AND THE OSCAR GOES TO: Survivor’s Fabio Stars in Homoerotic Thriller

A lot of reality stars advance to sex tapes and porn after their initial runs are over, but I’m proud to report that Fabio (née Judd) from Survivor: Nicaragua is moving on to something a bit more artistic: a much sought-after role in a low-budget homoerotic thriller. The film’s title is 1313: Nighmare Mansion, which I believe is a rather awful name for an estate, but that’s neither here nor there. It’s hard to tell what exactly this fine piece of work is about, but from what I can tell, it involves a bunch of pretty boys whose clothes magically disappear, thus the seminal line, “Where did my clothes go?” Along the way, they turn a little psycho (viz. Fabio licking then wielding a rather fake-looking knife) and then, naturally, homoerotic. The whole thing looks like it was shot over the course of one day, and clearly the filmmakers saved money by eschewing the use of proper sound equipment (not to mention a wardrobe department). I’m not sure if this is safe for work or not — it depends on how comfortable you feel having a bunch of dudes running around like they’re in a twisted Calvin Klein commercial — but it’s certainly entertaining.

Via Reality Blurred



Oh things just got REAL up in hurre. With Survivor: Nicaragua heading into its big finale on Sunday, it seemed inevitable that this season’s biggest lump, Dan, would be finally getting the heave-ho. And if not Dan, then Fabio (as much as it pains me to say that). However, this is Survivor, and nothing ever goes quite as planned, and Thursday’s penultimate episode proved that. I can assuredly say that going into the finale, there are now definitely people I’m rooting for, and those that I loathe. Too bad it took all season to get me fired up like this…

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CHECK IT OUT: More TV Banter!

About six weeks ago, I posted about a web show I’m hosting, and I’m happy to report that we finally taped a second episode last week. Joining me once again was Matt Whitfield, the Features editor for Yahoo! Entertainment, and just like last time, we spent a good amount of energy talking about The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Beverly Hills, not to mention The A-List: New York, Survivor, and The Amazing Race (among others).

Check out the video above (fast forward a minute or two to get past the music — I don’t know why it was so long). Hope you enjoy!

We’re hoping to record another episode this week; so keep an eye out on this blog or my Twitter for information on how you can watch it live. Plus, there will hopefully be more Banter with Ben & Lisa soon too…



Quitters never win, and winners never quit. But I suppose trite sayings like that don’t matter much when you’re stuck on a beach in Central America for twenty-eight days with no food or shelter and you weight about twenty-five pounds. That’s the lesson I’ve learned watching the latest episode of Survivor: Nicaragua, which featured two — count ’em, two — castaways quitting, despite being mere days away from the finish line. And if you thought that was the most frustrating thing about last Wednesday, you’d be wrong. It was only the start.

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SURVIVOR PHOTOCAP: It’s Getting Hot In Herre


It’s been a few weeks since I did a Survivor photocap, and quite frankly it’s only because I’ve been lazy. Utterly lazy. That being said, Survivor Nicaragua has been heating up lately. I’ve had some discussions with friends recently who have derided this season, with some going so far as to say it’s been one of the very worst. I highly disagree. While it’s not the best, it’s certainly been entertaining; although, admittedly, there was a little lull in the post Jimmy Johnson / Jimmy T era.

Things lately have been getting all sorts of screwy on the show. It actually reminds me of the bonkers Casaya tribe on Survivor: Panama (right next door geographically, coincidentally) which saw so many bizarre power shifts thanks to everyone being totally nuts (ie. Shane, Courtney, Danielle). The same thing’s going on here in Nicaragua. Between kooky Holly, gritty Jane, cagey Shane, wacky Naonka, goofy Fabio, grumpy Dan, and surly Benry, this tribe is a mess, with alliances shifting so wildly, I honestly can’t even keep up anymore.

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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

Check It Out: TV Banter!

Hey everyone. Cool news from the world of the Interwebs. I’m going to be hosting a videocast for Talk Media Networks where I talk about — you guessed it: TV! We’ve only done one show, and it’s all a bit rough around the edges, but that’s sort of the way online shows go. I’m sure it will find its voice and narrow its focus over the next several episodes, but for a “pilot,” I thought it was pretty fun.

Joining me for the first episode (which was recorded live last week on UStream) is my friend Matt Whitfield, the features editor from Yahoo! Entertainment. The two of us discuss every Housewives franchise and then some (and yes, we couch The A-List into the discussion) as well as Survivor, Amazing Race, Top Chef: Just Desserts, Raising Hope, Modern Family, Cougar Town, Community, Gossip Girl and Jersey Shore. Be sure to check it out!

And as for “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” fear not: we’ll be taping a new episode tomorrow!

SURVIVOR PHOTOCAP: Spit, Don’t Swallow


Sad news: Survivor hit us with the old switcheroo last night, which meant the young vs. old showdown was officially put to rest. This bummed me out as I kind of loved the rivalry, even if the young chaps seemed to be demolishing their elder opponents. Clearly the producers wanted to halt the bloodbath before it got too ridiculous, but I think they should have kept it going a few more weeks. Maybe the old folk would have gotten their act together. Oh, who am I kidding? They were a disaster of a tribe, and not because they were at a physical disadvantage. Their real problem was that they were a disorganized mess. With raging egos like dearly departed Jimmy T or self-interesting schemers like Marty, there’s no way this tribe could truly act as a unit. Heck, they kicked off the most accomplished leader of all with Jimmy Johnson. Not a lot of brain power going on there — could we really expect them to come out victorious in the competitions?

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SURVIVOR PHOTOCAP: If The Sock Fits, Wear It


It’s utterly amazing how Survivor can still be so awesome in its 21st season. It all comes down to casting, and this is where Big Brother this past summer could have taken a note or two. What’s making this iteration of the franchise so wonderful is that a) there’s a diversity of personality types, most of whom seem to be totally lack self-awareness, and b) there’s a diversity of ages, which always adds wildcard elements to the proceedings.

On one tribe, we have the old folks, who are mostly kooky, bizarre creatures but not above immature posturing. Take, for example, Jimmy T., the salty fisherman who quietly stews at having to hand the alpha male reins over to NFL coach Jimmy Johnson. It’s sort of hilarious watching Jimmy T. suffer in silence, clearly unable to get over his own ego. After all, wouldn’t you want a proven people manager like Jimmy J. to keep things in order? Jimmy J. is a guy who’s had to oversee a gargantuan staff, deal with insane personalities, and make critical decisions with gargantuan stakes on the line all in a manner of seconds. And yet Jimmy T. the fisherman has a problem with this?

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