Mantenna - Wednesday, January 13

January 13, 2010

Hugh Hefner is down to one girlfriend, Jessica Simpson collaborates with Billy Corgan, and Dexter's Michael C. Hall has cancer....Heeere's the Mantenna!

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Hugh Hefner Down to One Girlfriend

Hugh Hefner has officially parted ways with two of his girlfriends, twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon, and is now a one woman man. The twins have been dating Hefner for over a year and are continuing their association with Playboy. Hef tweeted, “The Shannon Twins are growing up. They're moving to the Playmate House with my blessing so they will be free to do other things.” That leaves 23-year-old Crystal Harris as Hefner’s only girlfriend and, according to reports, things between the two are getting “more serious.” [E! Online]

Dexter Has Cancer

Michael C. Hall, the actor who plays everyone’s favorite serial killer on Dexter, has cancer. The 38-year old actor was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a highly treatable form of cancer. A spokesperson for Hall said the actor was in complete remission and in good health. Hall released a statement saying, “I feel fortunate to have been diagnosed with an imminently treatable and curable condition, and I thank my doctors and nurses for their expertise and care.” He is expected to begin shooting season five of Dexter later this year. [Huffington Post]

Jack the Giant Killer and Star Trek to Go 3D?

After Avatar it’s pretty safe to say that the landscape of filmmaking has changed. Filmmakers who assumed their next projects were going to be 2D now have to go back and reassess how they want their movies to look – and the studios they work for have to decide whether they’re going to ante up for the additional costs. Bryan Singer’s next film, Jack the Giant Killer, might just be one of these films to go 3D. At this point he has to get permission from Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema. Michael Bay is being loud and clear about not wanting Transformers 3 to be 3D, though Paramount may overrule him. And when it comes to J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel, well…no one really knows much of anything. It’s a crazy new world of cinema we’re living in. [NY Times]

Duncan Jones Likes the Ladies

Director Duncan Jones, both the son of David Bowie and the genius behind Moon, has some lovely ladies lined up for his next sci-fi film, Source Code. Vera Farmiga, living large after her great performance in Up in the Air, and Michelle Monaghan, who is simply hot if nothing else, will be joining Jake Gyllenhaal in the cast. The story involves a program that puts Gyllenhaal in the body of a train commuter who dies when the train is destroyed by a bomb. He must relive the bombing over and over until he can deduce who’s guilty. Monaghan will play said bomber’s special lady friend. All of this sounds like Jones is going to have another sci-fi hit on his hands. [Heat Vision Blog]

Jessica Simpson Collaborates with Billy Corgan


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Jessica Simpson is apparently showing off her true feelings for Billy Corgan by collaborating with him on new music. "I am blessed," "Listening to playback with my ethereal friend" and "Fun to be lost in laughter," Jessica tweeted while "going over a song w @billy and the boxer." A source told People that Jessica and Billy have been dating for four months now. "He got her number and starting calling her," the source told the magazine. "He thought she was cute ... adorable ... and she got a little crush." The apocalypse with begin in 3…2…1… [People]

Gilbert Arenas Apparently Leads the NBA in Most Gun-Related Statistical Categories

Days after the NBA suspended Gilbert Arenas indefinitely for bringing a handful of weapons into the Washington Wizards locker room, reports are surfacing that the NBA star has owned "several hundred" guns since entering the league. Apparently, Arenas has a slightly different interpretation of "protecting the paint." [WTOP News]

Gran Turismo 5 Delayed Yet Again

The many-years-in-the-making Gran Turismo 5 has been delayed. The game was slated for release this March in Japan, but publisher Sony Computer Entertainment announced today that the game's release date is now TBA. The company also apologized for any trouble that this delay has caused. GT5 was first announced at the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles back in 2006. According to GT series creator Kazunori Yamauchi, Gran Turismo 5 has cost $60 million to make. The game will feature over 1,000 automobiles and 20 different locations. Someday. [PC World]

Pirate Bay Owners Might Have to Finally Walk the Plank

Thought the Pirate Bay saga was done and dusted? I'm sure you can spare a few more tears for Universal Music, EMI Music, Sony BMG, and Warner Music, who are still chasing their money from the two Swedish escapees. Both Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij moved outside of Sweden after the trial, and while The Pirate Bay site is still up and running, the law can't exactly prove the duo are still behind it. Nonetheless, that hasn't stopped the aforementioned labels trying their hardest to recoup 1m Kronor (USD$142,770). Neij is still adamant they're no longer behind The Pirate Bay, and as he already owes 50m Kronor (which is around USD$7m), "a few million more or less doesn't really affect me." You can't say they aren't ballsy. [Torrent Freak]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Tuesday, January 12

Monday, January 11

Friday, January 8

Thursday, January 7

Wednesday, January 6

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