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Friday, April 4, 2008

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The Apple Sisters
UPennMatt Johnson (C'99, Mask and Wig, Phi Kappa Sigma) has been a favorite of mine on DT as he continues to crank out some very funny videos of which he has been producing, directing and even starring in.

This week, I want to showcase another very funny and very absurd short Matt directed for a group called The Apple Sisters. What you're about to see is a "commercial" for one of the "sponsors" of the Apple Sisters' 1943 radio show.

After watching this, I don't think you'll ever want to eat corn again.


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Thursday, April 3, 2008


This week Steven Vaughn-Lewis (C'12) just got his acceptance letter into Penn and he filmed it!

Alumni and undergrads chime in on why they chose Penn. Read their responses here!

videosWatch a group of Penn 2012 (new) admits check out (and hope for eventually living in) the Quad during "Penn Previews"



The "envelope opening" video above reminds me of when I got my acceptance letter back in 1992 (see my actual letter below and be sure to zoom in).


I remember getting my acceptance letter for both Penn and Cornell in the same day. I was so excited, and such a dork, that I remember wearing a Penn sweatshirt the next day to high school with my Cornell sweatpants. While I was proud of these acceptances, I cringe at how I decided to showcase this to the world.

Of course it was that day when I officially adhered my "University of Pennsylvania" sticker to my car's windshield. (...Come on, we all did this didn't we? :) Comment below!)

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Todd LiebermanTodd Lieberman (C'95, AEPi, Mask & Wig) will be producing a new film for Disney entitled Self-Guided.

Per the Hollywood Reporter, "the story centers on a man who magically goes back to high school as a guidance counselor to give advice to his younger self."

The funny thing about this film is that Jared Stern, a talented guy with whom I went to high school wrote this script and it's supposedly set in my hometown, "The Five Towns". Add this to the other films set in my hometown: Married to the Mob (opening train track sequence) and Amongst Friends.

Todd is a busy man these days. He's currently in Boston prepping two big films The Proposal starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, and The Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Which alum just sold his production company in a deal valued at 200 million dollars(!) and said this?

"It's about exploiting our content and taking what we own and doing more with it ...We haven't done nearly enough with our shows."

Click here for the details!

Per today's Variety:
"In a deal valued at upward of $200 million, Endemol USA has acquired Cris Abrego and Mark Cronin's (Eng '86, Mask and Wig) 51 Minds Entertainment, the reality factory that perfected the celebreality genre with nonscripted comedies such as "Flavor of Love," "I Love New York" and "The Surreal Life."

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This website just came out to support Elizabeth Banks' (C'96) upcoming film out October 31, 2008.

Seems like there's going to be plenty of tricks this Halloween...

Click here to watch Liz and Seth Rogen perform the not-safe-for-work-video, "I'm #*$!-ing Seth Rogen"

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CEO and fashion designer Kenneth Cole came to Penn yesterday during Penn's Fashion Week and told stories about starting up his own company and the issues he dealt with when he first wanted to develop "cool lady shoes".

It seems like this Penn Fashion Group has their act together with a pretty exciting line-up of events this year. Next up, they have a panel on The Evolution of Luxury & Retail with some pretty involved alumni. (Hopefully we'll be able to get some video of this soon!)

Click here to watch Kenneth Cole speak at Penn's Fashion Week

Check out last year's sizzling, scantilly-clad fashion show from the Penn Fashion Group!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

I've been working diligently on collecting some cool stories which will be featured in the near future on DuelingTampons.com.

Here's a taste of what's to come (this is not an April Fools joke ; ) ):

Spotlights on:

  • a successful TV Executive alum
  • a producer who recently appeared on a National Magazine re: his work marketing a film
  • a Beauty and Style Expert appearing on some major TV shows

Videos:
  • from our documentary filmmakers
  • about Corn, and exotic dancers (comedy videos)
  • from on campus
  • from more of our Stand-Up comedian alumni

Entertainment Career Tips and Resources including:

Contests:
  • More Penn Swag for your interaction and creativity with DT!

Other:
  • Undergrad Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival!

Plus more of my exclusive videos with our entertainment alumni!

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Max Kieba's (C'99) wife poses with Ben

Congratulations to the winners of my first DuelingTampons contest: My Mugs for Yours!

Winners:
-Brett Perlmutter (C'08)
-Cynthia Alvarenga (Penn LA Alumni Relations Office)
-Jason James (C'95)
-Jordan Zucker (C'97)
-Max Kieba (C'99)
-Puneet Singh (C'08)
-Teddy and Lauren (C'01) Swigert (C'01)

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(l to r): John Lilley, Rob Hyman (C'72), Eric Bazilian (C'75), Fran Smith, Jr. and Dave Uosikkinen

Music MondaysWhat happens when a group of undergrads get together to form a band and they’re still together touring the world over 30 years later?!

Ask Eric Bazilian (C’75, Penn Singers, Mask and Wig), Rob Hyman (C’72), and Rick Chertoff (C’72) who are currently touring the world with their band The Hooters.

Over the past 30 years, some notable achievements of theirs include:
  • Rob and Eric writing and playing on Cyndi Lauper’s debut album "She’s So Unusual".
  • Rob and Cyndi co-writing the hit song "Time After Time".
  • Eric and Rob contributing much of the material and instrumentation for the debut album "Relish" for Joan Osborne. Eric's masterfully penned "One Of Us", shot up the charts.
I recently chatted with Eric about his beginnings and he told me he had already been in several bands by the time he got to Penn. However, he worked with the Penn Singers initially as band leader and director under Bruce Montgomery and liked it so much he started singing with them.

More here about Eric’s beginnings at Penn...+/-

Per Eric,
“I got involved with “Uncle Benny's Summer Camp” (also known simply as "The Cabaret" --also featuring Doris Cochran-Fikes (C'72) currently known for being involved in Penn’s Alumni Relations, and now Admissions) also as bandleader and musical director through Todd Feinberg (C'74) who was already in the group as a performer. I joined Mask & Wig spring semester senior year as bass player because I didn't have anything to do over spring break and Florida seemed like a good idea.

Outside of Penn groups, during Eric’s freshman year he played in a band called “Wax” with Rob and Rick and had a band called “Cyclic Blowfield And His Funky Calypsos” (together with Bob Goldman, C’74) which played numerous times at Houston Hall, in the Quad at Spring Fling, various frat houses and many more gigs.”
Recently The Hooters were featured on NY’s WPIX news and introduced by Penn alum entertainment reporter Emily Frances.

Click here to watch their WPIX performance of their catchy hit “I’m Alive”

Get their new album, "Time Stand Still" here

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