Mantenna - Friday, April 9

April 9, 2010

Mischa Barton’s ex slams the troubled star, Aerosmith gets saved by crisis talks, and Gears Of War 3 is coming next year...Mantenna is the cream in your coffee!

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Mischa Barton’s Ex Calls her a Hefer

Poor Mischa Barton can’t catch a break. The actress has had her fair share of personal and professional disappointments of late. Last year she spent some time under psychiatric care and then her new television show was quickly yanked off the air. Now an ex-boyfriend has taken to Twitter with some very unkind words. Brandon Davis, an oil heir and friend of Paris Hilton, recently bumped into Mischa at a party then took to Twitter and tweeted, “Omg. Just realized my ex turned in to 1 of the fattest people in the planet. I’m gonna start dating plus size models. Not! Mishca the Hefer” Ouch!! Davis and Barton dated during Barton’s The OC days.  Keep it classy, Brandon! [Huffinton Post]

Elizabeth Taylor Set to Marry for the 9th Time

Aging silver screen icon Elizabeth Taylor is set to get hitched again. The 78-year-old is reportedly engaged to a much younger man, 49-year-old manager Jason Winters. A source told Us Weekly, “It's no secret that they've been together forever and are in love, so it wouldn't be a surprise if they were engaged. Right now they are keeping it between them.” The couple is been dating for some time and have yet to confirm the story. In 2007, Taylor told gossip columnist Liz Smith, “Jason Winters is one of the most wonderful men I've ever known and that's why I love him.” Here’s hoping the ninth time is lucky for Ms. Taylor. [US Magazine]

Halo Movie Not Actually Dead

Once upon a time, Microsoft was going to make a big budget Hollywood version of the Halo franchise. Until it spectacularly fell apart. But that doesn't mean it won't ever happen, says the company. At a recent conference, Frank O'Connor from Microsoft's Halo branch, 343 Industries, said they were going to make a movie "when the time is right". Continuing, O'Connor added, "We own the IP. If we want to make a movie, the scale of all the other stuff that we do changes dramatically. We make tens and tens of millions of dollars on ancillary stuff, toys, apparel, music and publishing. If we do a movie all of that will grow exponentially." Looks like it may just be a matter of time. [IGN]

Aerosmith Saved by Crisis Talks

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It’s been reported that Aerosmith managed to mend their relationship with frontman Steven Tyler and save the band by sitting down for crisis talks in February. After Tyler announced his plans for a two-year hiatus before quitting the group, Tyler's manager, Skip Miller, threatened to sue Aerosmith if the rocker was replaced. Just two weeks after Miller's warning, the band appeared back on track. Bassist Tom Hamilton has revealed that the group managed to put the feud behind them by sitting down for a meeting and talking through their problems. He told the Boston Herald, "There was management there. (We were) all lawyered up. There was a lot of sort of reconciling and processing feelings and stuff…People wanted to see the band. We finally realized, even with all the BS (bulls**t) flying around, that there was a beautiful thing right there if we had enough sense to grab it." Back in the saddle again. [Boston Herald]

Gears Of War 3 Coming April 2011

Somebody at Microsoft appears to have flicked a switch a little early, with an advertisement appearing on the Xbox 360 dashboard for Gears of War 3. There's the trademark Gears of War logo, and a tagline that reads "The epic story concludes April 2011." The ad appears to have jumped the proverbial gun, with the official reveal of the game not expected to have taken place until an appearance from Epic's Cliff Bleszinski on the Jimmy Fallon show on Monday night. [Joystiq]

USC Scientists Turn T-Shirts Into Body Armor

Researchers at the University of South Carolina have figured out how to combine the carbon component of cotton with boron to create a cotton t-shirt with the toughness of body armor. The scientists started with plain white y-shirts that were cut into thin strips and dipped into a boron solution. The strips were later removed from the solution and heated in an oven. Boron carbide is the same stuff that's used to protect tanks, but the boron carbide nanowire fabric that the USC team created has the added benefit of being flexible, lightweight, and elastic. Sweet - now we all know Superman's secret to success. [Ecouterre]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Thursday, April 8

Wednesday, April 7

Mantenna - April 6

Monday, April 5

Friday, April 2

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