Monday, March 12, 2012

10 New Christmas Movies

Christmas Movies Currently in the Works for 2012 & Beyond...

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*This POST has been updated from 9, to 10 Christmas Movies - added sequel to 12 Dogs of Christmas below! Plus, the Movie Title : Random Acts has been updated to Random Acts of Christmas.
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I'll list all the Movies below and give you all the details I know about each one, for now.


Home Alone 5:

Update (Oct. 2012) : The Name of this movie is Home Alone: The Holiday Heist. When you see it listed on this site, it will be written as: Home Alone (5): The Holiday Heist.
Image from
Christian Martyn's

According to winnipegfreepress.com, Home Alone 5 will be a Made-for-TV Movie, with a direct-to-DVD release. It will air on ABC Family, during the 25 days of Christmas annual event.

The star of the show, as reported on Talent Inc News, is Christian Martyn, a 12 year old boy.

No news, yet, on additional casting or storyline.

Update: See the Home Alone (5): The Holiday Heist page for more details!

Th original films are: Home Alone, Home Alone 2 : Lost in New York, Home Alone 3, and Home Alone 4 : Taking Back the House.

Can anything top the original? Probably not, but I'm sure this will be a fun film - and a great movie for the family to watch together!


Christmas Heart:


Also, we have more movie information according to winnipegfreepress.com. Christmas Heart is a Made-for-TV Movie - being made for the Hallmark Channel.

Starring in this film will be -
Teri Polo (A Taste of Romance, Straight from the Heart) and
Tess Harper (A Christmas Wish).

One of the Producers of this film is Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond). "The Christmas Heart" was written by Heaton's brother, Michael Heaton.

The cast of the Hallmark movie "The Christmas Heart"
Picture from Cleveland.com

Plot details via Hallmark Channel Press Release:

In "The Christmas Heart," the tight knit neighbors on Arthur Avenue have proudly been lighting Christmas luminaries for 40 years, but that long-standing tradition is cancelled this year when Matt Norman, a boy in the neighborhood, is hospitalized and desperately needs a heart transplant. A donor is found, and Life Flight quickly gets the heart airborne on Christmas Eve, fighting a winter storm with no time left to lose. The neighborhood lights the luminaries in honor of Matt and his family, and their loving exhibition turns out to be the miracle that saves Matt's life.

*Pictured in Image (on the right): Paul Essiembre, Teri Polo, Ty Wood and Cruise Brown
The Cast of the Hallmark Channel Movie, "The Christmas Heart,"
(Click Here for Picture Source - Cleveland.com)


Christmas in Connecticut "Re-make":


It is being reported that Jennifer Garner will be re-teaming with her "13 Going on 30" producers for the remake of the 1945 screwball comedy classic, Christmas in Connecticut.

The original storyline (as reported on aceshowbiz.com) revolves around a cooking writer -- the Martha Stewart of her time -- whom the world believes to be living on a cozy farm in Connecticut with her husband and baby. In reality, she's a single woman living on her own in New York. The ruse is discovered when a holiday meal is planned at her fake farm.

After researching this more on-line - I see that there have been on-going plans to re-create this movie since 2007. I am wondering if it is actually going through now or if this is just on-going buzz of the possibility. I am personally very fond of the Barbara Stanwyck original movie and am not particularly interested in a re-creation of a film that is already well-known, innocent and decent in it's time, and loved!



The Most Wonderful Time:

Per deadline.com, Robert Redford and Diane Keaton are in talks to star in new Christmas movie titled The Most Wonderful Time.

The Yuletide project will feature story lines with multiple characters that overlap, based around the chaos of family Christmases.

Please note: I have no idea, at this time, what this will be rated.



Elf-Man:

According to the film’s website - Wise Acre Films: An Elf is left behind by Santa to help rescue the Harper family from a lousy Christmas. The Elf and family get more than they bargained for when their father is kidnapped by bad guys determined to steal his new invention. After the kids help the Elf discover his special powers, he risks his life to save their father. And along the way, he discovers his true destiny as a budding superhero: Elf-Man!

The film stars Jason Acuna, McKenzie Astin, and Jeffrey Combs.



3 Day Test:

Actor Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus) is creating a new independent film Christmas movie titled "3 Day Test". According to wkyc.com, "3 Day Test," a light comedy written by Bernsen, is a story of a man who takes extreme measures to get closer to his family during the holiday season. Also according to wkyc.com, Bernsen will have a small role in the movie as a burned-out hippie-turned-underground-cable-show producer.



Random Acts of Christmas

“Random Acts of Christmas,” a family friendly Independent Christmas movie began production March 6, 2012 in Wheeling, W.V. according to http://www.huntingtonnews.net/25203.

The film, scripted by Ty (“Doughboy) DeMartino , has been described as “an uplifting drama that focuses on one family’s struggles to get their life back and the lesson learned through simple acts of kindness.”

News from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph states that actor Kevin Sizemore will be the star of this film.


Lucky Dog

According to Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the film, called "Lucky Dog," stars movie star Paul Giamatti and comedic actor Paul Rudd.  The story centers on a pair of French-Canadian conmen pals who, despite being on the outs with each other, hatch a get-rich-quick scheme to sell Christmas trees in NY. Per Cinamablend.com, English sweetheart Sally Hawkins (Made in Dagenham) is set to co-star.

Please note: I have no idea, at this time, what this will be rated or even if it will be family-friendly.



"Unknown Name" - Sequel to The Dog who saved Christmas


According to pasadenastarnews.com - they are now creating the 4th sequel to the "The Dog who saved Christmas" film series. This article states that this movie is being made for the Hallmark Channel, however all of the other movies in this series were aired on ABC Family - so it would be my guess that this one will also be on ABC Family - during their annual "25 days of Christmas" event. We shall have to wait and see... This movie will also star Dean Cain and Elisha Donovan.

The other films in the series were - The Dog who saved Christmas, The Dog who saved Christmas Vacation, and The Dog who saved Halloween.



"Unknown Name" - Sequel to 12 Dogs of Christmas


This is Breaking News from Disney Dreaming - Alli Simpson (sister of Cody Simpson) Lands Her First Movie Role In The “The 12 Dogs Of Christmas” Movie Sequel. Her involvement in the film was revealed during a ustream chat.

Plot of original movie - 12 Dogs of Christmas: Upon being sent to live with her aunt in the small town of Doverville, 12-year-old Emma O'Conner finds herself in the middle of a 'dog-fight' with the Mayor and town dogcatcher. In order to strike down their 'no-dogs' law, Emma must bring together a group of schoolmates, grown-ups and adorable dogs of all shapes and sizes in a spectacular holiday pageant.

The original 12 Dogs Of Christmas Movie is a fun, heartwarming story - so we hope the sequel will be the same!

No other casting or plot details have been released.



*If you have any more information on these films above- please contact us with more details.

Hopefully there will be some wonderful new Family Christmas Movies to enjoy this year!

Which one do you think - you'll like best?

Are there any - you don't like or think they shouldn't do a remake or sequel to?

Click Comments below and share your thoughts!

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6 comments:

  1. I wouldn't mind a remake of Christmas in Connecticut as long as it's not cheapened with foul language, innuendos and such. I think that's taking away from the charm of the original.
    They CAN make a very family friendly and contemporary version of the original if they want to and I think with the popularity of the recent family friendly movies it'll work.
    Thanks for keeping us posted!!
    susan

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  2. I'd love to see Jen Garner star in the new "Connecticut" movie. Barbara's version is so much fun, but I think Jen could pull it off - cannot wait for that rumor to be true. ;D

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  3. That's what I'm afraid of, too, Susan - that they will make a new Christmas in Connecticut and cheapen it with foul language, innuendos and potentually even worse content. I guess if they do - our family just won't watch it.

    As for the other movies... 'Home Alone 5', really? Wow! I know the kids will love that (but of course for me, I agree with you - nothing can beat the original) and a new 'The Dog who Saved Christmas' Sequel - Again really? - it has great actors but the storylines are always rather silly.

    Christmas Heart looks like it might be good - but then again most Hallmark Christmas Movies are always good.

    Thanks for all the great Christmas Movie information. You are always the best!!!

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  4. I agree that this movie should be left alone. And that goes for other movies like White Christmas and It's A Wonderful Life. They tried a remake of Grease and we see where that went. It was horrible. So don't touch these either.

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  5. Christmas in Connecticut remake is not happening. There was one back in 1992, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103961/ but no rumoured or actual information on another remake.

    However, there are these which are confirmed to various degrees (note some are just set around Christmas time)

    http://www.imdb.com/keyword/christmas/?sort=release_date&start=3400

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