Tuesday, December 20, 2011

DT exclusive: 7 Counterparts, 1 staircase and a Winter Wonderland

UPenn and Counterparts and Christmas

Over the years on DT, we've had awesome holiday serenading from the Glee Club, a swingin' Penny Loafers alum and this soulful alum.

Now, a big thank you goes out to the Counterparts for rallying together during finals to create a special video treat for my DT readers that you'll find after the jump!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Share this: The heartfelt story of one Penn Alum's battle with Cystic Fibrosis

Recently a Penn alum sent me an email about the heartfelt story of fellow Penn alum Emily Kramer-Golinkoff (C'07) and her battle with Cystic Fibrosis.

After the jump, watch an extremely touching video and find out how you can help.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Raise your glass to Penn alum's "New Year's Eve"

If you've been seeing the New Year's Eve trailers all over TV, then you should know that a Penn alum is behind the film!

After the jump, find out which alum and watch an interview with him about the film!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Help these Penn alumni who help others!

We've got another story of Penn alumni working together ....for a good cause!

After the jump find out more about their great idea and how we Penn alumni can vote them into becoming a "fan favorite"!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A 1986 Wedding Proposal on Franklin Field you'll want to check out

UPenn and Franlin Field and Wedding Proposal and Penn Band

Some of my favorite stories on DT have to do with Penn love.

I've covered Penn alumni getting married on campus and have even covered some great Penn proposals.

Well, I just discovered another Penn proposal from 1986 that was accomplished during the halftime show on Franklin Field with the help of the Penn Band.

After the jump, check out the video from the Penn vs. Lafayette football game and be sure to also get a blast from the past with these highlights:

UPenn and Quaker MascotPart 1
2:02 - Inspector gadget reference

Part 2
6:35 - The proposal

Part 3
0:55 - The band plays "Just a gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody". A true sign of the times!

5:38 - the 1986 version of our creepy quaker dude!

Friday, December 2, 2011

She's singing the theme song for ANOTHER TV show!

UPenn and Carly Greenberg and WEtvOver the past year, I've done stories on our very own "21st Century Girl" rocker, aka Carly Greenberg (C'05) and all the TV shows she's been singing the theme songs for.

After the jump, listen to a new theme song single she just launched for yet another new tv series!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Listen to this Penn alum ask Taylor Swift out on a date

The last time we checked in with Penn alum Hollywood actor Alex Weber (C'09, Lacrosse), he had a cameo on "The Young and the Restless".

Recently, Alex has starred in a commercial that needs your vote ...and he made a music video for Taylor Swift that you'll want to check out after the jump!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Listen to the Penn a capella song Liz Banks calls "amazing"

UPenn and Elizabeth Banks and acapellaRecently, Liz Banks (C'96) has stepped behind the camera to produce a new film called "Pitch Perfect" (based off of this book) with her Penn alum producer husband Max Handleman (C'95, AEPi), all about competitive collegiate a cappella groups.

After the jump, find out which a capella group Liz references from her time at Penn in an interview she just did with Entertainment Weekly...and listen to the great song this group did that she said was "the most amazing version" she's ever heard in her life.

Not Tonightie: a revolutionary nightgown you'll want to check out

UPenn and David Chalfin and Funny or Die

Over the past few years on DT, David Chalfin (C'96) has produced some great DT videos including THIS and THESE.  Also, if you recall he also contributed THIS touching story to "Chicken Soup for the Soul".

Now, after the jump watch the latest very funny video he produced on the front page of funnyordie today ....all about a "revolutionary nightgown that lets your man know when tonight is just NOT right."

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Why his muppet got cut from his own movie

UPenn and Todd Lieberman and MuppetsSince the summer we've seen some great Muppet promos, but today Todd Lieberman's (C'95, AEPi, Mask and Wig) 98% Rotten Tomatoes rated Muppet Movie finally hits theaters!

After the jump find out what Todd shared with the NY Post about how he became a stand-in puppeteer for one scene in the film ...and what caused his muppet to be cut from his own film!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

He's a bitter lawyer and stand-up ...and he's telling all!

UPenn and Lawyer and Matt Ritter and Jess Garvey and Roy Vongtama

I've covered stand-up Matt Ritter (L'02) on DT before and all the great viral videos he's created (my favorite one being THIS one).

If you recall, like many Penn alumni making career changes, Matt has transitioned careers from being a lawyer to a standup.

After the jump check out "Bottom Rung", his new web series based on his experiences working in "document review" at a big LA firm  ....and find about his other Penn alumni co-stars and some of his unbelievably(!) true working experiences that will be feeding into this series.

Penn's $46M playground's got you covered

Back in September, our DT correspondent Kelly Diamond (C'13), showed us exactly where Penn Park was on campus.

Recently she was walking down the Walnut Street Bridge in the rain and noticed a new athletic bubble that was built right over the park!

After the jump check out Kelly's 15 second clip of Penn's new indoor practice area!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Penn muggles running around with brooms in between their legs

I had heard that a group of students at Penn formed a Quidditch Team at Penn -based on the Harry Potter Series but I thought it was a joke.

But the jokes on me because it's real and we now have video!

After the jump watch these Penn muggles in action and learn how the game is played.

Monday, November 14, 2011

His exceptional cover of Paramore's "The Only Exception"

UPenn and Malik Smith and Paramore and The Only Exception

Remember recently when I had you listen to Malik Smith's (C'10) awesome cover of "Someone Like You"?

Well, he also recently released another cover of Paramore's "The Only Exception" and it's really great!

After the jump, listen to it!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

We have a winner!

Cremo Cream and Kyle Schroeder

Over the past couple of weeks, we've been promoting our DT "retweet" contest where you could win entrepreneur Kyle Schroeder's (W'01) new Cremo moisturizer, shave cream and wash. (GQ loves them ...as do I!)

After the jump find out who the winner of our contest is!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Classic: "Classless" Undergrad TV show Impresses

UPenn and Classless and UTV and Kelly Diamond

I've seen my fair share of student films over the years and am happy to report that these films have now also evolved into the first ever TV sitcom created by current Penn students.

UPenn and Classless and UTV and Kelly DiamondIn the first episode of "Classless", Steve, a student who has been shunned by the school newspaper goes on a mission to create a second student newspaper.  In doing so it looks likehe'll be getting second-rate journalists as well.  Laughter of course ensues.

So here's the deal.

This show is well written, well cast and well edited (in a sort of a similar manner as "The Office").  There's some great dialogue and characters (check out the "business card guy") and the show moves rather quickly.

After the jump enjoy the first episode of "Classless"!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A 4th(!) Penn alum covers Adele

There's no stopping Penn alumni musicians who want to sing Adele's "Someone Like You".

After the jump, listen to another Penn alum who puts his great spin on it!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Their creative anti-twitter song

12 DT vlogs and 2 years later, it's official.

Ben Naecker (C'09, Water Polo) and Blake West (W'09, Jazz Combos), the Penn alumni friends who moved to Austin to pursue music and swore that "real jobs were not my forte" have split up because of "real jobs".

After the jump watch their final episode where:
  • Ben and Blake talk about the wisdom they've gained
  • Listen to and download the 3 of their new songs
  • and find out what their individual future plans are
On behalf of all Penn alumni musicians and Penn alumni daring to live out a dream, thank you Blake and Ben for letting us follow you on your journey over these past 2 years and best of luck in the future!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Check out these Penn Pumpkins!

To cap off our 2011 Halloween series, I've got a final treat from one of our alumni.

Take a look at this great pumpkin carving handiwork from Penn alum Dennie Zastrow!

Be sure to check out this Penn carved pumpkin too!

Happy Halloween everyone!

The touching reason why she's not afraid of ghosts

UPenn and Jill Goldberg and ghosts and Halloween

I've covered singer-songwriter Jill Goldberg (C'04, Dischord A Cappella, Penn Choir, Wind Ensemble) on DT before and have been saving this great music video of hers for Halloween because I really like this song and there were some cool animated ghosts floating around in the video.

However, what I didn't know until yesterday was the moving backstory behind this song.

After the jump, watch the video and learn about the touching reason why her perspective about ghosts has changed over the years.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The only thing worse than zombies is racist zombies

Halloween and Zombies and UPenn and Carlin Adelson

Carlin Adelson and UPennOne more day 'til Halloween and as part of our Halloween series, I've got a somewhat wrong, yet very funny treat for you all.

After the jump, watch a short about "racist zombies" from Carlin Adelson (C'09, West Philly Tutoring, Sigma Kappa) and her Upright Citizens Brigade trained sketch comedy group "The Charlies".

Watch until the end!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Elizabeth Banks shows us her "Hunger Games" costume!

So far on DT, you've seen a Penn alum professionally modeling some great Halloween costumes.

I now have another Penn alum wearing what will eventually be a great Halloween costume!

After the jump, check out Elizabeth Banks (C'96) in a new movie poster as the flamboyant "Effie Trinket" in the upcoming Hunger Games film!

Friday, October 28, 2011

The secret life of this 10th grade Penn alum English teacher

UPenn and Matt Blackstone and A Scarey Scnee in a Scary MovieAnother story in this week's DT Halloween series for you...

Matt Blackstone (C'03) is not only a 10th grade English teacher, but he is the author of a new young adult novel, A SCARY SCENE IN A SCARY MOVIE (FSG/Macmillan), which released this summer and Seventeen magazine put it on it's Summer Beach Read list! Yep, this is another story about a Penn alum who is an educator and an author!

One liner is "It's about Rene, a male teen with OCD, and his lingo-inventing friend who tutors him in the art of playing it cool."

And if you're at Penn, you can meet him at the Bookstore at 2 pm tomorrow (this Saturday (10/29)).

After the jump, learn more about the book, Matt's perseverant path from Penn to becoming an author, and a great website for aspiring authors looking for agents!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

How to Make a Monster Halloween Mask

Halloween and Brian Yanish and Scrapkins

If you've got kids, you're going to love this story.

UPenn and Brian YanishI've covered entrepreneur Brian Yanish (C'95, Mask and Wig) and his Scrap Kins children's property on DT in the past.

After the jump, in honor of Halloween, Brian is sharing a great "How To" video (and free printable downloads) that show you how to turn a paper plate and carboard into a monster mask!

Plus download Brian's new free app!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Win his moisturizer that GQ says is "the best on the planet"

UPenn and Kyle Schroeder and Cremo CreamHalloween's right around the corner which always reminds me of our shaving cream business entrepreneurmodel, and Halloween costume model (my favorite DT post!) Kyle Schroeder (W'01).

After the jump, learn how you can be entered to win a gift basket of Kyle's:
  • new Cremo moisturizer, 
  • Cremo Shave Cream
  • Cremo Wash
  • and Fog Free shave mirror!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Penn alum's promo with Ben Stiller, Mark Sanchez and LaDainian Tomlinson

Ben Stiller and Mark Sanchez and LaDainian Tomlinson and New York Jets

I cover lots of traditional entertainment career pursuits from alumni on DT like acting, filmmaking, and writing, but equally creative can be that of Marketing.
UPenn and Melisa Kirkup and Tower Heist
After the jump, check out a promo spot for ESPN that Universal Media Promotions and Marketing manager Melisa Kirkup (C'01) worked on for the new movie Tower Heist (in theaters Nov. 4th) featuring Ben Stiller as well as Mark Sanchez and LaDainian Tomlinson of the New York Jets. Plus check out Melisa's advice to re: job searching.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Another Penn filmmaker's beautiful film needs your vote

UPenn and Duc-Minh Nguyen

Earlier this week, I posted an article about 2 Penn filmmakers that need your vote in an innovative film contest.

Duc-Minh Nguyen (C'07, DP, MUSE, Dining Philosophers, VSA), another Penn alum with another great film just emailed in and he also needs your vote!

After the jump watch his beautiful film and vote!  Please "like" or "retweet" this article to help spread the word! (voting ends Oct. 23)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

More Penn branded cake!

UPenn cake

It looks like someone working at HUP is leaving and what better way to celebrate than to slap a Penn logo on a cake!  Well done!

And while there was this other Penn cake, I still think THIS piece of Penn branded food wins!

More objects with unusually integrated Penn logos HERE

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

T is for terror, tantrum, talent and twists from these Penn filmmakers

UPenn and Jake Lasker

I love when different Penn people email me about the same contest they have entered themselves in.

It happened here and it's happening again for a special Halloween related contest; I was contacted by a Penn alum and a Penn undergrad who have created some very creative films for a very creative film contest called "THE ABCS of DEATH".

After the jump, watch their films and vote for them by October 31!  (help get out the vote by "liking" this post and tweeting about it!)

Monday, October 17, 2011

You need to listen to a song this Penn group is awesomely covering

UPenn and Off the Beat and Coldplay and Fix You
Since my freshman year at Penn in 1992, I've been a consistent fan of the work the Penn a capella group Off the Beat puts out. (and some of its alumni too)

After the jump listen to their great version of Coldplay's "Fix You" I just recently stumbled upon.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Hold onto your socks!: His American Reunion Red Band Trailer

UPenn and Jon Hurwitz and American Pie and Harold and Kumar

Not only does his high-larious next Harold and Kumar movie debut in a couple of months, but we're now just getting a first glimpse of writer/director Jon Hurwitz's (W'00) take on the next installment of the American Pie franchise.

And it looks wrong, and funny!

After the jump, hold onto your socks and check out this NSFW trailer for his American Reunion movie!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

This Penn alum directed Jane Lynch and Leonard Nimoy at the Emmys

UPenn and Kabir Akhtar and Jane Lynch and Leonard Nimoy and Emmys

You may have heard that Alec Baldwin backed out of the opening sequence for the opening of this year's Emmys last month and Leonard Nimoy stepped in last minute.

And Spock isn't the only one who helped reshape this opening scene days before the big event.

After the jump, get to know a Penn alum who was asked to step in last minute and direct this new opening scene ...and find out his path from Penn to Hollywood!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Her Cheap Bastard's Guide to Los Angeles (win a copy!)

UPenn and Cheap Bastard's Guide to Los AngelesSo you either just moved to LA or you're visiting and you're on a tight budget.  Another Penn alum has a solution for you!

Ashley Wren Collins (C'98, Bloomers, Penn Players) is not only a talented actress who can awesomely teach you how to unleash your inner skank, but this Penn alum is also an author whose new book will bring out the cheap bastard in you.

After the jump learn more about her book and about all the LA places where you can save money ...and find out where you can see Ashley promoting her book next week in LA!

Plus, be entered to win a copy of her book just by clicking the facebook "like" button below and/or tweet about it with hashtag "#ashleypennbook"!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Penn alum flies high on ABC's "Pan Am"

UPenn and Kate Jennings Grant

One of my favorite new shows this TV season is ABC's "Pan Am". The show does a great job romanticizing the 1960s while skillfully unfolding the backstories of the show's characters. (and yes ladies, now's the time to start thinking about a "sexy" Pan Am halloween costume)

When I was watching the 2nd episode this week, a Penn alum's name in the opening credits surprisingly caught my eye.  And she happens to have had a pretty big role in the show.

After the jump, find out who this Penn alum is, watch a clip of her in the show and find out what other big films and broadway shows you may have seen her in!

Monday, October 3, 2011

More Penn alumni who love singing Adele songs

UPenn and AdeleAs you've seen on DT, I've covered lots of alumni who like singing covers of songs.

A particular favorite from lots of Penn alumni over the past year has been doing Adele covers.

After the jump, listen to two alumni covering Adele's "Someone Like You" (and they're really good!)

Friday, September 30, 2011

You MUST watch this: Penn alum lifts house with balloons

UPenn and National Geographic and How Hard Can it Be and Vin Marshall

Remember in the movie Up how the old man got his house to fly using balloons?

Well, Penn alum Vin Marshall (ENG '00, WQHS) actually accomplished this on the new show he is hosting on the National Geographic Channel called "How Hard Can It Be?" and it premieres this Sunday October 2nd.

After the jump watch this AWESOME clip of a "bonafide flying house" from the show and find out what 2 other captivating episodes of his will also be airing this week!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ah, so THAT'S how you get to Penn Park (VIDEO)

UPenn and Penn Park and Walnut Street and PhiladelpiaLast week I did a post about Penn's new $43.5 million dollar addition: Penn Park.

I will say that even after I posted the video and saw the pictures of this Park I had some problems understanding how one would get there on the Penn campus.

Rest assured alumni who haven't been back to campus in a while; after the jump, Kelly Diamond (C'13), our DT undergrad correspondent has provided another one of her famous"15 second clips" which will put everything in perspective for you!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Jordan brings Girls Guide to espnW

UPenn and Jordan Zucker and Girls Guide to Fantasy Football and espn and espnw

Over the years on DT, I've covered Jordan Zucker's (C'97, Theta) entertainment journey as she's appeared on "Scrubs", cooked with Bobby Flay, interviewed NY Jets players, got featured on the morning news for her Girls Guide to Fantasy Football league, tried out for Oprah ...and now has been invited to join the team at espnW where she will be making videos throughout the fantasy football season.

After the jump watch Jordan's first video where she quizzes Giants fans about their team!

Monday, September 26, 2011

11 Penn alumni performances you need to check out

UPenn and Penn Live and Los AngelesLast week Los Angeles Penn alumni gathered in Hollywood to celebrate some great emerging Penn talent.

The night was filled with some dirty good comedy from host DJ Lubel (C'05) and great original music, improv, inspiring monologues, some over the top characters, a belting rendition of The National Anthem, and of course, a must-see musical(!) bit from the Bloomers alumni about what it means NOT to be Jewish at Penn. (hysterical!)

After the jump, check out some photos and videos from the night!

And congrats to Jeni Sue Birnbaum (C'08), Aimee Musil (C'06), Allison Karic (C'09), and EJ Baker (C'09) for putting together a spectacular event!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

This "Gifted" Penn Alum schools actor Patrick Wilson

UPenn and Patrick Wilson and A Gifted Man and CBS and Zach Lutsky

Over the past couple of years, Doctor Zach Lutsky (C'97) appeared on the Dr. Oz show, was the medical consultant for "Miami Medical" and "ER", and even had an acting cameo on a TV show.

Recently, Zach has been working on the new CBS show "A Gifted Man" (debuts tonight at 8 pm) as the head Medical Consultant.

After the jump learn how Zach was able to secure this position through "an amazing twist of fate" and find out what it has been like working with actor Patrick Wilson!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Watch her talk him down from a ledge

The trailer for Liz Banks' (C'96) new film Man on a Ledge looks real good.

Elizabeth Banks and Man on a Ledge and UPennIn the film Liz plays an NYPD crisis negotiator who tries to talk Sam Worthington's detective character off a ledge.  Liz's character happens to have also had a relationship with Worthington who was framed for a crime he didn't commit (sort of like Liz's character in THIS film).  The suicide attempt is actual a distraction for Worthington's brother (played by Jamie Bell) to commit a robbery across the street!

Will you go see this film?


So you wanna be a Hollywood agent? Listen to this Penn alum's advice

Rob Golenberg and UPenn and Gersh Agency and HollywoodRecently at a Los Angeles Penn event, I bumped into Penn alum Rob Golenberg (W'87, ZBT).  Rob has been in the Hollywood biz now for over 20 years now and is currently the VP and Head of TV Literary and Packaging at the Gersh Agency.  (I've known about Rob for years now because some Penn friends have had great experiences working for him.)

As you've seen in many of the Hollywood alumni I cover on DT, no one person's path is the same.  In Rob's case, he made a big career change early on in his career to Hollywood and has had quite an interesting journey since!

After the jump, learn more about Rob's path from Penn to Hollywood agent and his solid advice to anyone looking to becoming an agent or getting into the entertainment business.

A must read for any Penn alum or undergrad looking to go Hollywood!