BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #57: Kanye and Kim Deliver; Also, Kaycee Rice and Paula Deen

Time for another episode of Banter with Ben and Lisa! This week, Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( take on the spawn of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (who was still unnamed at press time). After that, the two chat about James Gandolfini’s untimely passing, controversial dance sensation Kaycee Rice, new Instagram video features, and Paula Deen’s racist ways. Along the way, there’s plenty of sidetracking about Japanese ghosts and druggie alligators, naturally. Come listen!

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #49: Famous Siblings We Love; Also, American Idol, Tiger Woods, and A Shout-Out To SoundCloud!

New Banter with Ben and Lisa is up, and this episode is really funny, if I do say so myself. Here’s the official description:

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( embrace Siblings Day by discussing the famous siblings they like most. From Kim Richards to Bambi Swayze, we definitely cover a lot of ground. Then it’s on to this week’s “American Idol” which featured Mariah Carey’s most long-winded critiques yet. Finally, we tackle some of the dubious celebrity couples out there — Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn, Rihanna and Chris Brown, e.g.. Along the way, there’s talk of hamsters and a big shout-out to all our followers on SoundCloud. Come take a listen!

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA: Paris, Marathons, and the Olive Garden

Banter with Ben and Lisa is back! We had a little hiatus for various personal scheduling conflicts, but I’m happy to announce that the podcast is back on track. On this week’s episode, we discuss a wide variety of topics, starting with my recent trip to France, Lisa’s training for the LA marathon, and all the scuttlebutt surrounding a giant boulder being shipped into Los Angeles. Plus, we discuss Internet sensation Marilyn Hagerty and her Olive Garden review, and we also take on Snooki, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, and Shia Labeouf, among others. Take a listen!

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YEA OR NAY: The Sexiest Man Alive Is… Bradley Cooper? Really?


Okay, ladies and gents. Time to vote with your loins. People just announced that the Sexiest Man Alive is Bradley Cooper — he of the smarmy rictus and greasy hair (a.k.a. devilish grin and luscious locks, for those who are decidedly in the pro-Cooper camp). As OMG points out, many people aren’t thrilled with the choice, especially when others like the omnipresent Ryan Gosling seem a much better fit for the title.

Where do you stand? Is Bradley Cooper the sexiest man alive, or should someone else have won the title? And if so, who?

Watch an Awkward Interview with Paz De La Huerta!

Boardwalk Empire star and notable Hollywood mess Paz De La Huerta dropped by VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live this AM, and I’m proud to report the interview was just as awkward as one could imagine. There were no nip slips or drunken rants, but plenty of deafening silences and pretentious observations — the kind that had hostess Carrie Keagan smiling and nodding aggressively as if to hide an inner monologue that probably went something like “Holy crap. This is awful. What do I do? Why am I doing this? Where has my life taken me? Is this what my career is? I want to be swimming with puffins in the morning and operating a loom at night.”

Nevertheless, it’s a strained interaction, to say the least.

Via Best Week Ever

Ashley from ‘Real Housewives of NJ’ Gets In Dustup at Hollywood CVS

This just in! My spies out in the field have texted me this VERY pressing matter:

“Spotted: Ashley from NJ hwives at CVS on hwood n la brea being yelled at by security!!! (But they let her go. Dunno wha happened!)”

My friend went on to text that she had “bad cake makeup on.”

Dunh dunh DUNHHHH.

So it’s official: Ashley (or is it Ashlee) is here in LA and still a troublemaker. If only we knew what she had done to incur the wrath of CVS. We know one thing for sure: she’s probably wiping one invisible tear away from her eye with her index finger as we speak.

Prince Harry Is Romancing A San Diego Cocktail Waitress


It must have been bad enough for Queen Elizabeth when she learned Prince William would be marrying the COMMONER Kate Middleton. Now comes news that Prince Harry is canoodling with an American COMMONER (with a white trash tattoo on her torso to boot). Yes, the ginger royal, who’s been stationed in Southern California for military training, has allegedly made the acquaintance of Jessica Donaldson, a cocktail waitress at San Diego’s Andaz Hotel. No word on what the rest of the fam thinks about this budding relationship, but I imagine it’s only a matter of time before Prince Philip accidentally calls Jessica a whore trollop to the press. And yes, the physical similarities to Katie Midds have been noted.

Via The Daily News