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Record players in film, TV

The Guinness Book of World Records is setting a record of its own in 2005 -- it’s turning 50 years old. And the special-anniversary edition of the book features records set in every category imaginable, including the arts and media.

Though some of the records there are familiar -- yes, “The Matrix Reloaded” set the mark for highest box-office gross on an opening day ($42.5 million) -- tucked into the list are numerous lesser-known feats and facts:

For the record:

12:00 a.m. Dec. 1, 2004 For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday December 01, 2004 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 51 words Type of Material: Correction
Hopalong Cassidy films -- An article about the Guinness Book of World Records in Sunday’s Calendar section referred to the 66 Hopalong Cassidy cowboy films as Paramount productions made from 1938 to 1948. The movies were made at Paramount from 1935 to 1941 and at United Artists from 1942 to 1948.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday December 05, 2004 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part E Page 2 Calendar Desk 1 inches; 39 words Type of Material: Correction
Hopalong Cassidy films -- An article on Guinness records last Sunday referred to the 66 Hopalong Cassidy cowboy films as Paramount productions. Cassidy made movies at Paramount from 1935 to 1941 and at United Artists from 1942 to 1948.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday December 07, 2004 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 33 words Type of Material: Correction
Hopalong Cassidy’s portrayer -- A correction Sunday said Hopalong Cassidy made movies at Paramount from 1935 to 1941 and United Artists from 1942 to 1948. William Boyd, who played Cassidy, made the movies.

Most prolific producer: D. Rama Naidu, who has produced 110 films during his career in Indian cinema.

Most Hollywood film performances in the same role: William Boyd, who played the cowboy Hopalong Cassidy in 66 full-length Paramount features from 1938 to 1948.

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Longest film documentary: “Grandmother Martha,” a 1996 Dutch film about the life of ex-actress and entertainer Martha Stelloo, runs 24 hours, 12 minutes.

Most people thanked by an Oscar winner: On March 13, 1947, Olivia de Havilland thanked 27 people by name in her speech when she won best actress for “To Each His Own.”

Most retakes for one scene with dialogue: It’s been claimed that Stanley Kubrick asked Shelly Duvall for 127 retakes in his 1980 horror film, “The Shining.”

Most characters voiced by one artist in a cartoon series: Kara Tritton voiced 198 cartoon characters for 75 episodes over six years of Nick Jr.'s “Blue’s Clues” series, playing people, food, animals, ghosts and planets.

Highest fee per minute for an actor in a TV advertisement: Oscar winner Nicole Kidman reportedly earned $3.71 million -- $928,800 per minute -- for starring in a four-minute commercial for Chanel No. 5 last December.

Most expensive TV program: In terms of cost per episode, it’s “ER.” In January 1998, the series’ producers, Warner Bros., agreed to a three-year deal with NBC for 22 one-hour episodes to be made for $13.1 million each.

Oldest No. 1 box-office star: Marie Dressler was 64 when she became the No. 1 box-office star in 1933.

-- Susan King

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