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These Were the Most Popular Videos on YouTube in 2014

A mutant spider dog takes the crown

A cute puppy playing with a Clydesdale, an overly flexible iPhone 6 Plus and a deranged robotic baby were among the videos we watched most on YouTube this year. The Google-owned website has released its annual list of the most popular videos of the year, and they cover a wide range of topics. At the top of the charts is the much-feared Mutant Spider Dog, a video in which a Polish prankster dressed his dog up as a giant tarantula and terrified unsuspecting passerby.

The top 10 wasn’t determined by view count alone, but rather by a more nebulous formula that includes “views, shares, comments, likes and more,” according to YouTube. That means that some videos that didn’t earn an eye-popping amount of views, like the recording of a woman being catcalled in the streets of New York, still made the list because they sparked so much interest on social media. The list also speaks to the increasing power that brands have on social networks. Four of the videos on the list are ads, including spots by Nike and Budweiser.

Here’s the full list:

1. Mutant Giant Spider Dog (SA Wardega) by SA Wardega

2. Nike Football: Winner Stays by Nike Football

3. First Kiss

4. The Voice IT | Serie 2 | Blind 2 | Suor Cristina Scuccia – #TEAMJ-AX

5. iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test

6. Bars & Melody – Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer act | Britain’s Got Talent 2014

7. Budweiser Super Bowl XLVIII Commercial — “Puppy Love”

8. Devil Baby Attack

9. Goku vs. Superman. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 3

10. 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman

YouTube also ranked the top 10 music videos of the year, which included hits by Katy Perry, Shakira and Taylor Swift. Full list below:

1. Katy Perry – Dark Horse ft. Juicy J

2. Enrique Iglesias – Bailando (Español) ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona

3. Shakira – Can’t Remember to Forget You ft. Rihanna

4. Shakira – La La La (Brazil 2014) ft. Carlinhos Brown

5. Jason Derulo – Wiggle ft. Snoop Dogg

6. Iggy Azalea – Fancy ft. Charli XCX

7. Sia – Chandelier

8. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off

9. Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass

10. Nicki Minaj – Anaconda

 

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Watch SNL’s Un-Aired Sketch About Ferguson

Two morning anchors try and keep up light, fluffy dialogue in the face of the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson

Saturday Night Live released an unaired sketch from this week’s episode and it’s a doozie.

In the sketch, two Ferguson-area morning anchors — one black, one white, played by Cecily Strong and Kenan Thompson —are faced with sustaining their upbeat, inane chatter in the wake of the protests over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the death of teenager Michael Brown. Their patter is filled with uncomfortable slips of the tongue and clear race divides that only get worse when guest chef Daryl Wilson (played by host James Franco) stops by to cook up a healthy meal.

While the sketch is uncomfortable and difficult to watch, it’s a shame that it was cut from the episode. Comedy has a long history of turning a lens on difficult situations and challenging people to think about events and circumstances we would rather avoid.

The SNL sketch also bears a striking similarity to NBC’s decision to focus on the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree rather than show the streets surrounding the building, which were filled with protestors angered over the grand jury’s decision not to indict a white NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner.

[H/T Uproxx]

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Watch All of the 2014 Movie Trailers in One Glorious Mashup

Grab the popcorn

The Sleepy Skunk has just released the annual movie trailer mash-up and everything from Boyhood to Birdman to The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy to The Imitation Game, Lucy to Annabelle to Belle is included in the mix. Even films not in theaters yet are represented, including Tim Burton’s Big Eyes and the assassination comedy The Interview, raising the ire of North Korea.

Boasting a soundtrack made up of Dario Marinelli’s score from V for Vendetta and songs by The Prodigy and OneRepublic, the trailers are seamlessly woven together to not only remind viewers of the individual films seen this year, but also of everything we watched on the big screen in 2014. It’s a mesmerizing step back to see the greater whole of the stories we were told this year.

Whether you’re working on a year-end list (here’s TIME’s list of the best movies of 2014), or trying to get a jump start on your Oscar ballot, the video takes you on a helpful, fascinating and beautiful stroll down movie memory lane.

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WATCH: Emotional Videos of Idris Elba and Soccer Players On Ebola

Africa United

"Our fans treat us like heroes, but I am no hero"

As part of a new Ebola campaign, the nonprofit arm of the CDC—the Centers for Disease Control Foundation—as well as soccer stars, celebrities and international health organizations created moving PSAs about Ebola to spread through West Africa.

The first video, “We’ve Got Your Back,” made by the newly formed Ebola education group Africa United, features well-known soccer players, many from or playing for African countries. “Our fans treat us like heroes, but I am no hero,” says Yaya Touré who plays for Manchester City. He’s followed by several other soccer players like Patrick Viera and Kei Kamara, all acknowledging they are not heroes. “The health workers fighting Ebola are the real heroes,” the video says, highlighting several West Africans fighting the Ebola virus. The players wear the health care workers’ names on the back of their jerseys, in hopes of spreading awareness that health care workers are heroes and should be treated as such.

Actor Idris Elba, perhaps best known for playing Stringer Bell on The Wire, stars in the second video, where he gives a rallying speech about Ebola to a locker room of soccer players. “For me the battle against Ebola is a personal one. To see those amazing countries in West Africa where my father grew up and my parents married being ravaged by this disease is painful and horrific,” said Elba in a statement.

The campaign is using #wevegotyourback to show support for the people fighting the disease.

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Watch Jane Krakowski’s “Leaked” Audition Tape for Peter Pan Live!

The 30 Rock star gives it her all

Funny or Die has managed to get its hands on 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski’s audition tape for Peter Pan Live! and “leaked” the reel to the press. In the clip, Krakowksi make it clear that she is willing to do whatever it takes to play Peter Pan in NBC’s upcoming live production of the play—and if that means hooking up with Wendy, then she’s down for it.

Krakowski came in full costume to the audition, bringing along the Tony Award she won for her portrayal of Carla in Nine, as a helpful reminder to the producers that she’s legit. She showed off her stage skills by playing Peter Pan as an oversexed British pixie dust addict who might be afraid of heights and have a lot in common with Tinkerbell. While it would have been a fascinating take on the beloved childhood character, NBC opted to cast a safer choice, Girls star Allison Williams, in the role instead.

Peter Pan Live! airs on NBC on Thursday.

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When It Comes to Frozen, This Dog Can’t ‘Let It Go’ Either

Whether he hates it or loves it, he just can't stop singing it

Oakley the dog is no fan of Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” and has an uncanny ability to sleep right through the catchy track. But, the pup’s catnap comes to an abrupt halt when the opening dulcet strains of Frozen track “Let It Go” start up.

On the first note the dog’s ears perk up, turning this way and that like adorable satellite dishes seeking a signal. By the time the opening bars have started, Oakley’s eyes are wide open and when Idina Menzel begins to sing, the pup’s head is up and he is seemingly trying to sing along with the chorus of the omnipresent song.

While in the commentary on the video, the puppy’s owner claims this is Oakley’s favorite song, it’s unclear whether he is actually enjoying the tune or trying to make the dreaded earworm stop — at least until the Frozen sequel, which is still only a rumor, hits theaters.

Either way, Oakley is still better at singing “Let It Go” than Ben Affleck.

 

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Ellen DeGeneres Plays Anastasia Steele in Hilarious Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Parody

Christian Grey has finally found his soul mate.

Sultry, sexy, steamy. Those are all adjectives people use to describe mega-hit Fifty Shades of Grey. But those are not words normally associated with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres — until now.

DeGeneres just unveiled her own part in the erotic bestseller turned Hollywood film on her show Ellen, and it’s a winner. While Fifty Shades claims to have cast Dakota Johnson as the film’s wide-eyed lead, Anastasia Steele, DeGeneres revealed that it’s all been a ruse, and she is actually the star of the film and has the trailer to prove it.

In the clip, DeGeneres stares balefully at the film’s charismatic and chiseled male protagonist, Christian Grey (played by Jamie Dornan), as she interviews him in his austere offices, watches him play piano and kisses him on the streets of Seattle. With just one glance at DeGeneres as Anastasia Steele, it’s clear that poor, troubled Christian Grey has finally met his true soul mate—as long as she gets the popcorn off her face.

MORE:

Check Out the New Photo From the Fifty Shades of Grey Movie

Here’s the Frozen and Fifty Shades of Grey Mashup Nobody Asked For

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Watch Jennifer Aniston Prank a Reporter

No talking points here

Jennifer Aniston has been promoting her film Horrible Bosses 2, in which she plays a so-called dirty dentist sexually harassing one of her employees to the brink of insanity.

One of the stops on her press tour was at BBC Radio 1, where she and reporter Chris Stark are well known to each other after an adorably awkward interview with Stark went viral. (Stark is known for charmingly inept interviews—he famously almost asked Mila Kunis out on a date during the press tour for Oz the Great and Powerful.)

This time around, though, the interview with Aniston doesn’t go nearly as smoothly. In fact, it’s awkward and uncomfortable, and Aniston seems downright offended as Stark asks her seemingly harmless questions about her character and her dating habits.

That’s because, unbeknownst to Stark, Aniston is working with Scott Mills, one of his BBC Radio 1 coworkers, to pull a prank on the young reporter. It worked.

Read next: Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow Curse Each Other Out on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow Curse Each Other Out on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

@#$*

There was a mini-Friends reunion on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, but no one was very friendly.

Former Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow were both guests on Kimmel’s show as Aniston was making the rounds to promote her new film Horrible Bosses 2 and Kudrow was celebrating her comeback on The Comeback.

However instead of a joyful reunion between former cast mates, Kimmel pitted them against each other in a vicious war of words called “Celebrity Curse Off.” Each actress was given five seconds to come up with a jaw-dropping vulgarity until one of the women failed to deliver a fittingly shocking return volley.

If you can read between the beeps — and Aniston went Greek at one point – it’s an X-rated foray into diabolical language, with Kudrow getting a boost thanks to her teenaged son’s vocabulary.

Read next: Watch Jennifer Aniston Prank a Reporter

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Watch: George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Caught on Kiss Cam

No one can escape from the Kiss Cam

Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, were watching the Houston Texans play the Cincinnati Bengals when they were called out on the Kiss Cam. No one—not even a former president—can escape from the Kiss Cam, so America’s former first family knew that while they weren’t on the football field, they still had to play ball.

Once they realized they were on camera, the Bushes fulfilled their responsibility and shared a kiss.

It’s not the first time a former president has been featured on that Kiss Cam. Last year, George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, appeared on it as well.

MORE:

George H. W. Bush: What I’m Thankful For

All The President’s Socks: The Top 13 Pairs Worn by George H.W. Bush

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