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!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Elizabeth Banks has Heart Attack for a Cause

UPenn and Elizabeth Banks starring in 'Just a Little Heart Attack'

Emmy-nominated Liz Banks (C'96, Tri-Delt) is more than just a pretty face and talented actress.

Over the years we've seen her giving back by standing up to cancer and lending her support to latchkey kids.

Now Liz has teamed up with the American Heart Association for the "Go Red for Women" campaign and stars and directed a PSA about knowing the signs of when you're having a heart attack.

After the jump, watch how Liz adds the funny to this serious issue (my favorite line is at minute 2:26) and learn why it's such a personal issue for her.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What do you think about this new Penn tradition?

UPenn and Traditions and Franklin Field

Looks like a new Penn tradition has started. (this one not being as HORRIBLE as this other new Penn tradition)

After the jump, check out the Class of 2015 forming a "2015" on Franklin field --time lapse style!

From Realtor Reality Stars to Authors: Penn alum sisters have "Hot Property"

UPenn and Samantha Kleier-Forbes and Sabrina Kleier-Morgenstern and Hot Property and Selling New York and HGTV
(l to r: ) Michele, Sabrina and Samantha
Remember the story I did about the Penn alumni sister realtors who have their own show on HGTV?

Well, not only is their fourth season of "Selling New York" about to debut in October, but the Kleier sisters teamed up with their mom and published a new novel called Hot Property.

After the jump, learn more about the novel and find out how they managed to get Penn into the book and Penn alumni onto their show!

Monday, September 19, 2011

If you're in LA, you need to come to this popular Penn event on Wednesday (9/21)!

UPenn and Penn Live

If you live in LA, you need to be at this Wednesday's big Penn event where alumni will be performing at "Penn Live" (a spin off to our past Pennfest annual event!)

After the jump, get the details on who is performing and how you can get ticket!