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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Free Printable - "November 2011 Calendar" for Christmas TV Schedule!

This is our first Free Printable... a November Calendar so you can print and mark your favorite upcoming Christmas Movies... Old and New, of course!!! It's perfect for printing and posting on the fridge, desk area, or sharing with a friend! ( hint! hint! )

here's a "Sneak Peek" Small image of it:





To print, Click on this Link for Enlarged Picture:

http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy29/itsawonderfulmovie/CalendarChristmasMovieNov11.jpg

Wait for it to Load and Print!!!


More Printables to Come ... (if this one works out well!) including - a December Calendar, (coming next week!), and Much More!!!

Please let me know what you think of the Calendar and if it Prints alright for you!

Enjoy and God bless!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

World Series Baseball + Favorite Baseball Movies

Well, if you saw my post yesterday, then you read that I was cheering for the Texas Rangers to win the World Series Baseball Game last night. (game 6) I stayed with it... all the way into 11 (edge of my seat!) innings.... and they unfortunately, lost. With the games tied up 3-3 - it's any body's ball game now - and I'll be cheering on the Rangers tonight! (October 28, 2011)



*Inspired by the World Series, I was trying to think of my favorite baseball movies - and immediately, of course came to mind...


The Sandlot (the first Sandlot movie). It is so nostalgic - a true classic! I remember the first time I saw it - our family rented it on Video from our local Video Rental Store and watched it late one night while wrapping Christmas presents! Guess at that time we didn't have all the great Christmas Movies nearly 24-7 on TV like we do now! Plus, we didn't even have DVDs, yet! The Sandlot is a great movie about young boys and their love of baseball, friendship, and life! (There's also Sandlot 2 and Sandlot 3: Heading Home. Please Note: There is Language in these Movies. I'm not overly fond of the 2nd one, but the third one is rather neat, because they bring back some of the boys from the first movie all grown up!)



*My New Favorite Baseball Movie is now New on DVD...

A Mile in His Shoes  - Wonderful and Inspiring Baseball Movie starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroeder! Truly One of the VERY BEST TV MOVIES of the YEAR!!! Inspirational and full of Emotion! Terrific Movie for the entire family!!! (click here to read my full movie review!)



*Another Popular Baseball Movie also comes to mind ....

The Natural starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley. For a Film Literature class I had years ago... we read the book before watching the movie and of course we had to write a paper that contrasted the differences between the two. They are very different stories - one concludes happily with a home run hit and the other - a strikeout! The movie is rated PG - but I think it's better suited for adults. It's a classic for any baseball fan - to watch Roy Hobbs, this young boy with a dream - become a man and ultimately fulfill his dreams.



*Other Notable Baseball Movies -


Field of Dreams - starring Kevin Costner. Interesting and deeply Emotional! I've got to say it.... "Build it, and they will come!" Wonderful story about the relationship between fathers and sons and their love for the game.

The Rookie - Great family baseball movie starring Dennis Quaid.

Rookie of the Year - Funny baseball movie for kids!

Angels in the Outfield & Angels in the Infield - Full of Spirit! ...Two More Funny baseball movies for kids!

The Final Season - Great Baseball Movie about a determined Baseball Coach and his devoted Team.



I love just about everything about the sport of Baseball... it's Americana as Apple Pie! I love to hear our Anthem played so proudly before the game begins and I am grateful they continue to sing, "God Bless America", in the middle of the Seventh Inning. It's not only beautiful, but encouraging, inspiring, and a plee from the hearts of all true Americans that God will, indeed, continue to watch over and bless this great land, that we Love!

Knowing that the 'Greats of all Time' - played this same simple game - and it has carried over from generation to generation - through good times, and bad times... Baseball  remains one of America's Favorite Past Times!

Enjoy the game tonight... "Play Ball !"


Thursday, October 27, 2011

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!



It's that time of year, again! Don't Miss it!


The Annual Special - It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, airs Tonight - October 27, 2011 - on ABC at 8 PM est.

(Yes, I know, "Oh, Good Grief"... it airs opposite of Baseball - the World Series Game 6 on Fox! ((Go Texas Rangers!)) If you just can't turn the game, You can also download it online and watch it on instant video!

I don't typically promote Halloween programming - as the focus here at It's a Wonderful Movie remains mostly on all of the upcoming Christmas TV Movies, however, we just had to make an exception for Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Snoopy, and all of our favorite characters in the Peanuts Gang! They know how to make all of the Holidays fun for children and families!

ABC will also be airing You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown in this hour long special! Enjoy the show!



*Or, Download It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, with Extra Episodes, on Instant Video:


Monday, October 24, 2011

The Mandie Book Series - Movies on TV!

This post is for those of you planning to watch the new Mandie Movie at Christmastime, titled "Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas". If you have not seen the the first 2 Mandie Movies already, or if you'd like to watch them again... they will be airing the next couple days on TV. (By the way, they are Rated: G)

AIRING:


October 25, 2011 Tuesday:

Mandie and the Secret Tunnel (2009) ... BYU .... 2 PM

DVD Synopsis:

In 1899, Mandie's life changes when her Cherokee friends help her escape to a mansion that holds the hidden secrets of her past and the key to her future! "Mandie And The Secret Tunnel," is the first feature-length movie based on the Mandie books written by Lois Leppard. Set in the early 1900s, this series boasts a delightful cast of characters who, in the tradition of Little House On The Prairie and Anne Of Green Gables, learn valuable lessons as they conquer hardships and celebrate life's triumphs.

Movie also stars the ever delightful and wonderful Disney actor of Snowball Express, Herbie the Love Bug, That Darn Cat, etc.. Dean Jones!



October 26, 2011 Wednesday:


Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure (2010) ... BYU .... 2 PM

DVD Synopsis:

Though Mandie Shaw is forbidden from interfering with Uncle John's imminent journey to keep an old promise, travel plans change when Mandie's long-lost mother, Elizabeth, shows up on the scene. Suddenly, Uncle John and Ned have a pair of partners along for the ride, which keeps turning more dangerous the more Mandie learns about her uncle and the terrain. New friends jump in to solve the trail of riddles surrounding the Lost Antler Cave Mine, landing Mandie and her sidekicks in a series of near-misses and wild scrapes. Then, as Mandie gets closer to unlocking the mystery, she realizes the key will put her face to face with the one person she never wanted to meet.


Movie also stars the ever popular Disney actress from Parent Trap and Pollyanna, Hayley Mills!



The New Mandie Movie - "Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas" will air sometime during the Christmas Season on the ION channel.

Click here for more details!

Click here to see all the Mandy Movies on DVD!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Hip Hip Hooray... It's Christmas Vacation!!! (with Clark Griswold!)

Every year I just love catching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation on TV - and it seems every year one of the networks plays it early and not just once, but numerous times... which I also love!




This year we can catch Clark Griswold and the family, along with Cousin Eddie, too - on CMT, starting this weekend! (Times listed below for this weekend and even more times in the coming days in the Christmas TV Schedule!!)

Please Note: The Movie is officially rated PG-13. CMT and other networks, may or may not remove some of the original objectionable content. ((*Caution: Language, etc...))


October 22, 2011 Saturday

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (*PG-13) ... CMT ... 7 PM


October 23, 2011 Sunday

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (*PG-13) ... CMT ... 3 PM









Collector's National Lampoons Christmas Vacation DVD includes:




"It's the Christmas star, and that's all that matters tonight.
Not bonuses, or gifts, or turkeys or trees.
See kids, it means something different to everybody,
and now I know what it means to me."

"I dedicate this house to the Griswold Family Christmas."

~ Clark Griswold


Hercules Saves Christmas - Animal Planet Christmas Movie

MOVIE REVIEW

Hercules Saves Christmas

Network: Animal Planet

Original Air Date: Nov. - Dec. 2011




CAST:

Shorty Rossi ... the Voice of Hercules
Hercules ... Santa's Dog
Anthony Robinson ... Max
Mackenzie Phillips ... Helen
Kathy Garver ... Sister Augustus
Marc McClure ... Don Roscoe
Danny Arroyo ... Rick Wilder
Richard Van Vleet ... Rondo
Arturo Gil ... Elf Rocky
Ronald Clark ... Elf Remo
George McGuire ... Santa
Brad Williams ... Elf Mickey
Dana Woods ... Elf Joseph



PLOT:

"Hercules Saves Christmas" takes us on a magical, fun-filled and touching journey. MAX MOOGLE, an adorable yet mischievous orphaned twelve year old boy is alone in the woods two days before Christmas. Max happens to meet a large talking dog named HERCULES. He explains to Max that he is the one who makes the naughty and nice list for Santa and he was sent to offer Max a chance at the “nice list."

Max soon takes a magical ride to the North Pole and appears before SANTA in his courtroom, run by ELVES. Santa tells Max that in order to make the nice list, he must help RICK WILDER, a bitter man, find the spirit of Christmas. MAX is whisked off to the San Francisco Bay Area with Hercules. Unbeknownst to everyone but Max, Hercules is invisible to everyone but Max, which leads to many a comical encounter. Together, Max and Hercules leap into action in order to help Rick find the spirit of Christmas.



Movie Review:

Coming...


See or Skip:

Coming...



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Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Christmas Wedding Tail - Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie

MOVIE REVIEW

A Christmas Wedding Tail

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: November 19, 2011




CAST:

Jennie Garth ... Susan
Brad Rowe ... Jake
voice of Jay Mohr ... Labrador Rusty
voice of Nikki Cox ... Poodle Cheri
Catherine Hicks ... Ellen
Tom Arnold ... Pat
Danika Yarosh ... Madison
Shawn Ardalan ... Elf
Brown Ariana ... Thelma
Anna Barnholtz ... Monica
Conrad Bluth ...
Ariana Brown ... Thelma
Brock Burnett ... Rainbow
Brad Chance ... Chauncey
Caia Coley ... Daphne
John Colton ... Reverand Paul
Keith Dobbins ... Santa Claus
Bobbie Eakes ... Hillary
Miles Elliot ... Logan Davis
Shirell Ferguson ... Tahira
Diane Healey ... Lana
Michael Healey ... Troy
Mike Korich ... Marty
David O'Donnell ... Frank
Daniel Ringey ... Vinny
Hopper Rowe ... Charlie
Beth Shea ... Tabitha
Riley Thomas Stewart ...
Ellee Jo Trowbidge ... Emma




PLOT:

A Christmas Wedding Tail is the story of a pair of passionate pooches, Labrador Rusty and Poodle Cheri, who fall head-over-tails in love. The two smitten pups conspire to get their respective owners, Susan and Jake to wed. Despite Susan’s and Jake’s compatibility, their new blended family turns out to be more than Rusty and Cheri had bargained for. Now, the calculating canines must channel their pooch powers to keep their family from ending up in the dog house.







Movie Review:

Coming...


See or Skip:

Coming...


*Images: Starz Media
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Christmas DVD Releases for Tuesday, October 18, 2011


There are lots of Great DVD Releases Today, including the Hallmark Channel Movie, Gift of the Magi and a new Peanuts DVD Release, Peanuts: Happiness Is... Snow Days!

Click her to see this Movie, Cartoon, and Much More!!!!

(Just click on the link above and scroll down to the October 18th - DVD Releases!)


"May your days be Merry & Bright!"

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hallmark Movie Channel will premiere "Finding a Family" this weekend

*Please Note: this new premiere family movie, "Finding a Family" - will air on Hallmark MOVIE Channel and not the regular Hallmark Channel.

Premieres Saturday, October 15th, 2011



I NEED YOUR MOVIE REVIEWS!:


As I mentioned to you all when the last movie premiered on Hallmark MOVIE Channel (The Cabin), I do not have this channel. I asked for any of you who have the Hallmark MOVIE Channel, who were able to watch the movie - to give your Movie Review and received a great response. I hope many of you will do the same with this newest movie.

Please visit the main page for Finding a Family, and scroll down to the comment box to leave your thoughts!

From everything I have seen and read, this looks like it will be a good family movie... plus there will be a Christmas scene in it, too!

Please Hallmark Channel - play this movie sometime during Christmas time, too!

Finding a Family is Available to Order on DVD.

I am looking forward to hearing your movie reviews.....

GMC Premieres "Decision", starring Christian Singer, Natalie Grant, this Weekend

I have been a fan of Christian singer, Natalie Grant - for awhile now ! She has some really terrific religious songs, plus whenever I see her interviewed, she is always so bubbly and sweet. This movie, from the clips I've seen - seem to be a drastic change from the way we usually see her. This movie looks to be more serious and dramatic. See details on plot below.... plus I'v included You Tube Clips (below) of some of my favorite Natalie Grant songs... one just so happens to be titled "It's a Wonderful Life!"


from GMC Press Release:

FOUR-TIME GMA DOVE AWARD FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
NATALIE GRANT MAKES HER ACTING DEBUT IN ...

DECISION, A gmc WORLD PREMIERE MOVIE

PREMIERES SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16
7 PM AND 9 PM EST ON gmc

Atlanta, Ga –October 10, 2011 –Dedicated to providing uplifting music and family entertainment, gmc announces the acting debut of four-time GMA Dove Award Female Vocalist of the Year Natalie Grant this Sunday in the gmc world premiere movie, Decision. Sharing the story of a family in despair rediscovering their faith, Decision debuts October 16 at 7 PM and 9 PM EST as well as re-airing Sunday, October 23 at 11 AM EST.

Grant stars in this touching and dramatic movie dealing with family, loss, love and faith. Decision also features award-winning country music star Billy Dean as well as the theme song by American Idol contestant Ricky Braddy (Season 8).

“I’m so excited that my debut acting role was in a film that offers so much hope and stresses the importance of faith and family,” shares Grant. “I was also honored to work along side some wonderful people who were patient with me and helped this ‘rookie’ every step of the way!”

In this uplifting drama, Grant stars as Ilene, a mother struggling to make ends meet after the tragic death of her firefighter husband (Billy Dean). When she begins to lose control of her heartbroken teenage son Jackson (Michael Rosenbaum), she reaches out to her estranged father Wyatt (Rusty Whitener) to take in the troubled boy. Gradually, they form a bond that will require Jackson to find an inner strength he never knew he had to avert yet another family tragedy.

For a sneak peak of the movie, check out the trailer on watchgmctv.com.

or Visit the Decision - Movie Review page.




CLICK PLAY TO HEAR SONGs :

Natalie Grant "It's a Wonderful Life" Song:



Download "It's a Wonderful Life" here


Natalie Grant "Held" Video:



Download "Held" here


Natalie Grant "Joy to the World" Song:



Download "Joy to the World" here


Natalie Grant "Your Great Name" Song:



Download "Your Great Name" here



God bless you all...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

"ABC Family Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas" Begins November 20th, 2011!


I've just learned lots of exciting news from ABC Family...

First, as mentioned in the above title, the Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas on ABC FAMILY will begin November 20th, 2011! That's the Sunday before Thanksgiving!

There will be Two New Premiere Movies :
"Desperately Seeking Santa", premiering in November and
"12 Dates of Christmas" premiering in December!

(Will these new movies be Family-Friendly? We don't know, yet. Please always check ratings before viewing with your children!)

Also, with these 2 new Movies, there will be other Classic Favorite Movies (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", "Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "The Santa Clause" and "The Polar Express", etc...) and our favorite Christmas Cartoons, as well!

The Christmas TV Schedule has been updated with the New ABC Family Countdown to Christmas Movies from November 20th - November 30th.

Stay Tuned for the actual "25 Days of Christmas" Movie List!

Click Here for the updated Christmas TV Schedule.


"25 Days of Christmas... Oh, I can't wait!"
~ from ABC Family Commercial Jingle


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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story - New Cartoon Animation!

MOVIE REVIEW


The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story

Network: CBS

Original Air Date: November 25, 2011

*Available on DVD: November 26, 2011

*A new animated feature based on the best-selling holiday children's book!



CAST:

unknown voices




*Image from CBS - Click to Enlarge


PLOT:


From http://elfontheshelf.com:

Nine-year-old Taylor McTuttle has reached a crossroads. Does he believe Santa Claus really knows who is naughty or nice? Does he even believe in Santa Claus anymore?

An Elf’s Story is the inspirational tale of Chippey, the young scout elf who is assigned by Santa to restore Taylor’s belief in Christmas magic. When the boy breaks the number one Elf on the Shelf rule, Chippey loses his Christmas magic; the entire McTuttle family loses its scout elf, and both Taylor and Chippey lose their self-respect. Through the power of love and forgiveness, both of them learn that true belief cannot be taught.

Destined to be a beloved family Christmas classic, An Elf’s Story is filled with fun, music and the timeless message that Christmas is something we carry in our hearts.



from CBS Press Release:

The CBS Television Network will present THE ELF ON THE SHELF: AN ELF'S STORY, a new animated feature based on the best-selling holiday children's book The Elf on the Shelf, to be broadcast on CBS as a special presentation on Friday, Nov. 25 (8:30 - 9:00 PM, ET/PT).

THE ELF ON THE SHELF: AN ELF'S STORY follows one of the many scout elves from the North Pole who helps Santa Claus determine who to put on the naughty and nice lists. Named "Chippey" by his adoptive family, the elf is assigned to help a young boy, Taylor McTuttle, who struggles to believe in the magic of Christmas.

The Elf on the Shelf is a popular children's storybook created by Carol Aebersold and her daughters, Chanda Bell and Christa Pitts, who self-published the book through their company CCA and B. The story was inspired by an Aebersold family tradition featuring their own pixie elf, Fisbee, who appeared in their home every holiday season. Since 2005, The Elf on the Shelf has sold nearly two million copies.



Movie Review:

Coming...


See or Skip:

Coming...





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Hoops and YoYo Ruin Christmas - Cartoon Animation

MOVIE REVIEW



Hoops and YoYo Ruin Christmas


Network: CBS

(*will also air on the Hallmark Channel)

Original Air Date: November 25, 2011


CAST:

Dave Parke ... Santa
Mike Adair ... Hoops
Bev Carlson ... Piddles
Bob Holt ... Yoyo





PLOT:

from CBS Press Release:

"Hoops and YoYo Ruin Christmas," A NEW ANIMATED HOLIDAY SPECIAL PRESENTED BY HALLMARK, WILL BE BROADCAST FRIDAY, NOV. 25 AT 8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT, ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK.

Hoops and YoYo Ruin Christmas, a new animated special presented by Hallmark, follows the unexpected adventure of the comical pink kitty and green bunny team, Hoops & Yoyo, after they become accidental stowaways on Santa's sleigh. This holiday program will be broadcast Friday, Nov. 25 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

When Hoops & Yoyo - and their little friend, Piddles - wait up on Christmas Eve to catch a glimpse of Santa, their curiosity lands them in his sleigh shortly after he goes down their chimney. Unable to exit the sleigh before takeoff without being spotted by Santa, they soon find themselves caught in the time-space continuum that allows him to travel the world in one night.

When turbulence jostles the trio from the sleigh, they fall through a wormhole and end up going back in time with a young Kris Kringle. After realizing they have disrupted Kris's journey to fulfilling his destiny, Hoops & Yoyo and piddles race to set things right so the world will have its Santa Claus.

Will Christmas ever be the same? Will Santa ever be the same? Only time - and perhaps a little time travel - will tell.

HOOPS & YOYO RUIN CHRISTMAS is a Hallmark presentation.




Movie Review:

Coming...


See or Skip:

Coming...



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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Hug Your GRANDMA Day" - Wednesday, October 12, 2011 !

I received this very sweet e-mail regarding a Programming Alert on INSP and I wanted to share it with all of you - plus, a very heartwarming video clip (below)!



--------------- MESSAGE from INSP  ---------------


WE LOVE GRANDMAS!

AND WE HENCEFORTH DECLARE OCTOBER 12TH NATIONAL HUG YOUR GRANDMA DAY

AND WHILE YOU'RE AT IT, WATCH A MARATHON FEATURING THE BEST EPISODES FROM ONE OF AMERICA'S FAVORITE GRANDMAS - GRANDMA WALTON!

SO GIVE YOUR GRANDMA A BIG BEAR HUG AND WATCH THE WALTONS "HUG YOUR GRANDMA MARATHON" OCTOBER 12TH STARTING AT 1:30 PM EASTERN ONLY ON INSP


--------------- END of MESSAGE   ---------------



VIDEO CLIP:









Isn't that precious? .... And if you follow my blog - then many of you will know how much I adore Grandma Walton, portrayed by the late actress, Ellen Corby! What a talent - and such a lovely family series! Enjoy, Everyone!

...And May God Bless all Grandmothers!

I am so blessed - My Grandma is in her 90's and is such an Inspiration!!!

Also, Thank You INSP for inspiring us with this Special Day!



Monday, October 10, 2011

Saddle Up Your Horses - Flicka Movies New DVD Release + My Movie Reviews!

 
For Horse Lovers Everywhere-
Both Flicka Movies will be released on Blu-ray
October 11th, 2011 :


Flicka (Triple Play) [Blu-ray]

 
 
 
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Flicka 2 (Triple Play) [Blu-ray]

 
 
 
*See My Movie Review of Flicka
 
 
 
*See My Movie Review of Flicka 2

Flicka - Movie Review

MOVIE REVIEW

Flicka

DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007


CAST:

Tim McGraw ... Rob McLaughlin
Maria Bello ... Nell McLaughlin
Alison Lohman ... Katy McLaughlin
Ryan Kwanten ... Howard McLaughlin
Danny Pino ... Jack
Dallas Roberts ... Gus
Kaylee DeFer ... Miranda Koop
Jeffrey Nordling ... Rick Koop
Dey Young ... Esther Koop
Nick Searcy ... Norbert Rye
Buck Taylor ... Wagner







PLOT:

Set amidst spectacular mountain vistas, this inspiring, coming-of-age story features an all-star cast, including country music star Tim McGraw, Maria Bello and Alison Lohman. All headstrong 16-year-old Katy McLaughlin (Lohman) longs for is to work on her family's mountainside horse ranch - yet her father (McGraw) insists she finish boarding school. So when Katy finds a mustang in the hills, she sets out to tame the horse and prove she can one day take over the struggling ranch. But when tragedy strikes, it will take all the love and strength the family can muster to restore hope, in this sweeping, heartwarming epic the whole family will love.







Movie Review:

A beautiful scenic film for anyone who loves horses or horse movies. The story is moving and touching. It was nice to see a story about a family - with both Mother and Father, working together to raise their children and work on their farm.

Their daughter, Katy, is adventerous and headstrong - often going against her Fathers wishes. She is determined to train a Mustang, she has named Flicka. Katy sneeks out at night - when everyone is sleeping to work with the horse. Katy takes several falls off the horse, but always gets up again. When her father learns she has been training the horse, he decides it's time to sell it.

Katy is again determined to get the Mustang, her beloved Flicka, back and prove her independence. In a wild mustang competition - she gets her brother to compete with her - and she catches Flicka and rides him out of the arena and out into the woods. However, on their way home, a violent storm rages, rain soaks them, and in the dark of night, Flicka is attacked by a cougar.

They are both eventually found, Katy is sick and Flicka is weak. The question then becomes... will Flicka be able to survive or will Katy's Father put him down?

In the end, Father and Daughter will finally come to terms with their differences and accept one another. It's a beautiful happy ending - I think you'll enjoy!

I also love the Tim McGraw song, "My Little Girl". It is so beautiful!



See or Skip:

See, especially if you love horses.


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123rd Rose Parade - Updated Information

*Update Made to Christmas TV Schedule -
This year, the 123rd Rose Parade themed “Just Imagine...” and the Rose Bowl Game will take place on Monday, January 2, 2012 according to the Tournament of Roses’ “Never on a Sunday” tradition. In 1893, officials decided it would be best to avoid interfering with Sunday worship services and decided to move events to January 2nd whenever January 1st fell on a Sunday.

The 123rd Rose Parade, presented by Honda themed “Just Imagine...” will take place on Monday, January 2, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (PST) featuring spirited marching bands from throughout the nation, majestic floral floats, and high-stepping equestrian units. The parade will be broadcast on ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, KTLA (Tribune), NBC, RFD-TV and Univision.

Information from - Official Site for Rose Parade :
http://www.tournamentofroses.com/

(A Special Thank You to the nice person - who emailed me this 'above' information!)

Please... feel free to E-mail Me, if you have any suggestions, corrections, or information regarding Holiday Programming!

Be sure to visit the Christmas TV Schedule 2011 for all of your "Thanksgiving", "Christmas", and "New Year" TV News!

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

"Wind at my Back" is Back on INSP!

  
 Just wanted to let you all know...
"Wind at my Back" is Back !

...on INSP at 7 PM Weekdays and 2 PM on Sunday afternoons. It's a delightful family show centered around the Bailey family, in a town called New Bedford. (Hmmm? I wonder if they were inspired by the Bailey family of It's a Wonderful Life - who lived in Bedford Falls?)

I hope many of you will enjoy Wind at my Back with your family, as I have with mine!

(Check out a cute video clip - below!)




I wrote in a previous post (August 17 - INSP Fall Schedule) - that I was disappointed to see Wind at my Back go at 7 - so perhaps, they listened to many fans of the show who missed it, as we did, and decided to bring it back!






FUN VIDEO CLIP
ANNOUNCING
Wind at my Back is Back!!!




 


Thank You INSP for bringing Wind at my Back -
 Back at 7 PM!

God Bless You!









*Images above from:
http://www.insp.com/
http://windatmy-back.com/

Friday, October 7, 2011

"Love's Christmas Journey" - will be a FOUR HOUR Movie Event!!!

This Newest Movie in the "Love Comes Softly Saga" ~
...follows the last movie in the series- Love Finds a Home.
It will be a Four Hour Movie this time - so be sure to set your recorders accordingly!



Premieres: November 5, 2011
on the Hallmark Channel

The next chapter in the story is of Ellie King and her brother, Aaron Davis. Both are grown up children of Clark and Marty Davis. See the full Press Release below from Hallmark Channel!

"Love's Christmas Journey" stars Natalie Hall, Greg Vaughan, Sean Astin, JoBeth Williams, Charles Shaughnessy, and one of my favorites, Ernest Borgnine! (Mr. Borgnine portrayed the wonderful character of Marty, in the movie "Marty", and he also was the Grandfather in "A Grandpa for Christmas"! I love those Movies!)

Please Note: before reading the press release below... It gives away quite a bit of the story and I know some people do not like to know all the details before watching a movie. So, if you want to be completely surprised,  please do not read any further on this post. Instead, click on my Love's Christmas Journey page for more pictures, cast details, etc...!



---------HALLMARK CHANNEL PRESS RELEASE---------


‘LOVE’S CHRISTMAS JOURNEY,’

A HALLMARK CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE EVENT WORLD PREMIERE NOVEMBER 5

Four-Hour Movie Event Inspired By Janette Oke’s Book Series Love Comes Softly


Natalie Hall (“All My Children”) and Greg Vaughan (“General Hospital”) star with Academy Award® nominee Sean Astin (“Kangaroo Court,” “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy), Academy Award® and three-time Emmy® Award nominee JoBeth Williams (“On Hope,” “Frasier”), Emmy® Award winner Charles Shaughnessy (“Stanley,” “Days of our Lives”) and Hollywood legend, Academy Award® and Golden Globe winner Ernest Borgnine (“Marty”) in the World Premiere of “Love’s Christmas Journey,” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie Event, Saturday, November 5 (8p.m. ET/PT, 7C). Inspired by Janette Oke’s award winning Love Comes Softly book series, the four-hour, star-studded movie event is an inspiring tale of love, trust and miracles.

While still mourning the loss of her husband and daughter, recently widowed Ellie King (Hall) visits her brother Aaron Davis (Vaughan) and his children for Christmas. Ellie does her best to enjoy the holidays, even making new friends with Mrs. Thompson (Williams), a local shop keeper and handsome admirer Deputy Strode (Dylan Bruce, “The Bay,” “As the World Turns”). Settling in nicely with her brother’s family, Ellie also meets Erik (Bobby Campo, “The Final Destination”), a young man abandoned by his outlaw father whom Aaron has taken in as one of his own. Ellie agrees to watch her niece and nephew when Aaron travels out of town to purchase adjacent land for farming.

Weaver (Shaughnessy), a corrupt attorney, sees the Mayor (Astin) hide design plans for the town’s new railroad in his barn. Weaver sneaks in to steal the plans and inadvertently burns the barn down. Deputy Strode believes Erik to be the culprit, but Ellie believes Weaver is guilty and begins spying on him. Ellie breaks into Weaver’s office and discovers the missing railroad documents, but Weaver has followed Ellie and threatens her. Ellie is safe only because Deputy Strode has also had suspicions about Weaver and arrives in time to take the real perpetrator to jail. Ellie has more concerns than Erik. It’s been weeks since Aaron left to buy farmland and no one has heard from him. Ellie begins to fret. When all seems lost, Ellie receives a holiday miracle—her brother is delivered home safely on Christmas morning by a jovial man named Nicholas (Borgnine). Nicholas seems to have brought Christmas cheer to all as Ellie and Deputy Strode begin their romance in earnest.

“Love’s Christmas Journey” is a Mediapool Production in association with Larry Levinson Productions. Larry Levinson is executive producer and Lincoln Lageson is producer. David S. Cass, Sr. directed from a script written by George Tierney.

Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of 87 million subscribers. The top tier program service is distributed through approximately 5,492 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel is the nation's leading network in quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies, lifestyle and general entertainment content, and is the home of "The Martha Stewart Show", which anchors the channel's daytime original programming block. Hallmark Channel's sibling network is Hallmark Movie Channel, also available in HD and SD, which focuses on the family-friendly movies with a mix of classic theatrical films, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, original Hallmark Channel movies and special events.


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Love Comes Softly Movie Order

The order of the Love Come Softly Movies below - is listed according to the chronological order of the characters lives...


MOVIE #1:

Love Begins -


the prequel to “Love Comes Softly,” the first in a series of highly-rated “Loves” movies from Hallmark Channel. It is the story of Clark Davis falling in love with his first wife, Ellen.


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MOVIE #2:


In the second prequel to “Love Comes Softly,” when Clark’s beloved wife, Ellen, dies from scarlet fever, he and his daughter, Missy, must find a way to survive this hardship while also saving the barren land from drought.

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MOVIE #3:

Love Comes Softly

By covered wagon, Marty and Aaron Calridge have come west in search of fortune. But unforeseen tragedy leaves Marty a widow facing bleak prospects for the future. With a bitter winter season approaching and no safe passage back home, she finds herself stranded yet befriended by settlers Ben Graham and his wife Sarah. They encourage her to take up widower Clark Davis on his unusual offer—join him in a temporary marriage of convenience. Marty will have a roof over her head until the spring thaw when she can return home. In the meantime, Clark’s nine-year-old daughter Missie, will have a teacher.

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MOVIE #4:


Love's Enduring Promise

Facing the risk of losing their crop, Marty and the kids pull together. But for nineteen-year-old Missie, life is offering something else as she discovers a new beginning of her own… two new suitors are vying for the attention of the lovely young schoolteacher.

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MOVIE #5:


Love's Long Journey

After two years of marriage, and with a child on the way, Missie and Willie LaHaye part with family ties to start a new life and new family of their own. As part of a wagon train heading west across beautiful, desolate country, their trek begins.

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MOVIE #6:


Love's Abiding Joy


Missie and Willie LaHaye have put down roots and raised a fine family in a homestead in the far West. While Missie fulfills her ambition for teaching twelve eager students, fours days a week, Willie tends to their youngest daughter Kathy, and with the help of his sons Jeff and Matthew, keeps their growing ranch as stable and prosperous as he can.

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MOVIE #7:


Love's Unending Legacy

Two years after the death of her husband, Missie knows that it is time to move on. She heads home with her son to be near her parents and to return to teaching. Certain she will never find love again.

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MOVIE #8:

Love's Unfolding Dream


Living happily with her adopted parents Missie and Zach Tyler, Belinda Tyler has blossomed from a timid orphan into a confident young woman, a natural born caretaker who believes it is her purpose to serve her community as a doctor. But her resolution is tested when she falls in love with Drew Simpson, an attractive New York lawyer who expects a traditional wife and family back East.

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MOVIE #9:


Love Takes Wing

Wounded by the recent death of her husband, Dr. Belinda Simpson arrives in the tiny town of Sikeston to take up the post of town physician. Once there, she discovers that many of the town’s residents, including children at an orphanage run by Miss Hattie Clarence, have fallen ill to or died from an unknown ailment. Ultimately, it’s clear that a little bit of faith – in oneself and in one another – can go a long way.

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MOVIE #10:


Love Finds a Home

The story continues of Belinda, a rare female doctor working in a quaint Missouri town. When her longtime friend and colleague, Annie, arrives so that Belinda can watch over her in the last stages of her pregnancy, Annie brings along her mother-in-law, Mary, a seen-it-all nursemaid whose homeopathic remedies and folksy wisdom are at odds with Belinda’s scientific knowledge.

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MOVIE #11:


Love's Christmas Journey

While still mourning the loss of her husband and daughter, recently widowed Ellie King visits her brother Aaron Davis, a sheriff in the small town of Haddonton, and his two children during the Christmas holiday. When all seems lost, Ellie not only gets the perfect holiday miracle, but also the chance at a new life, when she finds herself falling in love again.


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Each endearing story is about the faith, hope, and love of the Davis family!

I hope you enjoy the list. I do not know, yet, if there will be any more movies after Love's Christmas Journey.... We will have to wait and see!

God Bless You All !
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