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I know /Film really isn’t a place to blog about competition reality shows, but I thought this story was interesting enough for a post. For the record, I don’t know if the contestant stole the bit from Frank Nicotero, I’m just presenting my strange experience from the taping last night. Here’s how the events unfolded.

Last night I attended a taping of America’s Got Talent at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood (please don’t judge, I’m a big Howard Stern fan). The talent show reality series holds audition shows in cities around the country, which are edited to death and eventually televised in highlight packages in the weeks before the show goes live from New York City. The tapings are usually pretty long with a warm up comedian trying to keep the audience entertained in between the various acts.

The strangest thing happened during the taping Thursday night, something which was not staged. I wouldn’t be surprised if this whole incident is never broadcast on television.

A comedian contestant named Greg Wilson came up to present his comedy act. He praised Howie Mandel, one of the show’s judges, saying he had seen his stand-up show in Dallas during the 1990′s. The two bonded in the pre-act interview. Wilson went on to perform his routine, which was basically a reenactment of a wife and husband fighting in a car. The unique angle is the bit is done from the point of view of a driver in another car, and the fight is reenacted without words, only a visual performance.

The bit killed, the audience loved it. So did the judges. Howard Stern praised the routine. Eventually it got to Howie who opened with a strange question, paraphrased, “Did you write this yourself or are you performing someone else’s material?” Wilson on stage claimed that he created the bit himself, much like Howie created his own bits. He seemed very offended by the question. Howie seemed unsure how to handle the situation. Something was off. After one of the other judges prodded, Howie admitted that he had seen this same act before, performed by another comedian.

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In June 2008, I noticed someone familiar in the background of a set photo for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Lester Green, better known to the public as Howard Stern Show wack packer Beetlejuice, was seen hanging around the Princeton University set of  the Transformers sequel. At the time we speculated that Green, who had appeared on the big screen before, in 2001’s Scary Movie 2 and Bubble Boy, might have a cameo in the film. But when the movie came out, Beetlejuice was no where to be found.

As a Stern fan, I always wondered what the story was behind the above photo. Did Beetlejuice film a small cameo that was cut from the completed film? Today we have an answer.

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Hey, remember when I shared with you that list of Hollywood’s highest paid actors and how depressing that was? Well, it turns out Leonardo DiCaprio‘s $77 million is small potatoes compared to the incomes of some other, even more powerful players. Forbes has just released its list of the highest paid men in entertainment, and multi-hyphenate Tyler Perry has come out as the top earner with $130 freaking million. DiCaprio did manage to make it in the top 10 — down at #8 — making him the only actor besides Perry to do so.

The rest of the top 10 are actually a fairly varied bunch, hailing from a wide range of industries. In addition to movies and TV (obviously), sports, publishing, sports, music, and radio are all represented here. Find out which ten men earned the most after the jump.

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Mini-LOL: Is Disney trying to sell their latest animated film Tangled with subliminal sex messages? [brew]

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 40 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 40 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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I wasn’t planning to write about Gallery1988′s first annual “Is This Thing On” art show as it really has little connection to movies or television (or so I thought… the above piece featuring Judd Apatow mashed-up with the infamous Star Trek Tribbles episode is a fine example of this). The show, co-sponsored by FunnyOrDie, features over 100 artists, each creating pieces that are portraits of their favorite funny people, both beloved comics of yesteryear and emerging superstars.

The line up of comedians depicted include: Chris Farley, Will Ferrel, Richard Pryor, Don Rickles, Paul Reubens,Tim & Eric, Nick Kroll, Demetri Martin, Chris Rock, Whitney Cummings, Jon Lovitz, Sam Kinison, Bill Murray, Woody Allen, Colin Quinn, Bill Hicks, Howard Stern, Judd Apatow, Chris Hardwick, Marc Maron, Scott Auckerman, David Spade, Andy Dick, Lenny Bruce, Adam Sandler, Amy Sedaris, Lisa Lampanelli, David Cross, Andy Kaufman, Christopher Guest, Mr. Show, Rob Corddry and Children’s Hospital, Gilbert Gottfried, Jeffrey Ross, Bill Cosby, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tracy Morgan, Roseanne, Patton Oswalt, Dave Attell, David Wain and Wet Hot American Summer, Will Forte, John Candy, Lilly Tomlin, Phil Hartman, John Belushi, Mel Brooks and Young Frankenstein, Chevy Chase, Louis CK, Norm MacDonald, Flight of the Conchords, Jim Carrey, Reggie Watts, Steve Martin, Larry David, Rodney Dangerfield, Mitch Hedberg, Ellen DeGenerous, Margaret Cho, Steven Wright, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Richard Lewis, George Carlin, UCB Theater LA, Upright Citizen Brigade (TV show), Human Giant, Sasha Baron Cohen, Gallagher, Dana Carvey, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, Danny McBride, Carrot Top, Greg Giraldo, Donald Glover, Zach Galifiankis, Charlene Yi, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Chris Elliot, Jon Lovitz, Artie Lange, Doug Benson, Redd Foxx, Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Dave Chapelle, Chelsea Handler, Aziz Ansari, Eddie Murphy, SF Sketchfest, Cheech & Chong, Sarah Silverman, Stella, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Brian Posehn, Charlie Murphy and Kids In The Hall.
The show is ongoing until January 29th 2011 in the Melrose Gallery 1988 location. Hirt the jump to see some of my favorite pieces of art from the exhibition.

Kevin Smith’s Smodcast Joins Sirius XM Radio

With the end of Howard Stern‘s five year contract approaching (December 2010), XM/Sirius Satellite Radio must decide if it is worth resigning the “shock jock” or risk loosing the 8-10 million subscribers (about half of the company’s total revenue).

Stern has hinted on air that he will likely explore alternative options, which probably won’t include a return to terrestrial radio. Speculation has it that Stern might go to the internet, offering a subscription service (likely $7-10 a month) which would include live streaming over internet devices (such as the iPhone or your computer) in addition to on demand options of new shows as well as Stern’s entire archives. Of course, this is all just speculation at this time, but a move by Stern into the Internet space could legitimatize and bring Podcasting into the mainstream. Content creators now have more power than ever to publish and broadcast direct to fans, bypassing the usual distribution network. If Stern gets five million of his listeners to subscribe, that could be 50 million a month in revenue.

You might be wondering what this has to do with movies. Kevin Smith has signed a new deal with Sirius XM Radio which will syndicate his Smodcast podcast on Satellite radio, and will include new monthly Smodcast broadcasts which will be exclusive to Sirius XM. The regular weekly episodes will still remain free online.
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Everyone I know is compiling a list of the best films of the aughts, and 2001′s Mulholland Drive seems to be a lock on most (and if it’s not, 2006′s Inland Empire is the more pretentious substitute). But as the decade closes out, I do wish we had seen more “Lynchian” films from David Lynch, who seems occupied with experimental video, his son’s ambitious documentary projects, the advent of Twitter, and exposing as many people/fans to Transcendental Meditation as possible. So, if it’s a tad disappointing that the chain smoking auteur’s next film won’t hinge on creepy dream logic, it doesn’t qualify as a surprise that it will instead be a doc on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The founder and guru of TM died early last year, and true to form, Lynch adds that his doc on the man will “hold a lot of abstractions.”

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