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PEANUTS Celebrates the 47th Anniversary of “Franklin,” its First African-American Character! #FranklinDay

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Peanuts Movie: An Interview with
Harriet Glickman & Mar Mar

 By Illustrator and Tinsel & Tine Contributor - Diane Roka 

Harriet Glickman Illustration by Diane Roka
These days, it's hard to watch the news without feeling depressed about the state of things. In 1968, Harriet Glickman felt the same way. Martin Luther King had just been assassinated, racial tensions were running high, and Harriet was raised in a family that believed that when something very wrong takes place, you do something about it. Harriet had been a schoolteacher, and was now home raising her three children. Her whole family were big Peanuts fans -- there were posters on the walls of the kids' rooms, pillowcases with Peanuts characters on them -- even Harriet and her husband would tack up Schulz's comic strips around the house when they needed a chuckle.  
One day, it hit her. What if she wrote a letter to Charles Schulz, and asked him to include an African-American little boy in the Peanuts gang? So she did. When Schulz wrote back, he was uneasy about her request. Would doing this seem patronizing to people of color?

Harriet answered his fears with a helpful idea -- she would talk to her African American friends with children and simply ask them their thoughts. Their response was clear -- they loved the idea. And so, Schulz went back to the drawing board. And Franklin was born.

Just a smart, laid back kid on the beach, returning a beach ball to another kid whose bratty kid sister kept chucking it in the ocean. That was July 31, 1968.

Earlier this month, Harriet came to The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia to help promote "The Peanuts Movie", to be released by 20th Century Fox this fall on November 6th. She was accompanied by Mar Mar, the 12 year old actor who is playing the voice of Franklin in the movie. They sat together at a conference table across from the press, grinning at each other -- it was clear they had become buddies during this press junket. When asked if Harriet is still writing letters for change, she smiled sheepishly. "Yeah. It's something I've been doing for so many years, and earlier I had written a lot of letters about violence in television. Because my kids were little, and they were seeing it, and I thought it was a bad thing. And so I wrote to some television stations. Didn't get much of a response. It was, 'Thank you very much for your letter', kind of a thing. And I wrote to Jimmy Carter about some problems in Haiti, and he answered back by actually making a note on my letter, Thank you and I agree with you,' something like that."

MarMar Illustration by Diane Roka
 Mar Mar was asked about a typical day as a voice actor. "Okay, so I get there by a driver. We get there pretty early in the morning. We do about 4 hours of school -- three or four hours of school straight. And then I go to lunch, and then we go recording for about an hour and a half, two hours. " His headphone style sounded sensible. "I like to have one headphone off, just so I can make sure I'm saying it correctly." Then, there are the occupational hazards of voice acting -- vocal fatigue. "Oh yes! Actually, one time, we were doing a lot of wild "Bang! Aw! Yeah!" stuff, and I actually almost lost my voice! The next day, it was so sore. But I just kept drinking tea and stuff like that, and it got better in a few days."

Are there any other Peanuts characters that Harriet loves? "You know, they're all charming, they're all lovely, and I liked the strip. But when Franklin appeared, there was no contest! " We all laugh, and Harriet and Mar Mar smile warmly at each other. "And then, when I met Mar Mar, it was even better, of course! He is the true personification of what I had hoped that child would be, in every way. Not only physically -- just adorable -- but his sense of himself, his own gentleness and sweetness -- just, is perfect."

“Franklin” Fun Facts · THE PEANUTS MOVIE is his first appearance on screen since 1999. · “Franklin” has been voiced by 19 actors throughout the years. He will be voiced by Mar Mar in THE PEANUTS MOVIE. · “Franklin” is an EXCELLENT dancer – he is shown breakdancing in several of the show’s specials. · Ice Hockey is “Franklin’s” favorite sport. He is shown practicing in many of the comic strips. · “Franklin” is Charlie Brown’s best friend; they met on the beach in his first appearance.  The Peanuts Movie opens on November 6!

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In the Spotlight: East Coast Wings & Grill - Win a Gift Certificate!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Win the Gift of Flavor - See Contest Below

 By Tinsel & Tine Editor, Le Anne Lindsay

Got invited to another fun, blogger eating fest last week, this time at EAST COAST WINGS & GRILL which recently opened in the North East - 2539 Castor Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19134. As the name suggests, East Coast Wings caters to chicken wing lovers offering 75 WING FLAVORS - everything from traditional wings to Bacon Ranch, Kick'n Thai, Grand Caymen, Harvest Apple and soooo many more! You can do a ECW Wing Flight (Choose from 30 boneless or traditional with a maximum of 5 flavors) for $27.99.

With all those wing flavors, believe it or not, Honey BBQ is their most popular, so our ECW Wing Flight didn't consist of flavors, instead we were served the Honey BBQ, but in 9 degrees of HEAT!  ECW has devised a thermometer of spicy, starting with less than mild called "Virgin"; then up the scale to "X-Hot", which most of us found to be pretty tame; the "Volcanic" is what most would consider your typical very hot, hot wing, but then the next level, "Lava Flow" is CRAZY HOT!!! Which makes sense, as a volcano is hot, but not dangerous unless you're being thrown into it - it's the lava that will kill ya!

The last degree is "Insanity" this is their challenge wing level. Prizes are given to the soul who can handle this kind of fire. One of the servers said it's basically pepper spray and that when he tried it, he nearly passed out, and that no matter what you do, it tends to lingers on your mouth and tongue for a full 24hours.

ECW also features some awesomely crazy burgers, we had a "Big Daddy Patty Melt" which is a bacon cheese burger stacked between two grilled cheese sandwiches.  What I loved most about this burger was the Ghost Pepper Cheese, this is going to be the new chipotle, mark my words, every restaurant and fast food chain will soon be creating ghost pepper cheese this and ghost pepper cheese that.

We also had the "ECW Breakfast Club" burger - now, I've had a burger with a fried egg and bacon,
but have you ever had one with a waffle stuck inside? Plus, instead of ketchup you pour maple syrup all over it!  Let me be clear, the waffle is not the bun substitute, it's kinda hard to see from my picture, but it goes: bun, bacon, cheese, egg, waffle, bacon, cheese, burger, bun, with a side of fries.  As dangerous a combination as this is, I really want to come back for another one in October when these two burgers are officially on the menu.

For Dessert a Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet a la mode - Need I say more?

So is your appetite good and whet? Because I'm giving away...

 two $25 Gift Certificates to East Coast Wings & Grill 

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Shout out to my dinner companions Al Dia News Media, photographer/content mgr, Samantha Madera and her wing eating friend (pictured), also finally met Marilyn from Philly Grub, we follow each other on social media, and Jill Laster of Bucks Country Fun Family Events. Hope to see you all at the next stuffing!

Don't Forget to Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day Wednesday, July 29th

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In the Spotlight: Valley Beach - Valley Forge Casino Resort

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Summer Frolick with Thunder From Down Under 

in Valley Forge

By Tinsel & Tine Editor, Le Anne Lindsay
Saturday Night at Valley Beach Casino Resort - Not far from the King of Prussia Mall
If you're looking for a little summer fun just outside the city, you may wanna check out Valley Beach Casino Resort (1160 First Avenue King of Prussia, PA 19406).  It's open to the public, and earlier in the season you could purchase an all summer beach tag for $50.

I was invited for a little media event earlier this month, which featured none other than the hot bodies of the Thunder From Down Under, male exotic dancers hailing from Australia!  Talk about a real life Magic Mike XXL (click for T&T post) experience!

The show only allows you to take pictures at one point during the night and I got lucky enough to capture this shot on the left of Beau (who was hung like Jon Hamm). As we we're leaving, the guys brought this elderly party-goer up on stage for a photo shoot, so I took a couple quick snaps as we were exiting the venue.
Vintage Valley Forge Music Fair circa 1980

This was the first I'd heard that the old Valley Forge Music Fair, that I knew as a kid, which used to bring in high-caliber headline entertainment had been reestablished as part of The Valley Forge Casino Resort.

Rachee, Say It, Rah-shay & Le Anne, Tinsel & Tine
Here's a funny coincidence, I recently started going to a Wednesday morning workout boot camp in Clark Park to try and kick my poor tired and resisting body back into shape. I don't pay a lot of attention to the other people in the class, cause it's 7am and someone's making me do squats, so to hell with pleasantries; but when I saw this one blogger at the Valley Beach event, I thought she looked familiar, but not from other blogging events, finally we placed each other from the Wed. boot camp.  She writes a lifestyle and children's book review blog called Say It, "Rah-Shay"

I'm not one for being out late for the most part, but on occasion it's great to act like you're in your 20's again - I hit Valley Beach at 9:30pm, and enjoyed good bar noshes and island cocktails, then Thunder From Down Under started at 11pm. After the show, I went back to the Valley Beach area and got into the pool and actually danced until 2am.  I think I stayed til closing because the DJ played popular songs, both old school and current, the way you know them from the radio. Instead of pumping house music, which I hate.  The only thing I didn't do was hit the casino floor, but my palms were itching to shoot some craps.

Okay, Here's The PR Type Stuff:

Valley Beach Poolside Club is a 20,000 square foot outdoor space with an outdoor bar, VIP deck, sun loungers, dining area and entertainment stage. At the center, is a 1,000 square foot renovated pool with adjacent sandy beach and private cabanas.

Executive Chef Chris Garrison’s menu will include refreshing poolside favorites like Summer Shandy Steamed Shrimp, a signature juicy Beach Burger, spicy Grilled Jerk Chicken and more. Valley Beach also includes a full open-air bar with tropical specialty drinks and frozen libations. Additionally, a full selection of spirits will be available, as will 16 bottles/cans (poured into pool-safe glasses).

Valley Forge Casino Resort is the region's only full-amenity gaming resort, located conveniently near the Main Line and easily accessible from Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Valley Forge offers an unparalleled guest experience featuring a safe, exclusive gaming environment with 600 of the hottest slot machines and 50 table games; live entertainment including the signature Valley Forge Casino Resort Music Fair, which brings national headliners to the Valley Forge Casino Resort Convention Center; upscale dining at Tony Clark’s Signature Restaurants, Pacific Prime and Viviano; bars and lounges that range from live piano music at Cameo to a country-rock experience with a mechanical bull at Deuces Buckin’ Bull Saloon; roughly 100,000 square feet of recently-renovated state-of-the-art exhibit, meeting, conference and banquet facilities; and luxurious hotel accommodations. At Valley Forge Casino Resort, the possibilities are endless.

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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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