Mantenna - Tuesday, June 30

June 30, 2009

Michael Jackson's dad denies bizarre company plug, police question woman with a squirrel sitting in her cleavage, and Tony Scott’s new film project has been's the Mantenna!

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Keira Knightley is Topless in Suspenders

Keira Knightley has posed topless for Chanel. The Pirates of the Caribbean star looks sexy in the print commercials for Coco Mademoiselle perfume, wearing nothing but some strategically placed suspenders. The photo shoot mimics a shoot Keira did for Interview magazine a few years ago. [Egotastic]

Police Question Woman with Squirrel Sitting in Cleavage

Police in Ohio got the shock of their lives when a squirrel popped out of the shirt of a woman being questioned in connection with a crime. According to reports, “surveillance video clearly shows the animal ducking in and out of her cleavage during the interview.” Police have no idea what the squirrel was doing there and released both it and the woman without any charges being laid. [Fox]

Unstoppable Has Been Stopped

Director Tony Scott’s new film project, Unstoppable, has been stopped by Fox. Fox fears the budget is growing out of control. The film would star Chris Pine (Captain Kirk) and Denzel Washington, but Denzel is asking for lots of money, as usual. And it’s hard to imagine that the studio could be that stoked to make yet another film about a runaway train after Denzel has just appeared in one with John Travolta. When was the last time a film Denzel was in even did all that well? These must be the musings behind the closed doors of the executive suites at Fox. Time to find another train to board, Chris, ‘cause this one’s getting sent to the federation brig. [Cinematical]

Joe Jackson Denies Bizarre Company Plug


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On Monday, Michael Jackson's father denied making a bizarre plug for his record label during a red carpet appearance, insisting he had only been responding to a question about his future. Joe Jackson triggered protest on Sunday when he appeared to be promoting his record company before the BET awards. During a live interview on CNN television, Jackson introduced business partner Marshall Thompson, saying he wanted to make "a real good statement." "Marshall and I have -- we own a record company. Talking about Blu-ray technology. That's the next step," Jackson said, sparking outraged comments in the blogosphere from Jackson fans. However he insisted Monday the comments had been misinterpreted during a press conference outside the family home. "I was asked a question last night about the record company... We have a lot of good artists fixing to come out," Jackson said. [Google]

Vibe Magazine Folds

Vibe magazine, the urban-music magazine founded in 1993 by Quincy Jones, is the latest victim of the media recession. A source with knowledge of the situation has told DailyFinance that the staff has learned the magazine is ceasing publication, and assistants in the offices of Editor-in-Chief Danyel Smith and publisher Edgar Hernandez have confirmed the news. R.I.P. Vibe [Flavor Wire]

The Greatest Debates Come to VH1

If you're anything like us, you could care less about health care reform or whatever boring nonsense is going on in Washington this week. What about the real timeless questions that have plagued mankind for lo these many years? Star Trek or Star Wars? Ginger or Mary Ann? Well, finally, these questions are being answered by the good folks at VH1 in a veritable pop culture smackdown. [VH1]

Phone 'Swatter' Gets 11 Years For 911 Phone Hacking

A 19-year-old who was part of a swatting group—hacking the phone system to get 911 to respond with a SWAT team to potentially dangerous situations in order to harass people—just got sentenced to 11 years in prison. Their method of hacking used spoofing to pretend the call originated from the victim's house. The team could then say all kinds of crazy stuff. But what really got him and his buddies in trouble was the fact that he showed up at the home of the Verizon investigator that was gathering evidence against him and harassed him. He was arrested shortly after. [Yahoo]

Supreme Court OKs DVR-In-The-Cloud Concept

Hollywood apparently tried to make a federal case about Cablevision launching a virtual DVR, a cable box with no local hard drive that still lets you "record" shows to watch later, and even fast forward through commercials. Hollywood studios got mad because they deemed it unfair re-broadcasting of content. The Supreme Court looked at the case and took a pass—by not hearing it, they are allowing Cablevision and others to proceed with development unhindered. We like the concept of a driveless DVR, but don't like the cable company keeping my shows—stuff I've already recorded—under lock and key. [NY Times]

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