Friday, November 17, 2017

Snowed-Inn Christmas - a Lifetime Christmas Movie Premiere starring Bethany Joy Lenz & Andrew Walker!


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Movie: Snowed-Inn Christmas

Network: Lifetime

Original Air Date: December 16, 2017

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CAST:

Bethany Joy Lenz ... Jenna Hudson
Andrew W. Walker ... Kevin Jenner
Jefferson Brown ... Andrew
Belinda Montgomery ... Carol Winters
John B. Lowe ... Christopher Winters
Yollanda Chimbarami ... Continuity Traveller
Jackson Blake ... Women's Son



PLOT:

Storyline via Lifetime: Jenna Hudson (Bethany Joy Lenz, Colony) and Kevin Jenner (Andrew Walker, A Bride for Christmas) are polar opposites, working for the same online publication in New York City. With both having nowhere they want to be for Christmas, they volunteer for a special writing assignment. After a snowstorm forces their plane to land in none other than Santa Claus, Indiana, the two are placed in a Christmas Wonderland and the focus of their story shifts to saving the historic town inn run by Carol and Christopher Winters. As the two overcome their differences, they also rediscover the magic of Christmas. But with the inn's fate in jeopardy and the return of someone from Jenna's past, Carol and Christopher lend a helping hand to bring Jenna and Kevin together. The film also stars Tasha Smith. Snowed-Inn Christmas is produced by Juliette Hagopian and is executive produced by Howard Braunstein. Gary Yates serves as a director; Carly Smale serves as the writer.


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Christmas in Mississippi - a Lifetime Christmas Movie Premiere starring Jana Kramer & Wes Brown!


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Movie: Christmas in Mississippi

Network: Lifetime

Original Air Date: December 9, 2017

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CAST:

Jana Kramer ... Holly Logan
Wes Brown ... Mike
Faith Ford ... Caroline
Trace Masters ... Jack
Barry Bostwick ... Mr. Kriss
Gary Grubbs ... Carter Greenside
Richard Karn ... Mr. McGuire
Avery Lynn Lewis ... Granddaughter
Angelo Salvatore Restaino ... Hotel Clerk
Jordan Salloum ... Steve
Roger J. Timber ... Benny
Karina Willis ... Betty


PLOT:

Storyline via Lifetime: Photographer Holly Logan (Jana Kramer, Country Crush) returns to her hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi for Christmas. The town is resurrecting their traditional holiday light show for the first time since a terrible hurricane struck five years earlier. Holly volunteers to pitch in, but soon has second thoughts when she discovers the festival is run by her high school sweetheart, Mike (Wes Brown, We Are Marshall). Now Holly must spend the next few days with the man who broke her heart. With the help of Caroline (Faith Ford, Hope & Faith), her match-making mother and Mr. Kriss, the kind man who will play Santa in the town's celebration, Holly begins to fall in love with her hometown, and Mike, all over again. Christmas in Mississippi also stars Barry Bostwick (Spin City, Cougar Town) and Richard Karn (Home Improvement). Christmas in Mississippi is produced by Ken Badish and Daniel Lewis of Active Entertainment. Emily Moss Wilson serves as the director. Marcy Holland serves as the writer.


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My Christmas Prince - a Lifetime Christmas Movie Premiere!


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Movie: My Christmas Prince

Network: Lifetime

Original Air Date: December 3, 2017

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CAST:

Alexis Knapp ... Samantha



PLOT:

Storyline via Lifetime: Samantha (Alexis Knapp, Pitch Perfect), a dedicated teacher in Manhattan, returns to her home town of Maple Falls, Wyoming every year for Christmas. This year, she's delighted when her boyfriend Alex, a European diplomat from the tiny country of Madelvia, decides to joins her. Samantha later discovers Alex is actually a prince destined for the throne, turning her entire world upside down. Realizing that staying with Alex means spending her life in the constant glare of publicity and giving up the job opportunity of a lifetime, Samantha must decide if she loves Alex enough to make the transition from teacher to royal – or will it be too big a leap for this small-town girl? My Christmas Prince is produced by ARO Entertainment. Jeff Schenck executive produces. Sam Irvin serves as a director; Topher Payne and Jennifer Notas Shapiro serve as a writers.


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Four Christmases and a Wedding - a Lifetime Christmas Movie Premiere starring Arielle Kebbel & Corey Sevier!


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Movie: Four Christmases and a Wedding

Network: Lifetime

Original Air Date: December 2, 2017

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CAST:

Arielle Kebbel ... Chloe
Robyn Lawley
Markie Post
Judge Reinhold
Corey Sevier


PLOT:

Storyline via Lifetime: When event planner Chloe (Arielle Kebbel, Midnight Texas, UnREAL) is hired to plan the local Christmas Festival, she is beyond thrilled to embrace the challenge. Professionally, everything is going great, but much to the dismay of her mother (Markie Post, Christmas on the Bayou), Chloe confesses she has given up on ever finding Mr. Right. That all changes the night of the opening of the festival when she meets Evan. The two begin a whirlwind romance, but as Christmas Day nears, Chloe learns that Evan is being transferred overseas for work. What follows is three more Christmases where Chloe and Evan cross paths at the annual festival, but each year something -- or someone -- stands in the way of true love. Will a touch of Santa's magic on their fourth Christmas Eve finally bring them together?

The movie also stars Corey Sevier, Judge Reinhold and Robyn Lawley. Four Christmases and a Wedding is produced by Annuit Coeptis Entertainment. Timothy O. Johnson executive produces. Marita Grabiak serves as a director with a script by Barbara Kymlicka.


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A Very Merry Toy Store - a Lifetime Christmas Movie Premiere starring Melissa Joan Hart & Mario Lopez!


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Movie: A Very Merry Toy Store

Network: Lifetime

Original Air Date: November 26, 2017




CAST:

Melissa Joan Hart ... Connie Forrester
Mario Lopez ... Will DiNova
Tara Strong ... Francine
Dan Amboyer ... Randy Forrester
Brian Dennehy ... Joe Haggarty
Beth Broderick ... Pam Forrester
William Ragsdale ... Pete Griffin
Billy Gardell ... Roy Barnes
Mario Cantone ... Mayor Stevens
Gina Hiraizumi ... Aviana
Anthony Del Negro ... Ed
Doug Plaut ... Director
Jalesia Martinez ... Concert Goer / Kid Commercial
Mary Kate Malat ... Singer
Audrey Grace Marshall ... Eleanor
Josiah Harvey ... Festival Attendee
Bill Salvatore ... Rick-Office Worker / Festival Attendee / Wedding Attendee
Cameron Meyer ... Miss Halifax
Nick Fondulis ... Announcer
Alex Scolari ... Danielle
Whitney Hudson ... Reporter
Jaylin Fletcher ... Marshall Booter
Markley Rizzi ... Female Shopper
John Mondin ... Al Larkin
Kurt Cole ... Nervous Lawyer
Chester Jones III ... Dad
Bob Greenberg ... Banker
Clayton Barth ... Kenny
Dev Meenagh ... Maureen
Jonathan Savage ... Velvet Eddie
Raelynn Zofia Stueber ... Cute Little Girl
Leslie Gilliams ... Greg
Katie Vandrilla ... Customer / Office Worker
Cameron Mann ... TJ
Clark Hurlburt ... Sam - Store Clerk
Arbender J. Robinson ... Reverend Howard






PLOT:

Storyline via Lifetime: Connie Forrester (Melissa Joan Hart, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch), a young single mom, and Will DiNova (Mario Lopez, Holiday in Handcuffs) each run their small, family-owned toy stores in Connecticut. Similar to their families, Connie and Will have been business rivals for year, until both of their livelihoods fall into jeopardy when the big box toy store "Roy's Toys" has its grand opening right before Christmas. In order to save their businesses, Connie and Will band together to save the stores that have defined their families for generations, and in the process, might just find love in time for Christmas. The film also stars Beth Broderick, Brian Dennehy, Billy Gardell, Mario Cantone, Dan Amboyer and Tara Strong. A Very Merry Toy Store is produced by Hartbreak Films. Paula Hart and Melissa Joan Hart executive produce. Paula serves as a director; David Breckman serves as a writer.









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Wrapped Up in Christmas - a Lifetime Christmas Movie Premiere starring Tatyana Ali & Brendan Fehr!



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Movie: Wrapped Up in Christmas

Network: Lifetime

Original Air Date: November 25, 2017

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CAST:

Tatyana Ali ... Heather Nash
Brendan Fehr ... Ryan McKee
Kim Fields ... Courtney Widmore
Cindy Pickett ... Patty McKee
Mindy Sterling ... Agnes
Dan Lauria ... Gabriel
Jackée Harry ... Arlene Simons
Jasmine Guy ... Elise Nash
Joseph Marcell ... Jim Nash
Brandon Ray Olive ... Andy
Ashley Santos ... Diana Ramos
Princess K. Mapp ... Molly Widmore
Amy Arburn ... Isabel
Anthony Green ... Grant Widmore
Tito Livas ... Tyler
Lee Liston ... Sammy the Elf
Jill Adler ... Laura
Kalli Therinae ... Clerk
Ethan Blackham ... Ethan
Riley Hardy ... Riley
Page Petrucka ... Spunky Woman
Julien McGregor ... Employee #1
Jessica Villeneuve ... Employee #2
Duy Beck ... Brad
Jonathan Malaer ... Waiter
Mark Blockovich ... Diner Patron / Shopper
John Forker ... Shopper
Paul Nathan Cuthbert ... Cookie Store Customer


PLOT - Wrapped Up in Christmas:

Storyline via Lifetime: Christmas is one of Heather’s (Tatyana Ali, "Fresh Prince of Bel Air") favorite times of year but this year, as the manager of the upscale Town Center Mall, she has to be the Christmas Grinch and cancel the leases of under-performing stores. One afternoon, Heather’s niece, Molly asks the mall Santa to help find a boyfriend for her beloved aunt. Unbeknownst to Molly and Heather, “Santa” is actually Ryan (Brendan Fehr, "Guardians of the Galaxy"), who is working at the mall for the holidays and helping his Aunt Patty run her failing toy store. As Heather and Ryan begin to fall for each other, they have no idea of one another's true identity: Heather who is tasked with closing his aunt's store and Ryan who is too ashamed to tell Heather that he is the actually the mall Santa. Will Molly's Christmas wish come true, or will Heather be stuck as the Town Center Grinch?


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Instrument of War - a BYU Christmas Movie Premiere!


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Movie: Instrument of War

Network: BYU

Original Air Date: November 23, 2017

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CAST:

Jack Ashton ... Clair Cline
Elliot James Langridge ... Reed 'Whit' Whitaker
Daniel Betts ... Lawrence Packer
Rupert Simonian ... Al Thomas
Urs Rechn ... Klaus Schmidt
Andrea Deck ... Anne Cline
Andreas Wisniewski ... Karl Herrmann
Callum McGowan ... Vinny Petrolini
Barney White ... Jack Findlay
Matthias Zera ... Georg Klemper
Ethan Kai ... Frank Romero
Ethan Vincent ... Peter Schmidt
Christopher Lakewood ... Shaver
Daniel O'Keefe ... Billy Bryant
David Brumberg ... McReady
Deividas Breive ... German Teen
Elvinas Juodkazis ... POW 1
Edgar Bechter ... POW 2
Jonas Braskys ... The Lifeguard
Dovydas Laukys ... RAF POW
Ervinas Peteraitis ... Old German Farmer
Artiomas Rybakovas ... Tower Guard
Dovydas Stoncius ... German Officer
Tomas Zaibus ... German Soldier


PLOT:

Storyline via BYU press release: Instrument of War is an original scripted holiday television special inspired by first-hand accounts of WWII bomber pilot Clair Cline, an American B-24 pilot captured and held as Prisoner of War (POW) in a German prison camp, Stalag Luft I. After being shot down over Nazi-occupied Holland during a bombing mission, Cline and the surviving members of his crew struggled to keep themselves psychologically sound while living in captivity under the rule of a ruthless Commandant. To resist helplessness and bitterness that plagued POWs, Cline, a self-taught musician, crafted a violin from bunk bed slats, the leg of a chair, dried glue from the bottom of chairs and a shard of glass as a wood carving tool.

To help maintain his sanity during internment and lift fellow prisoners' spirits, Cline traded Red Cross rations with other prisoners, as well as with guards, to obtain tools and supplies needed to complete the instrument for the Christmas holidays. After playing traditional Christmas carols on his homemade violin, he became known throughout the camp. Filmed with the cooperation of the Cline family, this holiday special includes excerpts from his wife's diary that she kept throughout her husband's captivity.


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Switched for Christmas - a Hallmark Channel Original "Countdown to Christmas" Movie starring Candace Cameron Bure!


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Movie: Switched for Christmas

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: November 26, 2017











CAST:

Candace Cameron Bure ... Kate, Chris
Eion Bailey ... Tom
Cooper Johnson ... Gabe
Natasha Bure ... Piper
Mark Deklin ... Greg








PLOT:

Storyline via Hallmark: Identical twins Kate and Chris Lockhart plot to be the other sister -- at Kate’s office and Chris’ school – and take on planning their sister’s Christmas events. One rule, though: no romance. Chris as Kate is making her mark in the office, but co-worker Greg Turner grows curious about her sudden style. Kate as Chris, warming to her sudden family life, is introduced to a wealthy donor to help out the festival. Her jaw drops when she realizes that Tom Kinder is a teenage crush she met at that very festival 20 years ago. Can the sisters pull off their big events? And what about no romance? Will their little game of deceit take two hearts with it – Greg’s and Tom’s?










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*images via: Hallmark Crown Media Family Networks
Credit: Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Jeremy Lee

Christmas Encore - a Hallmark Channel Original "Countdown to Christmas" Movie starring Maggie Lawson & Brennan Elliott!


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Movie: Christmas Encore

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: December 9, 2017









CAST:

Maggie Lawson ... Charlotte Lacy
Brennan Elliot ... Julian Walker





PLOT:

Storyline via Hallmark: An aspiring New York actress who is considering abandoning her dream and taking a real job in Chicago following years of near-misses and bit parts, lands the role of a lifetime in a new production of A Christmas Carol. However, the play’s director is a successful TV actor, and the one she blames for her biggest professional disappointment.





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*images via: Hallmark Crown Media Family Networks
On the Set Photo Credit:
Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Shane Mahood
In Studio Photo Credit:
Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Steve Wilkie
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