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Ricky Gervais' David Brent returns and wants to teach you guitar -- VIDEO

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Michael Scott may be making his final appearance on The Office’s finale this week, but David Brent is ready for a comeback.

Ricky Gervais’ original office boss character is being resurrected – and he wants to teach you guitar. Well, not teach you, exactly. You’ll be teaching yourself. But he’ll be there. Gervais-as-Brent has launched a video teaser for a new series, Learn Guitar with David Brent, which will premiere May 20 on YouTube as part of YouTube Comedy Week. As longtime fans can see, music is still Brent’s passion.

In the video on Gervais’ channel, Brent previews a brand-new song, “Life on the Road.” Is he better as a musician than as a salesman? Watch below and decide for yourself: READ FULL STORY

'Space Oddity' done right: Astronaut Chris Hadfield sings Bowie's hit in actual Space Station -- VIDEO

In space, no one can hear you sing. Well, unless you record yourself singing there, then post that video on YouTube.

Case in point: Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield‘s incredible, anti-gravity rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” an awesome song made even more awesome by the fact that this dude is actually singing it in space. The commander, who’s currently wrapping up a five-month stay in the International Space Station, uploaded the clip yesterday; it’s already racked up over 1 million views. READ FULL STORY

Would you pay for YouTube?

Your daily mid-afternoon procrastination may need to find a new outlet.

Google-owned YouTube.com, a.k.a. the Internet video free-for-all, may be turning into a pay service for certain popular channels. In response to a report that the change to a partial paywall could come as soon as next week, a YouTube spokesperson tells EW, “We have nothing to announce at this time, but we’re looking into creating a subscription platform that could bring even more great content to YouTube for our users to enjoy and provide our partners with another vehicle to generate revenue from their content, beyond the rental and ad-supported models we offer.”

A report from The Financial Times says the new pay model “will apply to as many as 50 YouTube channels, [and] viewers will be able to subscribe to each channel for as little as $1.99 a month.” In this way, it sounds like YouTube will become similar to Hulu: a lot of the content is free, but to get all of it viewers must pay a small monthly fee. It seems unlikely YouTube will eventually charge for all its content (cat videos are probably safe for now), but channels that are creating content specifically for YouTube, like original web series, seem destined to eventually cost fans some cash. The Financial Times reports that a few of the channels targeted for premium status include The Onion and World Wrestling Entertainment.

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The Force is with 'The Empire Strikes Back Uncut,' a new fan remake -- VIDEO

Not so long ago, on an Internet not too far away — in fact, it’s right there, in front of your face — a 20-something computer programmer named Casey Pugh stitched together a Star Wars remake created entirely by fans. He divided the movie into 473 15-second segments, then asked volunteer filmmakers to reshoot any three segments. As EW wrote in 2011, the resulting film is “a giddy mosaic of crude — and some not-so-crude — animation, dads dressed as aluminum-foil droids, family dogs standing in for Chewbacca, and one Michael Bay-style orgy of explosions starring a badass C-3PO driving a stick-shift muscle car.”

And now Pugh’s working on the inevitable sequel: The Empire Strikes Back Uncut, a film that promises to incorporate “kid actors…animated Dagobahs…[and] some of the most inventive props we’ve seen.” Though you’ll find a teaser trailer for the follow-up below, the movie isn’t quite done yet; you can still claim a piece of the puzzle by visiting Uncut‘s website before May 1. (What, May the Fourth seemed too on-the-nose?) May the Force be with you, young Lucas wannabes!

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Michael Cera directs and stars in 'Brazzaville Teen-ager' -- VIDEO

We were extremely curious to find out what kind of content YouTube’s new talent-driven channel JASH would produce with the combined brilliance of Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, and Reggie Watts. Even though a Michael Cera-directed short film adaptation of Bruce Jay Friedman’s 1966 story Brazzaville Teen-ager seems a bit out of the box, we’re kind of delighted that JASH is pushing the boundaries of what a comedy channel can be. It’s not just parodies and sketches.

Cera’s 19-minute treatment of the classic short tells the story of Gunther, a young man hoping to connect with his sick father. When his father’s condition worsens, he believes that if he does something embarrassing — namely, getting his boss to perform with a doo-wop group — his father might finally be warm and communicative. The short stars Cera, Charles Grodin (Beethoven), Jack O’Connell (Skins), and Kelis (“Milkshake”).  Check it out below.

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'Wrong Director' casts Woody Allen as new Iron Man -- VIDEO

Here is one Iron Man 3 development you may not have seen coming: CineFix’s “Wrong Director” series is putting an animated Woody Allen in Marvel’s big metal suit. Stammering ensues: “Pepper Potts, she says, uh, I’m not romantic — says, y’know, we’ve never made love in a rain storm … That’s easy for her to say: She doesn’t, y’know, rust.” Pepper is actually an Annie Hall-era Diane Keaton. Larry David is the Mandarin. Bonus: Allen’s love of white-on-black credits, out-of-time piano, and effusive blurbs from The New Yorker (“It totally kicks ass and is way poignant!”) and the Chicago Sun-Times.

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If Daenerys Targaryen were a Disney princess, it might look something like this -- VIDEO

On the surface, Game of Thrones might not seem to have all that much in common with Disney’s canon of classic animated films. GOT is often brutally violent and laden with nudity, but take those things away from at least one particular storyline and you’ve got all the ingredients of a classic Disney fairytale.

Daenerys Targaryen, an exiled princess with an affection for mythic creatures and a handsome boy pining after her, really does fit the mold, doesn’t she? Give her a little song to sing and she’s practically Aurora from Sleeping Beauty.

So that’s exactly what YouTubers AVbyte did. In their clip, Daenerys (Evelina Barry) looks out on the open ocean and sings “Out there across the sea / Where my life was meant to be / My home and people wait for me.” Later in the song, Daenerys’ ever-faithful and lovesick servant Jorah Mormont (Peter Hollens) arrives to declare her “all that I’ve been yearning for.”

It’s a really well-done (and frankly, pretty reverential) parody. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

'Star Trek Into Darkness' trailer: The LEGO remake

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

Simon Cowell's 'You Generation' launches today -- VIDEO

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.”

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YouTuber asks Kate Upton: Will you go to prom with me? (She responds.) -- VIDEO

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.

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