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The Lonely Island Drop Semicolons on La Brea

Given how much wordplay fun Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone like to have as The Lonely Island, it’s fitting that the LA listening party for “The Wack Album” Thursday night took place at Sonos Studio on La Brea. That’s a palindrome, ya’ all; Sonos backwards and forwards spells out the same double-S, double-O, single-N way.

During the Q&A moderated by Extra correspondent (and regular recent ESPN 710 AM fill-in host) Ben Lyons, Samberg reminded just how effortlessly he can take anything and make it funny. For example, when Lyons asked the gang to list their high-profile collaborators on their third album, arriving June 11 but already all over YouTube, it quickly led to a riff about fictitious rap star Ted Twobottoms. Apparently, Ted T was too busy this time around to participate.

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Ben Lyons Jumps from E! to Extra

Big news from the Hollywood press junket and red carpet fronts. When Ben Lyons next walks into a Beverly Hills Four Seasons interview suite or corrals 50 Cent outside an event for the rapper’s additional two, he will be doing so for a new E-tastic outlet.

Lyons, a congenial staple at E! News for the past five years, moved over March 1 to the Burbank headquartered, Grove broadcast-anchored Extra. His new home was launched about seven years after the founding of E! and is currently hosted by Mario Lopez.

“I’ve had my eye on Ben for a long time,” said Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, senior executive producer of Extra. “He’s an entertainment news wunderkind… Between his deep knowledge of entertainment and his close relationships in Hollywood, he will be a great addition.”

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Baron Davis Aces Play-by-Play Gig

Because of an injury, Baron Davis could not take part in his second annual sold out charity kickball game, held Sunday afternoon on the campus of his Alma Mater Crossroads High School in Santa Monica. So while a whiter, shorter, and more female bearded doppelganger stood in for him on the field, Davis did the PA system play-by-play from a fold-out table on the third base side. The Clipper-turned-Cavalier definitely has a future in broadcasting if he so chooses.

E! Entertainment reporter Ben Lyons redeemed himself from an early, no-call fly ball drop in right field to boot a pair of home runs and almost bring his Black team back from a huge early deficit to the Grey’s. Along with revisiting a recent interview mix-up with Lyons involving MTV, Davis repeatedly warned women in the audience whenever a certain athlete came to the plate. “Ladies, do not look into his eyes. He will hypnotize you.”

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Jerry Bruckheimer Ruminates About the Red Carpet

In case you hadn’t noticed, Jerry Bruckheimer is the latest Hollywood titan to take to Twitter like there’s no #tomorrow. Which is a good thing, because this guy has a hand in more aspects of Hollywood entertainment than Tom (Cruise), Dick (Wolf) and Harry (Potter).

On the heels of a whole bunch of Dallas Super Bowl tweets, @BruckheimerJB this morning sourced Twitter as a living encyclopedia, wondering when the first-ever red carpet was rolled out. Faster than you can say Carpet Scene Investigation, the tweet-backs have started pouring in:

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A Web Site Devotes Itself To ‘Stopping Ben Lyons’

lyons_header.jpgA person blogging under the name of “Scott Johnson” is so wildly offended by the very existence of E! personality (and At the Movies replacement) Ben Lyons that he created Stop Ben Lyons: Before He Destroys the Fabric of American Cinema, a virtually daily blog dedicated to tearing Lyons a new one:

“… the situation is just no longer tenable. Not only do I need a more serious film review show on TV, but more importantly BEN LYONS NEEDS TO BE STOPPED! He is making a mockery of one of the hallowed institutions of popular American film-going.”

The blog is interesting in that it’s not as mean-spirited as you might expect of a site devoted to the vehement destruction of another person’s career.

But we question how long this Scott Johnson can maintain this single-issue blog without becoming a bombed-out shell of his former self.

Don’t like Ben Lyons’ reviews, Scott? You’re not alone. But for your own sake, just change the channel… or better yet, e-mail us so we can psychoanalyze you in person!

Ben Lyons Intrigues Us

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A PR firm sent us a press release to let us know that Ben Lyons played video games last night. A little creepy in its banality, until you consider that the flaks didn’t mention whether the celebrated film critic actually won the movie trivia game he played. Hmmm…

Last night in Hollywood, CA, Ben Lyons, film critic for E! Entertainment and host of At the Movies, hung out with friends and played some of Xbox 360′s most anticipated entertainment games for this holiday. He put his movie knowledge to the test playing Scene It? Box Office Smash and showed his friends how to star in their own movie with You’re in the Movies on Xbox 360.

Photo Credit: Rene Macura

Ben Lyons Is On Yet Another TV Show

blosldf.jpgFirst was the news that he was taking over for Ebert and Roeper, and now we learn E!‘s Ben Lyons has landed another gig: My Family’s Got Guts, a kind of extreme sports reality show — though, in Lyons’ case, a better title might have been My Family’s Got Connections.

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It’s All About the Benjamins

thebens.jpgBen Mankiewicz and Ben Lyons are apt to do a serviceable job taking over “At the Movies,” but perhaps the most alarming element (for any moviegoer worth their weight) is that neither has been a film critic before (well actually, Ben 2 was called a critic on E!, that repository of journalistic and critical integrity).

But the two of them are related to film critics or film screenwriters. Granted they’re pretty good screenwriters (Citizen Kane) and critics (Jeffrey Lyons of WNBC in New York). But is it like baseball where Bobby Bonds can produce a Barry Bonds? I’m not sure either of these guys can hit 762 home runs, steroids or not.

So we’ll all just have to rely on Harry Knowles to figure out the movie business.

(image via Variety)

Variety: Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz Take Over for Epert and Roeper

Variety has a story that blows our little minds (and not just because Ben Lyons lives around the block from us:

During negotiations to extend Richard Roeper‘s contract for At the Movies, Disney ABC Domestic Television abruptly ended the talks. Thus Roeper, followed by the show’s co-founder, Roger Ebert, left the show. On Tuesday, Disney ABC will announce announced that E! Entertainment critic Ben Lyons and Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz are take over hosting duties on a revamped At the Movies aimed at a younger demo.

Variety’s Anne Thompson says she’s never seen these fellas in action, but we have: Here’s a tip, Anne: Get ready for some punky wigga’s view of the movies.

Taking Bets In The Lyons Den

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We are not rushing out to take in Springfield-mania, and we don’t know too many people who are. But when we saw hordes of fans lined up at The Grove late last night for the midnight showing of The Simpsons Movie, we thought maybe it would be a surprise blockbuster. Then we heard all three of the midnight shows at the Arclight had sold out, and we started to think it was going to be a monster hit.

Luckily, that cute-as-a-button, wanna-be ghetto movie reviewer kid on E! is around to set us straight. In his new weekly feature, Beat Ben @ The Box Office, Ben Lyons pits his movie knowledge against yours by predicting box office takes every weekend.

As he assures his readers:

The Simpsons Movie, 18 years in the making, will take in roughly $37 million. Strong, but not overwhelming.

Here’s Why: The film will not reach the coveted $45-50 million range because younger moviegoers, the ones who make up the majority of summer ticket sales, don’t have the same passion for this animated flick as they did for Shrek and Ratatouille.

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