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Ross Mathews Gets Ready to Mingle

Twelve years after Ross Mathews started doing remote bits for Jay Leno, he’s finally got his own talk show. Hello Ross!, a weekly half-hour pop culture mash-up that sort of picks up where the Kevin Smith Hulu program Spoilers left off, debuts Friday at 10 p.m. on E! And Mathews says he is staying true to a couple of early career tips from Leno.

“Jay’s initial advice to me was always be on time and always be nice to the crew,” Mathews tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “That’s in my nature anyway, but I have always followed that advice. On Hello Ross!, I’m the first here, last to go; I know every first-last name, birthdays. It’s important to create that sort of atmosphere.”

Among Mathews’ favorite Leno segments is a 2008 remote with the late Steve Irwin. He says people still come up to him today and yell “Pineapple!”, which was Mathews’ code word for whenever he needed Irwin to reclaim an animal – pronto.

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Kevin Smith Revs Up Nikki Finke Way-Back Time Machine

Long before the Jay Penske deal, Nikki Finke was of course already at it.

Today on HuffPost Live, writer-director Kevin Smith chimed in re: the whole Sharon Waxman mess by recalling a tussle with Finke in the summer of 2006. She wrote that Clerks 2 was “well on its way to more failure,” prompting Smith to respond and Finke to post anew on July 26:

I’ve edited out the jejune personal attacks. But because I’m always in favor of a dialogue based on the merits or demerits of my editorializing, I’m honored to give director Kevin Smith his say…

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Rove McManus Captures Footage of a Very Strange LA Backyard Specimen

Last night at Meltdown Comics‘ NerdMelt Showroom on Sunset Blvd., magician Justin Willman hosted the fifth edition of his monthly Web talk show Sleight of Mouth. It’s got a name-brand producer (The Late Show‘s Robert Morton), musical sidekick Billy “Bushwalla” Galewood, a very loose vibe and guests who are always game.

The highlight of Episode #5 was Down Under jokester Rove McManus, who does reports for The Tonight Show and currently films a version of his smash Australian talk show here in LA. At one point, McManus cued up some video footage taken in the back of his SoCal canyon home by means of a motion-activated camera. There were a couple of deer, a bobcat at night and, on the vacant lot next door, “something I don’t think I can prepare you for in any shape or form.”

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Kevin Smith, HuffPost Live Host?

Because Kevin Smith still and primarily uses an AOL email address (!), he is utterly familiar with HuffPost Live and a major fan of the nascent network. From the get-go of his half-hour chat alongside Jason Mewes with Alicia Menendez this afternoon, he kept dropping hints about wanting to be a host himself.

Smith continued energetically banging that drum, leading a producer to tell Menendez in her ear that he was hired. Then, HuffPost Live president Roy Sekoff bounded on set to seal the deal.

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Fan Tweet Morphs Into $69,000 Kevin Smith Cartoon Feature

How cool is this? A few years ago, Toronto-based animator Steve Stark tweeted out to Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes a cartoon he put together based on a Jay & Silent Bob SModcast. It led to a relationship that now has the Canuck first-time directing the pair’s cartoon feature.

Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie will start rolling out this spring by means of a Red State USA-style cross-country road show, with the two leads in tow for lively post-show podcast Q&A. From today’s announcement:

“This is what can happen when you put the plug in the jug, kids,” said Mewes. “As an actor, it was awesome to play Jay again. But as a producer, I sweated every nickel because I wanted to keep the budget low… And dirty.”

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Tubefilter Co-Founders Ready to Rock Social Media Week LA

There’s palpable new energy underpinning the latest edition of Social Media Week LA, a massive and almost entirely free September 24-28 event featuring 100+ panels, meet-ups, parties and such. Most of the credit for this goes to tubefilter.com and Streamy Awards creator Drew Baldwin, on board this year as the event’s executive director.

“Tubefilter has been covering the online video industry before it was really an industry,” Baldwin (pictured) tells FishbowlLA via telephone, ahead of the arrival from New York of Tubefilter co-founder and fellow SMWLA mastermind Joshua Cohen. “We identified what we thought was sort of the professional cross-section of online video. Not the cat videos, but people who are really trying to put something out there intentionally. We pulled together a community of online video producers in LA and New York and from that, built out a major monthly events component.”

Baldwin is currently working with Dick Clark Productions on the next edition of the Streamy Awards, set for February 2013. The launch of Tubefilter in 2008 and the Streamys in 2009 has positioned him as the perfect person to take Social Media Week LA to the next level. He was on the Board of Advisors last year and cleverly, for 2012, has deliberately located the bulk of SMWLA events within the boundaries of Hollywood proper. (io/LA and The Egyptian Theater are two event hubs, for example.)

“We’ve really focused on both the programmatic and geographic elements of entertainment in Hollywood,” Baldwin explains. “As a result, we’ve gotten a lot more traction.” He says they got yes’s from the first 25 people they approached to be a part of SMWLA’s first annual list of “Social 25” digital influencers. The inaugural group will be feted on opening night and includes everyone from Jeff Berman (NFL) and Kevin Smith (SmodCo) to Ryan Seacrest and Zooey Deschanel (for her website Hello Giggles).

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Who Brings a Three-Month-Old to a Midnight Screening? Kevin Smith, for One.

During the latest episode of Kevin Smith’s Hulu show Spoilers, he and the gathered group of moviegoers somberly discussed the Aurora, CO tragedy.

At one point however, the host lightened things up a tiny bit when he chose to comment on the media backlash aimed at one couple that brought a three-month old:

“I took my daughter to see Fight Club when she was three months old. It was me and the wife and the kid in the stroller. There were only two other people in the movie theater. My kid never talked once or cried or anything.”

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Kevin Smith Blows Up Movie Critic TV Show Format

With Roger Ebert’s valiant attempt to revive At the Movies having faded into the sunset, writer-director Kevin Smith is aiming to kick-start the critics-talking-heads format on Hulu beginning June 4 with a fundamentally different approach. In each episode of Spoilers, he will have 50 citizen co-hosts.

The hoi polloi popcorn chompers will be chosen via a website launching today and get to chime in about big summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises and Rock of Ages. Ahead of the first taping at his new SmodCo Studios facility on Universal City Walk, Smith teased some of the other content in an interview with Wired:

“We’re going to do a beat called Movie Goon where like I’ll have on my friend Malcolm Ingram, who hates everything. He’s one of these nihilists. If it’s popular, he can’t stand it. He represents the Internet. So we’ll bring him on and let him have his say and then we’ll beat him up verbally and tell him why he’s wrong — have a good old-fashioned debate.”

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German Magazine Zooms In on Splash News

In the wake of Corbis’ recent acquisition of LA celebrity photo agency Splash News, Der Spiegel reporter Philip Bethge has paid a visit to the former’s Seattle office and the latter’s Venice HQ. The result is a highly entertaining look at the business dynamics of “the thugs of the telephoto lens.”

In LA, the man who makes Splash tick is British native Kevin Smith. While today’s shifting media landscape has become a revenue challenge for many outlets, it has proven to be a gold mine for savvy picture peddlers like this former London journalist. Splash revenues in the past year have grown by more than 20%. Per Bethge’s report:

The company has supplied the photography for 500 magazine covers over the last five years, Smith says, adding that Splash News sells photos in close to 70 countries. “I was amazed when we hit the million dollar [mark] in revenues,” says Smith, who drives a Bentley. “Now I am laughing about it.”

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Jon Lovitz Glad He Ignored Agent’s Advice

Stand-up comedy has turned out to be just the ticket for former SNL regular Jon Lovitz. At age 54, he’s about to head back to Chicago for a third stint, performing in Schaumberg and throwing out another first pitch at Wrigley Field.

However, back when Lovtiz decided in 2003 to change things up in the face of disappearing movie role opportunities, he didn’t exactly get a vote of confidence from his talent rep. During a recent telephone interview from LA with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Annie Alleman , Lovitz recalled the off-putting feedback he received:

“It was like starting over. I was 46, and I needed to make money,” he said. “Stand-up was something I always wanted to do. I told my agent, ‘You’ve got to get me work.’ They go, ‘Why don’t you sell your house?’ That really made me angry.”

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