Mantenna - Friday, October 9

October 9, 2009

Tara Reid is posing for Playboy, Danny Boyle is climbing to dizzying new heights, and the Olympics finally finds a way to exploit Tiger Woods...Mantenna goes to 11!

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Tara Reid to Pose for Playboy

Tara Reid is set to officially bare all for Playboy magazine. The American Pie star has shown plenty of skin before, having suffered multiple nipple slips at red carpet event. The 33-year-old, who also suffered botched liposuction in 2004, has posed for the pictorial and it’s been confirmed by In Touch magazine that she will appear completely nude. This should be interesting. [In Touch]

Hillary Swank Inappropriately Sleeps in the Nude

Double Oscar winner Hillary Swank has revealed to Marie Claire magazine that she sleeps in the nude. This is no big deal, right? It’s actually hot. Well, in the same interview Ms. Swanks confirms that she does it in front of her boyfriend’s 6-year-old son. She tells the mag, “Well, my boyfriend's son is six years old, and you wonder at what age you should stop walking around nude. Every morning he comes into the bedroom, and you're just nude. But he doesn't look twice; he doesn't think about it yet. I just toss and turn too much when I sleep, and if I'm in clothes, I get all twisted up.” [Marie Claire]

Gravel Could be Gritty

Gravel, a comic book series Warren Ellis concocted for Avatar Press, is going to become a film through Legendary Pictures. It follows the protagonist William Gravel who, as a British soldier, uses magic to fight otherworldly creatures. Ellis is going to pen the script and be an executive producer on the film. Two of his other comic books are becoming movies as well: Red at Summit, and Ocean at Warner Bros. The comic book movie is still going strong. [Variety]

Danny Boyle Climbs to Dizzy New Heights

There’s been much speculation recently about what director Danny Boyle, after his Oscar win for best director for Slumdog Millionaire, is going to do next. For a while it was going to be Maximum City, and then it looked like it was going to be a new version of My Fair Lady, or even 28 Months Later. Now it’s looking like none of these are in the offing. Instead it looks like Boyle has turned his attention to the heroic feats of climber Aron Ralston, the guy who had to amputate his own arm in order to escape being pinned by two boulders. The question this raises is: does anyone really want to watch a guy stuck between a rock and a hard place saw off his own arm for two hours? [/Film]

New Michael Jackson Single to Debut Online


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The first song from the upcoming Michael Jackson music documentary This Is It will make its debut online late Sunday at midnight. The song plays during the closing sequence of Michael Jackson's This Is It and will be included on a companion two-disc CD set. The unreleased single also features backup vocals by Michael's brothers. The documentary opens October 28 for a two-week limited run and was built around rehearsal footage for Jackson's planned London concerts. [MTV]

The Olympics Finally Find a Way To Exploit Tiger Woods

Earlier today, the fine folks from the International Olympic Committee that brought you random drug tests, the Beijing games, and rhythmic gymnastics decided to jump on the corporate bandwagon and take advantage of Tiger Woods' popularity by adding golf to the 2016 Summer Games. Supporters of the decision claimed that by adding golf to the Olympics, it will become more of a "global game" and that kids that have not been previously exposed to it will get to see what all the fuss is about. Hear that starving child in a third world nation - now you can watch people play a sport you will never be able to afford to play with clubs worth more than your nation's GDP. [Bleacher Report]

French President Violates DVD Copyright Law (Again)

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been caught violating someone's copyright again. This time, presidential services made 400 unauthorized copies of a DVD when only 50 had been made by the publisher. Mr. Sarkozy, of course, is the one pushing the HADOPI law, which would disconnect the Internet service of an alleged pirate after three allegations of infringement. This isn't the first time he's been connected to copyright violations, either. His party had to pay some €30K for using a song without authorization. If he were he subject to his own law, Mr. Sarkozy would be subject to having his internet connection disconnected the next time he pirates something. We'll keep our fingers crossed. [Serendipity]

And the Most Popular Password in the World is...

We don't know whether to laugh or cry. With the list of 10,000 email passwords that's been making the rounds following Hotmail/Gmail/etc. phishing, Bogdan Calin of Acunetix analyzed the data for real world trends. The results are shamefully funny. "123456" was the most popular password, appearing 64 times. Other trends? The next top 20 most popular passwords were Spanish names, just under half the population used all lower case letters, and only six percent of the population used an alphanumeric combination. [The Inquirer]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Thursday, October 8

Wednesday, October 7

Tuesday, October 6

Monday, October 5

Friday, October 2

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