25 TO LIFE chronicles the story of William Brawner, a young man who kept his HIV positive status a secret for over twenty-five years. Now, William seeks redemption from his promiscuous past as he embarks on a new phase of life with his wife who is HIV Negative. We journey with William and his family as he struggles to carve out an open and honest future. 25 TO LIFE is supported by Sundance Institute, Cinereach, The GoodPitch, IFP, Firelight Media Lab, and Tribeca All Access and is the 2014 American Black Film Festival Grand Prize Jury winner. "25 to Life" Opens December 1, 2014 - World AIDS Day
Coming in December
Chris Rock's trailer for the Paramount Pictures film TOP FIVE is now live!
Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, “TOP FIVE” tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he's left behind.
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.
The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove.
Opens in Theaters December 5th select Cities - Wide Release December 12th
David Oyelowo will star as Martin Luther King Jr in "Selma"
Looking forward to Ava DuVernay's (Producer:Oprah) "Selma" starring one of my favorite actors David Oyelowo who was also in Ava's "Middle of Nowhere"
Opens January 9, 2015
TT Highlights : GET ON UP
I know biopics often get a bad name, they can be cliched and predictable or the reverse, so creatively told that you lose the gist of the story and the heart of the intended subject. I tend to like them good or bad, from offerings like The Runaways (Cherie Currie & Joan Jett) which didn't quite hit the mark, to Ray (Ray Charles) and Walk The Line (Johnny Cash) that rightfully became critically acclaimed films. I'm just fascinated with the whole rise and fall aspect of telling life stories READ POST
What Did You Think Of: AND SO IT GOES
Perhaps purposefully, art imitates life, as Oren's son, (Like Douglas' own son) because of or in-spite of a privileged up bringing, has screwed up his life with drugs. The one thing he's done right is produce an adorable 10 year-old daughter, Sarah (Sterling Jerins), who Oren meets when his son drops her off at his doorstep, as he's leaving to go serve time. READ POST
Personally, I still maintain, what made the book(s) a guilty pleasure can't be captured in a movie, it's just not the type of story that will translate well on screen. That being said, I'll still be the first one there come Valentine's Day 2015!Here's Tinsel & Tine's Review of the Books -My Two Cents on Fifty Shades of Grey (Book / Movie)
What Did You Think Of: BELLE
#Belle is a beautifully shot film (on the Isle of Mann), the writing gives us many poignant thoughts and thought provoking dialogue. The romantic chemistry between Dido Belle and Mr. Davinier (Sam Reid) is what all us hopeless romantics look for in a movie. And Gugu Mbatha-Raw acts with such expression in her eyes, she's simply lovely (despite her unappealing name). I adore this movie! I also got such a delight every time someone referred to Dido as Miss Lindsay, as that's my last name, of course it makes me wonder, could I be a long, long lost relation?...READ MORE
YOU SHOULD STREAM: Divergent
Those that could fit in anywhere are called Divergents, they are considered dangerous because they can't be controlled and molded into one way of thinking. Those that don't fit in anywhere are called Faction-less and they live a miserable, homeless existence, but nobody's much worried about them. I'm thinking, if you choose a faction based on your own free will, wouldn't that automatically make you a Divergent?...READ MORE
What did you think of: I Origins
The movie theorizes that eyes are like snowflakes, no two are the same. So if you were to find a match in the eye scanning database (which actually exists) of someone who's already dead, then it begs the question, would that be a glitch in the system? Or has that person returned for a second life, seeing things anew through their old eyes?READ MORE
Did You See: Boyhood
How I wish I could have filmed the last 12-15 years of my life, because I swear it often feels like I've done nothing, barely enjoyed myself, have made no progress, can't think of a single anecdote to tell and the small significant moments of in-significances, just don't seem to be stored in my brain. But if I could look back at even one day of each year, I'm sure I would be so much happier with who I am, what I've experienced and how far I've come...READ POST
Recent post: The Trip to Italy
Absolutely nothing! But somehow the juxtaposition of so much pop-culture fodder, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's semi-autobiographical characters set against travel porn, makes The Trip to Italy a randomly amusing and thoroughly breathtaking flick.READ MORE
What Did You Think Of: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
I'm sure every decade has a movie that you love because you're balling your eyes out; however, I truly think Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in #TFIOS could be what Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal were to Love Story for audiences in 1970.READ MORE
Philly Event Coverage: Cake Competition Recap
If you read this blog frequently, you know I mention cake quite a lot. I'm a self-confessed cake-aholic, but I'm also a cake snob. I don't want just anything with icing on it, and in fact, it is crucial that the icing not be too sweet, too thick and preferably only on top. It's difficult to put into words what constitutes good cake, it's like describing a sunset or an orgasm, you just know it when you're in the moment of it...READ MORE
Think Like A Man Too Philly Interview: Meagan Good & Michael Ealy
Got a chance to not only be among the media photogs at the "Think Like A Man Too" red carpet, but I also got to interview Meagan Good and Michael Ealy SEE POST
Zach Braff's: Wish I Was Here
When a filmmaker is prolific, like a Steven Soderbergh before his "retirement", we tend to allow each movie to stand on its own merit; but when the filmmaker does one movie and then waits 10 years to do another, it's impossible not to compare it to the first offering. Thus, I suppose Wish I Was Here was going to have to be truly, truly brilliant to keep people from saying - it's no Garden State. T &T's LAMB Score: 3 outta 5 READ FULL POST
Cozy Quilt of Food Movies, we'll add more patches as T &T discovers more films where food plays the biggest "roll"
DVD GIVEAWAY - "I AM ALI"
The Muhammad Ali documentary that show The Legend out of the rings I AM ALI is now out on DVD & Blu Ray - Tinsel & Tine has 3 DVD's to give away! ENTER TO WIN
Recent Post: BEYOND THE LIGHTS
Minnie Driver is absolutely superb as Noni’s grim stage mother. Always a likable screen presence, Driver doesn’t shrink from conveying all of her character’s meanness and mendacity while at the same time hinting at the complex motives that drive her. READ MORE
HIGHLIGHTING: FILM - FOOD - EVENTS
Welcome to Tinsel & Tine - Discovering What's Good in Film & Food. You can also SUBSCRIBE below to receive posts via feedburner. Le Anne Lindsay, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
RECAP OF THE FEST - Part 1 & 2 Mini Reviews, Director Q&A's (videos & audio), spotlight on attendees, social media embeds posted during the Philadelphia Film Festival, produced by The Philadelphia Film Society (Oct 16 -23)
Recent Post: Men, Women & Children
Blog Contrib: Monique - I've experienced the frustration of an overprotective parent. It does more harm than good. Like Brandy, I was a well behaved teenager, so all my mother's mistrust of me was annoying and hurtful. Besides, even in the virtual world, sometimes you have to be allowed to make your own mistakes. READ POST
Recent Post: BIG HERO 6
Disney's latest offering Big Hero 6 is loosely based on a Japanese-style comic strip. It features Hiro (voice of Ryan Potter), a 13 year-old genius who's already eligible for college, but thinks that's a waste of time, when he's already making big bank entering robot battle competitions with a seemingly innocuous floppy looking bot, which completely destroys the competition. Talk about a ringer! READ MORE
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival Nov 12 - 22, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014 marked the 3rd Annual Founders' Reception, held at the Philadelphia Business & Technology Center, Penthouse. Catered by Mia and Me. Hosted by NBC 10's Brittney Shipp. The evening is both a fundraiser and a celebration of the West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution's WesGold Fellows Internship (WGF), an 8 week program which brings Philadelphia inner city high school students into the world of business, finance, real estate development, networking and effective communication. READ POST
Recent Post: GONE GIRL
Most of the movie is told in real time, but there's such a richness to the weave that fills us in on who these people may or may not be, as seen through the eyes of Amy's diary, Nick's close relationship with his twin sister, Margot (Carrie Coon) and by the police, headed up by Detective Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) which is a great character.READ MORE
RECENT POST: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Chaos upon chaos could get tedious if it weren't for the fact that you become invested in this family unit very quickly. Their camaraderie is infectious. Sure there's bickering, frustrations, guilt and annoying little brother jabs, but when the chips are truly down, the Cooper family pulls together each one sharing in the other's misfortune and eventually finding the silver lining, Disney style, and it works! READ FULL POST
Recent Post: Interview with Dear White People director Justin Simien
“It’s important that people come out to see this film,” Simien says with a laugh. “Not just because I made it, and I want it to do well but because I miss this genre". READ POST
Win ROE Screening Passes
Win The Blue Room Film Screening Passes #Philly #NewJersey I have 10 (admit 2) screening passes for the Run of Engagement (ROE) of “THE BLUE ROOM” By Mathieu Amalric based on a Georges Simenon novel. This elegant, dark film screened at 2014 Cannes Film Festival. ENTER TO WIN
FIND US ON PHILLYNIGHTOUT.com
Tinsel & Tine is now being featured under "Hot Topics" as RSS feed on Philly Night Out! Philly's go to for - • Dining Specials • Bar Specials • Entertainment • Live Music • PA Nightlife etc...Check it Out
Recent Post: Fashion Under the Shambles RECAP
Now on to the FASHION pics!!! (Be sure to use the full screen icon on all the slideshows and play the track) Please Note: This is just a sampling of Fashions presented during the evening, I didn't shoot every model from every show, or even every boutique, not to slight anyone, it's just the post would be too cumbersome.READ POST
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Win ROE Screening Passes: Camp X-Ray
Win Camp X-Ray Screening Passes #Philly #NewJersey I have 10 (admit 2) screening passes for the Run of Engagement (ROE) of “Camp X-Ray” Starring Kristen Stewart ENTER NOW
Recent Post: Hector and the Search for Happiniess
"We all want a-pe-nis" (trying to pronounce happiness) says the French woman in the film. Yes, there are times a penis makes both men and women very happy, but what is "Happiness" really? Such is the quest of Hector (Simon Pegg) in Hector and the Search for Happiness. READ MORE
Recent Post: The Judge
If you follow me at all, you know that I just think Robert Downey, Jr. is an adorable, charming, intelligent, funny, irreverent, satirical, sexy, talented, reformed screw up, who's a bit full of himself, all which adds to the package.I can't say I've seen every single one of his movies, but I do adore him. Yet, I can assure you my assessment of his latest movie, The Judge, has not been biased by my long standing crush.READ MORE
Recent Post: The Ultimate Beer Lovers Happy Hour
Tinsel & Tine is taking part in the ULTIMATE BEER LOVER'S OKTOBERFEST BLOG TOUR, where blogs in different cities throughout the US will be giving away The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour book and prize pack and sharing a recipe with our readers.ENTER TO WIN
Recent Post: This is Where I Leave You
Are you closer to your siblings now that everyone's an adult, or was the bond tighter as children? I have three sisters and a brother, and up until recently, when one of my sisters and I decided to move in together to share expenses, our relationships mainly consisted of holiday and birthday gatherings of G rated catch ups on life. Nothing too dramatic, nothing too revealing and God, it's been ages since any of us has brought anyone home to meet the family. A movie about our sibling dynamics would not be very interesting, on the surface...READ MORE
PREVIEW SCREENING PASSES: THE GOOD LIE
Date: Monday, October 20, 2014 Place: Ritz 5 ( 214 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106) Time: 7:30pm ENTER TO BE SENT THE CODE
Recent Post: Food Pairing Expert
T&T: A popular sushi roll in Philadelphia is called the Philly Roll (fresh salmon and cream cheese), other than a Chinese beer like Tsingtao or Japanese like Sapporo, what do you recommend? HERE'S THE ANSWER
Recent Post: The Drop
I became a Tom Hardy fan from his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which wasn't a big role for him, but there was a sexy indolence about the way he played that character that caught my notice. My sister fell for him in This Means War, not the best spy rom/com, but I agree he's rather adorably charming in that flick. READ POST
Recent Post: Tulip Clothing / Diner en Blanc
1st time attending Pop Up Gala Diner en Blanc READ POST for Recap and Interview with Dress Designer Amber Cuff
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Recent Post: Goose Island Beer Tasting
We got to sample a number of interesting complex beers from a flavor prospective, however, my favorite was The Sofie, named for the founder's granddaughter. This Belgian Style Saison, is thirst quenching and definitely for the beer drinker who enjoys more flavors, less hops, like I do. To make the Sofie... READ MORE
Recent Post: SeaSalt Restaurant Review
Guest Bloggers: Russell & Kay Davis Wine Experts & Fashion Designer - Review Upscale Cape May Restaurant with tips on Wine pairings READ POST
T&T Highlights: Island of Lemurs:Madagascar
The film is short, less than 40 minutes long, just enough time to introduce us to the dangers threatening these animals and to learn more about their habitats. I thought my friend's 4 year-old son Nate would be mesmerized by these lemurs which are part monkey, part sloth, part koala bear, all cute, but he was bored 15 minutes in READ MORE
Film Festival Coverage: Writer/Director Interview: Fernando J. Scarpa
I got the opportunity to interview Fernando in the lobby of his Philadelphia hotel (The Alexander Inn) following the screening of his film; he was quite excited by the audience's reaction, as this was his first opportunity to watch the film with the public. I asked him to further explain the meaning behind "Doradus"; there's a lovely rendering in the film of a city reminiscent of Agra in India, created by the story board artist William Lippincott.READ MORE
WIN ROE Screening passes to Kelly & Cal - Contest runs from 9/11 -9/13
I have 10 (admit 2) screening passes to give away for the Run of Engagement (ROE) of ”Kelly & Cal” starring Juliette Lewis This movie won the SXSW 2014 Gamechanger Award ENTER HERE
Summer Event Coverage: Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off
Getting around to all 20 would have been ambitious, even eating half dogs, but I did taste a respectable 10, which I have given Tine Ratings - * Excellent - 4 Tines * Great - 3 Tines * Good - 2 Tines * Fair - 1 Tine * Poor - Tarnished, and placed in order of my least favorite to my most favorite. along with pictures of the actual 1st & 2nd place winning restaurants with their big checks! READ POST
Food in Film: The Hundred-Foot Journey
Far too many foodie movies have not yet been covered on Tinsel & Tine despite the fact they speak to my brand. I was about to miss another opportunity with The Hundred-Foot Journey, (Produced by Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey) as I had conflicts with both screenings, but to the rescue, my foodie friend and fellow blogger Denine Gorniak - The Bicycle-Chef, who covered the Prince Music Theater screening, which included a post panel discussion with Philly Chefs - Marc Summer and Marc Vetri, and as you'll read, she did fabulous job! READ POST
Favorite Movie of the Summer: GUARDIANS of the GALAXY
When I saw the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy months ago, I in no way added it to my must see list, it looked ridiculous, it put me in mind of Matt Groening's Futurama, which has never grabbed me. So, I skipped the first press screening. Then we got a second chance to see it, in K of P, where I work, so I decided why not - SO GLAD I SAW THIS MOVIE - it's a hoot! READ MORE
Carey Mulligan & Leonardo DiCaprio vs Mia Farrow and Robert Redford Did I in fall in love with director Baz Lurhmann's...
Debbie Allen Does Philly
Debbie Allen graciously gave a free "Inside the Actors Studio" type visit to Philly at International House on July 2, 2014. Full of saucy humor and passion, Ms. Allen lectured on creativity, her life's journey, what it means to be an artist, her relationship with her sister Phylicia Rashād, the 18 years it took to get AMISTAD made and so much more... Click HERE to see video excerpt of her address to us lucky enough to attend this inspiring and insightful event.
Film Fest: Philadelphia Independent Film Festival: Going Up
Writer/Director Todd Douglas Bailey personally wrote asking if I would attend the screening of his set in Philadelphia film Going Up a comedy/drama about a young husband and wife whose marriage falls apart over trivial things, that Mars vs Venus kinda stuff - like women tend to want the togetherness shared during dating to continue, where guys after having landed their bride, tend to want to get back to hanging with their friends and playing X-Box. This makes women less interested in intimacy, which gets men thinking marriage means no sex etc...READ POST
Philly Event Coverage: Vendy Awards Recap
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Glowing Review of Tinsel & Tine by The Bicycle-Chef
LeAnne started blogging for a class assignment a few years back. In her funny, irreverent style, she was challenged to think of a pithy blog name and she blurted out, Suck My Pretty Toes! For a year or two, she blogged under this moniker, writing about her favorite pastimes, eating and seeing movies. As her audience grew and her hobby became a bigger passion, she changed the name over to Tinsel and Tine Reel and Dine, to reflect her blog's mission. Tinsel being Hollywood, aka, Tinsel Town. And Tine for the tines of a fork. Making it a bit more clever, she rates her food and restaurant reviews on a scale of fork tines; none, one, two, three, four, as a restaurant or the meal deserves...READ MORE
PAST EVENT: Book to Film Philly Event featuring "If I Stay" and "This is Where I Leave You"
Recent Post: T & T Contrib Interview w/ Creative Talent behind OCULUS
Mike Flanagan (writer, director): I love watching them (horror movies), is the biggest thing. I think that any kind of really intense, emotional response you’re going to have to a movie is really exciting and I don’t know if there’s an emotion that you can feel as acutely as the fear you feel from a really good horror movie. I love being scared!READ MORE
Recent Post: I HOUSE BRAZILIAN BBQ RECAP
I spoke with the man behind the grill, Mark of Kuzina by Sofia in Cherry Hill NJ, who treated us to pork spare ribs, lamb chops, large chicken legs, filet Mignon, in addition to all the buffet sides which included two of my favorites, couscous and assorted olives of every size and color. I asked Mark what's the secret to a Brazilian Barbeque? His reply, in addition to the importance of the spices, is using the right woods, smoked out a day or two ahead of cooking the meats, so when the wood is re-used the smokey flavor is already present...READ MORE
Event Promotion: 9th ANNUAL GREENFEST PHILLY
The tri-state region’s largest environmental festival is bigger than ever with live music, free demos, an outdoor beer garden, organic food and drinks, handmade and green shopping, MOM’s Organic Market Kids’ Corner, healthy eats Food Trucks, and even edible bugs!FIND OUT MORE
1tin·sel Pronunciation: \ˈtin(t)-səl something superficially attractive or glamorous but of little real worth.
“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” 1) Do they bring bread before the meal? 2) Is the bread good enough to be worth all the extra carb calories? 3) Is the bread warm? 4) Are you offered both room temperature butter and an olive oil dipping sauce? 5) Do they offer to bring you more bread!
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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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