Wednesday, May 25, 2016

'Savannah Sunrise' an INSP Original Film


Movie: Savannah Sunrise

Network: INSP

Original Air Date: June 26, 2016

Details below via the official web-site -


Pamela Reed ... Loraine Miles
Shawnee Smith ... Joy
Shawn Christian ... Phil Miles
Dave Blamy ... Frank Dawson
Jason Burkey ... The Bear
Gary Wheeler ... Pastor Frank
Clare Carey ... Angie
Madelyn Cline ... Willow Miles
Sheila Cochran ... Herself (credit only)
Arthur Dennies Jr. ... Airport Traveler
Bethany DeZelle ... Officer Steinberg
Marion Guyot ... Milly Staples
Emmanuel Hudson ... Taxi Driver
Vitaly Andrew LeBeau ... Ryan Miles
Krista Mack ... Pedestrian
Gary Ray Moore ... Officer Wagner
Anthony Reynolds ... Officer Hernandez
Danny Vinson ... Little Doug


via Straight-laced Joy Miles thinks she’s taking a simple road trip to move her free-spirited mother-in-law, Loraine, from Louisville to Savannah. Complete opposites, the two women manage to tolerate each other—barely. Joy is consumed with work, an impending deadline and a high-stakes project. Reluctantly, Loraine, now widowed, is taking the next step in life, moving to a retirement community, no longer a preacher’s wife, but a woman on her own. Her insights about life and family tend to get under Joy’s skin, especially since Loraine’s words make Joy take a hard look at her own whirlwind life, her priorities, and what is really important to her.

SSUN-Still073_Buick 4As the weekend unfolds, with its many adventures, hilarious encounters and heart-to-heart revelations, the women come to see each other through new, appreciative eyes. Mile after mile Joy’s true affections for Loraine start to surface. She takes a front-seat-view of how this strong-willed woman is managing the emotional transition of learning to live life after losing her spouse. And despite their many differences, with light-hearted escapades at every turn, they discover how much they respect, and even need, each other.

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Upcoming Made-for-TV Movies... with Daniel Lissing, Hilarie Burton, Victor Webster, Jewel Statite, Travis Milne and More!!!

'The Summer Villa' - starring Victor Webster, Hilarie Burton and Cristina Rosato

on-set image via: Victor Webster Instagram

Unofficially, from various social media sources - this one is said to be an upcoming Hallmark Movie!

If that rings true, then we just might see this one during Hallmark's all new theme, "Summer Nights"!

'December Bride' starring Daniel Lissing, Jessica Lowndes and April Telek

on-set image via: Daniel Lissing Instagram

on-set image via: April Telek's Instagram

Unofficially, from various social media sources - this one is also said to be an upcoming Hallmark Movie!

And, from piecing together details of what we know, this one is a Christmas Movie... therefore, more "Countdown to Christmas" filming is underway!

Daniel Lissing, as anyone who watches the Hallmark Channel knows, portrays Jack on the popular on-going television drama series 'When Calls the Heart'. Jessica Lowndes starred in the Hallmark Christmas movie 'Merry Matrimony' and April Telek has starred in two (of my personal favorites!) Hallmark Holiday/Christmas movies: 'Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade' and 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered: For Christmas'!

'Same Time Next Week' starring Jewel Staite and Travis Milne
on-set image via: Travis Milne's Instagram

It is currently unknown where this movie will be seen. Many will remember Jewel Staite from Hallmark's 'Call Me Mrs. Miracle' and 'The Christmas Ornament' and Travis recently starring in Lifetime's 'A Gift Wrapped Christmas'.

More Details to come as they are released!!!

*Please Note: Credit for helping discover these movies goes out to these awesome movie detectives: Sherry and Abby F.!

Hallmark makes deal with Singer Mariah Carey for More Movies in 2017!


*Excerpt from Hallmark Press Release:

Following the Success of her December 2015 Original Hallmark Channel Movie “A Christmas Melody,” Carey is Set to Executive Produce And Co-Star In Three Original Movies Over the Next Two Years

First Movie Will Debut As Part of the Network’s 2017

‘Countdown to Valentine’s’ Programming Event

STUDIO CITY, CA – May 23, 2016 – Hallmark Channel continues its successful creative partnership with the multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Mariah Carey for a three-picture executive producing deal with the superstar. Carey is set to develop, executive produce, direct and co-star in the movies, with the first slated to debut as part of Hallmark Channel’s 2017 ‘Countdown to Valentine’s Day’ programming event. She will also compose and produce an original song for each project.

“We are honored to continue our collaboration with the multi-talented Mariah Carey,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President of Programming, Crown Media Family Networks. “It’s rare to work with a talent who can produce, direct, star and also compose original music for a project, and we know she will deliver for our viewers once again.”

Carey starred and made her directorial debut in Hallmark Channel’s original movie “A Christmas Melody” in December 2015, which culminated the network’s flagship ‘Countdown to Christmas’ programming event and delivered a 3.3 HH rating and 3.9 million P2+.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

'A Perfect Christmas' a Hallmark Channel 'Christmas Keepsake' Premiere during *Christmas in July*!


Movie: A Perfect Christmas

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: July 16, 2016


Susie Abromeit ... Cynthia
Dillon Casey ... Steve
Erin Gray ... Patricia


Steve and Cynthia are a newlywed couple celebrating their first Christmas together. They invite their families to join them for the holidays, but when Steve is laid off just before Christmas and Cynthia discovers she’s pregnant, they both keep their news secret in hopes that the celebration runs smoothly.

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Image Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Brooke Palmer

Monday, May 23, 2016

Disney Channel to Air ALL 100 Original Movies!!!

"Let's watch a Disney Channel movie"! That's the little jingle that proceeds the Disney Channel Original Movies. Over the years, the song has changed some, but the movies have continued to entertain families all over the world!

image via: Disney Channel

According to Disney's press release: "The 100th Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) premieres this summer, a milestone in the franchise that has entertained kids and families for over 18 years, set all-time cable TV ratings records, helped define a generation and launched some of today's biggest stars."

This Summer is the biggest celebration of all at the House of Mouse, as the Disney Channel Celebrates the Premiere of it's 100th Disney Channel Original Movie: the remake of Adventures in Babysitting on June 24, 2016!

However, prior to that premiere... the Disney Channel will have a very special 4 Day Memorial Day Weekend Marathon with 51 of the most popular Disney Channel movies, beginning on Friday May 27!

The "100th DCOM Celebration" schedule is as follows:

FRIDAY, May 27:
10:00 a.m. - "Disney's Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama"
11:20 a.m. - "Read It and Weep"
12:55 p.m. - "Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior"
2:40 p.m. - "Jump In!"
4:15 p.m. - "Lemonade Mouth"
6:15 p.m. - "Zapped"
8:00 p.m. - "High School Musical 2"
9:55 p.m. - "The Cheetah Girls 2"
11:45 p.m. - "Zenon the Zequel"
1:25 a.m. - "Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge"
2:55 a.m. - "Twitches Too"
4:25 a.m. - "Alley Cats Strike!"

6:25 a.m. - "You Wish!"
8:05 a.m. - "The Proud Family Movie"
9:50 a.m. - "Quints"
11:25 a.m. - "Horse Sense"
1:10 p.m. - "Cow Belles"
2:50 p.m. - "Twitches"
4:30 p.m. - "The Even Stevens Movie"
6:15 p.m. - "Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie"
8:00 p.m. - "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam"
9:50 p.m. - "Princess Protection Program"
11:30 p.m. - "The Cheetah Girls: One World"
1:05 a.m. - "Zenon: Z3"
2:40 a.m. - "Halloweentown High"
4:20 a.m. - "The Thirteenth Year"

6:00 a.m. - "Right On Track"
7:45 a.m. - "Full-Court Miracle"
9:35 a.m. - "Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off"
11:20 a.m. - "Brink!"
1:10 p.m. - "Double Teamed"
2:55 p.m. - "Rip Girls"
4:35 p.m. - "Motocrossed"
6:20 p.m. - "Cloud 9"
8:00 p.m. - "Teen Beach 2"
9:55 p.m. - "Bad Hair Day"
11:40 p.m. - "How to Build a Better Boy"
1:20 a.m. - "Pixel Perfect"
2:55 a.m. - "The Other Me"
4:30 a.m. - "Genius"

10:00 a.m. - "Stuck in the Suburbs"
11:30 a.m. - "Halloweentown"
1:05 p.m. - "Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
2:55 p.m. - "Smart House"
4:25 p.m. - "High School Musical"
6:15 p.m. - "Camp Rock"
8:00 p.m. - "Descendants"
10:05 p.m. - "Teen Beach Movie"
11:55 p.m. - "Cadet Kelly"
1:50 a.m. - "The Cheetah Girls"
3:35 a.m. - "Johnny Tsunami"

Then from TUESDAY, MAY 31 THROUGH JUNE... be sure to watch each day as additional DCOMs will be presented at various times!

(schedule and details via Disney Press Release)

Throughout Summer 2016, "the DCOM movies will be seen on the Disney Channel, the Disney Channel app and VOD" and "All 100 DCOMs will be available for sale throughout the summer on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and Google Play".

Ready or Not... "We're All in this Together"... (Yes, that is one of the hit songs from the original 'High School Musical', and while that is probably still the most well known DCOM of all...

I thought I would share my overall Top 5 DCOM picks:

1. Horse Sense - Forever this will be my Disney Channel favorite, starring Joey Lawrence and his brother Andrew Lawrence. It's all about saving the family horse ranch and teaching a self-centered city slicker a little thing or two about country life. This has been a family favorite for many years. A wonderful bonus to this movie, is that Joey and Andrews's brother Matthew has a fun cameo appearance.

2. Den Brother - So sweet! I simply cannot resist the true love and devotion of a big brother who takes on his little sisters scout troop. It is truly precious!

3. Cow Belles - This one stars those beautiful singing sisters, Aly & AJ Michalka! In the beginning, they are spoiled rich girls, but when times get really tough, they band together, work hard, and see the mission through. As life lessons are learned, they have a greater appreciation for their father, his work, the value of money, and true friendship.

4. Bad Hair Day - Suuuuure... This duo of adventure and mystery is odd and zany, but it works perfectly! And, of course, there not only is a bad hair day, but a jewel thief, a drivers test, and a cheating boyfriend - all just before prom! I think I laughed nearly the entire movie! So very funny!

5. Wish Upon a Star - This is another fun version of 'Vice Versa' or 'Freak Friday' where two sisters, one a beautiful popular girl at school (portrayed by Katherine Heigl) and the other, a smart, introverted tomboy (played by Danielle Harris) wish upon a star and switch bodies. They both learn along the way... "the grass in not always greener".

Well, that's 5! But, oh my - it's so hard to pick only 5, out of almost 100! Therefore, in addition to those, I'll briefly add these few more Disney Channel Original Movies that touched my heart or made me laugh, over the years, too... Jumping Ship (with all the Lawrence brothers- Joey, Matthew, and Andrew), Alley Cats Strike (a really cute bowling movie with actress Kaley Cuoco about true friendship), Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off (about a boy who likes to play baseball and cook), Get a Clue (I always enjoy a fun mystery- this one stars Lindsay Lohan) , Cadet Kelly (starring Haylie Duff and Christy Carlson Romano is about learning military discipline and family loyalty), Brink (starring Erik Von Detten is not only about in-line skating, but staying true to your friends and yourself), Go Figure (this is a sweet figure skating movie, but in order to get her scholarship this young petite girl has to join the hockey team!), and of course I had to include a Christmas movie with the DCOM original comedy ‘Twas the Night, which is a comical adventure of helping Santa finish his gift-giving trip on Christmas Eve!

I'm sure you all have ones you love, too! Hope you can catch all your Disney Channel favorites this summer!

By the way, Wikipedia has a full list, here, of all 100! Disney is reporting the list of 100 begins with Under Wraps in 1997! (guess they aren't counting the movie 'Northern Lights')

Please share in the comments below - which DCOM movies you have enjoyed over the years...

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