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Fascinating Hollywood Facts

1. Pop star Nick Lachey‘s new girlfriend, Vanessa Minnillo, is set to follow his ex-wife, Jessica Simpson, into the movies after landing a role in the Fantastic Four sequel.

2. Kirsten Dunst is in talks to play Blondie star Deborah Harry in a new biopic of the punk queen’s life, according to Hollywood trade magazine Daily Variety.

3. Colleen Atwood, the acclaimed costumier who created the designs for movies like Memoirs of a Geisha and Planet of the Apes, helped rockers My Chemical Romance create their new “death-rock Sgt. Pepper” drummer-boy look.

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4. Colombian pop superstar Shakira was named after Michael Caine‘s wife. The singer’s father is a longtime friend of the British actor.

5. Owen Wilson, Andre Agassi and Lindsay Lohan have made Barbara Walters’ Most Fascinating People of 2006 list. The full top 10 will be released nearer the broadcast date in December. 

6. Robert Redford has signed on to play baseball executive Branch Rickey in a new biopic about the life of sports legend Jackie Robinson, the African-American athlete who broke through the color barrier in baseball.

7. The original Ocean’s 11, North by Northwest, A Clockwork Orange, Trainspotting, Shaft, Bullitt and Reservoir Dogs have been named among the 25 Most Stylish Films of All Time in a new GQ magazine poll.

8. Saw actress Shawnee Smith is secretly writing and recording her first album with members of Metallica.

9. Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar has accepted an invitation by New York’s Museum of Modern Art to make available his rarely seen, and controversial, early experimental short films from the 1970s.

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10. Monty Python stars Eric Idle and John Cleese have teamed up as animated characters in the second Shrek sequel. Idle will voice the character of wizard Merlin in the film, while Cleese will reprise his royal character, The King.

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