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How YouTube is boldly becoming more like TV

When Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, a pair of 25-year-olds known as Smosh, posted a silly YouTube video of themselves lip-synching the Pokémon theme song in 2005, they weren’t trying to become Web phenoms. But that’s exactly what happened. The clip went viral, thanks to some incalculable combination of millennial nostalgia and absurdist Internet humor.

Eight years later, Smosh run the most popular channel on YouTube, boasting more than 8.2 million subscribers. The guys also have a Spanish channel, a vlog channel, a cartoon channel, a newly launched gaming channel, and a website/social network (Smosh.com) with exclusive video content and merchandise. They may have started as a one-off viral sensation, but their enduring success — and the success of fellow YouTube pioneers — has helped reshape the site into a vast entertainment entity that produces so much more than Web-based novelty acts.

Smosh, like so many of YouTube’s other top content creators, landed an audience via professionally produced videos, a consistent release schedule, and help from a slew of ahead-of-the-curve thinkers and producers. READ FULL STORY

Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, and Reggie Watts form JASH Internet network

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

'Supernatural' does the Harlem Shake

SPN Harlem Shake

And the Harlem Shake craze lives on.

The latest YouTube fad has made its way across the border to Vancouver, Canada, to the set of the CW’s Supernatural. A video with the cast and crew’s take on the viral video phenomenon is now on the Interwebs for your viewing pleasure (or displeasure, depending on how sick you are of Harlem Shake videos).

The Supernatural gang is rather late to the Harlem Shake party, but they may have the distinction of being the first to make a Harlem Shake vid with a crane shot. Yes, we get a bird’s eye view of the proceedings — crossroads, demon trap, Impala and all. Kicking things off in the solo dance of the first 15 seconds is, naturally, Mr. Eye of the Tiger himself, Jensen Ackles. See if you can pick out Jared Padalecki, Osric Chau, director Guy Norman Bee and other cast and crew members in the video below: READ FULL STORY

James Franco defends explicit banned film 'I Want Your Love' -- VIDEO

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.

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Further proof that everyone needs to stop making Harlem Shake videos

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:

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YouTube answers 'We Saw Your Boobs' with 'We Saw Your Junk' -- VIDEO

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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Streamy Awards: Chris Hardwick on the viral video myth. Plus an insider's picks to win!

Since the birth of YouTube in 2005,  the platform that hosts EVERYTHING, including actors, artists and comedians — has spread like wildfire, launching careers and shining a spotlight on many outstanding talents beyond that dog on the skateboard. Eight years later, rather than being a springboard for these creatives to move to TV or labels, the Internet has become another medium for them to showcase their work. The third annual Streamy Awards will honor that work this Sunday.

Chris Hardwick, comedian and host of The Talking Dead on AMC, will host the show. He is an advocate for the global, niche audiences online shows reach.

“It’s exciting for me as a performer because I remember the days when the fate of your entertainment career depended on someone at a network in an office. None of those things exist that way anymore,” Hardwick says. “The medium still exists but there really is a much truer meritocracy at work, which is that talented people now have the delivery system to get their voices out into the world and they don’t need big media companies anymore to deliver them to people or decide if they’re good enough.”

Hardwick’s advice for anyone looking to create a video is to forgo the idea of a viral video.

“The audience will decide if they want to make them viral or not. Focus on quality, don’t focus on … ‘I want to be trendy.'” READ FULL STORY

Matt Damon goes on strike to raise awareness for clean water

Matt Damon will not be using a toilet until the entire world has access to clean water.

Damon, co-founder of water.org, a site dedicated to raising awareness and funding for clean water throughout the world, staged a press conference today. He announced that he will not be going to the bathroom until sanitation was available to everyone to a room full of “journalists” with familiar faces like YouTube star ShayCarl and Winston from New Girl (Lamorne Morris).
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The 'Game of Thrones'/'Downton Abbey' mashup you didn't know you needed -- VIDEO

What’s better: the tinkly elegance of Downton Abbey‘s theme music, or the rhythmic intensity of Game of Thrones‘s title tune? If you just can’t choose, you’ll love this video — in which pianist Sagar Jethani seamlessly melds the two songs into one glorious mashup (with just a little help from Duncan, his loyal canine companion). It’s all the goodness of Sunday night’s best shows, compressed into one handy three-minute video!

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Neil Patrick Harris on getting probed by alien puppets...for his webseries: 'You don't know what you're missing'

If you’ve been watching Neil Patrick Harris’ YouTube series Neil’s Puppet Dreams — made in partnership with Nerdist and Henson Alternative — it’s already abundantly clear that this is not exactly a show for kids. Harris has already had his (puppet) trouser weasel examined, been interrogated for being a (puppet) predator, and fended off a (puppet) beaver hungry to eat his (non-puppet) wood.

And then there’s this week’s episode (embedded below), in which NPH finds himself abducted by (puppet) aliens and begs them to give him a good probing. He-yo!

As Harris makes clear in our Q&A with him below, it’s all in the spirit of good, kinda dirty fun.  READ FULL STORY

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