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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

Keep the holiday spirit going with YouTube's best gift reaction videos

Not ready to bid farewell to the holiday season just yet? Thanks to YouTube — and thousands of videos featuring delighted gift recipients — you don’t have to.

The latest viral “best gift ever!” video: This clip of diehard University of Alabama football fan Don Buckhannan, who was nearly moved to tears when his son Daniel surprised him with tickets to next month’s BCS National Championship game against Notre Dame. Daniel filmed his father being shocked speechless when he discovered the ticket inside another gift; the resulting video has already racked up nearly two million views on YouTube. It also got the Buckhannans a short spot on the Today show this morning:

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Who were the year's biggest breakout stars online? Shira Lazar fills us in -VIDEO EXCLUSIVE

What’s Trending host Shira Lazar knows the web. She’s interviewed the biggest YouTube stars and everyday on the show counts down the top five trending viral videos on YouTube. So who better to narrow down the year’s most popular online trending topics, exclusively for EW. Check out her picks, from Jimmy Kimmel’s videos to the McKayla is Not Impressed Tumblr, below, and on YouTube (of course!) by clicking here.

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YouTube releases top 10 trailers of the year: 'Hunger Games', 'Dark Knight Rises', and...

YouTube just released their list of top 10 trailers of the year.

The top rankers aren’t necessarily simply the most viewed. Instead, YouTube looked at view count, view rate (how much of a clip people chose to watch), and organic views. While Hunger Games and Dark Knight Rises of course cracked the top 10, and other loyal viewers couldn’t get enough of Ted or Daniel Craig in Skyfall, the number one spot may surprise you if you’re not an avid videogame fan.

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YouTube reveals top 10 viral clips of 2012 -- VIDEO

The main takeaway from this list of 2012′s most viral YouTube clips? The days of “Charlie Bit My Finger” and “David After Dentist” are over.

Only one of these 10 videos — “Facebook Parenting” — was made by an average Joe; the other nine were all professionally produced. “There are more and more people who know how to build an audience, how to use YouTube,” YouTube trends manager Kevin Allocca explained to the Wall Street Journal. “There are companies who spend millions and millions of dollars trying to do create these videos.”

So yeah, that’s kind of horribly depressing. But watching these videos might cheer you up — even if many of the entries won’t surprise you at all. (Spoiler alert: Yes, Virginia, “Gangnam Style” made No. 1.)

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'Epic Meal Time' spinoff 'Epic Chef' features holiday scrooges -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Lovers of bacon, Jack Daniel’s, and overall gluttony, rejoice! Epic Chef, the online spinoff series of the YouTube cooking show Epic Meal Time that pits professional chefs against one another, debuted today.

Because today’s challenge featured portion-challenged, double deep-fried, beer-battered breakfast items, it’s safe to expect a meal of even more epic proportions in the upcoming holiday special. In this exclusive clip, chef Shawn Dobbin and Gavin Mills are harassed by host Harley Morenstein and guest judges Kevin Pereira and Charles Phoenix for not prepping the food appropriately and for reading instructions off ingredient boxes. What happened to their holiday cheer?

And you thought Anthony Bourdain was uninhibited and Paula Deen was butter-happy.

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'The Hobbit': Andy Serkis reveals Gollum's holiday travel tips -- EXCLUSIVE

Generally speaking, cave-dwelling, certifiably insane ex-hobbit Gollum is sort of a homebody. But when travel guide mecca Lonely Planet recently interviewed Hobbit actor Andy Serkis about filming and trekking around in New Zealand, the publisher couldn’t help asking how Serkis’s most famous character would prepare for a trip. The motion-capture expert answered the question as Gollum himself — proving once more that we will never, ever get tired of hearing Serkis’s signature gurgling hiss. Even though it’s pretty weird to see it coming from a normal-looking guy instead of a terrifying gray-skinned creature.

Check out the video below, exclusively on EW.com:

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