Mantenna - Tuesday, November 3

November 3, 2009

Kate Winslet wins a big payout over a mean body slur, Owen Wilson is now Marmaduke, and Hulk Hogan talks about playing bass for Metallica...there's no place like the Mantenna...there's no place like the Mantenna...there's no place like the Mantenna...

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Kate Winslet Wins Payout Over Body Slur

Kate Winslet has accepted 25,000 pounds ($US 41,000) in damages from a British newspaper who claimed she lied about her exercise regime. The Daily Mail apologized to the actress for "any distress caused" by the article which was published in January. Winslet released a statement saying she wanted an apology "to demonstrate my commitment to the views that I have always expressed about body issues, including diet and exercise." You go, girl. [Huffington Post]

Jeremy Piven Grew Manboobs

Jeremy Piven doesn’t have much luck with certain foods. Earlier in the year he pulled out of a Broadway play after suffering mercury poisoning from eating too much sushi. Now he says soy milk was causing him to grow breasts. The Entourage actor said, “I was the guy that dabbled in soy milk, but now I've found out soy milk has enough estrogen for me to grow breasts. I had to put the soy milk down. It was a very confusing time." Piven did more than dabble, he reportedly consumed 12 cups of soy milk a day. [Us Weekly]

Owen Wilson is Marmaduke

It’s hard to know what is more depressing: the fact that they’re going to make a Marmaduke movie, or the fact that Owen Wilson is going to do Marmaduke’s voice. Anyone who’s ever read the cartoon knows that you have to be tripping on pretty heavy-duty painkillers to get any amusement out of them, so what exactly was going through Wilson’s head when he signed on is anyone’s guess. But at least he’ll have company: William H. Macy, George Lopez, Steeve Coogan, and two of the Wayans brothers are also part of the gang. [/Film]

Michael Bay Talks Transformers 3

After all the huge effects sequences and explosions and robots fighting robots of Transformers 2, director Michael Bay has decided that the next Transformers needs to be toned down a little bit. What exactly does that mean? Well, in Bay’s words, the film is going to be “more undercover”, “less exposed”, and generally more full of emotion and relationships. Has the man lost his mind? It’s possible, but if he continues working with Megan Fox then he’ll be in good company. [Cinematical]

Hulk Hogan Really Wanted to Play Bass For Metallica


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Hulk Hogan has confessed he almost quit the ring to become Metallica's bass player. Hulk apparently played bass guitar in his high school band and said he would have turned his back on the ring at the height of his fame to join the legendary metal band. Hogan recently told the Chicago Tribune newspaper, "When Metallica was looking for a bass player, I called and never heard a word back from them. I would have quit wrestling in a heartbeat to be a bass player for Metallica." We would've given anything in this world to see Hulk body slam Lars at the end of every show. [Brave Words]

NFL Owner Channels His Inner 12-Year-Old Girl

At a recent charity event, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder explain to reporters how he's frustrated, disappointed, depressed, aroused, and apologetic for the team's awful 2009 campaign. The flamboyant billionaire whined for the better part of 20 minutes to fans and reporters, telling them to believe in the team and claiming that they're going to really try to turn things around. The only thing that was missing from this middle school sob story was a Twilight poster and eating disorder. [Yahoo]

Dutch Hacker Holds iPhones Hostage Remotely

After discovering a key vulnerability in jailbroken iPhones, a Dutch hacker gained full access to scores of unsecure phones, leaving the users a text message demanding that money be deposited into a Paypal account in order to re-secure their hacked phones. Part of the message to the users stated "remember, the way I got access to your iPhone can be used by thousands of others-they can send text messages from your number (like I did), use it to call or record your calls, and actually whatever they want, even use it for their hacking activities." Remember kids, jailbreaking your phone is, ya know, actually kind of stupid! [Gizmodo]

Study Finds Video Games Equal Low Income, By the Minute

The New Brunswick Telegraph Journal reports the findings of Economics student Ryan MacLeod, who has crunched some demographics numbers to determine that, the more men play games, the more their income drops. The effect is so notable that for every minute a video game is played, MacLeod's research suggests gamers can expect a 0.4 per cent decrease in income. "My work confirms that, in general, the more income a person has, the more time they spent playing video games," MacLeod said. "But that playing video games could also have a negative effect on a person's income." So your parents were sort of right - instead of draining your brain, it drains your wallet. Whatever - pass the controller over here. [Telegraph Journal]

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Monday, November 2

Friday, October 30

Thursday, October 29

Wednesday, October 28

Tuesday, October 27

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