Mantenna - Tuesday, May 4

May 4, 2010

Charlize Theron might have found a new man, Hunter S. Thompson could be coming back to the big screen, and the world's first phoned-in heart surgery gets performed in U.K...more Mantenna, please!

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Keanu and Charlize May be a Hot New Couple

Couple Alert! Newly single actress Charlize Theron may have a new man. The Academy Award-winner has been seen getting intimate with actor Keanu Reeves. The two were videotaped by TMZ holding hands and kissing after having dinner together in Beverly Hills. TMZ says, “it wasn't exactly a makeout session -- but it wasn't the way you'd send off your grandmother either.” In another sign the two may be a couple, TMZ has photographs of Charlize with her hands inside Keanu’s jackets. Neither party has confirmed or denied whether they’re a couple. The two became friendly back in 2001 when they appeared together in the film Sweet November. [TMZ]

Corey Haim Did Not Die from Drugs

The coroner’s report into the death of former child star Corey Haim is in and it's been revealed that drugs did not play a part in his death. The 38-year-old officially died of natural causes. The autopsy reveals that Haim's death was caused by “community-acquired pneumonia” along with “lung, heart and blood vessel problems.” Haim's heart was said to be enlarged, weighing in a nearly double the amount of a regular heart. The actor also had damaged lungs and partially blocked coronary arteries. Low levels of eight different drugs were found in his system, but the coroner has ruled out that they had any part in causing his death. The coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey said, "The pneumonia is what killed him.” Haim, the star of The Lost Boys and License to Drive, collapsed and died March 10th in his mother’s apartment. [Huffinton Post]

Hunter S. Thompson is Coming Back to the Big Screen

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One of Hunter S. Thompson's last works has been picked up for a feature film that could see Thompson onscreen again. Motion Picture Corporation of America has acquired rights to Prisoner of Denver, a June 2004 Vanity Fair article co-written by Thompson and the magazine's contributing editor Mark Seal. The piece focuses on the injustice and abuse of Colorado's legal system that saw 21-year-old Lisl Auman charged with murder when the crime occurred while she was in the back of a patrol car. She was handed a life sentence with no possibility of parole. She began a correspondence with Thompson while behind bars and the Vanity Fair piece eventually helped overturn Auman's sentence in 2005. Sounds like amazing stuff. [Ain’t It Cool]

Elizabeth Hasselbeck Has Some Advice for Erin Andrews' Stalker

Elisabeth Hasselbeck decided to kill some time on The View today by mocking Erin Andrews' choice of outfits (or lack thereof) on her Dancing with the Stars appearances. The talk show host implied that Andrews was dressed like a common (but classy) hooker and that if the man who videotaped her naked through a peephole had simply waited a few weeks, he would've been able to see the entire package on ABC. And yes, Hasselbeck did say all of this while wearing a low cut sundress. Feminism may be on life support, but misguided irony is still stronger than ever. [Gawker]

RFID Tech Now Used to Track Students in Arizona

The student newspaper at UW-Madison is running a piece about the use of RFID to check lecture attendance at Northern Arizona University. "The new system will use sensors to detect students' university identification cards when they enter classrooms," according to NAU spokesperson Tom Bauer. The data will be recorded and available for professors to examine." So now, not only is big brother watching you, but you're shelling out $15k a year to let him do it. Nice! [Badger Herald]

World's First Phoned-in Heart Surgery Performed in U.K.

In the past, we've seen robots remove brain tumors and even transplant a kidney or two, and now a cardiologist has completed the world's first remote heart operation at Glenfield Hospital in the British city if Leicester. By operating remotely, doctors can avoid fatigue and cumulative radiation exposure -- not to mention those bulky lead aprons. "As long as the connection is reliable," Dr. André Ng told the Financial Times, the operation could be performed over the Internet from anywhere in the world. [Tech Vert]

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