200. Shameless, Emmy Rossum, Winter’s Tale, And Phantom Of The Opera!



You Really Should Visit Amazing Philadelphia Over The Holidays! Please!



Here Are Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Bets Of The Week!


1. Let’s Talk’s Best Holiday And December Warm Wishes!
Our December And Holiday Greeting!

Our non-religious column hoped Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Hanukkah fell in December this year like it did a few years ago. Our holiday wishes would, then, ring out to 4/7 of the religious universe. Nonetheless, Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s 200th WordPress issue wishes everyone a joyous, safe, and healthy December.

2. Let’s Talk’s Best…It’s A New Year Baby List!
The End Of The Year Lists Are Everywhere!
The Forbes Money List Is A Favorite And Informative Office Staple!


This one is a shocker parents and parents to be! For the second year in a row Emma was the number one name selection worldwide for a new baby girl. However, Liam (a variation of William), knocked John/Jonathan out of the top boy’s name spot.


Emma has Old French and Old German origins. Emma means universal. Liam is an English derivation and means faithful protector. We were skeptical of the worldwide Liam choice. Therefore, we sent 10 office interns out to scour Philadelphia for a Liam. The Liam Neeson movie poster brought back to the office by an intern was creative, but didn’t score any points.  All the girls and two of the guys tried to find Liam Hemsworth. That would have made everyone’s day. Liam’s were nowhere to be found in our big city. If you are a 2017 Liam, please, call our University of the Arts’ offices. We will enter you on our worldwide Liam Pin Mapping Project.



3. Let’s Talk’s Best Music Of The Week!
Sam Smith Is The Savior Of The Forlorn And Forgotten!

If you are only buying one album this holiday season or for a birthday, graduation, or anniversary present, Sam Smith should be your choice. His lyrics, stories, and videos are eye-popping, soul soothing, and earful delights.

Sam Smith has won every major music award, performed with all the top musical talents, and suffered from six (we read too many tabloids) recent boyfriend setbacks. He knows of what he sings. Stay With Me is on everyone’s Best Of Sam Smith Song’s list. We placed it fourth on our list after:


One Last Song For You
I Am Not The Only One
Too Good At Goodbyes (all four singles are awesome single recording choices)
You can listen to these four songs for free on Vevo, YouTube, and a number of free before you buy recording sites.

Your second and third album choices should include Mary J. Blige The London Sessions with a host of great duets with European music’s top stars. Roy Orbison’s A Love So Beautiful with the London Philharmonic should be a list topper, too. Orbison’s album is a great follow-up to the immensely successful Elvis Presley and the London Philharmonic in The Wonder of You recorded two years ago.




4. Let’s Talk’s Best Phantom Of The Opera Performance!
Emmy Rossum’s And Gerard Butler’s Phantom…Sing My Pretty!
The Phantom Thinks Emmy (Christine) Is A Keeper!

Philadelphia should be your first look-see before heading to New York City for the holidays, a vacation, or a shopping spree. You might want to add Phantom of the Opera at the NYC Majestice Theater to your must see list, also. Phantom has zoomed through its 10,000th performance (2012) and is about to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary as the longest running show on Broadway (1988).

Emmy Rossum played Christine in the 2004 movie version of Phantom of the Opera. The 19 year old opera trained star excelled with Gerard Butler, Patrick Wilson, and Minnie Driver in the production. The movie can be seen on all your On Demand channels. Rossum has three contemporary albums that deserve a listen, too.


Learn To Be Lonely…Minnie Driver
All I Ask Of You…Patrick Wilson
are winners in addition to Phantom’s bigger known numbers.

PS…Another first for Philadelphia theater is that Matthew Murphy is the first African American to play the lead in Phantom of the Opera. His show played at the Kimmel Theater in November. Look for the road version in your town.


5. Let’s Talk’s Best Disgusting Televison Program!
Let’s Talk’s Best Emmy Rossum TV Performance!

Shameless! Season Eight Is A Keeper! Season Nine Is Booked!

William Macy is Frank Gallagher a drunk, a drug addict, and the head of a dysfunctional family of seven (six siblings ages 1-15 forced to fend for themselves). He is about to begin his eighth year in this role on Showtime Sundays at 9. You have to ask your friends if they watch Shameless. They will all say, yes, and that they are mesmerized by the disgusting antics of everyone in the show. The family has participated in every major and minor crime listed on your local police station’s crime blotter from larceny to murder. Our favorites are: stealing from the about to be dead and stealing from the dead. You have to see Shameless from season one, episode one on Netflix and attend a Shameless party where everyone drinks a shot of whiskey and tells something that is Shameless in their life. It is amazing the things people will share.


Did we mention awesome sex yet…with every sexual orientation and every position? This series may not be for the squeamish!


Emmy Rossum plays Fiona Gallagher. At sixteen she had to drop out of high school to raise Frank’s family. She doesn’t sing in this one. Nevertheless, there isn’t a thing in the lexicon of bad behavior that she, her brothers, and her sisters haven’t participated in to survive without a mother or father. The show is based on a British television series that doesn’t hold a candle to every disturbing behavior and scheme Chicago has ever seen. No one is safe from this family’s criminal creativity. You root for this family and their friends as some members seem to be finding there way out of depravity, but then they just pull you back in. They’ll leave you at the altar while stealing drugs from your house.


See for yourself, but please don’t laugh at their antics. If you start from episode 1, you will love seeing the characters grow over the eight years of the program. There are also guest appearances galore. Yeah, Joan Cusack and Dermot Mulroney.


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6. Let’s Talk’s Best On Demand Movie Of The Week!
Winter’s Tale...Love Triumphs In Past And Present New York!

Winter’s Tale (1983) by Mark Helprin is a fantasy and mythic love story. It stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, and Will Smith. The movie is a Warner Brother’s release. The movie will make you believe:
1. that hope cannot be destroyed by evil
2. that every good person is given one miracle to bring happiness, love, or life to another
3. that Colin Farrell can act
4. that Jessica Brown Findlay can follow her Downton’s Abbey’s Lady Sybil Crawley with another endearing performance
5. that two small girls in different time periods can steal the show

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Winter’s Tale is set in New York in 1914 and 2014. Colin Farrell (a boat cast away as a child like Moses) is a thief and mechanic. Farrell, while robbing a New York mansion, falls in love with a rich, dying piano player. This twenty-one year old is also a poet about life. While falling in love with Beverly Penn (Findlay), Farrell’s (Peter Lake) mission is to cure his love of consumption. Beverly’s little sister Willa believes love’s kiss will save her sister. So do we!

Peter Lake’s life story in the movie runs back and forth from modern day New York to the New York of the past. His adversaries are Will Smith, the devil, and Russell Crowe, the devil’s disciple. Crowe chases Farrell relentlessly in the past and in the present. If Farrell carries out his miracle, it will change the balance of good and evil. Crowe can’t let that happen! On Farrell’s side is a magnificent and mythical white horse. The horse did not receive any billing, nor did Will Smith. The horse should have received major billing.


7. Let’s Talk’s Best New Author Of The Week!
Barbara Freeman Is Writing Excellence!
From The World Of Young Girls To The World Of Caring Pets!
You Will Enjoy Barbara’s Work And The Book Share That Follows!


I am Barbara Freeman. My profession and passion is writing books as a Children’s Book Author. I create stories for children that educate, enhance their moral values, build their confidence, and raise their self-esteem. The books’ enchanting stories are great entertainment for children at all levels.

My first two published books were inspired by my love for my Pit Bull, “Sugar”. The two books are Sugar: A Princess Pit Bull Finds Her Family and Super Smart Sugar. The two books have earned five star reviews from Reader’s Favorite, a professional review company. The books are 1st place winners in the Purple Dragonfly 2015 Awards. They have been featured in AmeriKidz, Bully Girl, and Story Monsters Magazine. The books have been featured in a 20 minute segment on WOWT and in the 2016 Women of Distinction Magazine. The books are both being sold on Amazon.com, all Barnes and Noble stores, Laredo Publishing Company, University of Nebraska at Omaha Bookstore, Black Plains Museum in Omaha (Nebraska). The Pit Bull Princess in Amsterdam (New York), can be found on my website: www.barbarafreemanbooks.com


I have just completed and mailed the manuscripts for my newest book, Mirror, Mirror, to a list of publishers. It is categorized as multi-cultural, history, or self help. The book is about a young girl of color who has low self-esteem. The story utilizes a fresh and modern approach to capture the readers’ attention. Tina Thomas has an old-fashioned bedroom mirror which rocks, shakes, and shimmies! The mirror questions Tina, with a loud voice as it raps and rhymes, “Who is the prettiest girl that young Tina can recall?” Tina’s amazing adventure begins. This book is for all children and people who think a young girl should feel beautiful.



8. Margurite Nardon Gruen’s New Book Is A Close Let’s Talk Second Best!
The Band 4 Will Stretch Your Imagination And Love Quotient!
The Air We Breathe’s Connection Might Be One You Have Felt!

One of Marguerite’s recent book reviews starts as follows:

It takes blood, sweat, and tears to draft out a story, let alone create and publish a novel. There are countless wanna-be authors, but very few actually make it from concept to finished product. Marguerite Nardon Gruen is one of those authors.


Marguerite is a first-time author, whose idea for her novel came to her in in her sleep, quite literally. Her novel, “The Air We Breathe” began as a dream. With hard work and dedication, Marguerite has turned that dream into a reality. The book, a very compelling, readable debut novel, tells the story of two people from completely different worlds who are brought together by something bigger than either one. Once they meet, their lives are changed forever.


Fans of “The Band 4: The Air We Breathe” will also be happy to know that there’s a third book due in the trilogy which will focus again on the original novel’s main couple. Gruen teased, “It’s going to be about them remembering stories from their past along with finding out just how hard it was for her with Chase being gone so much.”

Find out more about Marguerite Nardone Gruen, “The Band 4: The Air We Breathe” and the upcoming sequels visit her official website.

LINK: http://www.margueritegruen.com


At 23 Chase Martin was part of the biggest Band on the planet. On the eve of making the biggest decision of his life, filled with distress and anxiety, he couldn’t even look his 3 band mates in the eye because of what he was thinking of doing. They were one quarter of each other, not one quarter of the Band. They knew it was coming and were praying for a miracle to come save their brother.

After living under the influence of her strict parents for 27 years of her life – Marguerite was just discovering what she wanted to do with the life she felt she was held hostage to.

Until, one night in London, in a coffee shop she felt someone in distress!

She sees Chase, telling him she can feel his anxiety 6 tables away. Soon he realizes he can feel her emotions too. They don’t understand how that can happen and it scares them. They are somehow connected.

Neither can breathe when they think of parting ways.

This is a story of a celebrity couple trying to live normally. It is filled with family, kindness, respect, and heart breaking tragedy. But in the end, love conquers all!


9. The 23rd Anniversary Of Let’s Talk Philadelphia Dances Ahead!
The 24th Anniversary is just a month away!

How we started? 

Part of Joan River’s comedy routine 23 years ago was asking the Johnny Carson audience, “Can we talk”. We thought Can We Talk Philadelphia would be a great name for an entertainment and business column. Never mind! Research showed us Can We Talk T-shirts are sold at Joan River’s comedy venues. Disappointed, we went with a close second of Let’s Talk Philadelphia.


This year (2017) is the 23rd Anniversary of Let’s Talk Philadelphia. What once was a newsletter shared in University Of The Arts’ lectures and classes, professional development presentations up and down the east coast, and in book publications for Good Apple Publishing is now a Word Press column that is read across five continents, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia. Let’s Talk Philadelphia is distributed through multiple re-listing sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. 500+ readers subscribe to the column. 7,500 LinkedIn members enjoy the weekly two minute puzzle challenge as much as the articles. The good sisters of St. Rosalie’s think Let’s Talk Philadelphia plays well in Brooklyn, also.


Join the yearlong celebration of outstanding writing, art, photography, businesses, and creative discussion by contributing a story, book, movie, art piece, award notice, photography, game, business, multimedia, travel, or theater write-up that world-wide readers will enjoy. Your ideas should be sent to: Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send six photos with your two-paragraph description of your work. Remember to include the links where you can be found. Thank you!



About tjpalumbo

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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