Help My Friend’s Kickstarter

sita.jpgHey everybody. My friend Sita is trying to fund a short film called Lenny&Dahlia. For those of you who don’t remember Sita, she’s the crazy lady who made frequent appearances on Housewife Hoedown back in the day. I’m sure we’ll have her back on Watch What Crappens (I really don’t know why we haven’t already), but in the meantime, help her out and check out her Kickstarter page.

Here’s the deal. Sita has coordinated an all-female cast and crew: director, producer, actors, writer, editor and production coordinator. They all be women! Reality shows make ladies look terrible on a daily basis. Why not support something empowering?

So, if you feel like helping out, check out the details here.

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Vote For Me! Pretty Please!


As some of you may have read on my Facebook pages or Twitter or Instagram, this lil’ site has been nominated by LA Weekly for Best TV Blog. I’m really flattered and honored to make the cut, but now LA Weekly has poked at the competitive BEAST that lurks inside me. The beast that wants to WIN.

In all seriousness, I’m really psyched about this. My blog has never been in the running for anything (sad), and for LA Weekly to nominate it means that I must be doing something right (or at least their standards are very low). If y’all could help me bring home the big trophy, that would be even awesome-r.

The process is so simple that even a monkey could do it (a monkey who can read and type, that is). Just follow this link, click on “B-Side Blog” in the TV category, enter a name and email and vote! The polls close on 7/18; so just do it now and get it over with. And yes, I am needy and demanding.

Of course, you can also send some love to my friends and fellow nominees A Socialite Life, D-Listed, KCET Food, The Minty, and Alie Ward. But no obligaysh, as they say.

Once again, here’s the link! Polls close tomorrow!


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Help Kickstart ‘American Psycho’ – The Musical!


Hey everyone – my friend Jesse is working tirelessly on a Kickstarter campaign to help fund his musical of American Psycho, the Brett Easton Ellis book that was later adapted into a cult classic film starring Christian Bale. This is actually a legit production with the likes of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Bookwriter), Duncan Sheik (Composer/Lyricist) and Rupert Goold (Director) behind it. The show is looking to raise $150,000 by May 24 in order to fund its run at the Almeida Theatre in London this December. (And after that — who knows? The BroadWAY?)

Anyway, check out the Kickstarter page, which details not only all the talent going into the production but also the various perks of donating to the campaign (the right sidebar has your groovy incentives).

Hope to see it soon on the Great White Way!


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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]

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It’s a Stone Fruit Contest!

Calling all stone fruit fans: KCET has a groovy recipe contest going on now that could lead to one winner taking home a bountiful prize. All one must do is submit a recipe involving plums, apricots, or pluots. Use one ingredient. Use all three. It’s up to you. Winners receive a basket of tasty items, including flavored almonds, a t-shirt (less tasty, more practical), balsamic BBQ sauce, olives, fresh pasta, tapenade, sun-dried tomato pesto, and sun-dried tomatoes!

If you imagine yourself to be something of a Professor Plum (nyuk nyuk nyuk), be sure to mosey over to KCET and submit your entry. Deadline is 3PM on Friday.

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Cash Cab Winner Revealed!

Hi all!

About ten days ago, I posted a contest where one lucky winner chosen at random would receive $50 and other assorted goodies, courtesy of Cash Cab. I was going to announce the results on Banter with Ben and Lisa, but then Whitney Houston died, and the world as we know it changed. Actually, it’s more like Lisa and I weren’t able to coordinate our schedules to do another podcast, and now I’m on a flight to Paris (oui oui!). So rather than draw this out another two weeks, I’ve decided to announce the winner here.

Results after the jump…

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Hey, Check Out My Friend’s Video!

My friend Don is a singer, and he just released this music video for his song “Lookin’ 4 Somethin’.” Check it out!

Also, apologies on the low content this week so far. I’ve been working on a non-blog project, but I hope to get a Downton Abbey photocap up today as well as a VIDEO version of Adventures in Domesticity.

Plus, a look at Urban Masala, the new fast-casual Indian spot in Hollywood.

Stay tuned, and enjoy the music!

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Win A $50 ‘Cash Cab’ Prize AND a Board Game!


This is not spam! Discovery’s Emmy winning hit Cash Cab is now airing 5 days a week, and to help get the word out, we’re giving away a $50 Visa Cash Card and the Cash Cab board game (a $20 value).

All you have to do is leave a comment below, and then on Monday, February 13, I will randomly pick a winner by pulling a number out of a hat. The winner will be announced on the next episode of Banter with Ben and Lisa! It doesn’t get much easier than that.

For those of you who don’t know, Cash Cab combines elements of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Family Feud and Candid Camera as taxi driver/comedian Ben Bailey picks up unsuspecting people hailing a cab and gives them a chance to win thousands. To find out where Cash Cab is playing in your area, visit

Good luck!

Update: The winner will be announced on the NEXT episode (#31) of “Banter with Ben and Lisa” because we just recorded a last-minute podcast today to talk about Whitney Houston. Don’t listen to it expecting to hear the winner announced… (But do please listen!)

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NEW MUSIC: Simon Curtis

Shill alert! My friend came out with a new pop/dance album today, and it’s already doing quite nicely. The artist in question is Simon Curtis, and his album is RA. The The New York Post called it “the most exciting, inventive and shiny gem you’ll discover all year,” and MTV deemed it “Buzzworthy,” even posting a whole big profile about Simon on its website.

Check out the full album on iTunes here, and download the latest single here: Flesh — Simon Curtis (not a free download — sorry!).

Good luck, Simon!

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B-Side Blog Chosen As One Of Ten Entertainment “Voices That Matter”

SAY:100 Press Release from SAY Media on Vimeo.

Say Media released their Say 100 list today, which is “a collection of authentic and knowledgeable online voices that create engaging content, drive conversation and shape opinion.” I’m excited and super honored to announce that I’m on the list of entertainment “voices that matter,” and even more flattered that Rich Juzwiak of the inimitable FourFour chose me to be a part of the site. Thankyouthankyouthankyou. (And with that, I lost my “Voices that matter” cred).

No word on if there will be a Voices That Matter blogger sing-along à la Voices That Care, but in the meantime, while I commission the sheet music, please check out the other bloggers on the list. And again, thanks to Rich and all the people at Say Media for including me!

(Oh, and since I’m all brag-adocious right now, check out my mentions on Fox News and Perez Hilton too.)

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