Screen Junkies » G4 http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:33:46 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Esquire’ To Come In And Give G4 Channel A Makeover…OMG!!!! MAKEOVER!!!! http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/esquire-to-come-in-and-give-g4-channel-a-makeover-omg-makeover/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/esquire-to-come-in-and-give-g4-channel-a-makeover-omg-makeover/#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2012 22:59:33 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252357 How great is this going to be? That wasn't rhetorical. I'll give you a range. "Crappy" to "Sort of okay."

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In an effort to make the cable channel a little more Bradley Cooper and a little less Seth Green, NBCUniversal, the bigass conglomerate behind G4, has signed up Esquire to come through and give the video game-y channel a little more polish.

What does that mean? Who knows, but my guess is it’s going to be something where, rather than give us practical information, the channel will inform men that they will look much better in a $1900 suit than they would in cargo shorts and a Cleveland Browns jersey.

It’s true, we would, so let’s welcome Esquire with open arms, because any time a TV network sucks as bad as G4 did, it has to be good news that they’re rebranding, right?

Right? Right?

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9 Awesome Places To Find More Superheroes http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/9-awesome-places-to-find-more-superheroes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/9-awesome-places-to-find-more-superheroes/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2012 16:08:27 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=248115 Including G4's awesome 'Marvel Anime' line-up.

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Over the years, we’ve seen many versions of our favorite superheroes on television screens. From Superman’s black-and-white serials to Spider-Man’s mid-1970′s adventures, we’ve watched our favorite heroes change and adapt to the times. However, it’s time to prepare to see them as we never have before. Marvel Anime: X-Men and Marvel Anime: Iron Man are back on G4 with all new adventures and available on DVD April 24th. Presented in an awesome artistic anime style, the Warren Ellis-scripted reimagings of the classic Marvel heroes are huge hits in Japan and a must-see for fans of the Marvel universe.

In honor of this release, let’s have a look at some of our favorites throughout the years.

Iron Man 1966

Before becoming the cultural phenomenon he is today, Iron Man made the leap from comic to cartoon. The 1966 animated series followed the exploits of genius inventor and billionaire playboy Tony Stark, as he balanced the rigors of world-saving and just chilling out and having a good time. Plus, listen to that intro song. I know that he’s sampled it in the past, but Ghostface Killah needs to work it into more tracks. It’s just precious.

Thor

Thor was always a bridesmaid and never a bride before last summer’s blockbuster version. Relegated to supporting roles, the Son of Odin appeared in the television movie The Incredible Hulk Returns. This was meant to serve as a pilot for Thor‘s own television series but the plans did not come to fruition.

Spider-Man

The Spider-Man we know and love experienced a minor overhaul in Japan. In this late 70′s series, a young motorcycle racer who accepts a blood transfusion from an alien from Planet Spider. This blood co mingles with his, granting him the awesome powers of Spider-Man. And just because this takes place in Japan, he of course pilots the giant robot Leopardon, which he uses to fight over sized monsters.

Also, a samurai cuts a house cat in half in spectacular fashion.

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Interview: G4TV’s Alison Haislip http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/interview-g4tvs-alison-haislip/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/interview-g4tvs-alison-haislip/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 My favorite media event of the entire year is the Television Critics Association press tour. For two weeks, every network and cable station brings their talent to have presentations with their stars and producers for the TV critics. At night they host parties where you can just roam around and find celebrities to pester. Comcast Networks held their party outdoors in the Oasis Garden at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. When I found G4 “Attack of the Show’s” Alison Haislip, she was shivering in a clingy black skirt. At least it wasn’t as bad as the lingerie models floating in the fountain. I found Haislip a heat lamp where we could chat about guest hosting for Olivia Munn, old school video games, and technology. Screen Junkies: Were you always grooming yourself to fill in on “Attack of the Show” or was there an opening you seized?

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My favorite media event of the entire year is the Television Critics Association press tour. For two weeks, every network and cable station brings their talent to have presentations with their stars and producers for the TV critics. At night they host parties where you can just roam around and find celebrities to pester.

Comcast Networks held their party outdoors in the Oasis Garden at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. When I found G4 “Attack of the Show’s” Alison Haislip, she was shivering in a clingy black skirt. At least it wasn’t as bad as the lingerie models floating in the fountain. I found Haislip a heat lamp where we could chat about guest hosting for Olivia Munn, old school video games, and technology.

Screen Junkies:
Were you always grooming yourself to fill in on “Attack of the Show” or was there an opening you seized?

Alison Haislip: Well, I’ll be honest. When I first started out on the network, I never foresaw there being a time when it wasn’t going to be Kevin and Olivia so I never really thought about it. It was just when Olivia started booking more work outside of G4 and taking more time off and I kept stepping in and stepping in. The first couple of times it was fun and it was awesome, but it was always Kevin and Olivia’s thing and I just sort of stepped in when needed. Once I started doing it more and more, I was like, “I really enjoy doing this. This is a lot of fun. I could host an hour long live television show every day if I had the opportunity.” Now I’m being given the opportunity which is pretty fantastic so I can’t say it’s something I planned for but it is definitely something that I’m very excited about.

SJ: Are you the Jay Leno of G4?

AH: [Laughs] Right, right, right. I don’t know, that’s a good way to put it, although I hope that doesn’t mean Conan O’Brien has it out for me at some point.

SJ: Where did you get your start in gaming? What was the first one that really got you hooked?

AH: Well, my parents had an Atari 2600 since I was born. So as soon as I was old enough to figure out how to play it I was playing it. I remember they had it set up to this black and white television in our basement and I always played on that. Then one Christmas, we went to my grandmother’s house and they brought the Atari and hooked it up to my grandmother’s television in the living room which was color and it blew my mind because I didn’t know Atari could be in color! I always thought Atari was just a black and white gaming system but it wasn’t. It was in color. In “Combat,” the tanks were now pink and green instead of just gray and lighter gray. So I was playing from a very young age and then I got the old school Nintendo system when I was eight. Then I was hooked. I’m convinced it’s the reason my brother and I are best friends. We didn’t kill each other as young children because we played video games together. That’s what helped us got along.

SJ: What was the big NES game for you?

AH: The NES game that has a place in my heart is “Duck Tales” because that’s the first game that I ever beat, that I ever fully completed. I was big fan of like Nintendo Olympics or something like that that had the little running pad.

SJ:
The Power Pad!

AH: The Power Pad, I forget exactly what game it was attached to but it was like track and field and all this stuff. We found out ways to cheat. If you like leaned on a chair, then you could just move your feet really fast and your dude would just take off. Then if you wanted to jump, you jumped off the pad and then stepped back on and that’s how you got a longer jump. That was always a great game to play with the neighborhood kids.

SJ: What are you playing for fun now?

AH: “Super Mario Galaxy 2.” I’m loving it, although I’ve definitely hit the point in the game where the levels are so difficult it takes me 45 minutes to beat a level, which is just an absurd amount of time to spend on one Mario level. You know what I mean? They upped the difficulty of this game so much that I’m like, “I don’t even know if I can finish this game. This game might be too hard for me to beat, and it’s a Mario game.”

SJ: Why can’t they make a game so no matter where you are, you can save your game? The lifestyle now is you might not have 45 minutes.

AH: I mean, you’ve never been able to save in the middle of a Mario game because normally the levels don’t take you that long. The idea is you can normally finish it in 15-20 so you’d think they’d change it.

SJ: What if you just want to play five minutes. You bought the game. They don’t need to make you replay it.

AH: It is true although I will admit, in “Super Mario Galaxy” there are save points within the level, so if you die, you only go back to that save point. You don’t go back to the beginning, but if you don’t finish the level and you turn the game off, then you have to do the whole thing again. That’s gamer rage. That’s what we have to deal with, right?

SJ: What crazy stunts or costumes are you looking forward to on your G4 hosting gig?

AH: Well, I’m hosting “American Ninja Warrior” which I’m very, very excited about. We’ve upped the ante on this one literally. There’s now a $250,000 prize attached to it to any American who can finish the course in Mount Midoriyama. I’m very excited about that. I can’t think of any costumes that are coming up but I’ll be honest, normally I find that out the day of. Normally I show up to work and they’re like, “We’re going to dress you like you’re from the ‘80s” and I’m like all right, why not? Right now it’s mainly “American Ninja Warrior” and then hosting the show while Olivia’s off doing “Perfect Couples.”

SJ: Do you take requests for costumes?

AH: All the time and it’s not up to me is what people have to realize. You have to tell the network you want to see me dressed like that. They make all those decisions. I will admit, I was the one who really pushed for dressing as Catwoman at Comic Con a couple years ago because so many people were behind that idea that I realized that I could probably get some benefit out of it. So I told the people, “Hey, if I get G4 to let me dress as Catwoman at Comic-Con, you guys all have to donate one dollar to a certain charity.” Everyone got behind it, I did it and they donated money and I matched what was donated. We did some good for the world.

SJ: What gadgets do you carry in your purse?

AH: The only thing I have in here is my phone, my Droid. It looks way wonky because I have this janky case on it. I’m pretty sure I’m due for a new phone in November and I think I’m going to go with the Droid X then. Although I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the iPhone’s going to come to Verizon but I feel like no matter how much I dream that, it’s never going to happen. So I’m sticking with the Droids for now. I also have a fantastic shade of lip gloss.
 

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‘Attack of the Show’ @ Comic-Con http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/attack-of-the-show-comic-con/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/attack-of-the-show-comic-con/#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2009 01:03:03 +0000 Reza F. This afternoon, Olivia Munn, Kevin Pereira, Blair Butler and producers behind G4's megahit ATTACK OF THE SHOW held court in Room 5AB of the San Diego Convention Center for a little over an hour.  The line to get in looked like it went about half the length of the entire San Diego Convention Center, and we're willing to bet over 500 people had to be turned away in the end.  Too bad.  Everyone who did get in received a complimentary kazoo and glowstick (more on these later)Introducing the show was none other than Apple's "Steve Jobs," and we have his entire 4-minute address here.  Fast forward to the end if you just want a glimpse of Ms. Munn stepping out to her adoring fans.

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This afternoon, Olivia Munn, Kevin Pereira, Blair Butler and producers behind G4′s megahit ATTACK OF THE SHOW held court in Room 5AB of the San Diego Convention Center for a little over an hour.  The line to get in looked like it went about half the length of the entire San Diego Convention Center, and we’re willing to bet over 500 people had to be turned away in the end.  Too bad.  Everyone who did get in received a complimentary kazoo and glowstick (more on these later)

Introducing the show was none other than Apple’s "Steve Jobs," and we have his entire 4-minute address here.  Fast forward to the end if you just want a glimpse of Ms. Munn stepping out to her adoring fans.


STEVE JOBS Introduces OLIVIA MUNN & KEVIN PEREIRA – Watch more Funny Videos

The AOTS gang presented a few clips, including a classic one of Kevin and Olivia squaring off in a hot sauce eating contest, based on this little gem.  (SPOILER ALERT: It gave Olivia diarrhea) They also showed a great fake trailer spoofing the Liam Neeson actioner TAKEN, but with Kevin playing Inspector Gadget and Olivia playing Penny.  Penny gets kidnapped by Dr. Claw and… well, Gadget go-go-goes on a killing spree.  The audience ate it up like the fat guy dressed like Skeletor at the Mrs. Fields down in the convention center lobby.  

Other highlights included "one of the largest live group Tweets ever to hit the Twittersphere," where the entire audience was encouraged to send their funniest tweets about AOTS and attach an #aotspanel hashtag to them. 


ATTACK OF THE SHOW w/ Olivia Munn Comic COn Panel – Watch more Funny Videos

Our tweet didn’t even make the top three.  That might have been because we didn’t follow directions.  Or it was because it just wasn’t funny.  We’ll go with the latter.

The winning tweet by audience cheers? Schmaniel’s "AP #aotspnanel I think it just cured my cancer. Nevermind… it’s still there."

This led to the most akward moment of the panel, when "Schmaniel" came up to the front to claim his prize, and it was revealed that he actually, in fact, had cancer.  His shirt read something to the effect of, "I had a brain tumor removed.  How are you?" And for a split second, Kevin and Olivia were noticeably stymied as to how to quip back.  It got even weirder when Schmaniel busted out a piece of this tumor for Olivia to take a look at.  Ever the sport, she did. 

Comedian Doug Benson also showed up at the end of the Q&A to essentially announce that he’ll be doing animated shorts for upcoming episodes of ATTACK OF THE SHOW

And finally, per Kevin Pereira’s request – as we were being kicked out of Room 5AB for running over – was possibly the first ever Comic-Con Nerd Rave.  Here’s a clip: 


ATTACK OF THE SHOW Nerd Rave @ Comic Con – Watch more Funny Videos

More features from Comic-Con Tomorrow, when we check out Fox’s THE CLEVELAND SHOW & Mike Judge‘s EXTRACT!

 

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