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Witness the Kevin Bacon Portrait Made of Bacon

21 December 2012 8:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Well this was certainly inevitable… Deliciously Inevitable, that is.

Kevin Bacon, actor, musician, and subject of annoying party games in basements all over the world, has been immortalized in a portrait made entirely out of rich, succulent bacon.

This brilliant and on-the-nose piece was concocted by mosaic artist Jason Mecier (courtesy of LikeCool), who has also previously churned out portraits of Jerry Seinfeld made out of cereal, and one of Condeleezza Rice made out of rice.

The "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" icon, who was last seen as an evil Nazi mutant in "X-Men: First Class," will tackle another comic book adaptation next year with the Ryan Reynolds/Jeff Bridges vehicle "R.I.P.D." Hopefully we'll also get to see him in another hypothetical Mecier artwork: The poster of "Footloose" made entirely out of shoes.

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- Max Evry

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The Secret to Kyra and Kevin's Marriage

11 December 2012 10:30 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Award-winning actress Kyra Sedgwick has been married to Kevin Bacon for 24 years in what's shaping up to be of the most enduring and beloved relationships in Hollywood, and in the latest issue of Good Housekeeping, The Closer star dishes on what keeps the two so committed to one another.

"I don't know how he does it, but he always makes me feel like I'm the most beautiful woman in the room – the only girl in the room," she says about Bacon. "He says 'Honey, you look beautiful. You are sexy!' Always, always, always!"

Video: Pop Culture Rewind -- On the Set of 1983's 'Footloose'

The pair married in 1988, and are clearly still smitten with one another.

"He is so honorable. He is so ethically true. He has high moral standards, and he doesn't lie and he doesn't cheat – and I find that sexy!," Kyra says. "I am constantly in awe of Kevin's levelheadedness and his »

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Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon – The Festive Edition

5 December 2012 5:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We have all seen the adverts lately – you know, the ones where film and TV’s Kevin Bacon cleverly satirises the game that bears his name. In case you are not aware, it involves getting from one random person, via ‘six degrees of separation’, to Kevin Bacon. Well, as it is the season to be jolly and all, Thn thought it appropriate to attempt to link the film star with the main man himself, Santa Clause. So without further adieu…

Santa Claus:

The big guy in red has been imitated more times than Tommy Cooper. And just like that, he’s on screen again whether it’s Leslie Nielsen, Richard Attenborough or Dan Aykroyd you can bet he’ll bring a smile to your face – even if for all the wrong reasons (I’m talking to you Mr Aykroyd). What would Christmas be like without those rosy red cheeks and that large, »

- Steve Shepherdson

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Interview: Neil Meron & Craig Zadan on their Legacy, Producing The Oscars & "Smash" Season 2

10 October 2012 9:48 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (l-r)

The busy producing team of Neil Meron and Craig Zadan got a little busier recently when the duo, who head up Storyline Entertainment, were tapped to produce a little show called the Academy Awards next spring and the recent announcement that Seth MacFarlane would host created a stir in the Hollywood community.

But creating a stir is what Meron and Zadan do best, with high profile projects in film (Chicago), television (Smash and Bette Midler’s Gypsy) and theater (How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying). It’s no surprise then that this weekend at the Outfest Legacy Awards in Los Angeles, they’ll receive the Visionary Award from none other than Darren Criss, who is also performing at the event.

AfterElton grabbed some time on the busy calendar of Meron and Zadan to talk about what the award means to them, their plans for Oscar night, »

- nyjimmy67

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Interview: Oscar host Seth MacFarlane faces 'challenge of staying true to what it is I do'

2 October 2012 9:34 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

“We’ve seen in the past it can go both ways,” Seth MacFarlane says of his Oscar hosting duties. “You can be too old-fashioned and you can be too irreverent. Often times that audience isn’t necessarily going to be with you if you go too far over the line.”

For those who love the Oscars, but feel the show needs a little more element of surprise, that line is just short of getting punched out by Meryl Streep.

The new host of the Academy Awards got on the phone with Entertainment Weekly to talk about his plans for the 85th annual show, »

- Anthony Breznican

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Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars -- Breaking

1 October 2012 9:13 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Seth MacFarlane is hosting the Academy Awards.

God help us, who ever thought we’d be seeing Those words all put together?

The grinning mischief-maker behind the not-so-warm-and-fuzzy teddy bear of Ted, and the animated hits Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show will be the emcee of the 85th annual Oscars on Feb. 24, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

It’s a bold and unexpected move, especially since he has never hosted another awards show, although MacFarlane proved himself more than capable on live TV with a recent Saturday Night Live hosting gig, which »

- Anthony Breznican

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Google is Now a ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’ Cheater’s Dream Come True

13 September 2012 8:01 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Back in the 90s we didn’t have fancy time wasters like iPads and Angry Birds, so we had to occupy our time by relying on stupid things like talking to other people and using our brains. These were truly dark times, but they were made less dreary by three students at Albright College, who in 1994 made up the greatest movie geek trivia game of all time: Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. For those not in the know (you youngsters are so cute), Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a takeoff of the six degrees of separation theory that says no two people in the world are separated by more than six connections. For these purposes, the theory is that no actor is separated from the prolific Kevin Bacon by more than six shared credits. A traffic-driving celebrity like Justin Bieber, for instance, is separated from Kevin Bacon by four connections: Bieber was in School Girls with »

- Nathan Adams

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Google An Actor's Name And "Bacon Number" For A Surprise

13 September 2012 3:05 PM, PDT | Celebsology | See recent Celebsology news »

Okay, so this is probably the coolest thing we've heard about all day. You know one of our favorite actors Kevin Bacon that's been a part of films like Tremors, Mystic River, Footloose and is now appearing in the new Fox show The Following? Well, it turns out that experiment of 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon' can turn into a time waster for you workers out there. Its simple: Google an actor's name with the phrase "Bacon Number" and you can instantly find out how many degrees that celebrity is away from the huge actor. It even gives you a run down on how they are connected.

Yep, mind officially Blown.

Here's some of the numbers we found out:

Channing Tatum- 2

Kyra Sedgwick- 1 (duh)

Robert Pattinson- 2

Kristen Stewart- 2

Justin Bieber- 4

Lea Michele- 2

Christian Bale- 2

Anna Faris- 2

Rupert Grint- 2

Blake Lively- 2

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- Stephanie Webber

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Google Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon: Search Tool Shows Each Actor's Separation

13 September 2012 10:36 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

How does a party game turn into a search engine? Through Google of course! The web conglomerate recently adapted the popular Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon into a search function on the site. The ubiquitous six degrees of separation was originally thought up by three students at Pennsylvania's Albright College in January 1994. They believed that all of Hollywood could be connected to Bacon, in no more than six associations. Many products emerged to play off the theory (even the "Footloose" actor himself launched a charity website, SixDegrees.org). But Google, being Google, has taken the game into the 21st century. Now, when six degree-curiosity strikes, simply type "Bacon number" followed by the name of the actor into the search field. (For example: type in "Bacon number Jon Hamm" and you'll learn that the "Mad Men" star's Bacon number is two -- Jon Hamm and Rebecca Hall appeared in "The Town. »

- Jessie Heyman

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Google builds Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon into its search system

13 September 2012 4:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Student game, based on the idea that it is always possible to connect every film actor in the world back to the Footloose star, has been added into Google's search engine

It is the party game beloved of cinephiles everywhere, one which rewards detailed knowledge of the career of one of the finest actors never to receive an Oscar nomination. And now it is even easier to play: Google has built Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon into its search system.

Devised in January 1994 by a trio of students at Pennsylvania's Albright college, the original game was based on the idea that it is always possible to connect every movie actor in the world back to the Footloose star in no more than six associations. A website, board game and book later emerged and an initially reluctant Bacon eventually embraced the phenomenon by launching his own site, SixDegrees.org, to foster charitable donations. »

- Ben Child

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New Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron honored by Outfest

6 September 2012 11:23 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

This February, they’ll be giving out the awards, but right now the newly announced Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will be receiving their own trophy.

The producing partners, whose credits include Footloose, Chicago, and Hairspray, have been selected to receive the Visionary Award from Outfest, the organization dedicated to gay and lesbian entertainment, at the group’s 8th annual Legacy Awards.

They will receive the award at the Oct. 13 ceremony from Glee’s Darren Criss, who recently starred on Broadway in the duo’s revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

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- Anthony Breznican

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Q&A: New 2013 Academy Awards producers hint at next year's show: Music! Emotion!

23 August 2012 4:57 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Powerhouse Chicago and Smash producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron knew for years they wanted to produce the Academy Awards. Appropriately, in fact, The Bucket List co-producers had it on their own bucket list. Check!

Named on Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as producers of next year’s 85th annual awards ceremony, Zadan and Meron hinted to EW.com their hopes for the telecast (an emphasis on music and personal emotion), set to air live Feb. 24 on ABC. The lifelong musical lovers – Meron just watched a favorite, West Side Story, on Blu-ray the other day – have produced dozens of film, »

- Solvej Schou

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2013 Oscars Show Hosts: Hugh Jackman, Queen Latifah...John Travolta?!

23 August 2012 2:42 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The oddsmakers who figured the trending Jimmy Kimmel had the inside track to host the 2013 Oscars look to have figured wrong. Unless, that is, Kimmel's got some tap skills he's been keeping under wraps. The 85th Annual Academy Awards took an apparent turn for the musical verse with the naming Thursday of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as telecast producers.  Zadan and Meron's joint TV and film credits could supply Mr. Schuester's class with weeks' worth of Glee assignments: Footloose (the original and the remake; Hairspray; the Whitney Houston and Brandy version of Cinderella; Smash; and the Best Picture-winning Chicago. Rather than Kimmel, Billy Crystal or whichever other »

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'Footloose' Producers Picked for 85th Oscars

23 August 2012 11:58 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The Academy Awards can check another achievement off their "bucket list" -- Hollywood's biggest night has a new pair of producers steering the action.

Related: Et's 84th Academy Awards Coverage

Academy President Hawk Koch announced today that acclaimed motion picture, television and theater producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who produced Chicago, Footloose and the Jack Nicholson/Morgan Freeman comedy The Bucket List, will produce the 85th Academy Awards, airing live Sunday, February 24, 2013.

"Craig and Neil are forward thinkers who bring a unique perspective to the Oscar show," says Koch . "Their enormous collective talent, coupled with their love of film, serves our show perfectly."

"We are very excited to collaborate with Hawk and everyone at the Academy to produce this year's Oscars," say Zadan and Meron. "We hope to utilize our experience in producing features, TV and theater to bring something fresh and special to this incredible awards show. When we filmed The Bucket List, we made our »

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Smash producers hired for the Oscars, ensuring more of the singing and dancing that Oscar audiences crave

23 August 2012 11:48 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Rejecting the grim, stately affair that was last year's Billy Crystal-hosted wake, the Oscars have opted for a little more razzle-dazzle, softer shoes and higher kicks, etc. by hiring producers Craig Zadan and Neil Maron, the jazz hand-job creators behind Smash, Chicago, Footloose, and Hairspray. Though the announcement was not accompanied by the naming of a host, because Suspense, this would seem to indicate that the Academy's annual best-laid plans to liven up the ceremony involve less jokes (hence the recent rejection of Jimmy Fallon, Lorne Michaels, and young people) and more of the big, splashy dance and »

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Oscars Enlist Craig Zadan, Neil Meron to Produce

23 August 2012 11:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

AMPAS has announced the first key part of its next Oscar telecast, but don't expect it to involve Jimmy Fallon or Lorne Michaels. Instead, the Academy has drafted Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago, Footloose, Smash) to produce the show, so obviously, musical numbers will not be endangered during this telecast. Here is the money quote from both men: "When we filmed The Bucket List, we made our own personal bucket list, and producing the Oscars was No. 1." No. 2 better have been "Draft Tina Fey." »

- Kyle Buchanan

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Smash Executive Producers Tapped for Oscar Gig

23 August 2012 10:56 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences dropped a Bombshell Wednesday when it announced Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce this year’s Oscars ceremony.

The pair, with TV credits including NBC’s Smash and Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, also has produced films like Chicago, Footloose and Hairspray and the Broadway revivals of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Promises, Promises.

“We hope to utilize our experience in producing features, TV and theater to bring something fresh and special to this incredible awards show,” the men said in a statement. “When we filmed The Bucket List, »

- Kimberly Roots

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'Chicago' and 'Footloose' Producers Take Over 2013 Oscar Awards

23 August 2012 10:45 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Academy announced today that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the 85th Academy Awards, which will air live on Sunday, February 24, 2013. The duo aren't exactly high profile names and certainly less recognizable than the rumored involvement of "Saturday Night Live" head honcho Lorne Michaels, but they do have some recognizable credits to their names, especially when it comes to putting on a show. Their credits include the Best Picture winning musical Chicago as well as the recent Footloose and Hairspray remakes. Zadan also produced the original 1984 Footloose. The duo also collaborated on the recnt television series "Smash" as well as Broadway, Tony Award-winning revivals of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Promises, Promises." So, they have some credibility even though they aren't household names. I thought I would also take this moment to let you know the 2013 Awards Calendar is now available in The Contenders »

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Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to Produce Academy Awards

23 August 2012 10:41 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the 85th Academy Awards, AMPAS president Hawk Koch announced on Thursday. Zadan and Meron, partners in Storyline Entertainment, first worked together in the New York theatrical community. They are best-known for their work in the musical field, with films that include the Oscar-winning "Chicago," as well as "Hairspray" and "Footloose." They also produced the recent Broadway revivals of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Promises, Promises," and have been nominated for numerous Emmy Awards for their television work. Neither man has been »

- Steve Pond

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'Hairspray' and 'Footloose' producers to oversee 2013 Academy Awards

23 August 2012 10:19 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The producers of Footloose, Chicago, Hairspray and TV’s Smash are taking on this year’s Academy Awards telecast.

Prepare to buy stock in dancing shoes — now!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron would produce the 85th annual awards ceremony, set for Feb. 24.

They have never been nominated for an Oscar, though as executive producers of 2002′s Chicago, their film has won the top prize. They have shared eight Emmy nominations on such TV projects as 2008′s A Raisin in the Sun, 2003′s The Reagans, and 2001′s Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. »

- Anthony Breznican

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