BANTER BLENDER #100: Damian Holbrook on “Gotham,” “Scorpion,” and Trolling the iPhone in a Samsung Commercial

This week, we’re joined by Damian Holbrook (TV Guide Magazine) who recently gained notoriety after his snarky Twitter dig at the new iPhone wound up in a Samsung commercial. We talk about how that happened, what the response has been, and how Damian is dealing with the onslaught of iPhone fanboys.

Then it’s on to Fall TV. We discuss some of the most talked-about shows, starting with “Gotham,” then “Scorpion” and then of course “The Mysteries of Laura.”

Lots of fun stuff here. Come listen!

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#67: Embracing iOS7, Fall TV, Britney’s New Song, and an Epic Wheel of Fortune FAIL

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( talk about new happenings in pop culture. First, we take on Apple’s ios7 for the iPhone. Then, it’s on to the fall premieres of “Dads” and “Brooklyn Nine Nine.” As a bonus, we make a few Emmy predictions, and then discuss Britney Spears’s new song “Work, Bitch” before reliving an epic “Wheel of Fortune” fail from earlier this week. Along the way, there are tales of mandolins and coffee mugs, naturally. Come listen!

AND WHATNOT: Worst Red Carpet Pose Ever; Also, Auto-Correct Mishaps, ‘Survivor,’ and LA’s 99 Essential Restaurants

Starcasm: Worst red carpet pose ever? Konnie Huq at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Premiere
Hispanic Business: Lynda Carter to Megan Fox: Shut Up
Socialite Life: Mischa Barton’s Extensions Cause Stank Face
AP: The eyes have it: Woman chased, bitten by raccoon
HuffPo: The Funniest Auto Correct Fails (PHOTOS) (thanks jash. This made me cry)
LA Now: Australian businessman arrested in fatal Sunset Strip crash involving Bentley; Detectives say alcohol may be factor
ABC 7: Calif. AG sues maker of ‘Brazilian Blowout’
Bottle Service is for Tourists: The Alliance
LA Weekly: A Movable Beast: L.A. Weekly’s 99 Essential Restaurants
The Dartmouth: Blitz Lives
gas•tron•o•moy: Kam Hong Garden – Monterey Park
Movieline: Survivor: Ranking Nicaragua’s Top 10 Finalists

MORNING WHATNOT: Various Links From The Week That I Hadn’t Posted Because I’m Lazy

Business Week: Verizon Wireless Said to Get IPhone in January
Socialite Life: Jennifer Love Hewitt Also A Gay Porn Whisperer
NY Times: Suit Over Faulty Computers Highlights Dell’s Decline
LA Weekly: Xoia Vietnamese Eats Opens in Echo Park
Newsweek: Hulu Unveils Paid Service, Challenging Apple and Netflix
Reuters: Meryl Streep to play Margaret Thatcher (thanks Malibu Judie!)
Back Talk Live: Dr. Kornel Talks About Bret Michaels, Cognitive Rehabilitation
AP: Apple `stunned’ to find iPhones show too many bars

AND WHATNOT: Jason Bateman Has Made A Huge Mistake; Also, Naughty Shrek Toys, ‘Bachelor’ Breakup, and iPhone Madness

Thanks jash.

LAist: Actor Jason Bateman Cuts in Line for iPhone 4, Gets Booed
The Street: 5 Big Blemishes for the Apple iPhone 4
Vulture: Is a Shrek Toy Teaching Children Slang for Female Genitalia?
Shine: 9 Butler’s Tips for Impeccable Table Manners
Movieline: Bachelor Jake Reportedly Threatens to Punch Vienna During Breakup Special
Gawker: ‘Leave Me Alone’: Last Words of Man Found Dead in Bedroom After Four Years (thanks jash)
LAist: Hollywood Bowl Launches iPhone & Android Apps
D-Listed:Jeremy London’s Alleged Kidnapper Speaks
Dessert Darling: Macarons: Paulette
Sinosoul: Worst Dish of the Week: Shrimp “Papillote”
Eater LA: The Shutter: The Great Pinkberry Melt Continues into Hollywood
27b/6: “yeah thats not what I was looking for at all.” (thanks Malibu Judie!)

How To Use iOS4

If you’re like me, you just downloaded and installed the new iPhone operating system (iOS4) and nearly fainted at the prospect of all the new features. Multitasking! Folders! Wallpapers! Playlists! Threaded emails! There’s only one catch: it’s not clearly evident how to use all the new stuff. Switching wallpapers is pretty easy to figure out (just go to Settings), and the threaded email is pretty self-explanatory, but what of multi-tasking? And how do you make a folder?

Apple didn’t make tutorials easily available (at least as far as my researching skills proved), but I found the above nifty video that talked me through some of the finer points of the new OS. Check it out if you’re having similar issues or if you just want to learn some iOS4 tips.

Also, check out this article for further information on cool features. (Thanks IndianJones)

AND WHATNOT: A House With Wings; Also, Chatroulette To Crack Down on Peen?

New York Times: Once Just a Site With Funny Cat Pictures, and Now a Web Empire
Gizmodo: Apple iPhone 4 Pre-Ordering Is a Total Disaster (thanks, jash!)
Esquire: The Complete List: The Best Bars In America (thanks IndianJones)
Fast Company: Ingenious Flipper Bridge Melds Left-Side Drivers With Right-Side Drivers
Slashdot: Chatroulette Working On Genital Recognition Algorithm (thanks Bets!)