Mantenna - Wednesday, October 15

October 15, 2008

What's next in the Guitar Hero franchise, how the Henson family is planning on reviving the Muppets, and why Radiohead is sitting's all after the jump in today's Mantenna!

Madonna and Guy Ritchie Call it Quits

It’s official. Madonna is a single woman again. For months rumora have been swirling around that the Material Girl and her English director husband Guy Ritchie were in trouble and heading for Splitsville.  Today the couple released a statement saying that they've agreed to divorce after seven-and-a-half years of marriage. Apparently Madonna has already moved on and is yanking Yankee slugger A-Rod’s rod. Hope he doesn’t choke under pressure, like he always does. [WWTDD]

Muppets With Attitude

Jim Henson’s Muppets are going to be involved in a decidedly more adult cinematic affair soon. Brian Henson will be directing the new film, Happytime Murders, which follows a noir-esque comedy as a puppet detective is put on the case of figuring out who has been killing the Muppet stars of a children’s show. Happytime takes place in a world where humans and Muppets coexist, but Muppets are second-class citizens. This looks like it will be a weird movie, indeed. Possibly awesome – but weird. [The Movie Blog]

James Cameron Fills Us In On Avatar

James Cameron’s next film, Avatar, has been a very, very long time coming. There was a brief rumor on the web today that the release date (at this point December 18, 2009) was going to get pushed, but that rumor was put to rest as being patently untrue. Cameron appeared on the Canadian talk show The Hour and provided a few tidbits of directing advice, as well as an update on the post-production of the eagerly awaited Avatar – almost a year in post already. The video is a juicy morsel of goodness for all those die-hard Cameron fans out there who know spotting him on any kind of television program is like spotting a rare bird in the wild. []

Radiohead's In Rainbows Stats Revealed


The stats behind the pay-what-you-like release of Radiohead's In Rainbows LP, released on October 10 last year online, have been revealed. According to reports, most fans chose to pay nothing to download the album. Although Rainbows still generated more money even before the physical release than they did on 2003's Hail To The Thief altogether. There were 3 million albums sold across all formats, including 100,000 copies of the classy box set. Record companies must be shakin’ in their expensive boots. [Pitchfork]

Scream Queens

A girl screaming at the top of her lungs can either be incredibly hot or incredibly scary. For ten actresses, it’s a bit of both as they are battling it out on a new VH1 reality show for the title of "Scream Queen" and a role in Saw VI.  The girls are hoping to join a long list of Scream Queens such as Jamie Lee Curtis, Shawnee Smith and Linda Blair. The series looks like a lot of fun, with all the elements that make good reality television great, plus the added bonus that each week each of the girls get maimed, beaten up and/or killed. []

Another Guitar Hero Game


Activision has trademarked the name Guitar Hero: Modern Hits but has not released any details concerning the nature of said project. The transition from CDs to MP3s is almost complete.  Soon, we’ll be back to discs, and nobody on Earth will ever get to passively listen to music again.  You want to hear Metallica played perfectly? You better be able to hit 100% on expert level. [Kotaku]

Next Gen Xbox will Make your Current Games Better

Backward compatibility is hyper-important for us gamers.  When we invest hundreds (or thousands?) of dollars in our game library, we don’t want it rendered obsolete when the next generation console comes out.  This has amounted, so far, to us not wanting 9 consoles staked next to our displays.  But, Xbox is renovating the idea of compatibility by making games “forward compatible.”  In effect, the next generation Xbox (720?) will make your games cleaner, crisper, and will also take advantage of whatever control features the next control has which 360 lacks. [Gizmodo]

Tesla Motors on the Death Watch List


Tesla Motors said Wednesday that it will lay off employees and delay production of its next battery-powered car. The once-hot electric car start-up also said it was removing Ze’ev Drori as chief executive and appointing Elon Musk, now the company’s chairman, to the top spot. Mr. Musk, former co-founder of PayPal, announced the changes in his blog on Tesla’s Web site. He said the company plans to be cash-flow positive in six to nine months. “It’s not an understatement to say that nearly every business will be impacted by what has unfolded in the past weeks, and this is true for Silicon Valley as well,” Mr. Musk wrote, adding that the company is at a “critical phase.” [Autoblog]