Mantenna - Friday, October 23

October 23, 2009

Ashlee Simpson gets fired from her job, Mastodon scores Jonah Hex, and Kanye West is sentenced to a little community service...a Mantenna a day keeps the doctor away!

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Ashlee Simpson Gets Fired

Ashlee Simpson has been thrown out of Melrose Place. The singer/actress, along with castmate Colin Egglesfield, was notified that they would no longer appear on the struggling series. Executive producer Todd Slavkin said Simpson and her costar "took it like professionals.” Simpson released a statement, saying, "Having the chance to play Violet on Melrose Place has been a thrill.  Although I always knew her story would come to a final, insanely unpredictable end, playing a creepy, unstable character was something I always wanted to do, so I jumped at the chance.” Simpson’s final appearance will air in January. [US Magazine]

David Cross Admits to Doing Coke Near Obama

David Cross has confessed to snorting cocaine at the White House Correspondents Dinner earlier this year. The comedian revealed his naughty (and illegal) behavior during a stand up routine at Washington’s Warner Theater. He told the crowd he did a line "maybe 40 feet from the president of the United States!" He said he did it as part of a dare and photographed the whole thing. Dude’s got balls! [Politico]

Mastodon Scores Jonah Hex

The guys from Mastodon finally get to match their music to a movie – apparently conceiving of their music as the scores to films has always been part of their process. And now we’ll get to see it in action when Jonah Hex hits theaters in June of 2010. Bassist Troy Sanders said, “I guarantee an incredibly popular misconception will be, ‘Oh my god, they’re selling out doing a f***ing comic-book movie. They probably got a huge paycheck and don’t give a shit about integrity.’” But, in fact, the band worked for very little and provided the film with an hour’s worth of music. This film just got a lot cooler. [Paste]

DiCaprio or Maguire May Be the Third Man

Though nothing’s been made official or been confirmed yet, but the rumor mill is churning out news that Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire could be starring in a remake of the Carol Reed film The Third Man (that starred the estimable Orson Welles). Not that Hollywood needed another remake, but it’s nice to see something over five years old getting the ol’ tinseltown makeover. No word yet on which actor would be playing which part, only that it’s “in development”, which is a lot like saying a hot girl looked at you and you’re counting that as an official come on. Nonetheless, this is a change of pace, and it makes you wonder if anything is sacred. Is Casablanca next? [Chud]

Kanye West's Paparazzi Case Gets Dismissed


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A Los Angeles judge ruled today that Kanye West and his road manager are ordered to complete 50 hours of community service for their fight with photographers last year. In exchange, a number of misdemeanors will be dismissed against the two men after West's attorney successfully convinced the judge that the criminal charges were too harsh. Blair indicated that the musician would perform the volunteer hours with the American Red Cross. [MTV]

Game-Used Underwear Becomes the Hot New Memorabilia Trend

Everyone has too many baseball cards to count, and any kid with an eBay account or overzealous father can get an autographed jersey. So with the holiday season coming up, why not get the gift that says "I am in no way the creepiest parent in town" with game-used underwear. For a not-so-small price, you can get yourself right back into the parent of the year pennant race by purchasing your children a pair of Jonathan Papelbon's game-worn boxers - skid marks sold separately. [Dead Spin]

Hulu's Free Content Possibly Coming to an End in 2010

Rumors are swirling that Hulu, at the behest of its co-parent News Corp, is going to start charging for content in 2010. This is not so good. Here's the money quote from NewsCorpian Chase Carey, so there's no confusion: "It's time to start getting paid for broadcast content online. I think a free model is a very difficult way to capture the value of our content. I think what we need to do is deliver that content to consumers in a way where they will appreciate the value." Hulu concurs with that, it needs to evolve to have a meaningful subscription model as part of its business. Of course, in order to do that, they're going to need to find someone willing to pay for otherwise free content. Good luck guys! [Broadcast Cable]

Toyota Exec Blames Video Games for Declining Automotive Market

First it was violence, then bulging wastelines, now video games are being blamed for falling vehicle sales in Japan, at least by one unnamed Toyota exec. The argument? Games are so good lately there's no interest in buying actual cars. The translated quote goes something like this: "Home game machines are no good. Playing something that realistic makes the need for cars disappear." It's a bit of a leap if you ask us, but something has to be responsible for falling sales, right? Could just be the combination of cars being wildly expensive to own and of limited utility in Japan's crowded urban centers, but video games are probably just as likely a culprit! [Kotaku]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Thursday, October 22

Wednesday, October 21

Tuesday, October 20

Monday, October 12

Friday, October 16

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