Mantenna - Monday, July 13

July 13, 2009

Tony Romo dumps Jessica Simpson, Lady Gaga makes Mainstream Top 40 history, and Amazon is rumored to be buying Netflix...Se habla Mantenna?

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Tony Romo Dumps Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson has been dumped by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo on the eve of her birthday and is reportedly “devastated” and “heartbroken.” The singer, who turned 29 on Friday, cancelled her Ken and Barbie-themed birthday party. Meanwhile Romo spent the night partying at Hollywood hotspot MyHouse and hit on a bunch of ladies. [People]

Woman Shot on Toilet

A Florida woman has been accidently shot while going to the restroom in a Florida hotel. Janifer Bliss, a 56-year-old woman from Tampa, was sitting on the bowl when a woman in the next stall accidently dropped her handgun. The gun went off and hit Ms. Blass in the lower left leg. The State Attorney’s Office is determining whether any charges should be filed. Only in Florida! [AP]

25 Sexy Female Celebrities Smoking Cigars

Let's face it, sometimes there's nothing sexier than watching a beautiful woman stick an oblong object into her mouth. And when it's something (at least somewhat) dangerous like a cigar, all the better. Thankfully, our friends over at Manofest have rounded up some of their favorite pics of sexy starlets doing just that. [Manofest]


In a world where humans massacre thousands of trees every year in celebration of Christmas, plant life has had a lot of time to build up some pretty nasty grudges. This is the premise of Treevenge, a hilarious little horror short film that made the rounds at Sundance this year. If you needed an excuse to stop cutting down a Christmas tree every year this short film gives it to you: self-preservation. It turns out Christmas trees, when provoked enough, can be extremely violent creatures that will go to no end to satisfy a blood feud. Here’s a short film that will make you rethink tinsel candy canes. It’s all sh** and giggles until the trees impale your face and maim your children. [First Showing]

Lady Gaga Makes Mainstream Top 40 History


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Lady Gaga has become just the third artist in the 16-year history of the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart to collect three Number 1 songs from a debut album. The Fame tracks "LoveGame," "Just Dance" and "Poker Face” all hit #1 and they've also helped her album sell 1,162,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The wild pop star joins just two prior artists in accomplishing the triumphant triple play, Ace Of Base and Avril Lavigne. That’s some serious company. [Billboard]

Graham Coxon Walks Out of Hospital to Play Blur's Last Gig

Blur's Graham Coxon battled a serious case of food poisoning to complete the group's last gig at Scottish music festival T In The Park on Sunday. Graham faced cancelling the performance on the last day of the festival after being taken to the hospital. But Graham and the group stuck to their word and performed for nearly two hours after they were expected. Frontman Damon Albarn also told the crowd that the band's reunion had come to an end. He said, "Graham literally walked out of a hospital to come here. He's alright. This is our last gig." [Contact Music]

Stephan Errikson, Gizmondo Founder and Ferarri Smasher, Sent to Prison

Stefan Eriksson, head of Gizmondo, who epicly failed in their attempt to make a handheld gaming device to compete against the Game Boy and Sony PSP, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for robbery, attempted blackmail, and making illegal threats. Eriksson is also famous for crashing a rare Ferrari Enzo, escaping at least one prison sentence, possibly having a movie made about him, and leading some sort of mafia in Sweden in the 1990s. We'll miss ya, you crazy diamond! [Engadget]

Amazon to Buy Netflix?

Netflix shares are exploding over the admittedly thin rumor that Amazon wants to buy them. An options analyst tells Bloomberg that, "There's heavy call buying and the stock is up on renewed takeover talk, with Amazon being mentioned specifically." That would be a pretty expensive Christmas in July for Amazon, as Netflix won't come cheap. But they have a lot in common: They're both dabbling in digital streaming (the Kindle, Netflix Streaming), and see themselves evolving as content providers, branching out from their core business of shipping stuff to people. [TechCrunch]

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