First came the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer. Then came the homemade remake of the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer. Now, because the Internet is a benevolent all-giving entity, YouTuber Antonio Toscano has put together an all-LEGO remake of the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer, complete with lots of appropriately shaky close-ups on the face of the Evil Benedict Cumberbatch LEGO man. Watch the fun below: READ FULL STORY
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Good news for the world’s six remaining undiscovered singers: Simon Cowell’s new Internet talent search, “The You Generation,” officially begins this afternoon. As the X Factor head honcho’s company, Syco Entertainment, first explained last month, the contest will be conducted via YouTube and welcomes all sorts of “unconventional and original talents” — including photography, cooking, visual art, makeup application, and magic as well as music.
One Direction — a band formed on Cowell’s original, British X Factor — will kick things off with a live stream interview at 3 p.m. ET. After that, fans are welcome to upload their own auditions to TYG’s YouTube page. The competition includes 26 distinct categories. Winners of each individual contest will be announced every two weeks; those victors will go on to compete for a grand prize, to be awarded one year from TYG’s launch.
Cowell himself explains the impetus for his newest venture in the video below, which also introduces the contest’s cheery host, Will Best. (Somewhere, Steve Jones weeps.) “Years ago you’d have these awful showcase. You’d have to trek across London, all the record companies would be there, the acts were normally terrible. The system’s changed now,” Cowell says, speaking from an office apparently outfitted with padded walls. “[YouTube] has literally changed the music business for the good.”
A few days ago, a teenage boy (“Jewish, 5’9” on a really good day”) asked grown-up supermodel Kate Upton (“Christian, 5’10”) to go to prom with him. It looked like this:
And because the world is a truly good and wonderful place, she responded last night on Twitter.
Warn your friends now: You’ll soon be forwarding them even more viral videos. Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, and Reggie Watts have joined forces to launch JASH, an Internet network for original content that, according to the mission statement, will offer its comedic partners complete creative autonomy. Watch a tease below. READ FULL STORY
James Franco, actor, director, student, soap star, writer, artist, musician, and Oscars-ruiner, can now add another title to his ever-expanding resume: pro-sex crusader.
The multifaceted multihyphenate has made a video defending his friend Travis Matthews’s film I Want Your Love, which has been banned in Australia due to its graphic scenes of gay male coupling. As Franco explains in the video, Matthews was “using sex in a very sophisticated way” in the film — the director “wants to explore story and character and nuances that sex contains,” he says. Franco also points out that the film probably wouldn’t be banned if it featured explicit violence — though curiously, he ignores the fact that censors likely wouldn’t mind I Want Your Love‘s sex scenes if they featured men and women instead of men alone.
Harlem Shake videos aren’t just played out — they’re also potential career-killers.
Up to 15 gold miners in Australia were sacked recently when their mine’s owner saw their take on the YouTube sensation. Apparently, dancing shirtless in an underground mine shaft is a safety violation — even if you’re wearing a helmet. Suddenly, “Gangnam Style” parodies are starting to look almost tolerable by comparison.
Worse still, some of the folks who were canned didn’t even appear on camera; they were punished simply for watching their coworkers dance. Australian gold mines officially equal the puritan town from Footloose. Here’s the video that caused all this trouble in the first place:
Still fuming about Seth MacFarlane’s purposefully tasteless Oscars opening number? The Internet has the answer: A song by prolific YouTuber Kevin Gisi that cites a gaggle of respected actors who have gone full frontal onscreen, including Jason Segel, Richard Gere, Michael Fassbender, and Dustin Hoffman. Sample lyrics:
Kevin Bacon, we saw your junk in Wild Things
Bruce Willis’ junk in Color of the Night
Billy Crudup, we saw your junk in blue in Watchmen
It probably wasn’t yours, but that’s all right
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