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Thursday, January 10, 2008


Actress Elizabeth Banks (C'96) has been doing everything from comedies, to dramas to horror films. Well, come this Sunday, she's about to saddle up and do a Western in CBS's Comanche Moon, the 3 part series prequel to the Pulitzer prize winning book, "Lonesome Dove".

Liz plays Maggie Tilton, a young prostitute who bears a son to the Texas Ranger Woodrow F. Call.

...Yes, Liz typically does play the young sexy roles as you may recall from Wet Hot American Summer (a favorite movie of mine!) to The 40 Year Old Virgin. And yes, she plays them all well!

Speaking of sexy roles, I'm looking forward to seeing her as "Mimi" in the upcoming Kevin Smith film, Zach and Miri Make a Porno. In fact, Kevin Smith just posted on his blog today that rehearsals for the film have just started and Liz and Seth Rogen are "genius together".

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Per cbs.com:
"Val Kilmer, Steve Zahn, Rachel Griffiths, Karl Urban, Linda Cardellini, Elizabeth Banks and Wes Studi star in COMANCHE MOON, a new six-hour mini-series based on the book by Larry McMurtry, and the final chapter in the "Lonesome Dove" saga to be made into a movie, will air Sunday, January 13, Tuesday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 16 at 9pm et/pt. Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winners Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana are the executive producers and writers.

COMANCHE MOON, the prequel to McMurtry's bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Lonesome Dove," which was the basis for the multiple Emmy Award-winning mini-series "Lonesome Dove," follows Texas Rangers Augustus "Gus" McCrae (Zahn) and Woodrow F. Call (Urban), now in their middle years, as they continue to deal with the ever-increasing tensions of adult life--Gus with his great love, Clara Forsythe (Cardellini), and Call with Maggie Tilton (Banks), the young prostitute who loves him and bears him his son, Newt (Joseph Castanon). Kilmer plays Captain Inish Scull, a Yankee aristocrat and hero of the recently concluded Mexican War. Griffiths plays Inez Scull, the Captain's sexy wife who doesn't hesitate to fill her time with other men when he's away from home. Wes Studi plays Comanche Chief Buffalo Hump.

Two proud but very different men, McCrae and Call enlist with a Ranger troop in pursuit of three outlaws: Buffalo Hump, the great Comanche war chief; Kicking Wolf (Jonathon Joss), the celebrated Comanche horse thief; and Ahumado (Sal Lopez), a deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for torture. Assisting the Rangers in their wild chase is the renowned Kickapoo tracker Famous Shoes (David Midthunder). They are joined by their comrades-in-arms, Deets (Keith Robinson), Jake Spoon (Ryan Merriman) and Pea Eye Parker (Troy Baker), in the bitter struggle to protect an advancing western frontier against the defiant Comanches who are determined to defend their territory and their way of life. The Rangers also encounter Buffalo Hump's violent outcast son, Blue Duck (Adam Beach)."

Comanche Moon airs in 3 parts:
Sunday, January 13, 9pm et/pt
Tuesday, January 15, 9pm et/pt
Wednesday, January 16, 9pm et/pt

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Jessie Schneiderman (C'05) did her stand-up act recently at the Improv in Hollywood and this girl has a lot to talk about.

As you'll hear she talks about everything from the volume of her voice to a pretty unique (and funny) reality show that you're going to want to put your headsets on for...

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

I'm often asked by many undergrads and alumni, "How do I get to Hollywood?" or "How do I start a career in entertainment?" You've seen the emerging talent on this site. You've seen the success stories. But how do you get in on the action?

So far I have been posting some great individual's paths to success here, but starting today, Im going to start up a "Tuesday Tips" series which will go deeper into pursuing a career in entertainment and help answer the following questions:
1) What should I do to have a career in entertainment?
2) What internships should I be seeking out?
3) What resources are available to me?
4) Which Penn alumni should I be speaking with?
5) What do I do to pursue a job when I get to Los Angeles?

These tips come from my personal journey out here in Los Angeles over the past 10+ years pursuing a career in acting and writing. I will also have alumni in other entertainment verticals out here (agents, assistants, film & TV producers, filmmakers) offer some tips within my posts.

I encourage everyone to comment below with:
-your additional tips to my weekly stories
-suggestions for future "Tuesday Tips" stories.


Click here to check out my first Tuesday Tip: "Top 2 Internships in Entertainment (1/2)"

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Monday, January 7, 2008


Jonah Platt (C'08) is quite the renaissance man.

Not only can Jonah sing well, and not only is he the musical director of Off the Beat, but he started and sustained an improvised musical troupe "One Night Stand" for the past 7 years (with a show in Los Angeles this week!). Talk about being involved!

...Not a big surprise, considering he comes from an involved family of Penn alumni (his mother Julie Platt (C'79) is a University Trustee and his father Marc Platt (C'79, Glee Club) is a Hollywood executive and Broadway Producer).

Jonah tells me that at his shows the audience makes up the name of a musical ("Mongoose Diaries," "Thundercats in Love," "They Came From My Mother" and "Walk of Shame" are a few recent ones) and the troupe then makes up a cohesive hourlong musical right on the spot. Per Jonah, "We make up the music, the lyrics, the dances, the dialogue-- everything completely improvised with nothing pre-planned or rehearsed."

Check out this "Walk of Shame" clip from their performance at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Jonah is the one lying on the floor and sings at minute 3)

Jonah will be performing their group's international (60 min.) hit show, One Night Stand, at the Hudson Guild Theater in LA this week on January 10 (8pm), 11 (8pm) and 12 (8pm and 10 pm). (6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038). Running Time: 60 minutes, Tickets: $15.00. To make reservations (323) 960-5773.

(I'll be there at the Saturday 8 pm show)


Their group then performs at the Dirty South Improv Festival in Chapel Hill, NC in February, then back to Edinburgh Scotland for the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where they made their debut last summer.

Click here to learn more about how Jonah started this group and some of the big name backers to his show.

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The campus really empties out during winter break...

(For those who haven't been back in a while, you'll notice newly laid bricks on Locust Walk and lights and some sort of heightened fence on the 38th Street bridge)

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There are all types of people at Penn.

These types seem to have stayed true through the decades ...from the animals we find in the library to the "princesses" we see around campus.

I just found this fun little video starring Amy Woodrum (C'11) which brings us a day in the life of today's Penn "rich girl".

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Sunday, January 6, 2008


..."Pretty spicy and pretty interesting."

That's what Roy Vongtama (C'96) told us on this week's episode of Style Network's Hot Guys Who Cook.

Roy showed us his Yoga moves and then cooked up a red curry spicy Thai dish ...all while he talked about the type of woman he's looking to date.

Attention Penn women out there ...he's a doctor, an actor, a cook and single!

Vote for Roy as this week's Style Network's "Hot Dish"!

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