Friday, June 24, 2016

4 NEW Original Movies Premiere this Weekend: Adventures in Babysitting, The Wedding March, Savannah Sunrise, and Flower Shop Mystery: Dearly Depotted!

Friday June 24, 2016:

The 100th DCOM - Disney Channel Original Movie premieres Friday night with a remake of the classic...

Storyline: Loosely based on the (original) flick, the new Adventures in Babysitting will center on two competitive babysitters, Jenny (Sabrina Carpenter) and Luci (Sofia Carson), who find themselves searching New York City to find one of their charges. Click here to read more...

Premieres Friday June 24, 2016
at 8pm/7c. on the Disney Channel!

Saturday June 25, 2016:

Discover love the second time around in...

Storyline: When former college sweethearts Olivia Parsons and Mick Turner are unexpectedly reunited the weekend of Olivia's wedding, the former couple initially locks horns but as the events of the weekend unfold, Olivia and Mick find old feelings rising to the surface. Will the bride-to-be walk down the aisle as planned or... Click here to read more...

Premieres Saturday June 25, 2016 at 9pm/8c.
on the Hallmark Channel!

Sunday June 26, 2016:

A New Day is Dawning in this New Adventure...

Storyline: 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... Click here to read more...

Premieres Sunday June 26, 2016 at 8pm/7c.
on INSP!

Also, on Sunday night an all new Mystery is Blooming with...

Storyline: Abby Knight, ex-lawyer and crime buff, and the owner of Bloomers Flower Shop, is having a week to be reckoned with. A reluctant bridesmaid at her drama queen cousin’s wedding, Abby ends up... Click here to read more...

Premieres Sunday June 26, 2016 at 9pm/8c.
on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!

Have a Wonderful Weekend, Everyone!

If you relax at home and watch these movies... you can have an adventure, take a road trip, fall in love, and solve a mystery!

Stay cool this first Weekend of Summer and be sure to stop back by and let us all know how you liked these new movie premieres!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hallmark Channel Reveals 'When Calls The Heart' Christmas Movie in the Works!!!

Calling all Hearties!!! If the Hallmark Channel drama 'When Calls the Heart' has touched your HEART, then you will LOVE this news! Following the announcement that there will be a Season 4, Hallmark has officially announced they will have...
 a 'When Calls the Heart' CHRISTMAS MOVIE ... 
this upcoming Christmas Season!!!

While promoting his upcoming Hallmark June Wedding Movie 'The Wedding March', Jack Wagner (who portrays Bill Avery on 'When Calls the Heart') revealed the 'When Calls the Heart' CHRISTMAS MOVIE news on the Hallmark Channel web-site in this special video below...

(Please note: this video automatically plays on it's own & may take a few seconds or minute to load. However, you may have to turn your speaker up and restart it, if you miss some of it!)

This is certainly wonderful news for all fans of 'When Calls the Heart', and we certainly love - here at It's a Wonderful Movie, any news about Christmas!

Congrats to the entire Cast and Crew of 'When Calls the Heart'... we look forward to hearing and seeing what adventures come next in Hope Valley at Christmastime on the Hallmark Channel!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Get a Closer Look at INSP's New Film 'Savannah Sunrise'! ---- My Exclusive Interview with with Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP!

Last December, INSP Films premiered their first original family movie, ‘Christmas in the Smokies’. Today, as they embark on their second film, I am pleased to share with all of you my interview with Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP.

Doug Butts has excellent insight on their new premiere movie SAVANNAH SUNRISE, which will be premiering June 26th, 2016 on INSP! I am delighted to have this opportunity to share all the exciting details he shared + some future INSP movie news below!!!



SVP of Programming for INSP

Doug Butts


Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: First of all, Congratulations on your second new INSP Original Movie ‘Savannah Sunrise’ coming to TV! Please share with us a synopsis of the story.

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: Thank you very much. INSP Films is very proud of this film and excited to keep bringing stories of hope to be featured as a worldwide television exclusive on INSP and beyond. The goal is always to create stories that are emotive, entertaining and relevant for today’s families. SAVANNAH SUNRISE is a story about two very different women, and one painfully long weekend where Joy has to reluctantly drive her mother-in-law Loraine from Louisville, Kentucky to her new retirement home in Savannah, Georgia. Problems happen at every turn, but they both discover that they each may be the best friend they’ve ever had and they never knew they needed.

This film hits all of our brand filters of celebrating the American spirit, creating quality and positive entertainment with inspiring stories that honor timeless traditional values.

image: 'Savannah Sunrise'

Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: The first INSP Original Movie ‘Christmas in the Smokies’ starred actress Sarah Lancaster (of Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, ‘Tis the Season for Love, Along Came a Nanny, etc…). Please share with us who will star in this new movie ‘Savannah Sunrise’ and what previous projects we may know the actors/actresses from?

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: INSP Films is excited about the Savannah Sunrise cast. Shawnee Smith plays Joy and you may remember her from the TV show Becker and the film Grace, Unplugged; and Pamela Reed from Kindergarten Cop plays Lorraine. Clare Carey, from Coach, and Shawn Christian, from Days of our Lives, are also in the cast.

image: 'Savannah Sunrise'

image: 'Savannah Sunrise'

Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: Some of the story of ‘Savannah Sunrise’ takes place on a road trip. Where was this movie filmed? Were the actresses actually filmed while driving, or are the car scenes movie-magic?

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: You got it. Like most movies, there are common methods used to create the illusion for such parts. We actually did the whole drive from Louisville to Savannah with the car and stand-ins but not with the actual actresses. It just wasn’t necessary to have them actually do the drive. Segments shot for “stops along their route”, and the rest of the film, were shot in beautiful Augusta, Georgia. The people of Augusta were absolutely wonderful to work with.

image: 'Savannah Sunrise'

Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: Were you on-set during filming? If so, could you share any interesting or comical filming moments?

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: I was on set for some of the shooting and since this film has lots of comedic moments there were a lot of great stories. One of the best moments happened the day we shot with live baby gators! There were three baby gators used to portray the one gator in the movie. In one scene one of the little gators went after our cinematographer. It was a lot of fun working with these little guys and their owner/trainers.

One interesting item to mention was how into this story our lead cast members got into it. They both helped rewrite scenes and the scene in the church was so moving on set that you could have heard a pin drop.

image: 'Savannah Sunrise'

Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: Can you give us any potential hints on future INSP original movies or projects? I see the production company, Imagicomm Films, that created ‘Christmas in the Smokies’ and ‘Savannah Sunrise’, have a third film in post-production, titled ‘Heritage Falls’. Is this something we will see soon on INSP?

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: Absolutely. We look forward to premiering “Heritage Falls” on INSP later this year; and we have several more films in development.

on the set image of 'Heritage Falls' via Instagram

Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: Also, here at “It’s a Wonderful Movie”, my readers enjoy Family Movies and they absolutely LOVE Christmas movies! Could we possibly expect to see another new Christmas movie this year or in the future, on INSP?

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: We LOVE Christmas movies too! Christmas is the one time a year when families enjoy each other. It’s such a special time. Things went so well with “Christmas in the Smokies” that we are planning more similar themes in the future.

INSP film 'Christmas in the Smokies'

Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: I find INSP television programs are always full of inspirational stories with a message. Could you please share with us the inspiration behind the movie ‘Savannah Sunrise’? Is there an element of faith in finding the road to friendship?

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: A primary goal for us is to tell stories that focus on the common and not so common human dynamics, situational challenges and celebrations that all families experience. These are stories that everyone will relate to. But we want to make certain that these stories are redemptive, heartwarming and real. We want to bring hope and resolve. So our desire from the beginning was that this film would relate to anyone that has ever had to deal with the universal transitions of life. Loraine has lost her spouse and must move into a senior living center or live with her son’s family. Joy’s character models a modern mom and professional career woman with all the demands of business and family. How will she deal with these changes?

The story and characters suggest that their faith is an important part of their lifestyle, and is one way that they will deal with these sharp life transitions.

image: 'Savannah Sunrise'

Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: What do you hope viewers will take away from watching the new INSP Movie ‘Savannah Sunrise’?

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: Although this movie deals with serious, and sometimes, painful issues; we wanted to take a light-hearted approach to communicate our message. As always, we hope that it will be a fun time for the whole family and that viewers will want to hug their kids and give their kids, mom & dad and/or maybe their mother-n-law a call and a second chance! We need our families to help us get through the tough times.

image: 'Savannah Sunrise'

Net, It's A Wonderful Movie: How can viewers learn even more about ‘Savannah Sunrise’?

Doug Butts, SVP of Programming for INSP: They can go to the website for everything related to the film.

(More Sources:)

Facebook: @SavannahSunriseMovie

Twitter: @SavSunriseMovie

Thank you so much, Doug Butts, for doing this interview with It's a Wonderful Movie! It sounds like it was truly a great adventure creating 'Savannah Sunrise' and I know many followers here will be most excited to watch another new movie on INSP!

It's wonderful and nice to see cast members I personally recognize from previous projects, including Shawnee Smith from 'Grace Unplugged', as you mentioned, and Shawn Christian from 'Undercover Christmas'!

How fascinating to hear all the aspects and behind the scenes moments of filming 'Savannah Sunrise'. We will look forward to watching this film, 'Savannah Sunrise', and future projects, including 'Heritage Falls' on INSP, where we know we are always "Welcome Home" to family-friendly and faith filled stories, dramas, and movies that always inspire!

Thank you, again, and God Bless!!!

See the premiere of 'Savannah Sunrise'
Sunday June 26, 2016 at 8pm/7c.
exclusively on INSP!

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Disney Channel airs 'An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success'

This movie originally came out on DVD: June 23, 2015, and it premiered a few weeks ago on the Disney Channel. If you missed 'An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success'  then, you can see these re-air dates: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 6 PM/5c. and Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 10 AM/9c.


Movie: An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success

Network: Disney Channel

Original Air Date: June 11, 2016

'An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success' is available on DVD!

The Next/New American Girl Movie is 'Lea to the Rescue' - released on DVD June 14, 2016.

Images from An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success:


Virginia Madsen ... Mrs. Thomas
Karen Strassman ... Various Voices
Caitlin Carmichael ... Maddy
Olivia Rodrigo ... Grace Thomas
Lili Bordán ... Aunt Sophie
Karen Gagnon ... Parisian Vendor
Hélène Cardona ... Various Voices
Eloise Webb ... Sylvie
Joe Bastianich ... Himself
Philip Waley ... Judge 2
Notlim Taylor ... Ella
Rafael Edholm ... Mr. Thomas
Thierry Harcourt ... Jean Luc Pernaud
Luca Fiorilli ... Paris Street Artist
Tom Doherty ... Josh
Luke Stratte-McClure ... Various Voices
Roxane Bret ... Colette
Fabrice Michel ... Uncle Bernard
Maxime Leigh-Wood ... Carter
András Bálint ... Grandpa
Alexis Latham ... Judge Three
Krisztina Peremartoni ... Grandma
Benjamin Lavoie ... Red Boy
Nicholas Waley ... Wildcat Player
Zoltán Friedenthal ... Taxi Driver


via American Girl: Grace Thomas is always whipping up big ideas—and delicious recipes in her grandparents' bakery. When her mom announces a trip to visit relatives in Paris, Grace isn't so sure about changing her summer plans. That is, until she discovers she'll get to work with her uncle and cousin in a real French pastry shop!

But nothing in Paris is turning out the way Grace had expected. She and her cousin Sylvie aren’t getting along, and her attempt to show off her baking skills has been a disaster. It isn’t until she opens up to new ideas that she finally takes her baking to the next level—and finds a friend in Sylvie. But when Grace returns home, she discovers a new problem—her grandparents’ bakery is in trouble! Can Grace use her new skills to stir up a sweet solution?

*American Girl Doll Movies on DVD:

Samantha - An American Girl Holiday

Felicity - An American Girl Adventure

Molly - An American Girl on the Home Front

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong

An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars

An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky

An American Girl: Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight

American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success

American Girl: Lea to the Rescue

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