Mantenna - Wednesday, July 14

July 14, 2010

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston get engaged (again), Joaquin Phoenix's hip-hop documentary gets an official release, and Germany is concerned that homosexuality might have hurt their World Cup team...the Mantenna is workin' for the weekend!

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Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston Engaged (Again)

Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol is engaged once again to Levi Johnston. The two rekindled their romance three months ago after meeting to discuss custody of their 18-month son Trig. Levi told Us Weekly, “I really thought we were over. So when I went, I had no hope. I think we both just started talking — and then we took Tripp for a walk.” Bristol adds, “"When he left that night, we didn’t hug or kiss, but I was thinking how different it was. He texted me: 'I miss you. I love you. I want to be with you again' ... I was in shock.” The couple have been engaged for two weeks now and kept the engagement secret from Bristol’s famous parents. The couple also told Us Weekly they are waiting for sex until marriage, in keeping with Bristol’s pledge to remain abstinent. The two won’t have to wait long as they plan to get married in the next six weeks. [Us Magazine]

Doutzen Kroes is Pregnant

Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes is expecting her first child. The 25-year-old model has confirmed to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf  that the father of her child is DJ Sunnery James. She told the newspaper, “Sunnery and I are in the clouds. The critical first three months have gone well, and I feel good.” The couple has been dating since August of last year. Kroes says she plans to keep on modeling right up until her due date and says that her pregnancy should have no impact on her career. She says, “Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, and other leading figures of the fashion label have had children” and continue to work. [Fashionologie]

Joaquin Phoenix Hip-Hop Documentary Gets Official Release

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The film chronicling Joaquin Phoenix's odd decision to retire from acting and reinvent himself as a hip-hop musician will debut in movie theaters in September. Distributors Magnolia Pictures describes it as "a portrait of an artist at a crossroads." The movie, directed by Casey Affleck, will open on September 10. Magnolia Pictures spokesman Matt Cowal told Reuters on Wednesday that I'm Still Here is "not a mockumentary by any means. I think the film speaks for itself.” Either way, this is gonna be very interesting viewing. [Reuters]

Germany Concerened that Homosexuality Might Have Hurt their Team

Whoever said that American sports had the market cornered on homophobia has never taken a trip to the German press box. The agent for the national team's captain, Michael Ballack, had some interesting things to say about homosexuality and the World Cup. According to a German paper with a difficult to spell name, Michael Becker, who represents captain Michael Ballack, scoffed at the "bunch of gays" on the World Cup team in an interview with Der Spiegel. Becker attributed the team's more elegant and agile play to their homosexuality, and said that style over German teams' more traditional aggressive approach cost the athletes a place in the World Cup finals." Maybe you should let another country take the lead on discriminating rants, Becker. Germany is just starting to get back in the global good graces. [Newser]

So, Was Anybody Watching the All-Star Game Last Night?

Major League Baseball has to be thrilled with the headline "All-Star Game Ratings Lowest Ever." Thanks to a complete lack of interest and early West Coast start time, virtually nobody watched last night's prima donna shindig, Bud Selig is left wondering what he has to do to attract casual fans to a game with limited meaning and fledgling fan interest. If only he could ask the other commissioners with failing All-Star Games how they deal with poor television ratings. [Yahoo!]

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