BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #66: Wentworth Miller, Fall Television, and Halloween

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( discuss some of the fall television they’re excited for. Plus, it’s an update on “Operation Seduction” with talk of Wentworth Miller’s recent coming out of the closet. The two also discuss Ben’s internship experiences at “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” the WWE, and “Strangers with Candy.” As a bonus, there’s talk of Yom Kippur and Halloween, naturally. Come listen!

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #56: To Sur Without Love

We’re all reunited on the latest episode of “Watch What Crappens!” Ben Mandelker (, Matt Whitfield (Yahoo!) and Ronnie Karam ( are all here to break down the latest Brandi drama on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Then the claws really come out as we take down our new most hated show, “Vanderpump Rules,” and talk smack about “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Shahs of Sunset,” “Top Chef: Seattle,” and “Million Dollar Decorators.” Oh, and there’s plenty of gossip too. Come listen!


I don’t normally post about politics here (I’m already asleep), but last night’s Rick Perry gaffe at the umpteenth Republican debate was kiiiiind of amalzing. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the minute of awkwardness above. Sort of funny, sort of sad. I’m still cringing. Oops.

OH REALLY? John McCain Puts The Kibosh on Cindy's Dancing Dreams


According to Page Six, beer heiress / cookie plagiarizer Cindy McCain was in talks with producers of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars to be a contestant next season; however, her footloose and fancy free dreams were allegedly destroyed by hubby John for reasons yet to be announced. I suppose it probably has something to do with Cindy’s fragile body, which seems at times to verge on suffering from brittle bone disease. But then again, maybe John’s just fearful that Cindy might run off in the manly arms of Derek Hough.
It’s probably best that Cindy’s not on the show. I can just imagine how it would play out…

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5 Things I'm Looking Forward To Now That I've Voted


Well, I just exercised my constitutional rights. And it was glorious.
Actually, it wasn’t. I stood in line for an hour, which was fine and expected. The only problem was that the woman behind me would not. stop. talking. I’m telling you, she chatted incessantly, oversharing her entire life to virtual strangers. Thankfully, she wasn’t talking to me, but still, what could have been a pleasant, meditative hour of people watching instead turned into one of the longest sixty minutes of my life. It got me thinking: what will I be happiest about most once I’ve cast my vote? Well, now I have a list, and I hope you’ll relate.
The top 5 — plus more on that woman — after the jump…

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If McCain's Good Enough For Speidi, He's Good Enough For You!


John McCain’s campaign has been trailing in the national polls recently, and while I’m sure he’d be delighted to get whatever help he can get, I tend to think these photos of Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag in pro-McCain/Palin t-shirts may not be what he has in mind. Yes, in the past McCain has expressed fondness for Heidi, but I always assumed that was just a doddering old man saying things he didn’t really mean about things he didn’t really understand. After all, who would want someone as universally loathed as Heidi to be the poster child of your campaign? It’s like courting the endorsement of Osama Bin Laden.
That’s why with their guns and beer and vacant expressions, Spencer and Heidi’s latest publicity ploy is destined to fail. In an election season where guilt by association seems to be the name of the game, the two have completely negated all the inroads McCain has made with this Bill Ayers nonsense. Next time anyone accuses Obama of being friends with a domestic terrorist, all he has to say is “Well, John McCain likes Speidi.”
For a closer look at Spencer and Heidi’s t-shirts, follow the jump…
Via Socialite’s Life

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Barack Obama is a Pussy (And So Is McCain)


Take a good look at the cats above. They represent the future of this country. That’s right, meet Barack Obama (l) and Renegade (r), two cats partaking in the “Purr-fect President” competition as part of the sixth annual CFA Iams Cat Championship. Attendees of this very special event are encouraged to vote for their favorite “Demo-cat” or “Republi-cat,” with the results perhaps foreshadowing the eventual Presidential election in November.
Aside from all the silly puns employed in this event, I really only care because I think it’s hilarious that anyone would name their cat “Barack Obama.” How incredibly awkward. Every time the cat does something, it must sound way more momentous than it actually is. I can just imagine the owner complaining, “UGH! Barack Obama is shedding EVERYWHERE.” Or “Guess what? Barack Obama caught a bird yesterday!” or “My heavens, Barack Obama coughed up quite the fur ball this morning.” Ahhhh, I kill me.
For more information on these cats (including the results), feel free to read about the contest here.
And if you’re wondering if the potential First Ladies got any feline lovin’, fear not. Picture of the Cindy McCain cat after the jump.

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And Now An Important Message From Trishelle


While most celebrities and quasi-celebrities have been urging citizens to get out there and vote this election, along comes Trishelle (The Real World: Las Vegas, Ninja Cheerleaders) with these special words of wisdom, courtesy of her Facebook page:

Trishelle Cannatella thinks if you haven’t watched the debates or know about the election and plan on voting for who your “daddy” votes for, do your country a favor and DON’T VOTE!

Well, that settles that! Thanks to Jash for pointing this out to me.