Mantenna - Monday, November 23

November 23, 2009

Lindsay Lohan gets annoyed that she can't steal things from people, a district judge gets caught calling in sick to play Modern Warfare 2, and an exclusive behind the scenes look at Avatar...the Mantenna is just plain better than you.

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Lindsay Lohan Annoyed That She Can't Steal Things From People

Last week Lindsay tried to help herself to over $15,000 worth of merch from Kitson, a posh Los Angeles clothing store. Not surprisingly, she was stopped from doing so by the store's staff. She then freaked out on the clerk, declaring that the store owner "would have wanted her to have it". But it turns out Lindsay didn't quite have that right. "We're actually really offended" the store's owner stated, and added that they may stop carrying her leggings line as a result of the incident. Man, people in Hollywood really don't pull any punches, do they? [WWTDD]

Man Seeks Out Biological Father, Finds Out Daddy's a Serial Killer

When Matthew Roberts when in search of his biological father, he had no idea what to expect. And resulting discovery that he was the bastard son of Charles Manson was probably not high on the list of possible outcomes. "I didn't want to believe it. I was frightened and angry. It's like finding out that Adolf Hitler is your father,” Roberts said. "I'm a peaceful person - trapped in the face of a monster." In order to confirm his speculations, Roberts contacted Manson in prison, who then confirmed his worst fears. "The truth is the truth," Manson said. "The truth hurts." Hey - it could be worse! His father could have been... umm... Satan? [Perez Hilton]

U2 to Headline Glastonbury

It has been confirmed that U2 will be the headline act for the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival in 2010. U2 will make their first appearance at the festival in Somerset next year, which also marks 40 years since the first Glastonbury Festival. U2 headlines the first day of the event on June 25, 2010. [Guardian]

In the Small is Going Big

Francis Lawrence, the director of movies like I Am Legend and Constantine, might be stepping back up to the directorial plate with In the Small. The movie is going to be based on a graphic novel, and is basically Honey, I Shrunk the Kids times one million. An explosion turns every human being on the planet into a miniature version of themselves – a version only six inches tall, to be more specific. This is the kind of movie it’s pretty difficult to get excited about, and it’s anyone’s guess as to whether it ever makes it out of development. The Incredible Shrinking Man is going to have words with Warner Bros. if it actually gets made. [Pajiba]

Avatar: Behind the Scenes


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In a recent piece by 60 Minutes, we get to see extensive look behind the scenes of James Cameron’s upcoming film, Avatar. Not just that, but we get a retrospective of his entire career, and he discusses his progression from science student to filmmaker, as well as the reason he’s as obsessive as he is. It’s one of the best inside looks at filmmaking and special effects in particular to come out in a long time – and don’t worry, there aren’t any spoilers. [Deadline Hollywood]

NBA Star Fails to Understand Twitter

Gilbert Arenas has decided to reach goal of having one million followers on Twitter by doing the only rational thing possible: stop using Twitter. The NBA star recently claimed that until one million people follow him on the popular social networking site he is not going to send out a single tweet. So far only 2,000 people have opted into the "promisary Twitter plan." [DCIST]

District Judge Caught Calling in Sick to Play Modern Warfare 2

"Will Statton" - not his real name - is 48 years old. And when Modern Warfare 2 was released, he was up at midnight to get an early copy, then took the next day off to play. Problem? See, according to a report in Britain's The Times, Will not only bought the game and stayed up late, he called in the next morning and said he was "sick" when really he was up to his eyeballs in knife-fights and dead Russians. Harmless day off, you say? Would have been - if Will wasn't a district judge of 15 years, at a county court in Britain. Whoops! [Times Online]

Paid Subscription Model Coming to PlayStation Network?

Sony may have once downplayed the notion of "catching up" with Xbox Live, but it looks like it is now set to take at least one big cue from its rival. As oh-so-quietly revealed during a presentation on Thursday and now confirmed by Kaz Hirai himself, Sony will be adding a "premium level" subscription service to the PlayStation Network sometime next year. According to Hirai, that subscription will get you "premium content and services," although exactly what those are remains a bit unclear, as the current level of service will apparently remain free, and continue to include features like Facebook, Netflix, and the ability to play games online. Also up in the air is any word on a price or launch date, although the timing of the announcement does seem to suggest that we might just be hearing more about this at this year's CES. [GameSpot]

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