Friday, December 30, 2016

CELEBRATE a HAPPY NEW YEAR with HALLMARK's Last CHRISTMAS MOVIE this Season... "A Rose for Christmas" starring Rachel Boston & Marc Bendavid!


"Countdown to Christmas" on Hallmark concludes this year on January 1st, 2017. It has been the longest "Countdown to Christmas" season ever (beginning on October 28th!), and yet... it seems to have flown by so quickly - faster than Santa's sleigh, I always say!

See all the behind the scenes making of the Rose Parade, with the premiere of...


Storyline via Hallmark: Andy (Rachel Boston) is a passionate and talented artist whose Pasadena family has been building Rose Parade floats for generations. But when her Dad gets sick and can’t lead this year’s efforts as usual, Andy has no choice but to... Click Here to Read More...

See the Premiere of A Rose for Christmas
Sunday January 1, 2017 - New Years Day!
at 8pm/7c. on the Hallmark Channel

PLEASE NOTE: This Movie only has ONE SHOWING!
There are NO additional airings!
Don't miss it or forget to record it - on Sunday, the 1st!


As we say Goodbye to the Christmas Season and 2016 - let us Countdown to 2017 and Welcome in a Whole New Year, with Bright Possibilities!


Christmas Specials continue on TV throughout New Years Day - see them all in the Christmas TV Schedule! Plus, you can see New Years Celebrations on TV, where you can watch the Ball Drop in Times Square.

With My Prayers and Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy Year Ahead for You and Your Families!

God Bless You All!!!

See You All Back Here in 2017 -
as Winterfest starts next week!

To All My "It's a Wonderful Movie" Friends
Far and Near -
To thee I wish a Happy, and Joyfully Blessed
New Year!!!
Net

When Calls the Heart: The Heart of Faith - Hallmark Christmas Movie on DVD!


This is the first DVD Release
for Season 4 of When Calls the Heart!

When Calls the Heart: The Heart of Faith 

image: When Calls the Heart: The Heart of Faith, via Amazon

This DVD appears to be the Christmas Movie! On the left side of the DVD (pictured below) you will see it says Movie 1 Season 4, and if you look even closer at the image you will see a Christmas tree behind/between Lori Loughlin (Abigail) and Erin Krakow (Elizabeth). Then to the right of Daniel Lissing (Jack) and Jack Wagner (Bill), you will see Christmas decorations on the storefronts of Hope Valley.

image: When Calls the Heart: The Heart of Faith, via Shout Factory

You can Pre-Order "When Calls the Heart: The Heart of Faith" from Amazon! If you do pre-order now - you will receive the lowest price between now & the DVD release date on March 21, 2017! (By the way, Easter is April 16th this year - so this would be lovely in anyone's basket!)


Storyline of "When Calls the Heart: Christmas", via Hallmark: "When a train derails and delays the arrival of much needed food, supplies and presents, Christmas in the settlement town of Hope Valley is in jeopardy. With the help of a mysterious visitor, a simple peddler who has a knack for helping people find what they need, Jack, Elizabeth and Abigail rally the town residents to come together in the true spirit of kindness and giving, proving that Christmas really is the season for miracles."



See more movie images - Here!
For more DVD details, visit Here!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

UPCOMING 2017 CHRISTMAS MOVIES!!!


If you LOVE CHRISTMAS - This is THE PLACE to BE! All throughout the Year... if I happen to hear any news on CHRISTMAS MOVIES, I will be sure to share this news with all of you - HERE! And, if YOU hear any Christmas Movie News - Please share in Comments Below!

So, here is what I have learned, thus far...


Angel Falls

(discovered: December 29, 2016)

Rachel Boston
in "A Rose for Christmas"
Via deadline.com:
"Bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz has signed a three-picture development and production deal with Brad Krevoy Television, the TV and SVOD production arm of Motion Picture Corporation of America. The three TV projects will be written, produced and broadcast for Christmas 2017.

The first movie, Angel Falls for Hallmark Channel, is about a fallen angel who falls in love and wins back her halo during the Christmas season. Rachel Boston (A Rose for Christmas) will star and Bradley Walsh will direct the film, which could spawn a potential series."



Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe

(discovered: December 29, 2016)

Via deadline.com:
"The second film, Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe, is a gender-swapped re-telling of the classic novel. Production is planned for April 2017. Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe will also be published as a novel by St. Martin’s Press during the 2017 Christmas season. De la Cruz will write the screenplay and novel."



Nanny State

(discovered: December 29, 2016)

Via deadline.com:
"The third project, Nanny State, is the story of an FBI agent who goes undercover working for New York’s finest families to solve a child’s kidnapping during the Christmas holidays. De la Cruz will write the screenplay and produce, along with Vincent Balzano, Richard Abate, and Brad Krevoy Television."



A Royal Christmas / A Princess for Christmas (working title)

(discovered: December 6, 2016)

Sherry in California first alerted us to this movie. Here are some details she shared in a previous comment...

"Coincidentally, it appears that this new Royal Christmas movie (like A Rose for Christmas) is also revolving around the Rose Parade -- specifically, it seems to involve the Royal Court (and possibly the Rose Queen), and it takes place in someplace that is posing as Pasadena."

Cast via whatsfilming.com: Zak Santiago, Nicole Muñoz, Paloma Kwaitkowski, Kalyn Miles

According to www.timescolonist.com (January 27, 2017): It looks like this movie may premiere on the UP network and be renamed "A Princess for Christmas." Stay tuned for any additional news!



Southern Christmas

(discovered: December 14, 2016)

An anonymous commenter shared: "Harvey Lowry to direct 'Southern Christmas', a movie #filming in Oklahoma in January 2017."

Storyline via IMDB: "Kara and Jessie are two teenager girls from very different worlds, but with a little Christmas magic, they find they have much more in common than they ever imagined."

Cast members:
Shelley Long, Joe Don Rooney, Brighton Rose Sharbino, Sierra McCormick, Emmanuel Vouniozos, Chris Rich, Bo Derek, Christian Kane and Paula Trickey (shared by Sherry in California)

via Director Harvey Lowry's Instagram
Day 4 filming with Joe Don Rooney, Brighton Rose Sharbino, Sierra McCormick,
Shelley Long, Emmanuel Vouniozos and Chris Rich



Salted Christmas

(discovered: July 8, 2016)

Genre: Christian Comedy
Directed By: Don McChesney
Release Date: November 2017

*Images via Manifest Pictures - "Salted Christmas" Facebook Page.
*Images via Manifest Pictures - "Salted Christmas" Facebook Page.



Sleigh Bell Sweethearts

(discovered: July, 2016)

Author Teri Wilson ('Unleashing Mr. Darcy) shared this Christmas Movie News via Facebook:

"BIG EXCITING NEWS! My book Sleigh Bell Sweethearts for Harlequin Love Inspired is currently in development with the Hallmark Channel! It looks like we'll have a Christmas movie coming out this year!!! *tosses snowflake confetti* "

Based on Teri's Book...
Sleigh Bell Sweethearts

*Credit for discovery goes to Abby from the Hallmark Facebook Fan Group! (and, thank you Sherry for passing this info my way!)

*This movie did not make it into production for 2016... perhaps, we will see it in 2017!

*UPDATE: In the comments below, Amy shared this news: "I got a pitch today for an ebook by Teri Wilson and it said that Sleigh bell Sweethearts was in development for 2017. Just a little update there. :)"



Frozen Holiday Special

According to universityherald.com: Before "Frozen 2" is expected to hit the theatres in 2018, although there is no official confirmation and speficic day yet from Disney. The famed movie's fans can instead look forward to the upcoming "Frozen" holiday special, which will be airing on ABC in Christmas 2017."



The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

This is a Disney Nutcracker movie.

According to teenvogue.com, "The Nutcracker may have been performed on stage countless times, but now Disney is bringing it to the big screen once more. Earlier this month, legendary dancer Misty Copeland made the exciting announcement on Instagram that she'd be a part of the production, as the lead ballerina."

Mackenzie Foy will portray the lead role of Clara.

More Cast News: Stars Keira Knightley as Sugar Plum Fairy and Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Stahlbaum, Helen Mirren as Mother Ginger, and Morgan Freeman as Drosselmeyer. (discovered by Anonymous/shared in comments below)

UPDATE: THIS MOVIE WILL BE RELEASED IN 2018. (Thank you Sleepy Kitty Paws for confirming this news!)

More details (via Anonymous commenter) "Walt Disney Pictures’ new live-action version of “The Nutcracker.” Most famously adapted as a ballet by Tchaikovsky in the late 19th century, the tale originated as a short story titled “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816. In it, a young girl’s dolls come to life on Christmas Eve alongside a noble nutcracker, who protects her from a villainous army of mice. There is no word on how much fidelity this new take will have to the original source material, although Powell apparently spent two solid years developing the project."



The Christmas Cottage

According to IMDB, this will be a made-for-TV movie in 2017, a Comedy!

Storyline via IMDB: "Any couple who spends the night in the Christmas cottage shall have love everlasting - Lacey Quinn did not believe in happily ever after or the legend of the Christmas cottage. As maid of honor for her best friend Ava, her duties included decorating the cottage for the newlyweds. It was a simple enough task, but she hadn't counted on sexy Ean Callahan, the bride-to-be's brother, to be assisting her. Spending the evening ensconced in the overly romantic setting while a blizzard howls outside has Lacey wondering if fairy tales really do come true."

(Thank you to the Anonymous commenters who shared this movie title & description)



The Man Who Invented Christmas

A Biography, Drama (On IMDB - it says USA 2018)

This is a movie about Charles Dickens called, "The Man Who Invented Christmas" via deadline.com.

(Thank you for sharing this Christmas news, Sleepy Kitty Paws!)

Storyline via IMDB: "After a series of his books have been flops, Charles Dickens decides to write and self-publish A Christmas Carol."

(Thank you to the Anonymous commenter who shared this movie description)

Stars: Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens, Jonathan Pryce as John Dickens, Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge, and more! See at IMDB.com.



Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer

Coming 2017!

New animated film with John Cleese and Samantha Bee doing voices, Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer:
http://deadline.com/2016/11/john-cleese-joins-voice-cast-of-animated-movie-elliot-the-littlest-reindeer-1201849117/

(Thank you for sharing this Christmas news, Sleepy Kitty Paws!)



A Family for Christmas

(discovered: June 8, 2016)

Storyline via Hallmark Press Release: Several days before Christmas, a reclusive author Andrew rents an isolated cabin in order to finish his long overdue novel. Just as Andrew is settling in, a young nurse named Holly, her daughter and wisecracking mother become stranded nearby. Andrew takes in the three unwanted guests and due to a heavy snowstorm, they end up staying through Christmas. The energetic young nurse breaks down Andrew's anti-social defenses. They soon find themselves involved in a number of festive activities, including chopping down a Christmas tree, a snowball fight, playing charades and gatherings around the dinner table. But the sudden arrival of Holly's ex-husband complicates matters and threatens her blossoming romance with Andrew.

*According to imdb, this movie will now premiere in 2017.



Let it Snow

(discovered: April 4, 2016)

This is a Christmas movie being made based on the short story collection Let It Snow by John Green (The Fault in Our Stars).

Let it Snow

*UPDATE added April 15, 2016: This project has been delayed - it will now premiere in 2017!

(Thank you, Sleepy Kitty Paws, for sharing this news!)

NOTE: Movie rating currently unknown. Amazon lists the Book Let it Snow as follows... Age Range: 12 and up Grade Level: 7 and up

Book Synopsis/Storyline via wegotthiscovered.com: "Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses."



Holly Starr

(discovered January 5, 2017)

This movie was filmed in December of 2016, in Biddeford, Portland, and Kennebunkport, Maine. Holly Starr is a feature film by writer and director Michael Nickles.





Via WLBZ 2 News - "The Christmas themed movie has a bit of mystery to it as well" according to Katlyn Carlson who plays the lead character named Sloan Kelly. "A struggling puppeteer, an artist in New York City, she loses a job and comes back to her home town kind of dejected," said Carlson. "Has a near death experience and she has this memory when her life flashes before her eyes of Santa Claus burying a bag of money."

*For more news on this movie, plus a behind the scenes video, visit the WLBZ 2 News web-site.



The Star

(discovered January 6, 2017)

This is an animated film shared by Sleepy Kitty Paws in comments below.

Storyline via thestarmovie.com: "In Sony Pictures Animation's THE STAR, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.."

Nationwide release date in theaters: November 10, 2017

image via: http://www.thestarmovie.com/

Thank you so much, Sleepy Kitty Paws, for sharing this movie + links! It's refreshing to see a production that highlights the true meaning of Christmas!

Celebrities giving voice to the animated characters in "The Star" are: Kelly Clarkson, Steven Yeun, Aidy Bryant, Keegan-Michael Key, Kristin Chenoweth, Anthony Anderson, Gabriel Iglesias, Ving Rhames, Delilah Rene, Kris Kristofferson, Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, with Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Tracy Morgan and Christopher Plummer.



12 Days of Giving

(discovered January 7, 2017)

via fremonttribune.com: "A made for television movie is officially being filmed exclusively in Fremont (Nebraska) pending City Council approval."

"On Thursday (January 5, 2017), The Tribune was notified by Fremont native and film-industry veteran Kevin McMahon that “12 Days of Giving,” a Hallmark-type film, is being shot in Fremont Feb. 1-17. The film is being produced by California-based Expression Entertainment which has direct interaction with Hallmark."

"While McMahon wasn’t able to disclose an abundance of information about the film, he said that there will be at least two familiar actor/actress faces in Christmas-themed feel-good family film."

According to the article at fremonttribune.com: "their aim is to get this onto the Hallmark Channel" ... "Because it really is that type of film, a total feel-good Christmas story."

Cast: David Blue, Ashley Jones, Preston James Hillier, Meagan Flynn, Brooklyn Funk, Dan Bauer, and more via IMDB

Storyline via IMDB: "A man who wins a small fortune decides to share his winnings by acting as a Secret Santa to people in a small town. One of the characters chosen is a boy whose father is deceased. The man grows fond of the Boys mother and begins to fall in love with her...."



Santa Stole Our Dog: A Merry Doggone Christmas!

(discovered January 7, 2017)

Starring Ed Asner as Santa!

Images via Production Company - First American Cinema



Storyline via IMDB: "On a snowy and cold Christmas Eve, Santa Claus accidentally steals the family Dog. So begins an epic journey through the twelve days of Christmas as the family ventures to the North Pole to get their beloved canine back." See rest of cast list on IMDB.

(Thank you for sharing this Christmas movie, Hero_UK!)



A Christmas Solo

(discovered January 10, 2017)

(Thank you, Sherry, for sharing this Christmas movie title.)



Christmas Fury

(discovered January 10, 2017)

(Thank you, Sherry, for sharing this Christmas movie title.)



Nicole / Untitled Santa Claus Project

(discovered January 12, 2017)

Via cinemablend.com... "Disney Is Eyeing (actress) Anna Kendrick For An Intriguing Christmas Movie... Penned by Miss Congeniality writer Marc Lawrence, Variety reports that this movie, which has the running title Nicole (a twist on Saint Nicholas), would see Kendrick playing Santa Claus' daughter, who "takes over the family business" after her dad retires and her brother gets cold feet with the job before he's supposed to take off on Christmas Eve."

According to IMDB this is an Untitled Santa Claus Project: Anna Kendrick plays Santa's daughter, (rumored name) Nicole Claus, who finds herself having to take over the family business when her father retires and her brother, who is supposed to inherit the role of Santa, gets cold feet.



Dashing Through the Snow

(discovered February 23, 2016)

Disney has a new movie project titled "Dashing Through the Snow". Via The Tracking Board: this "action/comedy follows a cop in New York City who arrests a burglar during a reported breaking and entering on Christmas Eve. However, the officer gets into hot water when he discovers that the man may or may not be the actual Santa Claus."

(A special thank you to SleepyKittyPaws for originally sharing this movie news!)

UPDATE: October, 2016- THIS MOVIE IS STILL IN THE PRODUCTION, CASTING PHASE.

UPDATE: January 12, 2017- Via cinemablend.com... "The currently-titled Nicole (movie mentioned above) isn't the only Santa Claus-centric movie Disney has in the works. Dashing Through the Snow is also in development, which will see Kevin Hart playing Santa Claus in a story about a workaholic father who's trying to repair his relationship with his son."



Mrs. Claus

(discovered January 13, 2017)

Via http://mstarsnews.musictimes.com/articles/118618/20170112/anna-kendrick-is-santa-claus-daughter-in-new-disney-christmas-film.htm: "Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect) will be producing and writing "Mrs. Claus", a movie about Mrs. Claus and the struggles she goes through to make Christmas perfect for everyone in the world."



Alicia Witt to star & create New Hallmark Christmas Movie

(discovered January 14, 2017)

Alicia Witt revealed via Twitter: "Yes. We are developing one (a Christmas movie!) based on my original idea for Christmas 2017- I'm writing a new song for it too! @hallmarkchannel"



30 Christmas Movies coming for Hallmark in 2017

(discovered January 14, 2017)

Announced at the Hallmark TCA Event!



The Christmas Calendar

(discovered January 18, 2017)

With actress Hilary Strang.

UPDATE: January 27, 2017: more cast members announced for this movie via whatsfilming.com - Laura Bell Bundy and Greg Rogers

(Thank you Sherry in California for sharing this movie news!)

Storyline via www.timescolonist.com: The film stars Laura Bell Bundy (Anger Management, How I Met Your Mother) as Emily, a big-city lawyer who returns to her hometown to take over her late grandmother’s bakery. When the struggling baker receives a handmade Christmas calendar from a secret admirer who instructs her to “open each day, one at a time, until my secret is revealed,” the small town’s ensuing obsession with her mystery draws national media attention.

Also, according to the www.timescolonist.com article, it looks like this movie will premiere on the UP network this Christmas!

IMDB has this storyline description: "When Emily, a struggling baker in a small town, receives a handmade Christmas Calendar from a secret admirer, the local residents become obsessed with finding out the identity of the sender."

This is the cast according to IMDB: Brendon Zub, Laura Bell Bundy, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Jacqueline Robbins, Johannah Newmarch, BJ Harrison, Steven Cree Molison, James Pizzinato, and more...



Tiny Christmas

(discovered January 18, 2017)

All I have on this one, so far, is the title. Please stay tuned for more details!



Best Christmas Pageant Ever

(discovered in 2016)

So far, all I have on this one is the title, but I think it is safe to say it is a Christmas production! (information via production weekly)

Hopefully, it is based upon the original story, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson, which was turned into a precious one-hour special (available on DVD!) in 1983! I personally own it on DVD and consider it to be a treasure each Christmas!


The original special - 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever' is a powerful, real, beautiful story that tells the true meaning of Christmas! I truly hope this new production - is a re-telling of this same sweet story.

Update (January 19, 2017): IMDB Pro shares a summary of this new production: "A suburban mom gets in over her head when she signs up to direct her neighborhood's Christmas pageant."

It sounds like this is, indeed, a re-make of the original special! Thank you to the Anonymous commenter who shared this plot summary.



Beverly Hills Christmas II

According to IMDB, This is "a sequel to the popular movie, Beverly Hills Christmas (with Dean Cain) that was shown on UP TV during Christmas 2015."

(To be honest, I was not a fan of the original movie, "Beverly Hills Christmas." I will be interested to see where they take this second film. FYI, it doesn't look like Dean Cain will be in the sequel.)

Starring in this project are Margaret O'Brien, Brandon Tyler Russell (his acting was excellent in the first film), Ron Moss, Donna Spangler, and more...

(Thank you, Lana, for sharing this news.)



Puppies for Christmas

(discovered January 20, 2017)

This title is listed at IMDB as a family movie.

Starring in this project are John Ratzenberger, Basil Hoffmann, Kevin Stover, Dan Hewitt Owens, Morgan Bastin, McKenna Roberts, Danni Tamburro, Sharon Garrison, and more...

(Thank you, Lana, for sharing this movie.)



Inheriting Christmas / Christmas Inheritance (wt)

(discovered January 21, 2017)

Category: Drama, Romance

Via IMDB: "After inheriting a toy company founded on charity and holiday spirit, a self-absorbed stockbroker must revisit his family's tragic past and decide the fate of an entire community by Christmas Eve."

(Thank you, Lana, for sharing this movie.)



The Christmas Gift

(Discovered January 23, 2017)

Title discovered on Production Weekly.

Cast: Sam Page, Tara Holt, Emily Peterson, Ta'Rhonda Jones, Phillip Edward Van Lear, Stacia Crawford, and Sam Guinan-Nyhart

(Thank you, Sherry, for sharing this title & cast news.)



Lights, Camera, Christmas

(Discovered February 16, 2017)

"Lights, Camera, Christmas" is being reported as a pair of Hallmark Christmas movies starring sisters Kimberly Williams-Paisley ("Father of the Bride," "Follow the Stars Home") and Ashley Williams ("October Kiss," "Love on a Limb")! Each of these movies (which sounds very interesting!) is "told from the perspective of one of the sisters." - via this article - (Thank you Lisa C. & Sherry for this discovery!)

UPDATE: IMDB summarizes this as "Two sisters and a holiday to remember."

Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Ashley Williams at Hallmark's Winter 2017 TCA Event

(Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Ashley Williams will also be working together on the upcoming Hallmark Production "Darrow and Darrow". See Details - here!)



Christmas Wedding March (#3)

(Discovered February 16, 2017)

If you saw the Hallmark movie "The Wedding March" last June (2016), then you will recall the story of two college sweethearts Olivia Parsons (Josie Bissett) and Mick Turner (Jack Wagner), who "bump into each other" literally years later - conveniently at the precise time of Olivia's upcoming wedding! Unbeknownst to either of them until the last minute... of all places, of course, the wedding is taking place at Mick's resort! In the meantime, planning this wedding rekindles and resurfaces old feelings - that neither in the end, can further deny.


Josie Bissett and Jack Wagner in Hallmark's  "The Wedding March"

An actual wedding never takes place in the first movie "The Wedding March", but I'm hopeful it will in the second. The first movie was a sort of introduction to these characters, their lives, their work, and family! The second movie "June Wedding March" will premiere this June (2017) during the Hallmark Channel's "June Weddings" themed movie event!

Then, the movie "Christmas Wedding March" will be a third movie in "The Wedding March" movie series starring Jack Wagner and Josie Bissett at Christmastime!

(*All "Christmas Wedding March" details are via Jack Wagner's fantastic, revealing interview with Ruth Hill at "Devotional Thoughts" - see HERE! (Special thank you to Sherry - for passing this info our way!) )

According to Jack Wagner's interview, the next movies in this series will be even more musically involved, including Hallmark's CEO Bill Abbott getting in on the music!



Old Acquaintance Be Forgot

(Discovered February 16, 2017)

I was so excited to discover Cassidy Gifford ("God's Not Dead" -- and, the daughter of talk show host Kathie Lee Gifford and the late football player and sports commentator Frank Gifford) is currently filming in downtown Syracuse, New York - a role in the new Hallmark Christmas movie "Old Acquaintance Be Forgot." (news via: http://www.syracuse.com)

Cassidy Gifford at Hallmark's Winter 2017 TCA Event

Storyline of "Old Acquaintance Be Forgot" from myentertainmentworld.com:
"With her marriage on the rocks, Caroline wants a divorce. However, on the way to the divorce attorney, she is hit by a car and comes down with amnesia. Unable to remember anything about her life - or her marriage - she depends on her loved ones to rediscover herself. In the process, she falls in love all over again."

If the title of the movie sounds familiar to you, then you must remember it as a line from the dear, classic holiday song "Auld Lang Syne." (It's the last song sung in the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" as George Bailey is realizing Clarence, the angel, has "won his wings" and the song is annually sung at midnight when the ball drops on New Years Eve/New Years Day! There's an air of sentimentality with this song that has lasted from one generation to another! I look forward to seeing how this treasured song is implemented in this new Hallmark movie!)

(*One more note of interest: Kathie Lee Gifford also attended Hallmark's TCA event on January 14, 2017 to announce her new Hallmark Movie/Series which is in development - "When God Winks at You!" See details - here!)

*Additional cast members (shared by Sherry): Tilky Jones and Katrina Begin. I checked their filmography to see if I was familiar with any of their past works. Tilky Jones was on the TV series 'Nashville' and starred in the UP Christmas movie "Naughty & Nice" with Haylie Duff. (the one where they are radio disc jockeys) I'm not familiar with Katrina, as an actress, but you may know her from the TV series - 'The Agency,' 'No Ordinary Family,' or 'Boomtown' etc...



The Holiday to Remember

(Discovered February 21, 2017)

This movie is described as a Family TV Movie on imdb.com.


Storyline via imdb: "Time pass so quickly once you become an adult...before you know it time is coming to the end - this Holiday Movie is about once more capturing a time almost forgotten..

Cast Members include: Brian Adam Mahoney, Dean Phillippi Sr., Julissa Ciara, Jann Van Dyke, Buzz Van Dyke, Sara Bajger, and more on imdb.

(Thank you, Tonja, for sharing this movie)



Christmas on Maple Street

(Discovered February 21, 2017)


via https://www.christmasonmaplestreet.com:
"Christmas on Maple Street" is about a hard working family that learns the true meaning of Christmas.


Storyline: "It is a heartwarming story about love, family, faith, disappointments, courage and believing in yourself even at the time of adversity. When we look in the mirror, will we like what we see?"

This movie will star Kathy Garver as the character Mrs. Johnson. You may remember Kathy as the eldest sister - Cissy Davis on the popular 1960's sitcom 'Family Affair.'

(Thank you, Tonja, for sharing this movie)



Second Chance Christmas

(Discovered February 22, 2017)

According to IMDB this is a TV Movie. It is also listed as being a musical!

Storyline via IMDB: "A forgotten West Virginia mining town experiences a musical & emotional rebirth when a snowstorm strands a touring orchestra on Christmas Eve."

(Thank you, Anonymous, for sharing this movie)



A Fathers Gift: Christmas in July

(Discovered February 22, 2017)

(Thank you, Anonymous, for sharing this movie title)

According to it's IMDB listing this will be a Family TV Movie.

Storyline via IMDB: "After the sudden death of her beloved father, a young girl struggles to rediscover the joy in Christmas. With the help of a local rancher, a boy and a horse, she, her mom and the rancher discover new meaning in life and find the spirit and love of Christmas." -Written By Aventus Films



32 CHRISTMAS MOVIES Coming to Hallmark!!!

(Discovered February 23, 2017)

Details HERE!!!

During the 2017 Christmas season - the "Hallmark CHANNEL will premiere 20 new Christmas movies and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will premiere 12."

8 Hallmark Movies Announced - 12 Days, Christmas Festival of Ice, Christmas Sister Swap, Miss Christmas, Marry Me at Christmas, Finding Santa, Father Christmas, Coming Home for Christmas - details below...



12 Days

(Discovered February 23, 2017)

Storyline via Hallmark press release: Lydia, a successful professional organizer, is constantly trying to grow her business, but even her ambition takes a back seat to love when she meets Robert, a frazzled widower with two young children. A toy inventor, Robert is asked to present his new Christmas toy line to a superstore. His challenge is he only has 12 days to get his life and his business in order. Talk about a Christmas rush! Lydia shows Robert that this task goes way deeper than messy junk drawers and encompasses every aspect of his life. While she's intent on helping him straighten out details he had long ignored, Robert teaches the buttoned-up Lydia that messiness can be a delightful part of life.


Christmas Festival of Ice

(Discovered February 18, 2017)

Starring three actors who have ALL been in previous Christmas movies - Taylor Cole ( the Hollywood actress in "Christmas in Homestead"), Damon Runyan ( the Cowboy from "One Starry Christmas"), Wendy Crewson ( Charlie's Mom in "The Santa Clause" + "The Santa Clause 2 & 3")

See details here for "A Christmas Festival of Ice" : https://www.instagram.com/p/BQrMK9LDD7V/?tagged=christmasmovie

(Thank you to Ioana A. for discovering this movie (and Sherry - for sharing with us))

image via: http://millstonenews.com


I discovered plot details for this movie via http://millstonenews.com:

"Toronto based director Bradley Walsh base told the Millstone that the story revolves around a young law school graduate, Emma, who returns to her home town to find that the traditional ice sculpting festival, which she fondly remembers, no longer exists. She sets out to restore it, reconnecting with townsfolk through personal appeals. Short of her funding goal, she receives an anonymous donation which puts her over her target and the ice sculpting festival is restored. She abandons a career in law for a possible career with the town she loves."

According to the same Millstone News article - this movie is being produced by the Hallmark Channel!


UPDATE: (February 23, 2017) this movie was announced in the Press Release amongst the first 8 films being produced by Hallmark!

Storyline via Hallmark press release: "Those years of law school pay off for Emma but not in ways one would expect. When she finds out that her beloved ice-sculpting contest, part of her hometown's Christmas festival, has been canceled, she springs into action. Determined to keep it going, she enlists sponsors and artists. Nick, the town's ace artisan, isn't interested in competing this year, but Emma wants him as her teammate. Considering what she's managed to accomplish, Nick is impressed and signs on. As Emma and Nick work together, she realizes there's more to life than legal briefs. And transformed by Emma's can-do spirit, Nick is invigorated, too. They just might have a shot at winning this very special Christmas CONTEST -- and a lot more."


Christmas Sister Swap

(Discovered February 23, 2017)

Storyline via Hallmark press release: Just because they are identical does not mean these twins even like each other. Estranged twin sisters get together for an obligatory pre-Christmas lunch, a year after their mother died. Both women are unhappy and frustrated with their own lives. Though not close, each is envious of the other's life. What's a twin to do but take advantage of this? And who would be the wiser? They do what any identical twins in need of new outlooks would do -- they swap lives until Christmas Day. And by doing so, each woman discovers the true meaning of her life and gains a deeper perspective and appreciation for what she already had.


Miss Christmas

(Discovered February 23, 2017)

Storyline via Hallmark press release: Holly Kuhn is on her annual mission of finding a majestic specimen for The National Tree. While searching for the perfect Christmas fir for the Washington, D.C. Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony, Holly receives a letter from a boy detailing why his town boasts the most beautiful evergreen. Holly travels to the boy's quaint New England town, where she meets his handsome uncle, Sam McCary. Sam owns the land from which it grows and is a protective steward. It holds such deep meaning for Sam that he's not about to let it be CHOPPED down even for such an honor. Still, Holly finds herself falling for Sam and they discover the magic that this perfect tree can bring, just in time for the holidays.


Marry Me at Christmas

(Discovered February 20, 2017 - This movie title was originally discovered by Sherry on productionweekly.com.)

Storyline via Hallmark press release: Organizing a Christmas wedding is a true treat for bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug. She loves the challenge of finding the perfect dress for the bride and orchestrating an exquisite event. What Madeline didn't expect was to be swept off her feet by the bride's gorgeous brother, movie star, Jonny Blaze. Jonny came to the quirky town of Fool's Gold to support his sister -- not to fall in love. Yet Madeline is the most extraordinary woman he's ever met. Planning the perfect wedding leads to candlelit dinners and strolls through snow-covered streets. Madeline finds the real Jonny even more captivating than her celebrity crush. Will the action star be brave enough to take on the role of a lifetime?


Finding Santa

(Discovered February 23, 2017)

Storyline via Hallmark press release: Jessica was delighted to start running her New England town's Christmas events after her mom died. The main event is the parade on Christmas Day when the jolly man in red greets the crowd. For the last 30 years, Henry, owner of a famous Santa School, played St. Nick. When Henry falls ill, and everyone else he has trained is already booked, Jessica's in a predicament. The only possible replacement is Henry's son, Ben, an Uber driver who never wanted to follow in his father big black leather boots. Desperate, Jessica sets off 200 miles north to find Ben, and lures him to town by hiring him to drive her back. The trek is daunting; the real Kris Kringle makes it around the world easier than Ben and Jessica on their return. Still, once Ben dons the red suit, he feels the spirit of Christmas -- and soon begins to realize he may have found the new, real-life Mrs. Claus.


Father Christmas

(Discovered February 23, 2017)

Storyline via Hallmark press release: Work-obsessed Eric Randall, chief technology officer of a major tech company in Kansas City, is laid off two weeks before Christmas. Divorced and the father of three, this will be Eric's first Christmas alone with the kids. His ex-wife, Marie, encourages Eric to postpone a job search and instead make Christmas a true family holiday. Unfortunately, he's better with computers than children. With baby Max strapped into a backpack, Eric is determined to build a sled with son Liam, no small feat for the math-challenged boy. Eric also gets roped into volunteering at daughter Chelsea's junior cotillion class. At least her teacher, Kate Moore, is lovely. Kate teaches Eric some dance moves and Eric realizes he's avoided relationships by burying himself in work. Though enthralled with all old-fashioned romance, Kate finds a lot to like in this digital-age dad while Eric learns that FAMILY TIME does not need to be restricted to Christmas.


Coming Home for Christmas

(Discovered February 23, 2017)

Storyline via Hallmark press release: Allie Richfield is at a crossroads when she lands a job as house manager for the exquisite Ashford Estate in the Virginia countryside. While preparing the place for sale, Allie plans one final Christmas Eve gala for the Marley family, though they seem to be a family in name only. There's Kip Marley, who never met a party he didn't like; Robert, the handsome but all-business executor of the estate; Sloane, who arrives with her two young children, sans husband, and the 90-year-old matriarch, Pippa, a spitfire who doesn't want to put the house up for sale at all. As Allie is inserted into the home and the lives of the Marley family, she finds herself drawn to Robert -- even as Kip pursues her. Can she navigate her suddenly complicated love life, while helping mend family feuds and maybe teaching all the true spirit of Christmas?




MORE TO COME!!!


Note: There are other Christmas movie titles that were mentioned on my "Beyond" page; such as "Joy to the World," "A Prince for Christmas," etc... if we learn they will become upcoming Christmas movies - I will be sure to add them here!

Also - if any of the MOVIE TITLES currently listed above end up NOT being Family Friendly when I learn new details - please know - I will remove that title from the list.

In the meantime, if you happen to hear of any new Christmas mMvies coming throughout the year (or next year!) please share in comments below and I will add them to the list - as soon as possible!!!

Let's keep Christmas in our Hearts all throughout the Year!!!

Remembering the Legendary Actresses ~ Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher


I'm sure you were, as I was, stunned to learn the passing of both of these actresses so suddenly these passed few days. First, Actress Carrie Fisher, from a heart attack on December 27, 2016, and then her mother, Actress Debbie Reynolds from a stroke a day later, December 28, 2016. So tragic, especially for all of the dear family and friends they left behind.

Actress Debbie Reynolds - the All American Girl Next Door!

Both Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher were legends in the acting world. Debbie Reynolds was from Hollywood's By-gone Golden Era... with hits like "Singing in the Rain," "The Affairs of Dobie Gillis," "Susan Slept Here," "The Tender Trap," "Tammy and the Bachelor," "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," and so much more! You can see Debbie Reynolds' extensive acting career at imdb - with over 80 acting credits in her filmography and over 200 performances as herself!


"Singin' in the Rain" - Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor

via US magazine - Getty Images; Terry O'Neill/Getty Images
Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain in 1952;
Carrie Fisher in Star Wars in 1977 

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford in Star Wars 

Of course, Carrie Fisher will forever be remembered as the iconic character from the original Star Wars movies, as Princess Leia. You can see her filmography at imdb, with over 90 acting credits!


Debbie Reynolds with daughter Carrie Fisher

My thoughts...
It is so sad to see these two pass away - Daughter and Mother, so close to one another.

Debbie was such a wonderful actress and beautiful singer. Her song "Tammy" and "Singin' in the Rain" are both musical favorites! Each year when Debbie's birthday comes along in April, you may recall, I have often wished her a Happy Birthday here on my site and shared news on TCM's movie marathon for her. I'm sure TCM will have a memoriam movie tribute for her soon, as they have already shared this touching video tribute below.

With my prayers and sympathy to all of their family and friends...


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Love on Ice - a Hallmark Channel Original Movie starring Andrew W. Walker, Julie Berman & Gail O'Grady!

MOVIE REVIEW

Movie: Love on Ice

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: January 7, 2017








CAST:

Julie Berman ... Emily James
Andrew W. Walker ... Spencer Patterson
Linda Kash ... Hildy Perdy
Anna Golja ... Nikki Lee
Gail O’Grady ... Mia Lee
Kate Drummond ... Leslie Adams
Neil Crone ... Dave
Ipsita Paul ... Lindsay Tuttle
Laura Miyata ... Cate Hughes
Jim Watson ... Mark Flynn
Sarah Murphy-Dyson ... Sasha




PLOT:

Storyline via Hallmark: Emily James (Julie Berman), a former Olympic figure skating hopeful who walked away from it all, now waits tables and teaches young kids to skate at the local rink. When former student Nikki (Anna Golja) begins training for Midwest Regionals with energetic (and handsome) coach Spencer Patterson (Andrew W. Walker), Emily begins to wonder 'What if...?' when Spencer suggests Emily still has what it takes. Once Nikki's domineering mom Mia (Gail O'Grady) gets wind of Emily's intention to also compete at Regionals, Emily must prove to herself that life is about taking a chance: at the comeback of a lifetime, and at love.


Movie Review:

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Photo Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Shane Mahood

The Birthday Wish - a Hallmark Channel Original Movie starring Jessy Schram & Luke Macfarlane!


MOVIE REVIEW

Movie: The Birthday Wish

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: January 21, 2017








CAST:

Jessy Schram ... Gwen Turner
Luke Macfarlane ... Dave McKinley
David Lewis ...
Mark Brandon ...







PLOT:

Stryline via Hallmark: Gwen Turner, a young TV commercial director who plans every detail of her life, hopes her boyfriend, Alex Stone, will finally propose and fulfill her goal of being engaged by the time she's thirty. Gwen meets Dave McKinley, a charming commercial director with a spontaneous approach to life, when an upscale ad agency pairs them to work together. When Alex does not propose, a disappointed Gwen makes a birthday wish: to see what her life will look like in ten years. The next morning, her wish miraculously comes true when she sees a vision of her future in which she is a happily married mom. But to her surprise, the man she's married to in her vision is Dave, not Alex.


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Photo Credit: Copyright 2016 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Kailey Schwerman
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