Find a famous film location near you with BoxOfficeQuaint’s Google map mash-up

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As if I needed another reason to be obsessed with Google Maps.  Via LAist: Edmund Helmer of BoxOfficeQuaint loves film and statistics, so found a way to mash two of his favorite things together into a Google map.  Helmer looked up IMDB’s top 2,000 movies from 1910 to 2010 and rolled them all into one big giant map of film locations around the world.

On his blog, Helmer writes:

To accomplish this, I used Google’s new data management tool: Fusion Tables. I was completely amazed by their functionality; all I needed to do was enter in the location data from IMDB, and the map was generated automatically. These data were taken from imdb.com, as linked in the map, and the 2000 films were selected as the top films from 1910-2010 by most IMDB user votes, as I believed that was the best simple approximation of general interest in each film. Some locations couldn’t be found by Google Maps – and in what has to be the most entertaining error handling I’ve seen, those data points are mapped to the Bermuda Triangle.

Since the new hubz and I are going to Italy for our honeymoon in a mere 9 days, I took a look at the film locations for the cities we’ll be visiting in the Land of the Boot.  Looks like I’ll be staying in eating popcorn and watching Roman Holiday, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and the Bourne Supremacy until next Friday!

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