Mantenna - Friday, September 25

September 25, 2009

Eva Amurri practices being half-nude, Chris Brown is set to headline his first concert since conviction, and The Hobbit and James Bond are in danger of not existing...You wouldn't like the Mantenna when he's angry!

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Eva Amurri Practices Being Half-Nude

Eva Amurri, Susan Sarandon’s sultry daughter, is getting lots of practice being half or completely nude these days. Between her appearance on this season of Californication, where she plays a student of David Duchovny’s character as well as a stripper (where it’s rumored she will bare all her assets), and these most recent shots of her in a bikini, Amurri knows how to take her clothes off. Will this turn into an illustrious acting career like her mother has enjoyed? Who knows. Who cares. She’s found something she’s good at and she loves to do, let’s just give her all the support she needs to keep doing it. [Egotastic]

The Hobbit and James Bond Are in Danger of Not Existing

MGM is one of the oldest studios in Hollywood, having been founded 85 years ago. But it’s a bad time to be an MGM bondholder: it’s presently $3.5 billion in the hole, so no one needs a stimulus package in Hollywood more than this company. And, since it holds the rights to the James Bond franchise and The Hobbit film that Peter Jackson is in charge of, it could be a bad day indeed for fans of these properties. The studio is presently trying to secure $170 million to get it through the year, but the bondholders want to just let it go bankrupt so they can get what would likely be 51 cents on the dollar after selling the place for parts. And The Hobbit and Bond franchises are two of the most valuable parts. Should you be afraid for these movies? No, they’ll likely continue to live in one studio or another. But this might put any release dates for them way, way far off in the future. [Deadline]

Diablo Cody Could Write the Hugh Hefner Movie

Thank god for Twitter. If it wasn’t for Twitter we wouldn’t know what was on Hugh Hefner’s mind. Turns out he met with screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body) to discuss the biopic about his life. It seems like a very strange pairing to have Hollywood’s most famous "feminist" writer thinking about penning Hefner’s life story, but that might be what makes this an interesting project. The names of Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Downey, Jr. are being batted about as possible actors to play Hefner. The unfortunate name of Brett Ratner is floating out there as a potential director. This film – if it gets made – is going to be very awesome, or very bad. [Cinematical]

Chris Brown to Headline First Concert Since Conviction


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New York radio station Power 105.1 announced this week that Chris Brown will be headlining its Powerhouse concert. The gig will take place on Tuesday, October 27th at New Jersey's Izod Center. Brown will be joined by Fabolous, Keri Hilson, Trey Songz, The-Dream, Mario, Day26, and Ginuwine. This show will be Chris' first major live event since his February 8th beatdown of Rihanna. We live in such a forgiving country. Break a leg, Chris. [Ace Showbiz]

Miami Heat Star Michael Beasley Admits Rehab Was Less Fun Than Being an Alcoholic

After spending his summer in an alcohol rehabilitation center (like all the great NBA stars do), Michael Beasely went on television appoligizing for "messing up" and told fans that he now plans to re-evaluate his life after seeing his "lowest hour." The Heat are excited to welcome Beasley back to the line-up, but admit he may not be in game-playing shape. Either way, it looks like he'll be less fun on road trips. [Sports Illustrated]

Cleveland Browns' Rookie Helps Raise Team Spirit By Punching Teammate

After a light-hearted practical joke in the Cleveland Browns' locker room, the team's rookie cornerback Coye Francies decided the best way to respond to being the victim of the prank would be to nail one of his teammates just days before a key AFC showdown with the Baltimore Ravens. No need to worry though, Browns' fans, because the altercation likely won't have any effect the coaches' plans to lose by three touchdowns this Sunday. [ESPN]

Gran Turismo 5 Finally Gets a Release Date (in Japan?)

Just announced from the SCEJ Press Conference at Tokyo Game Show, Gran Tursimo 5 will be released next year. This is rather disappointing as many rumors (even a Gamescom brochure) were pointing to a 2009 release. Oh well, Gran Turismo 5 and God of War III in March? Sounds pretty damn good to us. [Kotaku]

MMS Texting Finally Comes to the iPhone

All you've gotta do is plug that iPhone 3G or 3GS into iTunes, run the teensiest of updates, restart the phone, and you can at last make that fashionably late entrance into the 21st century you've always dreamed of. That's right folks, MMS on the iPhone is live on AT&T at last. [CNET]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Thursday, September 24

Wednesday, September 23

Tuesday, September 22

Monday, September 21

Friday, September 18

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