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How Hallmark Built a ‘Brand Experience’ Around ‘Countdown to Christmas’

  • Variety
A decade into Hallmark’s “Countdown to Christmas” initiative, the demand for original programming is higher than ever, with more holiday-themed projects across platforms. But for Hallmark, the only true competition comes from within.

“We push ourselves every year to do even more — and ‘more’ may not mean volume, but to make high-quality stories, to learn from what we’ve done really well in the past, and see what we can build on, to engage talent we haven’t worked with before and at the same time create the family of talent that we work with,” says Michelle Vicary, executive vice president, programming and network publicity, Crown Media Family Networks.

Hallmark’s first holiday film was released in 2002, but its “Countdown to Christmas” lineup began in earnest in 2010. This year there are 40 original movies — a record number — and the first one made its debut before Halloween. Airing on the Hallmark Channel
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Vancouver Film - "A Babysitters Guide To Monster Hunting", "Batwoman", "Resident Alien"

From VancouverFilm.Net, here is the Vancouver Film Production Update for November 2019, including  "A Babysitters Guide To Monster Hunting", "Batwoman", "Resident Alien"  and a whole lot more:

Feature Film

Grackle Bird

Local Production Company: Grackle Bird Productions Ltd.

Director: Robert Schwentke

Producer: Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Erik Howsam

Oct 15/19 - Dec 06/19

The Last Victim

Local Production Company: Tlv Productions LLC.

Director: Naveen Chathapuram

Producer: Naveen A. Chathapuram, Todd Berger, Charles Leslie, Graem Luis

Nov 04/19 - Nov 28/19

New Media Feature

A Babysitters Guide To Monster Hunting

Local Production Company: Double Double Productions Ulc.

Director: Rachel Talalay

Producer: Ivan Reitman, Amie Karp, Bob Huberman

Aug 29/19 - Nov 08/19

Christmas Chronicles 2

Local Production Company: Maple Syrup Productions Ulc.

Director: Chris Columbus

Producer: Mark Radclliffe

Oct 21/19 - Feb 01/20

Love, Guaranteed

Local Production Company: Love Guaranteed Productions Inc.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson

Producer: Chris Foss

Oct 21/19 - Nov 20/19

TV Movie

Alice In Winterland

Local Production Company: Alice Road Productions Ltd.
See full article at SneakPeek »

General Hospital's Ryan Paevey Stars in 'Christmas at the Plaza'

Fans of Ryan Paevey were upset when he left the role of General Hospital's Nathan, but thankfully, the actor has been working consistently since then so he's rarely gone from TV screens for very long! Paevey's newest project is Christmas at the Plaza, scheduled to air on Friday, Nov. 29, on the Hallmark Channel. Hallmark hasn't released any further information about the plot, but his co-star is Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Elizabeth Henstridge, and the IMDb says they'll be playing the characters of Nick and Jessica, who we would hazard a guess will find romance at the Plaza Hotel during Christmas time! Christmas at the Plaza is written and directed by Ron Oliver, who has helmed many other Hallmark productions, including holiday-themed ones. Paevey shared some photos from New York City including one of the grand entrance to the Plaza Hotel, so it would seem that
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Alexa and Carlos PenaVega on Picture Perfect Mysteries: Newlywed and Dead, Parenting, & More!

Alexa and Carlos PenaVega are one of the most famous couples in the world. From the moment they met, they've spent their relationship in the limelight, and if you thought that might make them jaded, you'd be entirely wrong.

We had the pleasure of talking with the PenaVegas about their upcoming Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie, Picture Perfect Mysteries: Newlywed & Dead. This movie kicks off a new signature mystery for the network, and the PenaVegas couldn't be more excited.

The couple is warm, and their laughter is plentiful. Get the scoop about how the mystery series evolved, what they think of their characters, and how they're preparing to make their son, Ocean, a big brother very soon!

Congratulations on doing pretty much everything in the world right now.

Alexa: Thank you, thank you. We're just currently waiting it out to give birth, so-

Oh my gosh!

Alexa: We'll see you when this kid comes out.
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Grand-Daddy Day Care Trailer: Danny Trejo Needs a Babysitter

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Redbox. Universal Pictures and Revolution Studios have announced the comedy sequel you weren't ready for. Coming this winter is Grand-Daddy Day Care. Which just goes to prove, you don't put Danny Trejo in a corner, no matter how big of a baby he's acting like.

A hilarious comedy for the whole family to enjoy, Grand-Daddy Day Care arrives on DVD, Digital and On Demand February 5th, 2019 from Revolution Studios, a subsidiary of Content Partners, and Universal 1440, the original content production arm of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

When Frank Collins (Reno Wilson) suffers from writer's block, he decides to start a day care for his father-in-law (Danny Trejo) and other seniors as a way to make quick cash, while giving him time to still work on his next book. Eventually getting a small group to care for, Frank soon
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Vancouver Film - "Dragged Across Concrete", "Eggplant Emoji", "Skyscraper"

  • SneakPeek
From VancouverFilm.Net, here is the Vancouver Film Production Update for September 2017, including "Dragged Across Concrete", "Eggplant Emoji", "Skyscraper" and a whole lot more:

Dragged Across Concrete


Local Production Company: Moot Point (Dragged) Productions

Director: Craig Zahler

Producer: Sefton Fincham, Jack Heller, Keith Kjarval, Dallas Sonnier

Jul 22/17 - Sep 16/17

Eggplant Emoji


Local Production Company: Eggplant Productions

Director: Jake Szymanski

Producer: Ross Dinerstein

Aug 21/17 - Oct 05/17



Local Production Company: Elsewhere Productions

Director: Hernan Jimenez Garcia

Sep 11/17 - Oct 11/17

I'm Not A Bad Person


Local Production Company: Not a Bad Person Productions

Director: Andrew Huculiak

Producer: Amber Ripley, Josh Huculiak

Aug 22/17 - Sep 16/17



Local Production Company: True Meaning Productions

Director: Marc Lawrence

Exec. Producer(s): Justis Greene

Oct 23/17 - Jan 19/18



Local Production Company: Main Mast Production - Can, Inc

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurter

Exec. Producer: Eric Hedayat

Aug 14/17 - Nov 17/17

Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project
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Vancouver Film: "Ollie" (aka "The Predator"), "Arrow", "Supergirl"

Thanks to VancouverFilm.Net, here is the Vancouver Film Production Update for March 2017, including "Ollie" (aka "The Predator"), "Arrow", "Supergirl" and a whole lot more:  

Game Over, Man


Local Production Company: Lumberjackson Productions Inc.

Director: Kyle Newcheck

Producer: Seth Rogan, Scott Rudin

Mar 30/17 - May 12/17



Local Production Company: Hardpowder Canada Inc

Director: Hans Petter Moland

Exec. Producer(s): Ameet Shukla, Michael Dreyer

Mar 20/17 - May 24/17

Light Of My Life


Local Production Company: Light of My Life Film Inc.

Director: Casey Affleck

Producer: Geoffrey Quan

Feb 08/17 - Mar 30/17

Meditation Park


Local Production Company: Meditation Park Film Ltd.

Director: Mina Shum

Producer: Stephen Hegyes, Raymond Massey

Feb 27/17 - Mar 23/17

Ollie (aka "The Predator")


Local Production Company: Tcf Vancouver Productions Ltd.

Director: Shane Black

Exec. Producer(s): John Davis, Bill Bannerman

Sep 30/16 - May 15/17


TV Pilot

Local Production Company: Pico Productions Ltd

Director: Joachim Ronning

See full article at SneakPeek »

Vancouver Film: "Arrow", "Bates Motel", "Riverdale"

  • SneakPeek
Thanks to VancouverFilm.Net, here is the Vancouver Film Production Update for September 2016, including "Arrow", "Bates Motel", "Riverdale" and a whole lot more: 

Everything EVERYTHINGFeature

Local Production Company: Everything Productions Canada Ltd.

Producer: Elyssa Dutton

Sep 06/16 - Oct 07/16

Live Like Line


Local Production Company: Live Like Line Productions Ltd.

Director: Sean McNamara

Producer: Charles Rapp

Aug 02/16 - Sep 13/16



Local Production Company: Tcf Vancouver Productions Ltd.

Director: Shane Black

Exec. Producer(s): Bill Bannerman

Producer: John Davis

Oct 17/16 - Feb 08/17

Sweet Virginia


Local Production Company: Sv Pictures Inc

Director: Jamie Dagg

Exec. Producer(s): Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Chris Ferguson

Producer: Jordan Barber

Aug 22/16 - Sep 17/16



Local Production Company: Tully Productions BC Inc.

Director: Jason Reitman

Exec. Producer(s): Jason Cloth, Ron McLeod, Aaron Gilbert

Producer: Aaron Gilbert, Helen Estabrook

Sep 21/16 - Nov 02/16



Local Production Company: Hskl Productions Canada Inc.

Director: Stephen Chbosky

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Disney Xd Star Sophie Reynolds Joins R.L. Stine Adaptation ‘Mostly Ghostly 3’ (Exclusive)

Disney Xd Star Sophie Reynolds Joins R.L. Stine Adaptation ‘Mostly Ghostly 3’ (Exclusive)
Disney Xd star Sophie Reynolds has landed one of the leads in R.L. Stine adaptation “Mostly Ghostly 3: One Night in Doom House,” TheWrap has learned. The “Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything” star will play Tara in the Ron Oliver-written and directed film, opposite fellow Disney stars Corey Fogelmanis (“Girl Meets World”) and Blake Michael (“Dog With a Blog”). Yvonne Bernard, Arthur Cohen and Steve Stabler are producing the film based on Stine’s series of children’s books. Also Read: The Evolution of Zac Efron: From Squeaky Clean 'High School' Star to Raunchy Frat King
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Halo: Nightfall Blu-Ray Winners! [Contest]

[Editor's Note: Be sure to like Quiet Earth on Facebook for news and contests on-the-move, discussions with our staff and readers, and more!]

Halo: Nightfall (review) is available on home video today but we were lucky enough to get our hands on a couple of blu-rays to give away to our readers! We dropped all of the names into a random name selector, pressed the magic button and tada! Out came our two names!

Drum roll….

Congratulations to Ron Oliver and William Griesmer on your win! We’ll be getting in touch via e-mail in the next day or two to arrange for shipping.

For th [Continued ...]
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Interview: Beethoven's Treasure Tail is a Rib-Tickler...and for star Jonathan Silverman, a Rib Cracker!

If you're looking for a movie that you and the rest of your family can enjoy on a chill night at home, where better to look than the tried and true adventures of Beethoven, the giant St. Bernard?

Beethoven's Treasure Tail is the latest movie in the series to head to home video. We got to ask star Jonathan Silverman a few questions, and see what's happened since we last saw Beethoven.

Fanlala: What has changed for Eddie since Beethoven's Big Break?

Jonathan Silverman: A lot has changed for Eddie since we last saw him in Beethoven's Big Break. His son is now off to college, so as a single dad it's just him and his beloved and trusted dog Beethoven. Nonetheless, his status as a dog trainer has increased and Eddie and Beethoven are making lots of successful movies together.

However, something isn't quite right with Beethoven on
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‘Modern Family’s’ Jesse Tyler Ferguson gets his singing on

By Greg Hernandez Good afternoon all.

I’ve been busy at the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour all day so blogging has been a bit slow.

Luke Perry and Jason Priestley were just here chatting up a western they made for Hallmark called ‘Goodnight for Justice.’

Earlier today, Billy Campbell of ‘Once and Again’ and ‘Tales of the City’ fame was promoting the AMC series ‘The Killing’ and Kellie Martin, who we all loved in ‘Life Goes On,’ ‘Christy’ and ‘ER,’ was part of a panel for the Hallmark movie ‘Smooch’ directed by the talented Ron Oliver.

Still to come this afternoon are the stars of ‘Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,’ ‘Torchwood: The Real World’ and ‘Camelot’ (including Joseph Fiennes!). Here to talk about the HBO movie ‘Cinema Verite’ will be Diane Lane, Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini.

To read more from this article go to Greg In Hollywood.
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'Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars' - New clips!

See clips from the worldpremiere of ABC's "Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars" which airs on March 26th. Emmy Award-nominated Ron Oliver ("Goosebumps," "Kiss Me Deadly") directs from the writting by Heather Conkie (CBC's "Heartland") and Alexandra Clarke ("The Changeling"). Jonathan Hackett ("Aaron Stone") served as producer. Starring are Jennifer Stone ("Wizards of Waverly Place") as Harriet "The Spy" Welsch; Kristin Booth ("This Beautiful City") as Golly; Wesley Morgan ("Degrassi: The Next Generation") as Skander Hill; Doug Murray ("Man of the Year," "Aaron Stone") as Roger Welsch; Shauna MacDonald ("Aaron Stone") as Violetta Welsch; Melinda Shankar ("Degrassi: The Next Generation") as Janie; Alexander Conti ("Cheaper By the Dozen 2") as Sport; Vanessa Morgan ("The Latest Buzz") as Marion Hawthorne; Kiana Madeira (CBC's "Little Mosque on the Prairie") as Rachel; and Aislinn Paul ("Degrassi: The Next Generation") as Beth Ellen.
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Saturday Nightmares: Hello Mary Lou - Prom Night II (1987)

1980’s Prom Night was among the first slasher films to come bursting forth from the post-Halloween floodgates and, while it doesn’t seem like you can find a positive review of it anymore, it was a big success then and remains one of the most enjoyable entries in the slasher subgenre.

When producer Peter R. Simpson finally decided to create a follow-up, however, A Nightmare on Elm Street and its first sequel had done far better box office business than their straight-up slasher peers. It’s no surprise, then, that the filmmakers took note of Freddy Krueger’s increasing popularity and decided to take things in a similar, supernatural direction. What we have here is an attempt to create the next popular nightmare man (or woman). Hence, Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II.

Shifting gears with a sequel seems like an incredibly strange practice. On one hand it seems like
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Ask the Flying Monkey! (January 04, 2010)

Have a question about gay male entertainment? Send it to! (Please include your city and state and/or country.)

Q: Am I wrong or does the latest episode of Nip/Tuck send a very negative representation of the gay community, and the idea of gay marriage and adoption? – Dan, Rochester NY

A: A negative representation of the gay community just because they do an episode about an adoptive boy who gets plastic surgery so he’ll look more like his father so it’ll be more of a turn-on for the crowds of rich gay men who watch them perform in their live incest sex show?

Nip/Tuck's disturbing chip off the old block

Well, okay, but that’s just one gay storyline of this season, right? It’s not like they also did an explicit storyline about brutal prison rape, or one where a wildly promiscuous
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movieScope 2:5

The eleventh issue of movieScope is on the stands. Online, readers can access an abbreviated edit of my conversation with Arnaud Desplechin (ah, wordcount!), as well as Adam Thursby‘s profile of actor Stephen Rea. Liz Hobbs writes up the Old Vic Theatre and explores the collaboration between stage and screen.

A portion of the cover feature on Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler is available by way of editor Eric Lilleør’s introductory editorial. At the “Fading In” sidebar Andy Conway wryly riffs on “Fundophobia, Draftophilia and the Addp.”

In the Insiders P.O.V. sidebar of the print issue, Mick Southworth & Martin McCabe reminisce on the bygone era of movie poster art in their essay “Coming Soon: The Art of the Quad.” Director Ron Oliver offers tips on directing children in his piece “Alligators Have the Right Idea.” Rick Drew recruits Seth Lochhead as a case study of what
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DVD Review: Kiss Me Deadly

  • literaryillusions
Movie Info: Writer: George Schenck Director: Ron Oliver Cast: Shannen Doherty, John Rhys-Davies, Robert Gant Rating: R Studio: Liberation Entertainment Release Info: DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008 Online Availability: Amazon for $22.49 here! is known for being the very first Glbt television network. If you’re looking for gay themed movies and shows then you’ve come to the right place. I could say the [...]
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