Mantenna - Wednesday, August 5

August 5, 2009

Gossip Girl Leighton Meester denies she has a leaked sex tape, Chris Brown's sentencing gets delayed, and Robert De Niro is rumored to be teaming up with Robert Rodriguez...If the Mantenna falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

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Leighton Meester Denies Sex Tape

The Gossip Girl hottie is on the cover of the latest issue of old lady magazine Harper’s Bazaar. The 23-year-old appears in a series of photos where she ages from her 20s to 50s. She also opens up about a recent sex tape that many thought she had starred in. She told the magazine, “[The tape] is not real, so it makes me sort of sad. It's unfortunate that it got carried as far as it did... I definitely understand the nature of people better now and that the mere allegation of something like that could be headline news. People think it's real because somebody says it is.” Well that clears things up. [Harper's Bazaar]

W**k tells F**king to Get Excited

Recently we wrote about the Austrian town F***ing which is f***ing tired of English speaking tourists having sex by the city’s welcome sign. The town took the drastic measure of installing CCTV cameras to stamp out the naughty behavior. Now a similarly sexually named town, Wank, is offering the town some advice. The people of Wank think the people of F***ing are squandering a golden opportunity and should cash in on the infamy of their town’s name. Cold hard cash can turn anyone on. [Metro UK]

Machete’s Crazy Cast Confirmed

Robert Rodriguez is finally getting to work on the full-length version of his Grindhouse faux movie trailer Machete and the list of actors for the film is pretty jaw-dropping. The biggest curveball of the lot is Robert De Niro, who has apparently taken the role of Senator McLaughlin. Other confirmed cast members include Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Jonah Hill, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal, Lindsay Lohan, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson, and Jeff Fahey. Rodriguez will co-direct the film with his longtime editor Ethan Maniquis and production supposedly started at the end of last month. They had us at Don Johnson. [Slash Film]

Celebrities Staring at Boobs

Is there anything that a nice set of cleavage cannot do? From nourishing the nation's infants to providing eye candy for heterosexual dudes everywhere, there is more than enough to be thankful about when it comes to mother nature's finest. So it's no surprise that any male celebrity is just as much of a fan of the mammaries as us regular joes, as is evidenced by this funny gallery of "gotcha" moments. [Just a Guy Thing]

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Sends Cancer Treatment Update


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Adam "MCA" Yauch has sent an email to fans updating them on his condition and assuring them that "things are moving along." MCA announced on July 20th that doctors had found a cancerous tumor in his left salivary gland, as well as a lymph node in the same area. In the new message Yauch, says he is "rapidly recovering" from surgery to remove the cancer that took place about a week and a half ago and returned home after just one night in the hospital "to relax, have home-cooked food, and hang out with the family." Yauch said he's also been avoiding pain meds which would slow his healing. Adam is now preparing for "the next line of treatment," which will be a seven-week course of radiation that should start "in a few weeks." Good luck, homie. [Rolling Stone]

Chris Brown Sentencing Delayed

Chris Brown's sentencing, scheduled for today, has been delayed until August 27th. The judge in the case is seeking additional information from the singer's home state of Virginia on whether it can accommodate mandates included in the proposed plea deal. Under the guidelines of the plea reached last month, Brown will be under probation for five years, attend weekly counseling, and perform community labor service. Judge Patricia Schnegg has yet to hear back from officials in Virginia, where Brown is expected to serve out his sentence. Schnegg apparently wants to make sure Brown endures community labor work and not just community service. [AP]

Upcoming Xbox Live Update Gimps Netflix Functionality

An upcoming Xbox Live update on August 11th is supposed to add functionality so that you can finally modify your Netflix queue straight from the box. However, you should prepare to be disappointed because the new experience isn't quite as comprehensive as you might have expected. It restricts users to perusing the Top 50 films in any of a handful of categories, meaning no searching by title and no browsing alphabetically. Why? According to Microsoft's Ben Smith, Director of Program Management for Xbox Live, that's how you want it. He says: "I think when people come to Xbox they're not really looking so much for functional, they really want to have fun, they want to be wowed." We're saying "wow," all right, but for entirely different reasons. [Joystiq]

Miss Landmine Pageant Canceled

The Cambodian government said Monday it will not allow a Miss Landmine beauty pageant to take place later this week, calling it an insult to the disabled. The Miss Landmine site says the pageant's goal is to empower its participants and other disabled people and raise awareness about the dangers of landmines. The Web site shows photos of the 20 Cambodian contestants, all in crowns and dresses, with missing limbs. They range in age from 18 to 48. The winner was to receive a prosthetic limb. Truth is stranger than fiction, folks. [Asia One]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Tuesday, August 4

Monday, July 3

Friday, July 31

Thursday, July 30

Wednesday, July 29

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