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What Do YouTube's New Celebrity Channels Mean for Movies and TV?

by Michael Hogan, posted Oct 29th 2011 2:50PM
Psst! Hey, smart guy, did you get your million-dollar advance from YouTube?

If not, why not? According to an announcement made late yesterday, hipsters (Vice magazine, Pitchfork.com), actors (Ashton Kutcher, Amy Poehler), rappers (Pharrell, Jay-Z), and seemingly everyone in between (Madonna, Lionsgate, Shaquille O'Neal) have signed on to provide professional content for a series of new channels the Google subsidiary is expected to launch next year, in a deal valued at upwards of $100 million. Each partner will reportedly get an advance of up to $5 million; if and when that's recouped via advertising revenue, the partners will split any additional revenues roughly evenly.

So what, if anything, does this mean for the future of movies and TV?

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Five-Year-Old YouTube Makeup Expert Makes Over 'GMA' Ladies

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 22nd 2011 12:20PM
Five-year-old makeup guru Madison Hohrine on 'Good Morning America'Should a five-year-old be giving advice on anything? If it's YouTube sensation Madison Hohrine, whose makeup tutorials have garnered over a million views, quite possibly. Wednesday on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC), Bianna Golodryga and Robin Roberts got some tips on makeup from Madison.

Madison thought both of them looked pretty, but said that Roberts could use blush on her cheeks. Golodryga also needed some blush, and also some pink lipstick and purple eye shadow. "Clearly I needed a lot more help than you did," joked Golodryga, addressing Roberts. "I love when someone says, 'You're pretty, but...'" said Roberts.

For the record, Madison's mom has stated in the notes of at least one of her YouTube videos that she doesn't let Madison wear makeup, and that mom lets Madison borrow her makeup -- Madison has none of her own. That is, until the sponsors start calling ...

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MTV Canada's 'Impact: Elect This' Gets Young Voters Talking by Keeping Some Quiet

by Jacqueline Delange, posted Apr 25th 2011 10:00AM
When campaign ads flash on TV or party leaders appear in televised debates, many young Canadians tune out.

Often forgotten during election time and unable to address politicians directly, they feel invisible.

What young voters need is a spectacle so they can speak and be heard.

MTV Canada's 'Impact: Elect This' offers just that: a forum that gives politically aware young adults a stage on which to voice their opinions about the upcoming federal election to politicians and other Canadians.

About 100 students and young voters gathered at the MTV studios in Toronto for a filmed discussion on issues affecting Canada's youth, such as tuition costs, the environment, health care, the economy and women's rights. The special will air on April 25 at 9PM; MTV is also sending a DVD of the show to each party leader.

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Internet Sensation Rebecca Black Sings 'Friday' on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 23rd 2011 3:27AM
Rebecca Black, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'At 36.5 million views of her 'Friday' video on YouTube as of this writing, Rebecca Black's reign as the current queen of Internet buzz is continuing strong. All the attention got her a spot on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), where she performed the song and even got to chat with Jay Leno.

Sure, her success has come on the heels of a ditty many are considering the worst song ever written. But as they say in show business, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

When Leno asked her if she'd seen some of the online parodies of her song, she said, "I think they can either be really hilarious and make me laugh like 'til I cry, but others are really lame."

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'The Sing-Off' Season Premiere: Viral Video Stars Do Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 7th 2010 4:05AM
'The Sing-Off' Season Premiere: Viral Video Stars Do Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance'The combination of amateur singers, famous songs and national TV could be a great concept. Or, it could be a terrible one. The premiere of 'The Sing-Off' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC) left it up to the viewers to decide.

The reality show features ten amateur singing groups -- all competing for a recording contract and a $100,000 prize. Season Two started with a bang, of sorts. Viral video sensation 'On the Rocks' performed their rendition of Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance.' If you're not familiar with this song, here are some of the lyrics:

Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah-ah! Roma-roma-mamaa!
Ga-ga-ooh-la-la! Want your bad romance
.

Now, imagine those words filtered through the vocal stylings of a bunch of guys from the University of Oregon, and you should have a good idea of what 'The Sing-Off' is all about.

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Ellen DeGeneres Signs a New Singer -- Will Tom Andrews Be a Star? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 17th 2010 12:02AM
Ellen DeGeneres Signs a New Singer -- Will Tom Andrews Be a Star?Ellen may have left 'American Idol,' but that doesn't mean she's no longer involved in the world of music. sHE's formed a new record label called "eleveneleven." The first singer that she signed to her label was Internet sensation Greyson Chance, who gained fame for his YouTube version of the Lady Gaga song 'Paparazzi.' The 13-year-old Greyson has already turned into a fairly big deal. Today, Ellen unveiled her next act.

On 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Ellen showed off 16-year-old Tom Andrews, who has come all the way from the United Kingdom. Like Chance, Andrews was also discovered on YouTube. DeGeneres called him up randomly at home and now ... here he is, in America!

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Jackie Evancho Wows on 'America's Got Talent' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 11th 2010 3:00AM
An Incredible 10-Year-Old Opera Singer on 'America's Got Talent'Could Jackie Evancho be the next Susan Boyle?

The latest episode of 'America's Got Talent' (Tue., 9PM ET on NBC) featured a special twist. The show presented only acts that have never been seen before, and these contestants had to submit their auditions through YouTube. So, we got some surprises -- and the best one was the 10-year-old opera singer.

[Spoiler alert.]

Jackie Evancho is small. She's tiny. She's very young. But she has a big, big voice. She's an incredibly amazing opera singer. And the judges were stunned by her performance. But anyone would be stunned, after hearing such a singing voice come out of such a young child.

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YouTube, Who Loves Ya Baby?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 29th 2010 7:04PM
YouTube on TVThe granddaddy of viral video and the leading cause of productivity decline recently turned five years old. If you're don't know what I'm referring to, please steal a computer or better yet, develop some better comprehension skills. Your local community college is a good place to start on both.

YouTube has become a cultural staple, not just for the Internet but in almost every facet of the global consumer media. It's not only been copied, but it's also been utilized, rehashed, twisted and berated by every other media conglomerate in more ways than the left over parts of an IKEA furniture kit.

TV, of course, is no exception. Here is just a brief glimpse at the people and properties of Television City who loved and loathed YouTube, often in the same breath.

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'America's Got Talent' Signs YouTube Deal

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 26th 2010 10:15AM
It's a marriage made in multimedia heaven. Ever since 'America's Got Talent' debuted in 2006, it has become one of the chief suppliers of viral videos to YouTube. Which makes sense: After all, the reality competition is essentially a bunch of YouTube acts performing on a live stage in front of judges rather than recorded for a cubicle-bound audience. Yes, it's a wonderfully harmonious arrangement, but until now it has been entirely unofficial.

Well, peanut butter, meet chocolate.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC has signed a deal with YouTube, forming an official partnership that will allow YouTube viewers to help select acts for the show. Beginning today, aspiring artists can upload their efforts to the new YouTube 'America's Got Talent' submission page. Producers for the show will then select 40 finalists for fans to vote on, with the top 12 vote getters earning the right to perform live on the show..

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Marlee Matlin Launches 'My Deaf Family' on YouTube

by Bryan Enk, posted Mar 31st 2010 11:00AM
Good ol' YouTube -- it is indeed the world's "default broadcaster."

The Los Angeles Times reports that Marlee Matlin is taking her new reality TV series, 'My Deaf Family,' to YouTube. Matlin's decision to take her series to the Internet comes after being unable to find a home for it on any television network.

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Jabba The Hutt Meets 'Parks and Recreation' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 12th 2010 1:30PM
Take one villain from a galaxy far, far away, a theme song from one of television's smartest comedies, mash them up and what do you get? Internet gold.

'Parks and Recreation' has really found its footing this year, a sure sign of its success is this mash-up video.The video, which was edited by John Mondelli and Will Phillips and sung by John Mondelli, Will Phillips and Chris Fowle, has gotten the attention of 'Parks' co-creator/executive producer Michael Schur and writer Alan Yang.

Check out the video after the jump.

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'Lost' Meets Miley Cyrus: Hurley Parties in the USA

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 3rd 2010 5:00PM
Jorge Garcia Miley CyrusHere's a crossover we never thought we'd see: 'Lost' and Miley Cyrus.

Check out this fan-made YouTube video that finds Hurley (Jorge Garcia) exploring the island set to Cyrus' hit song 'Party in the USA.'

The clips fit oddly well with the infectious hit ... a little too well (cue the creepy music).


Check out the video after the jump.

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You Must Watch This: Mike Tyson on Italian 'Dancing With The Stars'

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 10th 2010 8:40AM
mike tyson dancing with the stars
There is a clip making the rounds right now of Mike Tyson competing on the Italian version of 'Dancing With the Stars', and, wow. It's the most fascinating thing I've seen on the internet all week. Obviously the show is in Italian, but there's a fair amount of English spread throughout the clip: the host says, "congratulations, that was great!" and the song that Tyson dances to is 'Save the Last Dance For Me' sung in English by an Italian speaker, which bears interesting results.

They show the judging process, for which Tyson gets one of those cool translating earpieces like they use at the U.N. Having watched Tyson's performance and then the judging, you can learn a lot about the Italian iteration of this show vs. the American one. Namely that it's a lot easier to get a high score in Italy. One of the judges actually held up his "10" paddle along with his "0" paddle, giving Tyson a "100." Something tells me that he wouldn't have fared so well over in the states.

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The Coolest Thing You'll See Today: Beaker Channels Kansas

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 9th 2010 6:00PM
Remember way back when the Muppets did their version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and how it set the Internet on fire? Well, their newest attempt couldn't set a pile of gasoline soaked soaks ablaze.

This time, Beaker attempts to "meep" his way through the Kansas ballad, "Dust in the Wind," but the Internet doesn't seem too pleased with it, which is like saying that Toyota made a little bit of a "boo-boo" with the manufacturing of their cars.



[via Neatorama]

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The moment you've been waiting for is here: an A-Team/Star Wars mashup!

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 30th 2009 3:03PM
You've been waiting for this your whole life, and it has finally happened: someone has mashed together the opening narration and music from The A-Team with scenes from the Star Wars movies. I love stuff like this. I want someone to put the theme to The Simpsons on to scenes from The Wire.

[via Boing Boing]

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