What the latest Playmate of the Month is hiding from her parents, which Hollywood director is planning a full-on Egyptian epic about Cleopatra, and why the Pentagon is investing in Terminator-style robots...it's all after the jump in today's Mantenna!
Grace Kim Does it in Secret
Grace Kim is Playboy’s November Playmate of the Month and she’s made a big splash. The Korean beauty is smart, ridiculously hot and the first Korean Playmate in the history of the magazine. Kim is an avid gamer, who loves Rock Band and recently worked for video game publisher Activision. Grace’s pictorial in Playboy is a happy coincidence. On a whim she sent photos to Playboy so that she could attend a party at Hugh Hefner's famous mansion. She had no idea she’d end up in the magazine, let alone be Playmate of the Month. Grace has yet to tell her Methodist pastor father and conservative mother about her nude modeling debut. She says “they will find out eventually.” In the meantime she’s enjoying the ride. [Scandalist]
Video Game Fans Rejoice
Video gamers are getting more film adaptations than they know what to do with. Despite the fact that none seem to do terribly well, including, most recently, Max Payne, Universal has added an adaptation of Army of Two to their roster. Scott Z. Burns, one of the writers of The Bourne Ultimatum, is slated to write and Scott Stuber, whose resume includes The Kingdom and Role Models, is set to produce. The movie’s going to be a mercenary buddy flick…we reserve comment until trailers are available. [FirstShowing.net]
Has Soderbergh Lost His Mind?
Director Steven Soderbergh has added a 3-D rock ‘n roll musical focusing on Cleopatra to his line-up of projects. Catherine Zeta-Jones is going to play the Egyptian hottie – once the thespian territory of Elizabeth Taylor. James Greer wrote the script, and the band Guided By Voices did the music (Greer used to play bass for the band). This movie idea sounds pretty dang risky. Maybe after making so many movies with George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro, Soderbergh felt he needed a challenge. Has he bitten off more than he can chew? [The Movie Blog]
Weirdos Are Drawn to Each Other
Tim Burton has added creepy actor Crispin Glover to his cast of characters for his adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Glover will play The Knave of Hearts, a pretty creepy name in its own right. For those who don’t know who Glover is, due to his virtual absence from movies for the past…forever, he played Marty McFly’s dad in Back to the Future. It’s good to have you back, Crispin. It’s been too long. [Collider]
Apple Created Secret University
The Yale School of Management Dean Joel Podolny is resigning and moving to the west coast to join “Apple University.” Gearlog reports that it’s completely a mystery. The London Financial Times said its first rule is “don’t talk about it.” None of the Wall Street Journal’s inquiries were returned by Apple’s PR. Gearlog speculates that it’s either a corporate training hub or an initiative to democratize higher education. We submit they’re building elegantly minimalistic death robots for their eventual world coup. [Gearlog]
New Nissan GT-R-Based Infiniti Sedan in the Works
According to the British rumormongers at AutoExpress, the Infiniti-badged GT-R will be stretched to accommodate the extra set of doors, making the wheelbase longer and giving it a more comfortable ride. However, the GT-R's twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 won't be used. Instead, the FX50's 5.0-liter V8 will be mated to the same all-wheel-drive system and rear-mounted twin-clutch gearbox as its Nissan counterpart. Output is pegged at 420 hp with a 0-60 time of five seconds and a top speed of 170 MPH. [Auto Express]
Pentagon Wants Search-and-Destroy Robots
The Pentagon has requested proposals for human-hunting robots like you may have seen in Minority Report or, more awesomely, in Terminator. The robots, in theory, would search through a building and detect “uncooperative” humans, minimizing interaction between human searchers and the subject of their search. The wording of the proposal doesn’t suggest they should have rocket arms or laser eyes, but at this point, it’s pretty much assumed, isn’t it? [Gizmodo UK]
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