Mantenna - Friday, March 27

March 27, 2009

Kim Kardashian shows off more than she bargained for in Complex, a "spiritual sequel" to Dazed and Confused is in the works, and Jason Newsted rejoins's the Mantenna!

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Kim Kardashian’s Photoshop Mayhem

Kim Kardashian is back in the pages of Complex magazine and looks smoking hot… all thanks to a little bit of help from Photoshop.  It seems the magazine accidently posted an untouched-version of one of Kim’s photos in their behind-the-scenes section of their website. Complex has since removed the untouched photo. The untouched version shows a darker, curvier Kim Kardashian. Kim responded to the brouhaha, writing on her blog, "So what: I have a little cellulite. What curvy girl doesn't!? How many people do you think are Photoshopped? It happens all the time!" [Nerve]

New York's Transit Authority Hate Hot Girls

The MTA Service Specialists are four young, attractive women who dress up as 1940s-style stewardesses and  ride the subways of New York providing refreshments, directions, hand sanitizer, and plenty of eye candy. The sexy quartet, who are not officially aligned with the MTA, may have to give up their helpful service after the New York City Transit Authority issued the girls a cease-and-desist order. The Transit Authority is upset that the girls use the official MTA logo on their uniform and website. The girls say they are "shocked" by the MTA's "aggressive and intimidating actions" and just want to make your commute more enjoyable. [Asylum]

Dazed and Confused 2

Director and writer Richard Linklater is busy working on his next film, which he describes as a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused. It follows a group of college freshmen in 1980 as they begin their first week of college. Linklater says, “So while thematically it'll bookend Dazed, it won't have any of the same characters.” Which is good, seeing as most of those actors are probably into their late 30s or 40s by now. But Linklater’s not giving us too many details, saying, “I mean, if I was to do a general pitch it would be 'Dazed and Confused goes to college.' But it's not that, but it's kind of that.” Ah, that clarifies things. Whatever it is, we’re pretty dang excited to see it. []

Stars Too Illiterate to Twitter

Now that all these celebrities have turned to Twitter for more free publicity, it’s made the rest of us feel like we’re finally learning about the real, intimate lives of these people. Which, it turns out, is pretty far from the truth. In fact, lots of stars are actually hiring writers to pen their 140 character updates. That’s pretty dang sad. You’d think just about anybody could effortlessly knock out two sentences about themselves sunbathing or shopping or doing hard drugs. But you’d be dead wrong. [WWTDD]

"Black Album" Metallica Lineup Back in Action


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Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has confirmed that he’s going to be onstage with the band at their induction at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with guitarist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett, and the man who replaced him, bassist Robert Trujillo. Newsted says former bassist Ron McGovney will also be on hand for the honors, as will Ray Burton, the father of the man Newsted replaced, the late Cliff Burton. [Blabbermouth]

Feist to Appear on New Wilco Record, Album Details Revealed

Wilco has confirmed rumors that Feist will appear on its next album, a still untitled set due for a late June release on Nonesuch, in a posting today on the band's website. Feist lends vocals to the track "You and I." Wilco have spent the last several weeks mixing the album in producer/engineer Jim Scott's Valencia, California studio.  According to the band's web posting, 10 songs have been finished, though the album's final sequence is not yet set and may not be complete. [Rolling Stone]

KFC Uses City Poverty for Viral Marketing

Kentucky Fried Chicken's year over year sales dropped by 1% in 2008, and the Colonel is thinking outside the bucket to ensure that the trend is reversed. KFC has taken upon itself to fill potholes in major cities as part of a guerilla marketing campaign to promote its "fresh" brand image. The fast-food giant sent out letters to mayors at several major cities, asking them to participate in the unique programming. As you may expect, the Colonel doesn't merely want to fill the pocks in the asphalt for charity's sake, it wants to spray "Re-freshed by KFC" on every patch in nonpermanent street chalk along with a giant KFC logo. Hooray. [Brandweek]

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Thursday, March 26

Wednesday, March 25

Tuesday, March 24

Monday, March 23

Friday, March 20

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