Kevin and Alison recently produced a short film for a charity event that happened over the weekend in Los Angeles called Handle With Care. You should check out the video and consider giving as little as a dollar as a donation in return for watching said video. It's quite funny and you'll feel better deep down in you cockels.
Watch the "documentary" here.
We're giving you the chance to get to know some of the people who make AOTS happen in a new feature we call Attack of the Staff. This week's victim is web team mainstay, Eugene Morton.
Name: Eugene Morton
Title: Interactive Content Specialist
Hometown: Inglewood, always up to no good.
Position: Right behind you.
Favorite Season: The one that has a time specifically set aside for loving. I'm not sure which one it is, but I think it's mentioned in that song by the Zombies.
AOTB: What do you do on AOTS?
EM: I'm a third of the amazing team that makes sure you can look at the website and know what's coming up on the show. Also, I help get videos up, take pictures, write the newsletter and even produce video content from time to time. I also do comic book reviews now, which is something I love. Also, big ups to Jason and Steve at Comics Ink in Culver City! That's my sanctuary.
AOTB: You've been at G4 for a while. What were some of your previous duties here like?
EM: I started off as Interactive Producer for Star Trek 2.0, which meant coming in at 3PM and leaving at midnight. I'd spend two hours a day in a little box making sure the interactive portion of the show ran smoothly for the east and west coast broadcasts. Also, I'd write the newsletter, which meant doing in depth reports on the progress of our fake, character based stocks. That was really creative. I eventually ended up writing most of the fake stocks for the second iteration of the game. I've also done camera work, a little lighting and such. I was a cut monkey (editor) for a while. I even maintained the AOTS site more or less by myself for about a year. I'm glad to have a team to work with now though.
With the Biggie Smalls movie Notorious a big hit in theaters over the weekend, we thought we’d take a look at another fallen hip hop icon, Tupac Shakur.
Yesterday's Freestyle 101 webisode featured lyrical legend Saafir spittin’ a mean off the top rhyme and chatting about his early days in the Bay Area. One thing we didn’t show you though was his lengthy discussion about living with Tupac early on in their career. Both rappers came out of Digital Underground and were introduced by member Money B. They quickly became roommates and friends, spending a great deal of time together hanging out, freestyling, eatin’, shootin’, pickin’ up on girls and all sorts of craziness. In this exclusive interview, Saafir reveals never-before heard stories about one of hip hop’s greatest soldiers. This is one you won’t wanna miss!
Now that I've had a weekend to think about everything that happened at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, I wanted to share three things that have me the most hyped with CES announcements. Readers that have been following G4's coverage of the event know that tons went down, with a slew of awesome devices coming out soon. While this isn't a Best of the Best of CES list by any means, the following products are what I'm personally jazzed about. Here's my "top three" of CES 2009 list (and don't forget to list your best of CES for a chance to win a classic Sony Walkman!):
3) Samsung Luxia LED TVs -- I'm a big fan of Samsung displays. I'm currently rocking one right now and I was planning to buy a new one this year. Samsung's Luxia televisions look amazing. Early reports are that the company is really starting to perfect the use of LEDs in LCD televisions, resulting in amazing blacks, high contrast ratios, and a superb overall picture. While I definitely want to see a calibrated set and some in-depth reviews before I make a purchase, the Luxia's other features have me intrugued. Each set in the line is just a tad over an inch thick, which is just cool and space saving. They also have ethernet jacks for Netflix streaming and Flickr access. The top-of-the-line model even has a 240Hz refresh rate! Lastly, Samsung claims that Luxia TVs are mercury free and use up to 40 percent less power than similarly sized LCDs -- both features are better for the environment, while the latter is also better for my wallet (Gcycle!).
Ladies, gentlemen, and geeks of all genders (in the US only - sorry, New Zealanders), I am proud to have the opportunity to non-exclusively present to you via near-standard-def streaming video for your viewing ecstacy...
...the first episode from the second season of HBO's Flight of the Conchords -- exactly an entire week before it officially premieres!
Now, while I don't normally (ever) contribute to the physical being of our blog in terms of written content (you'll see why - I'm hopelessly addicted to runaway parentheticals), I've been a constant part of G4 and G4tv.com longer than just about anyone on the planet.
Quick (true) story:
History was made last weekend at the box-office: Worst opening for a major film...EVER. (For "Very Wide" releases of 2,000+ theaters.)
Above is the trailer for an animated feature called Delgo. It is the end result of a $40 million dollar investment, nearly 7 years of hard work from an independent Atlanta-based animation studio called Fathom, and a somewhat impressive cast of voice actors that includes Malcolm McDowell, Val Kilmer, Freddie Prinze Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kelly Ripa, as well as being the final work of Anne Bancroft who died in 2005. Now, there was just a slight problem: No one even knew the film existed, much less that it was released.
Entrepreneur Marc Adler decided that he wanted to direct and produce a big-budget animated feature (which, unless you have been living under a rock, make HUGE money at the box-office.) The problem was, after all the money and hard work he could not get anyone to distribute the film. So, being young and assertive, he says "f-it!" and distributes it himself. Well, the results speak for themselves.
Domestic Weekend Gross: $511,920
The newest Bond feature Quantum of Solace did nothing less than dominate the box-office this weekend. With a take of $70.4 million, it carries not only the distinction of being the highest grossing opening for any Bond film, but for any spy drama. (You here that, Jason Bourne...Bond's not laying down yet.) Even the obligatory #1 spot for the "CGI animated kiddie film with anthropomorphic, hip-talking animals" in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, could not come to be, as it wilt under the power of Bond.
The previous record was held by Pierce Brosnan's 007 in 2002's Die Another Day, which took in $47 million. Even adjusted for inflation, Quantum handily defeats it.
So it's clear now, that "James Blonde" is no joke. When you take darker, grittier action, the luscious Russian babe who got very, very naked in Hitman, and a Star Trek trailer to boot, you get a winning box office formula.
Strap on your girdles and your chain mail or whatever, it's time for the convention experience of a lifetime. Here at G4 we like to cover the big conventions and shows; E3, Comic-Con, Leipzig, Tokyo, PAX, CES, you name it. But maybe the most important convention coverage you'll find all year is this very article on The First Annual California Steampunk Convention.
Coming up this weekend, the convention in San Jose and the surrounding Bay Area features all kinds of retro-futuristic kitsch and ephemera. Things like a live staged version of War of the Worlds, panels and special guests, steampunk-themed live music, airship rides (already sold out,) and a steampunk workshop with Jake Von Slatt all sponsored by Damnation, the new multiplatform action game from Codemasters that drops this winter.
So, if you're in the Bay Area and wish the past had a better vision of the future, go now in the present. It's not super expensive and will probably smell a lot better than Comic-Con.
Ancient television comedy program Saturday Night Live had a huge weekend: The show's rating were the highest it has received since 2001. "SNL" averaged a 7.4 household rating/18 share, Nielsen Media Research said Sunday. Saturday's program was up 64 percent compared to last year's season premiere.
In case you missed it, this episode featured a guest-host in swimmer Michael Phelps as well as an appearance by SNL alumni Tina Fey portraying vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
If you missed the bit, it's in video form below... feel free to tell us what you think in our comments section!