Tribeca Short List - Streaming Movies Partnering with LionsGate

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Have you heard about this exciting new development between Tribeca Enterprises and LionsGate?

In 2015 we'll be able to stream a selection of both Lionsgate and Tribeca Film titles as well as critically-acclaimed films from around the world when TRIBECA SHORT LIST is launched, a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service. Tribeca Short List films will be curated by Tribeca and refreshed on a weekly basis.
“We are pleased to join with Lionsgate, a world-class brand synonymous with innovation and exciting, quality entertainment, to create a highly curated experience that disrupts the ‘more-is-more’ model in today’s streaming on-demand landscape,” said Jane Rosenthal, CEO of Tribeca Enterprises. “Tribeca Short List aims to be a service where you can see films you never got to watch, forgot to watch, and want to watch.”

So far no word on pricing and number of titles, will keep you posted as I receive press releases on the partnership.

“The launch of the Tribeca Short List service unites two powerful brands and underscores our commitment to collaborate with blue-chip partners around the world to deliver premium content to online audiences,” said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer. “The Tribeca name resonates with movie aficionados everywhere, and our service will encompass a highly curated, diverse and prestigious portfolio of quality films.”

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The move comes amid great tumult in entertainment. Netflix surprised Hollywood with a recent announcement that it would cut out movie theaters by making and exclusively showing feature-length films, including four by Adam Sandler and the next “Crouching Tiger” movie. 
READ MORE Cecilia Kang Washington Post

I'll always prefer going to the movies and film festivals, but Tribeca Short List will most likely get the Indie flicks I miss in the theaters, before Netflix makes them available and those films that Netflix never adds to their inventory.

Tribeca and Lionsgate are at first glance an unlikely pair. Lionsgate is increasingly home to worldwide blockbusters like “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent.” Tribeca focuses entirely on arty, independent filmmaking; movies released through its Tribeca Films unit have included “Detachment,” a drama starring Adrien Brody, and “Palo Alto,” the directing debut of Gia Coppola. But Lionsgate’s turn toward more overtly commercial movies has been a relatively recent one. Its library also includes “Monster’s Ball,” “Crash” and “Precious” — films that could benefit from availability on the new service. Lionsgate also owns a stake in Roadside Attractions, an indie film operation known for releases like “Mud” and “Margin Call.”
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Foodie Film: CHOCOLAT

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

When I started this blog, I did intend to cover as many foodie films as possible, going back to movies featuring eating, cooking, dining, and the sensual pleasures of a good meal. But quickly the two entities of Tinsel & Tine became more and more separated except on rare occasions.  Here's an occasion - not written by me, although, I love this film and always intended to highlight it, I'm happy to present this piece on the film Chocolat by freelance writer Elizabeth Eckhart. - Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

Highlighting Lasse Hallstrom's Chocolat 

By T&T Blog Contributor Elizabeth Eckhart

If you’re a foodie movie lover who saw Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred Foot Journey (see T&T post), this summer you may be wondering what delicious visual journey might be awaiting you in the theater next. Well, how about a look back at his film Chocolat (2000), which stars French actress Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. Hallström’s has a special talent for turning cooking into a dramatic movie journey.

Chocolat is set in Lansquenet, a small French town, where little has changed for the past 100 years. The residents are strongly religious, and often preached to during church services on the importance of avoiding overindulgence in all things. Vianne Rocher (Binoche) arrives in the town as a mysterious outsider, intent on opening a Chocolaterie filled with luscious candies and tempting treats. Little do the towns people know, Vianne also has an additional talent – not only can she bake, she can infuse her treats with potent spells, which she uses to open the minds and hearts of the rigidly conservative towns people. With their guards, and inhibitions let down, the townspeople begin to enjoy life with a passion that was previously nonexistent. They find themselves acting friendlier, enjoying each other’s company, and even reconnecting with loved ones. Vianne’s chocolate shoppe becomes a common therapeutic stop, with its baker as the leading problem-solver. As each passerby finds themselves unloading their troubles in Vianne’s lap, she quickly whips up a recipe to ease their pain. After consuming her food, each resident somehow, magically, finds the solution to their problem.

Unfortunately, not everyone is enthralled by Vianne’s candies, most notably the Comte de Reynaud (played by Alfred Molina), a wealthy and serious man whose wife has run off to Venice. He insists that Vianne is leading the town astray, into bad morals and sinful activities. Vianne finds herself declared a public enemy, while churchgoers are warned to avoid her shop at all costs. Of course, the film receives an added twist when Johnny Depp’s character Roux, a handsome stranger, arrives to the small town.

The film was the first to showcase Hallström’s understanding of the symbolic nature of food in film. Not only are the bakery and Vianne’s chocolates so visually enjoyable you can almost taste them, the decadent treats also do an excellent job physically representing the desires and small indulgences that the people of Lansquenet often refuse to partake in themselves. Chocolate, of course, stands as a direct metaphor for the liberating powers of giving in and allowing oneself the joys of simple indulgence and pleasure. 

At its core, the film examines many adult themes, such as repression of desires and the importance of self-love, but is fun enough to also engage us on a purely whimsical escape. Often, the film feels a bit like fairy tale, without going too far in that direction, instead Chocolat manages to tread gracefully on the line between serious and sweet, which fits well into its theme of candy and confections. Depp and Binoche’s characters are romantic and engaging, and do well at representing outsiders who merely want to find a home.

The film, which is available online through DirecTV and Amazon Prime, was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It was also nominated for a whopping eight BAFTAs, and four Golden Globes. For foodies in particular, this film is a must-see!

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Philadelphia Film Festival PFF23 - October 16-26, 2014

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Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah.

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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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