Mantenna - Tuesday, September 8

September 8, 2009

Milla Jovovich gets totally naked, Chris Brown is set to perform at a Michael Jackson tribute, and Children of the Corn is back...Who's badder than the Mantenna?!

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Milla Jovovich Gets Naked

Ukraine-born model and actress Milla Jovovich has posed naked for a series of raunchy photographs for French magazine Purple. The tasteful black-and-white series portrays Milla as a woman who has just moved into a new apartment and has decided to get naked and prance about her new home rather than unpack. You gotta love the French. [The Superficial]

The Circumcision Debate is Back

The great debate over circumcision has reared its ugly head once again after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention started considering a campaign for universal circumcision. Circumcision in the United States is declining and today only about 65 percent of newborns are circumcised. This is down from 80 percent just after World War II. The main reason for the possible change in policy is because a South African study shows that removing the male foreskin can reduce the risks of contracting HIV. But does that mean the government should dictate whether you keep your hood or not? [Buzzfeed]

Children of the Corn is Back

The Stephen King short story Children of the Corn was made into a movie back in 1984, which means that it’s ripe for a remake. The Weinstein Company has signed screenwriter Ehren Kruger to do the script, which will be based on a story about a boy preacher who finds a town in Nebraska and convinces all the other children to murder the adults. Kruger previously brought us the trainwreck that was Transformers 2 and Scream 3, to name just a couple. King’s material frequently makes for good adaptations, and maybe Corn will make an even better film the second time around. [Variety]

The Death of Bunny Munro

Director John Hillcoat (The Proposition and The Road) is teaming up with writer/musician Nick Cave again to adapt Cave’s novel The Death of Bunny Munro. Who is actually going to do the adapting is anyone’s guess at this point, though Cave previously wrote The Proposition and did the score for The Road, so it’s reasonable to think he might adapt his own work. Joe Penhall, the scribe who penned The Road, is also a prime suspect. Whoever gets the job in the end, they’re going to have to write a script with a different tone than typical bleak Hillcoat work. This doesn’t involve the outback in the 19th century or the post-apocalypse, but rather a door-to-door salesman/womanizer who has to adjust his life after the suicide of his wife. Not necessarily your typical rom-com, but much lighter than roving tribes of cannibals and rapists. [Cinematical]

Chris Brown to Perform at Michael Jackson Tribute


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Mary J. Blige, Akon, and heavy-hitter Chris Brown will perform at the Vienna Michael Jackson tribute concert later this month. Jermaine Jackson and producer Georg Kindel told reporters at a news conference in Vienna toady that 13 artists so far have been confirmed to perform at the concert, set in front of Vienna's Schoenbrunn castle on September 26. Jermaine will sing a virtual duet with his late brother and will be brought to life by video projections on the concert stage. All performers will sing Jackson's greatest hits and will be supported by the band and dancers which were to accompany Jackson on his planned This Is It concerts. [BBC]

Research Shows Monkeys Love Heavy Metal

Researchers played a group of cotton-top tamarin monkeys a variety of musical types, such as jazz and classical, and found that they only reacted when they heard the loud, fast-paced sounds of a band like Metallica. Instead of banging their heads, however, the heavy metal made the simians appear calm and content. While the researchers were also able to coax reactions from the cotton-tops when they played them a special composition of cello music and monkey calls, in some cases this would just agitate the apes. Perhaps these primates are more evolved than we'd thought. [National Post]

Best Buy's Website Hints at Tomorrow's Apple Reveals

While Apple is expected to launch a new range of iPod touch and nano models at its annual music event on Wednesday, Best Buy has updated their site ahead of the much rumored and anticipated iPod touch 3rd generation launch, with listings which reference a number of accessories for various still-unannounced Apple products expected to be unveiled tomorrow. Although none of the listings mention a digital camera on the back of the new model, that hasn't stopped the company listing six new case lines on their website, some with "hand straps" (perhaps suggesting a need to keep the touch steady). [Gizmodo]

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Thursday, September 3

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Tuesday, September 1

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