Mantenna - Monday, June 8

June 8, 2009

Linkin Park star replaces James Franco as UCLA grad speaker, the Spider-Man 4 villain is a big part of New York, and Tila Tequila reveals she’s not actually's the Mantenna!

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Tila Tequila Now Reveals She’s Not Actually Pregnant

Tila Tequila has taken to her blog to clear up a rumor that she started. She writes that she is not pregnant. "I just felt the need to clear up the rumors for all of my fans because I care about you and want you to know the truth!" Tequila writes on her blog. "The point is ... maybe I was pregnant, or maybe I wasn't pregnant," she says. "I think that is something very personal but I'm going to clear that up now and say that I am not currently pregnant." This girl is confused. [People]

Piranha 3-D Looks Awesome

Busty British babe Kelly Brook and porn star Riley Steele were recently photographed playing with each other onboard a yacht while filming Piranha 3-D. The film, which also stars Richard Dreyfuss and Elisabeth Shue, is a remake of the 1978 film Piranha. A horror film with killer fish and babes in bikinis rubbing each other = awesome. [The Blemish]

Spider-Man 4 Villains

Todd Black, the producer of Spider-Man 4, spread a little bit of news about the web-slinger recently. For starters, Kirsten Dunst is for sure signed onto the next film, so Spider-Man fans everywhere can go ahead and begin grieving. She’s not getting booted from the franchise, and that’s something everyone can scratch their heads about. Other news: Morbius is not going to be in the fourth film, but it will be a bad guy who’s “a big part of New York,” which could mean either Kingpin, Kraven the Hunter, or Lizard. No Carnage? I suppose after Spider-Man 3, no one is too eager to see either Carnage or Venom. Not under the aegis of Sam Raimi, anyway. [First Showing]

Linkin Park Replaces James Franco as UCLA Grad Speaker


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Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson will fill in for James Franco by speaking to the Class of 2009 at the University of California, Los Angeles' graduation ceremony. Students protested after the Franco was selected to serve as the keynote speaker at this year's commencement, insisting he lacked "the wisdom and perspective such a speaker is meant to provide the graduates." Franco subsequently pulled out of plans to deliver the speech, citing scheduling conflicts for his cancellation. Now Delson, who graduated from UCLA in 1999, has stepped in to replace Franco at the event on Friday, June 12th. Education officials are confident that Delson, who founded a scholarship fund for California students in 2004, will dole out indispensable advice in his speech. [Contact Music]

R.I.P. Jeff Hanson

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune has reported that singer/songwriter Jeff Hanson was found dead in his home in St. Paul, Minnesota on Friday. According to the paper, he "likely died from a fall or other accident." He was 31 years old. Hanson released three albums for Kill Rock Stars, 2003's Son, 2005's Jeff Hanson, and 2008's Madam Owl. He was known for his high, otherworldly voice. Kill Rock Stars sent out an official statement on Saturday stating: "We are deeply shocked and saddened to report that Kill Rock Stars artist Jeff Hanson passed away on June 5th, 2009 in his home, a victim of a terrible accident. Jeff has been a part of the KRS family since 2003 when he became the first artist signed to the label from an unsolicited demo. Jeff Hanson was an amazing artist, a riotously funny person, and a good friend. We will miss him tremendously. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time." [Pitchfork]

17-Year-Old Student Lights a Joint During Legalization Speech, Gets Arrested, Expelled

Washington student Ian Barry says he wasn’t trying to be a martyr when he lit a marijuana joint this week at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor, nor was he trying to pull a stunt. Simply put, the 17-year-old junior wanted to drive home the message of his persuasive essay: Marijuana doesn’t deserve its negative stigma and should be legalized. On Friday, Barry told The News Tribune that he knew what the consequences would be for his bold tactics, but he was willing to accept them. After his speech Tuesday, he was arrested and sent to Remann Hall juvenile detention center in Tacoma. He was ousted from school on an emergency expulsion. Yay, democracy! [Kirotv]

Gran Turismo 5 Developers Claim They Could Release GT5 Now, But Don't Feel Like It

Gran Turismo's dad Kazunori Yamauchi has told Eurogamer that Gran Turismo 5 is "at a point we can release it any time we want. I want to release it as fast as I can," Yamauchi told us, " but GT5 for us, when you talk about its status, it's at a point we can release it any time we want, but we can always keep working on it. It's very important for us to make sure everything is done perfectly and everything is done in detail." See kids, this is what happens when obsessive-compulsive disorder gets out of control. [VG247]

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Friday, June 5

Thursday, June 4

Wednesday, June 3

Tuesday, June 2

Monday, June 1

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