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TINSEL & TINE

Tinsel & Tine (Reel & Dine) is about discovering what I find pleasing in Film & Food -  My post/commentary are from the perspective of someone who truly reveres good storytelling, and possesses a voracious appetite.

Although I also write about my dining experiences and food events, the blog is primarily film-centric. My writing style weaves together personal anecdotes and observations in conjunction with film reviews, reporting from film festivals and preview film screenings. Not to mention, whenever possible, highlighting the simpatico of food in film!

Tinsel & Tine encourages blog contributors. Please send
your film festival experiences - from big and small film festivals - pictures, short reviews, long reviews, food & film tie-ins, report on the celebrities, the atmosphere etc... Feel free to share your festival coverage during or after the festival.  (Blogging credit only compensation).

 


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Interview with Malcolm D. Lee writer/director The Best Man Holiday

If you are black and living on earth you've seen the movie The Best Man at some point in your life. In fact, How many times have you watched it over the last 14 Years? (comments welcome). Thus making the sequel a much anticipated movie event! And I can unequivocally say it was worth the wait  - The Best Man Holiday not only serves these beloved characters in heart and truth and spirit, but is also sure to become an annual Christmas Classic. The opening montage flashes briefl...

News for The Philadelphia Film Festival October 17-27, 2013

  This year the 22nd Annual Philadelphia Film Festival produced by The Philadelphia Film Society runs from October 17 - 27, 2013. The fest gets underway with the one and only Robert Redford in All is Lost, a survival film about a man lost at sea written and directed by J. C. Chandor (who will be in attendance Opening Night at the Kimmel Center Perelman Theater). The film features Redford as the only cast member, with almost no dialogue.  All Is Lost is Chandor's second feature film...

Interview with Lee Daniels and Cuba Gooding, Jr in Philadelphia - "Lee Daniels The Butler"

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I started to sit down and transcribe the interview with Lee Daniels, Cuba Gooding, Jr and Yaya Alafia Q&A style, but it was so lively, you need to hear it.  We'd ask a question which would take Lee & Cuba off on great tangents. Plus a transcription doesn't capture the camaraderie between the Precious director and the actors he respects and enjoys so much. So here's a video of the audio - http://www.tinseltine.com/2013/08/the-rittenhouse-hotel-interview-lee.html ...

Bradley Cooper and Brian Klugman at Philly Premiere of "The Words"

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  Bradley Cooper,  writer/director Brian Klugman & writer/director Lee Sternthal at Philly Premiere of "The Words": Red Carpet Photos in Philadelphia August 27, 2012 The red carpet photos are up on Tinsel & Tine's facebook page.   The Words Philly Movie Premiere with Bradley Cooper was the first red carpet event that I got to cover solely for Tinsel & Tine. In the past, I've been invited as either a contributor for Cinedelphi...

A Conversation with Filmmaker Ava Duvernay

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The BlackStar Film Festival took place August 2-5, 2012 in Philadelphia. Its mission was to celebrate the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and to showcase film and video works by and about black people from across the globe. Other obligations did prevent me from attending all but one event, but it was a good one - A Conversation with Ava DuVernay.    Ava DuVernay, is the first African American woman to take home the U.S. directing award at Sundance Film...

Whitney Houston's Sparkle promoting Nationwide Singing Competition

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No matter how often, or how much I enjoy belting out Whitney's "One Moment in Time", my neighbors can attest to the fact that I should not participate in this competition.  But perhaps you can! The SPARKLE Singing Challenge is a nationwide challenge and will be held in Philadelphia this Saturday, July 14th Entrants will be given the opportunity to sing a 60 second part from the songs “Celebration” or “Something He Can Feel”, from the late Whitney Houston’...

A Look at the 2012 Tony Awards from a Film Blogger/Seatfiller's Perspective

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There's always some glitter of Tinseltown on Broadway; however, the 66th Annual American Theater Wing's Tony Awards had a really important film tie-in. You probably think I'm referring to: The win for Death of a Salesman produced by Scott Rudin, directed by Mike Nichols, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield, who brought along current girlfriend and Spiderman (2012 movie) co-star Emma Stone. Or Once, totally sweeping the Tonys as a Broadway musical! Which firs...

XPN & Philadelphia Film Society 1st Annual Music Film Festival

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On Thursday April 26 The Inaugural XPN Music Film Festival, produced by The Philadelphia Film Society got underway at the Annenberg Center in University City, Philadelphia. For anyone unfamiliar with XPN: WXPN, is a nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots, and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe...

Turner Classic Movies Film Festival Honors North By Northwest and Eva Marie Saint

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Photo credit: Hugh E Dillon Earlier this month the Turner Classic Movies’ “Road toHollywood” tour came to Philly (Prince Theater) and brought along legendary actress Eva Marie Saint, the actress best known for her sexy spy role, playing opposite Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock's suspense classic - North By Northwest. The 10-city tour is part of a campaign to promote the vintage film network’s annual TCM Classic Film Festival (April 12-15). I...

LunaFest Short Films Festival for Women

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If you consume powerbars, you'll no doubt be familiar with Clif and Luna bars, but you may not know this same company is in the film biz. In 2000 they created LunaFest a short film festival by, for and about women. It's a traveling, one night film festival; this year (Friday, March 2, 2012) one of the stops was Chestnut Hill, PA (30 minutes outside Center City Philadelphia for any non-local readers). One of Tinsel & Tine's missions is to highlight film and food events around the city;...

Looking to hear your Oscar 2012 Feedback

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Tinsel & Tine: 84th Annual Oscar Round Up 2012 Monday, February 27, 2012 Tradition may be safe, but not necessarily boring. Billy Crystal was the go to, tried and true choice to host The 84th Annual Academy Awards (9th x) after the Brett Ratner "gay slur"  firing and subsequent pull out of Eddie Murphy as host. And I think most everyone in the room and in their living rooms agreed it was a good choice. Who doesn't enjoy Crystal's clever little Oscar song, ...

Film Promotion - Exit Strategy: An Un-Romantic Comedy

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  Tinsel & Tine was invited to a ReelBlack Taste-Maker's preview screening of a new comedy, or rather Un-Romantic Comedy, called Exit Strategy , set to open Friday, February 10, 2012 in the Philadelphia area - AMC Cherry Hill and Franklin Mills.   Here's the run down: Exit Strategy features James (JAMEEL SALEEM), likeable but irresponsible, who moves in with his take-charge girlfriend of three months Kim (KIMELIA WEATHERS) and quickly discovers she’s...

69th Golden Globes Tinsel & Tine Commentary

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Winners Best Performance Actress – Drama: Meryl Streep – Iron Lady. I'm looking forward to seeing this film. (very disappointed The Film Society didn't offer a preview screening). I'm certain as always, Streep's performance will be award worthy; however, since this film hasn't even hit theaters yet, how about giving the Globe to Viola Davis and letting Meryl win the Oscar. Best Performance Actor – Drama: George Clooney - The Descendants Cloon...

Philly Film Fest - Shame

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 20th Philadelphia Film Festival - Shame Michael Fassbender has a Dirk Diggler size schlong!  And an Adonis rear-end. Beyond that, I don't remember anything about the film Shame.  Just kidding. Well, about the film resonance, not about Fassbender.  In actuality, the film stayed with me for quite awhile.  Seeing two people in so much pain with no clue how to get relief, yet basically from the outside, look as if they are managing the day in a...

20th Anniversary Philadelphia Film Festival Opens Tomorrow (10/20/2011)

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20th Philadelphia Film Festival - Day 1 - 4 Picks I picked up my press pass for the 20th Anniversary Philadelphia Film Festival tonight! Just to get you in the festival mood, here's the films I plan to see the first few days (Thursday, October 20th thru Sunday October 23rd). Of course, the festival runs till November 3rd, and I plan to be present throughout most of it; however, during the festival, I'll be posting on facebook and twitter each day ...

Philadelphia Film & Music Festival Blog Post

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Philadelphia Film + Music Festival Recap The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Film + Music Festival took place this past weekend (Sept 22-25, 2011) mostly in and around Northern Liberties and Fishtown areas (Venues: The Skybox @2424 Studios, Invincible Pictures Sound Stages, M Room, The El Bar, Penn's Landing, The Fire, Murph's Bar, Kung Fu Necktie, The Ukie Club, Girard Fest, Tracadero Theater, World Cafe Live, TLA on South Street, North Star Bar).  ...

Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene

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Monday, August 29, 2011 Martha Marcy May Marlene - Sean Durkin & Elizabeth Olsen Q & A Have you heard about Martha Marcy May Marlene? It's been a darling of this year's festival circuit -  The title gives the impression four women share top billing, but in actuality newcomer Elizabeth Olsen (cast only two weeks before shooting), is not only the subject of the multiple monikers, she hauntingly carries the full weight of this dark drama; along with some good, creepy ass...

Interview with director Scud

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Scud Interview (Love Actually… Sucks!) Posted on June 25, 2011 by Le Anne Lindsay Q: When it comes to love, sex and relationships, What do you hope our QFest audience will take away from this film (Love Actually… Sucks!) ? Scud: I reckon many audiences may find sympathetic experience from their own love. To me the film is a vibration, a sign, an exclamation to what love is and means to our life, and the fact that passion is often very fateful, as the shopkeeper...

QFEST (Philly's Gay & Lesbian Film Festival) July 7-18, 2011

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Director Mark Bessenger Answers Q-Questions Posted on June 23, 2011 by Le Anne Lindsay We sent out a missive to all our QFest Film Directors to Answer 3 Questions for our QBlog. Mark Bessenger, Director of Bite Marks was the first to respond! Q: What was the first LGBT film you ever saw?  Did you watch it openly or in secret? MB: A gal pal of mine in college rented My Beautiful Laundrette, then gave it to me, saying she wasn’t going to have time to watch it, ...

Philadelphia Film Society - Screening of The Wrester at Asylum Arena

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PFS filmadelphiaCLASSICS series on location, continued last week with a screening of the 2009 Oscar nominated film, The Wrestler. The Film was shown at Asylum Arena (South Philly) because the wrestling scenes in the movie were actually shot there! I knew director, Darren Aronofsky had Philly connections with his film Black Swan, as the PA Ballet is all over that film, but this was news to me that Mickey Rourke had been here filming in 2008. Prior to the screen...

PFS Picks from Tribeca Film Festival

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Monday, May 9, 2011 Philadelphia Film Society at Tribeca Film Fest I sat down with PFS Executive Director, Andrew Greenblatt to get the scoop on what he liked at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and what Philly audiences might expect during the upcoming 20th Philadelphia Film Festival (Oct. 13-23, 2011). My first thoughts when it comes to attending the more well known film festivals, is all about being a part of the gala celebrations, red carpets and rubbing elbows with the ...

Tinsel & Tine interview with Morgan Spurlock "Greatest Movie Ever Sold"

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Jerry: ...Over the balcony, bounced off some respirator thing into the patient! George: What do you mean "into the patient"? Jerry: Into the patient, literally! George: Into the hole? Jerry: Yes, the hole! George: Didn't they notice it? Jerry: No! George: How could they not notice it?!? Jerry: Because it's a little mint. It's a Junior Mint. George: What did they do? Jerry: They sealed him up with the mint inside. George: They left the Junior Mint in him? Jerry: Yes! Geor...

Cinfest 2011 Closing Ceremonies

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Cinefest 2011 Closing Night I often find at the end of a film festival, some of the films I chose to see will unintentionally deal with the same topic on some level: Brother & Sister, Terri and Vampire all dealt with care for an elderly parent, two of which had Alzheimer's. Womb explored an Oedipal complex and Brother & Sister performed a staged version of Oedipus. If I thought about it longer, I'm sure I'd find more cross references. I enjoyed my movie date...

Cinefest 2011 Quick Film Reviews

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Cinefest 2011 (Other Stuff I Saw) First a little T & T biz -  I'd like to thank two new followers for following:  Stephen Nottingham and Dr. Blood's Video Vault.  Thanks guys, also looking for likes on facebook too! Tinsel & Tine was featured on two sites this month   Restauranteers.com & The Blogstress Network. The exposure is great and between Cinefest press pass and PFS giving me the opportunity to interview Mo...

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