Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Now Built Into Google

Briefly: File this under pointless but awesome. Google has upgraded their already impressive search engine to now figure out Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Yes, the game that surmises any actor can be connected to Kevin Bacon in six movies or less (because Kevin Bacon has been in so many movies and worked with so many people) is now more than a conversational time-killer. Just go to Google, type in an actor’s name and the phrase “Bacon number” and let the fun begin.

If you head to the Hollywood Reporter or New York Magazine you can read more about how it works. But doesn’t this kind of take the fun out of the game?

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Some months ago, before shooting his latest film Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Billy Bob Thornton said that there just aren’t many movies being made lately that are really of interest to him. And indeed, the first trailer for his latest, which stars Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Frances O’Connor, Ray Stevenson, Robert Patrick, and what looks like a draft-dodging Kevin Bacon, makes the film look like a pretty controlled, even old-fashioned family drama the likes of which we don’t often see.

That’s not a bad thing, at least as an absolute, though in this particular case the film doesn’t look like the liveliest thing around. But there are good performance moments in this trailer, which arrives thanks to a DVD release that hits there early next year. Thornton’s ’60s-set drama is rooted in the South and revolves around a family reunited for a funeral; see some of what he put together, below. Read More »

If the career of writer Kevin Williamson is any indication, his new TV show The Following could be in trouble. It’ll premiere later this year on Fox and stars Kevin Bacon as an FBI agent on the hunt for a serial killer (James Purefoy) who can psychically connect with fellow murders. Sounds promising and, from the guy who wrote Scream, could be truly special.

So how could it be in trouble? Williamson’s career has followed a pattern of huge hit followed by big disappointment ever since he first broke into the business. There were the first two Scream movies, then there was The Faculty and Teaching Mrs. Tingle. Dawson’s Creek was a huge success, but Hidden Palms wasn’t. Currently, he’s experiencing more massive success with The Vampire Diaries so one has to wonder, will The Following follow in the steps of that show or one of the others. Check out the trailer below and decide for yourself. Read More »

With TV upfronts just around the corner, broadcast networks have been scrambling to make some tough calls. Fox has now decreed the fates of its three freshman dramas, axing J.J. AbramsAlcatraz and its Bones spinoff The Finder while re-upping on Kiefer Sutherland‘s Touch. On the animated side, American Dad and Family Guy are slated to return while Cleveland Show and Napoleon Dynamite continue to await a decision.

Meanwhile, the network has been loading up on brand-new pilots, including a serial killer thriller starring Kevin Bacon, a comedy from Mindy Kaling, the inanely-titled Mob Doctor, and more. Details after the jump.

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Kevin Bacon Is The Heavy In ‘R.I.P.D’

Kevin Bacon was aces as Sebastian Shaw in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men First Class and now he’s moving to another comic book series to raise a little hell. Variety reports that he’s in final negotiations to star opposite Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D., Red director Robert Schwentke‘s 2013 adaptation of the Dark Horse comic about dead detectives. Read More »

Looks like Billy Bob Thornton is set with cast and financing for his next directorial effort, Jayne Mansfield’s Car. But it also looks like neither of the recently reported additions, Dennis Quaid and Dwight Yoakam, might be in the movie. Get the full new roster after the break. Read More »

The past 36 hours have been part of what was  probably the slowest news cycle of the year, so why not throw out two more short trailers for X-Men: First Class? They’re basically cut from the same mold as the one we saw earlier this week, with perhaps one or two glimpses of new stuff. Usually that wouldn’t be notable, but one of the new shots shows Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) putting his powers into action.

If that’s something you’ve been waiting to see, check out the first of two embeds that follow and wait patiently for the slider to hit the 1:01 mark. Read More »

A couple weeks ago a great international trailer for X-Men: First Class appeared, with dialogue dubbed in Russian. Now there is a Japanese cut of the trailer — same thing, but with original English dialogue. If the dubbing put you off before there’s no reason not to take a look now. While some of the marketing for the film has been a little off the mark, the two core trailers — this one and the primary US one — have been fantastic and full of promise. So catch up now by hitting the jump. Read More »

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