Mantenna – Playboy Goes Retro

September 13, 2011
Playboy goes retro, Google launches a new flight search service, and DJ Mehdi passes away…the Mantenna has come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum!

Playboy Goes Retro

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Playboy magazine has dramatically slashed the newsstand price for its October issue. The iconic men’s magazine is going retro for the month to help promote the new television show The Playboy Club. This means the magazine will cost just 60 cents next month, the same amount the magazine was sold for in 1961. Every part of the issue is retro. Playboy Club star Laura Benanti appears on the cover in a pose inspired by Playboy's April 1963 cover which featured original Playboy Club employee Bunny Kelly. Inside, the magazine contains a pictorial of 1960s-era Playboy Club Bunnies and photos from several of the clubs. The retro edition of the magazine hits newsstands this Friday, and at this price it is sure to fly off the shelf. [Hollywood Reporter]

Google Launches New Flight Search Service

Google is diving into the airline business with its low key launch of Flights Search. The new service puts it in direct competition with travel sites such Orbitz, Expedia, and Kayak. Starting today a new “Flights” link will appear on the left hand side of Google’s search page. Users can search for flight information and book flights. One feature that sets it a part from other travel sites is the ability to have an open ended destination. Using certain filters, users can now “see where they can go within certain time and cash boundaries.” At the moment users can only search for and book round-trip economy flights between certain U.S. cities. The service will be expanded in the future. Flight Search is the first product born out of Google's controversial $700 million purchase of airline search software company ITA. [CNN]

Remembering Tupac Shakur 15 Years Later‎

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It’s hard to believe, but legendary MC Tupac Shakur passed away 15 years ago on this very day. As reported by TMZ, Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, has surrounded herself with friends and family in Northern California for the anniversary of her son's death. Though shot in a horrific drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 13, 1996, Tupac’s spirit still lives on today in hip-hop as well as in the African American community. With classic tracks like "Keep Ya Head Up," "Dear Mama," and "To Live & Die in L.A.," Shakur revolutionized the hip-hop/rap game like no other MC before or since. Like many artists that passed far too soon, Pac was a misunderstood character who can now be seen as one of the most important and influential artists music has ever produced. [TMZ]

DJ Mehdi Dies

According to reports, DJ Mehdi, French producer/DJ Mehdi Favéris-Essadi, has passed away at the age of 34. Confirmed by his publicist, Mehdi died following an undisclosed "accident" involving him apparently falling off of a roof. A huge name on the Ed Banger Records imprint and a remixer of big artists like Chromeo and Miike Snow, numerous industry friends have expressed their pain following Mehdi’s death via the Internet. "We lost our brother. No words," Chromeo wrote on their Twitter. "Damn…RIP MEHDI," Drake also said. There has been no other news involving the details pertaining to Mehdi’s passing. [Billboard]