UME Blog: Film Friday

Today is Film Friday!

Don’t miss out on seeing Titanic in 3D, playing at the Rave near campus for a limited time.

Movies opening this week…

The Lucky One: Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks and starring Zac Efron, this film would be great for this week’s date night.

Chimpanzee: Disneynature’s latest documentary follows the life of Oscar, an adventurous and loving chimpanzee.

Darling Companion: This comedy stars Diane Keaton and will be especially enjoyable for doglovers.


WMC and UME are proud to host: Mr. Johannes Larcher (Senior VP of Hulu)

 Wednesday, March 28th in JMHH G55
6:00 – 7:00pm
Come this Wednesday to hear Mr. Johannes Larcher, Senior VP of Hulu, share tips and tricks for how to succeed in the global entertainment industry. 
For anyone looking to break into the entertainment field, or for anyone with an interest in international management, this event is a must!  
There will also be a dinner reception with Mr. Larcher immediately following the speaker event. Students who register online are eligible to attend. Please click here to register for the reception. 

For more information, please see the Facebook event page.

HBO Game of Thrones Premiere Screening


The rumors you’ve heard is true. Get out your sigil banner, armory and crowns for the official screening of Game of Thrones, Episode 1 of Season 2. Sponsored by HBO and the Wharton Media & Entertainment Club, the Game of Thrones premiere this Wednesday, March 28 at 7pm at the Rave Theater, will allow you to watch the premiere episode of the highly acclaimed series on big-screen before it airs. Extra points (and prizes) for showing up in your favorite GoT costume (we know you’ve been waiting all year to show off your Stark wolf coat or Cersei dress)!

Please note: although the RSVP period has closed for the Wharton MBA community, we will have stand-by seating available for Wharton/Penn undergrads. After party will be at Drinkers West starting 8pm.

QPenn 2012 Keynote Speaker: Actor Alan Cumming

Event takes place Saturday, March 24 from 6 to 7:30pm in Room B1 of Meyerson Hall.

From the QPenn Facebook Event webpage found here:

“To purchase tickets, go to!

Join QPenn 2012 in presenting their annual keynote speaker: actor and activist Alan Cumming! Doors open at 5:40 for what will be an exciting talk on some of today’s most pressing LGBT issues. Mr. Cumming will also take questions from the audience after the main address.

A brief introduction to Mr. Cumming:

Right now he is the political maverick Eli Gold on CBS’ The Good Wife, for which he has received Emmy, SAG and Satellite award nominations, but over the last couple of years he has also: sung at venues around the globe including the Sydney Opera House; appeared in films opposite Helen Mirren, Cher, James Franco and Christina Aguilera; voiced a Smurf, a goat and Hitler; entered upside down and suspended by his ankles in a Greek tragedy, and sparred with Dianne Wiest in Chekhov; directed and starred in a musical condom commercial; written articles for Newsweek,Harpers Bazaar and Out; recorded an award-winning album of songs and a dance remix; made three documentaries; released a second fragrance (naturally named Second Cumming); hosted PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery as well as speaking out for LGBT equality and civil rights and going to Buckingham Palace to receive an OBE for all of the above. Time Magazine also called him one of the most fun people in show business.

Alan’s activism and passion for causes such as LGBT rights, sex education and genital integrity have earned him many humanitarian awards from the LGBT Task Force, The Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project, Lambda Legal, The Point Foundation and GLAAD’s Vito Russo Media Award.”

2012 Spring Fling Featuring Passion Pit and Tiesto

SPEC Concerts will be bringing Passion Pit and Tiesto for Spring Fling this year. The concert will take place in Franklin Field on Friday, April 13, 2012.

Floor passes go on sale Thursday, March 22 at 10am on Locust Walk. All other sectioned tickets will be sold online at at the same time. Additional sectioned tickets will be sold on Locust the following week.

Visit and the facebook page for details.

Free Advanced Screening of “Jeff Who Lives at Home”

SPEC Film Society Presents: “Jeff Who Lives at Home” starring Jason Segel, Ed Helms, and Susan Sarandon.

Wednesday, March 14 @ 7:00PM, Rave Theater

SPEC-TRUM Presents: Comedian Aziz Ansari

From a post on the SPECEVENTS website found here:

“SPEC-TRUM (To Represent Undergraduate Minorities) is pleased to announce that comedian Aziz Ansari will be performing at the 2012 SPEC-TRUM Spring Event. The comedy showcase will be presented in Irvine Auditorium at 8PM (doors open at 7PM) on Tuesday, March 13th.

Tickets will be available for purchase exclusively through SPEC-TRUM’s Event Site ( You MUST visit and sign up on the website to get information about when and where tickets will be sold. Tickets are available to Penn student cardholders only. A valid Penn Card must be presented with purchase to obtain the discounted ticket price of $10. Day-of-show and online tickets will be $15. Online tickets will not be available until March 2, 2012.”

John Carter Advance Screening – Feb 15th 7PM

Here is your chance to amp up your film knowledge…BEFORE anyone else!  On Wednesday, February 15th at 7:00 PM there will be a special 3D advanced screening for Disney’s exciting new adventure film John Carter at the Franklin Institute and we have tickets for you! All you have to do is print the attached Admit 2 pass and you can enjoy this movie in all of its 3D glory with a friend long before it hits theaters in March.

Even if you cannot attend this screening, you can be the first to hear about other advance film screenings in the Philadelphia area by liking this Facebook page or following this Twitter account When you do either of the following, please email Carolyn Brooks at with the subject “Liked” or “Followed” and you will be entered to win some awesome John Carter promotional items including t-shirts, ping pong balls and cups!

M&E Internship Panel: Wed. Feb. 8th

Media & Entertainment Internships Panel

Wednesday, February 8th, 12-1:30 pm, Annenberg Room 109

Does working in television, film or gaming sound like your dream job? If so, plan to attend this event to hear from students about their exciting internships in Media & Entertainment. Learn how they searched for their positions and what advice they can offer. Panelists include:

  • Daniel Abrams (CAS’12; Cinema Studies) – Interned at Marc Platt Productions, Mimran Schur Pictures, WGBH, Powderhouse Productions
  • Jenny Glazer – (CAS ’12; History) The Today Show NBCHBO Production Intern
  • Nop Jiarathanakul (SEAS ’12) – Software Engineering Intern, Electronic Arts 
  • Victoria Polubinska (Wharton ’12; MGMT concentration) – Screen Gems & Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Intern: Sony; Worldwide Digital Operations: Paramount PicturesCannes International Film Festival Intern: Eurocine; Intern: Greater Philadelphia Film Office; Programming Acquisitions & Business Development Intern: DirecTV


This event is co-sponsored by Career Services, the Communications Society and the Media & Entertainment Club.

EXIT STRATEGY: Cast & Crew Event, Thurs. Feb. 9th

“The Making of Exit Strategy:  A Cast and Filmmaker Discussion”
Thursday, February 9, 2012
JMHH 250 (Huntsman Hall)

A new un-romantic comedy, “Exit Strategy” opens in theaters February 10th and the filmmakers and cast will be part of a special University of Pennsylvania panel discussion on independent filmmaking.
Participating in the panel will be:
Quincy “QDeezy” Harris, Actor (CARVILLE) and Producer / Also on-air radio DJ from Philly’s Hot 107.9
Jameel Saleem, Actor (JAMES) and Screenwriter
Kimelia Weathers, Actress (KIM) and Based on Characters Created By
Kellie Maltagliati, Producer and Production Company Owner, Ask Around Productions
Michael Whitton, Director and Editor
After discussing the process of taking a budget of under $100,000 and delivering a film being played in theaters across the U.S. (opening at AMC Theatres in Philadelphia on February 10th), the filmmakers and cast will answer questions about the project, their current and future career paths, and questions relating to the current process of independent filmmaking and their own unique experience with the release of “Exit Strategy.”