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See Stampylonghead, Minecraft's hero to children, introduce you to his world

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Stampylonghead, ie. StampyCat, is the newest voice in children’s entertainment. But don’t expect to find him on television: This blocky, pixelated character only lives online, generating millions of page view in YouTube videos created via the uber-popular video game Minecraft.

The silly orange character is high-pitched, British, and has a magnetic attraction with the elementary school set, who love his juvenile adventures. They take him to remote, fantastical lands where he fights his nemesis, Hit the Target, and battles aliens and other ne’er-do-wells. He is the creation of 23-year old former bartender Joseph Garrett, who is on his way to turning his clever YouTube videos into a global brand. READ FULL STORY

Recut to the tune of 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'Star Wars' is more '70s than you remember

As Marvel continues its campaign to convince you to watch Guardians of the Galaxy—its raccoon-, tree-, and classic rock-starring sci-fi film—fans have done some reverse engineering on an older property, recutting footage from the original Star Wars trilogy into an imitation of a recently released Guardians trailer.

The video, made by Youtube user The Unusual Suspect, features an introduction to the rebel team set to the rhythms of “Spirit in the Sky.” Once that’s over, it shifts gears into pure action as “Hooked on a Feeling” plays. The music and cutting all comes courtesy of Marvel’s trailer, but it’s a fitting reminder of the decade that spawned George Lucas’s saga. No matter how hard Star Lord tries, he’ll never be as old school cool as Han Solo.

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'Fartzenegger' video compilation is exactly what it sounds like

Behold: According to EW.com editor Kyle Ryan, this video is “why the internet was invented.”

The concept is not unlike that of the Wet Hot American Summer commentary track that comes complete with “extra farts.” Here, though, the clips originated in various Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, which gives the montage some added… gravity? That’s not the right word. Anyway, at least now we know what Conan the Barbarian really meant when he asked Subotai, “Have you ever felt such a wind?” (The clip’s creators did, however, miss an opportunity to have Mr. Freeze answer “What killed the dinosaurs?” with a big, juicy fart noise.) READ FULL STORY

The Janoskians get a movie deal: Meet the viral YouTube stars you've never heard about

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Ready to feel old? Not just “I don’t understand all the hype about The Fault in Our Stars” old, but “How am I not dead I’m so ancient” old? Enter the Janoskians.

The Janoskians (their name is short for Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation) are a group of Australian teen pranksters whose videos have racked up over 110 million views worldwide (record scratch). The group has been  featured on various MTV shows around the world. Today, they’ve taken the next step to world domination: Lionsgate signed on to develop a feature film star vehicle (in the vein of the successful Jackass movies) for the group, according to Deadline. Time to learn about these five teens who might just become major film stars. READ FULL STORY

Soulja Boy talks being an emoji, working with Nicki Minaj for 'Yasss Bish'

Soulja Boy might not be the first artist to come out with his own app, but he is one of the only ones who can boast about having an official set of emojis created in his likeness — something the rapper is definitely very proud of.

“When they came to me and told me they wanted to do the emojis, I said it was a good idea, because ain’t nobody did that before me,” Soulja Boy told EW after performing for What’s Trending at L.A.’s YouTube Space (check out his appearance in the video below). “The only thing they did was add recognizable features so people would know it’s me — so you can see the Gucci tattoo on my forehead, the smoke coming out of my mouth, stuff like that.”

Soulja tweeted his customized emoji: READ FULL STORY

The 'Idiot's Guide' to understanding music snobs -- VIDEO

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If you choose your favorite bands based on their obscurity, the following video is not for you. (Unless you have a sense of humor. Do music snobs have a sense of humor?)

For everyone else, the comedy network Above Average has created a guide to interacting with the world’s most picky music fans. It’s the second installment in their tongue-in-cheek Idiot’s Guide to Smart People series, and it’s quite humorously spot-on.

The video opens by explaining to viewers (a.k.a. “idiots”) that “it takes a smart person to love music in a way that takes all the fun out of it.” When interacting with a “smart person” in a situation that involves music, here are some of their tips:

Be as painstakingly specific as you possibly can when telling a music snob what kind of genres you like. “Louisiana Swamp Pop” would be a particularly good choice.

The more mainstream success a band has, the less a smart person will like them. Bon Iver is so 2007.

Do not, under any circumstances and bouts of common sense, wear a band’s T-shirt to said band’s concert.

And remember: When in doubt, heavy metal is the answer.

Kevin Spacey responds to Toronto mayor Rob Ford's attack with a friendly photo

Earlier this week, the brother of Toronto mayor Rob Ford got his feelings hurt when the siblings didn’t get their picture taken with Kevin Spacey backstage at a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live. On Saturday, Spacey attempted to remedy the situation via this awesome tweet:

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Oscar-winning 'Frozen' song: The top 10 YouTube covers of 'Let It Go' -- VIDEO

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Now that it’s crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide, it would be safe to say the Oscar-winning film Frozen has become a global phenomenon, partly thanks to the song “Let It Go” and the countless covers posted online. Now YouTube has compiled a list of the top 10 covers of the song posted on its site. The popular Africanized Tribal Cover of the song by Alex Boye takes the No. 1 spot with over 21 million views.

Is your favorite on the list? Check the complete list below! READ FULL STORY

A couple breaks up using only movie titles for dialogue -- VIDEO

The latest sketch from New York-based comedy group POYKPAC features a very public breakup between a cheating husband and his pregnant wife. The plot twist to this seemingly overplayed scenario? The couple’s entire breakup conversation is had using only movie titles.

Check out the sketch, aptly named Movie Title Breakup, below: READ FULL STORY

YouTube Ad Blitz features first look at this year's Super Bowl commercials

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Let’s be honest. You, like much of America, only watch the Super Bowl for the commercials and half-time show. And now you can get a head start by taking a first look at some of this year’s soon-to-be-buzz-worthy TV spots.

Last year, more than half of the Super Bowl advertisers used YouTube as a platform to launch their Super Bowl campaigns early. For 2014, the YouTube Ad Blitz channel features teasers of pre-game commercials as well as highlights with FOX Sports playoff analysis, the ability to tune-in to see custom content from YouTube stars, and allows you to vote for your favorite commercials after the game.

“Super Bowl conversations are starting earlier than ever and so are brand’s digital campaigns around them,” Suzie Reider, Managing Director of Brand Solutions for YouTube, said. “Advertisers are creating digital strategies that span multiple weeks pre and postgame – last year Super Bowl ads were watched more than 80M times on YouTube before the game even started. Digital has become the first stop for brands, and that’s why we created the Ad Blitz teaser gallery this year, so brands make the most out of their investments.”

The Ad Blitz channel also features interactive games and the ability to create custom GIF animations from commercial highlights.

Check out the 2014 YouTube Ad Blitz promo below ahead of this year’s Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2.
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