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Google Adds Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon to Search Engine

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is not just a game anymore! Google has built it into its search system. The game started in 1994 by some college students who realized you could connect every movie actor to Kevin Bacon within six associations or less. Read The Guardian's story here for all the details. The new Google feature works like this: Type in "Bacon number" followed by the name of an actor. Google will then tell you how the two are connected. We tried it with Angelina Jolie to give you an example:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 13, 2012 4:05 PM
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'How To Make Money Selling Drugs' Goes to Tribeca, Features 50 Cent, Sarandon, Eminem, Harrelson & 'The Wire''s David Simon

Tribeca Film takes US rights to Matthew Cooke's "How to Make Money Selling Drugs." The doc looks at the both sides of the "war on drugs," and includes interviews with 50 Cent, 'The Wire' producer David Simon, Arianna Huffington, Woody Harrelson, Eminem and Susan Sarandon, plus the infamous drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 13, 2012 12:36 PM
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TIFF Buys: HBO Docs Takes TV Rights to 'Casting By'; Trapero's 'White Elephant' Goes to Strand

TV rights to Tom Donahue's "Casting By" have been acquired by HBO Documentary Films, following its premiere at Toronto. The film shines a light on casting directors, the "unsung heroes" of filmmaking, and offers a new perspective on Hollywood history...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 13, 2012 11:57 AM
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Casting Watch: McGregor Joins Streep and Roberts in 'August: Osage County'

Ewan McGregor is joining the cast of John Wells' "August: Osage County," with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts already onboard. The Weinstein Co. film is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 12, 2012 5:44 PM
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Millennium Takes 'What Maisie Knew' with Julianne Moore & Steve Coogan

"What Maisie Knew," directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel ("Bee Season," "Uncertainty"), has gone to Millennium Entertainment for US distribution. Starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård and Steve Coogan, the film is a contemporary adaptation of Henry James' 1897 novel...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 12, 2012 2:56 PM
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TCM Programs Month of Political Films, Includes New Doc with Stone, Reiner

As the nation prepares for the upcoming election, TCM rolls out a month-long program of classic films on politics, as well as the newly produced one-hour special "A Night at the Movies: Hollywood Goes to Washington," featuring interviewees Oliver Stone, Rob Reiner and many more talking about the treatment of politics in cinema, and examining films on political campaigns and (close to Stone's heart) conspiracies.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 12, 2012 2:25 PM
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Brand-New Indiewire App Makes Your TOH! Addiction Even Easier

Indiewire now has a brand-new app, compatible for both iPhone and Android, which provides one-tap access for film reviews, festival reports, filmmaker interviews, and facility for following the network's dozen plus publications, such as Thompson on Hollywood (our personal fave), Leonard Maltin, Women and Hollywood and The Playlist.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 12, 2012 1:57 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: The LA Times Loses Geoff Boucher, Keeps Hero Complex, After Blowout with Editor

Another Los Angeles Times media star is leaving after a tumultuous few weeks. These departures follow the arrival of new LA Times assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment John Corrigan, which also led to the departure of longtime film columnist Patrick Goldstein. Now veteran entertainment writer Geoff Boucher, who founded the successful "Hero Complex" blog in 2008, is also leaving, but the LAT has not offered him a buyout.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 11, 2012 11:09 PM
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TIFF: Lionsgate/Roadside Nab Fourth Hot Fest Title

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are jointly acquiring North American distribution rights to Joss Whedon’s quickie adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," which played well at the Toronto Film Festival. This is the latest buy from the two companies, which have been on a spree at this festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 11, 2012 9:49 PM
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Sundance Names Paul Federbush International Director of Feature Films

The Sundance Institute has named indie vet Paul Federbush the International Director of the Feature Film Program, which discovers and supports filmmakers year-round. Beginning September 24, Federbush will work under the program's founding director, Michelle Satter, and will oversee all international activities of the program.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 11, 2012 3:19 PM
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