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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BIG BROTHER PHOTOCAP: Tongue Tied

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Few things have been as bizarre as Jocasta’s speaking in tongues on Sunday’s Big Brother. However, in an episode short on drama, we certainly had many record-scratching moments. There was Jocasta, of course, who has emerged as a slightly deranged woman of God. When not busting out a funky “d-d-d-d-d-d-d-dd” rapture, she’s lately been prone to over dramatic wails of joy that seem more akin to surviving a bomb blast than a veto ceremony.

Also in the head-scratching department was Zach opening up a dialogue with Frankie by stating that yes, he will bang him. I’ll just assume that was an inside joke between the two pseudo lovebirds (a showmance I wholeheartedly endorse). And then there was Cody, whose infatuation with Zac Efron makes Caleb’s obsession with Amber look quaint at best. Yes, this is a kooky cast, and I like them so much that I didn’t even mind that the only dust up of the episode was some kerfuffle about beds. I couldn’t even really follow what was going on — basically, no one wanted to sleep with Victoria because she’s annoying (allegedly, she claimed on the feeds that she was once abducted by a crow) — and one thing led to another and suddenly Brittany was in total bitch mode and blah blah blah. Who cares. The whole thing landed her on the block with Victoria, and now they face an uncertain fate.

But for now, here’s the photocap:

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OPOLI GIVEAWAY! Yay!

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I have great news — at least for people in Los Angeles (sorry, rest of the world). There’s a new ride sharing app that’s hurling itself into the marketplace, which means that when Über is on “Surge” mode and a Lyft is nowhere to be found, you have a whole brand new option! Introducing Opoli, which is sort of like Über meets Priceline meets Taxi Magic meets whatever. Basically, users looking to get somewhere fire up the app, enter in their location and destination, and then decide how much they want to pay for the voyage. Then various drivers bid for the job — so I guess it’s like TaskRabbit also… before TaskRabbit started doing hourly rates and became annoying. According to Opoli, this is what sets the app apart from the competition — the ability to name your fare and know exactly how much you’ll be paying for the ride (goodbye traffic anxiety).

Now, why am I sitting here writing what basically sounds like a commercial? Well, first of all, shame on you. It’s not a commercial. I am merely describing the purpose of the app. And why am I doing that? Because Opoli gave me a promo code to share with my readers. So it is a commercial after all! Yay! Kind of.

Okay, here’s the important stuff. If you enter in the promo code BSIDEBLOG, you get a $50 dollar credit. That’s $50! Now you can put that money towards booze instead of transport. (Don’t drink and drive, kids. Seriously).

Here’s the deal:

Download the Opoli app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/opoli/id872133514?ls=1&mt=8 or visit Opoli online, click BOOK SERVICES. Then enter promo code BSIDEBLOG for a $50 credit. You must enter the promo code prior to accepting a bid.

Oh, and there is one catch — you knew it was coming, didn’t you? This code is good for only 20 first-time riders. So if you want to cash in on this, do it soon because if you’re the 21st person to use the code, you are out of luck. BOOYAH.

Enjoy!

(For some reason I feel I should note that Opoli gave me a promo code to try out the service, but I haven’t used it yet; so I can’t vouch for anything. But I intend to try it out!)

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #136: Game of Crones

Ronnie Karam (TrashTalkTV) and Ben Mandelker (bsideblog) are here to mock the new Game of Thrones, Ladies of London, Real Housewives of Orange County and New York, and a tiny bit of Married to Medicine Reunion Part One. Come on in!

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BIG BROTHER PHOTOCAP: Knock-Knock-Knockin’ on Devin’s Backdoor

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It looks like Devin’s getting set up for the backdoor on Big Brother 16. But let me drop this bombshell: I kind of don’t want him to go. He’s truly awful, but oh so entertaining. I’d rather see Caleb or Jocasta go home before this asshole bro. And wouldn’t that turn everything upside down if that happened? Besides, if Devin winds up on the block with Caleb, the house might be wise to take out a huge target in the cowboy. And if Devin winds up against Jocasta, the house might be wise to… uh… reduce the bow tie presence in the game? Okay, my reasoning is wobbly. I just want to see more crazy histrionics from the big buffoon. But in the meantime, here’s the photocap…

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