YouTube didn’t actually launch as a site for all types of videos.
The singing hamster things in the Quiznos commericals are actually called “spongemonkeys” and they pre-date the commercials.
Reportedly, it was Russell Crowe who recommend Hugh Jackman for the role of Wolverine in X-Men after he turned it down.
Spider-Man 3‘s writer-director, Sam Raimi, was very unhappy with how the film turned out and was planning on making a fourth film to make up for it, and to also end the franchise on a high note.
In 2002, Ashanti became the first artist since the Beatles to have their first three Billboard Hot 100 singles chart within the top 10 at the same time.
It’s hard to think of anyone else singing on Fat Joe’s “What’s Luv?” other than Ashanti. But, according to him, his label boss, Irvi Gotti, wanted to replace her with J.Lo so they could market the song to the Latino market.
Songwriters Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis originally offered “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” to UK pop group S Club 7 and to Sophie Ellis-Bextor, but they both turned it down. They then offered it to Kylie Minogue.
In the early ’00s, Disney was working on a direct-to-video sequel to Dumbo (simply called Dumbo II). However, when John Lasseter became CEO of Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2006, he canceled the movie, along with all other direct-to-video sequels.
No Doubt’s iconic cover of Talk Talk’s “It’s My Life” was a result of the band being on a break and needing a new song for their greatest hits album.
Paris and Nicky Hilton flaked on doing a cameo in Sex and the City. The two were supposed to play Samantha’s neighbors in the Meatpacking District.
Jay-Z appearing on “Crazy In Love” was truly a last-minute thing. According to Beyoncé, she asked him to appear on the track the night before she turned her album in.
In 2009, Kathryn Hahn played Eddie, and Kristen Johnston played Patsy in a pilot for the US remake of the classic UK sitcom Absolutely Fabulous.
Britney Spears did not win her first Grammy until 2005, when she won the Grammy for Best Dance Recording for “Toxic.”
When YouTube originally launched in 2005, it was meant to be a video dating site. The founders of it even had a slogan for it: tune in, hook up.
Mark Ruffalo almost dropped out of 13 Going on 30 because he had such a hard time during the rehearsals of the “Thriller” dance scene.
Paramount optioned the film rights to Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er Boi” and wanted to make it into a movie — going as far as hiring a writer to adapt the song into a script.
The Office was not actually meant to be a show for NBC. It was originally developed with the thought of taking it to either FX or HBO.
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