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Pluto.TV: Is this the new world of online video?

It started with Elmo. A little over a year ago, web entrepreneur Ilya Pozin was working on his computer with his two-year-old daughter perched in his lap. To keep her entertained, he was searching for online Sesame Street videos. He’d put one on, but after each one ended, his daughter would yell out, “More Elmo, Daddy!” —  and Pozin would have to go on the hunt for another video. “I’m sitting there thinking, ‘Why am I having to DJ for her every three minutes?’” Pozin says, laughing. “I should be able to just throw on a channel for my daughter that plays videos she loves constantly.”

So he and co-founders Nick Grouf and Tom Ryan built a new web platform, Pluto.TV, to do just that. The platform, which launched today, March 31, essentially sifts through the millions of online videos available on Youtube and elsewhere, finds the best ones, and then put them into channels, and shows on those channels, that run 24/7. It’s like a cable menu for online video. So, for instance, if you’re really, really into cute cat videos (and let’s face it, who isn’t), you can click on Pluto’s Cats channel, and watch a curated list of the best of those  —  everything from shows on “Big Cats” to “Kitten Zone” — all.day.long., for free. You can also DVR stuff and invite friends via Facebook to watch videos with you (and chat about them) live.

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Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire play sibling lovers in new IFC comedy 'The Spoils of Babylon' -- EXCLUSIVE

EW has the exclusive first look at the trailer for the new Funny or Die-produced comedy The Spoils of Babylon, premiering January 9 at 10 p.m. on IFC. Spoofing classic nighttime soaps like Dallas and The Thorn Birds, the six part series chronicles the TV adaptation of the novel of fictional famous author Eric Jonrosh (Will Ferrell). His best-seller The Spoils of Babylon chronicles the melodramatic escapades of the oil-rich Morehouse family, led by patriarch Jonas Morehouse (Tim Robbins). Wiig plays Jonas’ daughter Cynthia who burns with taboo passion for her adopted brother Devon (Tobey Maguire).  “The whole show is ridiculous and I mean that in the best way,” she says. “The things this family goes through, the murder and the lies and the affairs, is so absurd and bizarre and written so well.”

While fighting her forbidden love, Cynthia must also contend with the exploits of her evil son, played by Haley Joel Osment (!). Later in the series, Cynthia and Devon grow estranged and he becomes an activist who goes to work in an underwater lab where falls for Jessica Alba’s scientist character. “People know Tobey from more serious roles,” says Wiig. “But he made me laugh so hard. I’m so excited for people to see him in this context.” Watch the trailer below. READ FULL STORY

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