Mantenna - Friday, May 15

May 15, 2009

T-Pain welcomes a baby boy, Ford tracks down a stolen prototype car with Twitter, and Natalie Portman denies she’s dating Sean's the Mantenna!

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Natalie Portman Denies She’s Dating Sean Penn

It is rumored that Sean Penn and Natalie Portman are an item and that she may be responsible for Sean Penn recently filing for legal separation from his wife of 13 years, actress Robyn Wright Penn.  According to some reports, Natalie and Sean were spotted “making out” in a Hollywood hotel in March. Natalie has issued a statement denying the affair. She says, “Sean Penn is a friend and colleague. The reports that we are romantically involved are completely untrue. I normally do not respond to rumors about my private life, however, this repeatedly fabricated story has forced me to do so.” There, she said it. [Just Jared]

Dita Von Teese Teases Eurovision Viewers

The Eurovision song contest is happening this weekend in Moscow and from the look of recently released rehearsal photos, the viewing audience are in for a sexy treat. Dita Von Teese is performing one of her famed burlesque dances during the song "Miss Kiss Kiss Bang," Germany's official entry in the singing competition. In the routine Ms. Teese strips down to a tight black bodice, revealing her incredible cleavage and diamond covered breasts. Norway’s Alexander Rybak is the hot favorite to win the competition, but Dita has won our hearts. [Daily Mail]

Bellucci Gets Her Sorcerer On

Monica Bellucci is jumping right into the middle of production of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the Jerry Bruckheimer film backed by Disney and starring the esteemed I’ll-do-anything-for-a-dollar-and-a-ten-cent-toupee Nicolas Cage. Her character is Veronica, the ex-lover of Balthazar Blake (Cage). So everyone who thought this movie was going to be a nerdfest can rest assured there’s going to be some very hot Italian womanliness to look forward to. And if that’s not enough to get you excited about the movie, well…that will probably have to be enough. [Variety]

T-Pain Welcomes a Baby Boy

T-Pain has officially become a father for the third time. T-Pain, real name Faheem Rasheed Najm, and his wife Amber welcomed a baby boy into their family earlier this month. The news was broken by Saturday Night Live goofball Andy Samberg, who was due to perform the sketch comedy song "I'm On a Boat" with T-Pain on the talk show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday. But Samberg reveals the new arrival forced the singer/producer to pull out of the show: "He just had a baby. Congrats on the baby, T-Pain!" T-Pain and his wife are also parents to daughter Lyriq and son Muziq. [Star Pulse]

Yung Joc to Sue Diddy


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Yung Joc has told that he plans to file a lawsuit against Bad Boy Records and Block Entertainment for a host of contractual discrepancies, including failure to pay royalties and advances for his first two albums and charging "outrageous clearance fees" for his collaborations with other artists. "I haven't been paid any royalties since I've been out, after over a million albums sold," says Joc. "For my first album, they gave me a $25,000 advance when I was supposed to get more...Then I had a million dollar budget for my second album, never even got an advance off of it. For the third one they hit me with another $25,000, like I'm some chump in this s***. And I just got tired of it." [Billboard]

Ford Tracks Down Stolen Prototype Car Via Twitter
According to Brooklyn-based Fiesta Movement agent Jake Bronstein, his Ford Fiesta was stolen. Worse, since DMV records don't show the car, he can't file a report. So Ford decided to take matters into their own hands, and began tracking the stolen Fiesta via its built in GPS. Smart move! However, a Ford rep by the twitter name of "ScottMonty" also thought it would be a good idea to post a tweet including the current location of the stolen vehicle, perhaps hoping to incite some level of vigilante response. Is that a liability lawsuit I'm smelling? [Jalopnik]

Microsoft to Release Gameboy/PSP Rival?
Team Xbox is reporting that Microsoft is in the final design stages of a new digital entertainment handheld, one that would feature Live Anywhere and blur the lines between the Xbox 360 and Zune. Reached for comment today, Microsoft reiterated that they have been saying since January that they will have new hardware and software for the Zune this year, but that they're not giving out any details yet. The device, codenamed xYz, is said to offer both gaming and media playback as well as internet connectivity, but no phone. So iPhone fanboys, you're safe. For now. [Team XBox]

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Thursday, May 14

Wednesday, May 13

Tuesday, May 12

Monday, May 11

Friday, May 8

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