Mantenna - Wednesday, August 12

August 12, 2009

Brad and Angelina have sex in weird places, Bryan Singer might be directing Battlestar Galactica, and Alice In Chains teams up with Elton John for a new tribute song...ask not what the Mantenna can do for you, ask what you can do for the Mantenna!

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Brad and Angelina Have Sex in Weird Places

While hitting the red carpet on Monday night for the Los Angeles premiere of Inglorious Basterds, Angelina Jolie talked a little bit about how much she loves having sex and how she and Brad Pitt try to find new and exotic places to get their bone on. “We’ve got a few special places, you know? You keep it going.” Brad laughingly added: "There is an old Hollywood property just a few minutes away. It has a grotto there. The rumor is Jimi Hendrix spent some time there." [The Sun]

Jonathan Mostow and Sub-Mariner

It turns out that there’s at least one Marvel superhero out there that Marvel doesn’t actually still own the rights to, and that superhero is…Sub-Mariner. Ok, so he’s not exactly Spider-Man, but still, it’s something. At least, it is as far as Universal is concerned, as they’re developing it with director Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3 -- yeah, that one). So that’s at least one superhero who won’t be showing up in an Avengers movie any time soon. Mostow’s chief concern about getting this project off the ground is nailing the script, which he says isn’t quite there yet. Sub-Mariner, in case you weren’t aware (was anyone?), was the son of a human man and a princess of the kingdom of Atlantis. His abilities derive from his homo-mermanus race. Basically, he’s one step above Ant-Man. Yeah, we’ll be holding our breath for this one. [First Showing]

Bryan Singer Might Be Directing Battlestar Galactica

Yes, you read that right. After Battlestar Galactica the show wrapped, Universal approached director Bryan Singer (X-Men 2, The Usual Suspects) about developing a film. In fact, Singer was originally attached to the show back in 2001, but the show was kiboshed after the September 11, 2001 attacks with Ron Moore and David Eick bringing their vision of Galactica to the small screen. So is Singer the right guy for the big screen version? Universal seems to think so since he’s the first guy they went to get the ball rolling. This one just kind of came out of left field. The question is whether the cult audience for the television show will be enough to make a movie profitable. [Hit Fix]

The Verve Split Up For the Third Time


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A few months after guitarist Nick McCabe said the band were on an indefinite "holiday" McCabe and bassist Simon Jones are reportedly no longer talking to frontman Richard Ashcroft. "The Verve seem to be on holiday and show no sign of not being on holiday," McCabe wrote on MySpace in April. "I've been hesitant to breach Official Secrets-style policy with any missives from the, well, from any front, basically. [But] don't ask me anything about the big V." A source "close" to the band told the Sunday Mirror that McCabe and Jones have not spoken to Ashcroft since last year's V festival. "As far as Nick and Simon are concerned the Verve no longer exists," the source said. "They think Richard was just using the reunion as a vehicle to get his solo career on track." [Mirror]

Alice In Chains Nabs Elton John For Tribute Song

Even though it seems insane to fathom, Elton John will be singing on “Black Gives Way to Blue,” the title track on Alice in Chains' new September 29th release. "He's a really warm person," said Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell. "He got up and gave us a couple of hugs, and said, `Well Jerry, I just wanted to tell you that I think it's a beautiful song. ... I really dig the sentiment of what it's about and who it's for and I just want to tell you that I'm going to play on the song.'" John plays piano on "Black Gives Way to Blue," a short tribute to the late Lane Staley, who died in 2002. The song is the title track for the band's first studio album in 14 years. [Rolling Stone]

Environmental Protection Agency Doesn't Trust GM's Volt MPG Claims

In response to a request from Green Car Advisor seeking clarification and confirmation of General Motors' claim that the Chevrolet Volt extended-range hybrid achieves 230 miles per gallon in city driving using tentative EPA test technology, the agency issued the following statement: "EPA has not tested a Chevy Volt and therefore cannot confirm the fuel economy values claimed by GM." They went on to make strange coughing sounds that sort of resembled someone saying "boolship" repeatedly. Strange, we know. [CNET]

Microsoft Ditching Xbox 360 Pro for Elite Model By End of August?

Rumors that the Xbox 360 60GB HDD-packing Pro was being phased out soon seem to be bearing fruit. First hinted at by a Microsoft source to Ars Technica back in June, it appears the Pro model will be discontinued entirely and replaced by a price-dropped 120GB Elite model sliding in at thet $299 price point, as indicated from a leaked catalog photo. Could this be in response to the rumored PS3 slim/PS3 price drop which is already apparently in the works? [Kotaku]

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