Mantenna - Thursday, January 21

January 21, 2010

Mischa Barton can’t pay her rent, John Edwards admits the paternity of his mistress’ child, and Quincy Jones is set to remake “We Are The World” for Haiti....the Mantenna? I'd buy that for a dollar!

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Mischa Barton Can’t Pay the Rent

Mischa Barton is reportedly in deep financial trouble and refusing to pay the rent on her New York City apartment. According to Barton’s landlord, the actress is three months behind on her $7,000-a-month Tribeca apartment. The landlord wants her to pony up now and is prepared to go to court to do so. Barton has been living in New York City since September, where she moved to shoot the CW show The Beautiful Life. That show was cancelled that same month. [Huffington Post]

John Edwards Admits Paternity of Mistress’ Child

John Edwards has finally admitted he is the father of a daughter with former mistress Rielle Hunter. The one time Presidential candidate released a statement saying, "I am Quinn's father. I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves.... It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter." Edwards at first denied having an affair with Hunter and subsequently denied paternity of the two-year-old girl. The story first broke in the National Enquirer, which is now eying a Pulitzer Prize for their efforts. [Washington Post]

Water for Elephants Equals Payday for Stars

Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, and Sean Penn have found a project that will allow them to all practice the art of acting, as well as collect a nice paycheck. It’s an adaptation of novelist Sara Gruen’s book Water for Elephants, which is a depression-era story about a 21-year-old man who joins a circus after his parents die in a car crash. After going through veterinary school, he becomes an animal caretaker and falls in love with the wife (Witherspoon) of the crazy animal trainer (Penn). What’s not to love about this? [Deadline]

Deep Throat Makes Howl Filmmakers Happy

The filmmakers brought their Allen Ginsberg film to Sundance this year, titled Howl (also the title of Ginsberg’s most famous poem), have their next project lined up: a biopic about Linda Lovelace, the star of the 1972 porno Deep Throat. Lovelace began in porn, made Deep Throat (the most famous porn ever made), and proceeded to become an anti-pornography activist and feminist. The irony! Here’s hoping the filmmakers include some of their source material in the finished movie. [First Showing]

Quincy Jones to Remake "We Are The World” For Haiti


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Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie are planning a massive 25th anniversary re-recording of "We Are the World" for the victims of Haiti. The legendary pair is set to call on numerous artists from Grammy weekend to stay an extra night and come to the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles for the recording. This time the artists will include Usher, Natalie Cole, and John Legend. Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich will produce the event, which will then be turned into a video and a single. Wyclef Jean, Sting, Fergie, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, and many others will also be in attendance. [NBC]

Alcoholism Alive and Rampant in Detroit

Detroit Tigers All-Star slugger Miguel Cabrera has apparently spent the last three months of his life in an alcohol rehabilitation center after registering a team record .26 blood alcohol rating earlier this year. The team's highest paid player is apparently feeling healthier than ever and excited to get back to a baseball team with virtually no shot at a World Series. [ESPN]

Nokia To Make GPS Navigation Free On Smartphones

In what is sure to be a blow to the already beleaguered stand-alone GPS market, Nokia has released a fully offline-enabled free GPS navigation and mapping application for its line of smartphones. The application also includes Lonely Planet and Michelin guides as well. With Google's release of free Google Navigation app for Android smartphones, and now Nokia doing one better and releasing an offline-enabled navigation application, hopefully this is the start of a trend where this becomes an expected component of any smartphone. We're looking at you, Apple. [Nokia]

New Digital Store To Sell "Pre-Owned" Games

Green Man Gaming, a company based in the United Kingdom, is about to launch a digital download shopfront for the PC with a difference, claiming its store will be able to offer "pre-owned" digital sales. "Previously the minute you had paid and downloaded your game it had no resale value," says Gian Luzio, Green Man's COO. "This is extremely expensive for the gamer and does not encourage the consumer to try new genres or franchises. Our leading edge technology gives downloaded games a value that gamers can trade-in at any time." To answer your inevitable question of how this will work, Luzio says "We will pay significant royalties to the publisher each time the game is traded in perpetuity." As for your inevitable follow-up questions, like "How much will pre-owned games cost?" and "Who's going to determine the value of trade-ins?" sadly those are going to have to wait until Green Man launches sometime around March. [Geek]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Wednesday, January 20

Tuesday, January 19

Friday, January 15

Thursday, January 14

Wednesday, January 13

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