Mantenna - Tuesday, October 20

October 20, 2009

Rihanna gets topless for her new single, Bronson Pinchot dishes the dirt on Tom Cruise, and Elvis' hair sells for $15K at a Chicago auction...the Mantenna is often imitated, but never duplicated!

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Rihanna Gets Topless

Rihanna’s new single "Russian Roulette" hit the airwaves today and reactions to it have been mixed. People either love it or loath it. The one thing everyone agrees on is that Rihanna looks smoking hot on the single’s cover. She appears topless and the only thing covering her breasts is barbed wire. This girl is fierce!  Rihanna’s long-awaited album Rated R drops sometime in November and it’s sure to have an even sexier cover. [Egotastic]

Adam Lambert Makes Out with Naked Model

American Idol
runner-up Adam Lambert recently confirmed that he was gay, but that hasn’t stopped him from making out with a hot, nude female model for a sexy photo shoot. The singer appears in the latest issue of Details magazine sucking the model’s breast, tonguing her, and touching her in inappropriate places. Lambert also talks about coming out, losing his virginity, and having an acid-fueled epiphany at the Burning Man Festival. [The Superficial]

Bronson Pinchot Talks the Dirt…About Everyone

Bronson Pinchot, the actor who’s best known for playing Balki Bartokomous in the ‘80s sitcom Perfect Strangers, has given a shockingly candid interview to The Onion’s The A.V. Club about his entire career. And boy does he talk some smack. He discusses everyone from the 20-year-old Tom Cruise in Risky Business – apparently Cruise was a pretty big homophobe – to Denzel Washington, whom he describes thusly: “He was so vile.” Who knew? Even Bette Midler gets thrown into the mix with the rest of the jerks. There comes a point in Hollywood careers when it just really doesn’t matter what you say about anyone, ‘cause no one’s going to cast you anyway. Pinchot has reached that point, and it is glorious. [AV Club]

Willem Dafoe Joins John Carter of Mars

Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-Man) has joined Andrew Stanton’s new Pixar movie, John Carter of Mars. The movie also stars Taylor Kitsch as John Carter and Lynn Collins, who is cast as the Martian princess Dejah Thoris. Dafoe, a thespian with a capital T, is going to play a nine-foot tall alien with multiple arms and legs named Tars Tarkas. This isn’t the usual fare for Dafoe, but he’s shown himself to be a flexible actor – he was excellent as Norman Osborn in Spider-Man. Of his new role Dafoe said, “I know there’s a period where we’re going to work with movement and language.” Indeed.

Elvis' Hair Sells for $15K at Chicago Auction


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A clump of hair believed to have been trimmed from Elvis Presley's head when he joined the Army in 1958 has sold for $15,000 at a Chicago auction house. The buyer of the hair paid $15,000 plus an additional $3,300 in auction house fees. Other items offered up included scarves, photos from the reception of Presley's 1967 wedding to Priscilla, Christmas cards he sent, and a ton of records. A shirt that once belonged to the King also sold for $52,000. Hot damn. [MSNBC]

Tennessee Titans Head Coach Admits Having the NFL's Worst Record Isn't Fun

At a charity luncheon held for whatever the new "it" cause happens to be in the south these days, Jeff Fisher decided to wear a Peyton Manning jersey (from the division rival Indianapolis Colts) to "Finally feel like a winner." In front of a group of fans who probably didn't appreciate the gesture, the longest tenured coach in the NFL joked about the Colts' success, while mocking his own incompetence - a classic coaching move from the Vince Lombardi playbook. Awesome job, Jeff. This is the kind of pregame talk the fans who trust you to turn things around needed. [Music City Miracles]

AT&T Tells Employees and Their Families to Complain to FCC About Net Neutrality

Looking for the definition of corporate greed? Look no further than AT&Ts latest scheme to maximize their bottom line at the cost of the internet-at-large. AT&T's main lobbyist sent a letter to all 300,000 employees "encouraging" them and their families to protest the FCC's net neutrality rules. Specifically, he tells employees how to register to post comments on the FCC's net neutrality site using their "personal" email accounts, so it doesn't look like they're from AT&T shills, and lays out talking points for them to use, like "competition in the wireless industry is strong" and "the rules should apply to more than just network operators and should also include Web content companies like search engines." Classy! [Washington Post]

"XXXXXXX" License Plate Leads To $19,000 In Tickets

Scottie Roberson's nickname is "Racer X" so he secured the license plate "XXXXXXX" for his truck. Unfortunately, the plate and a glitch in the city of Birmingham parking ticket system led to him receiving $19,000 in erroneous tickets. Roberson, who said he has been to Birmingham only once in the last five years and left without a ticket, said he was told by city officials the tickets were issued by mistake because Birmingham officers enter seven X's in place of the plate number when parking patrols find cars without license plate numbers. [AL]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Monday, October 12

Friday, October 16

Thursday, October 15

Wednesday, October 14

Tuesday, October 13

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