Mantenna - Friday, December 11

December 10, 2009

Kate Bosworth does a wet t-shirt photo shoot, Roman Polanski’s new film somehow gets distribution, and Flight Of The Conchords get cancelled ...the Mantenna really ties the room together.

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Kate Bosworth’s Wet T-Shirt Photo Shoot

Kate Bosworth kind of dropped off the face of the earth, but now she’s remerged in Italy of all places where she appears in the current issue of Vogue Italy. Now apparently the Italians think the wet t-shirt look is classy and have photographed Bosworth in a wet, white linen shirt.  Oh, and she’s not wearing a bra either. All this results in Bosworth showing off a little too much skin, which is fine by me, but goes against the clean cut image she’s been projecting. Maybe the girl’s going to reinvent herself or maybe showing off her breasts is the only way she can get attention these days. [Egotastic]

Women with Long Legs are Out

According to a new study, men don’t like women with super long legs. Researchers at the University of California and the University of Westminster in London surveyed 1,000 men, asking them to rate the attractiveness of computer-generated, bikini-clad images of women's bodies. The study found that “the further away the images deviated from an average 1:1 leg-to-body ratio, the less desirable the men found them.” The findings surprised researchers as women with long legs have long been considered highly desirable. [Asylum]

Roman Polanski’s Film Gets Distribution

You can "jail" him in a Swiss chalet, but you can’t keep him from getting distribution. Roman Polanski recently found just that for his newest film, previously called The Ghost but recently retitled The Ghost Writer. Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger of Summit have this to say about the movie: “He once again has proven himself as one of the world’s most talented filmmakers and master of suspense creating a very modern thriller and we look forward to sharing this film with North American audiences.” [/Film]

Paramount Runs with the Paranormal Model

After the breakout success of director Oren Peli’s $15,000 film Paranormal Activity, Paramount has announced that they’re going to begin spending $1 million on 10 or 20 very low budget movies every year. No movie’s budget will exceed $100,000, which boggles the mind when you consider that $100k usually pays for a star’s entourage’s daily donut intake. It’s pretty cool that a big studio is investing some real money into smaller movies, though whether it will produce any hits has yet to be seen. [Variety]

Flight Of The Conchords Series Cancelled


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Unfortunately for us all, the HBO musical-comedy series Flight of the Conchords will not be returning for a third season. After months of speculation, co-creators Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement, and James Bobin broke the news on their website. "We've noticed the less we say about the future of the show, the more people want to talk about it, so in an effort to reverse this trend we are today announcing that we won't be returning for a third season," they wrote. "We're very proud of the two seasons we made, and we like the way the show ended." [Billboard]

Firefox Developer Urges Users to Switch Search Engines Based on Google CEO Statement

Asa Dotzler, Mozilla's director of community development, has published a brief blog post in which he recommends that Firefox users move from using Google as their main search engine to Bing, citing privacy issues. Disregarding the existence of alternative search engines such as Ask and Yahoo!, Dotzler asserts that Bing's privacy policy is better than Google's. Dotzler explains the recommendation with a quote from Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google: 'If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." [Mozillazine]

Google Earth To Tackle Deforestation

And to temper the fears of our Google overlords, here's some better news. Google's services are getting stronger and more powerful with every passing week, and today's announcement at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen could be a real game-changer, especially in South America and Australia, where deforestation is rife. Areas suffering from deforestation (including illegal logging) can be analyzed and detected instantly, with Google's ultra-fast satellite imagery-processors turning out reports that could be handed over to the government or anti-forestation groups. Normally it'd take several days for that sort of report to be processed, but as Google's invested so much in Google Earth, and it's high-speed servers, they're the perfect company to help tackle the growing problem. [Fast Company]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Thursday, December 10

Wednesday, December 9

Tuesday, December 8

Monday, December 7

Friday, December 4

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