MORNING WHATNOT: USC Students Have Sex On The Roof; Also, RuPaul, Dim Sum, and Kid Cudi’s Littlest Fan

Socialite Life: RuPaul’s Drag Race – ‘RuPaul’s Hair Extravaganza’
Gawker: Cameras Catch USC Students Having Sex on the Roof
The Superficial: Christina Aguilera Has More Leaked Photos
PopBytes: Rob Lowe goes shirtless for ‘Vanity Fair’
Vulture: Chris Hemsworth Got Too Buff for Thor
Daily What: Awesome Celebrity Is Awesome of the Day
Katherine Spiers: A variety of awesome dim sum options
D-Listed: Keep On Napping Til The World Ends
Vulture: Meet the World’s Youngest, Cutest Kid Cudi Fan

GRAMMYS PHOTOCAP: Edgy Performances, Safe Wins

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In case you didn’t hear, The GRAMMYS aired last night, and it was pretty much the same thing as every year: tons of megawatt performances, about four awards, and lots of disappointment. Once again, the old fogies ruled the day, letting pleasant but forgettable tunes like “Need You Now” win out over edgier material over and over and over again. We shouldn’t be surprised — this happens every year — but when nominations are as bold as they were this time around, it gives you hope that maybe — just maybe — the voters might not all be hobbling around with walkers.

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AND WHATNOT: Maya Rudolph Schools Xtina; Also, Camille Grammer Could Be Heading To NYC, and Spider-Man Is An Epic Disaster

Best Week Ever: Dear Christina Aguilera: Maya Rudolph Did It Better
lalawag: LA Blogger Spotlight: Jenny Alden of DessertDarling.com
Vulture: Could Camille Grammer Join Real Housewives of New York?
Starcasm: VIDEO Timothy Hutton Groupon commercial trivializes plight of Tibet
Gawker: Just How Bad Is the Spider-Man Musical?
Socialite Life: Cory Monteith Hangs With The A-List & More
Movieline: The Winklevi Can’t Decide If The Social Network Made Them Look Good
Vulture: What You Need to Know About The New Yorker’s Paul Haggis–Scientology Article

AND WHATNOT: Batman Moves In An Amazing Direction


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Popbytes: CHRISTINA AGUILERA IS KIND OF A CRAZY BITCH!
LAist: TV Junkie: Gervais Won’t Do Golden Globes Again
D-Listed: Which One Is The Cardboard Cutout?
Vulture: Watch a Super-Cut of People Excusing Themselves in Movies
AP / Youtube: Regis Philbin Says He’s Leaving His Show

Ep. 08: Banter with Ben and Lisa

We took a little break for a few weeks, but Banter with Ben and Lisa is back! On this week’s show, Lisa and I let the banter blender whir out of control as our discussion of Jersey Shore quickly spirals into a free-for-all gabfest about Martha Stewart, Mariah Carey, Step Up 3D, helicopters, infomercials, and Danielle Staub’s recent musical performance on WPIX. Plus, because it was so nice out, Lisa and I brought the laptop and Snowball microphone up to my roof to enjoy the many splendors of Mother Nature (which, in LA, includes various honking horns and overhead aircraft). Unfortunately, my laptop is old, and for some reason, when it recorded us, it made our voices sound ever so slightly higher pitch, which is somewhat amusing. A touch of chipmunk never hurt anyone, right?

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AMERICAN IDOL RECAP: Who Needs Charisma Anyway?

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If you’re like me, you sat and plodded patiently through this past, awful season of American Idol knowing that at the very least we’d receive some sort of consolation in knowing that Crystal, the immensely talented busker from Ohio, would win it all and thus preserve the one thing this franchise had left: a thread of legitimacy. But alas, it was not meant to be. Lee DeWyze took the crown on last night’s show, thus serving up yet another upset in the hallowed history of American Idol. I wasn’t feeling the choice, but was I tremendously upset? Nah. Not really. Like many other people, I just didn’t really care who won ultimately. I was pushing for Crystal, but eh, Lee’s fine too, I suppose. Granted, he can’t quite hit any notes, and granted, he looks overwhelmed by the mere sight of a tulip, but hey, if there’s anything we learned about the reappearance of Taylor Hicks last night, it’s that star power isn’t necessary to win Idol. All you need is a strong blue-collar fan base, and you’re golden.

How else to explain Lee’s victory? It certainly wasn’t because of musicality or talent or any semblance of a dynamic personality. Clearly his Everyman from Chicago persona resonated a bit more strongly than Crystal’s Earth mother, feathers-in-the-hair, coffeeshop look. Besides, she lacked Lee’s humble nature (and perhaps some decent quality toothpaste), and that can work against you.

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