Entries in Viral Videos (5)


VIDEO: Filmmaker, 32, Has Conversation With 12-Year-Old Self

Jeremiah McDonald(PORTLAND, Maine) -- A Maine filmmaker has managed to answer all of the burning questions his 12-year-old self was dying to know — 20 years later — via the meshing of not-so-modern video, current footage and some creative editing.

In an innovative clip published on July 5, comedic actor and filmmaker Jeremiah McDonald playfully cuts together VHS footage of himself as a curious, fidgety 12-year-old boy asking himself questions, which his somewhat more jaded, sarcastic 32-year-old self responds to.

The clip entitled “A Conversation with My 12 Year Old Self: 20th Anniversary Edition,” which has topped over one million YouTube views since Thursday, opens with a slate reading: “20 years ago I left a tape for myself…”

The film then cuts to McDonald in 1992, saying to the camera, “I think I’d like to talk to myself in the future — yes, that’s something that I’ll do!”

After a fast forward montage showing footage of the comic through the years, we see McDonald at 32 in his bedroom — bearded, boozing, and a bit bemused with his younger self.

The two soon begin a quick back-and-forth — riffing on Star Wars, this thing called the Internet and the sad fate of childhood pets.

At one point, young McDonald asks his older self if he still likes the TV show Dr. Who. Given the amount of paraphernalia from the newer version of the hit British show the 32-year-old still has in his room, the younger self would be pleased.

In less than four minutes, McDonald’s clip manages to be both heartwarmingly nostalgic, while conveying how jaded Generation-Xers can become when compared directly to their idealistic childhood selves.

McDonald, who told ABC News he is a comic actor and filmmaker, was raised in South Paris, Maine, and now lives in Portland. He has posted more than 50 clips on YouTube under the username “weepingprophet.”

Though the clip has attracted a fair share of skeptics, who believe the McDonald hired a child actor to play his younger self, his inclusion of the footage of himself through the years makes it clear it’s likely him — and he steadfastly maintains that the clip is legitimate.

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YouTube’s Top 5 Viral Videos of the Year

YouTube(NEW YORK) -- People around the world watch videos on the Internet more than three billion times every day, which added up to more than one trillion video views on YouTube in 2011. From laughing along at celebrities making fun of themselves to crying and sighing over cute babies and animals, we all spent a lot of time watching YouTube this year.

So what were the hottest viral videos of 2011? YouTube trends manager Kevin Allocca counted down the top five with ABC’s Good Morning America.

#5 Nyan Cat:  This video has more than 55 million views, plus thousands of remixes and remakes. “There are actually thousands of parodies,” Allocca said. “It’s kind of hard to explain.”

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#4 Talking Twin Babies:  Babies and pets are two of the classic genres on YouTube, and these babbling Brooklyn twins have more than 56 million views so far.

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#3 Jack Sparrow:  This funny SNL short from a comedy trip called Lonely Island features some familiar faces: Michael Bolton and Andy Samberg. It’s been viewed almost 62 million times. “They get such great guest stars to be in these things,” Allocca said.

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#2 Ultimate Dog Tease:  The runner-up for the hottest viral video of the year was produced by voiceover artist Andrew Grantham and has been watched more than 78 million times. Check out this discussion of bacon known as “The Ultimate Dog Tease.” “If you’re a dog owner I think you can particularly appreciate it,” Allocca said.

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#1: Friday:  Rebecca Black’s “Friday” video was by far the biggest viral video of the year. Within a week of its release people were posting parodies, and the 13-year-old became a household name. The video has been watched an astounding 180 million times.

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Daniel Tosh to Voice, Produce New Animated Series

Michael Schwartz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Daniel Tosh, the stand-up comic and star of the Comedy Central Internet video-inspired hit Tosh.0, will voice and executive produce the animated series Brickleberry, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The trade reports the series, which will debut in 2012, will center on a group of dysfunctional park rangers.

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Jennifer Aniston Sex Tape, a Viral Video Wanna-Be

Jasper Juinen/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Aniston may not be a major box office draw, but she's figured out a way to attract people to her latest plug for Smart Water: shoot a video entitled "Jennifer Aniston Sex Tape."

The nearly three-minute-long ad features Aniston and a trio of Internet “advisors” trying to figure out how they can make a video go viral.  Aniston employs adorable puppies, a bird, Dirty Dancing babies and a couple of viral video stars -- lip-syncher Keenan Cahill and the Double Rainbow Guy -- before finally settling on slow motion shots of her flipping her hair while she drinks Smart Water.  At the end, Aniston asks her advisors what they want to title the video.  They reply, "Jennifer Aniston Sex Tape."

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YouTube Announces Year's Top Videos

Photo Courtesy - YouTube(LOS ANGELES) -- Hide your kids, hide your wife. YouTube is out with its list of most-watched videos of the year.

Number one is the viral sensation the "Bed Intruder Song." The auto-tuned song made from an angry TV interview about a local crime has been viewed more than 61 million times.

Justin Bieber's "Baby" was the top music video of the year, watched more than 400 million times.

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