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Fascinating Hollywood Facts

1. Sandra Bullock and Paula Abdul both screen-tested for the role of C.J. Parker on Baywatch, a part which made Pamela Anderson an international sex symbol.

2. The organization responsible for film ratings will now take smoking into consideration when deciding what ratings movies will receive. New policies set up by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) will have film raters analyze smoking scenes and classify accordingly in an attempt to discourage the habit in viewers.

3. Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan‘s cell phone rings to the tune of fiancé Michael Bolton’s hit “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

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4. A remake of the 1981 film Taps, which marked the movie debut of Sean Penn and featured Tom Cruise‘s second big-screen performance, is in the works.

5. Sci-fi legend George Lucas‘ 1977 movie Star Wars has been named the most influential special effects film of all time. The poll, taken by experts at the Visual Effects Society, named 1982’s Blade Runner as second, while The Matrix (1999) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) tied for third place.

6. Michelle WilliamsBryce Dallas Howard and Evan Rachel Wood have been cast to play English literary sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte in new movie Bronte.

7. Reality TV mogul Donald Trump is a grandfather–his son Donald Trump, Jr. and wife Vanessa are celebrating following the birth of a baby girl named Kai Madison on Saturday, May 12.

8. Movie legend Clint Eastwood collected the University of Southern California’s first Honorary Alumni Award on Friday, May 11.

9. Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola‘s first film in 10 years, Youth Without Youth, will premiere at the second Rome Film Fest in Italy in October.

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10. Tim Roth has joined the star-studded cast of The Hulk 2 after signing on to play villain Emil Blonsky. The Reservoir Dogs star will team up with Edward Norton and Liv Tyler in the sequel to Eric Bana‘s 2003 flop.


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