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Movie Blog Post: MISS SLOANE

Friday, December 9, 2016


Jessica Chastain in MISS SLOANE

By Tinsel & Tine Editor, Le Anne Lindsay

We're just days away from the Golden Globe nominations, and I've always held a high regard for Jessica Chastain since she came on the scene with back to back movies in 2011/2012 - still, for some reason, I assumed Miss Sloane, wouldn't be a very remarkable movie, figured I'd see it cause I have to see something every week to talk about on my radio segment with Chuck Darrow, but not because I needed or wanted to see it to get prepared for awards season.  I was wrong, John Madden (The Debt, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel click for T&T posts) has directed a strong political thriller with some very timely themes.

Chastain plays a motivated, hard-driving, extremely intelligent, in demand Washington, D.C. Lobbyist who can inspire a loyal team around her, yet she plays her cards so close to the vest in order to achieve certain outcomes, that it often leads to those around her feeling manipulated. Particularly, Esme (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, an actress I really like - Belle, Beyond the Lights, Jupiter Ascending, Concussion, Free State of Jones click for T&T posts) another female Lobbyist with a long track record in the fight for Gun Control; a cause Sloane takes on not because she's passionate about the issue, but wants the challenge of going up against the antiquated, right wing, 2nd Amendment Nazis.

Sloane is always impeccably put together, but she's flawed: can't sleep, pops pills, pushes herself too the limit, expects too much from those around her and pays for sex (Jake Lacy), but you love her cause she's brilliant. We don't have to wait until June to see a Wonder Woman movie, Jessica Chastain as Miss Elizabeth Sloane will leave you in awe!
What type of research did you do to tap into your characters, and also the gun lobby conversation? 

Chastain: Less than 10% of lobbyists in D.C. are women — politics in D.C. can be very much a boys club. So, for me, it was important to meet with female lobbyists because I wanted to know what they go through day-to-day in that town, and in that political system, to get where they are.  But first I read Jack Abramoff's book, [“Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America's Most Notorious Lobbyist”] — the lobbyist that ended up in jail — because I wanted to understand even what a lobbyist was. Then I Googled and found all these lists of the most successful female lobbyists and just started calling their offices. I got 11 women to agree to meet with me.

Mbatha-Raw: As well as us meeting in D.C. and getting to go to Capitol Hill, I got to visit the lobbying firm that were the consultants for the movie. I also got to meet with leading members of the Brady Campaign [to Prevent Gun Violence] and also a young woman whose mother survived [the] Sandy Hook [shooting], and talk to her about how that had motivated her to become involved in politics and in gun violence prevention... READ MORE Tre'vell Anderson Los Angeles Times 

Below is an excerpt of an article published in Elle Magazine April 2016 naming the 10 most powerful women in our Nation's Capitol, in celebration of "nasty women", a term appropriated away from the way Trump meant it against Hillary Clinton, and now taken to mean a woman who can get things done!

1. During Loretta Lynch's lengthy, politically contentious confirmation period to become attorney general, she personally met with every member of the Senate judiciary committee, plus more than half of the rest of the senators, including those who vociferously objected to her nomination....

2. Janet Murguía, head of the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Latino advocacy organization, likes to call herself the underachiever of her family: Her twin sister Mary and brother Carlos are federal judges...

3. When former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at a meet and greet near Tucson five years ago, her attacker not only failed to kill her, he also gave her a fiercer will to live. "I wake up every day grateful that I have a second chance at life and a second chance at service...

4. When Hillary Clinton was preparing to give testimony before the House committee investigating the terrorist attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya, she got inspiration from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood who'd been grilled just weeks before by Republicans in Congress...

5. By 2010, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, U.S. representative from Washington's Fifth District and the highest-ranking Republican woman in the House, had given birth to two children while serving in Congress...

6. Republican pollster and pundit Kristen Soltis Anderson. Way back in 2008 when the GOP lost to Obama, Soltis Anderson, a grad student at the time, noticed something: All of her friends thought being a Republican was lame. She wrote her thesis about millennial voters...

7. Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation and chairman of the National Geographic Society, says she's always had an interest in "leveling the playing field."...

8. In one week last October, Karen Dunn, partner at the DC law firm Boies, Schiller, and Flexner, scored a huge win in court for tech giant Oracle, traveled with Hillary Clinton to prep her for the first primary debate, and accompanied Clinton aide Huma Abedin to testify before the House Benghazi committee—all while eight months pregnant with her third child...

9. Gina Adams, is a skillful, power Lobbyist. Lobbyists have to be "someone people like and will listen to," says Debra Lee, CEO of BET and president of the Alvin Ailey board. "Adams has that ability to develop great relationships with people on the Hill." In fact, Adams's impact stretches beyond DC... 

10. Lisa Monaco's job is to manage our country's response to everything that keeps you up at night: the Islamic State, mass shootings, Ebola, natural disasters. With a to-do list like that, it's no surprise Monaco, 48, is one of the first people into the White House every day and one of the last to leave at night...

READ MORE Rachael Combe Elle Magazine

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Philly Spotlight: JAWNT Philly Concierge Start Up

Sunday, December 4, 2016


by Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

My name is Cal Williams and I am a rising senior in high school. Last summer, my friend and I came up with and pitched a business proposal. Our company, Jawnt is a Philadelphia-specific company that specializes in planning one’s night for them. Currently, we are doing dinner reservations only. To gain a customer base, we figured it would be effective to reach out to people like you for a possible partnership. We would ask that in exchange for a spot on our website under “partners,” we would ask to be featured on your blog or website. 

Now when I received this email I thought, Nice! Guess I'm more visible than I sometimes feel. And Wow! Love this younger generation taking the bull by the horns and entering the entrepreneurial arena even before college. I wish when I was in school a mentoring program existed like The Germination Project, which is helping Cal and his partner Thomas get rolling with JAWNT. Heck, I wish I had a mentoring program right now which could teach me how to truly monetize Tinsel & Tine.

I responded back to Cal Williams with some questions for a little interview to better promote Jawnt in this Philly Spotlight: 

T&T: Of all the businesses you could start, why a Philly Concierge business? And did you have another idea first which morphed into Jawnt?

Cal Williams: Both Thomas and I are from the Philadelphia area. When we were tasked with developing an idea to help Philadelphia and its people we recognized a need in the entertainment and dining industries of the city. For young people it is getting harder to make plans or find a restaurant in the city that fits your interests and budget. Jawnt was created to answer the lifelong question, "What are we going to do tonight?" Nothing morphed into Jawnt, but there was a lot of planning that went into the launch and the first draft of our website.

T&T: What experience do you both have to feel qualified to give recommendations to others about the hidden gems of our city?

CW: Growing up in Philadelphia, we both have been to our fair share of "hidden gems" in our city. But in addition to our knowledge, one of our goals is to reach out to interested parties or to have restaurant owners and event organizers reach out to us so we are able to feature up-and-coming establishments in the city as well.

T&T: Is Jawnt aimed towards visitors or Philly Natives?

CW: Both. During the development stages, this was a big topic of conversation. We were unable to truly identify if our company was best suited for tourists or the citizens of our city. After much deliberation, we came to the conclusion that it can be both. The first stage of Jawnt is just focusing on restaurants, but eventually we will develop an app and it will be easy and quick for anyone and everyone to use our service.

T&T: What do you like most about being a part of The Germination Project?

CW: The Germination Project has given the two of us and our fellow classmates the ability to grow and gain the resources to be smarter, savvier entrepreneurs. By bringing together some of the best students in the Philadelphia area, the Project has encouraged us to grow and develop through peer interaction and collaboration. The Germination Project has given us the tools for success and the opportunity to come up with ways to better our communities and our city.

T&T: What has been the hardest part of being a part of The Germination Project?

CW: Nothing about the Project itself has been hard. However, before being chosen for the Germination Project, there were a series of interviews. The interviews were like nothing I had ever been through. When you are fifteen years old and still unable to drive or do much independently, it's pretty intimidating to walk into a Center City office building and sit at the head of a Board Room table in front of eight leaders of Philadelphia that could shape your future. This was intentional, and it was a great test of how we would act under pressure. It was a challenge for all of us and the interviews alone gave us unparalleled experience which we will all be able to use as we approach college and future job searches.

About the Germination Project: By identifying, nurturing, encouraging and connecting the best and brightest of Philadelphia’s young generation–from their high school years through their careers–and committing their talents to the greater good, The Germination Project is building a self-sustaining ecosystem of leadership to transform this region. Through institutional partnerships with universities, healthcare organizations and technology firms, the Germination Project empowers student fellows both with the skills to build successful careers and a sense of civic duty to deploy those skills for the benefit of Philadelphia’s underserved communities.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Tinsel & Tine Introduces

ACME Executive Chef Jeff Anderson

with some Tips & Recipes for the Holiday Season


By Editor, Le Anne Lindsay

I'm super excited to announce Tinsel & Tine's sponsored association with ACME Markets, as I am an avid ACME Shopper! When I lived in Mount Airy, I frequented both the ACME on Ridge Ave (5927-59 Ridge Ave.Philadelphia, PA 19128) and the ACME on Germantown Ave. (7010 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119). Now that I'm in West Philly, I shop at the ACME on City Ave.(121 East City Avenue Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004) or on occasion, the ACME in South Philly (1400 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147). Started a new job this week in NoLib and went to ACME on Girard Ave. (180 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123) to get their fresh baked fried chicken as my offering for an employee potluck. No matter the store location, I'm always really pleased with the selection, freshness, great deals and the bakery!

I have to admit, although I've always liked to shop ACME Markets, up until now, I'd only visited in person, never online.  Did you know that the website offers a daily delicious and relatively easy to make Recipe of the Day? You can even click on the recipe items you need to buy and add it to your online ACME shopping list which can be viewed on your mobile device with the app.  The site also offers Recommended Coupons and a Foodie Tip of the Day. I've also come to learn the face behind the creative recipes and helpful kitchen tips is ACME Executive Chef, Jeff Anderson.

As Executive Chef, Jeff Anderson develops new product ideas and recipes for ACME Market stores. He draws on his 35+ years of culinary experience to provide a gold standard of food excellence at affordable prices for ACME customers. A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY,
Chef Jeff attributes his culinary style to his work at the luxury hotel Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, and his passion for innovation in the kitchen to his experience owning two restaurants. He is passionate about sharing cooking tips and easy recipes, teaching home cooks to create better meals, and helping ACME customers stretch their cooking dollar, which is at the heart of his role. As a father of two, Chef Jeff understands the importance of creating recipes that are not only delicious but also affordable and simple to prepare for today's busy families.

Below are two of Jeff's pumpkin inspired recipes, featuring Lucerne® Dairy Farms products, a trusted dairy brand since 1904, available exclusively at Acme stores.
You can find these recipes and more at

TIP: Before you dive into baking this holiday season, Chef Jeff suggests you take inventory of what’s in your pantry, refrigerator and freezer to make sure you have all the essentials. Put extra flour and sugar in the pantry, stock up on an 18 count of Lucerne® Eggs, and store Lucerne® Butter in the freezer so you have it on hand for those last minute parties you’ll be attending or hosting!


Post pic(s) or video to one or more social media platforms of you either making, baking, eating etc... either of the below Acme recipes. 
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Pumpkin Spiced Cream Cheese Topped French Toast  

An impressive, yummy, yet quick breakfast to serve visiting family and friends over the holidays.

8 slices sourdough bread, sliced 1-inch think
4 Lucerne® eggs
2 cups Lucerne® milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
4 tablespoons Lucerne® unsalted butter

For Topping: 1 cup Lucerne® pumpkin cream cheese
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp nutmeg Steps

Directions: Suggested Cooking Method: Bake  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Create custard, mix egg, milk, sugar, salt and pumpkin spice. Dredge bread in custard. Warm medium to large size skillet over medium heat, brush with butter. Place bread onto skillet, allow custard to set up. Turn toast over and place in oven for 3-4 minutes. Remove French toast from oven and transfer to serving platter.

Topping: Prepare topping, in mixing bowl combine cream cheese, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, spices and nutmeg. Whip for 1-2 minutes either by hand or machine. Dollop Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese on top of the French toast.

Recipe has been added to T&T's Easy Recipes Pinterest Board

I got a chance to ask Jeff a little more about developing recipes for ACME ...

Jeff Anderson:"I especially enjoy helping shoppers create delicious home-cooked meals, during the holiday season. This time of year can become busy for most families, so I make sure to share recipes that are not only affordable but also simple to prepare and made with fresh, quality ingredients to help meals come to life."

Triple Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bar 

These can be a great snack on the way to Grandma's house.

Servings:1 bar per serving
Preparation Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:40 minutes

6 Tbs butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, divided
3 eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup quick cooking oats
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon (8 oz)
Lucerne® Pumpkin Cream Cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
non-stick cooking spray

Directions: Preheat oven to 350º. In a large bowl, with a stand or hand mixer, combine butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar. Add 2 eggs and mix. Add pumpkin puree and mix. In a medium mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Slowly add dry ingredients into pumpkin mixture. Do not over mix. Pour into a parchment paper lined 9 x 9 baking pan.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk to combine cream cheese, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 egg. Spread on top of pumpkin mixture.

In a small bowl spray pepitas with nonstick spray and add 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Spread on top of cream cheese mixture.

Bake 35-40 minutes. Let cool. Serve.

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is about discovering what I find pleasing in screening & eating - in case you missed it, the name is a play on Tinseltown using the Tines of a Fork.

Feel free to send me info on a film or new restaurant you'd like me to highlight.

Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
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