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The Great Hollywood quiz

January 04, 2005 18:00 IST
Was Colin Farrell the original choice for Oliver Stone's Alexander?

Which actress was first offered Catwoman, before Halle Berry landed the role?

Take this three-part quiz and brush up your knowledge of Hollywood!

1. About which actress did Quentin Tarantino, jury president at the Cannes Festival in 2004, declare, 'The Academy should just walk up to her door, knock on it and put the Oscar in her hand!'
a. Monica Bellucci in The Passion Of The Christ
b. Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
c. Uma Thurman in Kill Bill Vol 2

2. Which member of the Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind crew achieved a bizarre first at the Academy Awards?
a. Jim Carrey, for winning successive Golden Globes but failing to get Oscar nominations
b. Charlie Kaufman, for a screenwriting nomination for Adaptation, with fictional co-writing twin brother Donald
c. Kate Winslet, for getting nominated three successive years, but losing out each time

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Wrong!
The correct answer is B.
2002's Adaptation, a Spike Jonze film, was an intensely layered film about a screenwriter writing a film. The movie starred Nicolas Cage as screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, and his fictional twin brother Donald, and both brothers officially shared the film's writing credits!
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2002's Adaptation, a Spike Jonze film, was an intensely layered film about a screenwriter writing a film. The movie starred Nicolas Cage as screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, and his fictional twin brother Donald, and both brothers officially shared the film's writing credits!

3. How did Oscar winning actress Halle Berry end up in Catwoman?
a. Michelle Pfeiffer refused to reprise her Batman Returns character, because the suit was too uncomfortable
b. Sharon Stone, her co-star in the film and one of its producers, insisted on Halle because she wanted a realistic sexual dynamic between the title character and herself
c. Halle once dated DC Comics' Frank Miller, who, honouring an ancient promise, made the call to Warner Bros recommending her for the film.

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Wrong! The correct answer is A.
The title role was meant to be filled by Ashley Judd, who vacated meowing boots at the last minute. It is rumoured that Halle virtually jumped at the chance at playing the comic book character, only to star in possibly her most forgettable cinematic outing, savaged viciously by critics and audiences alike.
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The title role was meant to be filled by Ashley Judd, who vacated meowing boots at the last minute. It is rumoured that Halle virtually jumped at the chance at playing the comic book character, only to star in possibly her most forgettable cinematic outing, savaged viciously by critics and audiences alike.

4. Which sepia-toned star's films grossed the most in 2004?
a. Gene Hackman
b. Peter O'Toole
c. Julie Andrews

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Wrong! The correct answer is C.
Peter O'Toole came close as Troy managed to earn several millions of dollars worldwide, but was beaten rather severely by Dame Julie Andrews, who glowed in Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, and featured in the year's biggest box-office success, Shrek 2.

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Peter O'Toole came close as Troy managed to earn several millions of dollars worldwide, but was beaten rather severely by Dame Julie Andrews, who glowed in Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, and featured in the year's biggest box-office success, Shrek 2.

5. Which director re-made his own original film for the third time?
a. Lars Von Trier
b. Wolfgang Petersen
c. Takashi Shimizu

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Wrong! The correct answer is C.
With the successful Hollywood version of The Grudge, Shimizu SarahMichelleGellarified his Ju-On Japanese original. What is lesser known, however, is that Ju-On itself (and its sequel) was first made as a low-budget film, and then remade for its most internationally famous form.
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With the successful Hollywood version of The Grudge, Shimizu SarahMichelleGellarified his Ju-On Japanese original. What is lesser known, however, is that Ju-On itself (and its sequel) was first made as a low-budget film, and then remade for its most internationally famous form.

6. Which famous spy movie theme music is used in the trailers for The Incredibles?
a. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
b. Mission Impossible: 2
c. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

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Wrong! The correct answer is A.
The theme from the 1969 Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, by John Barry, is used in the film's previews. Both versions are remixed, but are distinctly clear in recreating the original sound.
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The theme from the 1969 Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, by John Barry, is used in the film's previews. Both versions are remixed, but are distinctly clear in recreating the original sound.

7. Before Mel Gibson walked in and the actual premise of The Passion Of The Christ was revealed, what did James Caviezel think the movie was about?
a. Lethal Weapon V, where he was supposed to play Mel's younger brother
b. A laid back, surfing film
c. A lost philosopher in a mystical, cruel world

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Wrong! The correct answer is B.
James Caviezel was accidentally whipped twice during the filming of The Passion, and this has left a 14-inch scar on his back. He has also admitted to being struck by lightning while filming the Sermon on the Mount. As if that wasn't enough, during the crucifixion, he experienced hypothermia during the dead of winter in Italy!
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James Caviezel was accidentally whipped twice during the filming of The Passion, and this has left a 14-inch scar on his back. He has also admitted to being struck by lightning while filming the Sermon on the Mount. As if that wasn't enough, during the crucifixion, he experienced hypothermia during the dead of winter in Italy!

8. Which of the following stars did Oliver Stone NOT originally consider for a part in Alexander?
a. Tom Cruise
b. Sean Connery
c. Joaquin Phoenix

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Wrong! The correct answer is C.
Oliver first began discussing the Alexander project as far back as 1991, with Val Kilmer, while filming The Doors. During another early set of discussions for the film, Stone decided on working with Tom Cruise in the title role. Stone also wanted Sean Connery to play King Philip. The role finally essayed by Val, as the film emerged a generation too late.
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Oliver first began discussing the Alexander project as far back as 1991, with Val Kilmer, while filming The Doors. During another early set of discussions for the film, Stone decided on working with Tom Cruise in the title role. Stone also wanted Sean Connery to play King Philip. The role finally essayed by Val, as the film emerged a generation too late.

9. Who was originally considered for the role of Howard Hughes in Martin Scorcese's The Aviator?
a. Michael Douglas
b. Jim Carrey
c. Tom Hanks

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Wrong! The correct answer is B.
The first choice for director was Michael Mann (Collateral), who decided to quit the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced project as Ali and The Insider had made him weary of working on biopics. The role, written in large sections keeping Carrey in mind, was eventually essayed by DiCaprio. However, seeing Carrey's villainous fingernails in Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events, one thinks the speculation wasn't half bad.
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The first choice for director was Michael Mann (Collateral), who decided to quit the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced project as Ali and The Insider had made him weary of working on biopics. The role, written in large sections keeping Carrey in mind, was eventually essayed by DiCaprio. However, seeing Carrey's villainous fingernails in Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events, one thinks the speculation wasn't half bad.

10. Fahrenheit 9/11 is the second-ever documentary to win the Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Which was the first?
a. Jacques Cousteau and Louis Malle's Le Monde Du Silence
b. Michael Moore's own groundbreaking film, Bowling For Columbine
c. Jean-Luc Godard's Deux Fois Cinquante Ans De Cinéma Français

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Wrong! The correct answer is A.
The 1956 film, called The Silent World in English, is an acclaimed Cousteau masterpiece. It has been since considered a travesty that none of the great European filmmaker's documentaries have won the Jury's grandest prize, leading to a tarnishing of the Cannes leaf itself. Michael Moore's film is the first American documentary to get the honour.
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The 1956 film, called The Silent World in English, is a tremendously acclaimed Cousteau masterpiece. It has been since considered a travesty that none of the great European filmmaker's documentaries have won the Jury's grandest prize, leading to a tarnishing of the Cannes leaf itself. Michael Moore's film is the first American documentary to get the honour.
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Quiz Master: Raja Sen
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