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Fascinating Hollywood Facts

1. Pop star Britney Spears‘ new neighbors at her recently purchased Beverly Hills estate are Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale.

2. Peter Jackson‘s Hollywood blockbuster The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King has the highest body count of any movie in history, with 836 characters killed off in the third installment of the fantasy saga.

3. Helen Mirren, 61, had her palm read in her twenties and was told she would become very successful in her fifties and be “very, very famous.”

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4. Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, a former smoker, is determined to deter youngsters from picking up the habit by posting commercials detailing the dangers of nicotine on all Weinstein Co. DVD releases that feature smoking scenes.

5. The Last Samurai star Ken Watanabe beat leukemia in the early 1990s after he was diagnosed with the disease as his career was taking off in 1989.

6. Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s Golden Globe Best Actress nomination for Sherrybaby has earned the indie movie a re-release in America. The acclaimed film, in which she plays a drug abuser, has been released for one week in Los Angeles and New York.

7. Movie legend Sophia Loren starts every day off by calling her childhood best friend Adela “for a gossip.”

8. Nicolas Cage, Guy Ritchie and John Woo have signed up to help director Shekhar Kapur produce a series of Indian mythology-inspired comic books.

9. Newly outed actor Neil Patrick Harris‘ parents, both former attorneys, own a diner, called Perennials, in his native Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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10. Lost star Matthew Fox‘s farming parents grew barley for brewing company Coors.


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