Mantenna - Wednesday, October 14

October 14, 2009

Leona Lewis gets punched in the head, a marathon runner gets disqualified for using an iPod, and Britney Spears somehow gets voted best celebrity mom...this is a Mantenna world!

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Leona Lewis Punched by Deranged Lunatic

British pop singer Leona Lewis has been punched in the head at a book signing in London. The 24-year-old was 30 minutes into signing copies of her autobiography when an unidentified man left the line, walked up to her, and attacked. The man was immediately detained by security guards and later arrested on suspicion of assault by police. Lewis was rushed to hospital and is said to be in shock over the incident. [The Sun]

First Photos of Kidnap Survivor Jaycee Dugard Hit the Web

People magazine has published the first photographs of an adult Jaycee Dugard. Dugard was kidnapped at age 11 and was held captive for 18 years by convicted rapist and registered sex offender Phillip Garrido. While being held she bore two children to Garrido. Last August she and her two children were freed with Garrido and his wife being charged with kidnapping, rape, and false imprisonment. Nevertheless, Dugard looks bubbly and happy on the cover of the magazine, saying "I'm so happy to be back with my family. Nothing is more important than the unconditional love and support that I have from them." [People]

Britney Spears Voted Best Celebrity Mom?!

As if this world couldn’t seem any dumber, Britney Spears has somehow been voted as the best celebrity mom on the planet. In a poll conducted in the U.K., 74% of the votes for best celebrity mom went to Ms. Spears. Following in second place is pop rival Christina Aguilera, who pulled in 12% of the votes, with Angelina Jolie taking third. The late Jade Goody and Katie Holmes came in at 4th and 5th and other famous moms in the top ten included Madonna, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Nicole Richie, and Victoria Beckham. This has to be one of the dumbest polls ever conducted. [Mirror]

Jon Favreau Will Not Direct The Avengers

Iron Man director Jon Favreau recently told MTV that he's not going to be directing The Avengers, Marvel's forthcoming superhero film that'll feature the likes of The Hulk, Nick Fury, Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. Favreau would love to do it, and he'll executive produce, but logistically he is just not going to be available to direct. Sad face. [/Film]

The 10 Funniest Movie Outtakes of All Time

There's something about someone failing at something that pretty much sums up what the entire Internet is about. And when the person messing it up is a highly paid actor, it's even better. Manofest pays tribute to some of the funniest movie outtakes from the history of cinema, so take a look at some of the hilarious bits that didn't end up in the movie. [Manofest]

Singer Al Martino Dies At 82


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Al Martino, the chart-topping Italian-American crooner of ballads such as "Spanish Eyes" and "Volare" who played the wedding singer in The Godfather, has died at age 82. Martino's career spanned half a century, and at his peak in the ‘50s and ‘60s he was among the most recognizable pop stars around. He scored his first number one U.S. hit in 1952 with "Here in My Heart," a song which also became Britain's very first number one single. He died Tuesday at his childhood home in a suburb of Philadelphia. [Billboard]

A Facebook Poke Can Get You Arrested

A 36-year-old woman named Shannon Jackson has been arrested for a seriously heinous crime: poking someone over Facebook. Due to the restraining order in place, she is facing "up to a year in prison and fine of $2,500" over her illegal Facebook poke. It seems like the most harmless manner of breaking a protection order, short of sending smoke signals, so you have to wonder if the punishment actually fits the crime. [Telegraph]

Marathon Runner Disqualified for "Performance Enhancing" iPod

After being declared the winner of Milwaukee's 26.2-mile Lakefront marathon, Jennifer Goebel was stripped of the title because she…used an iPod. It sounds pretty lame, but apparently USA Track and Field rules state that elite runners competing for USATF championships or cash prizes aren't allowed to use electronic devices. Adding to the whole mess, Goebel was only made the winner after the fastest woman was earlier disqualified for accepting a water bottle from a friend, instead of the official water stations. On a forum debating the water incident, a photo of Goebel using the iPod turned up, and then the proverbial s*** hit the fan. Again. Man, and we thought marathons were just contests about who could run long distances the quickest. [Sporting News]

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Tuesday, October 13

Monday, October 12

Friday, October 9

Thursday, October 8

Wednesday, October 7

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