Mantenna - Friday, June 12
Heidi Montag is really posing for Playboy, Lily Allen slams illegal downloaders, and the 50 greatest Caucasian gangsta photos of all time...it's the Mantenna!
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Heidi Montag to Pose for Playboy
Haven’t we seen enough of reality TV star and all round media whore Heidi Montag? Well, the answer is apparently, “No.” The star of The Hills has reportedly taken off her kit and posed for the September issue of Playboy magazine. “There is nudity. It's tasteful – she had a lot of fun with it," a source has told People magazine. The overexposure of Ms. Montag continues. [People]
Working Porn Star Found HIV Positve
A porn star has tested positive to HIV, causing panic in the adult entertainment industry. Dr. Colin Hamblin of the Adult Industry Healthcare foundation said the unidentified performer tested positive on June 4th and for reasons unknown “worked” the following day. The actress had two recent sexual partners, one her boyfriend and the other a male porn star. Those men are said to have had sexual intercourse with an additional 6 people. All involved have undergone testing and are waiting for results to be returned. This is the 22nd case of an adult entertainment performer testing positive to HIV in the last 5 years. [LA Times]
The 50 Greatest Caucasian Gangsta Photos of All Time
Pimpin' ain't easy. And it's even less easy if you're a pasty-ass white kid from the suburbs who's main inspiration for "keepin' it real" comes from a copy of The Source that you bought with your allowance at the Circle K. Sadly, these misguided attempts at living large show no sign of abating, as evidenced by the hilariously cringe-inducing tribute from the folks over at Manofest. [Manofest]
Danny Boyle And Fox Searchlight Sign Three-Year Deal
Danny Boyle has drawn up a three-year production deal with Fox Searchlight and Pathe Pictures, according to Variety. Both companies were involved in Slumdog Millionaire; through this deal the two companies will co-finance and co-produce Boyle’s next project(s) over the next three years, with Pathe handing distribution in much of Europe and Fox Searchlight controlling the US and other territories. The filmmaker has a long history with Fox Searchlight, as the company produced and/or distributed 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Millions. [Slash Film]
Lily Allen Slams Illegal Downloads
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Lily Allen has blasted fans who download music illegally, insisting internet piracy is depriving the music industry of new talent. The singer insists consumers need to pay for music in order to provide record labels with the cash to sign upcoming bands.
And Allen is convinced the industry will suffer if record sales continue to fall, because talented young stars won't be given the chance to prove themselves. Lily told NME magazine, "If what the consumer wants is good music, then they are going to have to start paying for it. The music industry is run by a bunch of ***ing idiots and if you're giving those people less money they are going to invest in bands that aren't very good. The more money there is in the industry, the more they are going to have to invest in quality bands.” [Contact Music]
Eagles, Weezer, Aguilera To Launch 24-Hour Online Radio Shows
Clear Channel Radio and Front Line Management are creating artist personal experience radio, a stand-alone company that will allow musicians to produce their own online radio shows, Billboard exclusively revealed. The channels will run 24 hours a day and play songs chosen by the artist, interviews and commentary. The program will launch in July with the Eagles, Christina Aguilera and Weezer. At a time when artists are looking for ways to forge deeper connections with fans, Front Line and Clear Channel will use ad-supported a.p.e. radio to market albums and tours by offering fans exclusive content as well as an inside look into the musical taste of their favorite artists. [Billboard]
Boy Gets Hit by Meteorite and Survives, Superpowers Still Unconfirmed
Somehow, 14-year old Gerrit Blank survived a 30,000 mph meteorite hit. His story, confirmed by scientists at Germany's Walter Hohmann Observatory, would make a fitting introduction for a new comic book hero, "At first I just saw a large ball of light, and then I suddenly felt a pain in my hand. Then a split second after that there was an enormous bang like a crash of thunder. The noise that came after the flash of light was so loud that my ears were ringing for hours afterwards. When it hit me it knocked me flying and then was still going fast enough to bury itself into the road." Only one other human has survived a meteor strike - we know him as Barack Obama. [Telegraph]
Grandma, the TV Ain't Broke!
Are you and your easily confused relatives ready to the digital TV switchover? We certainly hope so: Today, June 12th, we'll all be moving over to digital television and discarding the rabbit ears forever, and replacing them with a digital converter box. Well, at least the reception is better and you get more channels. Oh wait, no you don't. Yay? [DTV]
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