and surrounded by speculation: what really happened to Brittany Murphy? This two-part documentary explores her life beyond headlines, celebrating her legacy and investigating her tragic and untimely death.

The documentary also explores her relationship with husband Simon Monjack, 40, who died just five months after she did. Brittany‘s cause of death was released in 2010.

Stream What Happened, Brittany Murphy? on October 14 on HBO Max. Be sure to tune in to the two-part special.

Check out the trailer…

Brittany Murphy Docu-Series Coming to HBO Max

A Brittany Murphy series is coming.

HBO Max will be exploring the late star’s rise and mysterious death in 2009 in a two-part documentary series, THR reported Thursday (March 18).

The series “will be a character portrait of the young actress’ quick career assent and mysterious end — one that a coroner chalked up to pneumonia, even though Murphy was just 32 years old at the time of her death. Five months later, her widower Simon Monjack was found dead at their Hollywood Hills home after also seemingly succumbing to pneumonia.”

The series also promises to “go beyond the conspiracy theories and headlines” of her death and feature new interviews with those closest to her, as well as previously unseen archival footage.

“I agreed to do this film because I think it’s a shame that Brittany’s promising life and career has been eclipsed by the circumstances of her death. I think it’s important to celebrate Brittany’s talent as we struggle to explain the tragic circumstances of her and Simon’s deaths,” said director Cynthia Hill.

“Our Brittany Murphy documentary cuts through the tabloid noise with an elevated, nuanced depiction of a sensational story. Crafting a grounded account of Brittany Murphy’s life struggles and sudden passing comes with great responsibility and we’ve partnered with a masterful creative team to produce a thoughtful examination of a tragedy that has long been cause for speculation,” said HBO Max’s Jennifer O’Connell.

Another docu-series was recently announced at Hulu, which will explore a popular fashion brand’s backstory.

Alicia Silverstone Remembers 'Adorable' Brittany Murphy on 'Clueless' 25th Anniversary

Alicia Silverstone is looking back on Clueless 25 years later.

The 43-year-old actress, who played Cher Horowitz in the film, talked about the movie with Vogue in honor of the film’s 25th-annviersary.

During the chat, Alicia recalled her time on set of the 1995 film with co-star Brittany Murphy, who suddenly died on December 20, 2009 when she was only 32.

Alicia recalled the audition process, saying she thought Brittany was “so great” for the role on Tai Frasier.

“I just remember thinking she was so great for the part,” Alicia said. “I can’t remember how many girls came in to audition for Tai that day and I don’t know if I saw a few girls for it or just her, but I remember Brittany being really adorable.”

“She’s so good at the little accent because she had one already, but I think she just pushed it to new heights,” Alicia continued. “I found her so wonderful and I said to [director] Amy [Heckerling] right away ‘I think she’s the one! She was the best one you guys!’ hoping they would agree. She was like ‘Uh yeah duh. Of course she was the best, she’s the one.’”

Alicia also talked about how she and Brittany where the only two actual teenagers at the time of filming Clueless.

“I remember her mom was on set a lot. I brought my mom around a little bit and we would all spend time together. But I don’t think we had any intellectual idea about us being up-and-comers in a big movie because we didn’t know we were in a big movie,” Alicia said. “Maybe other people knew, but I was so innocent and never really paying attention to career stuff at all. I was just doing another job. It was a really great acting part that was different because… Well, first of all I didn’t know I was funny.”

During an interview back in April, Alicia revealed what her favorite line from Clueless is!

Clueless is available for streaming on Netflix now.

Dakota Fanning Reflects on Working With the Late Brittany Murphy

Dakota Fanning is opening up about working with Brittany Murphy, who sadly died in 2009.

The 26-year-old Alienist star spoke about her experience filming 2003′s Uptown Girls during Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday night (July 15).

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Dakota Fanning

In the film, Dakota played the 8-year-old Ray, with Brittany starring as her nanny, Molly.

“She just taught me to always have fun. She was, like, such a ray of light and had such a playful spirit. So I think, just, she made every day special for me. She was so wonderful,” Dakota said.

A few years ago, Dakota paid tribute to Brittany in a touching throwback post as well. Here is what she said about her then…

Watch Dakota Fanning remember Brittany Murphy

FYI: Dakota is wearing an In the Mood for Love jacket.

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Brittany Murphy's Death Explored in New Documentary Special

A new documentary special is exploring the death of actress Brittany Murphy and the cause of her death at the age of 32.

The Investigation Discovery network’s new ID Mystery special questions if Brittany‘s husband Simon Monjack had something to do with her death.

After Brittany passed away in 2009, the Los Angeles County coroner said that her death was an “accident caused by a combination of pneumonia, an iron deficiency and ‘multiple drug intoxication.’” Months later, Simon died from acute pneumonia and severe anemia.

The documentary features the final interview with Brittany‘s father Angelo Bertolotti, who passed away last year. In his interview, he “casts doubt on the conclusion that she died of natural causes and reveals bizarre allegations against other family members.”

Then downfall of Brittany‘s career is also explored in the documentary. After having big hits in the early 2000s with 8 Mile, Just Married, and Uptown Girls, she was only offered low budget roles in the years before her death. People close to her associated this with the introduction of Simon into her life.

“Many connect Brittany‘s diminished career to a change in her life,” the show’s narrator stated in the special.

You can watch the full special for free on ID’s website. Check out the trailer below!

The 10-year anniversary of Brittany‘s death was last year and one of her former co-stars paid tribute to her on that day.

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