Mantenna - Friday, June 19

June 19, 2009

Gisele Bündchen has a bun in the oven, the new Conan the Barbarian is another Austrian, and will Rihanna's testimony in the Chris Brown case be televised?'s the Mantenna!

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Gisele Bündchen has a Bun in the Oven

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen is pregnant and reportedly “ecstatic.” The 28-year-old is said to be expecting her first child with husband Tom Brady. Speculation had grown in recent weeks with photos emerging showing Gisele with a noticeable baby bump. Gisele recently said, “Family is everything. I think family is the base to everything. I think that is one of the things I’m most grateful for. I have a lot to be grateful for but I think that's definitely number one.” [People]

Kendra and her Funbags Celebrate Bachelorette Party

Former Girls Next Door star Kendra Wilkinson celebrated her bachelorette party last night at the Guys and Dolls nightclub in Hollywood. The pregnant reality television star partied it up in a bust-revealing dress and managed to have fun even though she wasn’t able to drink. Kendra is set to wed Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett later this year. [Hollywood Tuna]

Another Austrian to Replace Arnold

It’s looking like the next guy to play Conan the Barbarian is going to share a lot of similarities with Arnold Schwarzenegger. He’s 41, he’s Austrian, he’s a weight lifter turned actor (though we’ve yet to see much evidence of his acting), and he even looks a bit like Arnold. The guy is Roland Kickinger, and though it’s not official yet, he’s well on his way to being the next face of Conan. He’s already done some Schwarzenegger stand-in work: He was the body of the T-800 in Terminator Salvation. So what is it with our need for Austrian bodybuilders in our movies? What’s wrong with the French? Stupid question.

RIAA Wins $1.92 M in File-Sharing Suit


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Billboard is reporting that a Minnesota jury has awarded the RIAA $1.92 million in their lawsuit against a woman named Jammie Thomas-Rasset. The jury found that she had willfully infringed on record labels' copyrights after she downloaded and shared 24 songs on Kazaa. So that works out to $80,000 in damages per song. The mammoth size of the verdict may help dissuade more P2P users from illegally downloading music, and for that the labels are happy. "We appreciate the jury's service and that they take this as seriously as we do," RIAA spokeswoman Cara Duckworth said in a statement. "We are pleased that the jury agreed with the evidence and found the defendant liable." [Billboard]

Rihanna's Testimony in Chris Brown Case Will Not Be Televised

Rihanna's testimony in Chris Brown's preliminary hearing will not be televised, a court spokesperson announced yesterday. The pop star is expected to testify in a Los Angeles court on Monday June 22nd in her former boyfriend's assault hearing. Without offering an explanation, Los Angeles Criminal Court Judge Patricia Schnegg has denied media requests to allow cameras into the courtroom during Rihanna’s testimony. She did, however, agree to allow a sketch artist to draw the scene. [NME]

US Airforce Successfully Tests Airborne Tactical Laser Beam

PEW PEW! That's the new sound of death! According to Boeing, the U.S. Air Force tested an oxygen-iodine laser with a nine mile range in the New Mexico desert, calling the trial run a success. USA Today says that the Advanced Tactical Laser was carried aboard a C-130 plane. Though the power level produced during the test wasn't revealed, these lasers, Global Security says the Advanced Tactical Laser can produce between 100-300 kW of lethal or non-lethal power. [USA Today]

Activision Threatens To "Stop Supporting" Sony Consoles

Bear in mind there's a degree of saber-rattling to this, but still, Activision boss Bobby Kotick has warned Sony that his company -- the world's largest third-party publisher -- may cease support for the PS3 and PSP. Speaking with The Times, Kotick said "I'm getting concerned about Sony; the PlayStation 3 is losing a bit of momentum and they don't make it easy for me to support the platform. It's expensive to develop for the console, and the Wii and the Xbox are just selling better. Games generate a better return on invested capital on the Xbox than on the PlayStation." Them's fightin' words! [Times Online]

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Thursday, June 18

Wednesday, June 17

Tuesday, June 16

Monday, June 15

Friday, June 12

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