Thursday, September 3, 2015

Remembering Beloved Disney Actor Dean Jones

Actor Dean Jones
known for his strong faith and friendly smile 
passed away on September 1, 2015.
He had Parkinson's Disease.

Anytime I would see Dean Jones in any other movie or show, he always brought joy to my heart, and took me back to my remembrances of his Disney days. I'm sure many of you feel the same, as you've watched these movies, over the years, with your families.

Those classic roles he portrayed will forever be cherished in the classic Disney vault of films. From 1965-1977, he held the leading role in numerous Disney movies, including The Love Bug (Which I recall seeing for the first time on video in the 3rd grade! I loved it!), That Darn Cat, The Ugly Dachshund, The Million Dollar Duck, The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit, The Shaggy D.A., Snowball Express, and so on!!!

Dean Jones with Michelle Lee

Dean Jones with Hayley Mills

Dean Jones with Don Knotts

Jones also co-starred in 1997 remake versions of both That Darn Cat and The Love Bug.

Here's a clip from the Turner Classics Documentary "The Age of Believing" featuring the story of Herbie "The Love Bug":

Dean Jones was married to Mae Inez Entwisle in 1954. They had two children together and divorced in 1971. Around 1973, before his father's death, Dean Jones became a devout born-again Christian. Following that he took roles in several Christian films. Dean was presently married to Lory Patrick Jones. They were wed in 1973 and had one son.

"In 1998 (via wikipedia) Jones founded the Christian Rescue Committee (CRC), an organization that helps provide a "way of escape to Jews, Christians, and others persecuted for their faith."

Jones last film was Mandie and the Secret Tunnel, in 2008. In classic Dean Jones "Disney" style, it is a decent family friendly film, which gives an exciting lesson on history and life, with a mix of mystery, faith, and drama.

In 2001, Jones starred as Scrooge in a classic adaption of Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" TV mini-film, titled Scrooge & Marley.

You can watch it here:

Jones also narrated and starred in a stage production, tiled The Gospel According to Scrooge, that can be seen on the iTBN web-site.

Beyond the stage and screen, Dean Jones does a spectacular performance in the audio drama narration of the first book in the delightful Jan Karon Mitford book series, At Home in Mitford. Jones gives voice to the lead character, Father Timothy. After listening to the first story, my family fell in love with the entire Mitford series.

You can read more about Jones personal story of faith... via Christianity Today, in which is shared... "Though he'd grown up in a religious home and even briefly attended Asbury, a Christian college in Kentucky, Jones had rejected the faith of his family. After his near-death (car) accident, he was ready to stop running from God. After his conversion, Jones felt a peace he'd never known before, and he felt whole for the first time. He righted his blighted relationships, remarried, and began seeking out projects on and off screen that he could do for the glory of God."

Our heartfelt prayers and sympathy
go out to his dear family and friends.
We will forever be blessed
and hold dear in our hearts all of these wonderful
Dean Jones family films.


Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas to be announced on Hallmark's Home & Family!


On September 16th, the Hallmark Channel morning lifestyle show Home & Family will announce the Christmas movies coming to the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel. So, this means HMM will get a whole day all to itself, Wednesday, on Home & Family!

There's a new commercial promoting this event, with the Home & Family hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare:

(Mark and Cristina are both standing in front of a white fireplace mantel holding Irish coffee cups of eggnog, with a cinnamon stick.)

Cristina: Get ready for a Home & Family Exclusive Announcement!

Mark: Tune in Wednesday, September 16th, to find out this seasons lineup of the Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!

Cristina: Save the Date!

Mark: Wednesday, September 16th at 10. Only on Hallmark Channel. The Heart of Christmas!

(movies clips of The Christmas Secret, The Wishing Tree, and Signed Sealed Delivered for Christmas are shown throughout the commercial.)

This should be exciting to see this special Christmas movie announcement for the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel, as well. I'm amazed they will be getting their own special day on Home & Family! For now, we will have to wonder who the guests will be!!!

See the "big reveal" of
 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries  
"Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas" lineup
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
on Home & Family at 10a/9c.

(Don't forget:
the Hallmark Channel's BIG Reveal
is the day before on Home & Family!)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

4 More Christmas TV Movies in the Works!

Christmas Movies I recently discovered...

Lifetime Christmas Movie: Becoming Santa (wt)
image via: Facebook
pictured: Jesse Hutch, Laura Bell Bundy, and Michael Gross

Becoming Santa (wt) - LIFETIME

Jesse Hutch
Laura Bell Bundy
Gabe Khouth
Tony Cavalero
Meredith Baxter
Michael Gross

(I noticed many of the actors also use the hashtag #fianceclause to label this movie!)

Christmas Truce
Pauline Egan
and Mackenzie Gray
img via: twitter

Christmas Truce - Unknown Network

This made-for-TV movie is a 1940's period film.

Pauline Egan
Mackenzie Gray
Kate Vernon
Billy Wickman
Elise Gatien
Ali Liebert

Christmas Confessions (wt)- HALLMARK CHANNEL

Jessica Harmon
Anna Van Hooft

The Christmas Angel (wt)- Unknown Network

filming September, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada

Cast: currently unknown

And, here's a little info on a Christmas movie we already knew about...

The Bridge - Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Author Karen Kingsbury has recently shared - the film based on her book, The Bridge, is currently filming!

via Karen Kingsbury's Facebook

If you've noticed (wt) written after some of the movies above... that means "working title". It is possible any of these films may be re-titled something different when they air on TV.

I hope you all enjoy reading about these new movies as much as I enjoy discovering them and sharing them with all of you!

POLL RESULTS: When do You watch Christmas Movies?

It’s a Wonderful Movie... your Guide to Family Movies
Recently, due to the request of an anonymous commenter, I added a poll to the site to see when the followers here most like to watch Christmas movies.

Due to the fact that this site is all about family & Christmas TV movies all year round, the results weren't surprising!

26% (119 votes) of you like to start watching on Oct 31st - when Hallmark starts playing them!

10% (37 votes) of you like to watch After eating Thanksgiving turkey!

4% (20 votes) choose to watch throughout December!

0% (2 votes) say they watch from Christmas Eve to New Years!

60% (Our Winner - 273 votes) shared you love to watch Christmas movies ALL throughout the Year!

I'm so sorry I forget to include Christmas in July with this poll! I know it is a favorite event for many -myself included! If I could include it now, I think it would belong with the first choice.

It is fun to know... many of you enjoy Christmas Movies All Year Round, as I do! If there is a Christmas movie on TV or one on DVD that I wish to see, I enjoy watching it no matter the calendar date or season.

However, there is one exception for me, It's a Wonderful Life. I feel it is something so dear and sacred, I must wait and watch it during the Christmas Season. Does anyone else feel this way about It's a Wonderful Life or any other movie?

Monday, August 31, 2015

Disney Channel Original Movie: "Further Adventures in Babysitting"

If you loved the popular 1980's teen flick "Adventures in Babysitting" starring Elisabeth Shue, as the babysitter, Keith Coogan, and George Newbern... then chances are you'll like this! Although nothing can replace the original, the Disney Channel has created a TV movie remake version titled "Further Adventures in Babysitting" starring two well known Disney sitcom stars Sabrina Carpenter ("Girl Meets World") and Sofia Carson ("Austin & Ally"). See details below!

"Adventures in Babysitting" (1987) Rated: PG-13 via: Buena Vista


Movie: Further Adventures in Babysitting

Network: Disney Channel

Original Air Date: 2016

"Further Adventures in Babysitting" with Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson
on set image via:

image via: Disney Channel


Sabrina Carpenter ... Jenny
Sofia Carson ... Luci
Kevin G. Quinn ... Zac Chase
Max Lloyd-Jones ... Officer James
Gillian Vigman ... Helen
Alissa Skovbye ... Claire
Nikki Hahn ... Emily Cooper
Jet Jurgensmeyer ... Bobby Anderson
Arielle Tuliao ... Staff Girl
Kevin O'Grady ... Barry Cooper
Lisa MacFadden ... Party Hostess
Ken Lawson ... The Scalper
Jasmine Chan ... Dominique Cassidy
Mallory James Mahoney ... Katy Cooper
Kathryn Kirkpatrick ... Trixie
Teana-Marie Smith ... Female Officer
Michael Roberds ... Head Chef
Madison Horcher ... AJ Anderson
Simon Chin ... Planetarium Guard
J.C. Williams ... Police Officer
Hugo Ateo ... Hal
Raf Rogers ... Pastry Chef
Morgan Tanner ... Dancer
Curtis Albright ... Art Student
Oliver M. Smith ... Tino
Max Gecowets ... Trey
Kwasi Thomas ... DJ Chill
Joshua Morettin ... Trent
Matthew Hoglie ... Pedestrian
John Specogna ... Gala Event Attendee


via Loosely based on the (original) flick, Further Adventures in Babysitting will center on two competitive babysitters, Jenny (Carpenter) and Luci (Carson), who find themselves searching New York City to find one of their charges.

via IMDB: Two teen rival babysitters Jenny and Luci, team up to hunt down one of their kids who accidentally run away into the big city without any supervision.

Movie Review:


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