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Sexy Sela Ward was among those doing the honors at the 2004 Rising Stars Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The prime time beauty helped Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles hand out this year’s awards for entertainment role models.

UPN Prez Dawn Ostroff was lauded for her many professional accomplishments along with actor/writer/director Zach Braff and fellow slashee actor/writer/musician Amber Tamblyn.

WHAT’S MY LINE?

Well, raise my rent! It’s show time!

Frankly, my dear, you might not give a damn, but perhaps You just can’t handle the truth! If that’s the case… may the force be with you.

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Got a fave film line? Then tune in and see if your fellow movie fans agree.

That’s because AFI’s next TV special will focus on the 100 greatest quips, comebacks and catchphrases in the history of motion pictures.

Surely, you can’t be serious? I am serious-and don’t call me Shirley.

Ah yes; It’s twue! It’s twue! “100 years, 100 movies” will celebrate Hollywood’s most memorable lines. Ballots with the leading candidates have been sent out to 1,500 industry folk, movie critics and film historians.

So what makes a great movie line? According to AFI criteria, a classic zinger should be a word or phrase that becomes “legendary.” It should evoke a “classic movie moment.” In addition, it must transcend mere dialogue by having true “cultural meaning as something which is used in everyday life.” Yeah, baby, yeah!

Sentimental favorites include, “Of all the gin joints in all the world, she walks into mine” from “Casablanca” (1942); “There’s no place like home” and “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” from “The Wizard of Oz” (1939); “You gotta ask yourself something, ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well do ya punk?” from “Sudden Impact” (1971); “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse” from “The Godfather” (1972) and “Show me the money!” from Jerry Maguire (1996).

Even our beloved Governator’s got one. Who could forget the famous “I’ll be back” from “The Terminator” (1984)?

With so many unforgettable phrases, it will be hard to choose. Winners will celebrate with an AFI trophy. As for the losers, they will go away empty handed, knowing they could have been somebody. They could have had class. They could have been a contender. When it comes to memorable quotes, they could have been somebody.

So go ahead, make your day and check it out. The winners will be named in a three-hour CBS special in June. Till then, here’s looking at you, kid.

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