Mantenna - Maggie Gyllenhaal Gets Naughty

September 21, 2011
Maggie Gyllenhaal’s naughty gift, R.E.M. officially breaks up, and NFL cracks down on players faking injuries…the Mantenna is swinging the hammer!

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Naughty Gift

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Making a film, especially one about the invention of the vibrator, seems to come with added perks. Just ask Maggie Gyllenhaal. The actress stars in Hysteria, a romantic comedy set in the Victorian age that’s centered on the creation of a device used to “cure” hysteria. Now, starring in a film about the vibrator resulted in Gyllenhaal being swamped with gifts containing, you guessed it, vibrators. She told reporters at a Toronto Film Festival press conference, “By the time I finished the movie I'd been sent maybe 15 vibrators by different people in London with vibrator stores. It was a pleasant surprise. So I have this incredible collection, and I actually use like one or two of them. I lend them to my friends, and they'll take them for six months at a time.” Oh boy. Does that mean she shares them? Gyllenhaal also said she bought “little bullet vibrators” for the cast and crew of the film as a gift. [Us Weekly]

Twitter Cashes in on Presidential Election

Get ready to start seeing political ads with 140 characters or less. Twitter has announced it will start selling political advertising in the lead up to the 2012 presidential campaign. The social networking site has nabbed a top political marketing executive from Google and hopes to snag a share of the $1 billion expected to be spent in the 2012 election. Twitter’s president of global revenue, Adam Bain, made the announcement saying, “We’ve had five years to watch and observe how people are using the platform organically and we know politicians are active on the platform, and we know that consumers enjoy the messages from those politicians. We’re excited about the election cycle, and we think that ads both in the timeline and in search are a huge opportunity.” Twitter says early clients include five presidential campaigns. Mitt Romney is rumored to be one of those clients. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has also reportedly signed up to buy ads. [Politico]

R.E.M. Officially Breaks Up

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The remaining members of the legendary indie-pop outfit R.E.M. have officially called it quits. Just six months after dropping their fifteenth LP, Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills recently announced to friends and family alike that their last tour was the straw that broke the camel’s back. "During our last tour, and while making Collapse Into Now and putting together this greatest hits retrospective, we started asking ourselves, 'what next'?" Mills said in a statement from their website. "Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey. We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together." Totally influencing an entire generation of alternative musicians, R.E.M.’s influence will not be forgotten. "I hope our fans realize this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way," frontman Michael Stipe added. [REM]

NFL Cracks Down on Players Faking Injuries

According to a memo sent out today by the NFL to all 32 teams, the league is starting to seriously crack down on players trying to fake any injuries by issuing a warning of big-time fines, suspensions, and even a loss of draft picks. "Going forward, be advised that should the league office determine that there is reasonable cause, all those suspected of being involved in faking injuries will be summoned promptly to this office ... to discuss the matter,” stated the memo. “Those found to be violators will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action for conduct detrimental to the game." [ESPN]