Mantenna - Thursday, September 24

September 24, 2009

The Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian engagement might actually be a publicity stunt, Mickey Rourke is excited about becoming a serial killer, and Evander Holyfield comes out of retirement...You wouldn't like the Mantenna when he's angry!

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Llmar Odom and Khloe Kardashian Engagement Might Be a Publicity Stunt
Set to be wed this Sunday, which also marks the one month anniversary of the couple meeting each other, rumors have began to circulate that the entire thing may be a sham. Who knew? Seen at a benefit event on Tuesday night, Khloe was not wearing an engagement ring, and also refused to give any interviews, even about non-wedding related subjects. 'Course, they could've just been tired and getting the ring fitted, but that wouldn't be very sensational of them, now would it? [WWTDD]

Randy and Evi Quaid Arrested for Burglary

It appears Randy Quaid and his wife Evi have a habit of racking up massive hotel tabs and then ditching out on the bill. For whatever reason, this really pisses hotel owners off. The couple recently ran up a bill of over $10,000 at the luxurious San Ysidro Ranch, and then just bailed out, which prompted them to be charged with three felony counts each: defrauding an innkeeper, conspiracy, and burglary. When they were arrested, things didn't go very smoothly either, as the arresting officer reported that "Randy was assaulting the officers on the scene both verbally and physically." Stay classy, Mr. Quaid! [Perez Hilton]

Mickey Rourke Excited About Becoming a Serial Killer

Author Phil Carlo, who wrote The Ice Man, a book about Richard Kuklinski, a hit man for the Gambino family who killed over 200 people during his life time, says that Mickey Rourke is “really looking forward to being the Ice Man, and I think he’ll do a great job.” The Ice Man, of course, being Kuklinski. The part was originally going to go to Channing Tatum but, Carlo having good taste in actors, was having none of it. Once the option rights expired under Lorenzo di Bonaventura Carlo saw to it that Rourke got the part. Kuklinski killed 50 people for the fun of it before he turned 18 and at least 150 more for the Gambino family, spending the last twenty years of his life rotting in prison. He used everything from guns and knives to poison and even rocks to murder. If anyone can play this monster it’s Rourke. [New York Post]

David Mamet Not a Good Fit For Anne Frank Movie

So this has got to be the weirdest news of the week, right? David Mamet’s take on Anne Frank being deemed too dark – by the Walt Disney Company, no less? Yeah, real shocker there. The playwright/screenwriter/director has had his project put into turnaround, and basically sent packing. Oddly enough, his take did not actually involve Anne Frank or her diaries, but was about “a contemporary Jewish girl who goes to Israel and learns about the traumas of suicide bombing.” Yeah, hard to see why any studio wouldn’t want that film on its Christmas list. It’s back to the theater for you, Mr. Mamet. [Coming Soon]

The Top 10 Actors Originally Considered For Famous Movie Roles

Hollywood is littered with stories about actors who narrowly missed being cast in roles than ended up becoming some of the most iconic of all time. Nevertheless, it's always fun to take a look back at what might've been, particularly when you consider the idea of someone like Nick Nolte in Star Wars. [Super Tremendous]

Evander Holyfield Comes Out of Retirement to Battle Home Foreclosure and Some European Guy


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At 46 years old, former heavyweight boxing champ (when Bill Clinton was President) has decided to give severe brain damage a try and return to the boxing ring later this year in South Korea. In what could only be classified as a "senior moment" Holyfield told a group of amused reporters that he will one day be the World Champion again, sometime just before he starts getting the senior discount at Denny's. [USA Players]

Leonard Cohen Performs in Israel Despite Political Controversy

Leonard Cohen hit the stage in Israel for his first show there in over 30 years. Cohen performed at Ramat Gan stadium near Tel Aviv, which sparked a protest long before it took place. Some Palestinian activists called for a boycott because of Israel's punishing invasion of Gaza. More than 1,150 Palestinians, including hundreds of civilians, were killed in the three-week offensive that ended around mid-January. Cohen responded by offering to perform in the West Bank city of Ramallah as well. He said all proceeds from the shows would go to Israeli-Palestinian peace organizations. But the pro-Palestinian group Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel urged the singer to cancel the shows and launched a protest campaign. Aside from the protests, the concert mostly went off without a hitch. [AP]

NASA Finds Water on the Moon

New observations from three different spacecraft have found what has been called "unambiguous evidence" of water across the surface of the moon. The new findings, detailed in the September 25th issue of the journal Science, come in the wake of further evidence of lunar polar water ice by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and just weeks before the planned lunar impact of NASA's LCROSS satellite, which will hit one of the permanently shadowed craters at the moon's south pole in hopes of churning up evidence of water ice deposits in the debris field.  [Yahoo]

Nintendo Wii Price Cut Now Official

Nintendo has just announced a price cut for the Wii in both the U.S. and Japan, putting an end to weeks of speculation. In the US, the cut will take effect on September 27th, and as expected will see the console go from $250 to $200. This marks the first time Nintendo have officially reduced the price of the console in any market since the console's launch in 2006, and it's been a long time coming. [Edge Online]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Wednesday, September 23

Tuesday, September 22

Monday, September 21

Friday, September 18

Thursday, September 17

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