193. Debra Winger, Summer Books, Dolce, Arterton, And Cruise!




The Best Of Let’s Talk Philadelphia!


A. A Happy Canada Day Shout Out To Our Canadian Readers!
Here is Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s sneak preview for the week!


A1. The Newest Movie…Baby Driver Turns Into Your Theaters This Week!
Youngsters Ansel Elgort And Lily James Star With Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Berthal, And Kevin Spacey!
Some Of The Twists And Turns Are Familiar, Some Are Not!


The Transporter television series with Chris Vance (two seasons) and the Transporter movie series (four movies) starring Jason Statham feature two older men driving fast cars through scenic European locales while transporting all types of dangerous and beautiful people and objects. Winning all facets of the martial arts’ fight scenes sprinkled through their adventures, is another plus for these two older drivers.


It is not a big reach to see that this formula would attract American movie makers and American audiences. Baby Driver’s studio (Tristar Pictures/Sony) picked a star studded caste, a US locale (Atlanta), a younger driver, a pretty damsel, and well planned multiple heists by despicable characters to draw a sold out Tuesday night premiere.
Rotten Tomatoes, a critic site that hates everything gave, Baby Driver a 98% and best action flick kudos so far for the summer. That truly is scary!


Kevin Spacey is a master planner of every type of robbery. He never uses the same crew twice. Ansel Elgort, Baby and Spacey’s designated driver, is the only thing that stays the same. Ansel is Spacey’s good luck charm in an unmatched series of successful heists. Steve McQueen would be proud of Elgort’s choice of music and his driving skills. Baby is paying off a debt to Spacey. He thinks he has completed that task and is ready to leave town with his hearing impaired stepfather and waitress girlfriend Lily JamesNot so fast!…as you would expect movie goers!


Critics will say Lily James (Debora) is no Cinderella in Baby Driver! Hope they didn’t expect her to be in a getaway car in a puffy blue gown and glass slippers. Baby meets Debora in the diner where his mother worked before being killed in a car crash with her abusive husband. Mom transferred her love of music to Baby. Everywhere Baby goes in the movie from his heists to the diner to the heist planning warehouse, his ear buds are in with a diverse selection of songs being played and recorded. Music is one of the movie’s themes. Driving fast and being most elusive is another theme.


Baby Diver, The Mummy, and Baywatch are three old time themed movies that won’t win Academy Awards, but they will win you an exciting evening of moving watching. Give them a view and let us know what you think?


1. The Best Children’s Books For The Summer and All Occasions!

The two links below contain a Let’s Talk Philadelphia video book talk and a Let’s Talk Philadelphia best website’s discussion video.

Best Video Book Talk Of The Week!


Paste these two these to links into your computer’s address bar and they will immediately open. They contain videos of books and websites at every level that you will enjoy exploring. Please share these sites with your children, your friends, parents, and teachers you know.


Best Video Web Site Talk Of The Week!



2. The Best On Demand Sitcom Of The Week…The Ranch!
Debra Winger And Elisha Cuthbert Know How To Handle Cowboys!
Sam Elliott And Ashton Kutcher Don’t Stand A Chance!


Netflix’s The Ranch is about to begin its third season. This means that all the On Demand television services are featuring its first two years for free. The series was just featured on Parade Magazine’s cover for their salute to Father’s Day Sunday issue.


Ashton Kutcher is an aging football player that returns home to save the family ranch run by Ashton’s father Sam Elliott and Ashton’s brother, Danny Masterson. Ashton and his father major at bumping heads about everything. His brother is the guide on the side with comic retorts that the canned laughter audience relishes. Debra Winger, bar owner and estranged sleepover wife of Elliot’s, gets the most laughs, though, as the audience laughter program seems to be turned up every time she makes fun of her family for their questionable work practices and constant squabbles.


Elisha Cuthbert is Kutcher’s love interest as a large part of the program takes place in the local bar. This relationship should steal the show. It doesn’t. Debra Winger’s does. For twenty years Winger was the Duchess of Delight in works like Urban Cowboy, An Officer and A Gentleman, and Black Widow. She is older now, but still a great screen presence. The Ranch is the only cowboy sitcom ever appearing on television. Live calf deliveries may not be for everyone. This program has something for everyone, though.


3. The Best In Fashion Sense And Scents!
Dolce Gabbana Should Be In Your House!
Light Blue Is A Refreshing Fireworks Ensemble!

Dolce and Gabbana’s biggest advertising campaign of the last five years has the fragrance Light Blue appearing on every website search and in every men’s and women’s magazine. Magazine fragrance test strips that you open, rate, and hopefully enjoy are a big thing in promoting new products.

If your office or car is funky smelling from the weird fragrances that permeate the air and stick to seat covers, Light Blue may solve a serious problem. LB is light, refreshing, and not over-powering. Light Blue comes in packages for men and women. Our office put it to the test and the office suddenly seems to be refreshing when you enter it in the morning. Twelve offbeat smells are no longer competing for air dominance.


Stay tuned to this column for future fashion, beauty, essential oils, make-up, and product updates. We have a new mission. We can improve your everything!

Gemma Arterton, Vanessa Redgrave, and Terrance Stamp

Next to Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander, Gemma Arterton has been in more movies in the last three years than any actress in Hollywood. Her filmography on her Pinterest site really captures her wide variety of roles (www.pinterest.com/explore/gemma-arterton-movies). Gemma is a staple for On Demand, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime viewing. Our favorite is one of her earlier works: Unfinished Song: A Song For Marion.


At the end of the movie Song For Marion, Gemma Arterton says that songs shouldn’t be judged by the great voices that have sung them. They should be judged by the journey the music has taken. She, of course, is talking about the journeys everyone in this movie have taken___An underappreciated son reconnecting with his father, a husband understanding his wife after fifty years, a young child understanding the relationship between her dad and his dad, a curmudgeon embracing music, and a choir of old folk hip-hopping to a beat of a different drummer. Please go out of your way to find where this gem of a movie is on your television as we continue:

Gemma Arterton is the 27 year-old choir director in the English movie Unfinished Song: A Song For Marion. She is paid to teach music to unappreciative youth groups during the day. Her early evenings are taken up with a free gig directing a choir of twenty or more 60+ year-olds. She calls this evening choir group the OAP’s, The Old Age Pensioners.


Vanessa Redgrave is dying of cancer. She is a much-loved member of her small English community. Her four loves are her curmudgeonly husband Terence Stamp, her son, her granddaughter, and music. She lives for her choir evenings with Gemma and friends. Her husband thinks it is a drain of energy on her ever-shortening life. Terrance Stamp levels proud words at the choir in anger. Repairing this disconnect, with help from his wife, will take some doing.


You don’t know if music is going to change the savage soul of Terence Stamp, but Arterton has changed the way everyone in the choir and community have embraced life. She stresses that being laughed at is great as you try new things. Her music for old timers embraces hip-hop, sex, and new views. It was a treat to watch this mental, emotional, and physical reformation of everyone. You will need a handkerchief as you enjoy and experience this change through tears and laughter in everyone in the story.

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Rediscover Gemma Arterton for the first time in movies like Their Finest, The History Of Love, Quantum of Solace, Gemma Bovery, Runner Runner, Prince of Persia, Hansel and Gretel, Voices, and Clash of the Titans. You will like the broad range of her work and how her hair color changes with each new personality she brings to life on the big screen.


5. The Best Of Portia Mortensen’s Art!
Abstract Art, Horse-Womanship, And The Farm!
Portia’s Art Is Perfect For Your Home Or Office!
Her Horses, However, Are Not For Sale!


We missed your showing, but we hope we haven’t missed highlighting your extremely creative work and wonderful ideas about the world of an artist!


Portia shared this with us in the two paragraphs we ask all contributors to compose for our column:


I would describe my paintings as notations of balance. These paintings are inspired by  three major influences : the canopy of color suspended through the change of season in my adopted home of Pennsylvania; my relationship to the horses I train and learn from everyday; and the concept of visual pattern that is found in written language. These influences converge to determine the feel, movement and content of each piece.


Moving from Zimbabwe (Africa) to the East Coast has opened me up to the generosity of color offered by the seasons. This ever changing suspension of color and weather influences my painting at its core level.


My other passion in life, dressage, is about balance, cadence, tempo, and Rhythm. All these elements are central themes of my work. In riding, and painting, the artist has to work through a set tonal structure and trust her instincts to find her way of out a maze of infinite possibilities. A painting is a living thing, and, like a horse, must be listened to. I often consider a painting finished when I can hear it.


The visual pattern found in written language is a concept I am intrigued with. Be it calligraphy, sheet music, a page of Braille, or something as simple as a shopping list. In an abstract sense there is an ebb and flow of characters on the page, a balance and rhythm between positive and negative shapes. In a parallel yet more literal sense, reading between the lines there is often more importance in what is left unsaid. And so I ask the viewer, to really look, what is the subject matter, the rocks, circles, squares or the foreground? The illusion of space or dimensionality? The putting on, or the taking off of paint? That which is erased, or that which is evident.



6. What Creative Ideas Are Percolating In The Back Reaches Of Your Mind?
Inquiring Readers Want To Know!
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Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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