Mantenna - Friday, January 22

January 21, 2010

Stars donate the big bucks for Haiti, Scorsese becomes family-friendly, and Hope For Haiti airs live tonight at 8 p.m....frankly, my dear, the Mantenna doesn't give a damn!

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Stars Give Big for Haiti

In the lead up to tonight’s Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, a cavalcade of stars have donated big bucks to get the worthwhile cause, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie, and Brad Pitt who donated $1 million, while supermodel Gisele Bundchen handed over $1.5 million to the cause. [MTV]

Scorsese Becomes Family Friendly

Director Martin Scorsese is going to be directing an adaptation of Brian Selznick’s Caldecott-winning children’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Scorsese hasn’t exactly been the go-to guy for family friendly material, but that’s all about to change. The story is about a twelve-year-old orphan named Hugo who is dedicated to solving a mystery involving a robot that his father had been investigating while still alive. Definitely a change of pace for the director, but the story sounds like it has lots of potential to become a film. [First Showing]

Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Duhamel Have Sympathy for the Devil

Josh Duhamel (whom you might remember from Transformers) and Samuel L. Jackson (whom you might remember from…everything) are teaming up as a pair of Louisiana lawmen fighting to keep the boundary between heaven and hell from breaking loose. In other news, Legion opens today, so if you want to see angels and demons duke it out, you won’t have to wait to see Sympathy for the Devil. [/Film]

Watch Hope For Haiti Now Live Tonight at 8 p.m.


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Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, the telecast featuring dozens of the biggest celebrities from music, film, television, and politics, will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT tonight. The three-hour broadcast, which aims to raise money for Haiti relief efforts, will be hosted by George Clooney. Confirmed performers include Madonna, Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Sting in New York City; Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and Haitian artist Emeline Michel in Los Angeles; and Beyoncé, Coldplay, and a group performance by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna in London. [MTV]

Pro Golfer Realizes that the I.R.S. Isn't Joking About the Whole "Paying Taxes" Thing

PGA Golfer Jim Thorpe found out today that the government doesn't let you take a mulligan when it comes to paying income taxes. The 60-year-old was sentenced to one year in prison for failing to pay over $2 million in taxes and will be required to serve 200 hours of community service. The story marks the first time in six weeks that the words "sex scandal" or "mistress" have not been used in a golf-related story. [Yahoo]

International Space Station Gets the Ultimate WiFi Network, Sends First Tweets from Space

ISS Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer has sent the first tweet from space. According to NASA, he used the "ultimate wireless connection," which actually is quite clever. The new network is called Crew Support LAN, a software update that allows astronauts to personally use the Internet as they would use it from their own home. This can only happen during times in which the ISS is transmitting data to the ground stations at high speed, using Ku-Band communications. However, it's not as simple as firing up Firefox from space. The astronauts get into a remote desktop program on their laptops to control a desktop computer on the ground. So, you could say it's really the first Tweet "initiated" from space. [NASA]

Gaming Addiction Blamed for Rise in Rickets Cases

Think rickets is just an old-timey disease? Think again! Too many hours spent playing video games indoors is contributing to a rise in rickets, according to a new study by doctors. Professor Simon Pearce and Dr. Tim Cheetham of Newcastle University have written a paper in the British Medical Journal which warns of the rickets uptake – a disease which sufferers get when deficient in Vitamin D. The study boils down to the fact that as more people play video games indoors they don't get enough sunlight and this has meant the hospitals are now having to combat a disease that was last in the papers around the time Queen Victoria was on the throne." Seriously, go outside, fatty. [Tech Radar]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Thursday, January 21

Wednesday, January 20

Tuesday, January 19

Friday, January 15

Thursday, January 14

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