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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Harvard Picks Leno Over Conan. Typical.


I don’t always have kind thoughts for Harvard. Call me biased — I did attend rival school Dartmouth — but the latest example of Crimson head scratching has come courtesy of this year’s Hasty Pudding Award. While the selection of Julianne Moore is perfectly fine, I’m fairly perplexed about the choice of fellow honoree Jay Leno over, say, Harvard alumnus Conan O’Brien. Granted, it’s false logic to imply that the Hasty Pudding Award came down to the two men, but if the school were to choose a late night comedian, one might think Harvard would opt for one of its own… or at the very least someone who displays considerably more talent, humor, and skill than what Leno brings to the table. Why Jay over Conan? It’s unclear. But it’s all classic Harvard. (Go Big Green!)

Read further ruminations about this at Movieline.

AND WHATNOT: The Appeal of ‘Barbra Streisand’; Also, Canadian Preps a ‘Jersey Shore,’ Lisa VanderPump Is Intact, and Conan Reigns Supreme

OMG! Beverly Hills Housewives’ Lisa: “I Won’t Take Plastic Surgery Card”
NPR: Why Club DJs Love ‘Barbra Streisand’
Movieline: Law & Order: SVU Collars Shohreh Aghdashloo
Yahoo! News: A “Secret” Subway Stop
Socialite Life: Oprah Reunites Former Rivals To Toast The Daytime Queen
LAist: Pattern Recognition at Subliminal Projects Art Gallery
Curbed: Pentagon: ICBM Probably Just Some Sort of Plane
D-Listed: Canada Is Getting Their Own Jersey Shore, Of Course
Gawker: Conan Premiere Beats Leno
Vulture: The Five Best and Five Worst Movie Posters of 2010

AND WHATNOT: Wagamama Is Coming! Wagamama Is Coming!!! Also, Adam Lambert Talks Sex, and Tina Fey Sings (sort of)

(Try not to let the Jack Donaghey voice distract you) via LAist

Eater: Wagamama to Invade the US With 650 Noodle Shops
Vimeo: Don L Castor- “Pieces” Official Music Video (yet another musician friend of mine. Check it out!)
Socialite Life: Adam Lambert Talks About Losing His Virginity
Vulture: Jack Nicholson Will Guest on Conan’s First Episode
ESPN: Source: Zygi Wilf considered firing Brad Childress over Randy Moss move
Pitchfork: Listen: Tina Fey and Christopher Cross Duet on a Song From the “30 Rock” Soundtrack
Movieline: Who Did Activision Choose to Remake Tina Turner’s Classic Goldeneye Theme? (BOOOOOO!!!)
Starcasm: Madame Tussaud epically failed at Taylor Swift’s wax figure
NPR: The Day The Internet Threw A Righteous Hissyfit About Copyright And Pie (thanks jash)