Angelo Bertolotti is not satisfied by the outcome of toxicology results which suggested the Clueless star's 2009 death was the result of pneumonia, anaemia and excessive use of prescription medications.
He filed suit against the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Coroner's Office at the start of this year (12), asking the officials to re-open the investigation into her demise at the age of 32.
Bertolotti, who was estranged from his daughter for much of her adult life, asked authorities to release Murphy's hair and tissue samples so they could be independently tested for toxic substances, poisons and heavy metals.
The request was initially granted but Murphy's dad was subsequently told they could not release the specimens - and he can't understand why.
He says, "I'm in disbelief that my simple request would turn into such an ordeal."
However, Bertolotti is refusing to give up the fight, despite encountering so many setbacks - and he recently hired George G. Braunstein - the same lawyer handling the investigation into the death of Sylvester Stallone's son Sage - to take up the case.
He adds, "Whether it exposes incompetence or corruption, I will continue moving forward to find out what truly caused Brittany's death."
Murphy died three years ago on Thursday (20Dec12).
Sage Stallone, 36, was found dead at his home in the Hollywood Hills in July (12), and a Los Angeles County Coroner subsequently determined the actor/producer suffered a heart attack.
The tragedy hit The Expendables star hard, and Stallone admits he is still consumed by grief four months after his son's passing.
He tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "I fall to pieces from time to time. You just do. It's a cycle you just have to deal with, like a virus that keeps coming back.
"You go through this time of thinking, 'It's really horrible', then you come out at the other end and realise there's not much you can do about it and you forgive yourself... Then you go through another cycle where you don't forgive yourself, then you get over it again... It's just an ongoing thing. And I don't think it ever goes away."
Sage Stallone, 36, was found dead at his home in the Hollywood Hills in July (12) and a Los Angeles County Coroner subsequently determined the actor/producer died of a heart attack.
Now, his mother Sasha - who was married to the movie star from 1974 to 1985 - has asked a judge to grant her full authority to make decisions on behalf of her late son's estate, according to TMZ.com.
She claims Sage died without writing a will and left personal property valued at $40,000 (£25,000).
Sage Stallone, 36, was found dead at his home in the Hollywood Hills in July (12) and now the Los Angeles County Coroner has determined the actor/producer died of natural causes.
The experts have ruled out an overdose revealing no drugs were found in his system at the time of death.
His movie star has been struggling with grief ever since the tragedy, but he recently confessed he's working past the worst of it, explaining, "It's tough. It's very tough... It's a horrible situation. Time, hopefully, will heal, and you try to get through it, but it's just something. It's a reality of life. I think it's important to get back and start reliving your life. Otherwise, you can go into a spiral."
The Rocky star's 36-year-old son, Sage, was found dead in Los Angeles last month (Jul12) and the family was struck by tragedy again on Sunday (26Aug12) when the actor's half-sister, Toni Ann Filiti, lost her battle with lung cancer.
The 48 year old passed away at the home of her mother, Jackie, in Santa Monica, California on Sunday morning.
Jackie tells the New York Daily News, "I was holding her in my arms. I had just washed (her) face and told her how pretty she looked, and she just fell asleep... She's too young to go, but she wasn't feeling any pain. What a terrible month. First Sage and now Toni. It's hard. At least they're together now in heaven."
The 90 year old reveals her superstar son was devastated by the news of Toni's death, but has vowed to remain close to her son. She adds, "He said he can't take any more pain. He said he'll always be there for her son."
The two actors became the world's biggest actions stars in the 1980s and they are back on screen together in new movie The Expendables 2, which has been released at a poignant time for Stallone following the loss of his son, Sage, last month (Jul12).
Schwarzenegger has now revealed he is supporting his pal the best he can and praises friends and family for helping Stallone through the testing time.
He tells U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, "He is going through a tough time and I think the important thing is that he has the support that he needs and that he has a great family; he has wonderful children and a wonderful wife. He has wonderful friends around him, so we all supported him... It's a very difficult time for him but he's going to pull through it."
Sage Stallone, 36, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills apartment on 13 July (12) and the tragedy forced the Rocky star to pull out of a number of promotional commitments for The Expendables 2.
The movie star's 36-year-old son was found dead in his Hollywood Hills apartment on 13 July (12) and the tragedy forced the Rocky star to pull out of a series of promotional commitments for his new film The Expendables 2.
But now he's back and he tells U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America he's determined not to let the awful events of his son's passing bring him down.
He says, "It's tough. It's very tough... It's a horrible situation. Time, hopefully, will heal, and you try to get through it, but it's just something. It's a reality of life. I think it's important to get back and start reliving your life. Otherwise, you can go into a spiral."
It's not the only non-film drama Stallone is having to deal with at the moment - his half-sister, Toni Ann Filiti, has been hospitalised in Los Angeles as she battles lung cancer.
Sylvester Stallone made sure he had his family by his side as he walked the red carpet for the London premiere of The Expendables 2 on Monday (13Aug12) - exactly a month since his son Sage, by first wife Sasha Czack, was found dead at his Los Angeles home. The actor was joined by his third wife Jennifer Flavin and their daughters Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet at the Leicester Square event.
Kun Liu, 25, was shooting a scene near the Ognyanovo Reservoir in Bulgaria last October when he was killed in an explosion, and Stallone admits everyone on the set found the tragedy "very hard" to deal with.
Speaking to reporters while promoting The Expendables 2 in London on Monday (13Aug12), he says, "The stunt team took it very, very hard and shut down for quite a while. It's happened twice before on films I've been on and it's never easy."
Liu's parents are suing the film's producers for more than $25 million (£15.6 million), claiming movie executives failed to take proper safety precautions on the set.
It's not the only tragedy Stallone is dealing with at present - his 36-year-old son Sage was found dead in his Hollywood Hills apartment last month (Jul12), forcing the movie star/director to miss a series of promotional commitments for The Expendables 2.
Meanwhile, his half-sister Toni Ann Filiti's lung cancer battle has taken a turn for the worse and she has been admitted to a Los Angeles hospital in a critical condition.
If the sage wisdom of Tina Turner is to be believed, we don’t need another hero. This sentiment proves invaluable if you also subscribe to recent comments made by action movie icon Sylvester Stallone, who asserted that there are no action heroes anymore. Is he correct in this assessment? While one can understand how Stallone arrived at this notion, as a living legend whose career is winding to an inevitable conclusion, it can be argued that there are plenty of action heroes remaining. Some of them are just rising to prominence, some of them are experiencing resurgence, and some are challenging our conceptions of the cinematic action hero formula. These heroes give us the distinct impression that their ass-kicking skills are not limited to the big screen.
Mention a name like Sylvester Stallone and even those most averse to the action genre will recognize it. The same, sadly, cannot currently be said for Scott Adkins, but hopefully that obscurity is approaching its end. Adkins has been training in various styles of martial arts since he was a teenager and, after playing henchmen in several action movies, got his first starring role in 2006’s Undisputed II: Last Man Standing. Since then, he’s appeared in The Bourne Ultimatum, Ninja, and Undisputed III. Adkins has an intensity and presence as an actor matched only by his spectacular combat skills. His talents were impressive enough to land him a role in The Expendables 2, playing the right-hand man to his lifelong idol Jean-Claude Van Damme.
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One of director Steven Soderbergh’s greatest strengths is recognizing raw talent in unlikely places. He not only got an incredible performance out of Jennifer Lopez in Out of Sight, but he also recognized the acting talents of British standup comic Eddie Izzard in Ocean’s 12 and Ocean’s 13. Most recently, he ventured to the world of mixed martial arts to find the star of his action thriller Haywire. Gina Carano was breaking barriers and records in MMA before she ever shattered bones in the film. She proved to be as graceful in her scene work as she is in the ring. Her status as an ass-kicker was confirmed long before the cameras started rolling, but we’re still excited to see her battle scripted opponents in the upcoming projects, including The Fast and the Furious 6.
You’ve probably seen Marko Zaror on the big screen and didn’t even know it. Early in his career, this Chilean martial artist doubled for the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the 2003 action comedy The Rundown. When you are deemed tough enough to step in when The Rock needs a stunt double, your ass-kicker status is undeniable. In Chile, Zaror is becoming quite the star in his own right. His insane acrobatics and rapid-fire striking power make his films — Mirageman, Kiltro, and Mandrill — spellbinding to behold. Off screen, he has demonstrated his phenomenal martial arts skills at festivals by executing double spin flips live on stage and even kicking over the top of a grown man’s head.
Milla Jovovich is by no means an unknown; she’s been appearing in films for going on twenty-five years. She has enjoyed ongoing success and a wide fanbase for her portrayal of Alice in the Resident Evil franchise. Watching her battle monsters and legions of the undead in these films, based on the popular videogame series, it’s clear that Jovovich is very comfortable in a fight. This may be derived from this stunning actress’ upbringing. She was born in what is now Ukraine, at the time part of the USSR. When she immigrated to the United States with her parents, she experienced a great deal of prejudice and hostility from her classmates; America still boiling with Cold War paranoia. Jovovich grew to be rebellious and somewhat reckless as a result of this. There is no doubting Jovovich is not to be trifled with, on or off the screen.
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