Mantenna - Wednesday, September 22

September 22, 2010

Mad Men star Jon Hamm admits his struggle with depression, American Idol finally confirms their new judges, and Tanard Jackson gets suspended from the NFL indefinitely ...the Mantenna is the king of the world!

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Mad Men Star Admits Struggle with Depression

Mad Men star Jon Hamm has opened up about his struggle with depression. In an interview with UK magazine The Observer, Hamm reveals that his mother died of cancer when he was age 10 and his father died 10 years later. The death of his father triggered a period of chronic depression for the actor, so much so that he admits he had to seek help. He tells the magazine, “I did do therapy and antidepressants for a brief period, which helped me. Which is what therapy does: it gives you another perspective when you are so lost in your own spiral, your own bullshit. It helps. And honestly? Antidepressants help! If you can change your brain chemistry enough to think: 'I want to get up in the morning; I don't want to sleep until four in the afternoon. I want to get up and go do my shit and go to work and...' Reset the auto-meter, kick-start the engine!” Here’s hoping Hamm’s brave revelation will make it easier for people suffering depression to seek help. [The Guardian]

David Beckham Denies Affair with High-Class Call Girl

David Beckham has come out swinging against a $10,000-a-night hooker who claims she had an affair with the soccer superstar. In an interview with tabloid magazine In Touch Weekly, Irma Nici claims the affair occurred in 2007 and the two had sex five times. The 26-year-old former “high-class call girl” says the affair made her “high.” She tells the magazine, “All of these women dream of being with him, and I got to hook up with him. It was very exciting.” Beckham has squashed the claim and released a statement saying, “The allegations that have been made are completely untrue and totally ridiculous as the magazine was clearly told before publication. Sadly, we live in a world where a magazine can print lies and believe they can get away with it. We are taking legal action against the magazine.” [E!]

American Idol Finally Confirms New Judges

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As the Internet already reported weeks ago, the American Idol judging panel for season 10 will be Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and Randy Jackson. Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine will also be helping contestants during the rehearsal process of the show. The official announcement was made before the Los Angeles round of auditions at the Forum early this morning. "I'm so excited to be here, to work with you, and to watch you grow during this journey we're going to go on," Lopez said. Let the trainwreck begin! [AM]

Tanard Jackson Gets Suspended Indefinitely

Tampa Bay safety Tanard Jackson has been suspended for a minimum of a year without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The league stated that Jackson has been suspended indefinitely but will be eligible to come back starting September 22, 2011. "Obviously, it's frustrating and disappointing for everybody," Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik said. Jackson sat out the first four games during the 2009 season while serving a previous suspension for violating the substance abuse policy. Sounds like this dude might be the Lindsay Lohan of the NFL. [ESPN]

Teen Caused Twitter Chaos

A 17-year-old Australian schoolboy claimed responsibility for yesterday’s Twitter worm attack. Pearce Delphin, who uses the Twitter name @zzap, says he exposed a security flaw in the website that was seized upon by hackers and used to bring chaos to the microblogging website. Delphin said he “tweeted a mouseover JavaScript code which brings up a pop-up window when the user hovers their cursor over the message.” He added, “I did it merely to see if it could be done ... that JavaScript really could be executed within a tweet. At the time of posting the tweet, I had no idea it was going to take off how it did. I just hadn't even considered it." It took Twitter five hours to patch the flaw. [SMH]

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Thursday, September 16

Wednesday, September 15

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