Mantenna - Friday, January 29

January 29, 2010

Paris Hilton is hit with a restraining order, Alie Brie struts her stuff in a bikini shoot, and the Black Eyed Peas get sued again for plagiarism...Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the Mantenna!

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New Restraining Order Shows People That They Can Legally Get Paris Hilton Out of their Lives

A man named Ramiro Benitez has done what most good parents and free clinics should have done a long time ago - tried to keep Paris Hilton the hell away from their loved ones. In a temporary restraining order obtained by the crack staff at, Benitez claims that Hilton threatened him physically, financially, and even sexually assaulted him. [TMZ]

Alison Brie Gets Hot in Bikini Shoot

Alison Brie, an actress from Mad Men and Community, recently did one of the hottest bikini shoots we've seen in a while. So, if you like hot girls in bikinis you’ll probably want to drop what you're doing and check these out. Sometimes you just have to sit back and let the internet Gods bring you gifts full of glory and beauty. This is one of those times. [Egotastic]

Sam Raimi and The Shadow

The rumor on the street is that the next project director Sam Raimi is hoping to direct is yet another adaptation of the not-terribly-well-known comic The Shadow (remember when Alec Baldwin played him in ’94? That’s okay, no one does). A script with a hard-R rating is ready to go, full of prostitutes doing nasty stuff, bones getting broken, bad guys getting killed, and all kinds of violence you wouldn’t even see in a Grand Theft Auto game. So much for Spider-Man...Raimi’s got a brand new bag. [Sam Raimi]

Danny Elfman is Down for The Green Hornet

Danny Elfman, one of the best-living composers today, has been lined up to do the score for director Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet. He joins other A-list talent, such as Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, and…well, those are the main ones. This might just shape up to be a pretty cool movie after all. [First Showing]

Black Eyed Peas Sued Again For Plagiarism


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Chicago artist Phoenix Phenom is alleging that the Black Eyed Peas ripped off one of her tracks for the pop smash "Boom Boom Pow." Ebony Latrice Batts and her songwriter Manny Mohr claim that "Boom Boom Pow" is a tad too similar to their song "Boom Dynamite." Phoenix Phenom supposedly even sent the song to the Black Eyed Peas's label in the hopes of getting Fergie to sing on the track. Interscope apparently turned them down, and the Black Eyed Peas came out with "Boom Boom Pow" shortly after. A lawsuit filed this week seeks damages from each of the Peas individually, as well as from Interscope and Universal Music Group. [Perez Hilton]

Doll Yourself Up with the Dragulator

Any RuPaul fans out there? Anyone? Bueller? Anyway, if it tickles your fancy (or just your curisosity), you can get yourself dolled up Ru-style with the brand new Dragulator, a web app that turns your boring self into something a tad more fabulous. All you've gotta do is upload a pic and let the beauty begin! [Dragulator]

Apparently There's a Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame - and Roberto Alomar is Getting in it!

After missing the regular American Hall of Fame by a decent margin, former Toronto Blue Jays second baseman and slightly shamed umpire spitter Roberto Alomar has collected a nice consolation prize following his induction into something that sounds sort of made up. The possibly fictional Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame (which features a shockingly low number of actual Canadians) invited Alomar thanks to his contributions with the back-to-back World Series Champion Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993. [The Globe and Mail]

Study Finds Hands-Free Cell Phones Don't Reduce Car Accidents

According to a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, hand-held phone bans have no effect on the frequency of car crashes. Wait, what? Now, this seems different from specifically texting while driving, which is demonstrably dangerous and flat out stupid. But in the four states the IIHS studied, the implementation of a ban on hand-held phones behind the wheel made no difference in the number of accidents. [NY Times]

Make $1,000,000 Playing Video Game Baseball

Are you good at MLB2k10? Like, really, really good? 2KSports wants you to prove it. The first person to pitch a no-hitter in the game will receive one million dollars. Apparently all you need to do aside from mastering Major League Baseball 2K10 on either an XBox 360 or PS3 is to submit recorded proof of your perfect game  to 2K Sports. Their folks will then somehow verify the authenticity of your achievement and send you a check for a million if you're the first success story. Dude, what're you doing? You've got some pitching to do! [2K Sports]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Thursday, January 28

Wednesday, January 27

Tuesday, January 26

Monday, January 25

Friday, January 22

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