In a pivotal sequence in Horrible Bosses 2, which opened commercially this week, Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), and Dale (Charlie Day)—a sort of white-collar Three Stooges—are plotting to kidnap the grown son of the ruthless CEO who has bankrupted their independent manufacturing business. Dale proposes they go to the dentist's office where he used to work and steal some laughing gas, which they'll use to knock their victim unconscious. They break into the office after hours, only to be interrupted by the dentist (Jennifer Aniston), who's about to use the waiting room for a session of her sex addicts' support group. Nick, unable to get away in time, gets mistaken for a new member while his friends hide in the bathroom. At first he thinks he's at an AA meeting, and when pressured to share his history (something that would never happen at a real support group), he delivers a vaguely worded "confession" that makes him sound like a gay S&M freak. (As far as we know, the straitlaced Nick is nothing of the sort, which makes the situation that much more embarrassing for him.) The dentist declares she likes trying to "turn" gay men, then promptly kicks out the rest of the group so she can bully Nick into sex. The dentist now preoccupied, Kurt and Dale fetch some laughing gas, then wait in the car and ponder whether Nick's confession was true.
Someone leaked an unreleased Marilyn Manson video this week, or at least the embryo of one. A two-minute clip of dark but fairly rote horror scenes surfaced on YouTube and bounced around seemingly every music website before it was taken down on copyright grounds. Manson can clearly be seen holding a machine gun on a rooftop in one part of the video; in another, the video's alleged director, Eli Roth, appears as a man who rapes a woman played by Lana Del Rey. Manson's camp quickly denied involvement with the viral clip, though a 2013 interview with Roth reveals that he did film a video in which both Manson and Rey appear. Roth said the resulting footage was "so sick" he'd kept it locked up. The evidence suggests that
all the scenes in the YouTube clip were intended for the same Manson project—that is, this probably isn't Manson footage collaged with unrelated Lana Del Rey footage by a fan, as a Manson spokesperson claims. But there is no proof.
Me: This is a thing?
The lady behind the counter at 7-Eleven: They're actually pretty good. I mean, I liked them.
Me: OK, I'll bite.
(What I should have asked: Are they caffeinated?)
Back at Reader world headquarters:
Me: [sniff] [odd smell that's sort of like cinnamon, except with weird chemical topnotes]
Me (hopefully, straining for enticingly, to nearest coworker): Want to try a cappuccino-flavored Lay?
Nearest coworker: [shudders]
Me: [crunch] [taste of something like potato chip, but sweet, not salty, and, therefore, unnatural]: Ugh.
Nearest coworker: [a look that says, "What did I tell you?"]