Mantenna - Wednesday, September 16

September 16, 2009

Lindsay Lohan is a wonderful role model, NCAA President Myles Brand passes away at 67, and The Beatles and Jay-Z dominate the U.S. charts...Who wants a piece of the Mantenna?!

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Lindsay Lohan is a Wonderful Role Model

Lindsay Lohan has been hanging out with her kid sister Ali a lot lately, and the two are inseparable. So much so that Lindsay can’t hit a club or bar without her. The problem is Ali is only 15 years old and is not of legal age to be drinking.  According to Life & Style magazine, Lindsay is exposing her kid sister to drugs, diet pills, and plastic surgery, which is “endangering” Ali’s life. Isn't that what big sisters are for? [Life and Style]

Okay, So Megan Fox is Kind of an Idiot

Megan Fox continues to open her mouth and idiotic things keep flying out of it. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Ms. Fox refused to talk about whether she had an eating disorder because she’d have to take on “role-model status.” She also says she's “really insecure” and wants to murder boyfriend Brian Austin Green. She tells the magazine, "I've had to say to Brian, 'You have to go and stop talking to me, because I'm going to kill you. I'm going to stab you with something. Please leave. I'd never own a gun for that reason. I wouldn't shoot to kill. But I would shoot him in the leg, for sure." This girl is nuts! [Rolling Stone]

Let the Kidman In

The guy who directed Let the Right One In, Tomas Alfredson, has his next project set up, and he’s got his star, too. He’s going to adapt the novel The Danish Girl for the big screen with Nicole Kidman set to star. It’s a story about Einar Wegener, who also went as Lili Elbe, the first man to get a sex change operation way back in 1931. It’s been humorously pointed out that Kidman is a wise choice for the role, what with her own history of operations. That snarky quip said, will she have the emotional vulnerability to bring this role to life? The most convincing role she’s had in the past few years was as an evil witch – or whatever she was – in The Golden Compass. But who knows, Alfredson is a very gifted director. He might just force Kidman to bring her A-game. [First Showing]

Defendor finds Distribution

Woody Harrelson’s new non-superhero movie, Defendor, has been bought by Sony Pictures. So far there hasn’t been any talk of a U.S. release, but that’s likely to change. Right now the real question is: is there big enough room in this town for Defendor and Kick-Ass? And if there is, do we really need both of them? However the cookie crumbles, this should be an interesting film. Harrelson seems to be more and more interested in doing genre comedies. Zombieland should shape up to be a funny film, but the jury’s still out on Defendor. [Variety]

Belles of the South

Everybody knows the sweetest girls grow in the South. Or at least that's what the folks at would have you believe. And after taking a long, hard look at their drool-inducing tribute to twelve of the finest belles out there, you'd be pretty hard pressed not to be whistling Dixie. [Gunaxin]

The Beatles and Jay-Z Dominate the Charts


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Based on sales numbers from Billboard, Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 has moved around 476,000 since its release last week. That will easily give Mr. Z his 11th No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. As for the Beatles, preliminary figures indicate that the legendary act sold a combined 626,000 records in the U.S. alone. Hot damn. [Billboard]

NCAA President Myles Brand Passes Away At Age 67

NCAA President Myles Brand passed away early this afternoon due to complications resulting from pancreatic cancer. The former President of Indiana University may be best remembered for firing legendary coach Bob Knight, but at his current post as the head of the NCAA, Brand was instrumental in promoting academic achievement throughout the NCAA and stressing the importance of athlete graduation rates. [USA Today]

BBC Wants to Add DRM to High-Def Broadcasts

The BBC has asked a U.K. regulator for permission to add DRM to their high-definition broadcasts. Apparently, this is at the behest of content providers. BBC is proposing to encode the TV listings metadata that accompanies all digital TV channels with a simple compression algorithm. The parameters to this algorithm would be kept secret by the BBC: it would ask manufacturers to sign a private agreement in order to receive a copy. This license would require the implementation of pervasive DRM in the equipment they build. [EFF]

Mafia Sinks Ship Full of Toxic Waste Containers for Profit

For years there have been rumors that the mafia was sinking ships with nuclear and other waste on board as part of a money-making racket. Now, BBC reports on a sunken vessel that has been found 30km off the coast of Italy. Murky pictures taken by a robot camera show the vessel intact, and alongside it are a number of yellow barrels with labels indicating the contents are toxic. The ship's location was revealed by Francesco Fonti, an ex-member of Calabria's feared 'Ndrangheta crime group, who confessed to using explosives to sink this vessel and two others as part of an illegal operation to bypass rules on the disposal of toxic waste. And we thought the mob was just funny accents and strip clubs! [BBC]

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Tuesday, September 15

Monday, September 14

Friday, September 11

Thursday, September 10

Wednesday, September 9

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