Mantenna - Wednesday, May 13

May 13, 2009

Martin Scorsese to direct Sinatra, Peter Gabriel wins the Polar Music Prize, and Maxim picks their 2009 Hot's the Mantenna!

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Craigslist Ends Erotic Services

Craigslist has buckled under legal pressure and decided to cease its “erotic services” category. The popular online classified announced that it will replace the erotic services category with a new “Adult services” category. Each ad in this new category will be individually reviewed before posting.  People trying to post ads in the newly created category will have to pay $10 and will receive the following message: “Ads suggesting or implying an exchange of sexual favors for money are strictly prohibited" and "Ads including pornographic images, or images suggestive of an offer of sexual favors are strictly prohibited.” It surely won’t be long until some hooker works out a work-around. [Washington Post]

Maxim Names Olivia Wilde Hottest Woman in the World

Olivia Wilde, the drop dead sexy internist on House, has been named number one in this year’s famed Maxim Hot 100 list. The 25-year-old New York native beat out fellow contenders such as Megan Fox, Eliza Dushku, and Malin Akerman. Maxim said they liked her because she plays a character that dabbles in “drugs and casual sex.” Congratulations, Olivia. [Maxim]

Peter Gabriel Wins the Polar Music Prize

Peter Gabriel and Venezuelan composer Jose Antonio Abreu have won this year's Polar Music Prize. The pair will each receive around almost $200,000 from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. They will both be presented with their awards by King Carl XVI Gustaf at a gala ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall on August 31st. The Polar Music Prize is Sweden's biggest music award which is split between pop and classical musicians. The prize committee praised the former Genesis singer for his "ground-breaking, outward-looking and boundary-busting artistry." [BBC]

Joe Elliot and Bret Michaels Are Friends Again

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott and Bret Michaels patched up their differences via email and are now heading out on tour together. The pair briefly fell out in 2008 when Elliott called Michaels' group Poison a "s***** band" in an interview, but the two singers quickly became friends again during an online chat. Michaels told Rolling Stone magazine, "Joe and I emailed each other right after that and we straightened things out." “I told Joe, 'Look, I have enough problems fighting with my own band. I can't take on anything else. I can't fight everybody. I grew up loving your music and you guys are awesome.’” "He wrote back, 'I'm sorry, mate. It was a bad day for me and they asked me some off-the-wall questions.’” Poison and Def Leppard are now planning to hit the road together this summer. [WEBN]

Martin Scorsese to Direct Sinatra


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Universal Pictures and Mandalay Pictures have signed Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese to direct a biopic based on the life of Frank Sinatra. Phil Alden Robinson is writing the screenplay, titled simply Sinatra. Robinson is probably best known as the writer/director of Sneakers and Field of Dreams, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. The music rights have been secured and the Sinatra family has given its permission, which is not an easy get. Frank’s youngest daughter Tina will be an executive producer, which would lead many to believe that the film would probably be on the less controversial side. However, Tina has told journalists in the past that she would “trust Scorsese implicitly” to “present the truth” about her father. [/Film]

Wall Street Journal Confirms Motion Sensing Controls for Xbox 360

It's not official yet, but it's getting close: The Wall Street Journal is claiming that Microsoft is developing a new 3D video camera for the Xbox 360 that will allow you to control games, Wii-style. According to the WSJ's sources, the new technology will give players "more accurate control over games" than earlier z-depth cameras. Apparently, it may debut as early as next June at E3, but it won't be released until 2010. [WSJ]

Plasma Screens: The Not-So-Silent Killer

A new study reported this month revealed that 17,000 children were admitted to emergency rooms in 2007 for injuries related to falling furniture. Of those incidents, nearly half involved falling TVs. Apparently, the 41% rise in injuries and deaths since 1990 correlate with the increasing popularity of flat screen TVs and the narrow stands that often support them. CNBC cites a mother named Samara Brinkley as an example. Last week, her 4-year-old daughter was killed when the family's 27-inch television fell on her. [MSNBC]

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