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Food n Film: BURNT
Bradley Cooper has more than charisma, he has an over abundance of Chi, which radiates out from him; so for me, this role as temperamental and damaged chef Adam Jones, who also inspires great love and admiration from those around him, works on the level of characterization. In fact, I think he's among a very short list of actors who would be able to pull off being so self-involved and yet likable. Doesn't hurt that he really speaks French too! READ POST
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
CITY OF GOLD
The key to deciphering both the city it beautifully depicts and the man who eats it best - City of Gold
By Tinsel & Tine Contributor Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef)
What Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times food critic/writer, has done for food writing journalism and for the restaurants that he loves, the movie, City of Gold has done for Jonathan Gold and Los Angeles and its surrounding environs – it has planted taco covered kisses on them... 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
Food n Film: THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY
...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
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
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Never seen the original, so I can't compare or contrast or speak to whether or not the movie should have been remade - but what I can say is they found a perfect cast, and after all, a shootem up movie with a skimpy plot is all about the chemistry! Click to Like this pic on Instagram
LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS & COMPLETE UNKNOWN
Musings on back to back movies featuring Rachel Weisz READ POST
Philly Spotlight: TEASSERT BAR
The owner of Teassert Bar is Stephen Ngo. I got to ask Steve how he came to owning an ice cream roll establishment... READ POST
Photo Album & Interview with DEB Organizer Natanya DiBona READ POST
Technically, There's No Such Thing as X-Rated Food, But This Does Give a Whole New Meaning to The Term Food Porn... READ POST
A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS
Impressive directorial & screenwriting debut for Natalie Portman based on the memoirs of Amos Oz. Set in the 1940's "A Tale of Love and Darkness" is told through the eyes of a young boy during the period when Israel goes from being a British Mandate to its own Country. His experience is shaped more profoundly by his beautiful mother (Portman) who goes from telling fable like tales on a regular basis to slipping farther and farther into depression. Very melancholy film, but so beautifully captured. Early Oscar contender for sure!
Tinsel & Tine Takes to the Airwaves
Most Tuesdays at 3:45pm I Contribute to a Radio Program (WWDB-AM Talk 860/ iTunesRadio) That's Show Biz with Chuck Darrow The show features celebrity interviews and several contributors discussing different aspects of the entertainment industry with a slant toward Philly. T&T does the weekly movie segment LISTEN TO PAST PODCASTS
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BLACKSTAR FILM FESTIVAL ROUND UP
The 5th Annual BlackStar Film Festival took place August 4-7, 2016. The last 2 years my schedule has only allowed me to attend opening night, this year it was nice to hang out and see more screenings and panels... Check Out Recap & Highlights
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
Jenkins' vocal ambitions and imaginative costumes are of course the focal point of the movie, but it's Grant's role of common-law husband and manager, who's actually the protagonist of the film... READ POST
FOUNDING FOOTSTEPS BYOB TOUR OF PHILLY
Did you know that Benjamin Franklin not only created the very first Fire Department in Philadelphia, but that his entrepreneurial thinking also allowed him to capitalize on creating the very first Fire Insurance Company? Did you know the seat of our government would most likely have remained in Philadelphia if...READ POST
Summer is not just a busy time for blockbuster releases, there's always a lot in general released in theaters - indies, horror and everything in between. So here's a quick run down of stuff I screened in the last 2 months. READ POST
Philly Restaurant: WOK STREET
Chose from Wok Street’s signature bowls, or customize your own to satisfy the cravings that fit your mood. Start with your choice of rice or noodles then add your favorite mouth-watering protein and seasonal veggies. READ POST
qFLIX LGBTQ Philly Film Fest Coverage
Pictures, Q&A's, Mini Reviews, Interview READ POST
I may not have felt the movie was as strong as I was hoping it would be, but I'm in strong support of this female cast. All of them. That Leslie Jones Twitter attack is frightening, and even with all we've seen lately, shocking. READ POST
Hyatt Bellevue Renovations Unveiling
Recap of cocktail party/tour of Bellevue Hotel's new decor, led by Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design, which drew inspiration from the rich political, artistic, theatrical and musical history of Philadelphia View Photos
THE NEON DEMON
...didn't expect it to get so dark, nightmarish and sick...READ POST
I got a chance to ask filmmakers/actors Tara Karsian & Andrea Grano about the LGBT aspect of their film BffsREAD POST
HOW TO PLAN AN ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN
How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town is definitely an amusing flick, but I was surprised to find out it's 40% comedy and 60% soft porn. I figured the title was a great device to grab an audience's attention, but that the movie would hardly be about an actual orgy, but it's really about a series of.. READ POST
A BIGGER SPLASH
In A Bigger Splash Swinton plays Marianne Lane a famous female glam rock personality recovering from throat surgery. She not only can't speak above a whisper, she's been told to refrain from speaking while her vocal chords heal. What better place to recuperate than on a beautiful Mediterranean Island called Pantelleria in Italy...Read Post
It’s a year later and three of the Four Horsemen are still fugitives - Magician (J Daniel Atlas /Jesse Eisenberg), Mentalist (Merritt McKinney/Woody Harrelson) sleight-of-hander (Jack Wilder/Dave Franco) Isla Fisher was pregnant at the time of filming and declined to reprise her role as Illusionist Henley Reeves...READ POST
Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region Lip Sync Battle
I was asked to interview one of the hosts of NBC's American Ninja Warrior Akbar Gbajabiamila when the show came to Philly recently. My availability couldn't accommodate the taping schedule, but I was happy to pass along the opportunity to fellow PHL Blogger Sarah Ramirez of Shades of Sarah who is a big fan of the show! READ POST
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They are a delicious, addictive, healthy and natural snack made from fresh corn and other whole grains grown on American farms. They truly have become my 2nd favorite go to snack and I do A LOT of snacking! READ POST
PMA & Positano Coast Event Art Inside Out
Next time you're walking around Old City check out the reproductions of PMA masterpieces now adorning the streets - an initiative funded by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to bring art into communities. View Photos
“She [Patty played by Julia Roberts] really is the hero of the movie and is able to multi-task and get more done in this crisis than even authorities,” Foster concedes of the rare alpha female on-screen. “She’s producing Clooney’s survival.” And unlike many of Hollywood’s other lifesaving women, Roberts gets to do so without being vacuum-packed into spandex and six-inch heels... READ POST
I think the critics have been way too hard on the movie (29% RT), not that it dampened the box office - $424M opening weekend! Check out our likes and dislikes for this DC Universe Blockbuster READ POST
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This month's Foodie Giveaway: THE QUICK SIX FIX by Stuart O’Keeffe (March 2016) Stuart demonstrates how to cut kitchen time, save money, and get out of the kitchen in thirty minutes or less. LOSE WEIGHT BY EATING by Audrey Johns (April 2016) who takes more than 130 recipes that are typically full of unhealthy processed foods and empty calories—recipes we simply shouldn’t eat every day—and creates skinny versions. ENTER VIA RAFFLECOPTER
T&T: I always wonder how people come up with the name for their restaurants. Do you feel a particular pull from the moon, inspiring the name Luna Cafe? READ POST
Arshad "Mo" Chugtai, former Cafe Spice owner opened Imili Indian Kitchen (BYOB) May of 2015, but recently brought in new Executive Chef Bimol V. Sarkar, who has completely changed their menu. So Craig should probably go back for a second review...READ POST
EYE IN THE SKY
Unfolding almost in real-time as it details an operation to take out a group of terrorists in Nairobi, led by Helen Mirren’s determined Colonel Powell, the film is an exciting thriller and intriguing portrait of people under pressure wrestling with their conscience and careers as the clock ticks...
Love @DisneyZootopia It's like an episode of "Castle" they shoulda had Stana Katic & Nathan Fillion do the voices!
THE PERFECT MATCH
Terrence J (Jenkins) from "E news" & "Think Like a Man", plays Charlie Mack, a ladies man who accepts a bet with his "boyz" to date the same woman until one of the guy's wedding. That woman is model Eva, played by new comer and R&B singer Cassie Ventura. Eva only wants a hook up type of relationship so she's not deceived, she knows about the bet from the beginning, which I do like... READ POST
WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is funny, but the kind of comedy I like, where the tone is laced with the humor of the situation, rather than situational comedy... READ MORE
FIVE NIGHTS IN MAINE
Writer/Director Maris Curran was in Philly to screen her Indie Film which stars Dianne Wiest & David Oyelowo READ POST
Red Carpet Slideshow, Movie Commentary, Panel Discussion Excerpts READ POST
A Diet of Pig Brains Keeps One Civilized: PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES
I'm always fascinated by this ever present theme in our collective unconscious that one day we will no longer be worried about race, creed, politics or gender, instead the only separation will be Alive vs Undead! READ POST
The bear attack, the most realistic application of CGI I’ve ever seen. Without providing a lot of information about the characters, this visceral approach to filmmaking engenders a good deal of empathy for Glass as he struggles to survive... READ POST
THE BIG SHORT
So what's the best way to absorb, digest and find interest in dense material? Give it humor. That's exactly what both the author of the book, Michael Lewis (Moneyball) and particularly director Adam McKay (Anchorman 1&2, Step Brothers) did with The Big Short. Not broad comedy... READ POST
HOW TO BE SINGLE
By Tinsel & Tine Contributor CONNOR BARTHOLOMEW When I saw the first trailer for Christian Ditter’s How to Be Single I was skeptical. As someone who is single in her twenties, I've pretty much heard it all: the You Just Haven't Met The Right Persons, the pitying glances, the acknowledging nods...READ POST
Philly Food Truck Series: GRUBAHOLICS
I don't know why it takes me so long to get back to the Philly Food Truck series. They really are some of my most popular posts! Here's the first for 2016 featuring GRUBAHOLICS! READ POST
THE DANISH GIRL
This is where Redmanyne deserves his Golden Globe nomination, because each scene you see him becoming more and more Lili until it's almost like a split personality disorder where Lili becomes the dominant personality. When he's not Lili, he's also no longer Einar, but some disturbingly androgynous amalgamation. In a subtle twist, the adorable and sensual Gerda... READ POST
Going into the movie, I knew what it was about, but I was under the impression it was Hollywood vs The Government. I never knew Hollywood turned on itself. Members of the HUAC were made up of Hollywood insiders like John Wayne (David James Elliott), Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and Ronald Reagan. Others like ...READ POST
Hornby observes: "I think Eilis can see a life in America and she can see a life in Ireland, but she cannot maintain those two pictures at once. She knows you cannot square these two lives. So I think that's how she momentarily manages to love two people at once, because they are in separate worlds. But ultimately, she has to live in just one."READ MORE
Joy is loosely based on the life of QVC darling and household product inventor Joy Mangano, who is a producer on the movie. It's a rags to riches story we can all relate to, as most people at some point, come up with a good idea that you wish you knew how to manufacture, produce, market and see it become a money maker. READ POST
History buffs Chris Younge and Jason Dills felt when naming their restaurant, a nod to historic Philadelphia was in order - "The Little Lion" was the nickname for Alexander Hamilton, the nation's first Treasury secretary; not a bad idea to connect the name of any business to money! READ MORE
But my favorite sampling of the night wasn't even a taco, and happened to be vegetarian, I can't wait to go back for the Spinach & Fontina Empanada! The seasoned wilted spinach and piping hot cheese, dripping from a crusty pie twinkling with a dusting of sea salt: 4 TINES and a steal at $4 READ POST
Golden Globes Round Up 2016 /Oscar Boycott Dilemma
It's shocking the number of comments from people complaining that race becomes a factor when it comes to Academy Award nominations . They actually pretend to believe the nominees are chosen based solely on a system of excellence. If that were the case, how could Ryan Coogler be overlooked for Best Director? READ MORE
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
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
RECAP of Tinsel & Tine's 11 Days of #PFF24READ POST
STAR WARS MINI REVIEW
I am by far certainly NO expert on the Star Wars Franchise. Seen all 7 movies, but not with any depth of viewing. But as movie-goer, I really enjoyed Star Wars:The Force Awakens not just because you get to spend time with the original cast, but in terms of good story telling. I felt all the prequels with Hayden Christiansen & Natalie Portman were mostly forgettable because George Lucas is so obsessed with CGI and battles that there's very little to connect to in terms of heart & story. JJ Abrams knows how to create balance!
GUEST POST: RORIE STILL
I asked Rorie who has written a compilation of Sci-Fi/Fantasy stories called "Flashbang: Sci-Fi Stories That Will Blow Your Mind" to weigh in on her TOP 5 READ POST
VOICELESS (Philly Made Indie)
It's no wonder the movie took Necerato 4 years to complete, it's a wonder it came to fruition this soon. After all, most Indie films require ample time to procure funding, and often are delayed due to working around schedules dictated by budget concerns; but then you throw a hot button issue like abortion into the mix and you're really working up hill. READ POST
Not sure why I've never noticed Yakitori Boy before, I've eaten at restaurants very near it, and done karaoke in Chinatown, but this party was my first experience of the place. The bottom level looks like a traditional Japanese restaurant. The 2nd level opens up to a bar/lounge featuring karaoke and private karaoke rooms. The private rooms encourage music themes like 80, 90's, Country, R&B etc...READ POST
BESITO MEXICAN RESTAURANT
I really wasn't expecting the exterior or interior to be so glamorous. When you hear a restaurant is part of a shopping center, even one as upper class as Suburban Square, your expectations are lowered; but get that thinking out of your head because Besito looks and feels more like a resort restaurant in a luxury beach town.READ POST
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA
I'm not that big on survivalist tales, although I like tales of adventure, but there's a difference. Tales of adventure are normally more fantastical and of the characters choosing. Survivalists stories are normally brutally realistic and a happenstance that the character couldn't avoid or had to embark on due to needing funds...READ POST
The first thing that caught my attention on the menu was the Lemon-Poppy Pancakes - full stack stuffed with lemon-poppy ricotta & lemon custard. I'm big on anything lemon flavored and my all-time favorite muffin is a Lemon Poppy Seed and Pancakes, well, you know!... my only hesitation was that $11.50 price tag...
FIFTY SHADES: BOOK TO FILM COMPARISON
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
PEANUTS Celebrates the 47th Anniversary of “Franklin,” its First African-American Character! #Frank
Interview with MarMar & Harriet Glickman by contributor Diane Roka READ POST
CAFE BREEZE COMES TO PHILLY
Deepak Ohri, the Thai-based hotel magnate, plans to open a lebua Hotels & Resorts dining experience here in Philadelphia. READ POST
BIG STONE GAP
Hard to get passed some script issues with #BIGSTONEGAP , but I will say, that wedding cake with hot pink frosting and hot pink cake looked SO good. I wonder how many takes Judd had to do eating the cake? That's when I'd love to be a stand in! 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
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
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
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
Congratulations to Viola Davis for winning Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama series and for giving an amazing speech. Only winner of the night who actually prepared to win! #Emmys
A WALK IN THE WOODS
"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
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
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
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
The franchise more than holds up! - Tinsel & Tine
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
UPCOMING FILM FESTIVALS
Want to Know1 What Film Festiv1als Are Taking Place and Where? Click HERE
Links to businesses, people, places and sites that are doing good works, are spiritual in nature, connected to Philly, or all of the above - See list below
It’s a year later and three of the Four Horsemen are still fugitives - Magician (J Daniel Atlas /Jesse Eisenberg), Mentalist (Merritt McKinney/Woody Harrelson) sleight-of-hander (Jack Wilder/Dave Franco) Isla Fisher was pregnant at the time of filming and declined to reprise her role as Illusionist Henley Reeves...READ POST
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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