Mantenna - Monday, February 8

February 8, 2010

Brad and Angelina are still together, the Super Bowl gets its highest ratings in years, and Howard Stern might be replacing Simon Cowell on American Idol...the Mantenna floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee!

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Brad and Angie Still Together

Much PDA was on display at the Super Bowl yesterday as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie snuggled and kissed as the Saints roared to victory in Miami. The public appearance by the couple, who have both been heavily involved in the rebuilding of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, finally puts to rest rumors that the couple is headed to Splitsville. If the PDA wasn’t enough to prove they are still together, the couple has begun legal proceedings in London against the British newspaper News of the World, who first incorrectly reported that the couple had split. [People]

Charlie Sheen Charged

Sitcom actor Charlie Sheen appeared before a judge in Colorado today and was officially charged with “felony menacing and two misdemeanors: 3rd degree assault and criminal mischief connection with his alleged Christmas Day assault on third wife Brooke Mueller.” Mueller, who was present in court, claims that Sheen threatened to kill her and held a knife to her throat. It is unknown if the couple is still together. Sheen was seen wearing his wedding ring, while Muller’s was absent. The two reportedly hugged after the hearing and left separately. If convicted, Sheen could face jail time. [Radar Online]

Mr. and Mrs….Jones?

Hollywood is getting extremely high off its own supply these days, and the drug of choice are movies barely half a decade old. The newest movie slated for a reboot is Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The 2005 film introduced us to Brangelina, and now it’s thought the two won’t be together long enough to do a sequel. That, and their combined price tag is this side of ridiculous. So instead it’s getting rebooted, with the risible title of Mr. and Mrs. Jones, just to make sure people don’t get confused about the movie they’re watching. Regency Enterprises will be hiring a couple of actors who don’t command such large paychecks and, hopefully, don’t become an annoying, baby-adopting cultural cliché of a celebrity couple. [NY Mag]

Get Him to the Greek Earlier

The spiritual sequel to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, has been deemed such a bastion of joy by Universal Pictures that it’s getting bumped up a week, from June 11th of this year to June 4th. In the movie Jonah Hill plays the same musician-worshipping nerd he did in the first, but he’s upgraded from waiter to record company intern, and it’s his job to chaperone the badly behaved Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). This could be funny, but then again, it could be a big bowl of regret. We’ll have to see which. A trailer would probably hit the spot right about now. [/Film]

Howard Stern Considering Replacing Simon Cowell on American Idol


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Howard Stern told his satellite radio listeners early this morning that American Idol producers are actually considering him to replace Simon Cowell as a judge on the show. He's even said that he would leave his Sirius XM show behind for the new gig. "I'll do that for $100 million." Stern said. "For $100 million a year, to judge a karaoke contest? Okay. Why not?" Stern's contract with Sirius XM expires in January 2011, and on Friday it was widely reported that the Idol producers might be willing to match the his current salary. "It might be possible. We'll see," added Stern. "Name a person who could bring more excitement to that show than me." This could get interesting. [MTV]

Apparently a lot of People Watch this Super Bowl Thing

Move over, 1983 season finale of MASH. Television has a new king of the ratings game - and it’s last night’s Super Bowl. The battle between the New Orleans Saints and a team that looked (but didn’t play) like the Indianapolis Colts was seen by more than 106 million people. That’s eight million more than last year’s Steelers-Cardinals’ game and 105 million more than the majority of ABC’s comedies. [ESPN]

Apple Says it Will be "Nimble" with iPad Pricing

In a move which is almost certainly going to have a negative impact on initial iPad sales, Credit Suisse analyst Bill Shope says that Apple told him it'll remain "nimble" when it comes to iPad pricing, suggesting that the price could drop if sales don't meet targets. But that's not a hugely surprising thing to say, considering Apple's trying to be the first to achieve real success with a "tweener" device and strong pressure from netbooks, laptops, and smartphones threatens to collapse the space entirely, but a lot of people are taking it to mean some kind of drop is a done deal -- particularly since Apple cut the price of the first-gen iPhone by $200 just a few months after it launched and saw already-solid sales triple. However, consumers might not fall for the same trick twice. [Digital Daily]

Netflix Streaming Getting 1080p, Upgraded Sound

As Netflix makes the case to Wii owners that they really aren't missing anything by not streaming HD, word from CNET is that Netflix instant streaming is making the jump to 1080p, with 5.1 audio. CNET doesn't have any info on which devices will support the upgrade, how much of their video library will be encoded in 1080p (only about six percent of their current catalog stream at 720p), or when exactly the new content will be available, though they can offer a vague "later this year." What we do know is that Xbox already streams 1080p over Silverlight, the same tech that Netflix uses, through its Zune store, and that it looks pretty awesome. Now, if only we had some ISPs that actually provided the actual bandwidth we're paying for... [CNET]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Friday, February 5

Thursday, February 4

Wednesday, February 3

Tuesday, February 2

Monday, Febuary 1

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