Mantenna - Tuesday, October 14

October 14, 2008

How much college student Natalie Dylan is getting for auctioning off her virginity, why the Lethal Weapon franchise is dead in the water, and interesting news from the FCC about a nationwide WiFi service...all that and much more can be found after the jump in today's Mantenna!

Coed to Get Millions for Her Virginity

Natalie Dylan, the San Diego college student made famous on The Howard Stern Show for auctioning of her virginity to pay for school has a buyer and it’s big. Dennis Hof, the owner of the Bunny Ranch in Nevada who is facilitating the auction has said that offers of between $1 million and $3.8 million have been made to purchase Natalia’s innocence.  The prize won’t necessarily go to the highest bidder as Natalia has said she hopes to find someone who “seems intelligent.” She has started talking to and emailing prospective lovers while Hof has started collecting deposits. []

Snowboards Feature Playmate Design

With the ski season fast approaching, it’s time to hit the slopes and ride them in style...on the Playboy bunny of your choosing. Snowboard manufacturer Burton has created a series of Playboy-inspired boards featuring sexy nude lasses from the 1980s. The boards are stylish, fast and don’t contain any nudity, so they won’t offend other snowboarders if you wipe out. The great thing about these boards is that you can brag to your friends that you spent the whole weekend riding a snow bunny and you won’t be lying. [The Bachelor Guy]

Mel Gibson Extinguishes Hopes of a Lethal Weapon 5


Mel Gibson is no longer onboard for a sequel to the Lethal Weapon franchise. Director Richard Donner says the project is “dead in the water,” so it sounds like that’s that. You never know, though – a dinner at Spago and a night of drinking and women could change everything; the project could be back on track in no time. But as of right now it’s dead. Donner claims it’s because Warner Brothers didn’t allow him to produce, but chose Joel Silver instead, which turned Gibson off the project. Hmmm…maybe we should let Mel speak for Mel. []

Don Cheadle Takes Terrence Howard’s Place for Iron Man 2

It’s news, and it’s official: Terrence Howard is out. Don Cheadle is in. The king is dead, long live the king. It’s hard to get too upset over this one. Howard wanted more money for the Iron Man sequel but the studio declined to give him a raise. Thus, we get Don Cheadle. Cheadle is an excellent actor and a great addition to the cast, so no tears over here. [The Movie Blog]

Nationwide Free WiFi

The FCC released a report last Friday that pursuing a nationwide, free wireless broadband plan would not interfere with existing wireless carriers coverage.  This is, indeed, an important step forward in an eventual nationwide coverage plan, but Wired reports that it could be some years before it manifests because it is yet to be decided who would implement such a network or how they’d go about it. [Wired]

Britney Going on Tour


Britney Spears will begin a tour next spring, produced by AEG Live. Sources say the tour will likely hit arenas on an international scope, as were recent AEG Live-produced outings by Bon Jovi and Justin Timberlake. Her first single "Womanizer" is expected to leap into the upper reaches of the Billboard Hot 100 this week after some serious internet buzz over sexy new video. Spears’ last toured in 2004 grossed more than $34 million. [MTV News]

Hank Williams Jr. Sings For McCain/Palin

On stage in the middle of a Virginia crowd at the Richmond International Raceway this afternoon, Hank Williams Jr. whipped a conservative crowd into a frenzy by singing a remixed country classic for Governor Sarah Palin. The song "McCain-Palin tradition" was set to the music of Williams’ country classic "Family Tradition," a song written in response to critics who said he wasn’t living up to the legend of his father, Hank Williams (Senior). The original song contains lyrics about drinking and smoking marijuana. "The left wing liberal media has always been a close knit family. But most of the American people don't believe it anyway, you see. Stop and think it over before you make your decision. If they smell something wrong, they're gonna come down strong." [PopEater]

Too Much Debt? Set Your Car on Fire


Reports of owners setting their own cars and trucks ablaze has risen sharply recently. Misguided individuals looking for a way out of their payments and faced with mounting debts turn to the torch in hopes they can collect the insurance settlements. Unfortunately for them, this phenomenon is not new to the cops. According to police, when delinquencies on auto loans rise, owner-involved arson jumps as well. Between 2004 and 2007, "potential owner give-ups" (most of which involve torched vehicles) nearly doubled nationally. [Washington Post]