Mantenna - Thursday, January 14

January 14, 2010

Lindsay Lohan sex tape rumors abound, Jay Reatard's death is being investigated as a homicide, and Leno ousts Coco....the Mantenna is the new host of The Tonight Show!

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Get Ready for the Lindsay Lohan Sex Tape

Lindsay Lohan is bracing for the release of a private sex tape. According to reports, “a 47-second tape of the actress frolicking naked with a mystery male is currently being shopped around LA.” The tape is apparently being peddled by a "waiter with a well-known chain restaurant" and will be released through an “offshore porn site.” According to Britain’s The Daily Mirror, “This video file is dynamite. It is pretty seedy and shows Lindsay engaged in a particular sex act which, obviously, should remain behind closed doors.'” Maybe this will be the career boost Lohan so desperately needs. [Daily Mail]

British Great-Grandmother Has Surgery to Look Like Jessica Rabbit

Annette Edwards, a 57-year-old British great-grandmother, has spent $16,000 on plastic surgery to look like Jessica Rabbit from the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The “sexy” granny says she’s “always loved the cartoon character” and was desperate to have Ms. Rabbit’s womanly curves. To get the Jessica’s look Annette had cheek implants, chin implants, and a breast lift. She also spent three months on a diet that was, well, like a rabbit's. She says, “I did go on a three-month diet eating a little like the rabbits: salads, get the figure right.” [Huffington Post]

Jackie Earle Haley Still in the Green Lantern Game

Even after Peter Saarsgard was signed to play Hector Hammond in Green Lantern, fans were up in arms over the fact that Sinestro wasn’t going to be a villain in the movie. But now it looks as if that might not be the case. Turns out Sinestro might be a minor villain in the first film, only to become a bigger one in forthcoming sequels. And it’s even looking like Jackie Earle Haley, the guy originally touted to play Sinestro, is the only guy Warner Bros. will consider for the role. Watchmen has taken Mr. Haley a long, long ways – and rightly so. [Hit Fix]

Leno Ousts Coco

In the long-running feud between Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, and NBC, Leno has been given the 11:35 – 12:35 spot, which effectively bumps Conan out of his spot. Which means Coco needs a new home. There have been rumors that NBC CEO Jeff Zucker would hold him to a three-and-a-half-year no-compete clause, which would be screwing the big C even worse than he’s already getting screwed. Is this the end of Conan as we know him, or is he moving on to bigger and better things? [TMZ]

Jay Reatard's Death Being Investigated as a Homicide


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Memphis Police are searching for a possible suspect in yesterday's death of Memphis rocker Jay Reatard at his Cooper-Young home. Officers were called to the 900 block of Meda around 3:30am and found 29-year old Jimmy Lindsey, Jr., also known as Jay Reatard, dead on arrival. The Homicide Bureau is handling this as an ongoing investigation. This could get ugly. [Pitchfork]

Cleveland Cavaliers May Have Cheated a Little to Draft LeBron

Former Cleveland Cavaliers Coach John Lucas is telling anyone that will listen how his former team did just about everything short of savagely beating their players in order to lose games for a higher draft pick. Lucas claims that management traded away skilled players, kept veterans on the injured reserve, and essentially told everybody in the organization that "losing was the number one priority." Of course this strategy ultimately worked, as the Cavaliers ended up with the top pick in the 2003 NBA Draft and the most talented player in the league. [ESPN]

Doomsday Clock Moved Back One Minute

The Doomsday Clock, a metaphoric measure of the threat posed by nuclear weapons, biotechnology, and climate change, has been moved back one minute, to six minutes before midnight, signaling a more "hopeful state of world affairs." The Bulletin of Atomic Sciences cited the increased discourse on climate change and further developments towards a nuclear weapons-free future as the cause for dialing back the clock. This is the nineteenth time the clock has been changed since it was originally set at seven minutes to midnight in 1947. Hooray? [Turn Back the Clock]

Obama Appointee Favors Infiltrating Online Social Groups

President Barack Obama's appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated in a recent paper the "cognitive infiltration" of groups that advocate conspiracy theories like the ones surrounding 9/11 via "chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine" those groups. Though Sunstein admits that "some conspiracy theories, under our definition, have turned out to be true." You have wonder what his thoughts on the Black Panthers are. In any case, looks like it's time to bust out those tinfoil hats again, kids! [Raw Story]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Wednesday, January 13

Tuesday, January 12

Monday, January 11

Friday, January 8

Thursday, January 7

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