Category Archives: Entertainment

Meeting Dylan O’Brien: Valley Writer’s Radio Interview Experience with the Maze Runner Star

GKC3I remember deliriously waking up to four missed calls. Without my brain fully turned on yet, I heard the news.

There had been a radio contest for Q102 Philadelphia to win special passes and a meet-and-greet opportunity as part of a promotion for Dylan O’Brien, one of the stars of “Teen Wolf,” and the front-runner of the soon-to-be hit movie, “The Maze Runner.”

And by just the right amount of appropriate spamming on Twitter, my best friend Tara had been named the winner.

I have put my entire life and all my responsibilities on hold to attend things like this, usually just for the chance of meeting some of my favorite celebrities. I have been extremely fortunate… almost too fortunate. Continue reading

From the Bookshelf to the Big Screen: A Guide to the Newest Novels Turned Films

gladerguideEveryone knows America’s favorite industry has been cranking out films for as long as they can remember. Yet just when we think they have run dry of fresh ideas, Hollywood proves they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

Whether you have your nose in a book or your eyes fixed on a screen, you’re in luck this coming season. It’s time to turn to the bookshelf, dust off a few of our favorites and sit back as they are adapted for the Silver Screen.

Film adaptations of popular novels is not a new concept (remember The Notebook!?), but it certainly seems to be a growing trend in the past few years. With the commercial success of some of these novels-turned-blockbusters in the past few months alone (The Fault in Our Stars, If I Stay, The Giver), why not continue to capitalize on this movie movement?  But I don’t have to tell you that, Hollywood. According to the plethora of novel-based films on tap for the rest of the year, you already seem to know. Continue reading

Rap Sensation Hoodie Allen to Perform at the HUB

hoodie webWhat: Hoodie Allen Concert
Where: Alumni Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center
When: Saturday, September 12th at 10 p.m.
Price: Free (must have PSU-UPark Student ID)

“We should take a walk someday. Dream about what we could’ve been. But I don’t wanna leave this place: no faith in Brooklyn”

These are not the words of Ivy League graduate Steven Markowitz, rather his alter ego and rap artist Hoodie Allen.

Although he was lyrically gifted from the beginning, Hoodie wasn’t always a rap icon. Before he smashed through the doors of the rap game, Hoodie was raised in a Jewish household, attended the Long Island School for the Gifted, graduated from UPenn with a degree in marketing and finance, and worked at Google. Continue reading

Your Back-to-School Playlist

_MG_5597Is summer really gone? Well to us, we’re just happy we can soak up the last rays with our favorite group of college kids in these next few weeks.

It’s time to set your clocks to fifteen minutes before that first 10:10 a.m. class, indulge in that long-awaited State College Chipotle burrito and get together that perfect playlist that will pump you up for class.

Luckily, we have a playlist that will swing you full-force back to school—in the best way possible.

Because this beat is impossible not to move to:
“Take My Love and Run”
—Bad Suns

Because we all have a dark side, and this song brings it all out: 
“Shades of Gray”
—Drake feat. D.L.O and The Weeknd

Because of that summer hookup that you swore you wouldn’t spill about to your friends (but you’ll tell ‘em):
“Don’t Tell ‘Em”
—Jeremih feat. YG

Because there is always a time and a place for Jay Sean:
“All on Your Body”
—Jay Sean Continue reading

Most Common Sylly Week State-stagrams

269852_10150222559455592_6175887_nWe’re insta-back to Penn State for another soon-to-be insta-amazing year, so you know what’s coming and you’re more than likely a contributor. Get ready to throw your dying iPhone in a fitted rage at the nearest wall for freezing up, because your Instagram feed is about to actually burst into flames. While Valley has already uncovered PSU’s Most Common Instagram Posts, this next week is truly in a league of its own. The popularly-coined ‘Sylly Week’ may be complete with late-drop classes and move-in boxes still lining your hallways, but it’s also filled with its own overload of specific state-stagrams, and we’re here to uncover these gems now: Continue reading

What Jelena’s Relationship Can Teach Us About Dating

JustinSIt’s true—Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are back together, but is Jelena headed for another split? A few weeks after reuniting, Justin broke Selena’s heart by hanging out with his maybe ex-girlfriend Chantel Jeffries.

It’s been quite a long journey for the couple with rumors, breakups, racy pictures, and now exes. This unhealthy romance has been a roller coaster ride, but it has taught us a little something about relationships.

Why does Selena let Justin treat her so badly? Better yet—why do girls date jerks?

Here are some theories:

Girls feel guilty for being successful and feel that they aren’t worthy of all the wonderful things that happen to them.

Some girls try to reason with themselves by dating someone who isn’t good to them. Continue reading

Robin William’s Death: A Lesson on Empathy for Society

zelda-williams-and-robin-williamsOver the last two weeks there has been a media storm broadcasting the late Robin Williams’ suicide. As the world grieves for one of Hollywood’s most beloved comedians, mass articles have been written on ways to combat depression. However, amidst millions of internet posts about Williams, there is one thing society seems to be lacking during this time, empathy.

While the public seems to sympathize with the constant suicides, many don’t truly empathize–instead some treat it as a piece of gossip. Days following William’s death, Zelda Williams, daughter to the late actor, announced she would be taking a leave of absence from social media due to the hate mail she had received from posting about her father’s death. In a similar manner, following the alleged suicide of Heath Ledger in 2008, the media, once again, was seen overstepping their boundaries and stalked Ledger’s family. It seems in both cases, society has felt the need to watch and gossip about how others grieve. Continue reading

World Cup Wanderlust

usmnt-soccer-fans_thumbSo far, you probably have been paying attention to the most watched sports event aside from the Olympics on your TV screen—the FIFA World Cup. Since it doesn’t involve varied events (it’s soccer) everyone is on the same level.

The great thing about the World Cup is that you don’t even have to be an expert in soccer to watch it. There will be plays and calls that have you scratching your head at times but the excitement of watching it is what brings everyone together.

Whether it is in a bar, at a get together with friends or even in the comfort of your own home, watching your country’s team play on the big screen creates a sense of pride and joy that can’t be beat. With most of the world’s leading soccer teams competing, everyone is sure to have their game faces and all bets on—no pressure. Continue reading

Penn Staters Get Advanced Screening Of “Neighbors”

MV5BOTQ0OTkzODgyNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTA3OTE4MDE@._V1_SX214_AL_A comedic yet completely realistic movie about college parties, fraternities and college relationships drew a huge crowd out to the State Theatre on April 24 for a free screening of Universal Pictures’ newest blockbuster hit “Neighbors”.

Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne led the cast of “Neighbors”, a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. “Neighbors” is directed by Nick Stoller. Stoller’s past work includes “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him to the Greek.”

Universal Pictures Campus Marketing Representative Gina Franz, junior public relations major, couldn’t have been more excited about the successful turnout of the screening. 591 people came to the movie screening – over 300 had to be turned away. Continue reading

Celebrate Mom Gilmore Girls Style

Gilmore-Girls-College-Advice-11“Gilmore Girls” was an iconic TV show that aired from 2000-2007. It was about a single mother named Lorelai raising her daughter Rory in a very small town called Stars Hollow. Lorelai and Rory were known for their freakishly close relationship and undeniable bond that made them more like best friends than mother and daughter. They were only 16 years apart and shared almost all of the same interests from movies to music, and especially their obsession with coffee.

Lorelai and Rory did almost everything together. There were times when Rory was at college and Lorelai couldn’t be there with her, but they still talked frequently. Many of us wish we could have a similar Lorelai-Rory type of relationship with our mothers, and vice versa. Even if you don’t have a relationship like theirs, it doesn’t mean you can’t spend time with them and still have fun. Continue reading