Mantenna - Monday, January 31
Charlie Sheen’s stint in rehab could be costly, Oscar-winning composer John Barry passes away, and Martin Luther King III wants to buy a baseball team...the Mantenna is the baddest mo-fo low-down around this town!
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Charlie Sheen’s Stint in Rehab Could Be Costly
Charlie Sheen is headed back to rehab after being hospitalized following a mammoth 36-hour party. Sheen is expected to stay in rehab for three months, putting in jeopardy the future of his hit television show. The decision to go into rehab means that a full season eight is unlikely. If Sheen decided not to return, then it will be very costly for the show’s production company. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “If Two and a Half Men is forced to shut down permanently, it could jeopardize as much as $250 million in domestic syndication revenue for producer Warner Bros. Television and millions more in lost ad revenue for CBS.” The show is currently the number one rated show on television and performs very well in syndication. CBS has two episodes left to air. [HP]
French Man Claims Drug Made Him Addicted to a Gay Sex and Gambling
A French father of two is taking drug company GlaxoSmithKline to court alleging that a Parkinson’s disease medication he was prescribed turned him into “a gay sex and gambling addict.” Didier Jambart says he attempted suicide three times, started Internet gambling, cross dressing, and compulsively cruising for gay sex after starting on the drug Requip in 2003. He stopped taking the drug in 2005 and the behavior stopped. Jambart is seeking $610,000 in damages. [Google]
Oscar-Winning Composer John Barry Dies
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Oscar-winning composer John Barry has died in New York. He was 77. Barry penned scores for 12 James Bond films, including You Only Live Twice and Goldfinger. Over his long career, the English-born composer put together a long list of scores, including Midnight Cowboy, Dances with Wolves, and Chaplin. The family did not release the cause of death. He was one of the true greats, people. [Billboard]
Why are You People Watching this Thing?
According to USA Today the NFL Pro Bowl – a meaningless game filled with people who don’t care about the outcome – drew in comparable ratings to BCS Football and World Series games last night. “The drawing power of the NFL's laundry was proven again by Fox's Pro Bowl Sunday night. The exhibition drew a 8.6 overnight, translating to 8.6% of TV households in 56 urban markets -- up 8% from last year's Pro Bowl on ESPN and the event's highest overnight in 11 years.” Seriously? I mean, seriously? [USA Today]
Martin Luther King III Wants to Buy a Baseball Team
Rather than make some puns about having a dream to be a front office executive, let’s stick with the facts as reported by the New York Post: “Martin Luther King III [plans] to buy the Mets. The son of the late civil-rights leader is uniting with some heavy hitters, including Mets legend Ed Kranepool, entrepreneur Donn Clendenon Jr., son of the 1969 Mets World Series MVP, TV executive Larry Meli, and a number of unnamed deep-pocketed investors.” [NY Post]
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