Mantenna - Tuesday, September 1

September 1, 2009

Paris Hilton sues Hallmark, Teen Wolf is coming to TV, and a new study finds that Tetris is good for your health...This Mantenna will self-destruct in five seconds!

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Paris Hilton Sues Hallmark

Paris Hilton is suing Hallmark Cards over the use of her image and catchphrase, “That’s hot.” Recently the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted Hilton permission to continue with her lawsuit. Hallmark had hoped to have the case thrown out on the grounds that the card was “transformative.” The birthday card in question showed Paris’ face superimposed on a cartoon of a waitress serving a plate of food to a restaurant customer. She tells the customer, "Don't touch that, it's hot." The customer asks, "What's hot?" Hilton responds, "That's hot." The inside of the card reads "Have a smokin' hot birthday." Now get ready for a “smokin’ hot” trial. [Reuters]

Erin Andrews Talks About Her “Nightmare”

ESPN reporter Erin Andrew has turned to Oprah to discuss the embarrassing naked peep-hole video that was leaked online mid-June. In her “first and last” interview on the subject, Andrews places blame on the media for keeping the story alive. She tells Oprah, “You know, people have a story that they have to cover. But I just felt like I was continuing to be victimized. I did nothing wrong." She calls the whole incident a “nightmare” and recounts the first time she saw the video, saying, “I opened up the computer [and] could feel my heart pounding." The Oprah interview is set to air September 11th. Andrews will be back at work for ESPN this week. [People]

The 10 Biggest Breasts in the World

What straight man doesn't have a fascination, if not a downright obsession, for larger-than-life breasts? But occasionally, a woman's breasts just might be a bit too big. Yeah, we know, it sounds crazy. But once you get a look at some of the chesty femmes rounded up by our pals at Manofest, you might just think twice about blindly lusting over a woman's mammaries. [Manofest]

Cowboys and Aliens

Director Jon Favreau and Robert Downey, Jr. are teaming up for another movie, this one called Cowboys and Aliens. It’s based on a Platinum Comics graphic novel and takes place in nineteenth century Arizona. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will produce and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the writers of Star Trek, have written the most recent version of the script. The movie is about cowboys and American Indians banding together to face the common enemy of aliens. How exactly these low-tech allies will confront their space-bound foes remains to be seen, but the fact that Favreau and Downey are together again makes for a hopeful combination. [First Showing]

Teen Wolf Goes to TV


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MTV announced a while back its intention to remake the ‘80s movie Teen Wolf, but it turns out they didn’t have a movie in mind. Teen Wolf is now headed to the boob tube, and a VP at MTV describes it as having "more of an American Werewolf in London feel to it." Well, at least it’s not just another show about vampires. Unless, of course, that’s what it becomes. Only time will tell. It will be hard to find someone to fill Michael J Fox’s shoes, but since this pilot will be headed to TV screens, those shoes it’s a different ball game altogether. [Hollywood Reporter]

Brandon Flowers Urges Oasis to Reunite

Killers frontman Brandon Flowers is urging Oasis brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher to put an end to their feud and put the band back together. Noel quit the band last week after reports of a violent altercation with Liam backstage at a festival in Paris. Noel later revealed that he had suffered "verbal and violent intimidation" from his brother and that the atmosphere had become "intolerable." Although Flowers is insisting that the bros should resolve their issues so they can continue working together. He said: "[It's] such a shame. They were a great band, iconic. The brothers should deal with their problems. The ones who pay are the fans." Maybe this idiot should just keep his mouth shut and let Oasis finally die instead. [Yahoo]

Study Finds Tetris is Good for Your Health

A new study published by the big thinkers at Mind Research Network has found that playing Tetris can actually improve brain efficiency and lead to a thicker cortex in other areas of the tabula rasa. In short, the study was done in order to show that the brain can change with stimulation, and that "a challenging visuospatial task has an impact on the structure of the cortex." Of course, this is far from the first published report to use the quarter century-old title as its testing tool, but it's certainly one of the best for getting your parents to finally understand that video games aren't rotting your brain. Not sure if they factored in the "spontaneous desire to manipulate angular objects in the real world for no reason" effect experienced after long Tetris sessions, though. [Bumpy Brains]

Evergreen 747 Firefighting Plane Makes Voyage Run During LA Fires

If you live in Southern California, chances are you're very aware of the towering inferno residents you're living in right now. Many people who are not pilots or firefighters seem compelled to ask "why don't they just use bigger planes?" Well, it appears that the Los Angeles Fire Department is finally heeding that call with the Evergreen Aviation 747 Supertanker, which has a tank payload capacity of over 20,000 gallons - enough to cover a patch three miles long and a football field wide. The modular design of the plane allows the supertanker to be modified to dump a wide variety of chemicals to deal with everything from oil spills to radiation. Right now though, it's definitely in fire-fighting mode. [Wired]

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