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Ty Burrell Talks ‘Finding Dory’

Ty Burrell is one of the many big names in Finding Dory, the sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo. Burrell ’97g provides the voice for a beluga whale named Bailey who is convinced that he cannot use echolocation after hitting his head.

As is the norm for a movie this big (so far, it has made nearly $650 million worldwide), Burrell made a number of media appearances prior to its release where he discussed various aspects of his character’s role. During one appearance on The Talk, Burrell explained how he had an idea for what Bailey should sound like, which was shot down after one take.

In an interview that Burrell gave to ABC Radio, he explained how he was excited to join this project. Burrell knew that he was about to get a phone call from Pixar regarding Finding Dory, so when the call came, he picked up the phone and answered “Yes, I’ll do it. Who is this?”

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

July 12, 2016 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

A $25,000 Check for Grace Hayba

Grace Hayba is a longtime fan of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She’s written into it for years, and earlier this month, her persistence paid off when she won $25,000. Hayba, a rising sophomore at Penn State, received tickets to the show but didn’t know she’d have the opportunity to compete in a trivia segment.

“I had absolutely no idea that we were gonna end up meeting [DeGeneres] and talking to her,” Hayba said. “And playing ‘Know or Go’ was a total shock.

“All three of us were just under the assumption that we were gonna just be there for the taping,” Hayba continued.

The premise of the game, called “Know or Go to College,” is simple: Three members of the audience are put on top of a platform and DeGeneres asks them questions. If they get their question right, they move on to the next round, but if they get it wrong, they are eliminated and dropped down a trap door. The questions are designed to be tricky, but Hayba got both of hers right: “If you’re not a freshman, junior, or senior in college, what are you?” and “A lot of college students pull an all-nighter studying, if I pull my biceps femoris while I whip/nae nae, what part of my body is that?”

After both of her opponents were eliminated, Hayba was the last woman standing. She celebrated for a moment, but DeGeneres told Hayba that she had to come down, and the only way was to go through the trap door. “We sold the ladder,” DeGeneres joked.

While she couldn’t disclose exactly what happens when DeGeneres presses the button, Hayba said it wasn’t too bad.

“That millisecond where the doors dropped and I disappeared was absolutely terrifying,” Hayba said. “But it wasn’t harmful or hurtful in any way.”

All of the money Hayba received will go toward her education. A broadcast journalism major, Hayba comes from a long line of Penn Staters, as both of her parents (Pamela ’70 and Daniel ’79), her sister (Erin ’05), and one of her brothers (Benjamin ’13) are all alumni.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

May 23, 2016 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

David Morrell & Rambo, Back in Action

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via @_DavidMorrell

David Morrell is no stranger to having his work adapted for the screen: his 1972 novel, First Blood, was the inspiration for the Rambo film franchise. Next up for Morrell ’67 is a return to the small screen, as Deadline reported that a new series is in the works about John J. Rambo and his son titled Rambo: New Blood.

The series’ executive producer will be the star of the series, Sylvester Stallone. There’s no word on what Morrell’s role will be, but according to his IMDb page, he is a writer for a Rambo television project. There is no word on when the show will debut, but it will reportedly air on Fox. It’s also not 100 percent clear if this show will go beyond a pilot, as Morrell tweeted that Fox is only paying for a one-hour script.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

December 2, 2015 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

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