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25 Fun Facts about the Best Boy Bands

Let’s be honest, you still busta move every time “Bye Bye Bye” comes on your shuffle, right?

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Ahh, the 90’s shuffle…

The 90’s and 2000’s had the BEST in pop music, and our favorite boy bands helped pave the way to some of the best dance songs of all time!

Whether you loved JC, JT, or AJ, this list of 25 Fun Facts about the Best Boy Bands is sure to give you all the nostalgic feels!

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25 Fun Facts about the Best Boy Bands

NSYNC

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  1. NSYNC is an acronym using the last letter of each member’s first name: JustiN, ChriS, JoeY, JasoN, and JC.
  2. After failing to make the cut to join The Backstreet Boys, Chris Kirkpatrick came up with the idea for NSYNC and pitched it to Lou Pearlman, who launched NSYNC’s career.
  3. “It’s Gonna Be Me” is the only NYSNC single to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  4. Lance Bass dated Boy Meets World star Danielle Fishell from 1999-2000.
  5. Pearlman and his record company, Trans Continental, was sued by NSYNC in 1999 for defrauding them of millions of dollars.  The lawsuit, which settled out of court, got NSYNC out of their contract with Lou, allowing them to sign with Jive Records.  Lou is now serving 25 years in prison for running a Ponzi scheme.
  6. In 2000, their second album, No Strings Attached, sold a record-breaking 2.4 million copies within the first week of release.  The album ultimately sold 11.1 million copies (and counting!), and is the second-biggest selling album of the 2000’s, after The Beatles’ 1.

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  1. Howie Dorough was the only member of The Backstreet Boys to study dance professionally.
  2. Kevin Richardson received the most fan mail of all The Backstreet Boys members.
  3. AJ McLean’s mom joined him every time he traveled on a concert tour.  She was the group’s tour publicist.
  4. Their first performance was in 1993 for 3,000 people at SeaWorld.  They were the opening act for Shamu the killer whale.
  5. McLean lived in the same building as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Ryan Gosling (all members of The Mickey Mouse Club) in 1992.  While playing basketball with Gosling one day, McLean asked him if he wanted to join the band.  He actually expressed interest, but it obviously never happened.
  6. Nick Carter had a minor background role in the movie, Edward Scissorhands.  If you look closely during a shot of the neighborhood, you can spot Nick as one of the kids playing on a slip-and-slide.

New Kids on the Block

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  1. Joey McIntyre was only 12 years old when he joined New Kids on the Block!
  2. The New Kids on the Block rose to fame as an opening act for the pop star, Tiffany.  A year later, she was an opening act for New Kids!
  3. In 1991, the New Kids topped Forbes’ list of highest paid entertainers, beating out Madonna, Prince, and even Michael Jackson.
  4. Jonathan Knight left the group in 1994 not just because of his panic attacks and anxiety, but because he was exhausted from hiding his homosexuality from the rest of the group.
  5. Jennifer Lopez once a backup dancer for the group for their performance at the American Music Awards in 1991.

Boyz II Men

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  1. Boyz II Men formed at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia.  The group would practice in the school’s bathrooms due to the excellent acoustics.
  2. In 1992, Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” set a record by staying at the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 13 weeks straight.  The record was previously held by Elvis Presley.
  3. In 2012, the music industry rewarded Boyz II Men with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  4. Boyz II Men recently performed in a Geico insurance ad singing about the side effects of prescription medication with the tagline, “If you’re Boyz II Men, you make anything sound good.  It’s what you do.”

98 Degrees

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  1. The group 98 Degrees actually formed independently and was then later picked up by a record label, rather than being assembled by a label or producer.
  2. To get recognition while competing with groups like The Spice Girls, The Backstreet Boys, and NYSNC, 98 Degrees emphasized that they wrote their own music and played on the fact that they were signed to Motown, which gave them a little more credibility as far as R&B and soul music goes.
  3. The group also opened for Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope Tour.
  4. 98 Degrees also appeared in the movie, Mulan, singing “True to Your Heart”.

 

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14 Fun Facts about Monsters Inc.

It was 16 years ago today that Pixar’s Monsters Inc. hit theaters.  Starring John Goodman and Billy Crystal, Monsters Inc. is one of Pixar’s most profitable films and continues to delight audiences even today.

With ground-breaking animation and a cast to boot, Monsters Inc. is certainly one of my favorite Pixar films and even won an Oscar for Randy Newman’s closing song, “If I Didn’t Have You”.

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To celebrate it’s 16th anniversary, here are 14 fun facts about Monsters Inc.!

14 Fun Facts about Monsters Inc.

The concept for Monsters Inc. was developed during a famous lunch meeting in 1994 where Pixar executives came up with ideas for four amazing films: Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, A  Bugs Life, and Wall-E.

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Boo is voiced by one of the story artists’ daughters.

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Sulley has more than 2.3 million strands of hair on his body and each one was individually animated.  A single frame of Sulley could take up to 12 hours to complete.

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Boo’s real name is Mary Gibbs.

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Randy Newman won his first Oscar for the film’s closing song, “If I Didn’t Have You”.

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Bill Murray was Pixar’s first choice for Sulley, but he never responded to their calls.  Classic Bill Murray.

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John Goodman (Sulley) and Billy Crystal (Mike) recorded their lines together…a rarity in film animation.

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Pete Docter’s original pitch for Monsters Inc. was to have a grown man be haunted by the monsters he drew as a kid.

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Randall’s anxious assistant, Fungus, was voiced by Frank Oz (the puppeteer behind Yoda, Miss Piggy, and Cookie Monster, to name a few).  He also came up with the name, Mike Wazowski.

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Bob Peterson, the guy who voices Dug in Up, is the same guy who voices Roz in Monster’s Inc.

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The Door Vault contains about 5.7 million doors.

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Monsters Inc. is the fourth film that Goodman and Steve Buscemi (Randall) have done together.

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There was also a special Monsters Inc. trailer made that was shown before Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  It involved Mike and Sulley playing charades with the answer being Harry Potter.

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The closing credits of Monsters Inc. state that, “NO MONSTERS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS MOTION PICTURE.”

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18 Fun Facts about Katy Perry

You don’t have to know me long to know that I’m a hard-core Katy Cat!  I love her message, her style, her music, her attitude, and her love for those who just march to their own drummers.

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Yesterday was Katy’s 33rd birthday and since she’s always been one to celebrate a birthday –

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here are 18 Fun Facts about Katy Perry!

18 Fun Facts about Katy Perry

Katy Perry is actually a stage name.  Katy’s real name is Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson.  Perry is her mother’s maiden name.

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Both of Katy’s parents are pastors.  She started her singing career at her parents’ church at the age of 9.

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Her parents also make an appearance in her “Hot n’ Cold” video.

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Katy is the only musical artist since Michael Jackson to have 5 #1 hits from the same album (“California Gurls”, “Teenage Dream”, “Firework”, “E.T.”, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”).  “The One that Got Away” also made it to #3.

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Katy has ghost-written songs for Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, and Kelly Clarkson.  Hear her roar!

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Katy also has four Guinness World Records under her belt.  One for “Best Star on the US Digital Chart by a Female Artist” and another for “Best First Female with Five Number 1 US Singles from 1 Album”.

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Katy also became the first artist with multiple videos to reach one billion views on Vevo with the videos for “Roar” and “Dark Horse”.

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In addition to her Guinness Records, Katy also has five American Music Awards, a Brit Award, and a Juno Award.  She was also included in the Forbes list of “Top-Earning Women in Music”.

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She briefly studied Italian opera at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.

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Before her big breakthrough, Katy was featured on the soundtrack to the 2005 film, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and provided vocals on Mick Jagger’s song, “Old Habits Die Hard”.

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Madonna helped get Katy’s name out there with her public praise of Katy’s song, “Ur So Gay”, which Madonna coined as her favorite song of Katy’s.

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Katy met her ex-husband, Russell Brand, while filming a cameo appearance for his film, Get Him to the Greek.  Her scene, in which the two kiss, was ultimately cut from the film.

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Katy and Russell were married on October 23, 2010 in a traditional Hindu ceremony near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan.  After 14 months of marriage, the two divorced.

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Katy’s Super Bowl performance garnered 118.5 million viewers in the US and became the most watched and highest-rated show in Super Bowl history.  The viewership for half-time was higher than the game itself, which was viewed by an audience of 114.4 million people.

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In 2010, Katy was named #1 on the Maxium Hot 100 List and was quoted as being a “quadruple kind of hot” by editor, Joe Levy.

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Katy is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.  A portion of the money generated from tickets to her Prismatic World Tour was donated to UNICEF.

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Katy is also a huge advocate for gay rights and HIV/AIDS healthcare.  She’s also campaigned on behalf of the democratic party twice.  Once for Obama, then again for Hillary Clinton.

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Despite her many accolades, Katy has never won a Grammy Award.  However, she’s been nominated 10 times for various Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for Teenage Dream, Record of the Year for “Firework”, and Song of the Year for “Roar”.

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23 Fun Facts About Horror Movies

Well, we’re about 12 days from Halloween…time to line up those scary Halloween classics and indulge in some monster movie marathons!

Now, I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a total wuss when it comes to scary movies.  My Halloween movie line-up usually consists of five movies:

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Then probably Beetlejuice again…Yeah…I’m daring.

But recently I’ve had a bigger appreciation for the horror genre.  I still hate gore and blood, but I love a good psychological thriller or ghost story…

So here are a few fun facts about some classic (and not so classic) horror movies!  For more fun facts about Beetlejuice or Hocus Pocus, you can check out these posts:

Fun Facts about Beetlejuice

Fun Facts about Hocus Pocus

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23 Fun Facts About Horror Movies

In the 9 MINUTES of screen time Max Schreck has as Count Orlock in the classic, Nosferatu (1922), he only blinks one time.

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The Exorcist was the first horror film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.  It actually earned 10 Oscar nominations, including one for Best Supporting Actress for Linda Blair, who was just 15 at the time.

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Popular British actor David Warner was actually the first choice to play Freddy Krueger.

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Psycho (the original) was actually the first American film to feature a toilet.  It’s also the first film in which we hear a toilet being flushed.

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Stephen King was actually not a fan of Kubrick’s The Shining, and actually didn’t like the casting of Jack Nicholson, either.  SCANDAL.

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To better entice Fay Wray into staring in King Kong (1933), he told her, “You’re going to have the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood.”  She was hoping for Cary Grant, which is why she said yes.

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Serial Killer Ed Gein was the inspiration behind Psycho, The Silence of the Lambs, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  Among the items discovered in his Wisconsin farm were four noses, nine masks made of human skin, numerous heads, lampshades and bowls made of skin, lips and a belt made of nipples.

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Paranormal Activity is the most profitable film of all time.  It cost $15,000 to make and grossed $193 million worldwide.

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In 1909, Key West painter and author Robert Eugene Otto claimed that one of his family’s servants placed a voodoo curse on his childhood toy, Robert the Doll.  He would knock over furniture and conduct conversations with Otto.  This true story was the inspiration behind the film, Child’s Play.

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The name of the demon in The Exorcist is Pazuzu.  It’s never mentioned in the film, but it’s taken from the name of the king of the demons in Assyrian and Babylonian mythology.

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Sissy Spacek was adamant that her own hand appear in Carrie’s final scene.  She was buried in the ground to film the iconic scene.

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The Blair Witch Project was filmed in only 8 days.

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The skeletons in Poltergeist are real human skeletons.

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Tony Todd had a mouth full of REAL BEES in Candyman.  The only thing preventing him from swallowing the bees was a mouth guard…and the only thing preventing them from stinging him was seriously calm nerves.

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The color red is present in almost every shot of The Shining.

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Crewmembers were so creeped out by Tim Curry’s performance in It that most people avoided him during filming.

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To make the tension between the actors authentic on The Blair Witch Project, the directors gave them less and less food each day.  This would NOT be okay with me!

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Michael Myers’ mask in Halloween is actually a William Shatner mask modified and painted.

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The writer of The Mummy (1932) was present for the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

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The 20-second transformation scene in The Wolf Man (1941) took 10 hours to film.

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Pennywise’s hair in It was Tim Curry’s real hair.

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Bosco Chocolate Syrup was used as blood in Night of the Living Dead.

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The director of The Exorcist, William Friedkin, would have the prop man occasionally shoot shotgun blanks into the air to surprise the actors and get a more authentic reaction.

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17 Fun Facts About Kate Winslet

You may know her from Sense and Sensibility, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, or maybe this little film she did called Titanic

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Based on her resume, there’s no denying that Kate Winslet is an amazing actress.  She’s talented, kind, humble, and not to mention, ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD (even PEOPLE Magazine says so!).

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Today is Kate Winslet’s birthday, and to celebrate this amazing woman, here are 17 Fun Facts about Kate Winslet!

17 Fun Facts About Kate Winslet

Kate got an early start to acting. She began intensive training as a 10-year-old at the Redroofs Drama School in England.

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Her first major role was in a television mini-series called Anglo Saxon Attitudes at the age of 17.

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While Kate was working on her acting chops, she was also slinging pork chops in a deli in England. She was actually working there when her agent called and told her she got the role of Juliet Hulme in Heavenly Creatures (a role that won her the British Film Actress of the Year Award in 1996).

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Kate was the only one not wearing a wet suit during those water scenes in Titanic. PRO.

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And it should come as no surprise that her and Leo have remained life-long friends. Kate has mentioned in interviews that they talk every night, her kids call him “Uncle Leo” (OMG!), and he even walked her down the aisle during her marriage to Ned Rocknroll.

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Kate’s Oscar for The Reader made her the youngest actor to have been nominated six times for an Oscar at just 33 years old.

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Kate keeps an Oscar in her bathroom so friends can practice their ‘win speech’ in the mirror…serious BFF goals.

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Kate is such a good actress that she won an Emmy for playing…herself. She played a comedic version of herself in the British show, Extras (this is also one of the best episodes of this series, BTW).

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After she was cast as Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic, she sent James Cameron a bunch of roses to thank him for casting her. Class move, Kate!

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She also recorded a song for the movie, Christmas Carol: The Movie called “What If?”. It was released as a single and reached the top ten in the United Kingdom.

Kate was originally cast as Nola Rice in Woody Allen’s Match Point, but had to drop out at the last minute. The role then went to Scarlett Johansson.

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The film Revolutionary Road, which reunited her with Leo, was directed by her then-husband, Sam Mendes. The various sex scenes between her and Leo had to be filmed in front of her husband…which she said was a “profoundly weird experience”.  Ya don’t say?!

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Her role in The Reader helped her become one of only about 9 actresses to have won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics’ Choice Award, Golden Globe Award, and SAG Award for the same performance.

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Kate also has a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for her reading of Listen to the Storyteller.

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Kate has no shame about her body. She’s appeared nude in more than 15 movies.

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Of all the movies she’s done, she feels the most pride for her performance in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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Acting also runs in Kate’s blood. Her parents, Roger and Sally Winslet, are both actors and her grandparents founded the Reading Repertory Theatre.

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28 Fun Facts about Gossip Girl

Hey Upper East Siders,

It may be hard to believe, but it was 10 YEARS AGO (September 19, 2007) that Gossip Girl aired on The CW.

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Starring Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick and Penn Badgley, the show about the wealthy elite of New York had “guilty pleasure” written all over it…and was a pinnacle of pop culture and fashion goals during its time on-air.  Filled with everything you could ever want in a teen drama (pretty boys, sexy ladies, love triangles, one-night stands, and AMAZING clothes), Gossip Girl established a bit of a cult following…and still has a loyal fan base to this day.

And any show about drama has to have drama off-set, right?  If your desire for more dirt on this crew of pretty, rich snobs has you scouring the Internet for rumors and secrets, look no further!  Here you’ll find 28 tid-bits about the making of Gossip Girl.

So invite your squad over for brunch and keep the mimosas flowing…here are 28 Fun Facts about Gossip Girl!

28 Fun Facts about Gossip Girl

There weren’t a lot of girls that came in to audition for Serena Van der Woodsen – Blake Lively basically had the role from the start…but she wasn’t so sure.  She wanted to finish college, so she declined the role at first.  The producers told her she could to go Columbia University one day a week to work on her degree, but with the show’s success, she never ended up finishing college.

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Supposedly, Blake and Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf) were not the BFF’s IRL that their characters were.  They were friendly to each other, but not close like Serena and Blair.

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However, Ed Westwick (Chuck Bass) and Chace Crawford (Nate Crawford) really were tight behind the scenes!  The duo actually lived together in NYC when the show started filming.

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Penn Badgley (Dan Humphrey) has been noted as saying that he didn’t like being on Gossip Girl, but was closest in real life to his character.

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Penn and Blake dated for three years while filming Gossip Girl.  However, they split in 2010 and kept their split a secret for two months.  They didn’t want their personal drama to relate to the show.  #PROS

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The production staff had their own “Gossip Girl”.  Before hacking was even a major problem, someone was stealing the Gossip Girl scripts via email and selling them online.  They found out it was a teenager from Russia or Bulgaria, but they were underage and couldn’t be prosecuted.

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A reboot or spinoff isn’t COMPLETELY off the table…Blake is all about reprising her role, but the rest of the cast and producers are on the fence…no strong yes’s, but no strong no’s, either!

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Then-mayor of NY, Michael Bloomberg, was so impressed with how the show showcased the city that he declared January 26th Gossip Girl Day in NYC.

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It cost between $10,000 and $60,000 per day to film in New York.

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The actors who played Rufus (Matthew Settle) and Lily (Kelly Rutherford) also used to date in real life before the show began.  They’re still great friends! ❤

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Blair’s look was inspired by Audrey Hepburn, while Serena’s look was inspired by Sienna Miller and Kate Moss.

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The Van der Woodsen’s apartment in the Milan Condominiums complex on the Upper East Side sold for $6.8 million.

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Chuck’s hotel – The Empire – is a real hotel.  They serve the “XOXO Cocktail”, with a secret ingredient that they’ll “never tell”.

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Gossip Girl was one of the first shows whose DVR and iTunes numbers were higher than the actual viewing numbers.

The show’s costume designer, Eric Daman, won an Emmy for his costumes that he designed for Sex and the City.

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The Humphrey’s are considered to be ‘poor’ because they are from Brooklyn…but real estate in both Brooklyn and the Upper East Side is about $1,400 per square foot.

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Taylor Momsen (Jenny Humphry) may look familiar to you…she also starred as Little Cindy Lou Who in Jim Carrey’s The Grinch.

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Blake and Penn were also home-schooled together as 11-year-olds.  Aww!!

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Kristen Bell, who did the voiceover for the series, finally appears on-screen to audition for a film adaptation of Dan’s novel.  How meta.

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Serena, Blair and Dan appear in every episode of the show.

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To keep with its pop culture feel, the title of every episode is based around a reference to a film, book or TV show.

Westwick and Jessica Szohr (Vanessa) also dated for a period of time in real life.

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Alexa Chung, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Karlie Kloss and Liz Hurley all make cameos on the show.

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Jennifer Behr, the designer of Blair’s iconic headbands, released a gift set of nine replicas in 2012 that would have cost you a cool $4,000.

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Chuck has a pet dog named Monkey on the show, but in the books, Chuck actually has a pet monkey.

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SPOILERS BELOW!

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Producers knew that Blair and Chuck would end up together from the beginning of the series!

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Penn Badgley didn’t know he was ‘Gossip Girl’ until the moment they shot the scene where it’s revealed.

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Blake was fitted for her wedding dress for Dan and Serena’s wedding the day after her real-life wedding to Ryan Reynolds.

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13 Fun Facts about As Good as it Gets

Nothing makes you feel older than realizing how old some of your favorite movies are…in December of this year, As Good as it Gets will be 20 years old…

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Jeebus.

I loved this movie then and I love it even more now.  Filled with some of the best quotes in cinematic history, this movie was probably one of the last times a romantic comedy pretty much dominated the Oscars.

Starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt (both won Oscars for their performances), AGAIG tells the story of a man with OCD who falls in love with a New York waitress.  It was a movie that could only exist in the time it was made, making sexual and racial jokes that would NEVER have the same impact in today’s culture.

Still, this is maybe one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen, and surely was one of Nicholson’s best.  To celebrate it’s almost 20th birthday, here are 13 Fun Facts about As Good as it Gets.

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13 Fun Facts about As Good as it Gets

At the 1998 Oscars ceremony when Jack Nicholson won for Best Actor, he gave a little nod to his character of Melvin Udall by carefully stepping over the cracks between the tiles on stage.  He dedicated his Oscar to his A Few Good Men co-star, J.T. Walsh, who died shortly before the ceremony.

The scene where the dog mimics Melvin’s movements as he walks over the cracks was done by placing obstacles on the sidewalk so the dog would have to step over them.  Those obstacles were then later digitally removed.

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Melvin’s response to the question about how he writes women so well (“I think of a man…then I take away reason and accountability.”) was an actual response given by author John Updike when asked the same question.

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Only seven films have won Oscars in both the Best Actor and Best Actress category, with As Good as it Gets being the most recent addition.  The other movies include It Happened One Night (Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher), Network (Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway), Coming Home (Jon Voight and Jane Fonda), On Golden Pond (Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn) and The Silence of the Lambs (Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster).

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Nicholson must be some type of golden ticket – Both he and Helen Hunt (Carol) won leading Oscars for As Good as it Gets, while Greg Kinnear (Simon) was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, but did not win.  The same thing happened in 1975 when Nicholson and Louise Fletcher both won leading Oscars for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, while Brad Dourif was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, but did not win (but he should have!!).

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The light-upbeat soundtrack to the film was composed by Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, The Dark Knight Trilogy).

As Good as it Gets was a box office hit, opening at #3 (behind Titanic  and Tomorrow Never Dies).  It is Nicholson’s second most lucrative film behind Batman.

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Nicholson also wasn’t supposed to kiss Hunt at the end of the film, but director James L. Brooks yelled, “Kiss her, man!” from behind the camera.

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The couple Melvin insults at the restaurant (“Appetites aren’t as big as your noses?”) is played by Peter Jacobson and Lisa Edelstein, who would go on to star together in the TV show, House.

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The dog Verdell was played by six Brussels Griffons: Timer the Dog, Sprout, Debbie, Billy the Dog, Parfait, and Jill the Dog.  Jill got the most screen time.

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Nicholson said that playing Melvin was difficult, but the character was “the most loveable character I’ve ever played.”…which, when you think about it, isn’t wrong…

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Similar to his character Simon, Greg Kinnear had a hard time getting along with Verdell the dog.

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As Good as it Gets was also actor Maya Rudolph’s first speaking role.

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