BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #52: Exposé, Super Mario, and Jason Collins!

Lisa Timmons and I recorded our latest episode of Banter with Ben and Lisa this morning, and we had a total blast. We hope it translates! Here’s the official description:

Is there any other podcast that can weave together recently outed NBA star Jason Collins, Exposé, Super Mario Bros., anthropomorphic M&Ms and, of course, Sade? I don’t think so. But that’s exactly what Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons (Socialite Life, Idolator) do on this latest episode of Banter With Ben and Lisa. Listen as the highly caffeinated duo take on all of the above topics and introduce a new, important segment called “Operation: SEDUCTION.” What are you waiting for? Press play!

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VIDEO: Super Mario Beads — Just Watch This And Thank Me Later

Some creative souls in Sweden animated a Super Mario Bros. adventure with beads, and the end result is nothing short of awesome, amazing, genius, and great. I think this may be one of the best things I’ve ever seen on YouTube.

For two more shorter adventures, check out the filmmakers’ SMB playlist here. Oh, and here’s a behind-the-scenes / making-of video, which is conveniently in Swedish.

AND WHATNOT: Juicy ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Scoop (including video!); Also, Creepy Super Mario Bros. Moments, and A Cool Dancing Demo

Dancer Khasan Brailsford shows cool moves (wait for it to come together in the last 45 seconds).

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Movieline Makes The Inevitable ‘Jersey Shore’ / Super Mario Bros. Connection


I didn’t photocap Jersey Shore last week because a) I was traveling, and b) nothing really happened beyond a ridiculous argument, courtesy of Angelina. Don’t worry though. I will soon be ramping up my Jersey coverage, and in the meantime, please enjoy the wonderful parallels that my friend Louis at Movieline has drawn between the likes of our favorite Seaside Heights denizens and their counterparts in the Mushroom Kingdom. Kind of brill, if you ask me.

Movieline: Does Every Jersey Shore Cast Member Have a Super Mario Counterpart?

AND WHATNOT: Whitney Houston Is Now Fat! Also, Jillian Michaels, A Free KitchenAid Stand, and Another Mario Video

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Vimeo: Pure (a “meditation on violence” via Pajiba)

AND WHATNOT: Super Mario’s Brain Explodes; Also, MTV Movie Awards, Highway Snipers, and Boobs!

“bit and run” — Mario’s Ladder from Cory Godbey on Vimeo.

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