Mantenna - Tuesday, June 23

June 23, 2009

Paris Hilton offends the Arab world, the Predator reboot finds a director, and Soundgarden is in talks to's the Mantenna!

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Girl with 56 Star Tattoos Lied

The Belgian girl who claimed 56 stars were tattooed on her face while she slept has come forward and confessed to lying about the incident. Kimberley Vlaminck told a Dutch television crew, “I asked for 56 stars and initially adored them. But when my father saw them, he was furious. So I said I fell asleep and that the tattooist had made a mistake.” The 18-year-old had wanted the tattoo artist Rouslan Toumaniantz to pay for laser surgery to remove the tattoos. He had agreed to pay half the $14,000 to have them removed, but has since rescinded his offer after Kimberly made her confession. [Daily Mail]

Now Paris Hilton Offends the Arab World

Paris Hilton is currently in Dubai to shoot the third series of My New BFF, but the Middle East has strict rules governing women and nudity in public. The heiress was warned by television producers to respect the local culture and to refrain from wearing a bikini in public. Paris seemed to respect this and according to Britain’s The Mirror, “made a big public speech, saying how much she loved the Middle East and respected its culture.” Then, less than 24 hours later, Ms. Hilton was seen “prancing around on the beach in her bikini and posing provocatively.” She has been warned that “western tourists have been jailed for flouting the rules." We can only hope! [The Superficial]

Predator Finds a Director

A lot of names have been flung about for the Robert Rodriguez-produced Predator reboot, the last couple of which were Neil Marshall and Michael J. Basset. But now it’s looking like Nimrod Antal (childhood must have been difficult for him) is the top pick -- at least for the next news cycle -- to helm Rodriguez’s movie. He has a film coming out soon, Armored, starring Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne, as well as the intense Vacancy under his belt. But can he breathe new life into a franchise that at one point heavily depended upon Arnold Schwarzenegger for its awesomeness? We’ve seen what happens when we just let a bunch of Predators run around and do their own thing: we get Alien vs. Predator, and we all know how rad those movies turned out. These alien hunters need a strong man to rein them in. Maybe the Roland Kickinger, who’s about to fill Arnold’s old shoes in Conan, could do it. Then again, Arnie’s term as governor’s just about up… [Slash Film]

Soundgarden in Talks to Reunite


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According to Shinedown rocker Brent Smith, Soundgarden are in talks to launch a comeback. The band split in 1997 and former frontman Chris Cornell recently admitted he would "never count out" the idea of a reunion, after previously insisting there was no chance they would get back together because it would never live up to his expectations. He said, "My fear would be that we wouldn't tap into the greatness we felt when we were on our game." However, a mini-reunion of former bandmates Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron at a gig in Seattle in March forced Cornell to rethink his future, and now Smith reveals plans have been set in motion. He told Britain's Kerrang! magazine, "There's talk of a reuniting of Soundgarden in the States soon. I know actually someone specific who told me that, who is actually specifically in their organization. Kinda told me that they're talking about it." [Contact Music]

New Kids on the Block Blame Crappy Ticket Sales on Recession

The New Kids on the Block were preparing for a set of Australia shows as part of their comeback tour, but apparently that won't be happening. In a staccato blog post on the website of the reunited ‘80s boy band, Donnie Wahlberg announced the bad news: "However -- we are, in fact, in the middle of a worldwide recession and we just cannot make it work. . . We can only assure you that when the recession's stranglehold on the world's economies eases up a bit -- we will find a way to make this work." Without saying it outright, the NKOTB seem to be acknowledging that weak ticket sales are hurting their tour efforts. [Wallet Pop]

LAPD to Starting Rolling in Electric Mini Coopers

Ditching the cops in Los Angeles is about to become a whole lot easier, thanks to the LAPD's newest PR stunt, presumably aimed at giving the department a "green" image, and LA County Sheriffs stuck driving Crown Vics are about to be left feeling tragically un-hip. Their Board of Supervisors just approved a deal with BMW to lease 17 fully electric MINI Coopers. Approved on Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will lease the MINI Es for only $10 a month. With a market lease rate of $850, automaker BMW offered up the bargain price in exchange for deputy’s feedback. [Gas 2]

Steve Jobs has a New Organ, Lease on Life

Steve Jobs has had a liver transplant during his medical leave but is expected to return to work later this month as planned, The Wall Street Journal reports. His medical leave was announced to a shocked Apple community in January. The Journal cited no source in particular for its story, and got no direct comment from Apple. It quoted a “a person familiar with the thinking at Apple” that Jobs would have a diminished schedule at first when he returns to work and also reported that “At least some Apple directors were aware of the CEO’s surgery” as part of an agreement Jobs made with the board before he went on leave. [Wall Street Journal]

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