January 5th, 2010
03:49 PM ET

Kevin Bacon's six degrees of kindness

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Movie trivia fans like me have long enjoyed the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game, connecting seemingly every actor in Hollywood history to Bacon in just a few films.

Lesser known is his Web site sixdegrees.org, which makes it just as easy to connect with nearly two million different charities.  Potential donors can search for specific causes or organizations, learn about groups they may not have known about, and find out which celebs are supporting what charities.  The site lists assets, revenues and expenses for every group, rating its efficiency and its organization ... even how much the head of each charity is paid.

The site has done so well connecting donors and volunteers with charities that Bacon is set to receive the Joel Siegel Award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association this year.  Meryl Streep, who starred with Bacon in "The River Wild" (one degree!), will present the honor at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards on January 15.

Most people want to give to charity, but even when you have money to spare in these tight times, it can be frustrating figuring out how to make sure your donations have as much impact as possible.  This site makes that a lot easier.  Kudos, Kevin and company.

January 5th, 2010
12:04 PM ET

Bid your way onto the red carpet

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If watching your favorite stars walk the red carpet from the comfort of your couch isn’t good enough for you this year, you just may be in luck.

The Screen Actors Guild, the country’s largest labor union representing working actors, is auctioning off 90 bleacher seats for this year’s SAG Awards. Fans will not only see celebrities in person on the carpet, but will be close enough to ask them for autographs and take pictures with them. Even high-def TV can't compete with that.

Today through January 11, folks can bid on 15 sets of two seats and 15 sets of four seats. Money raised through the auction goes to benefit the SAG Foundation’s nationwide children’s literacy programs. FULL POST

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January 5th, 2010
11:59 AM ET

Vince Vaughn marries girlfriend Kyla Weber

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“Wedding Crashers” star Vince Vaughn was married over the weekend to girlfriend Kyla Weber.

The nuptials consisted of a small ceremony of family and friends in a suburb of Chicago close to where the actor grew up, a rep for Vaughn confirmed to CNN.

The intimate affair took place on Saturday and is the first marriage for Vaughn, 39 and Weber, 31, a Canadian estate agent. FULL POST

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January 5th, 2010
11:11 AM ET

Rosie O’Donnell opens up about new girlfriend

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Rosie O’Donnell is giddy over her new relationship with Texas-based artist Tracy Kachtick-Anders.

“Did anybody hear I have a new girlfriend?” O’Donnell cooed on her Sirius show "Rosie Radio" on Monday.

O’Donnell said she met up with her new gal pal down in Miami last week for a mini holiday, where the pair was snapped by paparazzi holding hands. She described the relationship as "yummy" saying,  "I love it all. ... It's almost too good to be true! FULL POST

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January 5th, 2010
10:19 AM ET

'Bachelor' review: Canada is a U.S. state

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The new season of "The Bachelor" promises to be "most dramatic yet," as opposed to the other seasons that pledged the same thing.  And as Monday's premiere showed, it's going to take some time to get to the meat and potatoes of what makes this show crazy.

Jake Pavelka, channeling his inner Fonzie by riding a motorcycle to the "Bachelor" house, tells host Chris Harrison that this will work out for him, adding that the "woman of his dreams" will be in the house.  How funny would it have been if he said such a woman wasn't there, so we can all focus on who's dating a show producer?

This season's bachelorettes range in age from 23 to 31 and, according to Harrison, come from "across the country."  This includes two women from Canada, which apparently became a U.S. state while I was on vacation.  I wonder if Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper knows about this development?
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