Mantenna - Monday, March 8

March 5, 2010

The Oscars telecast snubs Farrah Fawcett, Betty White is set to appear on SNL, and Don Cheadle is prepping a Miles Davis biopic...a census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Mantenna!

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Oscar Forgets Farrah Fawcett

You’re not the only one to notice that during last night’s Oscars telecast the Academy forgot to include Farah Fawcett in their "In Memoriam" segment.  Leslie Unger, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said, “I would not say that it was an oversight. No matter how carefully and how conscientiously people address who is included, there are people who just simply can't be." Unger went on to say, “it’s impossible to include everyone.” While Fawcett is best remembered for her television career, the actress did appear in films including, Man of the House, Dr. T and the Women and The Apostle. She also arguably had more of a film career than Michael Jackson, who was included in the segment. Longtime partner Ryan O’Neal said he was “disappointed she wasn’t included.” [E! Online]

Betty White to Finally Appear on SNL

Betty White is perhaps the world’s funniest senior citizen. She’s so funny that she has inspired a movement to get her to host Saturday Night Live. While the 88-year-old actress thinks the idea is “ridiculous,” it looks like she might actually be on the show. White was recently asked by reporters whether she’s going to appear on SNL and she replied, “Yes.” White did not reveal when exactly she’ll be on the show, but it’s expected to be soon. [People Style Watch]

Herbie Hancock to Score Don Cheadle' s Miles Davis Biopic

In a recent interview with Parade, Don Cheadle told the magazine that the long-overdue Miles Davis biopic has “been a long time coming” and that they’re “working on the script right now.” It’s also been reported that none other than Herbie Hancock will be leading the charge on putting music to the upcoming film. In an interview with Erin Davis and Vince Wilburn, Jr., Davis’ son and nephew, the two leaked the awesome info. “Herbie Hancock’s going to score it and Don Cheadle’s directing and starring,” said Wilburn, adding later: “Don didn’t like the other writer that was attached to the movie, so there’s a new writer named Steven Vegelman that Don’s writing with. Once is the script is OK’d by the family, then we go into production.” Sweetness. [Parade]

Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous Dies At 47

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Mark Linkous, the 47-year-old Sparklehorse visionary, took his life with a gunshot to his heart on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. Best known for his unique folk-based soundscapes, the singer-songwriter, who recorded under the name Sparklehorse, released four studio albums that were met with critical acclaim but little commercial success. Linkous' family posted a statement on the Sparklehorse website on Saturday: "It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member, Mark Linkous, took his own life today…" RIP Mark Linkous [New York Times]

Peepoo Disposable Toilet Grows Food from Your Poops

A biodegradable and self-sterilizing bag for people of the toilet-challenged world (40% of humankind) to dispose of their bodily waste and turn it into safe fertilizer has been created by a Swedish entrepreneur. From the article: "Once used, the bag can be knotted and buried, and a layer of urea crystals breaks down the waste into fertilizer, killing off disease-producing pathogens found in feces." The bag, called the Peepoo, is the brainchild of Anders Wilhelmson, an architect and professor in Stockholm. "Not only is it sanitary," said Mr. Wilhelmson, who has patented the bag, "they can reuse this to grow crops." Sounds delicious! [New York Times]

Valve Confirms Steam Game Service Coming to Macs

Valve will release a version of its Steam digital distribution service for Mac next month, along with Mac-native versions of its own games, the company confirmed today after days of hints. Owners of Valve games will have access to both platform versions. "We are treating the Mac as a tier-1 platform, so all of our future games will release simultaneously on Windows, Mac, and the Xbox 360," said Steam development director John Cook in a statement released ahead of this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. It's a brave new world, people. [Gamasutra]





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