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Is It Time to Start Caring About Teen YouTube Celebrities?

This weekend, The New York Times ran a hilarious article about DigiFest NYC, a YouTube festival in CitiField that sold 12,500 tickets to an audience of mostly screaming teenage girls. The “performers” on DigiFest were a fresh-faced bunch of Disney Channel-ready teens, boys and girls who look to be about 14. Ryan Seacrest, who’s invested money in the venture, is quoted as saying that this tour “has successfully translated these popular small-screen experiences into live, large-scale events that are fun, accessible and brilliantly authentic.” … Read More

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Lil Kim Gave Birth: Links You Need to See

Orange is the New Black cheered up many a person’s weekend, and hopefully today’s links will cheer up a few people’s evenings. Enjoy! … Read More

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20 of the Internet’s Best April Fools’ Day Pranks

Thanks to the limitless possibilities the Internet has given us, today’s April Fool’s jokes are a lot more sophisticated than the ones American Girl Magazine used to suggest (“Put a dime and a safety pin in a box, give it to your friend, and say you got them a diamond pin!”). Tech startups (and, of course, established companies) have become especially big players, as they have the platforms, budgets, and creative minds to make really wacky ideas come to life. Some companies go all-out, like Google, which has at least five different pranks (just in America) on its multitude of channelsOthers, like Uber and TOMS, realize they’re a match made in heaven and combine forces into something beautiful. For your entertainment — and to help you avoid falling for an embarrassing prank — here’s a roundup of the best April Fools’ jokes the Internet has to offer today. … Read More

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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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