Mantenna - Thursday, August 27

August 27, 2009

Geri Halliwell kills it in a bikini, Spike Jonze gets top secret with some robots, and rap producer Scott Storch loses his mansion to the recession...Mantenna! Mantenna! Mantenna!

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Geri Halliwell Kills It in a Bikini

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell is on vacation in St. Tropez, France and has never looked better. The 37-year-old mother of one played it up on a boat, soaked up some rays, drank coffee, and talked on her cell phone. She managed to do all these activities and still look ridiculously hot. This woman sure can multitask! [The Superficial]

Mischa Barton Sets the Record Straight

One month after being hospitalized in a psychiatric facility, Mischa Barton has finally revealed what happened. She tells Time Out New York magazine, “I went through a tough spot where everything compounded on me, and it was like a perfect storm, like everything was happening to me at once." The 23-year-old says she was stressed about starring in a new television series, had undergone a botched wisdom tooth surgery, was “down in the dumps” and had hit “rock bottom.” [New York Time Out]

Spike Jonze and the Robots

Director Spike Jonze, fresh off the set of Where The Wild Things Are, is now busy working on a “top secret” short film that apparently involves robots. That should be enough to get you excited right there. And, in fact, it might have to be enough because, as stated above, the project remains top secret. The short film involves a made up band called The Lost Trees, but this is not strictly a music video – as a matter of fact, it’s not really a music video at all. Somehow broken pieces of robot come into play during the short film, which means there’s potential for some destruction. Who really knows what the hell Jonze has up his sleeve, but whatever it is, we’re interested. [/Film]

The Good, the Bad, and the Clive

South Korean filmmaker Kim Ji-Woon, the guy who made The Good, the Bad, the Weird, is busy setting up his next feature film. He’s hoping to get Clive Owen and Sienna Miller to sign up and has even had a meeting with Miller in Korea. The film is a remake of Max et les Ferrailleurs, a film by Claude Sautet from 1971. Described as a “caper noir”, its protagonists are a frustrated Paris detective and the girlfriend of the leader of a gang of robbers. The detective tries to get close to the girlfriend while simultaneously attempting to thwart the gang by paying a separate group of burglars to steal from a bank. It’s possible Kim will shoot in Philadelphia, and the plan at this point is to begin shooting next January. The idea of remaking a ‘70s French heist film is pretty clever – if you have to remake something, remake something no one’s seen before. [First Showing]

A Tribute to Sexy Stewardesses

Though they're now referred to as "flight attendants," the notion of the stewardess as a sex object has been with us since the dawn of commercial aviation. From fictionalized romance novels to feature films to the real world, the friendly skies have never been short on nice-looking women strolling up and down the aisles making sure we're at our most comfortable. And there's nothing wrong with that! [Uncoached]

Rap Producer Scott Storch Loses his Home


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Rap producer Scott Storch has lost his $7 million Miami Beach mansion to the bank. Storch's 10-bedroom mansion was foreclosed last Friday, and it's reportedly been sold at auction to SunTrust Bank for $5.5 million. Storch is now staying at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. It’s nice to know that the recession is kickin’ everybody’s ass. [NY Post]

20 Fat People Wearing Spandex

Comfort issues aside, there's really no logical reason to wear spandex. Though stronger and more durable than rubber, spandex is also form-fitting. Or, in the case of overweight folks, a bit too form-fitting. This monstrosity has never been more gruesomely displayed than in this disgusting gallery from our friends over at Manofest. [Manofest]

FCC Launches Investigation into Wireless Service Monopolies

Today, the FCC announced that it will be launching a formal inquiry into the wireless industry and specifically into certain business practices of the big four: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA , and Verizon Wireless. The commission hasn't yet detailed exactly how they're going to go about this, but you can bet they'll be looking into exclusivity deals between handset manufacturers and carriers. And who knows? They might be interested in the whole iPhone/AT&T shutting out Google applications thing, especially if it turns out that AT&T had a hand in dissing the app. According to Reuters, the agency is looking into "how competition affects consumers." This could get messy...and it's about time. [Phone Scoop]

London Police Stealing from Unlocked Cars

A local police department in London has launched a new community awareness program aimed at teaching locals the dangers of leaving their vehicles unlocked. Launched in the wake of sharp rise in thefts from unlocked vehicles, rather than, ya know, looking for the thieves, officers will instead be targeting the citizens. As per the new program, officers have been authorized to remove valuable goods from any unlocked cars in order to simulate an actual larceny. In place of the items, officers will leave a note indicating which police precinct the owner may retrieve their stolen items from. Seriously, who the f*** authorized this?! [UPI]

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Tuesday, August 25

Monday, July 24

Friday, August 21

Thursday, August 20

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