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In Hollywood, social media takes a leading role

In the age of Twitter and Facebook, movie casting is more than meets the eye.

By John Patrick Pullen

Mike Fenton is—without hyperbole—a living legend. As the casting director for The Godfather: Part IIOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and more than 250 other films, he has helped build the careers of some of the biggest stars in movie history. He also cast Porky’s. And Porky’s II.

“There are motion pictures that are made, and we as an audience say, ‘Why did they make that motion picture?’” Fenton says. It’s a good question, and a natural one to ask of Fenton’s next project, Sharknado 2, a sequel to last summer’s so-bad-it’s-good SyFy Channel movie that premiered on Wednesday. “I’m wondering if there are producers who get a project financed because of the thought that in social media, this particular project may have legs,” he continues, with full sincerity.

Read more at Fortune…

Man of the House

Nest Co-Founder Matt Rogers started as a behind-the-scenes player at Apple, but now he’s leading the charge in the connected home revolution.

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With all the backyard startups in Palo Alto, Calif., a good garage can be hard to find. But behind an uninspired, blue Craftsman-style home long since converted into offices, Nest Labs founders Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers came across something even better: a bad one. “It was a pull-up garage door, not the best design,” says Rogers, the company’s 31-year-old vice president of engineering. “But the charm was that this was a really scrappy, early company, and this was a good place to start it.”

Read more at Entrepreneur Magazine…

Paranoid Android

Noordpool Orchestra • Radiohead, A Jazz Symphony

Never in my wildest imagination did I think this track could ever sound like the soundtrack to a Mission Impossible or the opener to Charlie’s Angels. But right there at 2:30 and 3:45, it kicks in.