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Nugget From The Net

Posted August 18, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

We have every reason to think the below Cash For Gold commericial is legit, but we can't quite believe it.

Pulling your gramma's teeth out for gold? That's just cold.

Hey hip hop fans,

Check out New York street rapper and Freestyle 101 vet papoose’s new mixtape joint “Myspace Gangster, Youtube Thugs,” where he calls out all his cyber-haters and tells them just where they can stick it.

Click on Hiphopgame.com and scroll down to listen. And watch out for stray bullets!

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iPhone App Rundown

Posted August 16, 2008 - By TylerColfax

They say you can tell a lot about a man by his apps.

Apple has opened up a wonderful can of worms by welcoming the development of anyone with time, skill, and innovation enough to program new applications for their iPhone and iPod touch. And just as they did with iTunes, they're acting as a gatekeeper between the producer and the user, and taking their share of every transaction (30%) while watching their hardware sales skyrocket.

It's an ingenious way to sell hardware: Make software, or in this case supervise the transfer of open development to the consumer, and everyone and their brother will want the manufactured device that it runs on.

The best part of this whole personal computing revolution is the idea of customization. Every user is different, and Apple has made it possible for everyone to enjoy their iPhone in their own way. Check out the list below and see where you fit in.

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Blair Butler has returned for another edition of Fresh Ink Online, and, this week, she's taking a look at Welcome to Hoxford, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe, Astonishing X-Men, and Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers.

Whew, that's certainly a lot of hot comic book action, but that's what Blair's here for, and she's really good at her job, so you should just hit the play button and watch.

Fresh Ink Online: X-Men, Spider-Man & More! »


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Master P Starts Own TV Network

Posted August 15, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

Hip hop impresario Master P is launching a family-friendly cable network called Better Black Television (BBTV) aimed at providing "positive content for a black and brown culture."

The rap star turned author and businessman, now known as Percy Miller, is set to launch the network next year. He’s calling it a general entertainment channel, and says it will run a wide range of scripted, unscripted and news programming, including drama and comedy series, movies, animation, reality, politics, sports and entertainment news, children's educational and teen programming, as well as "responsible hip-hop music and videos."

BBTV advisory board members include Oscar winner Denzel Washington, Vault Load Films president Jim Finkl, NAACP executive director Vicangelo Bullock, NBA player Derek Anderson, cable industry veteran Prof. Sal Martino, hip-hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc, entrepreneur Olatokunbo Betiku, and real estate mogul Curtis Oakes.

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Tags: Music, TV

G4's latest Duty-Free TV show, The Peter Serafinowicz Show, is amongst the funniest British sketch comedy shows we've ever seen, and that includes Monty Python and Benny Hill. The show’s creator and star, Peter Serafinowicz, is the funniest guy we know, and we know Gallagher.

Serafinowicz, a veteran of British comedy, has appeared on Spaced with Simon Pegg, the amazing Look Around You as well as countless other programs. We're honored to have Serafinowicz as a guest correspondent on our website. Enjoy, and don’t forget to watch The Peter Serafinowicz Show on Duty Free TV on G4 Fridays at 8:30PM ET. Take it away, Peter!


Hello my new American friends and welcome to my guest blog. How do you like it so far? Is this font ok? Anyway. To begin! - here's a clip from this Friday's show - the first part of "Darth Vader In Love". The sketch is about - guess! - Darth Vader falling in love. But the inspiration for it was more about... what would the Death Star be like on a relatively normal, boring day? Like, with no impending crisis or space battle or whatever?

Check it out:

The Peter Serafinowicz Show: Darth Vader in Love »


I'm going to check in and post every day or two and I'd LOVE to answer any questions you may have for me about the show. Or indeed anything. Leave your thoughts and questions in the comments section... Come on!

Okay, I’m really starting to hate rapper Soulja Boy. First he insulted the great Ice-T for being to old for hip hop (hey kid, I’m no doctor but you ain’t getting any younger either…the time will come…) and now he and his goofy friends posted a video bragging about how he gets paid 15 cents every time someone comments on his youtube page, and 2 cents every time someone watches his videos. In other words, as he explains between girlish fits of giggling, he wants you to hate him and rag on him on youtube, because he gets paid every time you do. It doesn’t matter to him whether you love him or his music, or think he’s a joke, as long as you keep checking him out.

Now, first, this raises the question, who in their right mind is paying this kid for his youtube hits and comments?!?!?

And second, knowing this, will any of you continue to watch his clips and rants about them? Please don’t. I know I just did to write this story, but never again. I just can’t stomach the idea that the kid is making money off being crappy and pissing us off, and then rubs it in our face and laughs.

Ice-T, I’ve have never asked this of you before, but will you please do us all a favor and smack this fool down?

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Well, ya can’t say actress Scarlett Johansson doesn’t go all the way to promote her movies. For instance, to promote her latest Woody Allen film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, scarlettjohansson.com is offering up a very unusual contest prize: a red-hot threesome!

Yes, the promotion asks users to enter a “Win a Threesome” with Scarlett contest where you email in a letter explaining why you’d wanna be included in such a treat. This ties in with the fact that Vicky Cristina Barcelona is about a love triangle between Johansson, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem that culminates in a much talked about kiss between the two ladies.


The only hitch is the tiny text at the bottom of the ad that reads: "Threesome refers to moviegoing date experience with 3 people." DAMN!!!!

Well, pretending that you don’t know that, why don’t you write your threesome pitch letter here as a test run? And in the meantime, click below to watch the Vicky Cristina Barcelona trailer and watch Scarlett and Penelope Cruz kiss!

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The season finale of the world’s funniest 8-bit comedy show Code Monkeys is coming this Sunday at 10PM ET, and it has a special guest star: Jason Zumwalt!

Zumwalt was the voice of Roman Belic in Grand Theft Auto IV, but here he’s the voice behind Car Robber Sunnyvale, which is what GTA would have looked like on an Atari 2600! For a look behind the scenes at this GTA parody episode, click the video below.

Code Monkeys: GTA Parody »

Tags: G4, Videogames

VH1 Hip Hop Honors Announced

Posted August 13, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Slick Rick and Too Short are the rap artists to be honored at this year’s VH1 Hip Hop Honors, it was announced today.

The fifth annual event will again be hosted by Tracy Morgan, and feature performances and tributes to the aforementioned artists.

VH1 Hip Hop Honors premiers Tuesday, October 7 at 10 p.m. Additionally, on September 16 VH1.com will launch its dedicated website with honoree profiles, exclusive online programming, show information and more at HipHop.VH1.com.

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Tags: Music, TV, Videos

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