Category Archives: Entertainment

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

Quiz: Which “Game of Thrones” Character Are You?

Game_of_Thrones_title_cardIt’s the coolest nerdy thing to ever happen to television.

HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones” is in the midst of its fourth season and shows no signs of slowing down, already having been renewed for at the least another two seasons. For those of you unfamiliar with “Game of Thrones,” the show is set in primarily what appears to be a renaissance era and follows several noble families from different areas all seeking the “Iron Throne,” or kingship.

It is a complex plot line with countless side stories and unexpected twists. But perhaps what really draw in the fans are the characters, who after enough episodes you feel like you know personally (Or maybe that’s just me?). With such great characters, it makes you wonder which one you’d be.

So, which of these “Thrones” characters are you? Continue reading

TBT: Tamagotchi

Tamagotchi_0124_ubtThis Thursday, Valley is throwing it back to the Japanese Tamagotchi handheld virtual pet we all knew and loved.

The name Tamagotchi combines the English words “egg” (tamago) and “watch” (uotchi) in Japanese. Millions of Tamagotchis have been sold since its launch in 1996. The maker Bandai has created over 44 versions, several of which were only released in Japan. Each colorful toy is shaped like an egg—it’s so small it can fit in the palm of your hand. There is a square screen in the middle with three round buttons underneath that control everything. Continue reading

WCW: Taylor Swift

large.TPrVwv3OwreDaoxUkKmeFYOqhOideNurye6BxFMcbmIWhether or not your dislike her attitude towards boys, you have to admit that you have had at least a few of her songs stuck in your head.  Looking past her “public relationships,” we decided to name Taylor Swift our Woman Crush this Wednesday.

At the age of 24, Taylor Swift, has taken the music world by storm, winning over 240 music awards since 2007, when her debut album was released. Recently, she has made a transformation from the “America’s Sweetheart” girl we used to know into a full-grown, powerful woman. We took an in-depth look into why Taylor Swift is an ideal role model for girls.

“I really love that even though she is out of proportion and is literally known all around the world when you look at the center of her music it is all her,” says Meredith Moga, a senior studying criminal justice, “Taylor is talking about her life, her experiences, and little girls can relate to that. Anyone can.” Continue reading

Quiz: How Much of a ‘Bro’ Are You?

Florio.HowMuchBroLet’s be real – every girl has a little bit of ‘bro’ in her. Whether you have an obsession with Nintendo 64 or enjoy nothing more than shouting at your abused television during sporting events, it’s totally acceptable to let your feminine side down for a while and embrace your inner bro.

However, there’s a fine line between just being a little more in tune with your guy buds and completely friend-zoning yourself. While girls who aren’t afraid to curse like sailors and fall face-first in the mud during a soccer game are great to have around, sometimes being too much of a ‘bro’ can totally hinder your chances for a guy (seriously, been there about one hundred times).

How do your guy friends/potential actual interests really see you? Take this quiz to find out!  Continue reading

It Girls: Where Are They Now?

Hilary-Duff-2013-Do you ever wonder where the child stars from your youth are now?

What are Mary-Kate and Ashley doing right now? Is Lindsay Lohan even acting anymore? What happened to Amanda Bynes after she was released from treatment? If you’re feeling a tad nostalgic, check out what happened to your old favorite celebs.

Hilary Duff

Our generation’s ‘it-girl,’ Hilary Duff, used to be everywhere. She released four albums, was on our televisions as Lizzie McGuire for four years, and starred in a whole bunch of movies (“Cheaper by the Dozen”, “Agent Cody Banks”, “A Cinderella Story”, “Raise Your Voice” and “Material Girls”). Following “Material Girls” in 2006, Hilary seemed to disappear from public. During this time she wrote a novel trilogy, starred in some random films, got married and had a child. Her son, Luca, is now two.  Continue reading

Indie Films: The Best of 2013

Indie films are often underrated. Just in case you weren’t sure, an “indie” film is a movie produced outside the major studio system (usually on a very small budget). Despite being low budget, indies often have great cinematography, very honest writing, and manage to bring in some outstanding actors. Once you go indie, you’ll never go back. Check out our list of the best indie films of 2013 and see for yourself.

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Stuck In Love
Romantic comedy-drama; Lily Collins, Logan Lerman

“Stuck In Love” focuses on the different relationships of the Borgens family. The film starts with Samantha (Lily Collins), a cynical 19 year old, but talented writer announcing her first manuscript has been accepted for publication. From here, “Stuck In Love” explores divorce, death, and three very different kinds of love. While some of it may be cliché, it’s still quite enjoyable. Continue reading

The Art of the Selfie

Hsieh_Selfie-1The proper lighting, the right angle and the perfect filter.

For some people, those three things mean nothing. But, for those who are connoisseurs of the selfie, those three things mean everything.

The “selfie” has progressed into something far more than a simple picture. It has been transformed in recent years into (for lack of a better term) an art form, and like any true art form, has accumulated mixed reviews.

“I think that selfies now are more acceptable in public. If you see someone taking one for snapchat it’s kind of funny,” says senior industrial engineering major Natalie Roberts. “It’s when people start taking them in frat bathrooms, at the gym, or while driving that it’s not okay. Do less.” Continue reading