Top 6 Reasons to Sign the Petition and Save ABC’s “Galavant”

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This giddy gift of a show is on the bubble and may not live to see a 3rd season. Stop the insanity! Sign the petition to save the show! They have over 3000 signatures. They need 25,000. Here’s WHY you should sign:
1. This is the closest we’re ever gonna get to that “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” sequel we’ve been craving. (Don’t look away; you know you have…)
2. This is what Kevin Costner’s “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” SHOULD have been. (Alan Rickman knew it; that’s why he amped up his Sheriff of Nottingham into the madcap marquee draw that took over the movie).
3. Keep triple threat Timothy Omundson employed! He can do drama (“Judging Amy”), comedy (“Psych”) and musicals (“Galavant” and, oh yeah – “Psych: The Musical”). Let’s show those limey Brits our American actors can keep pace too!
4. Did I mention Men. In. Tights? Yeessssss!!
5. Let your fairy tale flag fly without fear! Yeah I know you’ve got that princess gown stuffed in the back of your closet and those happily ever after dreams bottled up in the back of your head. Okay yeah, real life has stomped out your hope for a happily ever after. Who you think you fooling? Come on, come out of the closet, that’s right, come on out, loud and proud – “I love fairy tales damn it but I’m still cool…ish.” *grin*
6. You know you wept every time you heard Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do (I Do It For You).” Don’t be ashamed. And where else are you going to get your weekly fix of romantic heroes, uplifting music, and soul-saving snark? Sing it with me now “Gaaaaaalllll -a-vaaaannnnttttt!” …and sign the petition (I have!)
(Pssst…you don’t have to donate, just sign…)
Read more about the Save Galavant campaign.

Terri L. Heard is a former TV Guide writer and assignment editor who lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA She is currently working on a feature-length screenplay, “Game Change,” which combines James Brown’s “The Big Payback” with the 2015 film “The Big Short.” Visit her online portfolio at www.tlheard.weebly.com.

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Excitement builds for the upcoming Philly Indie Awards

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Tinsel & Tine video interview screencap. Floyd Marshall (left) and Le Anne Lindsay (right). Video originally shot by Terri L. Heard.

 

Philadelphia Independent Film Awards founder Floyd Marshall sat down with Tinsel & Tine Editor-in-Chief Le Anne Lindsay (pictured above) to discuss the upcoming May 22 event honoring the best in independent filmmaking from around the world. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/LK_jpcsmaC4 and read the article here: http://www.tinseltine.com/2016/04/introducing-1st-annual-philadelphia.html And visit the awards website – designed by yours truly! – here: www.philadelphiaindependentfilmawards.com. Best Picture, Best International Film, Best Short Film, Best Documentary and Best Student Film nominees’ trailers are all up and viewable on the site. Don’t forget to get your tickets online through Eventbrite or PayPal.  Awards will be presented May 22 at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia, PA. Cocktail hour is at 6 pm and award presentations begin at 7 pm. Come celebrate with us!

Tubman on the $20? Good! But while we’re at it…

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Let’s put Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a $25 bill!

Why not?

  1. Nobody would get bumped from a bill – Because we don’t currently have a $25 bill. This was my original rationale. Now of course with the Treasury’s announcement that Harriet Tubman will bump Andrew Jackson from the front of the $20 bill, the point is moot.
  2. It would be a reminder of how Black folks built the land of the free while in chains – This country sucked its wealth from the sweat on slaves’ backs (after they conveniently murdered the Native Americans and pushed them off their land; but that’s a point for another article). But the Confederacy used the image of slaves on its currency to promote its belief in their so-called “right” to subjugate human beings, so I don’t want to use such an image. I’d love to have an engraving of a Black Civil War regiment (and maybe I’ll add that to the back). But, rightly or wrongly, Martin Luther King Jr.’s image has come to stand for the entire 1960s Civil Rights Era that was pivotal to expanding African Americans’ access to justice and economic opportunity. So King it is.
  3. It’s a strong statement that the income inequality HAS to go – King stood for equal rights for all men – Black, white and everyone in between. Wall Street stands for anything but. Forcing folks to handle cash that has the face of a Black man whose legacy is as great and iconic as any face on Mt. Rushmore would go a long way toward driving that point home.
  4. He is an authentic Founding Father – Okay you can argue the point, but to ME the 1960s Civil Rights Movement was a third (albeit incomplete) revolution after the second revolution of the Civil War that ended slavery. That makes King a modern-era Founding Father to me.
  5. He has a Federal holiday named for him, a statue near the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and a national historic site in Atlanta, GA – What more does he need? The $25 King bill would put the icing on the cake. No, he never held public office, but neither did Martha Washington and she was on a silver certificate ages ago.  Come on, let’s complete the trifecta and make it official

Terri L. Heard is a former TV Guide writer and assignment editor who lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA She is currently working on a feature-length screenplay, “Game Change,” which combines James Brown’s “The Big Payback” with the 2015 film “The Big Short.” Visit her online portfolio at www.tlheard.weebly.com.

Best Picture Nominees are IN!

Best Picture Nominees for the BlogAt last! The Best Picture nominees for the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards have been announced! Visit the website to watch the trailers for all five films. Download the complete list of nominees in all categories.

Order your tickets online at Eventbrite. Remember, just 35 days left until the awards ceremony. Get your tickets NOW as no tickets will be sold at the door.

And don’t forget to look for the write-up Tinsel & Tine Editor-in-Chief Le Anne Lindsay’s interview with awards founder Floyd Marshall later this week.

38 Days to the Philly Indy Film Awards!

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Phila. Independent Film Awards founder Floyd Marshall (photo, left) with film blog  Tinsel & Tine editor-in-chief Le Anne Lindsay – Photo: Terri L. Heard

The countdown to the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards has begun! To get the word out, awards founder and Gazelle Films LLC producer-screenwriter Floyd Marshall checked in with Tinsel & Tine blog Editor-in-Chief Le Anne Lindsay at the International Café in International House, 3701 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Awards for Best Picture, Director, Lead and Supporting Actors will be presented May 22, 6 pm at International House. BET “Comic View” comedian TuRae Gordon (“Soul Comedy” standup show at Warmdaddy’s weekly) and actress Alice Wills (“Luv Don’t Live Here Anymore”) host. UK celebrity journalist and activist Jenni Steele (“Keeping It Real With Steele” and “Steele Got It” on Juice radio) will co-host from the red carpet. Get your tickets online today through Eventbrite! And check in with Tinsel & Tine later next week to read Le Anne’s write-up of her interview with Floyd.

Two Cool Cats & A Kitten!

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Actor-comedian Jordan Peele (left) and rapper Method Man (right) pose with writer Terri L. Heard during a promo stop for the comedy-action film “Keanu.” Heard interviewed them at Le Cat Café in Philadelphia (4/11/16).

Actor-comedian Jordan Peele and rapper Method Man stopped by Le Cat Café in Brewerytown (2713 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19130) to do press and promo for the upcoming film, “Keanu,” which opens April 29. Look for my write-up on Tinsel & Tine around April 25.

“Keanu” is the action-packed adventure of two average Joes braving LA gangs to rescue a stolen kitten, Keanu. It’s a hilarious take off of the Keanu Reeves action thriller “John Wick” in which Reeves played it straight as a man seeking vengeance for the death of his puppy.

Le Cat Café is a recently opened cat adoption service. Patrons can come in and get to know multiple felines before deciding which one to adopt. Activities include cats and mats yoga and cat Pilates. They are open Tuesday – Thursday, 12 noon to 6 pm; Friday – Saturday, 12-7 pm; and Sunday 12-6 pm. Call 267-800-PURR (7877) for more information.

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Terri L. Heard is a former TV Guide writer and assignment editor who lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA. She is currently working on a feature-length screenplay, “Game Change,” which combines James Brown’s “The Big Payback” with the 2015 film “The Big Short.” Visit her online portfolio at www.tlheard.weebly.com.

Happiness is a finished film project

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Scribe Video student filmmaker David Walls flanked by Scribe Screenwriting Workshop instructor Sloan Seale (left) and former workshop classmate Terri L. Heard (right). Walls’ film “Home(less)” was one of six Scribe student films showcased at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Friday, March 25, 2016 in Center City Philadelphia. – Photo copyright owner Terri Heard

 

The good vibe level was high at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Center City this past Friday (March 25) where a packed house of family, fans and friends attended the Scribe Video student film showcase. The films are the finished works of students enrolled in Scribe’s 14-week Production Workshop taught by Aleks Martray. The lineup featured six short films on an array of topics, including allegations of corruption in correction facilities, childhood trauma transforming into a college graduate’s triumph, and magical romance in the midst of the ghetto.

Tops for me was “Home(less)” written by my former Scribe screenwriting workshop classmate David Walls. “Home(less)” (22 minutes) follows the journey of gay teen Ben, 17, who is coping with being ejected from yet another foster home even as he comes closer  to aging out of the system. It brings home the plight of too many lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered teens who wind up kicked out of their homes and on the street because of family rejection of their sexual orientation. The film is poignant without being preachy and offers moments of sweetness to soften the heartbreaking pain.

Other standouts included “Through It All,” (15 minutes) by Marva Sumlin which chronicles one young African-American man’s journey from overburdened childhood to college graduate and “It Starts With Me,” (14 minutes) by Nicole Kenney, which examines how one generation of African-American women shows a member of the younger generation how to cherish her heart and soul amidst the pressures of modern life. For more information about the 14-Week Production Workshop, visit Scribe Video or view video coverage of the post-showcase Q&A.

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Above, filmmakers (from the left) Nicole Kenney (“It Starts With Me,” 14 minutes); Philip Asbury (“En Clave,” 4 minutes); Sheila Quintana (“Un Reclamo Alegre,” 11 minutes); Marva Sumlin (“Through It All,” 15 minutes); David Walls (“Home(less),” 22 minutes); and Rob Bell (“UN-JUST,” 14 minutes) discuss their inspiration behind their films. Production workshop instructor Aleks Martray (black shirt) is on the far right. – Photo copyright owner Terri L. Heard

 

Terri L. Heard is a former TV Guide writer and assignment editor who lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA. She is currently working on a feature-length screenplay, “Game Change,” which combines James Brown’s “The Big Payback” with the 2015 film “The Big Short.” Visit her online portfolio at www.tlheard.weebly.com.