Mantenna - Monday, October 12

October 12, 2009

Angelina Jolie is a Tourist, Kanye West is heading to a Hindu retreat, and the 2009 Miss Plastic Beauty Queen gets crowned...the Mantenna is just that good!

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Florida Man Mistakes Fiancée for Burglar, Shoots Her Dead

A Florida man has shot his fiancée dead the night before their wedding. John Tabutt, 62, was sleeping when he thought he heard an intruder. He grabbed his gun and went to investigate. He then fired a single shot into the chest of his 62-year-old fiancée Nancy Dinsmore. He rang 911 and said, “I thought I had an intruder in the house. Honest to God, she looks dead." Thinking Nancy may still be alive, he is heard saying, “Hang in there, Honey. Hang in there.” Tabutt claims he thought Nancy was next to him in bed when he went to investigate the so-called intruder. Police are treating the incident as a tragic accident, but are continuing their investigation. [CBS News]

Miss Plastic Beauty Queen Crowned

Reka Urban has been crowned the Miss Plastic Hungary 2009. The contest is the first of its kind in the world and only women who have gone under the surgeon’s knife are allowed to compete. Edina Kulcsar was named first-runner and Alexandra Horvath, who suffered a boob-induced injury during the competition, was named second-runner up. Reka was appropriately awarded a plastic crown and an apartment in Budapest for taking the title. [ABC News]

Angelina Jolie is a Tourist

After Charlize Theron ditched The Tourist, a thriller about a woman who’s been enlisted by Interpol to entrap a past lover turned international criminal (and a remake of the 2005 movie Anthony Zimmer), it was looking like bad times for the project. Tom Cruise had already dropped out (and has since been replaced by Sam Worthington), but now an even bigger A-list celeb has stepped up: Angelina Jolie. The actress is well suited for this kind of part and was a natural fit, though the film still needs a director since Bharat Nalluri bailed on the project. Is this movie cursed? [Risky Business Blog]

Talent Runs in the Stephen King Household

It wasn’t until 2006 that anyone knew that Joe Hill was actually Joe Hillstrom King, Stephen King’s son. He tried to keep his identity under wraps so that he could have a career unfettered by the long shadow of his father – he and Luke Skywalker have a lot in common, minus the lightsabers. Now Horns, Hill’s newest novel, is being made into a movie. The book follows a 26-year-old man who wakes up with horns growing out of his head and finds they keep getting bigger (he has a lot in common with Hell Boy), only to discover that it all has something to do with the murder of his special lady friend. This sound like a Stephen King novel, minus the awesomeness. [Variety]

Kanye West Heading to a Hindu Retreat


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Kanye West is taking a page right out of The Beatles' playbook by planning an escape to an Indian religious retreat in a bid to turn his life around. It seems the egotistical star is going to reevaluate things after storming the stage and humiliating Taylor Swift at September's MTV Video Music Awards. West is planning to escape to spend a month at a Hindu ashram in Pondicherry, India. An insider told Star magazine, "He feels terrible about hurting Taylor Swift and sees it as another sign that his life is going in the wrong direction since his mother died." [Yahoo]

Chicago Cubs Find Ways to be Losers Off the Field Too

In an effort to help sell the franchise, the Tribune company had the Chicago Cubs file for bankruptcy protection earlier today, a move that will help ease the sale to billionaire Joe Ricketts. The Cubs' chapter 11 filing is the first ever for a team from a major market and has given their fans yet another reason to wonder why exactly God hates them, and whether or not the next 100 years without a World Series will be even more difficult to deal with. [WSIL TV]

Nintendo Talks Smack on Sony's PSP Go, Sparks Corporate Flame War

Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime has been known to take a few shots at the competition in the past, and it seems that he just couldn't help himself from offering a few thoughts on Sony's latest handheld. Speaking with The Washington Post, Reggie says that the PSP Go has a "fundamental concept  problem in terms of 'Who's it for?' and 'What's the benefit?'" -- adding that he always has the "utmost respect for all our competitors, but that it's "interesting to try and answer the  consumer question of 'What's in it for me?' in that product." Come to think of it, that actually is a pretty good question. [Joy Stiq]

Inpending Death From Above to Be Averted By German Robots

The Guardian reports that robots are under development to rescue failing satellites and push "dead" ones into outer space, and should be ready for action in about four years. Experts described the development by German scientists as a "crucial step" in preventing a disaster in the Earth's crowded orbit. Last year it was reported that critical levels of debris circling the Earth were threatening astronauts' lives and the future of the multibillion-pound satellite communications industry. But senior figures at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) say they've been given the go-ahead to tackle a crisis that will come to a head in the next five to 10 years as more orbiting objects run out of fuel. Oh those Germans, always lookin' out! [Guardian]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Friday, October 9

Thursday, October 8

Wednesday, October 7

Tuesday, October 6

Monday, October 5

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