Mantenna - Monday, September 21

September 21, 2009

Christina Hendricks brings her "extra weight" to the Emmys, Brett Favre cries over a bent fingernail, and Nigeria bans District 9...If you build the Mantenna, they will come.

Source: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

World Doesn't Care That Christina Hendricks is "Overweight"

Mad Men's Christina Hendricks showed up to the Emmys last night looking like – well, like a bag of boobs, and the world approved. Is she super duper overweight for a Hollywood actress? Yes, yes she is. And she is officially the one woman who gets to get away with it scot-free. Most women don’t look this good ten pounds underweight. Makes us long for the days when it was okay to pack on a few extra pounds. That old saying, that there’s more to love? Well, sometimes it’s actually true. [WWTDD]

George Clooney Casts Matt Damon in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld

Actor George Clooney, after starring in about a trillion films in the past few years, is going to get behind the camera again, something he hasn’t done since Leatherheads bombed at the box office. The film he’s going to direct is called Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and will be a courtroom. It’s about Osama bin Laden’s chauffer, Hamdan, and his detention in Guantanamo Bay. Damon would play Salim Hamdan’s lawyer – Charles Swift – who took the case to the Supreme Court. Damon recently complained that Clooney gets all the parts, which is supposedly Clooney’s main reason for casting him. Eight million unemployed actors in the Los Angeles county area would also like a moment of Clooney’s time and a chance to slap Damon’s face. [Boston]

Nigeria Bans District 9

Peter Jackson and protege Neill Blomkamp’s low-budget masterpiece District 9 is getting the heave-ho from Nigeria. Dora Akunyili, the information minister of Nigeria, has demanded an “unconditional” apology from Sony. Here’s hoping no one’s holding their breath on that one. Akunyili said, “We feel very bad about this because the film clearly denigrated Nigeria's image by portraying us as if we are cannibals, we are criminals. …The name our former president was clearly spelt out as the head of the criminal gang and our ladies shown like prostitutes sleeping with extra-terrestrial beings.” The fact that a science fiction film about aliens stranded on earth has caused this kind of international ruckus is, in a word, awesome. [BBC]

Ironman Brett Favre Hurt With Bent Fingernail


Source: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Following his second straight win as the starting quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings, Brett Favre (fresh off breaking the record for most consecutive starts in NFL history) told reporters that he was suffering from a "bent fingernail" on his throwing hand, but is willing to play through the pain for the good of his team. Because if there's one thing Brett's about these days, it's the team. [TSN]

Buffalo Bills Safety Donte Whitner has $400,000 of his Man Jewelry Stolen

Instead of focusing on making the playoffs or demanding a trade to a better city, Donte Whitner recently vowed to spend his time finding the people responsible for stealing nearly half a million dollars of "bling" from his upstate New York home. Good luck with that, Donte. [ESPN]

Scott Weiland Has Seizure on an Airplane

It’s being reported that Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland suffered a seizure while flying from Los Angeles to Miami over the weekend. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Scott supposedly has a history of seizures and was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures. We assume cutting down on the drugs might help this problem. [Blabbermouth]

Shocked Seller Auctions off Rusty Pontiac for over $200k

eBay seller 123ecklin pocketed a cool $226,000 when his auction for a rusty 1963 Pontiac LeMans Tempest went completely nuclear. When bidders started noticing key features, like plexiglass windows, a unique racing suspension setup, and a dash plate bearing the name of a racetrack, it quickly became evident that this was no normal Tempest. It turned out to be a one-of-six Tempest Super Duties ever built, much to the surprise of the seller, who apparently had no idea. [Auto Blog]

Nintendo Hints at Full HD Wii Console in 2011

The president of Japanese game developer Square Enix (of Final Fantasy fame) recently spilled the beans on the next generation Nintendo Wii, while at the same time, predicting that Microsoft and Sony's motion control efforts will pretty much suck. Wada says that the next-generation, high definition Wii will offer the same capabilities as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while adding a brand new motion controller. But we're going to have to wait at least another year and change before we get our hands on it. [Joystiq]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Friday, September 18

Thursday, September 17

Wednesday, September 16

Tuesday, September 15

Monday, September 14

...or see the rest of the archive!