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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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YouTube launches 'YouTube Space Los Angeles' for all the burgeoning Felicia Days out there

As part of its new effort to focus on content creation — as opposed to merely providing a spot to curate the vast majority of filmed things in the universe — YouTube has officially opened YouTube Space Los Angeles, a massive new studio complex in Playa Vista, California. As explained in a blog post, the space is available for free, as long as you qualify after an application process. The space includes a green screen, a recording studio, and even a motion-capture studio for all the embryonic Andy Serkis (Serkii?) in Hollywood. What’s Trending talked to Internet demi-goddess Felicia Day and the musical duo Paul & Storm at the opening about what the new space could mean for content creators: Check out the video below! READ FULL STORY

'Gilmore Girls' meets 'Girls' in new mashup -- VIDEO

Well, how about that — if you cobble together a group of Girls clips that don’t include nudity or anybody smoking crack, take away the sound, and set it to Carole King’s “Where You Lead,” HBO’s edgy comedy could totally pass for an old school WB dramedy. It’s not quite The Shining as a gentle family comedy — but the following fake credits sequence is still pretty amusing for fans of either show. God have mercy on Stars Hollow, though, if Hannah and the gang ever decide to spend a weekend there.

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Neil Patrick Harris on his YouTube show 'Neil's Puppet Dreams': 'I have a puppet workshop in my garage' -- VIDEO

The idea of a web series featuring Neil Patrick Harris and puppets seems like such an obvious thing the world needs, it’s a little shocking no one’s come up with it until now. Produced with the Jim Henson Company’s “Henson Alternative” division, Neil’s Puppet Dreams premieres today on the Nerdist’s YouTube channel. While upcoming episodes promise drag queens, puppet sex, and a surprising amount of nudity — this ain’t a family webseries — the first episode features a simple fear of falling and a vividly illustrative song penned by co-creator and producer Janet Varney. You can watch the first episode below, and then check out my interview with Harris about how this all came about, the powerful pull puppets have on his life, and, yes, whether How I Met Your Mother is returning for a ninth season.  READ FULL STORY

MTV finally reveals why it stopped playing music videos

Some complaints are so pervasive that they eventually become their own cliches — think “The Simpsons hasn’t been funny since Season 8!” or “Saturday Night Live hasn’t been funny since [whatever year the complainer was 16]!” Chief among these is the stale lament that MTV doesn’t play music videos anymore — “It’s called Music Television, dadgumit!” (Somehow, you never hear those same people complaining about The Learning Channel‘s similar misnomer.)

But listen up, people: MTV’s head of programming* has heard your cries, and he’s finally ready to give you the answers you crave. All will be revealed in the following video:

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