Mantenna - Tuesday, September 15

September 15, 2009

Olivia Wilde gets wild for GQ, DC neglects the Man of Steel, and the Coldplay/Joe Satriani plagiarism lawsuit gets me the Mantenna!

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Olivia Wilde Gets Wild for GQ

Four months ago Olivia Wilde graced the pages of GQ magazine in a sexy gymnastic pictorial. Now she’s back and on the cover of the October issue wearing a raunchy bikini and taking the sex factor up several notches. The House star appears in an array of bikinis, shows some pokies, and also poses topless. In the accompany interview she discusses marriage, an embarrassing phone conversation she had with Barack Obama, and how she deals with being a sex vixen. [GQ]

Jessica Simpson’s Dog is Missing

Jessica Simpson is heartbroken after her caramel-colored Maltipoo dog Daisy was snatched by a coyote and kidnapped. The singer took to Twitter to report the incident, saying “My heart is broken because a coyote took my precious Daisy right in front of our eyes. HORROR! We are searching. Hoping. Please help!” She is offering a reward and holding onto hope that her sweet little pup will be returned to her loving arms. [Twitter]

4 Awkward Moments in Facebook "Likes"

Sure, everyone's on Facebook but who really has the time to post status updates all day and tag their pictures of their latest party?  This is why the "Like" button is so great. With one simple click, you can register approval of a friend's post and be done with it. But what happens when what you "like" makes the situation incredibly awkward? [CollegeHumor]

Kanye West Apology Generator

With awards season in full effect, you can be sure that more awkward TV moments with the one and only Kanye West are headed our way. Now you can be one step ahead of the game with's handy-dandy apology generator. Put out any fires the self-appointed Great One lights before they're even started! [Atom]

DC Neglects the Man of Steel


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Diane Nelson, recently made Warner Bros.’ head of DC Entertainment, spoke about Superman in a recent interview with MTV. Things are not looking good for the Man of Steel. Nelson said, “We actually don’t have any current plans for Superman,” proving that the head of DC clearly has her priorities in order. Because DC has so many beloved comic book characters to pick from. Let’s see…they’ve got Batman, and Superman, and…yeah. Apparently the Green Lantern is where it’s at at Warner Bros, because Ryan Reynolds in a jumpsuit is what everyone’s looking forward to. Oh well, James McTeigue and Mark Millar will just have to put their Superman ideas on the shelf. By the time they’re ready to develop their most important character again maybe Kevin Smith will get another crack at it. [MTV]

Peter Berg is Ready to Sink Your Battleship

Director Peter Berg has his sights set on Battleship: The Movie, despite the fact that it's hard to imagine what the movie would actually be about. Leave it to the guy who brought us Hancock to adapt a board game that involves plastic pegs and explosion noises to the big screen. On the upside, he’s also still busily working away on a third adaptation of Dune, the seemingly unadaptable novel. Makes us yearn for the days back when Berg was just a regular on Chicago Hope. [The Movie Blog]

Coldplay, Satriani Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed

Joe Satriani and Coldplay have settled their legal drama and the guitarist's lawsuit alleging copyright infringement has been dismissed. While details of the case remain sealed, legal sources have said that a financial settlement between the two parties may have been reached. Coldplay will not be required to admit to any wrongdoing though. All this over "Viva La Vida?" Money can do crazy things to people. [Techdirt]

Thief Gets Taken Down by Sword-Wielding Student

Detectives are interviewing a John Hopkins University student who fatally lacerated the upper body of a man breaking into his off-campus residence overnight. The suspect also suffered a nearly-severed hand, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The house is home to four undergrads who had already had a Sony PlayStation and two laptops stolen earlier on Monday. And when one of the students heard noises at about 1am, he went downstairs to investigate armed with the sword (like ya do)! He saw that the side door to their garage had been pried open and was lunged at by the suspect. Dear would-be criminals, here's a protip: don't hit the same house twice, and don't mess with a ninja. [Baltimore Sun]

AT&T Tells Feds that Online Gaming is Not "Meaningful"

The games industry is unhappy that AT&T, in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission, described real-time online video gaming as an "aspirational service" of broadband communications and not a core need. "For Americans who today have no terrestrial broadband service at all, the pressing concern is not the ability to engage in real-time, two-way gaming, but obtaining meaningful access to the Internet's resources..." The dustup comes as the FCC is seeking to define the term "broadband," which isn't just an academic debate. The definition the FCC uses will be part of the National Broadband Plan the agency is writing and, you guessed it, there's money involved with that. About $7 billion in federal stimulus funding, to be exact. [Arstechnica]

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Monday, September 14

Friday, September 11

Thursday, September 10

Wednesday, September 9

Tuesday, September 8

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