Based on the best-selling novel by Richard C. Morais, Produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey and stars Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren.
Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Mirren) gets wind of it.
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)
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Great to rent/stream - vibrantly colored with colorful characters, fanciful and inventive!
In “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” a charming murder mystery and crime caper set against the backdrop of a troubled Eastern Europe about to head into an era of fascism, Ralph Fiennes stars as Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel who enchants his guests with a renowned hospitality that makes the mountain chalet the destination of the wealthy and affluent in Europe. A new lobby boy (Tony Revolori), the mysterious death of an aged guest (Tilda Swinton) and the disappearance of a priceless painting (Boy With Apple) set off a chain of events that make for a madcap adventure.
This rather reminds me of one of my favorite movies "Unfaithful"
SYNOPSIS: Based on the best-selling novel by Zane, ADDICTED is a sexy and provocative thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion. Successful businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) appears to have attained it all – the dream husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful children and a flourishing career. As perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations she cannot escape or resist. As she pursues a secretive life, Zoe finds herself risking it all when she heads down a perilous path she may not survive.
DIRECTED BY: Bille Woodruff CAST: Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Tyson Beckford, Kat Graham, and William Levy SCREENPLAY BY: Christina Welsh and Ernie Barbarash
#ADDICTED opens in theaters nationwide on OCTOBER 10th, 2014!
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Latest distribution from AFFRM - VANISHING PEARLS:Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Nailah Jefferson's VANISHING PEARLS chronicles the untold story of personal and professional devastation in Pointe à la Hache, a close-knit fishing village on the Gulf coast.
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I'm moving into West Philly next week from Mt. Airy in an effort to be closer to happenings in Center City and the outlying areas. I'm hoping a shorter commute will allow me to cover more events, events like this one that kicked off my Memorial Weekend. The Philly Phaithful Launch Party for the World Cup Collection by Live, Breathe, Futbol READ MORE
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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
Recent Post: 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
Recent Post: TRANSCENDENCE
Transcendence is a movie I anticipated eagerly (even went to New Jersey for the preview screening) - it's full of seemingly plausible, brilliant scientific theories and possibilities, a Sci-Fi power couple, near apocalyptic, world changing implications, and Morgan Freeman to lend credibility and weight. Unfortunately, sometimes you can have all the right ingredients and still the finished product is tasteless... READ MORE
Recent Post: THE OTHER WOMAN
When I think about how I met the fantastic women in my life, girlfriends who hold me down, have my back, or are just plain fun to hang with, I realize I either was born into them, met them in the trenches of bad jobs or through the joy of blogging, but I certainly can't say I've ever made a friend by sharing the same man. However, that's the premise of director (actor) Nick Cassavetes' comedy The Other Woman, starring Leslie Man as Kate the suburban wife with no kids, who goes from devastated to devious in response to her cheating husband...READ MORE
Recent Post: Fitler Dining Room
And a very little pasta is what I received. The $14 Semolina Gnocchi - Lamb Shoulder Ragu *Soffrito Valley Shepard **Pepato is the most ridiculously sized, Emperors New Clothes portion of food I've ever eaten! How can anyone, no matter how pretentious, serve a mouthful of pasta, able to be eaten in 3 bites flat and charge $14!?! I understand when a menu has dinner portion and small portion and the small portion is like $8, but we had no way of knowing this dish was going to amount to what could only be considered tapas for 1...READ MORE
Recent Post: Nymph()Maniac
The film starts out with a dark screen for way too long a time. I know it's suppose to be a heightened effect, but really it just gives you time to think about your day and how late it's going to be when this movie is over and because of that you'll probably be late for work the next day etc... When the screen finally fills with images, we eventually see a bloody woman lying prone on a nasty alley floor. A man soon stands over her and...READ MORE
Preview Screening New Fox Show - RED BAND SOCIETY
If you’re a fan of "The Fault in Our Stars", than you’ll probably get into this new show premiering on Fox - RED BAND SOCIETY, which takes place in a hospital for young adults coping with a myriad of health concerns while still dealing with regular teen issues and becoming friends. See the pilot episode in the theater! INCLUDING FREE concessions, bracelets and t-shirts along with 3 cast members from the show for a Q&A after the screening. DATE: Thursday, June 26, 2014 PLACE:Riverview Theater GET PASSES
Recent Post: 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
Recent Post: 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.
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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
Recent Post: The Purge Anarchy
My plus 1 for this movie was my friend David, who agreed with me that the execution of how Americans would react to the institution of a national night of legal killing, is spot on - who would participate, who would be the victims, how the appeal and type of participation would differ based on economics and class. However, he doesn't believe there would ever be a government bent on downsizing the poor, not because of the moral, Godly issue of it, but because our economy he said, would tank; that their must always be a lower income and poverty level in every society to keep the inflation from going even higher than we're currently experiencing.READ MORE
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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
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FREE SCREENING of Writer/Director Richard Linklater’s ("Before Sunrise"/"Before Sunset") new film BOYHOOD- Filmed over 12 years with the same cast. Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes.ENTER TO WIN
Recent Post: Earth To Echo
Those expecting to see a PG movie with epic explosions and alien action will have to change their expectation, as this film focuses more on the power of resiliency, bravery, and taking a stand for what’s right. 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
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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
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hmmm... my description sounds darker then the movie's actual tone- director, Fred Schepisi & writer Gerald Di Pego, have created something far from an angst ridden drama, it's just the themes I described keep it from being an ordinary rom/com, albeit for an over 30 audience READ MORE
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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
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Recent Post: 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
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T&T: Best elevator pitch - What sets your food truck cuisine apart from others? And what's unique about your truck itself? PS: You want size AND quality?! Impossible. But wait..it IS possible! Check out our Ron Burgundy for example (our most popular sandwich off of our truck): This thing is enormous! READ MORE
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My new favorite Mutant is Quicksilver (Evan Peters). He's super, crazy fast, so much so he has time to not only stop a bullet, but play with it during its trajectory. The rescue of Eric/Magneto from the Pentagon features the crackerjack, swiftness of Quicksilver, at the end of the scene the audience at my screening exploded into loud clapping appreciation. More audience appreciation came surprisingly from the men at this screening, when a naked, cut and so sexy Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) checks himself out in a mirror READ MORE
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“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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