Maybe she’s born with it…maybe it’s Aibileen. Tip UTB if you spot Viola!
If you live on the 4000 or 4100 block of Spruce, you’ve seen the telltale Haddad’s trailer trucks and your house may have had a memo on it asking you not park on the street this week. That’s because an ABC drama pilot is filming on the western end of campus, where many upperclassmen dwell.
And it’s not just any series handling our hood. A bit of investigative journalism has shown that Touchstone’s “How to Get Away,” as listed on the flyers, is in fact the Philly-set “How to Get Away with Murder,” the latest from “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” HBIC Shonda Rhimes.
It’s Monday and it’s really freaking cold outside, but we don’t curr because we now have a new way to waste away our lives on the internet! UTV, Penn’s campus TV station, launched its new-and-improved website yesterday. It features videos from Penn groups like Classless, Penn Masala, and Mask and Wig as well as 10 new original web series produced by and starring Penn students. We’ve created a short guide to help you figure out where to begin your journey to procrastination nirvana. Read the rest of this entry »
Classless, Penn’s favorite (and only?) student-run online sitcom series, is finally back! And if the first webisode is any indication, the newspaper-staff-definitely-not-loosely-based-on-the-DP has a lot in store as it make moves into its second year. Viewers are sure to meet some fresh faces, reconnect with old stars, and finally have something to do during that awkward 30-minute gap between classes.
These new TVs now located on the floor of Houston Market just might distract you from the slowly rising prices. (Zing!) These screens, coupled with the ones already in the seating area, could make Houston the new Crave. Update: Apparently these nifty things were installed in all of the dining halls on campus. Which is great news, because we didn’t know what tomatoes looked like before.
Geraldine Laybourne graduated from Penn in 1971 with a master’s in Elementary Education. Diploma in hand, she created Early Bird Specials, an independent company that produced programs for children.
Early Birds Specials teamed up with Nickelodeon, where Laybourne made sure that 90′s kids had a collective identity they could always fallback on. Unless they didn’t own a TV. Or had immigrant parents who made them watch Russian cartoons. Under Laybourne’s reign, Nickelodeon became the first global network to profit from ad sales geared towards children.
After her stint at Nickelodeon, Laybourne teamed up with Oprah to create Oxygen Media, programming intended to target younger women. She was the company’s CEO until 2007 when it was bought by NBC Universal. In 1995, Laybourne was the youngest person to be inducted into the Broadcast & Cable Hall of Fame, and she was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in America by Time Magazine. And get this—she managed it all without a degree from Wharton! (There may be hope for you yet.)
It’s Saturday and hopefully you’re off doing whatever it is that Street‘s planned for you this weekend, but if you need that extra push to try something new, this Penn alum should provide just the right dose of inspiration.
After graduating from Wharton in 1982, Wendy Finerman strolled straight past Wall Street, taking instead the road less traveled by. And that has made all the difference. Finerman scored a career in TV and film production, and now she’s best known for winning an Oscar for Forrest Gump.
Finerman is also the mastermind behind The Devil Wears Prada, and her other projects include Stepmom, Drumline, as well as Fairy Tale, for which she won a BAFTA.
Moral of the story: Life is a box of chocolates. Try new things and become a Hollywood producer.
From Amy G in a tweet from Arianna Huffington and the Engineering school’s scary acrobatic builder bots on Stephen Colbert’s ThreatDown, Penn has enjoyed quite a spell basking in the attention of the national media. But while Penn seems to be appropriately prominent in the realms of news and reality-based television, our alma mater remains relatively irrelevant to mainstream pop culture. Or, at least, until this past Monday.
Raina Thorpe, a brand new character revealed on this week’s “Gossip Girl,” went to Wharton. An inevitable love interest for Chuck Bass and the daughter of a billionaire being positioned to do financial battle with the Bass/Van Der Woodsen family — Raina is the kind of character that it isn’t hard to imagine prancing down Locust, having to make the impossible decision between Theta and Tabard and eventually being a shoe-in for Wharton’s notoriously Scene-y Lantern Senior Society. But what’s so great about that? Read the rest of this entry »
The Jeopardy College Championship starts airing at 7 pm on Monday, November 8th, and we’ve got one of our own in the running. Senior Siddharth Chandrasekhar will be representing Penn, and even though he told us that he can’t disclose any details about how things went, we found it telling that he only referred to the upcoming “episode” (singular). Here’s hoping that Siddharth takes it all the way and makes it past the first round. If he doesn’t, let’s hope he at least squeezes in a few SNL-Connery-style jabs at Alex Trebek while he’s there.
You know you’ve made it big when you get a cameo on South Park. And from the looks of this screenshot from last night’s season premiere, the Penn football team helmet has done just that! In a scene that spoofs ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, the Penn name is displayed proudly next to an ESPN Etch-a-Sketch and behind that dude’s shoulder. We assume that first letter is a P, at least. Hollywood, here we come!
Farah's In The Finale!-- We kind of forgot Penn alum Abdi Farah was stillon Bravo's Work of Art, but apparently he's made it through to the very end. Watch tonight at 10 p.m. (9 central!) to see if he wins the whole thing.