Mantenna - Thursday, October 23

October 23, 2008

Alicia Witt gets sweaty with a lap dance, Beyonce picks herself a new stage name, and another potentially Oscar-worthy film from Clint Eastwood is heading to theaters...all that and more after the jump in today's Mantenna!

Lap Dancing Goes Primetime

Lap dancing went primetime this week when Alicia Witt got down and dirty in a scene for CBS’s sitcom Two and a Half Men. She gave one of the characters a sexy lap dance, while Charlie Sheen (who seemed totally in his element) offered to help her get her job back as a school teacher. You may remember Alicia from her role on Twin Peaks and, more recently, in Law and Order: Criminal Intent as Det. Nola Falacci. Finally, a reason to watch Two and a Half Men! [Egotastic!]

When Virtual Death is a Crime

A 43-year-old female gamer has been jailed for killing her digital husband in Maple Story, a virtual game world. The woman, a piano teacher, committed the “crime” after being told by her “husband” (in reality a 33-year-old office worker) that he wanted a digital divorce. In a bitter rage she stole his password, logged onto his computer and killed his digital persona. The woman was jailed on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data. She is yet to be formally charged but could face up to 5 years in prison if convicted. [AOL News]

Beyonce Changes Her Name


Beyonce's third solo album will be titled I Am ... Sasha Fierce, unveiling an alter ego which the artist says allows her to take more risks. "Sasha Fierce is the fun, more sensual, more aggressive, more outspoken side and more glamorous side that comes out when I'm working and when I'm on the stage." This Sasha chick sounds way cooler than the real Beyonce. []

Beer Fights Disease, Extends Life

We THOUGHT so!  Resveratrol, the chemical made famous by fighting heart disease from the bottom of a red wine bottle, has been found to be even more effective when combined with beer.  We’re not totally sure how scientists would go about figuring that out, but we also don’t care at all. The chemical isn’t naturally in beer, though, and would have to be added sometime in the brewing process. But, when that happens, we’ll remember to drink our medicine. [Gizmodo UK]

LOLcats Fight Illiteracy

The good folks over at are teaming up with a San Francisco art gallery for a show and silent auction starring the adorable-if-linguistically-challenged LOLcats.  I can has benefit for an adult literacy program? Yes, yes I can. [Wired]

Eastwood Gives Us a Big Bang For Our Buck


Clint Eastwood may very well go down in history as being the world’s most prolific director. His movie The Changeling opens tomorrow, and now we have word of his next movie coming out, Gran Torino. In it, a racist veteran of the Korean War catches a young initiate into a gang as he attempts to steal Walt Kowalski’s (Eastwood) prized possession: his classic car. Never come between a man and his vehicle. Especially if that man is Clint Eastwood. []

Ben Stiller Not Such a Funny Guy

It turns out one of the funniest actors/directors in the industry is getting sick and tired of being so funny. Every clown needs a little sadness, every comedian a little tragedy. Stiller has apparently put himself in the running to direct Dreamworks’ film about the riots during the 1968 Democratic convention, titled The Trial of the Chicago 7. After his success with Tropic Thunder, it appears Stiller wants to expand his range. Hopefully he doesn’t give up his comedic roots for good. [The Movie Blog]

Consumer Reports releases 2008 Reliability Survey

Millions of people out there consider Consumer Reports the bible of consumer goods shopping. Thus, it's news when the non-profit releases findings from a new subscriber-based survey. This time it's the 2008 Reliability Survey, and while you'll have to buy the latest issue of Consumer Reports to see how your favorite brand or model in particular performed, the overall trends indicate that (not surprisingly) fuel efficient vehicles, whether they be hybrids or just small gas-powered cars, are very reliable. What is surprising, however, is that domestics like Ford are reportedly pulling away from their rivals in the reliability arena, with the majority of its models, including Lincoln and Mercury vehicles, now scoring above the industry average. []

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Wednesday, October 22

Tuesday, October 21

Monday, October 20

Friday, October 17

Thursday, October 16

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