Mantenna - Friday, October 22

October 22, 2010

Christina Aguilera has the divorce blues, Liam Neeson replaces Mel Gibson in The Hangover 2, and LeBron James tells Cleveland fans to get over it...the Mantenna is a ramblin' man!

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Christina Aguilera Has the Divorce Blues

Christina Aguilera is finding it tough adjusting to single life since seeking a divorce from husband of five years, Jordan Bratman. The 29-year-old singer filed for divorce October 15. Aguilera told Redbook magazine that each day has been a struggle. She said, "It's not easy, and there have been a lot of tears and sadness. It's impossible to redefine yourself and your life overnight." Since the split she has leaned heavily on family, friends, and her 2-year-old son Max.  She says, "Thankfully, I have my mom and a small group of close friends who are there for me 24/7 and whom I can trust and depend on. On days when it feels impossible to even get out of bed, much less function as a mother, their support and encouragement have kept me moving forward.” Aguilera refused to comment on whether infidelity was the cause behind the marriage breakdown. [Redbook]

Robots Teaching School Children

Robots teachers could soon be teaching in a classroom near you (or at least South Korea), making human teachers a thing of the past. Two schools in South Korea are trying a new program where classes are taught English by a robot nicknamed Engkey. The robots are controlled offsite by an actual teacher, who can be as far away as Australia. Tucker Balch, an associate professor of interactive computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, says this technology can be very beneficial to students. He says, “This type of technology can bring many types of teaching that would otherwise be unavailable into more classrooms. It may be better to have a telepresence robot from a highly skilled teacher than to have just an average teacher in the classroom.” The South Korea government is planning to roll out 36 more Engkey robots across 18 elementary schools by the end of the year. Scientists are also working on a robot that doesn’t need to be human-controlled. [CNN]

Liam Neeson Replaces Mel Gibson in The Hangover 2

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According to Variety, Liam Neeson is taking over Mel Gibson’s cameo role in The Hangover 2 after the cast got him booted this week. "I just got a call to do a one day shoot on Hangover as a tattooist in Thailand ...that's all I know about it," Liam recently told Variety. Apparently his A-Team co-star Bradley Cooper was the one who helped push it through. Ironically enough, Neeson and Gibson actually have the same rep. Poor guy. [Access Hollywood]

LeBron James tells Cleveland Fans to Get Over It

Remember when LeBron James turned his back on the state he grew up in and people who spent endless time supporting his basketball progress? Well, he's tired of them harping on it so much. "If I was a fan and I was on the outside looking in, I could be upset a little bit if one of my favorite players left," James said. "Or if I felt like he betrayed us or whatever the case may be. But you have to get over it." So, this guy has literally forgotten where he came from at this point? [ESPN]

NFL Job Security Not What It Used to Be

So, you want to enjoy a long career as an NFL player? Well, assuming you make the league, there's a 1 in 25 chance of this happening. According to reports, "over the past 20 years, 15,018 players played in the NFL, but only 631 (4%) played three or more years. The average career length is 3.7 seasons, but players do not receive benefits unless they put in four years, both stats according to the NFL." Wait, did you also look at that sentence and say "15,018 people made the NFL and I wasn't one of them? This is b#######!" If so, you may be material. [SPORTSbsBROOKS]


Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Thursday, October 21

Wednesday, October 20

Tuesday, October 19

Monday, October 18

Friday, October 15

...or see the rest of the archive!