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Starr-Gate »

Being fans of the Beatles, we were crushed when Ringo Starr announced last week that he wouldn't be accepting any more fan mail or signing any more paraphernalia after October 20th. So, before the window closes, we at Attack of the Show decided to send Ringo a bunch of random objects for the megastar to grace with his John Hancock. Join us on our campaign of admiration and aggravation, won't you?

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'Zack and Miri' Too Hot For Many

Posted October 15, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

Kevin Smith's upcoming flick, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, is having some promotional trouble. The film's original poster was too "explicit" to be used, and now, even the film's title is too hot for some outlets. Newspapers, TV stations and billboard owners across the country are refusing to hype the film because the word "Porno" is too much for them to handle.

Rina Cutler, Philadelphia deputy mayor for transportation, summed up the objections like this:  "If they want to call the movie `Zack and Miri,' that's fine, but Zack and Miri cannot make a porno on my bus shelters."

We are bucking the trend and believe that our readers can handle the word "porno." Porno, porno, porno! We also believe you'll be able to handle the film's "red band" trailer. It's under the cut. Please let us know if you are mortally offended in our comments section! The movie comes out on Halloween.

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Freestyle 101: DJ Muggs + Planet Asia »

Is there a more consistent and high-quality producer in hip hop than DJ Muggs? I mean, you got your Dr. Dre, your RZA and your DJ Premier, but one could argue that those guys don’t put out albums as often as they used to and, with the exception of Premo, are a decade past their best work. Muggs on the other hand, just keeps getting better and better. His work with his group Cypress Hill is beyond legendary, having crafted more hits than just about any other rap group in history. His beats on bangers by everyone from House of Pain to KRS-One to Ice Cube to Tricky to Beastie Boys are about as rough, rugged and raw as hip hop gets. And let’s not forget his forays into rock with the likes of Pearl Jam and Sonic Youth.

But it’s his recent collaboration with his favorite MCs that have really gotten the hip hop world buzzin’ over the last coupla years. Anyone who heard his Grandmasters album with GZA and Legend of the Mask and The Assassin with Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm know that Muggs has taken his beats and songwriting to a whole other level. The best of which is the recently released Pain Language with Freestyle 101 vet Planet Asia, a molten collection of grimy beats and world class rhymes.

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Lord British is in Space Right Now

Posted October 13, 2008 - By TylerColfax

Hero to some, goofy gamesman to others, and eccentric millionaire to the rest, Richard Garriott is in space right at this very moment. The so-called Lord British is the next in a string of space tourists along for the ride on a Russian mission to the International Space Station.

Once there, he'll participate in experiments in zero-gravity among other things. His journey to space is noteworthy not just because he is a space tourist but because he becomes the first descendant of a person who went to space to also go to space--Garriott's father was an astronaut for NASA, and went up in 1973 and 1983. He was there for the launch along with Garriott's mother, siblings, and girlfriend.

Richard Garriott is the game developer who most notably brought us the Ultima series, but also Tabula Rasa, City of Heroes, and City of Villains. He will return to earth after 10 days in orbit and the flight wlll have cost him $30 million.

And here's the Kazakhstani launch video complete with a cryptic sign held up by British:



Tags: Videogames

Fresh Ink Online: Secret Six, Crossed, Invincible Iron Man »

In this fabulous edition of Fresh Ink, host Blair Butler looks at Secret Six #2, Ender’s Game #1, Invincible Iron Man #6, and the Gears of War comic debut! But it’s the first issue of Crossed that really gets her proverbial goat. Let’s just say this podcast may not be for the faint of heart!

Google Bringing AdSense To Games

Posted October 8, 2008 - By jmanalang

Google's "AdSense" program, where specific products are embedded into an almost-commercial like promotion in video games, will beginning offering its beta campaign to a select number of online game publishers. Product marketing manager Ryan Hayward stated the following on the program's blog:

"As a beta user of AdSense for Games, you can display video ads, image ads, or text ads within your online games to earn revenue. You'll be able to show these ads in placements you define, such as interstitial frames before a game, after a level change, or when a game is over. Members of our AdWords team will sell your in-game ad placements directly to top brand advertisers, and you'll also see contextually targeted text and image ads based on content and demographic information."

According to Hawyard, "eligible publishers must have a minimum of 500,000 game plays per day and have 80% of their traffic from the U.S. or the U.K.". Hit the jump to see an orientation video of Google's AdSense straight from their blog.

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Freestyle 101: Heltah Skeltah

Posted October 7, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101: Heltah Skeltah »

This is a big week for fans of true hip hop. Why? Because it marks the release of the long-awaited new album by one of raps most amazing groups, Heltah Skeltah. Yes, Ruck and Rock have reunited and D.I.R.T. (Da Incredible Rap Team) is the result, 14 cuts of down and dirty hip hop with not a pop track in site. And with Ruck’s recent re-emergence and new found popularity under his real name, Sean Price, the timing is perfect. And the album is indeed incredible.

Some of you may recall Sean Price appeared on Freestyle 101 way back in 2007 as one of our first guests. Well, he had so much fun, he was more than happy to step back in the booth with his tag-team partner Rock (a.k.a. Da Rockness Monstah) for another banger. Of course, we all know that along with Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun, O.G.C. and others, Heltah Skeltah is part of the supergroup Boot Camp Clik. So imagine how honored we were to have the opportunity to visit them in New York and tape in DaMan Productions, where Boot Camp Clik records much of its material. It was truly a blessing to be hanging where so many classic songs were recorded, and hear these two legends spit game over a wicked Lord G track and talk about their early days on the scene.

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Fresh Ink Online: Top 10, Manhunter And No Hero »

This week’s Fresh Ink Online finds host Blair Butler delving into Batman R.I.P. #680, Top 10 #1,  Manhunter #35, Nightwing #149, and the debut of Warren Ellis’s No Hero. Plus, we finally learn what evil wishes Blair has for innocent, birthday-loving children everywhere. Seriously, she is one sick puppy…but in a good way!


Flying Car For Sale

Posted October 3, 2008 - By timbococ

An awesome VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft (read: sweet-ass George-Jetson-like flying car) has popped up on eBay. This prototype flyer is comin’ atcha straight out of the 80’s, whence it made hundreds of successful test flights, including one which made the news in 1989 (video after the break).

What would you use this thing for? The tactical advantage in water balloon and/or paintball wars would be formidable, indeed. As of this writing, a bid of merely $19,700 will put you in the lead.

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Tags: Cars, Products, Tech

Murs Encourages You To "Rock The Vote"

Posted October 2, 2008 - By bleahy

Rapper Murs wants you to Rock The Vote this Election Day.

Then you can register to vote right here. If that wasn't enough, you can check out Murs' killer Freestyle 101 after the break.

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