BANTER BLENDER #107: Avengers! Mad Max! Rachel McAdams! Summer Movies!

Kyle Buchanan (senior editor at New York Magazine’s Vulture) returns to “The Banter Blender” to discuss summer movies with Ben Mandelker (@watch-what-crappens). The two talk “Avengers,” “Mad Max,” “Star Wars,” “Trainwreck,” “Spy,” “Jurassic World,” and more.

Plus, there’s talk of Rachel McAdams and the state of her career.

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BANTER BLENDER #104: Measles, Bruce Jenner, ‘American Sniper,’ and Bagels

This week on “The Banter Blender,” Angie Thomas (“All the Way”) joins Ben to chat about the usual grab bag of topics: the measles outbreak in CA, Bruce Jenner’s possibly trans journey, the controversy surrounding American Sniper, and, of course, the best bagels in Los Angeles. Come listen!

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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 ( 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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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!

BANTER BLENDER #85: Geeking Out Over The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Ant-Man, and Vintage NES

This week on “The Banter Blender,” Kyle Buchanan (senior editor, joins Ben Mandelker ( to talk shop about movies and video games. The two first discuss Kyle’s impressions of the first fifteen minutes of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” before moving on to the fate of movies based on video games. Can there ever be a good one? There’s also plenty of chatter about “Ant-Man,” which is preparing to make the leap to the big screen with Paul Rudd.

Finally, the guys wax nostalgic about some of their favorite vintage Nintendo games including beloved and oft-overlooked “Startropics.”

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BANTER #83: Talking Oscars, The Lego Movie, and Nike Bootcamp with Guest Jessica Ogilvie

This week on “Banter,” Jessica Ogilvie ( joins Ben Mandelker ( to hash out everything from The Oscars — including but not limited to Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Ellen Degeneres, and many more.

The two also share their rigorous experiences at Nike Training Club boot camp and opine with great warmth about “The Lego Movie.”

Things wraps up once again with further discussion of “Grand Theft Auto,” which continues to entertain immensely.

Lots of great banter. Come listen!

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #63: All About ‘The Butler’; Also, Encounters with Mary J. Blige and NFL Players

We’re back!! Here’s the description of the latest episode of Banter:

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( discuss the ins and outs of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” — spoilers ahead. The two also chat about celebrity encounters with Mary J. Blige and NFL star Ryan Grant. Plus, Lisa tells us about her recent trip to NYC. Come take a listen!

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #50: Special Guest Milan Christopher; Also, Temptation

New Banter with Ben and Lisa is up. Another super fun episode, this time with special guest Milan Christopher! Here’s the offish descriptch:

We’ve reached the 50 episode milestone on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” and to celebrate, Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( welcome actor, singer, model, director Milan Christopher ( to the show. We learn all about the various projects Milan is working on, plus the three delve into Tyler Perry’s “Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.” How can you resist? Come listen!

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #48: Dinosaurs, Temptation, and G.I Joe!

Fun show today!!

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( talk movies in honor of the late Roger Ebert. First it’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, starring The Rock’s biceps. Then it’s on to Tyler Perry’s Temptation. Finally, the two wax nostalgic about Jurassic Park, which leads to a discussion of dinosaurs in general. Along the way, there are inaccurate references to acclaimed painters and authors, which is always fun. Come listen!

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Oscar Bingo Is Here!

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Hey err’one. This is a random little shilling post (don’t worry, an Adventure In Domesticity is forthcoming too). I get a lot of junk sent my way, but today I actually have something amusing to share. It’s called Oscar Bingo, and it comes courtesy of Evite Postmark. Basically, you print out these cards from the Postmark blog and then hand them out to your assembled guests at whatever Oscar party you’re at. And if you’re not at a party, well, then this is very awkward. Anyway, as the red carpet events unfold, players mark off squares, with merriment and mirth to ensue. Sewwwwwww check it out, and have fun!

Also, um, sorry I only did one Downton Abbey photocap. I’m not even done with the season yet. I’m so far behind. [crawls under rock]