Mantenna - Tuesday, December 15

December 15, 2009

Rihanna takes it off for GQ, Frank Miller talks Xerxes, and Amazon ships Lil Wayne's Rebirth months ahead of schedule...the Mantenna just keeps going and going and going...

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Rihanna Gets Topless

Rihanna shows some skin and opens up about the whole Chris Brown drama in the January issue of GQ magazine. The pop star, who is heavily promoting her latest album Rated R, appears topless on the cover, strategically covering her breasts. The 21-year-old tells GQ “it’s relieving” to be finally able to talk about what went down with Chris Brown in that car some 18 months ago. She says, “I wanted people to move on with me, cause the last big thing they know about me is That Night. And I don't want that to be what people define me as.” The hot and sexy photos in GQ will definitely help. [GQ]

Nicole Kidman Refuses to Talk Scientology

Nicole Kidman may no longer be married to Tom Cruise or be a member of the Church of Scientology, but she still refuses to answer questions about the controversial religion. British journalist Andrew Marr tried recently and received this awkward, icy response from Kidman: “I just don't . . . This is just so not . . . I'm here to publicize Nine. If I was here to do an expose on myself then I'd be like, 'Let's go,' but I have no interest in discussing any of that." Mar followed up with, “You don't want to talk about Scientology?"  to which Kidman responded "No, I'll talk about Nine." Even after all these years it’s still a touchy subject. [Huffington Post]

How Mel Gibson is Going to Spend His Summer Vacation

It looks like the movie Mel Gibson was location scouting for in Veracruz, Mexico is something he's going to produce and star in, but not direct. It’s reportedly titled How I Spent My Summer Vacation and follows a man who gets locked up in a Mexican prison and is taught about life from a boy in the prison. Adrian Grunberg, the guy who was Gibson’s assistant director on Apocalypto, is going to direct this one. However Gibson’s still onboard to direct his Viking-related movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which means he gets to put his Braveheart hat on. [First Showing]

Frank Miller Talks Xerxes

Frank Miller is penning and drawing a new comic book that takes place 10 years before 300, the comic that was adapted by Zack Snyder. Does this mean we’re going to have a prequel to the hit movie? Likely. Miller says that, “It’s the battle of Marathon through my lens,” and continues, “I’ve finished the plot and I’m getting started on the artwork.” So does Snyder get to have a say as to what goes down in the new comic? Miller didn’t say anything about that, but it’s likely Snyder will be the guy to helm Xerxes if and when it becomes a film. [LA Times]

Amazon Ships Lil Wayne's Rebirth Months Ahead of Street Date


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About 500 Amazon customers who pre-ordered Lil Wayne’s upcoming release Rebirth already have it in their possession due to a shipping mix up. According to an e-mail from one of the online customers, Amazon sent copies of the album to a small chunk of the people who pre-ordered the LP. The album began arriving in mailboxes on Monday, December 14th, despite a change in the street date from December 21st to February 1st. [Billboard]

Walmart's Solution to Amazon's Growing Market Share? Drive-Thrus.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Walmart's new strategy is a drive-through window to pick up stuff that you order online. See, Walmart says you have to wait for the mailman when you order from Amazon, and people, well, they just hate waiting. Why not just order it online, then drive yourself to the store and pick up your TV like fast food? You know, rather than letting the FedEx dude deliver it directly to your welcome mat, where it requires all the effort of slinking off your couch and crawling the 15 feet to your door. Hmmmmm. [WSJ]

World’s First Sanctioned All-Electric Race Coming To Paris Streets

The organizers of the first-ever electric motorcycle race on the Isle Of Man, the TTXGP, are bringing electric car racing to the streets of Paris next June. The cars may be electric, but don't expect them to be slow. In similar fashion to the Monaco Grand Prix, the EMXGP will take place on regular streets that have been closed off to create the track. That route will run along the Seine river in the borough of Levallois. It's an interesting idea, but with the overwhelming aural cacophony of roaring racing engines replaced by a series of "whoosh" sounds, something might get lost in the translation. We'll just have to wait and see. [Egrandprix]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Monday, December 14

Friday, December 11

Thursday, December 10

Wednesday, December 9

Tuesday, December 8

Monday, December 7

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