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The Entertation Index: June 29

June 29, 2009

Filmmakers, Aborigine – Variety brings us a very cool story about the new voice of Aboriginal films emerging in the Australia media scene. Critics have been hard on the movement, however, calling the actors and actresses on the screen “beautiful but soulless.” 

 Link: Aborigine Filmmakers Break the Mold (Variety)

Glastonbury Festival – The massive Glastonbury Festival, one of the largest in the United Kingdom and featuring acts like Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Lily Allen and Blur, gave out free chlamydia kits to concertgoers this weekend. “This has nothing to do with the festival,” noted an organizer. “We hand these out wherever Pete Doherty goes.”

Link: Free Chlamydia Kits to be Issued at Glasto (DigitalSpy)

Kombat, Mortal – Hollywood production company Threshold Entertainment is suing videogame manufacturer Midway Games, claiming that it owns the intellectual property rights to the popular Mortal Kombat games and characters after a series of television programs and movies were produced. “We will continue to fight this,” said a Midway spokesperson, moments before freezing Threshold’s legal counsel, removing his spine and crushing him into oblivion in a flawless victory.

Link: Midway Games in Legal War Over “Mortal Kombat” Franchise (Chicago Tribune)

Mays, Billy – Infomercial guru Billy Mays passed away in his sleep early Sunday morning, which is very sad, because actually seemed like a pretty cool fellow. Our thoughts go out to his family.

Link: Billy Mays Found Dead in Home (Fox News

Old Boy, American Remake of – A legal dispute concerning the rights to a stateside remake of Park Chan-Wook’s 2003 cult phenomenon has not deterred progress on the American retelling with Steven Spielberg and Will Smith at the helm. “We just think it’s a great story,” said Spielberg. “Will and I watched the movie together and really thought it would be perfect for US audiences. The pizza we ordered arrived during the last twenty minutes, so we didn’t catch any of the end, but we saw all we needed to see. Why do you have that look on your face?”

Link:”Old Boy” Proceeds Despite Legal Scuffle (Reuters)

Sarcophagus, The Alexander – An elaborately carved and adorned sarcophagus discovered years ago in what is now modern-day Beirut, originally thought to contain the remains of Alexander the Great, is currently on display at the British Museum. Scholars now believe the remains inside were not Alexander’s after late one night, CNN talk show host Larry King showed up at the sarcophagus wearing his pajamas and complaining that he would never get to sleep with all that “dusting” going on.

Link: Who’s in the Alexander Sarcophagus? (New York Times) 

Tattoos, Celebrity – The Huffington Post has collated a special feature on verbose tattoos on today’s stars and starlets, including a stanza of Edgar Allen Poe on Evan Rachel Wood,  “Vivere senza rimipianti” across Hayden Panattiere’s shoulderblade, and “Over 1 Billion Served” over Paris Hilton’s upper thigh.

Link: Wordy Celebrity Tattoos: What Does Their Skin Say? (Huffington Post)

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