10 Of Hollywood's Biggest Surprises And Mysteries

Know why the Hollywood Hills are so big? Because they're full of secrets. EW revisits 10 of Hollywood's most celebrated surprises and guarded mysteries.

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    Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux (finally) tie the knot

    After years of tabloid scrutiny—She’s pregnant! He’s cheating! She’s obsessed with Angie!—the "Friends" star finally wed her real-life Ross in an Aug. 4 L.A. wedding that no one expected.WAS THE SECRET WORTH KEEPING? Sure, but we would’ve loved a gossip item titled “How Angie Sabotaged Jen’s Big Day!” 

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    Beyoncé pulls a Beyoncé 

    Bey’s out-of-nowhere 2013 LP set a new normal for the music industry and proved prerelease promotional fanfare isn’t necessary—the album broke sales records in just three days. WAS THE SECRET WORTH KEEPING? Um, yeah—we wish we woke up to a surprise Bey album every day. 

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    Who’s “So Vain”? 

    Is that you, Mick Jagger? James Taylor? The subject of Carly Simon’s takedown of an egomaniac in “You’re So Vain” has been a guarded secret since 1972. (NBC exec Dick Ebersol paid $50,000 at a 2003 auction to find out.) WAS THE SECRET WORTH KEEPING? We love a romantic mystery, but this one’s lost its allure.

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    What’s in the box, Kevin Spacey?!

    Spacey’s turn as the evil-incarnate serial killer in 1995’s "Se7en" wasn’t credited in the opening sequence so the audience would be in the dark until the third-act reveal. WAS THE SECRET WORTH KEEPING? Yes. The movie got a major a-ha moment thanks to Spacey’s idea.

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    R2D2 and C3PO cameo in "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

    During the Well of Souls scene in the 1981 classic, Indy discovers the Ark of the Covenant, and in hieroglyphics next to him there’s an inside joke for the eagle-eyed: etchings of the Star Wars droids cavorting with Egyptian gods. WAS THE SECRET WORTH KEEPING? Totally. Thirty-five years later, the ultimate movie Easter egg still fills us with glee. 

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    Bill Murray’s line gets "Lost in Translation"

    At the end of Sofia Coppola’s 2003 flick, Murray whispers something inaudible (and improvised) into costar Scarlett Johansson’s ear. WAS THE SECRET WORTH KEEPING? Meh. Thanks to the magic of audio processing, Internet sleuths have determined he says something along the lines of "I have to be going now, but don’t let that come between us." Not exactly game-changing.

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    "You Oughta Know" Joey? 

    It’s long been rumored that the Grammy-winning 1995 single is about Alanis Morissette’s fling with Full House’s Dave Coulier. The singer has never ‘fessed up, but Coulier has taken ownership. WAS THE SECRET WORTH KEEPING? Dear God, please. Too many explicit visuals.

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     Debra Winger, alien

    The actress lent her throaty voice to a temp track for the titular character in "E.T." In postproduction, actress Pat Welsh added many of E.T.’s lines, but some of Winger’s work remains in the final product. WAS THE SECRET WORTH KEEPING? Yes, otherwise we’d envision the "Officer and a Gentleman" star in a bike basket.

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    The "Pulp Fiction" briefcase 

    Quentin Tarantino has said there’s no explanation for what’s contained in Marsellus Wallace’s mysterious briefcase. “[It’s] whatever the viewer wants it to be,” he told Howard Stern. WAS THE SECRET WORTH KEEPING? Definitely, if only for the wild theories—diamonds, the Holy Grail—floated by Internet geeks.

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    Steven Soderbergh’s pseudonyms

    What do cinematographer Peter Andrews, screenwriter Sam Lowry, and editor Mary Ann Bernard have in common? They’re all Steven Soderbergh. Wary of taking too many credits on a single film, Soderbergh does some of his best work as others. WAS THE SECRET WORTH KEEPING? Barely. It didn’t take long for the biz to get wise to Soderbergh’s tricks.

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