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Thursday, December 20, 2012


If you think you've seen all the Zombie film and TV premises, think again!

On February 1, Penn alum producer Todd Lieberman (C'95, Mask and Wig, AEPi) releases his film Warm Bodies and it looks awesome!

After the jump, check out the exclusive photo Todd supplied us with from the film, learn more about the film's unique premise ...and find out the big project Todd's about to start in a few weeks!



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Friday, November 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy and UPenn

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected this week on the east coast by Hurricane Sandy.

Apparently, the storm didn't seem to keep the students at Penn down... '

After the jump, check out this video of Hurricane Sandy hitting the Penn campus and see what some students did in the Quad to pass the time!

Also, see what the windtunnel did to one girl's umbrella and check out the enormous amount of leaves I've probably ever seen at one time on Locust Walk.




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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

UPenn and PenntertainmentIn our latest installment of Hollywood Penn alumni you should know about, this fall season has been a busy one for Hollywood Quakers...

After the jump, check out:

  • the animated episode a Penn alum wrote for a new children's cartoon
  • a new big studio deal for one Penn alum
  • Penn alumni with new TV shows and promising TV pilots
  • a Penn alum development exec makes a big move
  • a Penn alum writer's assistant gets promoted to staff writer!
  • a Penn alum appears on a popular TV drama




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Monday, October 8, 2012

CBS and 2 Broke Girls and Tom Christensen and UPenn
DT Favorite Tom Christensen (W'2003, Mask and Wig) appears as a guy in a trenchcoat holding up the diner on tonight's "2 Broke Girls".

After the jump watch the preview and tune in tonight at 9/8c on CBS!



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Friday, September 28, 2012

Elizabeth Banks and UPenn and Pitch Perfect
I'm sure you've heard all about it by now, but today, Pitch Perfect, the hot, rotten-tomatoes highly rated film by Penn film producers Elizabeth Banks (C'96) and husband Max Handelman (C'95, AEPi) comes out!

If you recall, in an interview she did promoting the film, Liz had referenced a Penn a capella group from her time at Penn that she thought was "the most amazing version" she's ever heard in her life.

On a related Penn alum note, Melisa Kirkup (C'01), Universal Pictures marketing director shared a 60-second lip-dub Pitch Perfect video her team produced, featuring the hit Nicki Minaj song “Starships”!

Check it out after the jump!




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Thursday, September 27, 2012

UPenn and Lady Gaga
I've talked about my obsession with the talented and passionate Penn undergrads and alumni who specialize in spoken word. Specifically, over the years, the impassioned Caroline Rothstein (C'06, The Excelano Project) continues to wow.

And I'm not just noticing it, but today, so did Lady Gaga!

Lady Gaga and UPenn

Yesterday, Lady Gaga tweeted about Caroline's performance of "Fat" to her 30 million followers!

Watch the electric video after the jump!




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Monday, September 24, 2012

UPenn and Flash Mob and Gangnam Style

I must say how impressed I've been seeing all of the organized Flash Mobs from the Penn undergrads through the years.

After the jump, check out the Gangnam Style Flash Mob that hit superblock this past weekend!



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Sunday, September 23, 2012


By the looks of my Facebook feed, just like previous year's Emmys, there were a bunch of Penn alumni at tonight's Emmy Ceremony.

If you caught the "Homeland" win for Best Drama tonight, you would have heard a thank you to writer and Penn alum Meredith Stiehm (C'90).

If you don't know about Meredith, she's had a great track record here in Hollywood. After the jump, find out more about the popular show that was her claim to fame.




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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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After the jump, check out a catchy new Penn Rap video that some Penn undergrads sent me.

Lots of great Penn references, plus some awesome Penn bling.

Favorite line, "I'm a Jew like one in three of you."




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Tuesday, August 7, 2012


If you've been watching the Olympics, you probably have seen standup comedian Josh Rabinowitz's (C '10) commercial as the "Apple Genius" helping people out in some funny situations.

After the jump check out all 3 of his commercials!


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Friday, August 3, 2012

Elizabeth Banks

After the jump, check out my DT roundup of these 7 Penn alumni making news in the TV worlds of reality, comedy and drama.  Plus two more alumni nominated for Emmys!




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Friday, July 27, 2012

Jonah Platt and UPenn and Spring Awakenings

After the jump, check out my DT roundup of these 4 Penn alumni making news on stage, literature and the arts.


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Wednesday, July 25, 2012


After the jump, check out my DT roundup of these 3 Penn alumni making news in the film world.


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Monday, July 23, 2012

UPenn and cakes

Our DT Correspondent Kelly Diamond caught this Penn cake posted on the Freshman class of 2016 facebook boards.  Three tiers of the red and blue!

And while there were these other Penn cakes, I still think THIS piece of Penn branded food wins!

More objects with unusually integrated Penn logos HERE




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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

UPenn and Amy Gutmann and Charlie Rose

President Amy Gutmann appeared with Charlie Rose last Friday night talking about American democracy, politicians, relationships and money as it relates to her new book The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It (co-authored with Dennis Thompson of Harvard University).

Check out a clip from the show after the jump!

More Penn authors HERE


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Sunday, June 24, 2012

UPenn and Nike and Stephanie Lynn and commercial

After the jump, check out my DT roundup of these 12 notable Penn alumni and some of their very cool projects ranging from new films, to Emmy awards, to great TV appearances.


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Elizabeth Banks and The Tonight Show and Jay Leno and The Hunger Games and People Like Us

Last night, Elizabeth Banks (C'96) stopped by The Tonight Show to promote her new People Like Us film. The conversation shifted from her sexy MTV movie award acceptance to her chatting about the time a policeman stripper was invited to the Tri-Delt house while she was at Penn.

Check out her appearance at minute 4:00 after the jump!


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012


We've seen other stellar Penn promotional videos in the past, but this one is truly classic as this 30 minute(!) video comes from 1957!
UPenn and University of Pennsylvania
At first I thought it was a prank where someone ran a viddy-like filter through a video, but as I got deeper into the video I realized it was the real deal! It even has that narrator's voice you'd think it would have. The biggest thing I've noticed was that the campus was much more green and lush --ivy growing on everything, huge trees on Locust Walk.

Check out some highlights of the video
  • 11:00 - the DP staff and offices
  • 11:38 - the lost tradition of freshmen wearing "dinks"!?
  • 17:30 - the Quad
  • 19:54 - Franklin Field
  • 18:56 - Mask and Wig!
  • 22:10 - Pre-football game activities

There's way too much goodness here...

Get transported back to 1957 after the jump!

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Monday, May 14, 2012

UPenn and graduation and Ode to the Ivy and Mask and Wig

This past weekend Penn was swarming with reminiscent alumni returning to campus and eager seniors anticipating Monday's graduation.

Before the seniors wrap it all up, Mask and Wig delivered their annual "Ode to the Ivy" speech. Watching it definitely will take you back to your own memorable graduation week.

Check it out after the jump!


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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Upenn and talent agency and Jobs

Hey Penn alumni and undergrads who are weeks away from moving out to LA looking to break into the biz... a job is available that you'll want to check out.

More after the jump!

Thanks to Dave Cowen (C'06, TEP, 34th Street, Write On!) for the tip!


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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Jay Leno and Ethan Fixell and UPenn


I've covered comedian Penn alum Ethan Fixell (C'04, Off the Beat) before as he and his friend Dave doubledated through North America.

Now Ethan just got added to the list of Penn alumni who have appeared on the Jay Leno show.

After the jump, watch Jay Leno's "favorite new comedy duo" perform a very funny musical number singing about people's facebook comments (minute 1:30) on the Jay Leno Show from this past Thursday.




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Tuesday, April 10, 2012


UPenn and Marc Simon and Unraveled
A few years ago Penn alum Marc Simon (C'96, SAM) produced a great documentary called "Nursery University" that I really loved about how hard it is for parents to get their children into nursery school in NYC.

Marc now has a fascinating new documentary called "Unraveled" debuting next week in NYC and LA which explores the downfall of Marc Dreier, a prominent Manhattan attorney, who was convicted of orchestrating a massive fraud scheme.

After the jump,
  • learn more about the film
  • watch Marc explain in an interview on Bloomberg TV how this project was a personal one for him
  • find out the most surprising thing he learned about Marc Dreier
  • and find out more about how he is both a lawyer and a filmmaker at the same time!




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Sunday, April 1, 2012

It's rare when you see any glimpse of Penn featured in a TV episode but tonight you may have noticed that there was a Penn diploma hanging on Betty Draper's doctor's wall.

Check it out below and then a close up of it after the jump!

UPenn and Mad Men




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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

UPenn and Jonah Platt and Les Miserables and It's a Brad Brad World and Bravo
This week, on the season finale of reality show "It’s a Brad, Brad World", Bravo celebrity stylist Brad Goreski was treated to a Les Miserables flash mob arranged by his boyfriend Gary Janetti on their anniversary.

After the jump, watch the performance which also happens to star a super talented Penn alum I've covered on DT through the years!


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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Oscars and UPennRich Ross (C'83) spotted on the red carpet

Elizabeth Banks (C'96) in Hunger Games commercial (also presenter in yesterday's Spirit Awards Ceremony)

Octavia Spencer thanks Stacey Snider (C'82) for "changing her life".

Muppets producer Todd Lieberman (C'95) somewhere in the back of the first level of the Oscar auditorium. Song "Man or Muppet" from Todd's film wins best original song.


Donny Deutsch (W'79) appears on the TODAY show tomorrow morning at 9:15AM talking Oscar commercials.

Check back for more updates through the night and add any Penn alumni you know at the Oscars in the comments section below!

More Penn alumni on the Oscars from years past here!

More about Penn's Hollywood mafia


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

UPenn and Valentine's Day

Over the year's we've had lots of great stories about Penn love.

This year, in honor of Valentine's Day, Penn alum actress Stephanie Lynn shares her Valentine's Day PSA for guys everywhere.

After the jump, watch her in "Sh#t Girls Say on Valentine's Day"!


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Friday, February 3, 2012

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

For the last few years as a medical consultant on various shows Penn alum Zach Lutsky (C'96) has had the opportunity to write or re-write all the medical scenes in those shows.

After the jump find out how Zach has finally gone from a consultant to a full time writing staff member on "A Gifted Man"!

His first episode, "In Case of Blind Spots" airs tonight (Feb 3) at 8pm on CBS!


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Thursday, February 2, 2012


upenn and quaker and homecomingHere's another blast from the past from someone who took a film during Penn's 1967 homecoming.

This audio challenged piece shows some students tailgating before the big Quakers vs. Harvard game on Franklin Field and then shows the game.

Be sure to check out some of what appears to be Spruce Street, the Penn Band and then wait for the 1967 Quaker at the end!

Hurrah, hurrah!





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Monday, January 30, 2012

UPenn and Carly Greenberg and WEtvOne of our favorite singer-song writer's music was recently featured on NBC's "30 Rock"!

After the jump check out Carly Greenberg's (C'05) song "CRASH YOUR PARTY" from the latest episode.

The song was featured in the celeb-packed parody trailer of "Martin Luther King Day - The Movie!" (parodied after THIS Penn alum's films).



More Carly here



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