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The Emmys 2014

On Monday, the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles, and there were plenty of highlights (and low-lights) from the show. There has been a collective "eh" over Seth Meyer's performance as host, which is pretty much what is said about anyone hosting award shows, so good job Seth? "Modern Family" and "Breaking Bad" continued their reigns on the Emmys, combining for eight awards on the night. The highlight of the night for me, as a "Billy on the Street" fan, was Billy Eichner hitting the street with Meyers asking unsuspecting people about the Emmys (video to the left).

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Breaking Bad

"Breaking Bad" returned to public consciousness this week (as if it ever left) when its stars, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, were featured in a pre-Emmys skit with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The two play the skeevy owners of a pawn shop, featured on a reality show, that happened to get a visit from Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who portrayed an exaggerated version of herself. It was a cute skit meant to promote the Emmys, which take place on Monday. On top of that, Aaron Paul also announced a scavenger hunt for "Breaking Bad" fans to honor the show's last time being eligible for an Emmy. The scavenger hunt includes a chance to find things like scripts, posters, dolls, and art from the show. (Please Note: Video has mild cussing.)

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

If you've been on Facebook recently, there's no doubt in my mind that you've seen at least one video of a friend, acquaintance, or otherwise, dousing his or herself with a bucket of ice water, before promptly calling out some of their friends to do the same. It's all in an attempt to raise awareness and donations for ALS, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gerig's Disease. The premise: those are tagged are asked to donate a sum of money (typically, $100) to ALS or film themselves pouring a bucket of ice-cold water on themselves. In most cases, people have opted to do both. Even celebrities and public figures have gotten in the challenge, including Justin Timberlake (video above), Mark Zuckerberg, the cast of "Grey's Anatomy," and Conan O'Brien. According to the ALS website, these donations have helped raise more than $3 million in additional donations for this time period, which is pretty awesome.

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift made headlines for two reasons this week: first, because she stopped by Boston Children's Hospital to make a special visit to an adorable 5-year-old named Jordan. Together, they sang along to "We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together" for a very sweet moment. If that wasn't enough, Swift started dropping clues about her new music. It started on Monday with a cryptic Instagram video of her hitting the number '18' six times while in an elevator. Then she released two more hints: a screenshot of a phone (a picture that includes her cat, Olivia, a camera, and some artwork), as well as this image referencing Yahoo.com. So what is it, exactly? No one knows. But hopefully something will be revealed soon!

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Weird Al Goes #1

Weird Al is generating so much buzz, he made this week AND last week's What People Are Talking About. Last week was really just the tip of the iceberg; then, Weird Al had released five music videos, three shy of the full eight he ultimately ended up posting. His strategy was incredibly successful. It keep him on everyone's mind for more than a week — no small feat these days, when something posted at 8 a.m. is "old news" by noon. More than that, his comedy album Mandatory Fun reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, the first comedy album to do so since The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart in 1960. Pretty impressive.

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