Mantenna - Tuesday, August 18

August 18, 2009

Heidi Montag might reveal more skin for Playboy, Lady Gaga vows to tone down her act for the Holy Land, and why kitchens will be cleaning themselves very soon...that's the bottom line, 'cause the Mantenna said so!

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Heidi Montag to Reveal More?

Heidi Montag is everywhere at the moment publicizing her non-nude pictorials in Playboy magazine. Now she has revealed she may pose again for the magazine, this time showing more of her body. She recently told Ryan Seacrest why she didn’t bare all, saying, “Always leave them asking for more. Next time, I'll have more to reveal." She was then asked if she has a two or three-part Playboy deal, to which she coyly replied, "Maybe." So the Heidi Montag Playboy experiment continues... [US Magazine]

Nobody Likes Gwyneth Paltrow

A source has told a FOX News blog that most of the Iron Man 2 crew had secret hopes that Gwyneth Paltrow’s character in the film would be recast or maybe even killed in the movie. According to the source, "Gwyneth is not friendly to anyone, and tends to make people feel awkward and uncomfortable." It must be really nice not getting in trouble for being a total bitch in the workplace. We all hope we can achieve that level of success some day. [FOX News]

Johnny Depp to Play Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows

It was announced today that Johnny Depp is going to take vampire thriller Dark Shadows to the big screen. Depp and longtime director pal Tim Burton are hoping to turn the '60s series about a man struck down with a vampire curse into a feature film. Depp stated: "I was obsessed with (lead character) Barnabas Collins. I have photographs of me holding Barnabas Collins' posters when I was five or six." Burton also admitted that work is already under way on the project. [News Watches]

Lady Gaga to Tone Down Show in the Holy Land


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Lady Gaga is apparently toning down her image for her trip to Israel because she wants to be respectful while she is in the very religious land. Notorious for her provocative outfits and sexual routines, Gaga has promised to be respectful while she in Israel and has said that she can't wait to see "sacred and holy" Jerusalem. Lady Gaga will perform the last show of her Fame Ball tour in Tel Aviv tomorrow. Madonna must be so disappointed. [Contact Music]

Kitchens May Soon Clean Themselves

Nobody likes cleaning, especially the kitchen. Well, wiping down counter tops and scrubbing the stove with chemicals may be a thing of the past. Scientists at Purdue University in Indiana have created a new Teflon-like material that will allow surfaces to be wiped totally clean with nothing more than water. Project team leader Dr. Jeffrey Youngblood said, “You add water, and the oil just comes right off like magic.” In effect the material makes the water a super detergent. Grease and grime, consider your days numbered! [Daily Mail]

Apple Secretly Building Massive Center in the Middle of Nowhere

Apple is building half-million square foot data center facility in North Carolina. At this point it's anyone guess what it's going to be used for, but it will reportedly be one of the largest in the world. With heavy hitters like Google and Facebook collecting and store data by the truckloads on a daily basis, it looks like Apple feels its time to up their game. [Cult of Mac]

Ford Reveals Details on Smart Grid Communication System for Plug-in Hybrids

At a conference with its utility and research partners today, Ford Motor Co. announced a new intelligent vehicle-to-grid communications system. When the car is plugged in to an outlet with a smart meter, the meter can provide cost and time information back to the vehicle. Based on this information, the vehicle can be automatically programmed to start charging during off-peak hours when the cost is the lowest. The smart meters use wireless communications to get the data about local electric rates and usage, and if multiple vehicles in a neighborhood are plugged in simultaneously, the meters can help manage the charging to prevent overloaded circuits. Now all Ford needs are some plug-in vehicles to use it with. [Earth 2 Tech]

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