Mantenna - Thursday, February 18

February 18, 2010

Elton John talks shop about Jesus, Ultimate Spider-Man writer gives Marc Webb some tips, and Chris Brown gets mad love from his Judge...Man-ten-na!

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Elton John Talks Jesus

Elton John is on the cover of this weekend’s Parade magazine. In an interview with the mag, the aging rocker discusses religion and Jesus’ sexuality. According to John, Jesus was a gay man. John says, “I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems. On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving.” That’s a mighty thing to say and bound to upset and enrage a lot of people. Elton John is one brave man. [Huffington Post]

Kendra’s Post Baby Sex Life

If you think having a baby kills your sex life, you’re wrong, at least according to Kendra Wilkinson. The reality television star is having copious amounts of beneath-the-sheets action with new husband and her baby’s daddy Hank Baskett. Kendra says, “"When the baby sleeps, we have sex! That's what it is for us. That's why it's so cool to be young parents because we have the energy to do that." Really Kendra, do we need to know every single little detail about your life? [Us]

Ultimate Spider-Man Writer Gives Marc Webb Some Tips

Brian Bendis, the guy behind Ultimate Spider-Man – something he’s been writing on for 130 issues – might just be giving Marc Webb, the new director for the Spider-Man franchise, some tips on how to make the new Spidey awesome. He tweeted earlier today, “Just spent a very interesting morning at Sony with the entire spidey movie team!! Very very cool stuff!!” Here’s hoping both Webb and James Vanderbilt, the writer of the most recent Spider-Man script, actually listen to what he has to say. [/Film]

Jeremy Renner’s Name Attached to Pretty Much Everything

The Hurt Locker
has been good to Jeremy Renner. These days it seems like every other movie project that gets announced potentially has the actor attached to it. Right now he’s potentially attached to The Raven, a film about the last days of Edgar Allan Poe, as well as Peter Berg’s Battleship. And now he might even be attached to Paul Thomas Anderson’s next movie, The Master. Rumor is he’s going to have to decide on a project, as one man, even in our futuristic age, can only be in one place at one time. [Cinematical]

Chris Brown Gets Mad Love From his Judge


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A judge has praised Chris Brown's progress on his probation regarding his altercation with Rihanna back in February of 2008. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg said that Brown hasn't missed a session of his domestic violence counseling and has done 32 days of hard labor in his home state of Virginia. The Judge has also allowed Brown to travel outside of the United States for live gigs in May and June. The hearing took place earlier today and reviewed Brown's progress with the terms of his probation. Dude is still a bum. [MTV]

Reggie Bush Welcomes Sexy Non-Kim Kardashian Woman into His Bedroom

Super Bowl champions get all the perks. Whether it's endorsement deals, television appearances, or the right to give Peyton Manning dirty looks for another 12 months - there's a lot of benefits to being on top of the National Football League. Just ask Reggie Bush, who recently hosted a bikini-clad rap video girl who was in no way his girlfriend into his home. [With Leather]

New Plan Would Allow High School Students to Graduate Two Years Early

The New York Times reports that education commissioners in Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont have pledged to sign up 10 to 20 schools each for a pilot project that would allow 10th graders who pass a battery of tests to get a diploma two years early and immediately enroll in community college. The new system of high school coursework with the accompanying board examinations is modeled largely on systems in high-performing nations including Denmark, England, Finland, France, and Singapore. Good to see that even educators are starting to agree that high school is largely a massive waste of time. [NY Times]

Civilization V Announced, Due This Fall

2K Games announced today that they will be releasing Civilization V in the fall. For the first time in the series, the square tiles will be changed to hexes, which 2K Games says provides "deeper strategy" and "more realistic gameplay."  Civilization V will also include a new graphics engine, new combat system including ranged bombardment, multiplayer, and extensive support for the modding community. [Gamasutra]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Wednesday, February 17

Tuesday, February 16

Friday, February 12

Thursday, February 11

Wednesday, February 10

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