George Lucas originally wanted to be a race car driver, but an accident just before his high school graduation changed his mind.
Sandra Bullock won the Oscar and the Golden Raspberry (for worst film) in the same weekend. She collected both.
Schwarzenegger was paid approximately US$21 429 for every word he said in Terminator 2.
Dan Aykroyd’s first script for Ghostbusters was set in the future and Ghostbusters were completely normal, like paramedics and firemen.
The movie Gravity was more expensive than the Indian Mars mission.
Each frame of the CGI scenes in James Cameron’s, Avatar (1/24 of a second) took an average of 47 hours to render.
Orson Welles directed much of Citizen Kane from a wheelchair, after injuring himself on set.
The cigarette smoked by Sigourney Weaver in Avatar is completely CGI.
Fantasia (1940) was originally a short called The Sorcerers Apprentice, but Walt Disney overspent on the score and decided to make it feature length film rather than waste money.
Those who own the DVD of Dodgeball will be aware that the happy-go-lucky finale full of lesbians and treasure may well have ended on more of a bleak note, simply cutting as Ben Stiller's White Goodman connects a ball right in Vince Vaughn's oversized face.
Ursula from The Little Mermaid is said to be inspired by the drag queen Divine.
Sulley from Monsters, Inc. originally had tentacles instead of legs. They were changed because it was thought tentacles would be distracting. The second version of the character was designed with legs, but no arms.
Bruce Lee was so fast they actually had to run his films slower so you can see his moves.
Samuel L. Jackson has said "motherf*cker" 171 times in 27 different movies.
The Harry Potter series were the most banned books of the century in the U.S.
Pocahontas originally had a talking turkey character named Redfeather. He was going to be voiced by John Candy, and was scrapped after John Candy’s death.
Marc Okrand, who created the Klingon and Vulcan languages for Star Trek, create an entire Atlantean language for Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
For all the talk of John Carter's $200m write-off, the worldwide box office is slowly catching up with the budget. Disney can't say the same for 2011's Mars Needs Moms which ended with a gulf of $112m between costs and ticket sales. Note to Disney: keep away from the red planet.
Bruno Mars‘ real name is Peter Gene Hernandez.
Bender from Futurama was named after John Bender from The Breakfast Club.
Beast’s appearance in Beauty and the Beast is an amalgamation of several animals. It’s said he has the head of a buffalo, the brow of a gorilla, the body of a bear, the mane of a lion, the tusks of a boar, and the legs and tail of a wolf.
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