Mantenna - Thursday, September 17

September 17, 2009

Keeley Hazell has a new calendar, LeBron James makes the jump to movies, and the Guitar Hero CEO weighs in on the Kurt Cobain avatar...The name is Mantenna and don't you forget it!

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Keeley Hazell Has a New Calendar

Busty British babe Keeley Hazell has a new boobalicious calendar and, according to Egotastic, it contains “some of the hottest Keeley Hazell pictures ever (in which she keeps her clothes on).”  The 22-year-old model is already hitting the streets trying to drum up sales of the 2010 calendar even though the new calendar year is over three months away. Really, what guy plans that far in advance? [Egotastic]

Teen Birth Rates Higher in Bible Belt

A new study shows that the most conservatively religious states in the United States also have the highest teen birth rates. For the second year running Mississippi was named the most religious state and also had the highest teen birth rate. The authors of the study believe that “religious communities in the U.S. are more successful in discouraging the use of contraception among their teenagers than they are in discouraging sexual intercourse itself." Come on guys, bag it up! [AOL]

Sexy Summer Girls Contest

Summer has pretty much drawn to a close, but that doesn't mean we can't spend a few more minutes ogling pretty girls in bikini. The folks over at CollegeHumor are doing just that in their "Sexy Summer Girls Contest." Head on over to vote for your favorite bikini-clad honey, and don't forget to tell 'em the Mantenna sent ya. [CollegeHumor]

Avatar the Videogame

A featurette that goes behind-the-scenes of the making of the Avatar video game gives us insights into both the game and the movie, and how they were made in tandem with each other. Even writer/director James Cameron talks about how this is the first time he created a movie and a video game from the ground up using many of the same elements. That said, watching the game play you can’t help think that it looks like a slightly less cool version of Halo. But who knows, this could be the next Halo – which means even if the movie tanks, Avatar would still be a smashing success. Guess we’ll all find out this December. [First Showing]

LeBron James Makes the Jump to Movies


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In the time-honored tradition of rappers and athletes taking jobs away from trained actors, LeBron James is going to star in a movie called Fantasy Basketball Camp. It follows five guys who go on a trip to Vegas (hmmm…this sounds familiar, but I don’t know why…) to attend the LeBron James Adult Basketball Camp. They wind up entangling James into their own personal lives, and dramatic comedy ensues. This sounds bad and wrong on so many levels, though producer Brian Grazer is behind it, which gives the project some hope of actually turning out well. He also produced 8 Mile with Eminem, so you never know. Let’s just hope LeBron James has more inherent acting ability than, say, Shaquille O’Neal. Or every other athlete who’s ever transitioned to acting before his sports career has ended. [Variety]

Guitar Hero CEO Claims Kurt Cobain Avatar Use is Perfectly Legal

Guitar Hero CEO Dan Rosensweig has said that Courtney Love has "cashed the check" that goes along with a contract relating to Kurt Cobain’s appearance in the game. Love had threatened to sue Activision for allowing Cobain to be used in Guitar Hero 5 to sing songs by other artists. Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic slammed Activision as well, and Courtney now has a few questions to answer regarding the statement from Rosensweig. [Idolator]

Blockbuster Going the Way of the Dodo Bird, Closing Nearly 1,000 Stores

Hope you don't rely too much on your local Blockbuster for game rentals, because the company have announced plans to close up to 960 stores by the end of next year, CNET reports. Right now, there are around 7,000 stores worldwide, but many of those aren't too profitable, so they're being shut down. 280-300 stores will be gone by the end of this year, with the rest to come throughout 2010. Guess there was something to that whole Netflix thing, huh guys? [Cnet]

Music Industry Trying to Nab Royalties from 30-Second Samples

Here's an example of an industry that really understands the Internet! Music royalty groups ASCAP and BMI are harassing online music stores such as iTunes to pay performance fees not only for the songs that they sell, but for the short clips that they use as previews. You know, the things that entice people to pay for music. They want to be paid for advertisements for their product. This whole thing begs the question: How many years can they continue to just not get it in such an extreme way? The implosion (hopefully) draws nearer. [CNET]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Wednesday, September 16

Tuesday, September 15

Monday, September 14

Friday, September 11

Thursday, September 10

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