Mantenna - Friday, February 27

February 27, 2009

Dell is selling netbooks for the ridiculously low price of $200, Jimmy Kimmel goes up Calista Flockhart's skirt, and Eminem sues his record label for's the Mantenna!

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Jimmy Kimmel's "Clip" Gaffe

In this uncensored clip that was cut before airtime, Jimmy Kimmel is talking to the waifish-yet-sexy Calista Flockhart and asks her to set her “clit” up instead of “clip.”  The ensuing blush and sexual tension is more hilarious than anything you’ve ever seen Calista Flockhart in and about average for Kimmel.  The camera, though, cuts away before Calista lifts the hood off her clip from her sitcom Brothers and Sisters. [WWTDD]


CollegeHumor has drawn up a few situations in your typical office day, and then drawn up that same situation as you see it in your mind’s eye.  They call it Work-O-Vision.  When you’re sitting at your desk, you’ve got a limited view of the world – things look a little different than they otherwise might.  A chat with the babe-alicious secretary at the water cooler might feel like an 11-hour rave on ecstasy. [CollegeHumor]

Dell Mini 9 Laptop for $200 Today Only

Riding the wave of the netbook craze, Dell is promoting their 9-inch bare bones netbook by offering it at the hyper-low price of $200 for today only.  It’s the most basic trim of the model, it runs Ubuntu, has 512MB of DDR2, and a 4GB solid state drive.  There’s no webcam and you have to pay more if you don’t want the normal black color.  But $200 for a brand new laptop is about as good as you could possibly ask for. [Dell]

Damn Those Yankees

Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal are teaming up for their first musical in yet another remake, this one of the 1958 film Damn Yankees, which was based on the 1955 Broadway musical. It won seven Tonys when it hit the Broadway stage, and now it’s going back up on the screen – though neither Carrey nor Gyllenhaal have ever done a musical before. Is the market for musicals starring has-been comedians and prettyboys that strong? New Line seems to think so. Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel are penning the script, but no director is presently attached. [Variety]

Eminem sues Universal over digital royalties


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In a case worth hundreds of millions of dollars to artists worldwide, Eminem's lawsuit against his label finally went to trial this week after two years. Eminem's publishing company, FBT Productions, is suing Universal Music Group for $1.6 million  in alleged unpaid royalties. But what's at stake is not just an unpaid bill, it's the definition of digital royalties. Eminem's lawyers argue that downloads should fall under the "licensing" agreements that cover physical releases such as CDs and vinyl records, but UMG says they are governed by "distribution" arrangements, which have lower royalty rates. [The Guardian]

Woodstock '09 is On

Head Woodstock promoter Michael Lang is planning two free Woodstock concerts in Berlin, Germany and in New York in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original 1969 festival.  According to a recent press release, the New York show still doesn't have a venue, but will take place on the actual 40th anniversary (August 15th and 16th). The Berlin show will take place at the now-closed Tempelhof Airport on August 22nd and August 23rd.  Michael Lang and his partners are in the works of booking some of the original artists that performed at Yasgur's Farm back in 1969. Some of the iconic acts include Santana, The Who, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Grateful Dead, and Country Joe and the Fish. There will also be a slew of new musical acts. []

Bentley Snubs Recession, Announces Price Increases

Impervious to the plight of the filthy middle class during the global automotive and economic crisis, Bentley Motors has announced they will be implementing a 5% price hike in the U.K. beginning in April. According to Bentley, the decision to increase the price was a direct result of the falling value of the European Sterling and as such will only apply to vehicles sold in the U.K. market. “We are reacting to the continued very low value of Sterling against the Euro,” said Stuart McCullough, Board Member For Sales & Marketing. “As a U.K. business with much of our component costs based in Euros, we have to address the fact that our costs have increased significantly given Sterling’s dramatic decline.” [HULIQ]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Thursday, February 26

Wednesday, February 25

Tuesday, February 24

Monday, February 23

Friday, February 20

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