BANTER BLENDER #107: Avengers! Mad Max! Rachel McAdams! Summer Movies!

Kyle Buchanan (senior editor at New York Magazine’s Vulture) returns to “The Banter Blender” to discuss summer movies with Ben Mandelker (@watch-what-crappens). The two talk “Avengers,” “Mad Max,” “Star Wars,” “Trainwreck,” “Spy,” “Jurassic World,” and more. Plus, there’s talk of Rachel McAdams and the state of her career. Come listen! moviesbanterKyle Buchanansummer moviesAvengersStar WarsStar Wars: […]

BANTER BLENDER #104: Measles, Bruce Jenner, ‘American Sniper,’ and Bagels

This week on “The Banter Blender,” Angie Thomas (“All the Way”) joins Ben to chat about the usual grab bag of topics: the measles outbreak in CA, Bruce Jenner’s possibly trans journey, the controversy surrounding American Sniper, and, of course, the best bagels in Los Angeles. Come listen! And remember to like the podcast on […]

BANTER BLENDER #97: Revisiting ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ Also, Kit Kats, Peanut Butter Cups, and Israel

‘The Banter Blender’ is working at full speed. This week, Ben Mandelker ( is joined by his friend David Clark to discuss a wide array of topics, including their reactions to both “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Lucy.” Plus, the two wax poetically about the oft overlooked sitcom “Gimme a Break.” This somehow leads to […]

BANTER BLENDER #96: Inside Comic-Con 2014 and an Early Look at ‘Guardians of the Galaxy;’ Guest Host Kyle Buchanan

This week on “The Banter Blender,” Kyle Buchanan (senior editor, “Vulture”) returns to talk movies. First, Kyle takes us inside last week’s annual San Diego Comic-Con to describe what the experience is actually like. Kyle then shares some of the best things he saw, including an extended preview of the new “Avengers” sequel. Then it’s […]

BANTER BLENDER #85: Geeking Out Over The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Ant-Man, and Vintage NES

This week on “The Banter Blender,” Kyle Buchanan (senior editor, joins Ben Mandelker ( to talk shop about movies and video games. The two first discuss Kyle’s impressions of the first fifteen minutes of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” before moving on to the fate of movies based on video games. Can there ever be […]

BANTER #83: Talking Oscars, The Lego Movie, and Nike Bootcamp with Guest Jessica Ogilvie

This week on “Banter,” Jessica Ogilvie ( joins Ben Mandelker ( to hash out everything from The Oscars — including but not limited to Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Ellen Degeneres, and many more. The two also share their rigorous experiences at Nike Training Club boot camp and opine with great warmth about “The Lego Movie.” Things […]

BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #63: All About ‘The Butler’; Also, Encounters with Mary J. Blige and NFL Players

We’re back!! Here’s the description of the latest episode of Banter: This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( discuss the ins and outs of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” — spoilers ahead. The two also chat about celebrity encounters with Mary J. Blige and NFL star Ryan Grant. […]

BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #50: Special Guest Milan Christopher; Also, Temptation

New Banter with Ben and Lisa is up. Another super fun episode, this time with special guest Milan Christopher! Here’s the offish descriptch: We’ve reached the 50 episode milestone on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” and to celebrate, Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( welcome actor, singer, model, director Milan Christopher ( to the […]

BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #48: Dinosaurs, Temptation, and G.I Joe!

Fun show today!! This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker ( and Lisa Timmons ( talk movies in honor of the late Roger Ebert. First it’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, starring The Rock’s biceps. Then it’s on to Tyler Perry’s Temptation. Finally, the two wax nostalgic about Jurassic Park, which leads to a […]

Oscar Bingo Is Here!

Hey err’one. This is a random little shilling post (don’t worry, an Adventure In Domesticity is forthcoming too). I get a lot of junk sent my way, but today I actually have something amusing to share. It’s called Oscar Bingo, and it comes courtesy of Evite Postmark. Basically, you print out these cards from the […]