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Friday, May 25, 2018

Happy Memorial Day Weekend - 2018!

As we enjoy this special 3 day weekend, it's a good time to reflect and give tribute to those Veterans who have given their lives to serve our country. We can never repay their sacrifice, but we must pray earnestly for our leaders and those who serve our country today. We are certainly blessed to live in the "land of the free and the home of the brave."

If you're relaxing at home this weekend, vacationing, or visiting with family and friends, there are some specials you may not want to miss...

The National Memorial Day Concert

image via: PBS

"The Voice" Season 14 finalist Spensha Baker will open the show with a special performance of the national anthem. Other performances include, via PBS: Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress Allison Janney; Grammy Award nominee Leona Lewis; Academy Award nominated actor Graham Greene; Tony-nominated actress Mary McCormack; Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-nominated actor John Corbett; film and television actor Brian Tee; actor and country singer Charles Esten; Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Cynthia Erivo; Tony-nominee Megan Hilty; acclaimed tenor and Broadway star Alfie Boe; and Gary Sinise & The Lt. Dan Band, marking 15 years and over 400 concerts entertaining our troops, veterans and military families; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestraunder the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

Also participating in the event are the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Chorus and Army Voices, The Soldiers' Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, The Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.

The 2018 National Memorial Day Concert will be live-streamed on PBS.org, YouTube and Facebook.

Watch The National Memorial Day Concert on PBS
Sunday May 27, 2018
check your local station for times.
(repeat showings throughout the night)

Hallmark Channel's
Memorial Day Weekend Event

images via: Hallmark Crown Media

Saturday, May, 26, 2018

Love on a Limb
Sun, Sand, & Romance
Autumn Dreams
The Parent Trap
Love, Once, and Always
The Sweetest Heart
Royally Ever After
Dater’s Handbook
2018 June Weddings Preview Special

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Winter’s Dream
Walking the Dog
Birthday Wish
Royally Ever After
Summer Love
Home by Spring
The Perfect Catch

Monday, May 28, 2018

Stop the Wedding
My Favorite Wedding
A Country Wedding
The Perfect Bride
Unleashing Mr. Darcy

INSP salutes our Troops

image via: INSP

Watch 2 Military-themed Movies on Sunday May 27, 2018 - The Horse Soldiers and The Monuments Men (rated PG-13).

On Monday, May 28, 2018 - Memorial Day:

See The Waltons: The Homefront - 2 part Episode on INSP at 3pm/2c. and 4pm3c.

TCM honors the Military

image via: TCM

Classic War and Military Themed Movies on TCM include: Flying Leathernecks (1951), Back to Bataan (1945), Wings of Eagles, The (1957), Operation Pacific (1951), They Were Expendable (1945), Thousands Cheer (1943), Stage Door Canteen (1943), Kelly's Heroes (1970), Where Eagles Dare (1968), Battle of the Bulge (1965), Red Badge Of Courage, The (1951), Pride of the Marines (1945), The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946), and more...

*Please note: I have not previewed these military films; however, I do suspect many are filled with war and battle scenes. I would not recommend watching with children.

If you enjoy Sports, then you will have plenty of choices this holiday weekend on TV... from PGA Tour Golf, French Open Tennis, Hockey, Nascar, the Indianapolis 500, and More...

Have a wonderful, sunny, safe, relaxing weekend, everyone!

May God Bless Our Troops, past and present! Have a nice Memorial Day Weekend!

Blessings to you all! Net

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Let's COUNTDOWN to CHRISTMAS and Mark the *25th* of MAY!!!

This Friday is May 25th! Let's share today which Christmas Movies we are watching! Details below!

Let's "MARK" THE 25th!

On May 25th... it's only 7 months until Christmas Day... 213 days and so many hours and minutes, according to my Countdown Clock!!!

To commemorate this special time here at It's a Wonderful Movie... I'll share which Christmas movie I have chosen to watch on the 25th, and for those of you who would like to participate, please share which Christmas movie/program you are watching on the 25th - in comments below!

On this May 25, 2018, I am watching-

The Christmas Card
starring John Newton, Alice Evans, and Edward Asner

- Hallmark Crown Media -

The Christmas Card is such an incredible story about military service, sacrifice, and discovering a place that feels like home again.

When Master Sergeant Cody Cullen receives a random Christmas card from Nevada City, from a complete stranger, Faith Spellman, he is instantly drawn to her and her picturesque town. Soon after his arrival there, Cody not only meets Faith (when she mistakenly eats some of his curly fries), but he is immediately welcomed by the folks at church, and discovers a connection with Faith's father, Luke, who also served his country years before.

Since The Christmas Card first premiered on the Hallmark Channel in 2006, I'm sure many, many people have seen it over the years, and yet, this movie is one viewers are often drawn back to. In fact, it was Hallmark's first "Merry (Meow) Madness" bracket winner in 2017.

Following Faith's letter to Nevada City restores Cody's faith in his fellow man and the hope of love one day!

image: Hallmark Crown Media Family Networks

Why does this story still resonant so deeply? My conclusion is, we are touched by the heart of the story... the mysterious letter from a stranger, the new, exciting romance, the honorable way they give tribute to all of our military, and this beautiful family that accepts Cody so warmly into their hearts and home.

This movie is filled with so many meaningful moments and visually stunning wintery scenes... the snowfall sleigh ride, the sweet country church and it's members singing Christmas carols, the lumberyard filled with snow, the town's Christmas dance, the waterfall dedication to our Vietnam veterans, and the lovely, warm, and inviting Spellman log-cabin home decorated for Christmas!

There's also lots of wonderful and fun dialogue in The Christmas Card, too... such as, Cody says at the dance (regarding Faith's boyfriend, Paul), "He's just marking his territory."

And, mischievous Uncle Richard says... "The best things happen while your dancing."

The Christmas Card is a true Hallmark Holiday Classic! As the engraving says on the bench Cody gives Luke and Rosie (Faith's parents) for Christmas... it's "where the magic begins!"

This is an ideal movie to watch on Memorial Day weekend, due to the way this film honors our veterans from Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan. In addition to it, there are other wonderful choices of Christmas movies that honor our military, including: "Operation Christmas," "Christmas Homecoming," and "The Christmas Note."

Operation Christmas - is available on DVD or Streaming
Christmas Homecoming - is not currently available
The Christmas Note - is available on DVD or Streaming

Now, it's your turn to share... which Christmas movie/program will you watch on the 25th? .... as we continue to Countdown to Christmas together!

Blessings, Net

HALLMARK Gives Viewers a July filled with Christmas Movies!

Hallmark Press Release:



- Hallmark Crown Media -

STUDIO CITY, CA – May 24, 2018 – Hallmark gives viewers a slate of snowy offerings to help them cool down and get into the holiday mood during the networks’ annual Christmas programming events throughout the month of July. This year the company’s streaming service, Hallmark Movies Now, is joining the holiday party for the first time.

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ Gold Crown Christmas event from Friday, June 29 – Sunday, July 8. Some of the heartfelt holiday tales from last year include “Christmas Homecoming” starring Julie Benz (“Training Day,” “Hawaii Five-O) and Michael Shanks (“Saving Hope”); “Engaging Father Christmas” with Erin Krakow (“Army Wives,” “When Calls the Heart”), Niall Matter (“When Calls the Heart,” “Supernatural”), Wendie Malick (“Hot in Cleveland,” “American Housewife”); “Christmas in the Air” starring Catherine Bell (“JAG, “Good Witch”) and Eric Close (“Nashville”); “Magical Christmas Ornaments” starring Jessica Lowndes (“Major Crimes,” “90210”) and Brendan Penny (“Chesapeake Shores,” “Motive”) and “Christmas in Angel Falls” with Rachel Boston Rachel Boston (“Witches of East End,” “In Plain Sight”), Paul Greene (“When Calls the Heart,” “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”) and Beau Bridges (“Homeland,” “Black-ish”), to name a few.

The holiday fun continues with Hallmark Channel’s Christmas Keepsake lineup, from Friday, July 6 – Sunday, July 22. A sampling of the romantic, yuletide adventures include “Switched for Christmas” starring Candace Cameron Bure (“Fuller House,” “The View”), Eion Bailey (“The Last Tycoon,” “Once Upon a Time”), Mark Deklin (“Grace and Frankie,” “Major Crimes”); “Coming Home for Christmas” with Danica McKellar (“The Wonder Years”), Neal Bledsoe (“The Mysteries of Laura”); “A Gift to Remember” starring Ali Liebert (“Chesapeake Shores”) and Peter Porte (“Baby Daddy”); “Finding Santa” with Jodie Sweetin (“Fuller House”) and Eric Winter (“The Good Doctor”) and “Christmas at Holly Lodge” starring Alison Sweeney (“Days of Our Lives,” “The Irresistible Blueberry Farm”), Jordan Bridges (J. Edgar, Mona Lisa Smile) Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Instant Mom,” “Ray Donovan”), among others.

For holiday aficionados who want to watch their ho-ho-ho on the go, streaming service Hallmark Movies Now is gifting viewers with Jingle in July. Starting Monday, July 23 – Tuesday, July 3, subscribers will be able to enjoy the service’s library of holiday favorites in addition to two new movies never before offered – “The Rooftop Christmas Tree” starring Michelle Morgan (“Heartland”) and Tim Reid (“Greenleaf”) and “Falling for Christmas” with Leah Renee (“Satisfaction”), Niall Matter and Lisa Whelchel (“The Facts of Life”).

(End of Hallmark Press Release)

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hallmark's Christmas in July is coming soon!

It's official! Parade.com just unwrapped the best news!

Christmas in Angel Falls - Hallmark Crown Media

"Gold Crown Christmas Week," as we anticipated, begins Friday, June 29th and runs until Sunday, July 8th on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!

Plenty of past favorites will be seen, according to Parade.com, such as: Christmas Homecoming (Julie Benz, Michael Shanks), Engaging Father Christmas (Erin Krakow, Niall Matter), Christmas in the Air (Catherine Bell, Eric Close) and Christmas in Angel Falls (Rachel Boston, Paul Greene).

"Christmas Keepsake Week" begins Friday, July 6th and runs until Sunday, July 22nd on the Hallmark Channel!

We shall see lots of premieres from last season, according to Parade.com, including Switched for Christmas (Candace Cameron Bure, Eion Bailey), Coming Home for Christmas (Danica McKellar, Neal Bledsoe) and Christmas at Holly Lodge (Alison Sweeney, Jordan Bridges).

No word from Parade.com on Hallmark Drama, but it was previously mentioned that they would air Christmas movies beginning July 23rd. More news will surely be more forthcoming there. Hallmark Drama was also not mentioned in Hallmark's latest Christmas in July press release - link below.

Hallmark Movies Now is also joining in on this annual tradition - by offering Christmas movies through Hallmark's streaming service!

UPDATE: Read Hallmark's Press Release for the most up-to-date info on Christmas in July!

Wherever you watch... it's surely going to be an enchanting month of Christmas movies!!!

Set Sail! Hallmark Announces FIVE 2018 "Summer Nights" Destination Movies with Lacey Chabert, Cameron Mathison, Alexa and Carlos PenaVega, Jill Wagner, Marc Blucas, and More!!!

Hallmark Press Release:





A Summer to Remember - Hallmark Crown Media

Sultry South African Vistas, Caribbean Ports O’ Call,

South Pacific Beaches and
Home Sweet Home Await Viewers

This summer, Hallmark Channel takes viewers on an exciting trip around the world with its annual Summer Nights programming event celebrating the sun-drenched days of leisure and love. Viewers with wanderlust will be able to travel to exotic locations including South Africa, the Caribbean and the South Pacific beaches of Fiji from the comfort of their own homes.

First stop on the world tour is South Africa, the setting for “Love on Safari,” premiering Saturday, July 28, (9:00 p.m. ET/PT). Shot on location in Johannesburg, Lacey Chabert (“Party of Five,” “Moonlight in Vermont”) stars as a web designer who finds plans for her trip to Scottsdale derailed when she learns she’s inherited an animal reserve in South Africa and must travel there for the reading of the will. Faced with the decision to sell, she meets the no-nonsense ranger played by Jon Cor (“Lost in Space”), who takes her on a safari in hopes that she will fall in love with the land, the animals and hopefully him. Viewers will be captivated by the breathtaking Sub-Saharan scenery of the reserve featuring tranquil grasslands and populated with majestic wildlife including zebras, elephants, lions, giraffes and more.

Next, an exciting voyage is in store for viewers with “Love at Sea,” premiering Saturday, August 4 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT). Real-life husband and wife Alexa PenaVega (Spy Kids) and Carlos PenaVega (“Big Time Rush”) head out on the high seas aboard Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas as it cruises to exciting ports o’ call including Jamaica, Nassau, St. Thomas and Cozumel. Alexa stars as an event planner organizing a multifaceted event on board the ship and thinks she has everything set to the last detail…until she learns she’ll be dealing with the rookie, substitute cruise director, portrayed by Carlos, who has his own way of doing things that puts a wrench in her carefully thought out plans.

For viewers who dream of vacationing on the beaches of a tropical island, a trip to the South Pacific is next on the itinerary with two original movies. “A Summer to Remember” stars Catherine Bell (“JAG,” “Army Wives”) and Cameron Mathison (“All My Children,” “Entertainment Tonight”) and premieres Saturday, August 11 (9 p.m. ET/PT). Shot on location in Fiji, Bell stars as an ER doctor who retreats to the island with her teen daughter so they can reconnect and hopes to recapture the tranquility she found there years ago with her late husband. During the trip, hiking through picturesque jungles, paddle boarding, horseback riding – and possibly love – are on the agenda.

Also jetting off to Fiji are Jill Wagner (“Wipeout”) and Kristoffer Polaha (“Ballers,” “Get Shorty”) for “Pearl in Paradise” (working title) premiering Saturday, August 18 (9 p.m. ET/PT). Wagner stars as a photographer for a nature magazine who hopes to become its new creative director but first, she must come up with a winning angle for the cover of their 30th anniversary issue. She enlists the help of a romance novelist (Polaha), who she’s convinced will help her locate a rare blue pearl buried somewhere on Fiji that was the subject of one of his bestselling books. Their adventure leads them from the comfort of a luxurious resort through the rugged yet lush jungles of the island, punctuated by cool streams and awe-inspiring waterfalls.

Another destination this summer is home sweet home in “A Sweet Taste of Love” (working title) premiering Saturday, August 25 (9 p.m. ET/PT). After her divorce, Tyler returns to her hometown to spend the summer with her daughter and mother. Her mother owns and operates a local, once-popular BBQ restaurant. At her daughter’s urging, Tyler signs up for the town’s famous, annual BBQ competition, where she soon realizes her high-school sweetheart (Marc Blucas, “Underground,” “Miss Christmas”), now a celebrity chef, is back in town and part of the contest. As the two are forced to spend time together, old feelings resurface but Tyler convinces herself she has no room for distractions, especially when there is a competition to win.

Hallmark Channel has your travel plans booked for summer 2018, without the need to worry about packing or booking a flight. Viewers just need to sit back, relax and spend Saturday nights with all-new, original movie premieres.

(Hallmark Press Release)

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