Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sun, Sand and Romance -- a Hallmark Channel Original "Summer Nights" Movie!


MOVIE REVIEW

Movie: Sun, Sand and Romance

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: August 26, 2017










CAST:

Paul Campbell ... Shep
Tricia Helfer ... Kate
Sadie Robertson ... Chloe
Scott Elrod ... Eric
Tim Russ ... Gus
Heidi Fielek ... Sally







PLOT:

Storyline via Hallmark: Kate, a driven accounting executive, heads to Cancun with her boyfriend Eric, an equally ambitious land development executive, for some much-needed rest and relaxation. But the getaway they agreed would be 90 percent romance and just 10 percent work becomes anything but that. Upon arrival, Eric learns a prominent real estate developer is a guest in their resort. Wanting to seize the opportunity for potential business, Eric chases this new venture and leaves Kate to her own devices time and again. Luckily, Shep, the resort’s activities director, is an old friend of Kate’s from her camp counselor days and more than willing to help fill her solo hours with fun and adventure. As the old friends spend more time together and reconnect, Kate is reminded of dreams she used to have and finds herself wondering if it’s time to change course.






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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Visiting Christmas TV History!


Today is my day at ChristmasTVHistory.com! If you are not familiar with it, it's a web-site created by author Joanna Wilson - where she shares all about Christmas Entertainment! It has become an annual tradition each July for her to host a *Christmas in July party* where everyone is invited to take part by answering questions in a Christmas Questionnaire... and then, each day one person is highlighted with all of their favorites and today was designated as my day to share!

ChristmasTVHistory.com

Some of the 5 Questions asked were...

Who's your Favorite Santa (from any TV episode, special or movie)?

Do you enjoy watching Christmas entertainment year round?

If you were to be stranded on an island, what three Christmas movies, specials, or episodes would you like to have with you?

... and MORE!!!

Great questions, huh? Check out mine and lots of other great responses at:



At Home in Mitford -- a Hallmark Channel Original *Summer Nights* Movie starring Andie MacDowell and Cameron Mathison!


MOVIE REVIEW

Movie: At Home in Mitford

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: August 20, 2017 (Sunday, at 10pm EST)

*Please Note: This is the premiere date currently stated on Hallmark Channel's web-site; however, the premiere has already changed a few times- so please check back for any additional updates!

Poster: The Premiere Date on the Poster below says August 19, but the Hallmark Channel web-site still says August 20.

*This movie is based on the Jan Karon book series At Home in Mitford.











CAST:

Andie MacDowell ... Cynthia Coppersmith
Cameron Mathison ... Tim Kavanaugh
Ken Tremblett ... Jack Emery
Nicholas Holmes ... Dooley
Peter Hanlon ... Russel Jacks
David Lewis ... Hal
Sarah Edmondson ... Marge
Chris Cope ... Guy
Kehli O'Byrne ... Sally
Andrew Beha ... BBQ Guy








PLOT:

Storyline via Hallmark: A divorced writer goes to a picture-perfect small town to get over her writer’s block, and ends up falling in love … with the town of Mitford, its inhabitants, and its most eligible bachelor, the handsome Episcopal priest who lives next door.






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*Photo Credit: Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Kailey Schwerman

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Searching for CHRISTMAS MOVIE Treasures!!!


Today, July 25th, marks FIVE MONTHS UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY!!!! Here at *It's a Wonderful Movie* we are celebrating *Christmas in July* ALL Month Long! According to the Countdown Clock, at the bottom of this page, today is 93 days until October 27th, the day Christmas movies begin once again on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and 152 days until actual Christmas day!!!


While in discussion with one of the visitors here, Mark, regarding a shared interest in a Hallmark Christmas movie, one we both enjoy, but isn't quite as popular as many others... Mark asked if I might inquire from all of you of any *Christmas Movie Treasures* you may know of... perhaps something unique or sentimental to you, that may or may not be well known, or often shown, and is definitely not as popular, as say "It's a Wonderful Life," "White Christmas," "Miracle on 34th Street," etc...

Whatever Christmas show you share - it can be a Theater movie, TV movie, cartoon, or special, etc... There's only one main requirement - it must be family friendly!


My Christmas Treasures...

I am going to start it off by sharing three!


1.) I absolutely love the heartwarming, nearly 30 minute special of a much older Jimmy Stewart (of "It's a Wonderful Life"), who spends Christmas all alone in "Mr. Krueger's Christmas," and yet, still finds joy in the true meaning of Christmas! It's truly, without a doubt, one of the most touching shows I have ever seen... tugs at every heart string!

"Mr. Krueger's Christmas" - watch video here:




*"Mr. Krueger's Christmas" is available on DVD at Amazon!



2.) For my second choice, I decided to choose a Christmas special that I hold so dear... it's "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." It's a children's version of the nativity pageant that is traditionally held each year, but this time around when the rowdy Herdman siblings, who've never even been to church before, get involved - it becomes a Christmas pageant the adults and children alike, never forget! This precious story will lift your spirit and warm your heart... it's a true Christmas treasure!

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" - watch video here:




The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is available on DVD at Amazon!)



3.) There are several classic Christmas movies that I love, but I'll just mention one today... "Love Finds Andy Hardy!" Mickey Rooney plus Judy Garland - what more can I say? Well, plenty! It's a delicious piece of Americana hometown apple pie at Christmastime! Simply delightful, old-fashioned, and downright captivating! When Andy Hardy (portrayed by Mickey Rooney) has too many dates for the upcoming Christmas dance, it's quite a mixed-up mess! And, when Judy Garland sings - it's the most loveliest Christmas!!!


*See my full movie review of Love Finds Andy Hardy - HERE!

"Love Finds Andy Hardy" movie trailer - watch here:






Please share one to three
of your beloved Christmas treasures
in comments below!!!

Summer in the Vineyard -- a Hallmark Channel Original *Summer Nights* Movie!


MOVIE REVIEW

Movie: Summer in the Vineyard

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: August 12, 2017

*This movie is a sequel to -- the 2016 "Fall Harvest" Hallmark Channel Original Movie "Autumn in the Vineyard" starring Rachael Leigh Cook and Brendan Penny! Click here for more details!







CAST:

Rachael Leigh Cook ... Frankie Baldwin
Brendan Penny ... Nate DeLuca
Marcus Rosner ... Marco DeLuca
Tegan Moss ... Lexi Moreau
Michael Kopsa ... Charles Baldwin
Laura Soltis ... Carla DeLuca
Jeremy Guilbaut ... Jonah Baldwin
Jessica Heafey ... Emma Nolan






PLOT:

Storyline via Hallmark: Three seasons have passed since Frankie Baldwin and Nate DeLuca became partners in love and winemaking as co-owners of Sorrento Farms in Napa Valley. Summer finds them preparing to bottle their first vintage, just in time for Taste of St. Madeleine, a splashy food and-wine event that draws top wine critics as well as huge crowds. A successful showing at Taste of St. Madeleine could launch Sorrento into the big time and secure its immediate financial future. But in their desire to do right by Sorrento and by each other, cautious Frankie and confident Nate end up working at cross purposes -- potentially undermining not only their winery but their relationship.


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*Photo Credit: Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Bettina Strauss

Monday, July 24, 2017

THANK YOU HALLMARK - for CHRISTMAS Movies in JULY, a Treasured Keepsake!!!


It has become an annual July tradition for the HALLMARK CHANNEL and HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES to bring us a little Christmas in July! In just a couple weeks (17 days, actually... July 7-23...but whose counting, right? *wink*) Hallmark jam-packs many of our Christmas movie favorites from the past year and previous seasons... festive, delightful, family-friendly holiday movies that are always welcome in our homes!

Plus, Hallmark gifts us typically with one, and now TWO this year - New Christmas Movie Premieres in July! Wow, you never cease to amaze me! I am continuously surprised by your ability to outdo yourself! Thank You, truly, for these wonderful weeks of *Christmas in July* Movies!


It's clear, Hallmark executives and leadership know what the viewers like and most assuredly they know how to help us all "beat the heat" during these hot summer days! Simply turning up the AC, watching scenes and scenes of snowball fights and sleigh rides effortlessly drifts ones mind to white Christmases and chilly winter nights!

In fact, one of my followers here- Travis, emailed to let me know - his family cranked up the AC enough to turn on the fireplace, then, they played Christmas board games (including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Operation!), and sipped hot chocolate (with marshmallows, no less) while watching Hallmark Christmas movies! I LOVE it!

By the way, I found the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Operation game and more Christmas board games - at Amazon, including a Christmas Monopoly Limited Edition board game and Christmas Charades - the "Perfect Party" Game!



Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Operation
Christmas Monopoly Limited Edition


Also, dear movie friends, Linda and Jim, who are faithful visitors here - shared that they both decorated their homes, just a little, to get into the spirit! Linda put up a wreath (which sounds lovely!) and Jim turned on Christmas lights (nothing compares to that warm glow!)! If you decorated, too, during Christmas in July, please share in comments below!




Bethlehem Lighting Pre-Lit Christmas Wreath /
Holiday Wonderland 100-Count Clear Christmas Light Set


I just love how everyone got into the spirit this year during Christmas in July! I always have a small Countdown to Christmas clock on my desk, which is a constant reminder that Christmas is one day closer than it was yesterday! Plus, this year - I got out some of my favorite decorative Christmas pillows - which were comfy on the couch while watching Hallmark Christmas movies!!! (these pillows below are very similar!)



Kneeling Santa Pillow / Set of 4 Decorative Christmas Pillowcase Covers

By my count, there were 59 Hallmark Christmas Movies that aired in July during Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Gold Crown Christmas and the Hallmark Channel's Christmas Keepsake Week event! In turn, reverse that number around... and there were approximately 95 Hallmark Christmas movies that didn't air during Hallmark's Christmas in July celebration at all! And, I know many of you, like myself, certainly missed them! (More Below...)

For all of you who are familiar with the animated cartoon - "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer..." if you recall there were many sweet toys that were left behind on the island of misfit toys and Santa found them and delivered them all - just in time for Christmas! These movies, just like those toys, weren't at all misfits - they were all quite fit and just needed to be loved & enjoyed! Be sure to take a look at the listings below of the movies that played during Christmas in July and the movies that didn't and please share in comments (remind Santa!) which movies you missed during July, but hope to see in October, November, or December!!! Hopefully, Santa will turn that sleigh around, pick these movies up again, and play them at Christmastime!!! (Ha! Ha! or rather, Ho! Ho! Ho!)




Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Ornaments


Movies I personally loved & Movies I missed during Christmas in July:

I'll start in by saying again how much I thoroughly enjoyed Christmas in July on the both Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and the Hallmark Channel! Thank you, Hallmark! I am truly so grateful you continue to air in July these sweet Christmas movies and fill our homes with the Christmassy spirit in the midst of summer!


I LOVED...

Like all of you Christmas movie viewers, I was happy to see many of my favorites, including these ten: "The Christmas Secret," "Hearts of Christmas," "Love Always, Santa," "A Christmas to Remember," "Christmas Cookies," "The Christmas Card," "My Christmas Love," "Debbie Macomber's Dashing Through the Snow," "Christmas List," "When Calls the Heart Christmas" and oh, my goodness... so many more!!!



ALL the Movies played during Hallmark's 2017 Christmas in July!
(listed in alphabetical order)

12 Gifts of Christmas
Angel of Christmas
Angels and Ornaments
A Bride for Christmas
Charming Christmas
The Christmas Blessing
The Christmas Card
Christmas Cookies
The Christmas Cure
A Christmas Detour
Christmas Incorporated
Christmas in Homestead
Christmas Land
Christmas List
A Christmas Melody
The Christmas Note
The Christmas Ornament
The Christmas Secret
A Christmas to Remember
Christmas Under Wraps
A Christmas Wish
A Cookie Cutter Christmas
Crown for Christmas
Debbie Macomber's Dashing Through the Snow
A December Bride
A Dream of Christmas
Every Christmas Has A Story
Finding Father Christmas
Hearts of Christmas
A Heavenly Christmas
Home for Christmas Day
I'll Be Home for Christmas
I'm Not Ready for Christmas
Journey Back to Christmas
Just in Time for Christmas
Let It Snow
Looks Like Christmas
Love Always, Santa
Love You Like Christmas
Magic Stocking
Merry Matrimony
The Mistletoe Promise
Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle
My Christmas Dream
My Christmas Love
Northpole: Open for Christmas
A Nutcracker Christmas
Once Upon a Holiday
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas
Operation Christmas
A Perfect Christmas
A Rose for Christmas
A Royal Christmas
Sleigh Bells Ring
Sound of Christmas
Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas
A Very Merry Mix-Up
When Calls the Heart Christmas
A Wish for Christmas




I MISSED...

With so many movies in the Hallmark Christmas library, unfortunately not all of the movies we love could be played.

The ones I missed the most were... (I picked a baker's dozen!)

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered: For Christmas" - Such a beautiful, amazing story of the true meaning of Christmas - wrapped in a non-delivered letter mystery! One of Hallmark's overall best Christmas movies ever, in my opinion!

"The Nine Lives of Christmas" - Originally this fan-favorite feline movie was scheduled to play during Christmas in July, but was replaced by an airing of "When Calls the Heart Christmas." I love WCTH, but I also very much missed seeing this adorable movie, which has two very sweet cats and the most precious love story!

"Broadcasting Christmas" - Surprisingly, this is the ONLY New Christmas Movie from 2016 that was NOT played during Christmas in July! Starring Dean Cain (Mr. Christmas, himself!) and Melissa Joan Hart, this movie, all about reporters vying for the same position in a Christmas contest, is cleverly unique and always entertaining!

"A Boyfriend for Christmas" - One of Hallmark's first - best Christmas Movie romantic comedies (from 2004)! Even all the guys in my family still like this one! When Holly brings Douglass Firwood home to meet her parents for Christmas - that's when the real fun begins! After all these years, I still love it!

"A Season for Miracles" - This Hallmark Hall of Fame movie from 1999 will always be a sentimental favorite! I love everything about it... the dear aunt, who wants so much to care for her precious, yet scared, niece and nephew, the sweet sisters who conveniently live next door and are always trying be supportive and neighborly, the helpful handsome police officer who serendipitously is always there when he's needed the most, and of course, the Angel, portrayed by the wonderful actress Patty Duke!

"The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" - Yes, the one with The Fonz, Henry Winkler! This is such an amusing, charming movie - the very moment Morgan shows up with Uncle Ralph unexpectedly for Christmas!

"Moonlight and Mistletoe" - Candace Cameron Bure's first Hallmark Christmas movie! It's so sweet when Holly comes home to take care of her father after his sleigh ride injury, then finds herself helping to save Santaville from financial ruin, and all the while, discovering love - with some mishaps along the way! Also stars Barbara Niven of "Chesapeake Shores!"

"Battle of the Bulbs" - This is not your typical romantic Hallmark movie, but it is still a lot of fun! There's a fierce competition between neighbors for the best Christmas light display and it's a blast to see them do their best to out do one another! The movie stars one of Christmas Movie's biggest stars, Daniel Stern - Marv, one of the infamous robbers from Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York!

"Holiday Engagement" - If you want to watch a Christmas movie that will make you literally laugh out loud... then, this is it! When Hillary brings home David, an actor, to pretend to be Jason, her ex-boyfriend, the real fun begins! Just thinking about various scenes makes me giggle... plus, there is a beautiful scene where Hillary and David sing "Angels We Have Heard on High" together at the piano - just before the real Jason unexpectedly arrives!

"A Princess for Christmas" - Absolutely enchanting! I am always swept away by this beautiful royal story... it's like a fairytale dream come true with the castle, prince, and a happily ever after!

"Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade" - I just fell in love with this movie! From the quirky, perky background music to the vintage wearing Emily and all her woes - including a marine biologist boyfriend who is completely clueless, and Henry, the new guy at work - who she fears may ruin the parade and everything she plans tediously each year! This is truly a delightfully witty and remarkably romantic - Hallmark treasure!

"Snow Bride" - One misconception snowballs into another... as an old flame resurfaces, sibling rivalry rises, and love that is at first fake becomes reality! And, it's all such fun to watch unravel and resolve itself in the end!

"Window Wonderland" - This is a fascinating, engrossing look into the lives of two very different people, so it seems, who create window displays and are competing for the same position at work. Looks may be deceiving and not quite exactly what anyone initially perceives. Filled with challenges, misconceptions, and quick witted banter - it's a beautiful window into their world where true love is, at last, discovered! Even stars two of Hallmark's most popular leading men - Paul Campbell and Cameron Mathison!




Please take a look at the list of movies below NOT played during Hallmark's Christmas in July, and share in comments (further below!) which movies you missed!


Hallmark Christmas Movies
NOT played during Hallmark's 2017 Christmas in July!
(listed below by most recent to years past)

Broadcasting Christmas
Karen Kingsbury's The Bridge
Family for Christmas
Tis The Season for Love
Ice Sculpture Christmas
Murder She Baked - A Plum Pudding Mystery
Angel's Sing
One Starry Christmas
The Nine Lives of Christmas
NorthPole
The Christmas Shepherd
One Christmas Eve (Hallmark Hall of Fame)
Debbie Macomber’s Mr. Miracle
Christmas At Cartwright’s
Best Christmas Party Ever
The Christmas Parade
Signed, Sealed, Delivered For Christmas
The Thanksgiving House
Pete's Christmas
Snow Bride
Catch a Christmas Star
Window Wonderland
Fir Crazy
The Christmas Spirit
Santa Switch
Hats off to Christmas
Finding Christmas
Christmas With Tucker
Christmas in Conway
Christmas Song
Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Wishing Tree
Matchmaker Santa
It's Christmas, Carol
Naughty or Nice
Hitched for the Holidays
The Christmas Heart
Come Dance With Me
Help for the Holidays
Baby's First Christmas
Christmas with Holly (Hallmark Hall of Fame)
Love's Christmas Journey
Mistletoe Over Manhattan
Lucky Christmas
Cancel Christmas
A Christmas Wedding Tail
The Case for Christmas
Holiday Engagement
A Princess for Christmas
Annie Claus is Coming to Town
Christmas Pageant
Christmas Comes Home to Canaan
Christmas Magic
Have A Little Faith (Hallmark Hall of Fame)
A Family Thanksgiving
The Night Before The Night Before Christmas
The Town that Christmas Forgot
Call Me Mrs. Miracle
The Santa Suit
Farewell Mr. Kringle
The Santa Incident
An Old-Fashioned Christmas
Three Wise Women
Gift of the Magi
Battle of the Bulbs
The November Christmas (Hallmark Hall of Fame)
The National Tree
Christmas in Canaan
The Three Gifts
A Dog Named Christmas (Hallmark Hall of Fame)
Accidental Friendship
An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving
Moonlight and Mistletoe
The Christmas Choir
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Our First Christmas
A Kiss at Midnight
A Grandpa for Christmas
All I Want for Christmas
The Note
Pictures of Hollis Woods (Hallmark Hall of Fame)
What I Did for Love
Meet the Santas
Silver Bells (Hallmark Hall of Fame)
Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus
A Boyfriend for Christmas
Eve's Christmas
Angel in the Family
A Carol Christmas
A Christmas Visitor
Fallen Angel (Hallmark Hall of Fame)
Silent Night (2002)
Santa Jr.
A Season for Miracles (Hallmark Hall of Fame)
Saint Maybe (Hallmark Hall of Fame)




Please share which movies you loved and which movies you missed during Christmas in July and we'll hope together to see them all this upcoming Christmas season - on either the Hallmark Channel or Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!!!

The memories made with my family while watching your Christmas movies these last few weeks, like your ornaments, are a treasured keepsake!

THANK YOU, again, Hallmark... for a Wonderful Christmas in July! I know myself and many viewers can't wait 'til the heat of summer subsides, and we all say Brrrrr as the chill of fall returns, and retreat inside as Christmas Movies return in OCTOBER!



Blessings everyone, Net


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