WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #141: OC, Melbourne, NJ, Below Deck, Crowns and Matt Whitfield!

Matt Whitfield (Yahoo TV) reunites with Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Ronnie Karam (trashtalktv.com) for a super-sized episode of “Watch What Crappens.” The crew tackles all the Housewives of the week: Melbourne, New Jersey, and Orange County, and also finds time to dig into cult favorite “Game of Crowns.”

Plus, there’s talk of “Below Deck” and a bonus “Big Brother” discussion at the end of the episode. Enjoy!

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BANTER BLENDER #97: Revisiting ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ Also, Kit Kats, Peanut Butter Cups, and Israel

‘The Banter Blender’ is working at full speed. This week, Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) is joined by his friend David Clark to discuss a wide array of topics, including their reactions to both “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Lucy.” Plus, the two wax poetically about the oft overlooked sitcom “Gimme a Break.” This somehow leads to discussion of Kit Kats and Peanut Butter Cups.

Also in the mix this week: Israel on Facebook, spiteful apple pie purchases at Burger King, and Robin Williams. Come listen!

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #140: Ghetto Superstars

Ronnie Karam (TrashTalkTV) and Ben Mandelker (bsideblog) are here to talk crap about the final RHONY Reunion, the brawl repercussions on RHONJ, the Tamra confrontation on RHOC and the idiotic wedding/cancer walk drama on Game of Cows. Join us!

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LA Times ‘The Taste’ Returns — Swankier Than Ever

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Hey, remember that opening scene from Saving Private Ryan? Of course you do. Don’t act like you don’t. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you remember the scene. It’s that iconic sequence of death and artillery as Spielberg re-creates the D-Day Landing in Normandy. Bombs go off, body parts go flying, and we’re more or less stuck in an assault on the senses that’s so gripping and real that we can’t help but just go somewhere quiet and pass out.

Well, imagine swapping out the soldiers with croissants and the bombs with French toast, and then you might be able to understand what it was like to attend the LA Times ‘The Taste’ preview event earlier this evening. If you’re still confused about what the heck I’m talking about, let me explain: this Labor Day weekend, The Los Angeles Times is once again hosting a food celebration of Southern California cuisine titled “The Taste,” and in an effort to stoke the fires of curiosity, the newspaper invited various food writers and similarly lauded members of society to sample some of the goods that will be on display. One might call this a taste of the Taste (you can steal that for next year, Los Angeles Times).

Anyway, a major event at this food festival will be a Sunday Brunch co-hosted by Thomas Keller (yes, THE Thomas Keller), and so what better way to tease The Taste than by bandying about some of the brunch items we might encounter during said event?

Pictures of the [super delicious] carb-fest after the jump…

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #139: Weave It To Beaver

The Bravo gods keep showering us with gifts — this time in the form of weave-tugging Jersey girls and Australian drag queens. Yes, we cover all the brawling, the cattiness, and the butterfly releases that happened on Bravo this week. Come listen as Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Ronnie Karam (trashtalktv.com) tackle “Game of Crowns,” “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” “Real Housewives of New York City,” and “Real Housewives of Orange County.”

Plus, there’s talk of “Real Housewives of Melbourne” and brief chatter about “Jersey Belle.” So much fun stuff. Come on in!

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BIG BROTHER PHOTOCAP: Zach Attacked!

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Well, we’re about halfway through Big Brother 16, and I’m continuing to love this cast, which is a good thing because the gameplay hasn’t been exactly thrilling. Don’t get me wrong: there’s been some great drama — obviously starting with Devin and followed by the Caleb-Amber-Cody love triangle. But with Devin and Amber evicted from the house, we now need a new wellspring of chaos, and ideally, that will come from a big move — maybe even knocking Zach out of the house?

I like Zach. I do. But I’m sick of the Bomb Squad / Detonators having all the power and calling all the shots. It actually makes for a rather ho-hum season of strategy, and it’s not helped by this summer’s dual-HOH twist. The Battle of the Block conceit seems to incentivize Heads of Household to nominate the same people over and over again, and even worse, those people seem to be rolling over and taking it. There haven’t been any major or well-executed attempts to shake the powers that be. Not even the producers bribing Team America to vote against the majority worked. This is no good.

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BANTER BLENDER #96: Inside Comic-Con 2014 and an Early Look at ‘Guardians of the Galaxy;’ Guest Host Kyle Buchanan

This week on “The Banter Blender,” Kyle Buchanan (senior editor, “Vulture”) returns to talk movies. First, Kyle takes us inside last week’s annual San Diego Comic-Con to describe what the experience is actually like. Kyle then shares some of the best things he saw, including an extended preview of the new “Avengers” sequel.

Then it’s on to summer movies. First up: “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Kyle has warm words to say about this upcoming Marvel release. Then we tackle “Lucy,” “Snowpiercer,” “Neighbors,” and various other films.

Bone up on your summer cinema and come listen!

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #138: Concernings

Ronnie Karam (TrashTalkTV) and Ben Mandelker (bsideblog) are back for another week to snark on the Real Housewives of New York Reunion, The Real Housewives of Orange County’s tearing down of Tamra, Real Housewives of New Jersey’s newest idiot drama queens, and the wenches on Game of Crowns worrying about getting killed by the mob or something. Join us!

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THINGS I ATE: New Mexican Cuisine at Jeffrey Saad’s La Ventura

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For years and years, I have been an avid fan of Food Network Star — going all the way back to its genial, awkward first season which saw two party planner guys take home the inaugural crown. Since then, we’ve witnessed many dubious winners claim the big prize (ahem, Big Daddy’s House) while more deserving runners-up go home empty-handed. Well, sort of empty handed. Some near-misses have found success with Food Network despite premature ejection from their star path. Kelsey Nixon and Adam Gertler have had post-Food Network Star runs, and so has Jeffrey Saad, whose season five loss was parlayed into hosting gigs for Spice Smuggler and later United Tastes of America.

Saad, it should be noted, also helms his very own restaurant, La Ventura, here in Los Angeles, and last week, I was invited to a media-comped dinner at the establishment. FINALLY — I would be able to sample the cooking of a Food Network star. It’s what I’ve always dreamed of.

(And yes, I’m fully aware that I could just traipse over to any of Guy Fieri’s dining establishments, but I do like to maintain a certain level of dignity.) …… (Full disclosure, I’m typing this unshowered in my underwear.)

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #137: Going Out On A Limb

Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Ronnie Karam (trashtalktv.com) tackle all the death threats, backstabbing, and leg throwing on Bravo, starting with the Real Housewives of NYC season finale. Aviva threw her leg, and the world scratched its head. Then it’s on to the latest brawl in Orange County, followed by more hilariously deplorable behavior on Game of Crowns.

The Bravo entertainment wheezes to an end with recaps of Ladies of London and Real Housewives of New Jersey, both of which had snoozers of episodes (but that didn’t stop us from having lots of fun at their expense). Come in and listen!

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