Mantenna - Thursday, June 25

June 25, 2009

A sequel to 300 is in the works, one of the Real Housewives blocks her sex tape release, and the King of Pop passes's the Mantenna!

Source: Los Angeles Times

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

As you've no doubt heard, The King of Pop is no longer with us. Michael Jackson suffered cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon and paramedics were unable to revive him. Michael is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, and Prince "Blanket" Michael Jackson II. He was just 50 years old. One of the greatest to ever do it, may he rest in peace. [Los Angeles Times]

Housewife Blocks Sex Tape

Danielle Staub, one of the stars of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, has won a court order blocking her 27-year-old ex-boyfriend from selling a sex tape containing the 46-year-old reality show cougar. Danielle insists the sex tape was made without her knowledge. [New York Post]

Man Uses Porn to Scare Children

A Pennsylvania man is in trouble after blasting pornographic music at small children. Michael Buck became so annoyed by loud children playing outside his home he resorted to an unusual soundtrack to shoo them away.  According to reports, “The kids weren't the only ones creeped out. Neighbors a block and a half away complained to police about the aural sex.” The 27-year-old now faces a felony obscenity charge and two misdemeanors. [USA Today]

Zack Snyder and Frank Miller Working on Sequel to 300

Zack Snyder, director of 300 and Watchmen, is working with comic book guru Frank Miller on a sequel to 300. Or rather, he’s in communication with Miller who’s working on the follow-up comic with the intention of it being adapted to the silver screen. Snyder said that, “I know for a fact that Frank [Miller] is writing right now.” He continued,  “[He's] drawing away and seems to be knee-deep in it. I think he’s going to head back to Greece again and do another reconnaissance.” Apparently “There would be an opportunity for bigger visions, though I’d hope for the same aesthetic. The tech we used for 300 was not a revolution. It’s basically what the weatherman has. Look, instead of Accuweather it’s Sparta… It’s going to be the same way, but on crazier steroids.” Crazier steroids. Sounds like we’re going to have to get Arnold in the mix. []

Ray Bradbury, Legendary Sci-Fi Author, Hates the Internet


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Good old Ray Bradbury (author of Fahrenheit 451, among other sci-fi classics) let loose with a little bit of the crazy when speaking of Yahoo! and the Internet as a whole. He classified the Internet as "meaningless" and "distracting." Bradbury was speaking in defense of public libraries, and recounted an anecdote of Yahoo! asking him if one of his works could be made available on the Internet. Bradbury's reply? "To hell with you. To hell with you and to hell with the Internet." [New York Times]

Ryan Reynolds Gets Buried

Ryan Reynolds’ next movie is looking like it’s going to be Buried, where he will spend much of the time in Iraq. He wakes up in a coffin buried in the Iraq desert with only a candle, knife, and cell phone. That’s about all there is to know about the script, penned by Chris Sparling, to be directed by Rodrigo Cortes. He’s also got yet another Blade film in the works, Blade: Trinity, and, of course, his Deadpool franchise. Reynolds has his plate full, but it’s nice to see he’s resisting the easy cash that comes from getting pigeonholed by romantic comedies. [Cinematical]

Terrell Owens is Sorry

Whether it's flamboyant touchdown celebrations, a bizarre drug overdose, or even just outing a teammate, there's a lot that TO has had to apologize for over the years. But did you know that those things are only the tip of the iceberg? Finally, Terrell has come clean about all of his nefarious doings, from the stock market crash to the housing crisis to the launch of Windows Vista. Apologies accepted, TO. [Comedy Central]

Styx Takes Over The White House Briefing Room

Shortly after Robert Gibbs ended his daily briefing on Monday, the White House press corps was treated to an unexpected guest appearance. The members of the '80s band Styx suddenly took the podium to snap a couple pictures behind the famous lectern. The press, naturally, went crazy with photographers gathering around the foursome and correspondents chatting like their youth had been restored. The band happened to be in town for a gig. And as the long-haired musicians took questions and posed for pictures, a few members of the media could be heard chanting the lyrics to "Mr. Roboto" and "Come Sail Away." One member of the Obama communications team, laughing at the spectacle, whispered, "This is why I love working in the White House." [Huffington Post]

Pirate Bay Denied Retrial, Judge Cleared of Bias

It looks as though The Pirate Bay will have to hope for the best on appeal now that a Swedish court ruled that the judge's membership with two pro-copyright organizations does not constitute bias. While the judge overseeing the retrial case did make it clear that these affiliations should have been disclosed, he noted that Sweden has copyright laws and simply agreeing with them is not justification for a mistrial. In other news, Duff Man will be presiding over a "liver failure due to alcoholism" trial next week. [Ars Technica]

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Wednesday, June 24

Tuesday, June 23

Monday, June 22

Friday, June 19

Thursday, June 18

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