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Katherine Tulich

''America's Got Talent'' judges on last night's ep

Brandy, America's Got Talent

Apparently, variety is the spice of summer: With its weird but somehow winning mishmash of serious and novelty acts, America’s Got Talent debuted with 12.4 million viewers in late June and has been at the top of the ratings since. EW attended the taping of last night’s first semifinal round, in which judges Brandy, David Hasselhoff, and Piers Morgan selected 10 acts — including tap-dancers, a ventriloquist, a yodeler, and a hula-hooper — to perform for two spots in the finals.

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George Lucas gets a lifetime achievement award

Hugh Hefner showed up with 10 Playboy bunnies, and Chewbacca got more screams on the red carpet than the guest of honor. But George Lucas didn’t seem to mind (if he noticed at all). The Star Wars director, 61, was at L.A.’s Kodak Theatre on June 9 to receive the American Film Institute’s 33rd Life Achievement Award in front of past honorees Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, and Steven Spielberg. Celebrating his 28th year as the czar of Star Wars, Lucas downplayed his genius: ”I think they’re giving me an award for taking the longest to make one movie.”

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The Big Night

If you looked closely at the red carpet leading into the new Kodak Theatre, you might have noticed something different this year. The red carpet wasn’t really red at all. Cordoned off by an army of security guards and trampled underfoot by an endless procession of diamond-festooned stilettos, the traditional fire-engine-hued runway had been replaced with a carpet that seemed almost burgundy or cranberry.

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Spy Game

How did a self-styled Australian adventurer who goes by the name of Tim the Yowie Man become a nemesis of the Survivor 2 shoot? For starters, despite CBS’ best efforts to keep the location of Survivor: The Australian Outback a secret, TYM snooped out the site, a cattle station in northern Queensland, even before shooting began and posted the scoop on his website (yowieman. com.au) — a map with detailed directions.

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Even ''Survivor'' 2's tight security couldn't keep Tim the Yowie Man away

Tim the Yowie Man

How did a self styled Australian adventurer who goes by the name of Tim the Yowie Man become a nemesis of the ”Survivor” 2 shoot? For starters, despite CBS’ best efforts to keep the location of ”Survivor: The Australian Outback” a secret, TYM snooped out the site, a cattle station in northern Queensland, even before shooting began and posted the scoop on his website – a map with detailed directions.

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