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Food n Film: CHEF
Much of the movie centers around the father/son relationship, and how much they learn from each other. But the real star of the film is all the food preparation, every other scene made me groan with want of everything up on that screen! Particularly the perfectly roasted and rubbed brisket, the crispy fat of the pork belly, sizzling bacon and the much ballyhooed Chocolate Lava Cake. READ POST
Food n Film: CHOCOLAT
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...READ MORE
...young Hassan, a soulful-eyed boy with lush, thick eye lashes, places his face into the sea urchin basket, and breathes in the exotic briny scent. He sticks his fingers into the aquatic ooze, takes it to his mouth and is transfixed by the taste. The vendor, oblivious to the thrusting arms of frenzied women, notices the boy and realizes he is the only one worthy of this oceanic prize; he is the one who can “truly taste.” ... READ MORE
Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA
Personally, I like the unevenness of it, because I fell in love with the post World War II, Parisian sights, sounds, food and romance between Julia and Paul. I always felt a bit jarred back into reality when the scenes returned to Julie's meltdowns and cramped kitchen.READ POST
Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE
Six months into my 38th year of this life, I had my first panic attack. I didn't know that's what it was until months later. Symptom after symptom starting piling up on me until there were days I could no longer move my arms or neck. The doctors told me I was suffering from an auto-immune condition that they felt was most likely Lupus. And so began my much deeper journey and exploration into the world of spirit, alternative medicine, yoga, meditation and Eat, Pray, Love. READ POST
Food n Film: TODAY'S SPECIAL
With a film like this, food plays a main character in the story and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the film's Food Stylist, Janine Kalesis.READ POST
Food n Film: WAITRESS
In this 2007 film, Keri Russell stars as Jenna - a desolate diner waitress seeking solace in the art of pie-making. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she’s eager to escape her husband and her small-town hell and sets about to make a run for it by entering an out of town pie baking contest. READ POST
Food n Film: BABETTE'S FEAST
Those of us in attendance were not only given the opportunity to see Babette's Feast, the Oscar winning, Danish film, considered one of the all-time great "food films"; we also got to taste Babette's menu! READ POST
15 Top Food in Film Flicks
Cozy Quilt of Food Movies, we'll add more patches as T &T discovers more films where food plays the biggest "roll"
Philly Food and Film
Videographer Oliver Gallini 5 min short featuring organic-chemist-turned-chef, Townsend Wentz, who got his start at The Four Seasons Philadelphia.
Tinsel & Tine got an offer to review two nutritious, delicious, free from artificial preservative products at the same time. Products which just so happened to compliment each other, so I decided to do a combo post. READ POST
Tinsel & Tine on Paper.li
Really love this platform, you feature your stuff and other people's stuff you follow, and it all configures like the front page of a newspaper. Click to see what I mean
This Street Fare showcases Mt. Airy's growing and vibrant restaurant scene, features award-winning and new favorite Food Trucks, craft beers, craft tables, shopping, music and more! Fun for date night or family night. READ POST
Tinsel & Tine Subscribers got a chance to win Reserved Seats to see... Steve Yu's documentary feature film, THE RESURRECTION OF JAKE THE SNAKE, a SLAMDANCE PRESENTS release with in person appearances of Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Diamond Dallas Page and director Steve Yu The contest is over and the Winners have been notified. I've started a wait list in case any winners have to cancel before 10/1. Be sure to subscribe to T&T's newsletter for the next screening offer!!!
THROW BACK: LIMITLESS
Anybody else watch the premiere of "Limitless" on CBS, based on the 2011 Bradley Cooper movie? I thought it was pretty decent. Cooper made a guest appearance on the show. Which reminded me he was also at the "Limitless" movie screening 4yrs ago and I had a chance to ask him a question but totally choked READ POST
M. Night Shyamalan THE VISIT
Guest Blogger: Post by Philly Actress Melissa O'Donnell READ POST
The use of various graphics was a complete surprise. Joseph blends Cole and Reed’s first meeting, for example, with an odd, Warhol-esque animation that’s all bright colors and twisted realities as the two partake in hallucinogenic drugs before attending a party at an art gallery after meeting outside of the club Cole and his friends promote... READ POST
"A Walk in the Woods" is nothing like Reese Witherspoon's raw, lonely, penance walk in "Wild". This movie is mainly a buddy comedy, with a toned down comic edge. It's never boring like Redford's lonely sea voyage "All is Lost" (click for T&T post). Thankfully, these guys do get off the trail sometimes and stay in a hotel or go to a diner, which gave me relief watching them come up out of the rain, snow, and threats of bears... READ POST
Straight Outta Compton
Back when N.W.A. was blowin' up, I would have been listening to Prince, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston and believe it or not, The Judds. Yet, I'd a had to been living under a rock not to be aware of Gangsta Rap and groups like N.W.A and Public Enemy...READ POST
Interview: Jussie Smollett & Bryshere "Yazz" Gray
Tinsel & Tine got a chance to be on a Conference Call with two of the Lyon brothers. Here's a video excerpt of the audio from the call. LISTEN
For a relatively new director, Nima Nourizadeh does a fantastic job keeping the action tight and a good balance between fun, fight stunts and a "save the girl" love story; due in great part to a very workable script by Max Landis. READ POST
NAACP CONVENTION RECAP
As you all know, Tinsel & Tine is hardly a political or socio-economic blog, but it does celebrate Philadelphia, and having both President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton make appearances; along with a great many tourism $$$ pouring into the "City of Brotherly Love", qualifies as something to celebrate.. READ POST
The Black Tribbles were in the house, so after the screening of Fantastic Four 2015, they rounded up a group of us movie writer/bloggers for a Fantastic hash session and we dissected the hell outta this flick, both the merits and the misfires! READ POST
EAST COAST WINGS
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! READ POST
My sister LeVonne's birthday (7/7) just happened to fall on a Tuesday this year, which made it perfect for checking out Mercato (1216 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) Tuesday Tasting Menu - 3 Courses for $33.00 #TastingTuesdays READ POST
PEANUTS Celebrates the 47th Anniversary of “Franklin,” its First African-American Character! #Frank
Interview with MarMar & Harriet Glickman by contributor Diane Roka READ POST
Google Ad Sense
The franchise more than holds up! - Tinsel & Tine
STUDIO MOVIE GRILL - Upper Darby PA
SMG modernized the traditional movie-going experience by combining first-run movies with in-theater dining READ MORE
Our look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe of Ant-Man READ POST
Vendy Awards 2015 RECAP
MAGIC MIKE XXL: Review and Interview with Stephen "tWitch" Boss
I got a chance to sit down with tWitch at the Sofitel Hotel (120 S 17th St) in Philadelphia. We talked about the mirror dance he does with Tatum in the movie - the perks of being a DJ on "Ellen" - What he likes to eat when he goes home to Alabama and more... He seems like a grounded guy, always willing to give credit to others, the type of person you're happy to see things happening for! Watch Video
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON IN PHILLY
I haven't gotten to see the movie yet, but contributor, Jessica Lucky, went to the Q&A featuring: F. Gary Gray, Jason Mitchell (EazyE), O'Shea Jackson Jr. (OMG) & Ice Cube SEE MORE
We met two @MarvelExperience executives in the parking lot as we were leaving, who let us take pictures with Thor's real hammer and Captain America's real shield from the movie Avengers Age of Ultron - They're heavy! More on Marvel Experience
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
#TED2 hits theaters today and asks the question: If you come to life, does that make you a person? #LegalizeTedThe...
Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot of Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is roasting a pig for 8 hours using a “Caja China,” or Chinese roasting box every Monday night, right out on 2nd street in Old City Philly...READ POST
LOOK LIKE A LOCAL:Travelers Not Tourists a new travel and tourist podcast that interviews local residents to find the hidden gems within each city featured. Each episode is an interview in a new destination with a resident who calls it home -Tinsel & Tine got to be interviewed for episode 21 LISTEN
Jurassic World takes us back to Jurassic Park, only now it's 20 years later, and the amusement park has become as common as Disney World, even though you have to travel to Costa Rica to get there. John Hammond's vision for Jurassic Park (homage is paid with original logos and other references to the 1st movie) is in the hands of ... READ POST
DuBu Restaurant Opening (Korean BBQ)
The name DUBU is short for Sundubu Jjigae the name of a popular, traditional Korean soup. Dubu Soup is usually made with pieces of pork, small clams (also know as cockles), red-pepper powder, chopped garlic, a few other spices and beef broth.. READ POST
Spy, however, shows all of McCarthy's range, including some major action scenes. And the one liners - many of which I'm certain just spewed out of her in the heat of the moment, had our audience laughing so hard you missed the next two or three lines of the movie...READ POST
Dianne Moore founder of MOOREBETTERFOOD of Bala Cynwyd opened up her very lovely home to me, my videographer Jessica Lucky and Illustrator Diane Roka for an interview about women's health, nutrition and eating habits READ POST
BACKSTAGE NOW CASTING
"Backstage landed me three lead features, MTV and Google commercials, two short films, and several music videos all in five months!"
– Taylor Lashae
D'Artagnan Event Recap
Philadelphia Art Alliance was also a perfect venue for D'Artaganan, gourmet food purveyor of organic, antibiotic-free meat, poultry, game and truffles, to hold a 5-course dinner featuring an assortment of decadent dishes highlighting D’Artagnan duck, lamb, foie gras, Mangalica ham, caviar, cuck bacon, chorizo, quail eggs, truffles and squab; all in celebration of the company's 30th Anniversary! READ POST
This summer's catastrophe flick SAN ANDREAS uses San Andreas Fault "common knowledge" to create a West Coast earthquake and tsunami disaster we hopefully will never have to actually witness...READ POST
A Revlock Perspective: INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3: Into the Further 4D Experience
I didn’t know how to prepare for the Into the Further 4D Experience. The team at Allied warned it would be a mix of frights old-fashioned and newfangled, a fresh take on the haunted house model, a virtual preview of the third chapter of the Insidious saga…READ POST
Philly Filmmaker: Aleksandra Svetlichnaya
Cosplay this is a term I was unfamiliar with till I attended the Philly preview screening of writer/director Aleksandra Svetlichnaya's short film DINNER.. Here's my interview with this up and coming Ukrain born/Philly bred writer/director.. READ POST
Pretty Plum Sugar Partner
Dinner and a Movie: PITCH PERFECT 2 REVIEW AT BAHAMA BREEZE
Check out the video which features Kem of KemKlicks and I discussing the summer sequel Pitch Perfect 2 over dinner at Bahama Breeze Island Grille in King of Prussia WATCH VIDEO
FREETOWN: Interview with director Garrett Batty by T&T Contrib Terri Heard
All of which makes independent filmmaker Garrett Batty’s completion of “Freetown” such an accomplishment. “Freetown,” which is playing nationwide, dramatizes the riveting true story of six Mormon missionaries whose faith underwent the ultimate test when they became trapped in Liberia during the 1989 civil war... READ POST
AVENGERS; AGE OF ULTRON
For the first time, I finally began to care about Clint Barton / Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) he's much more than the expendable guy throwing arrows in this movie. He even acknowledges the fact that he's kinda useless compared to the superhuman strengths of the others.READ POST
Interview: Mekhi Phifer for "Insurgent"
Got a chance to talk to Mekhi Phifer at the Four Seasons Philadelphia, about being a part of the Divergent Series: "Insurgent".
On a Food n Film note: Mekhi was hoping to have a Philly Cheese Steak while he was here but ran out of time. The Four Seasons is going to have to set up a delivery system with Pat's or Geno's, cause all the celebs want them when they come for these press junkets.
Mehkhi also answers this question: If you could recreate any movie and put yourself in the lead roll, what would it be?
So check me out in my first on camera interview And CANDI's CORNER INSURGENT Review
Exhile Theater's Production: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
After the performance, I spoke briefly with Theatre Exile's Producing Artistic Director, Deborah Block who told me that playwright Edward Albee rarely allows the play to be remounted, that they were probably going to have to accept a no go, when... READ POST
ME N MO MEATBALLS & MORE
I got to try, well, try implies I took a bite - I ate 6 or more meatballs, each with its own sauce, along with a generous portion of perfectly weighted Gnocci, all enjoyed with fresh baked focaccia bread...READ POST
SELMA Director Ava DuVernay with Tinsel & Tine Editor Le Anne Lindsay
Director Ava DuVernay was in Philadelphia the week before Christmas on a press junket for her stirring and beautifully shot film SELMA. READ INTERVIEW
In terms of themes, EL James wrote a classic romantic tale of a wounded man and innocent woman meeting and falling in love, not unlike many such stories in literature - Jane Eyre for instance... READ POST
Mike becomes fascinated with the accused Christian Longo aka "Shortstop" (Franco). And although the evidence of his unthinkable crime, strangling his wife and baby daughter and throwing his other two young children over a bridge, is stacked against him, Finkel can't help but be charmed enough by the killer to give him the benefit of the doubt... ,READ POST
A Revlock Review: BEYOND THE REACH
The foremost priorities of Beyond the Reach are to promote the staggering vistas of the Mojave and the washboard abs of Jeremy Irvine. If one drank a shot for every frame that contained neither of these properties, he would emerge from this film stone-sober..READ POST
The film brings us into the world of Diane "Die" Despres (Annie Dorval) an overly made up, aging beauty with a nice figure in her sequined jeans. Her manner is frank and frequently too loud. She's what you'd call a natural survivor. READ POST
International Women's Day Event
This event spawned a desire to have an on-going Women's Empowerment group called NOWE (Network of Women Entrepreneurs) LEARN MORE
TINSEL & TINE'S RADIO DEBUT (Thurs 1/15/15) - I turned the tables on the BLACK TRIBBLES and interviewed them about their black nerdness and 2015 Upcoming Sci-Fi flicks LISTEN TO PODCAST
GOLD MEDAL WINE CLUB
SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION
SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION is the kind of documentary you'd stumble upon at a small film festival, in between two other films you really came to see. It's only Ethan Hawke's name and longtime connections in the business that could have pushed the film to the forefront.READ POST
PIFF meets PTW in 2015
Which is why the 8th Annual Philadelphia Independent Film Festival joining Philly Tech Week 2015 makes perfect sense! I got a chance to talk to PIFF founder, Benjamin Barnett now that the festival has officially been moved from June to April 17-25, 2015. There was much excitement in Ben's voice as we discussed this highly anticipated blending of art and technology.. READ MORE
STILL ALICE & CAKE
I saw these two films Julianne Moore in Still Alice and Jennifer Aniston in Cake within days of each other and couldn't help but be struck by the similarities. Both women are dealing with harsh realities not of their own making. Both women are in good income brackets, yet that fact only alleviates their situations in minor ways...READ POST
Interview with American Sniper Actor: BEN REED
REED: The set is like a well-oiled machine. His crew is made up of people he's worked with for the last 20-30 years, so it's very calm and quiet, people talking in whispered voices. Eastwood is precise in what he wants. He knows how he's going to edit every scene so he gets the shots he needs and that's it. Sharp as a tack! READ INTERVIEW
It’s Mikhail kicking off my joint review of Jupiter Ascending with Le Anne. We caught a preview screening of the Wachowski’s latest offering at the Rave University City, and I think it’s fair to say we were both underwhelmed by this space opera thing.
The Wrecking Crew
Covered "The Wrecking Crew" Music Doc during PFS/XPN Music Film Fest, so glad this entertaining, important piece of history is now in theaters! READ POST
Revlock Review: RUN ALL NIGHT
To me, Neeson will always be Oskar Schindler or some prestigious variant, a habitual player in period pieces lauded by critics and reluctantly consumed by audiences, the cinematic equivalent of the Brussels sprout. READ POST
THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
"The difference between what we want and what we fear is the wink of an eyelash."
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
We all know Colin Firth is a wonderful actor, but I think it's even more apparent when you think this was the guy tussling in the street like a 10 year-old girl, trying to do damage to Hugh Grant in Bridget Jones's Diary, and now... READ POST
PINTEREST Wine & Beer Yay's & Nay's
Be sure to follow Tinsel & Tine's Pinterst page as I sip my way through vintages, grapes, taps and brews To the Pins
Philly Spotlight: SAVOUREUX'S
You know I can't help but highlight CAKE relevant things, especially when they are in my neighborhood. Breanna & Destiny are the baking team behind Savoureux's, a new company specializing in delectable sweets. When I heard about these women getting both a business and a charitable organization off the ground, I knew they'd make for a great profile piece on Tinsel & Tine. READ POST
Catch Up with Fernando J. Scarpa
Pay attention now, because when he becomes the next Ryan Murphy or J.J. Abrams you'll be able to say I saw him coming! READ POST
Mouth.com - Our goal is to help you discover and get the best, most delicious and most interesting indie food products and to help indie makers grow their business.
Because John du Pont was born in Philadelphia, attended The University of Pennsylvania, had funded a wrestling program at Villanova University, and Foxcatcher Farms was located only a stone's throw away in Delaware County, this news story was pretty big here in Philly back in 1996; yet I have to admit, I couldn't remember a single detail going in to see the movie Foxcatcher.READ POST
Uomo Moderno / Palladinos
The party and magazine features actress/hostess Ornella Fado of "Brindiamo". The TV Series Brindiamo is celebrating its 10th season showcasing the finest authentic Italian restaurants around the world, as well as Italy's regional cuisine, travel destinations and celebrities. Now how do I get a fab gig like that!?! READ POST
BLACK SEA / KEVIN MACDONALD INTERVIEW
Kevin MacDonald is nothing if not ambidextrous. With almost metronomic regularity, the Scottish director alternates between shooting fiction films and documentaries...READ Mikhail Revlock Interview
basically high school hasn't changed, it's just on steroids due to cellphones, social media and cyber bullying. Actually, The Duff is an enjoyable effort, but ...READ MORE
Philly is #3 on New York Times List of Places to Go in 2015
A series of projects has transformed Philadelphia into a hive of outdoor urban activity. READ ARTICLE
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.
Philly Spotlight: PIFF2015 Preview Screenings
The 8th Annual Philadelphia Independent Film Festival is scheduled for April 17 - 25, 2015. Leading up to #PIFF2015 screenings of short films will be shown at the Art Alliance (next one scheduled for Saturday, Feb 21st 7-11pm). Prior and post screenings, there's was a jovial atmosphere with Philly actors/musicians, producers, directors, distributors talking, networking and singing. READ POST
Philly Food Critic: Craig Laban's Year End Restaurant Roundup in Bells!
Have you had a chance to check out Craig Laban's 2014 Restaurant Round Up (in Bells) on PHILLY.com? This adds so many more dining experiences to my Wish List! Congrats - HIGH STREET ON MARKET 308 Market St. for being named Philly's Best New Restaurant of 2014.
SeaSalt Restaurant Review
Guest Bloggers: Russell & Kay Davis Wine Experts & Fashion Designer - Review Upscale Cape May Restaurant with tips on Wine pairings READ POST
The MS WALK 2015
My friend and fellow blogger/journalist Thomasena Farrar of MusicMoviesThoughts has had a particularly tough year managing her MS, yet she continues to Walk in Faith and I will walk beside her as a member of her team "Walkin' By Faith" on May 2, 2015. Please help me support Thomasena and The MS Walk with a donation. My goal is just $125, which is $5 from 25 people, but please feel free to give more or less. Thank you!
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
Fashion Event: 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
Philly is part of Couch Fest Shorts Festival
Upon learning about it, I contacted the host for Couch Fest Philadelphia, Nicole Ayers of Madlab Entertainment for an interview CHECK IT OUT!
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
Half Popped Reviews
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 by blog contrib Terri Heard
UPCOMING FILM FESTIVALS
Want to Know1 What Film Festiv1als Are Taking Place and Where? Click HERE
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival Nov 12 - 22, 2014
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!
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. -email@example.com
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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