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Amy Poehler’s Best Advice for Girls

Amy Poehler turns 41 today, and while it would be easy to celebrate her achievements as one of television’s most delightful people or comedy’s shining stars, how’s about a doff of the cap to Amy Poehler, dispenser of sage wisdom to teenage girls? Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls is a YouTube channel featuring interviews, profiles, and advice; much of the latter is dispensed on the regular “Ask Amy” feature, informal webcam videos in which Poehler answers questions posed by the channel’s viewers. The “Ask Amy” videos are charming glimpses into her life, often shot in her Parks & Rec trailer or home after a hard day’s work (as evidenced by the low light, hushed voice to keep from waking her kids, and even, occasionally, her pajamas), and they’re frequently very funny (“It is Alfred Lord Tennyson who said it is better to have loved and lost than never loved at all, and if you’re not familiar with Alfred Lord Tennyson, he is a very famous, um, hip-hop producer, you should check out his work”). But the advice offered is heartfelt and genuine, so we combed through the 28 “Ask Amy” videos thus far and selected the best bit of advice from each. … Read More

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25 Great Sitcoms You Can Watch Right Now on YouTube

A few weeks back, we pointed you in the direction of some great movies streaming free on YouTube. Now, if you wanna watch free TV online without a Netflix or Hulu Plus membership, the proposition gets a little trickier — those copyrights are guarded a bit more zealously, and the viewing experience can be, to put it charitably, spotty. That’s why sitcoms are so good for YouTube viewing; as long as you have a passing familiarity with the characters, it’s easy to sample an episode here and there on a lunch break and not have to worry about serialized arcs and continuity issues. Here are some of the best sitcoms in television history that have at least a handful of episodes on… Read More

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50 Great Movies You Can (Legally) Watch for Free Right Now

Every week, this site does its best to point you in the direction of movies worth your time that are streaming on Netflix, Hulu Plus, and the like. But what about those who aren’t ponying up the ten or 20 bucks a month for those services? Well, there’s an overabundance of free movies streaming at this very moment as well — many of them legally (it seems!), thanks our old friend “the public domain,” whereby films whose copyright has lapsed (or never existed in the first place) can be made available for public consumption. Others are hosted gratis by services that simply want to share the wealth of great cinema. Whatever the case, with an awareness of how much everyone loves free stuff, here are 50 free movies that are well worth a… Read More

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The Most Awkward Local TV News Moments Ever

When you see a headline that invites you to “Watch in Uncomfortable Delight as a News Anchor and a Weatherperson Repeatedly Go at Each Other on Live TV,” well, you click on that link, so bravo, Grantland. And the video delivers on the headline’s promise — as these things always do. There seems to be something uniquely combustible about a live local news telecast, whether it’s the unscripted banter that must bridge the segments, the fragility of big fish in small ponds, the ego that seems inevitable among those who want to do news and weather on television, or (more likely) a combination of all of the above. Whatever the reason, that petri dish has given us some pretty toxic live video clips over the years. … Read More

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Richard Pryor’s Most Fascinating Movie Is a 13-Minute YouTube Video

Tonight, BAMcinématek kicks off A Pryor Engagement, a two-week, 18-film tribute to the film work of the late, great comic genius Richard Pryor. The program is expansive, including his three sublime concert films, two of his pairings with Gene Wilder, his astonishing dramatic turns in Blue Collar and Lady Sings the Blues, and oddities like Some Call It Loving and Dynamite Chicken. All are presented in glorious 35mm, and all are worth seeing. But my favorite Richard Pryor movie (if you can call it that) is not part of the program; it’s not available on 35mm, or on DVD, and it runs only 13 minutes. … Read More

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“Somebody That I Used to Know” Played By A YouTube Orchestra

We’ve all seen a million and one parodies and covers of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” — and turns out, so has Gotye. Inspired by Kutiman’s Thru-You project, Gotye (aka Wally De Backer) put together a master remix of his hit track, and surprisingly, it’s actually pretty interesting to watch. “Reluctant as I am to add to the mountain of interpretations of “Somebody That I Used To Know” seemingly taking over their own area of the internet,” he writes, “I couldn’t resist the massive remixability that such a large, varied yet connected bundle of source material offered.” We’re not sure what it says about the artist that he created a master cover of his own song based on fan YouTube videos — it could probably be viewed in a more cynical way, but we’re going with appreciation for his fans and a general love of playing with music. Click through to watch the video, and let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More

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Watch Julie Klausner and Other Comedians Reveal the History of “That’s What She Said”

“That’s what she said,” that favorite quip of opportunistic amateur comedians the world over, seems like it’s been around since the dawn of time. But did you know it actually began as a statement of solidarity with the nascent women’s movement? Or that Nora Banks, the first woman to use the joke back in the late 19th century, is considered the Rosa Parks of “That’s what she said”? Or that Eleanor Roosevelt bullied her husband into entering World War II with a string of particularly brutal “That’s what she said” rejoinders? No, none of these things are true, but they are all discussed to hilarious effect in the debut episode of Jokes Through the Ages, a series on YouTube’s new Official Comedy channel, which features both original programming and classic clips of famous comedians. Allow Julie Klausner, Dave Hill, Ilana Glazer, Max Silvestri, and Dan Soder to relate the entirely untrue history of “That’s what she said,” after the jump. … Read More

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Twitter’s New Office Has Skee Ball

A few years ago we took a look at the impressive offices of some of your favorite websites. The highlights? Google had a fun looking slide and an entire wall of free snacks; YouTube dedicated a room to Star Wars and placed a mini golf course right in the middle of things; and… Read More

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Flavorpill’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorpill’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we find Netflix purging a bunch of good titles for a giant batch of new ones in early June (must be some sort of mid-year end-of-contract period or something), so our list is mostly — but not entirely — comprised of stuff you’ll have to get on quick, featuring stars like Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Douglas, Billy Bob Thornton, Parker Posey, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Woody Harrelson, Tom Cruise, Winona Ryder, and Sylvester Stallone. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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