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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Upcoming PixL Made-for-TV Movies...

PixL movies: (PixL is the station that offers family movies 24-7 commercial free!)

Here's some news below on upcoming movies coming to the PixL station. Stay tuned to "It's a Wonderful Movie" for premiere dates on all the movies listed below!

'Love on the Vines' starring Brittany Underwood, Parker Harris, Jack Wagner, and Danielle Langlois

Summary: A lawyer must work for 6 wks on a vineyard in order to inherit it.

Danielle Langlois, Parker Harris, and Jack Wagner image via: instagram

on set image: instagram

on set image Brittany Underwood, Producer/Director Bradford May, and Parker Harris: instagram

'Groomzilla' starring Darin Brooks, Elizabeth Rice, DeVaughn Nixon, Roland Kickinger, and Manny Streetz.

(You may remember, I mentioned this movie before in my interview with screen-writer Cara J. Russell.)

Storyline: After four years of courting, Alyssa and Tucker are about to tie the knot. However, suddenly the usually easy going Tucker becomes obsessed with every minute detail of the wedding planning, confusing his friends and family with his high strung antics. Unbeknownst to Tucker, he has come down under the spell of his grandmother's very unique engagement ring....

on the set pic: "Groomzilla" via Instagram

on the set pic: "Groomzilla" via Instagram

'Sisters of the Groom' Starring Matthew Atkinson, Jeremy Sumpter, Malese Jow, Savannah Jayde, Annie Tedesco, and Aynsley Bubbico

(you may recall I mentioned this one in a previous post- see it here with more pics!)

 "Sisters of the Groom" picture posted by Aynsley Bubbico

'Before You Say I Do' starring Becca Tobin, Ryan Kelley, and Blake Cooper Griffin

Update: 'Do I Say I Do' was a working title for the newly titled movie 'Before You Say I Do'

Details via chicago3media: The film centers on popular author and relationship expert ‘Jessica Bender’ (Becca Tobin) who is looking forward to getting out from under her contract with Mike Pryce (Ryan Kelley), her publisher and ex-boyfriend. During the course of their enforced association, these exes begin to realize that they may still be deeply in love while at the same time, Jessica and her current admiring boyfriend ‘Dr. Stephen Howard’ (Griffin) are aiming to take their relationship to the next level.

image via set designer: http://www.nicolerodarte.com/

image via set designer: http://www.nicolerodarte.com/

image via set designer: http://www.nicolerodarte.com/

image via set designer: http://www.nicolerodarte.com/

‘Late Bloomer’ starring Italia Ricci, Nathan Parsons, Madison Pettis, Brooke Newton, Beth Broderick

Storyline: A woman falls for a guy who bullied her in high school.

image via set designer: http://www.nicolerodarte.com/

image via set designer: http://www.nicolerodarte.com/

image via set designer: http://www.nicolerodarte.com/

image via on-set : instagram

image via: instagram

image via: instagram

‘Brimming with Love’ starring Jonathan Keltz, Kelsey Asbille, George Newbern, and Barry Corbin

Summary: A matchmaking coffee shop owner helps a jilted journalist find love.

Image via Instagram

'The Mechanics of Love' starring Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tyler Hynes, Lochlyn Munro, Emily Tennant, Blair Penner, William Vaughan, Yvonne Chapman, and Milo Shandel

See UPDATE below...

Shenae Grimes-Beech has starred in several Hallmark films: Christmas Incorporated, White Hot, and Date with Love.

Here she is filming her new movie...

image on set of 'The Mechanics of Love' via: Instagram

*UPDATE: An Anonymous commenter below has shared this may not be a PixL movie based on where it is filming - so please know, we do not officially know where this one will be seen, yet. I received my information directly from IMDB - the Internet Movie Database, which does currently list this movie as a PixL TV Movie on their site. Also, the anonymous commenter mentioned the production company is a Canadian Company. They are exactly right - it is Lighthouse Pictures, and upon checking their other films, it looks like they produce mostly movies for the Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Lifetime. So... Please keep a close eye here and stay tuned for more details on 'The Mechanics of Love'.

*UPDATE #2 (July, 2016): I have just learned from Anderson W., that Lighthouse Pictures has made a movie for PixL. They produced the newest PixL original movie 'Twist of Fate'. Anderson discovered this interesting news when watching the new movie recently. Lighthouse Pictures is shown at the beginning of the film and Larry Levinson's name is featured at the end.

Anderson was also so thoughtful to include these fantastic screen-shots:

Please note... whether, 'Mechanics of Love', ends up on PixL or Hallmark, is still unknown, however this certainly proves it could end up anywhere!

*UPDATE #3 (May 23, 2017): This movie - 'Mechanics of Love' - will premiere on PixL, after all! The premiere date is June 3, 2017! (Thank you, Gina, for sharing this news!)

‘Hopeless Romantic’ - click here for details!

credit: Thank you Gina for the wonderful pics for 'Late Bloomer' and 'Sisters of the Groom' and all the wonderful PixL movie information, including summaries for 'Groomzilla', 'Brimming with Love', 'Love on the Vines,' and updated info on 'Mechanics of Love.' And, thank you Sherry for your reminders on Jack Wagner in 'Love on the Vines', and Shenae Grimes Beech in 'Mechanics of Love.' I was excited to find these on-the-set pics!

These ALL look like some fun Made-for-TV movies - stay tuned for premiere dates!

Details on the PixL channel:
PixL TV is currently available through Dish Network - Channel 388 (SD/HD) or Cablevision - Channel 139 (SD) or Channel 839 (HD). You can also watch PixL through their on-line YouTube channel for a small fee. Click here to check it out.

If you don't have the PixL channel - please ask your cable provider for it!

TV Movie 'Hopeless Romantic'


Movie: Hopeless Romantic

Network: PixL

Original Air Date: June 4, 2016

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set dΓ©cor image via: http://www.nicolerodarte.com/


Christa B. Allen
Brandon W. Jones
French Stewart


Via PixL: Hopeless romantic Matt (Brandon W. Jones) decides it’s time to pop the big question to his girlfriend, Alexis (Cassi Thomson). Before the big evening he practices his proposal on his best friend, Liz (Christa B. Allen). Matt believes if he follows the rules of all of his favorite romantic comedies he’s guaranteed a “Yes!” To Matt’s dismay, Alexis gently rejects him stating he’s only interested in the idea of being in love and not a real relationship. After this unexpected disaster, Matt binge watches one rom-com after another and comes up with plan to win Alexis back. Though Liz thinks Matt’s plan is absurd she agrees to be his wingman. The operation to rekindle his relationship appears to be working only for Matt to face the reality that he and Alexis may have grown apart and his heart belongs elsewhere.

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*Thank you Gina for sending me info + video on 'Hopeless Romantic'!

'J.L. Family Ranch', a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original Movie

To See MY REVIEW of 'JL Family Ranch' - scroll down below to the Movie Review Section...


Movie: J.L. Family Ranch

Network: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Original Air Date: August 21, 2016


Jon Voight ... John Landsburg
James Caan ... Tap Peterson
Melanie Griffith ... Laura Lee
Teri Polo ... Rebecca Landsburg
Abby Brammell ... Regan Landsburg
Steven Bauer ... Hector Arrieta
Skyler Shaye ... Lynn Landsburg
Trevor Donovan ... Brady Landsburg
Grant Bowler ... Sheriff Henry Whitlock
Lee Purcell ... Mable Ritter


"J.L. Family Ranch" follows veteran rancher and former sheriff John Landsburg (Jon Voight), who is forced to face the federal bureaucracy when an old enemy, Tap Peterson (James Caan) seeking revenge over a decades-old grudge falsifies documents and alleges Landsburg doesn't actually own his beloved family ranch. John however isn't the type to go down without a fight.

 "JL Family Ranch" movie

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Not since J.R. and Dallas has TV seen a family like this.

Heritage, Loyalty, Heartbreak, Redemption… 'J.L. Family Ranch' is the epitome of Hallmark.

With an amazing all-star cast: Jon Voight, James Caan, Melanie Griffith, and more… you will be drawn in from the start. 'J.L. Family Ranch' has the feel of a modern day western meets country song.

Rich in history, the name 'J.L. Family Ranch' says it all. John Landsburg (Jon Voight), as the patriarch, is determined to care for his family and his ranch, every member and square inch of it. To the death, if necessary and it just might be necessary!

When a local rancher, Tap Peterson (James Caan), with a vendetta, schemes with local government bureaucrats to take over the Landsburg ranch, John, along with his daughters Rebecca (Teri Polo) and Regan (Abby Brammell), and troubled, but loyal son Brady (Trevor Donovan), do everything in their power to fight back. They are devoted to their father and their roots, and nothing sways them away – not money, temptations, or threats.

This movie has such an authentic feel, so real. Very true to our lives today, as it delves into government control, imminent domain, and our basic rights and freedoms.

If you love American history, the old west, or the countryside… if you believe in an honest day’s work, for an honest day’s pay… and the good ole USA, you will be riveted by Hallmark Movies and Mysteries’ 'J.L. Family Ranch'.

-Review by Net, itsawonderfulmovie.com

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Please note: J.L. Family Ranch is like a modern day western with guns and other violence. Adult situations are discussed. Along with drinking, a physical altercation, etc…

If you enjoy the old western type movies and love the country way of life - then you will definitely want to see 'J.L. Family Ranch'.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Cast News Revealed for Hallmark Movie 'Managing Manhattan'

We just recently learned the cast list for an upcoming Hallmark movie that is currently filming - 'Managing Manhattan'! Please note- this is the current working title, so it may or may not be the same title when the movie premieres!

Starring in 'Managing Manhattan' are:
Julianna Guill, Marc Bendavid, Vivica A. Fox, Natasha Henstridge, Marla Sokoloff

Julianna Guill and Marc Bendavid - images via IMDB

This will be Julianna Guill's first Hallmark movie. Julianna had a role in the recent blockbuster 'Captain America: Civil War'. You may recall Marc Bendavid from one of last years 'Countdown to Christmas' Movies - 'Angel of Christmas'.

Vivica A. Fox, Natasha Henstridge, and Marla Sokoloff - images via IMDB

The cast also includes these three ladies you will recognize from Hallmark movies... Vivica A. Fox, pictured above, from 'Farewell Mr. Kringle', 'Looking for Mr. Right', and more! Natasha Henstridge previously starred in 'A Christmas Song' and 'You Lucky Dog'. And, Marla Sokoloff starred in the Hallmark movies 'Flower Girl' and 'Gift of the Magi'.

'Managing Manhattan' Movie Synopsis: "Small-town clothing store manager TAYLOR McCALL (30) is called up to the big leagues to run a Manhattan clothing boutique after a chance encounter with ALYSSA SHAW (50), the founder of the famed New York store, A-Line. But the reality of big city life is more than Taylor bargained for -- she's overwhelmed by the crowds, the noise, the pace, the expense and the overall craziness of Manhattan.

As Taylor slowly settles into life in New York City, she meets PHILIP (30), a realtor who clearly wants to be more than friends. But work is consuming all of Taylor's attention, as she strives to meet sales targets and live up to expectations.

When Taylor makes a major misstep, everything in her exciting new life comes crashing down. To get it back, Taylor must combine her newly acquired New York street-smarts with a dash of wholesome Midwestern charm."

(credit: cast info & synopsis via sepiafilms, and Thank you Gina - for sending the information above!.)

'Managing Manhattan' is filming May 29th through June 17th.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hallmark's Gold Crown Christmas Schedule!

From one Holiday to Another!!! It has become a new tradition in July for both of the Hallmark Stations to air, at least, a week of Christmas! This year the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel will start it off first on July 1st! They just released their schedule via their web-site, (thank you Joyce in Carolina for sending it my way!!!) and I couldn't wait to share it here with all of you...

Hallmark's Gold Crown Christmas Schedule - 2016
on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries:

Friday, July 1st
1/12c: Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs. Miracle
3/2c: Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle
5/4c: Our First Christmas
7/6c: A Christmas Wish
9/8c: Magic Stocking

Saturday, July 2nd
9a/8c: The Christmas Shepherd
11a/10c: Cancel Christmas
1/12c: Lucky Christmas
3/2c: Christmas Magic
5/4c: Angels & Ornaments
7/6c: Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas
9/8c: Debbie Macomber's Dashing Through the Snow
11/10c: The Case for Christmas

Sunday, July 3rd
9a/8c: Fallen Angel
11a/10c: Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas
1/12c: The Christmas Choir
3/2c: Farewell Mr. Kringle
5/4c: The Christmas Blessing
7/6c: The Christmas Secret
9/8c: The Christmas Note
11/10c: The Christmas Card

Monday, July 4th
Happy Fourth of July
1/12c: A Season for Miracles
3/2c: November Christmas
5/4c: Silver Bells
7/6c: Christmas in Conway
9/8c: Christmas with Holly

Tuesday, July 5th
1/12c: The Christmas Note
3/2c: The Christmas Card
5/4c: Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas
7/6c: The Christmas Ornament
9/8c: Mistletoe Over Manhattan

Wednesday, July 6th
1/12c: A Dog Named Christmas
3/2c: Magic Stocking
5/4c: The Christmas Pageant
7/6c: Christmas Magic
9/8c: Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas

Thursday, July 7th
1/12c: A Grandpa for Christmas
3/2c: The Town Christmas Forgot
5/4c: The Christmas Heart
7/6c: Our First Christmas
9/8c: The Christmas Card

Friday, July 8th
1/12c: The Case for Christmas
3/2c: Cancel Christmas
5/4c: Lucky Christmas
7/6c: Debbie Macomber's Dashing through the Snow
9/8c: The Christmas Secret

Saturday, July 9th
9a/8c: Three Wise Women
11a/10c: Silver Bells
1/12c: The Christmas Blessing
3/2c: The Christmas Note
5/4c: Magic Stocking
7/6c: Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle
9/8c: Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs. Miracle
11/10c: The Christmas Pageant

Sunday, July 10th
9a/8c: Angels & Ornaments
11a/10c: Christmas in Conway
1/12c: Christmas with Holly
3/2c: A Dog Named Christmas
5/4c: Christmas With Tucker
7/6c: The Christmas Shepherd
9/8c: The Christmas Ornament
11/10c: A Christmas Wish

I hope you see many movies you want to watch come "Christmas in July!" Doesn't it just seem like yesterday - that we were packing away the ornaments for safe-keeping, and soon it will be coming again!

I pray we all keep the spirit of Christmas in our hearts all year round.

Enjoy Hallmark's Gold Crown Christmas week... and I'll be sharing the Hallmark Channel's Christmas Keepsake week as soon as it becomes available!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend - Movies, Specials, and More!!!

The Disney Channel's Memorial Day Movie Marathon!

As I mentioned in a previous post, the Disney Channel will be airing a special marathon of movies this weekend in celebration of them premiering their 100th DCOM - Disney Channel Original Movie this summer! See more details, here!

image: Disney / courtesy: BuzzFeed

After these 4 full days of movies... Disney will be playing 2 movies - twice daily at 12 am & 2 am! See the complete schedule at Buzzfeed!

(Thank you SleepyKittyPaws for sharing this schedule link! Super excited for early Christmas on June 16th!)

movie posters via: Disney

Also, in honor of Memorial Day, I would like to mention two of Disney's most patriotic films... 'Cadet Kelly', which honors our military, starring Haylie Duff and Christy Carlson Romano, and will air Monday May 30th at 11:55pm/10:55c. Then, there is 'Tiger Cruise', which can be seen next weekend on Sunday, June 5th at 2 am/1c. It is a remarkable movie that tells the story of 9/11, starring actress Hayden Panettiere.

National Memorial Day Concert 2016 airs on PBS

Sunday May 29, 2016 at 8pm/7c.

Repeats at 9:30pm/8:30c., 12am/11c., and 1:30am/12:30c.

Please check your local listings - as times may be different in your local area.

This is typically a very emotional and inspiring show, which honors our country and our military's sacrifice and service.

Patriotic & War Movies...

Over the course of Memorial Day weekend, these movies/specials can be seen - which give special tribute to our military...

TCM will be playing 'The Best Years of Our Lives', 'Glory', 'Where Eagles Dare', 'The Great Escape', 'The Guns of Navarone' and more.

TBN will be showing '25 Hill', 'Last Ounce of Courage' and 'Flag of my Father'.

INSP is playing on Monday special episodes of The Waltons and Western Dramas.

AMC is showing 'Patton', 'The Green Berets', 'Heartbreak Ridge', and more.

FX is showing 'Lone Survivor'. (Please note: I have not seen this movie. It is rated R by the MPAA for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language.)

*The movie '25 Hill' and The Waltons are appropriate for family viewing.

*Please know most of these other films are war movies and not suitable for young children. Furthermore, I have seen many, but not all of these movies listed. I have seen 'Glory', for instance, and it is a very intense war movie, with some very graphic war scenes. Just thinking about it, my heart goes out with great appreciation to all of our dear veterans who fought so hard to protect our freedoms today. It is important we all remember liberty and freedom isn't free.

On this Memorial Day Weekend, we remember all veterans with great honor and deep gratitude!

God Bless America and All who defend her!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

'Savannah Sunrise' an INSP Original Film


Movie: Savannah Sunrise

Network: INSP

Original Air Date: June 26, 2016

Details below via the official web-site - savannahsunrisemovie.com:


Pamela Reed ... Loraine Miles
Shawnee Smith ... Joy
Shawn Christian ... Phil Miles
Dave Blamy ... Frank Dawson
Jason Burkey ... The Bear
Gary Wheeler ... Pastor Frank
Clare Carey ... Angie
Madelyn Cline ... Willow Miles
Sheila Cochran ... Herself (credit only)
Arthur Dennies Jr. ... Airport Traveler
Bethany DeZelle ... Officer Steinberg
Marion Guyot ... Milly Staples
Emmanuel Hudson ... Taxi Driver
Vitaly Andrew LeBeau ... Ryan Miles
Krista Mack ... Pedestrian
Gary Ray Moore ... Officer Wagner
Anthony Reynolds ... Officer Hernandez
Danny Vinson ... Little Doug


via savannahsunrisemovie.com: Straight-laced Joy Miles thinks she’s taking a simple road trip to move her free-spirited mother-in-law, Loraine, from Louisville to Savannah. Complete opposites, the two women manage to tolerate each other—barely. Joy is consumed with work, an impending deadline and a high-stakes project. Reluctantly, Loraine, now widowed, is taking the next step in life, moving to a retirement community, no longer a preacher’s wife, but a woman on her own. Her insights about life and family tend to get under Joy’s skin, especially since Loraine’s words make Joy take a hard look at her own whirlwind life, her priorities, and what is really important to her.

SSUN-Still073_Buick 4As the weekend unfolds, with its many adventures, hilarious encounters and heart-to-heart revelations, the women come to see each other through new, appreciative eyes. Mile after mile Joy’s true affections for Loraine start to surface. She takes a front-seat-view of how this strong-willed woman is managing the emotional transition of learning to live life after losing her spouse. And despite their many differences, with light-hearted escapades at every turn, they discover how much they respect, and even need, each other.

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