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Viral videos of 2013: 'What's Trending' host Shira Lazar ranks the biggest hits -- VIDEO

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As 2013 draws to a close, we’re looking back at 2013’s biggest, best, and most memorable YouTube videos with some help from the data crunchers over at Tubular Labs. As we delve into the biggest videos of the year, we also couldn’t help but notice some bigger trends:
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George Takei talks taking on tech for all generations in new YouTube series

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In this modern age of technology, George Takei definitely knows how to live long and prosper.

The Star Trek actor and social media maven has teamed up with the AARP for a bi-weekly series on YouTube called Takei’s Take, a smart, funny, irreverent look at what is happening in the world of the Internet and technology and how it infiltrates our lives. EW was on location at YouTube Space LA where the series is filmed to talk to George about the show, how Martin Luther King Jr. played a role in getting him to join Twitter, and why human behavior is the root of all our (tech) problems.

Takei was first approached by AARP to create the series because of his already large social media presence, which includes over 930,000 followers on Twitter and over 5 millions likes on his Facebook page. “I love the idea of sharing technology and what’s trending today with the entire demographic.” Takei told EW. “Obviously I’m of the upper baby boom generation, the AARP generation.” It was that generation of 50+ who were the original Star Trek fans and now it’s their children (and in some cases even their children’s children) who Takei wants to reach. “This is something that should be attractive to all generations.” After launching in September, the series already has over 65,000 subscribers on YouTube and just finished filming the first season.

Though he admits he has help and guidance, Takei is proud to be the older face of technology today and go against negative stereotypes, which as an Asian-American Takei says he has had to deal with his entire life. “Society in general needs to be more enlightened not to buy into stereotypes. Some of these advances are being made by senior citizens. Einstein was a senior! He was the pioneer of the future society that we are building.” But Takei is well aware that there are two sides to everything. “There are some youngsters who are absolutely dysfunctional when it comes to technology. But we shouldn’t stereotype all young people.”
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'Doctor Who' meets 'Hunger Games': 13 doctors fight to the death -- VIDEO

What do you get when you cross Doctor Who and The Hunger Games? You’ll find the answer in this hilariously imagined trailer spoof aptly titled The Doctor Games, which was uploaded to YouTube just in time for this Saturday’s 50th Anniversary Special and the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The trailer spoof finds all 13 Doctors (there are 13 because the creators chose to include both Peter Capaldi and John Hurt’s Doctors in the parody) transported into a Hunger Games-like arena where they must battle to the death until one remains as The Master. Only then can the winning Doctor fly off in the lone TARDIS at the center of the arena.

The best part about this parody is its attention to detail and the way they managed to incorporate all 13 Doctors’ individual quirks — Tom Baker’s Doctor uses his signature scarf to strangle people, for crying out loud!

Needless to say, if you’re a Whovian, you’ll definitely enjoy giving this a watch.

Watch The Doctor Games below:
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Alison Gold's 'Chinese Food' makes shocking debut on Billboard Hot 100

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ARK Music Factory has done it again! The company behind Rebecca Black and her “Friday” phenomenon has another viral hit on its hands in Alison Gold’s “Chinese Food.”

The 12-year-old singer’s pop song love letter to Chinese dishes debuts at No. 29 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart and at No. 5 on Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart. The latter makes it the week’s highest new entry.

Gold has YouTube viewers to thank for the success of her ode to tasty comfort food — her impressive debut on the Hot 100 is due largely in part to the nearly 5 million U.S. streams the video has received on YouTube since being uploaded on Oct. 14. The track has additionally sold 1,000 downloads as of Oct. 20.

The “Chinese Food” song and video was written and co-produced by ARK Music Factory co-founder Patrice Wilson. Fun fact: He cameos in the music video as a rapping panda bear.

Watch Alison Gold’s “Chinese Food” below!
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Queen Latifah offers job to woman behind 'I Quit' viral video

A University of Missouri graduate who used a dance video to quit her job with a Taiwanese company has gotten an offer to work on the website of a daytime talk show.

Marina Shifrin of suburban Chicago became an Internet sensation after her choreographed performance to Kanye West’s “Gone” was posted on YouTube.

She was a guest Thursday on Queen Latifah’s talk show on Fox. The host asked Shifrin if she wanted to work as a digital content producer on Latifah’s website.

At first Shifrin thought Latifah was joking, but the host insisted she was serious. Latifah said a short interview would happen backstage.

The show ended without disclosing whether Shifrin had taken the position.

Check out Shifrin’s video below:
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Horse_ebooks and Pronunciation Book: We try to explain what just happened

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It’s been 77 days, and something has definitely finally happened. What that something is exactly isn’t so clear. Popular Twitter account Horse_ebooks and YouTube channel Pronunciation Book released information today on a new art project/ alternate reality game (ARG) platform, Bear Stearns Bravo (BSB). It’s weird, cool, and more than a bit confusing, so we parse through the Interwebs to figure out just what this all is.
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Lucas Cruikshank, YouTube and Nickelodeon's 'Fred,' comes out, gets Cher shout-out -- VIDEO

In the question-and-answer YouTube video Ask Lucas and Jennifer, Lucas Cruikshank answered the question “are you gay?” with a big fat “yes.”

The YouTube and Nickelodeon star, best known for his character Fred, said he hasn’t felt the need to announce his sexuality on the internet. But his co-host Jennifer Veal (from Disney’s Jessie) points out that, since they post photos of them having sleepovers and doing facials, it probably should’ve been obvious.

Check out the video below:
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Gillian Jacobs talks new dark comedy short 'It's Not You, It's Me'

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Could the girl next door have a big secret? Community star Gillian Jacobs stars in the short film It’s Not You, It’s Me, which hit the web today on JASH, the YouTube channel founded by comedians Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, Tim Heidecker and Eric Warheim, and Michael Cera. The film, written and directed by Matt Spicer, follows Jacobs’ character, a woman whose relationship is literally driving her crazy, through some pretty dark escapades. Childrens Hospital star Rob Huebel co-stars. Watch the film, which debuted at South by Southwest in March, below, and then read on for more with Jacobs:
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Felicia Day talks GeekWeek, fandoms, and the royal court of geekery

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The internet is kind of a geek dream come true — it’s a place for fandoms to find their people and connect online over the things they are so passionate about. No one understands this better than Felicia Day, actress, founder of Geek & Sundry — a website dedicated to nerd culture — and herself a superfan of many elements of geek culture. One of her first projects was a web series called The Guild, which was essentially a love letter to online gaming. Her site is hosting today’s GeekWeek on YouTube “Fan Friday” — a theme Day feels particularly embodies geekdom.

“It’s focused on fans’ contribution to things that they geek out over,” Day told EW. “Everything I’ve done has been from a very grassroots place so I felt like this was the perfect way for us to participate, to highlight communities rather than the people who make the things that people fan-out over.”

Geek & Sundry has spent the week releasing special-edition videos of their regular shows, like a supersize episode of Co-Optitude, in which Day plays Pokemon Snap with her brother. There is also a “nerd trifecta,” as Day put it, featuring Wil Wheaton and Seth Green playing a tabletop Star Wars game. There are brand-new vloggers featured on the site’s vlog channel — with everything from TV and movie reviews to impressions to makeup tips — all geared toward gaming, comics, and other geek culture. Today, tune in for Gastro Geeks, Day’s pet project.

“It’s a parody food show competition, where contestants get a mysterious bucket of ingredients to sculpt into geeky objects around a surprise theme. We have three contestants — myself, Hannah Hart (of My Drunk Kitchen) and Furious Pete (a professional eater).”

So why Fan Friday?
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Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' gets a gender swap -- VIDEO

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There has been rendition after rendition, but this time, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” gets a visual do-over as well. Seattle-based boylesque troupe (seriously, how great is the word “boylesque”?) decided to parody the hit song, even redoing the music video so that beautiful, strong women are singing and rapping while some boys with very little clothing prance around them.

On their YouTube page, the troupe said that they wanted “to show a spectrum of sexuality as well as present both women and men in a positive light, one where objectifying men is more than alright and where women can be strong and sexy without negative repercussions.”

I must say, the song and video works incredibly well with the whole gender-swap. Check out the video below:
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