Mantenna - Monday, May 3

May 3, 2010

Jessica Simpson wants to be Michelle Obama, actress Lynn Redgrave dies at 67, and the Halo: Reach beta starts today...where's the Mantenna?!

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Jessica Simpson Wants to be Michelle Obama

Jessica Simpson attended the White House Correspondents dinner in Washington DC over the weekend wearing a ruffled yellow dress. The singer and reality television personality didn’t have a whole lot to say at the event. But when pressed she told People magazine that she wants to be Michelle Obama. Yes, the country’s first lady. Simpson told the mag, "She's such an incredible woman." Simpson says she is impressed with how "everything [Michelle Obama] does she exudes confidence." FLOTUS better watch her back. [People]

Lindsay Lohan May Play Porn Star

Lindsay Lohan is finally going to do porn. Or rather, be in a film about porn and playing a porn star. Lohan is set to star as Linda Lovelace in a film version of the story behind famed porno Deep Throat. At this stage it has not been confirmed by Lohan that she’ll star as Lovelace, though her friend, photographer Tyler Shields, spilled the beans with E! News.  According to E! News, "Shields confirmed to us this weekend that the actress has indeed landed the gig.” The chance to work will come as somewhat of a relief to Ms. Lohan who was recently fired from a film, has had trouble securing a job, and is said to have mounting credit card debt. [E! Online]

Actress Lynn Redgrave Dies at 67

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Lynn Redgrave, the actress who became a 1960s sensation as the title character of Georgy Girl, has died at the age of 67. Her publicist Rick Miramontez said that Redgrave died peacefully Sunday night at her home in Kent, Connecticut. Her children Ben, Pema, and Annabel were with her, as were close friends. "Our beloved mother Lynn Rachel passed away peacefully after a seven-year journey with breast cancer," Redgrave's children said in a statement Monday. "She lived, loved and worked harder than ever before. The endless memories she created as a mother, grandmother, writer, actor, and friend will sustain us for the rest of our lives. Our entire family asks for privacy through this difficult time." Redgrave was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2002. [Pop Watch]

Finally an Answer to the Question "How Corrupt is British Snooker?"

The top snooker player in the world, Barry Hearn, was recently suspended by whomever governs that sort of thing for taking a nearly $400,000 bribe to throw a match. Hearn was caught on tape taking money from an undercover Snooker/Intelligence agent and promptly reprimanded for his dishonest actions. Honestly, Snooker suddenly sounds slightly more awesome than previously assumed. [BBC]

Halo: Reach Beta Starts Today

Time to break out that copy of ODST and finally put that beta key to use! Bungie has just flipped the switch for the Halo: Reach beta, which runs until May 19th. However, Bungie warns that "The download process may be subject to extended wait times. Server load is expected to be extremely high, especially during the first few hours and days of Beta availability." So that would probably be a good time to stock up Mountain Dew and Totino's Pizza Rolls. Just a suggestion. [Bungie]

Google Puts $40,000,000 Into Wind Farms

Google announced its "first direct investment in a utility-scale renewable energy project"—$38.8m to two wind farms in North Dakota that generate 169.5 megawatts of power, enough to keep the lights on in 55,000 homes. Though $40 million is relative pennies in the big Google bucket, it's been known for some time that Google is interested in matters of energy, priding itself on its green data centers and even creating a Google Energy subsidiary. [Google Blog]

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Friday, April 30

Thursday, April 29

Wednesday, April 28

Tuesday, April 27

Monday, April 26

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