BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #45: Nicki Minaj, The Pope, Dwight Howard, and Lifetime Original Movies

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” we tackle the most pressing issues of the week. Why was Nicki Minaj late for “American Idol”? Who would make a good pope? And how can we befriend Dwight Howard? Plus, we break down all the dramatic developments in the Lifetime Original Movie, “The Surrogate.” Come take a listen…

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10 Things Starships Were Meant To Do (Other Than Fly)


After hearing Nicki Minaj’s ubiquitous hit Starships for about the umpteenth time today, I couldn’t help but get the phrase “Starships were meant to fly” in my head for the latter part of my afternoon. It made me think: starships might be meant to fly, but is that all they can do?

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VIDEO: Kid Dances to Nicki Minaj in Apple Store

This video is one part mortifying, one part awesome. It’s a tween dancing to “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj in a crowded Chicago Apple Store. It’s not quite as endearing as that one kid who lipsynched to the Black Eyed Peas in an Apple Store (video sadly removed), but I have to give this footloose hoofer many props.

Why do I get the feeling this kid will wind up on Ellen within the week?

GRAMMYS PHOTOCAP: Edgy Performances, Safe Wins


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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