Mantenna - Thursday, March 11

March 11, 2010

Corey Haim's house had a lot of drugs in it, an interactive horror film will dial your phone during the movie, and Conan O'Brien announces a music/comedy tour...Mantenna, you're trying to seduce me!

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Corey Haim's Home Sort of Had a Lot of Drugs In It

Hours after former child star Corey Haim's manager told the media that the 39-year-old actor died of "natural causes," investigators announced that they found four different types of prescription painkillers in his living quarters. Corey Feldman called hoping to make a comment, but we just let it go to voicemail. [TMZ]

Interactive Horror Film, Last Call, Will Dial Your Phone During the Movie

So much for those "'please turn off your cell phone" messages before movies. A new German horror film called Last Call is pushing a new "interactivity" gimmick that will have one member of each theatrical audience receive a call from an onscreen character during the film. Special language recognition software will “transform the participant’s answers via mobile phone into specific instructions." A specially developed software then processes these commands and launches an appropriate follow-up scene. We're guessing the true horror occurs when that audience member is beaten to death by other movie patrons who are tired of people taking calls during films. [Gizmodo]

Faith No More Announce First East Coast Reunion Show

Faith No More have finally revealed their first East Coast U.S. concert in over a decade. Mike Patton and his Faith No More homies will hit Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Waterfront on July 5th. The band’s first announced U.S. date is a first-night performance at Coachella on April 17th as well as a three-night stand at San Francisco’s Warfield April 12-14th. So far, no other East Coast dates have been announced. [NYT]

Conan O'Brien Announces Music/Comedy Tour!

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Today it was announced that Conan O’Brien and his live comedy tour will stop at 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada, beginning April 12th in Eugene, Oregon. The show’s title, Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour makes fun of the fact that O’Brien’s settlement with NBC forbids him from appearing on television again until September 1st. Ticket prices will start at $39.50. O’Brien broke the news on his Twitter feed, writing: “Hey Internet: I’m headed to your town on a half-assed comedy & music tour.” Yah! [Team Coco]

Tiger Woods Takes Break From Sex to Maybe, Possibly Play Golf

Former golfer and noted three iron victim Tiger Woods is getting ready to make his return to golf in 11 days at the BayHill Invitational amidst enormous pressure and mild enthusiasm. Woods has not been on a golf course since his Thanksgiving Day attack and subsequent scandal, but did apparently get some nice practice while hiding from the media and hanging out in rehab. [With Leather]

Pink Floyd Wins Legal Battle to Only Sell Full Albums Online

We supposed that if any band could justify not selling individual tracks, it's Pink Floyd. The band has just won a legal battle with label EMI prohibiting their music from being sold as individual tracks. If you want to listen to Floyd, you'll be buying full albums. The ruling was based on a contract they signed way back in 1967, before the internet was a glint in a chubby nerd's eye. The band argued that the contract contained a clause to "preserve the artistic integrity of the albums." Apparently Pink Floyd hasn't heard of the "shuffle" command found on nearly every MP3-playing device on the market. [BBC]

iPhone 4.0 Firmware to Bring Multitasking This Summer?

According to AppleInsider sources, iPhone firmware 4.0 will bring multitasking to the platform this summer. And it may look a lot like Mac OS X's Exposé. The "full-on solution" to multitasking will support "several" third party apps running at once in a "multi-tasking manager that leverages interface technology already bundled with its Mac OS X operating system." Considering the fact that multi-tasking has become a fairly standard feature thanks to phones like the Droid and the Nexus One, Apple is likely looking to have some solution in the works if they plan to keep their devices "magical." [Apple Insider]




Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Wednesday, March 10

Tuesday, March 9

Monday, March 8

Friday, March 5

Thursday, March 4

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