It’s time to vote for the Best Supporting Actress of 2020’s Gold Sally Awards

Now that we have a determined winner for the Best Actress category, it’s time to move on to the Best Supporting Actress division. Like the previous two acting polls, this specific poll is for choosing the Supporting Actress that was the best of the year! You’re allowed to vote for more than one nominee. However, you can only vote once per person. This poll starts today, March 27th, and ends on April 2nd.

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Who is the Best Supporting Actress of 2019?
Kathie Lee Gifford – A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love
Ellie Harvie – Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: A Very Foul Play
Martha Scott — Ben-Hur (1959)
Rebecca Staab – The Chronicle Mysteries: Vines That Bind
Fiona Vroom – Flip That Romance
Taylor Ortega — Kim Possible (2019)
Nathalie Boltt – Mystery 101: Words Can Kill
Kathy Bates – Swept from the Sea
Stephanie Bennett – The Last Bridesmaid
Chelsea Hobbs — The Nine Lives of Christmas
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Have fun voting!

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The Best Ensemble division of the Gold Sally Awards has finally come!

Today is the day for the last acting division of the Gold Sally Awards to begin! In these polls, you will determine which is the Best Ensemble from a Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries film! Like with the previous polls, you are only allowed to vote once per person. But you are allowed to vote for more than one nominee. Your votes can be placed in the comment section of this post. This round of the Gold Sally Awards will conclude on May 10th. After that day, two casts will receive the title of Best Ensemble from the Gold Sally Awards!

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Best Ensemble from a Hallmark Channel Movie

Royally Ever After

The Beach House

Cooking with Love

Once Upon a Prince

Wedding of Dreams

Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa

It’s Christmas, Eve

When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing

A Gingerbread Romance

Entertaining Christmas

 

Best Ensemble from a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: The Disappearing Game

Hailey Dean Mysteries: A Will to Kill

Darrow & Darrow: In the Key of Murder

Garage Sale Mysteries: The Mask Murder

Deadly Deed: A Fixer Upper Mystery

Marrying Father Christmas

Christmas Bells are Ringing

Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas

Northern Lights of Christmas

Christmas Wonderland

 

Have fun voting!

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Take 3: Easter Under Wraps Review

Because I was participating in Easter festivities, I didn’t get around to reviewing Easter Under Wraps over the weekend. However, I was able to watch the movie on the Monday after Easter. When I discovered that Hallmark was creating their first Easter movie, I was so excited! I even talked about the film in a Word in the Street story last month. As I shared the movie’s official synopsis in that post, I expressed my feelings of disappointment about how it sounded. To me, the premise felt like it would focus more on the corporate side of Easter than the holiday itself. But I still chose to watch the movie with an open mind and give it a fair chance. Did Easter Under Wraps disappoint or triumph? I’m glad you hopped on over to this review, as we’re now about to find out!

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Things I liked about the film:

  • The acting: The cast of Easter Under Wraps is, so far, the strongest I’ve seen in any Hallmark movie this year! Every actor and actress did such a great job at portraying their characters, making them feel like real-life individuals. From the lead stars to even the only prominent child actor in the cast, all of the performances seemed so natural and genuine. This helped the characters maintain a sense of likability. It also helped me stay invested in what was happening to the characters. The acting was one of the things that made my movie-viewing experience so enjoyable!

 

  • The on-screen chemistry between the characters: In most Hallmark films, the on-screen chemistry between the lead characters is emphasized. This is partly the case with Easter Under Wraps. Fiona Gubelmann and Brendan Penny’s on-screen chemistry was really good! What helped make this on-screen relationship feel so genuine was the quality of Fiona and Brendan’s performances. A pleasant surprise in Easter Under Wraps was the on-screen chemistry between all of the characters. The various relationships in this film were not only portrayed well by the actors, but they were also well-written. This component helped make the story that much more interesting.

 

  • The writing: In Easter Under Wraps, the writing was such a great element to this narrative! Through the movie, conversations amongst the characters felt like real-life conversations. The comedic timing in this film was perfect, making the funnier moments feel effective. All of the sub-plots blended in really well with the main plot. Easter Under Wraps was an engaging movie because of how good the writing was. This component elevated the story into a truly memorable narrative!

 

  • The messages and themes: Like any Hallmark movie, Easter Under Wraps was filled with good messages and themes! These pieces of the story added to the relatability of the movie. Characters learning about personal growth, incorporating important traditions, and effective problem solving can be found in this film. Something that I found interesting was how chocolate was included in Easter Under Wraps. While the main plot revolved around a chocolate factory, the characters found ways to attach interesting messages to the candy itself. It, honestly, made me think about chocolate in a different way.
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What I didn’t like about the film:

  • Lack of Easter specific messages and themes: Because this is Hallmark’s first Easter movie, I kind of figured this would be an issue. While Easter Under Wraps had good messages and themes, they really didn’t correlate directly with the Easter holiday. A few of these messages and themes were sprinkled into the story, but they weren’t explored as thoroughly as I had hoped. If Hallmark continues to create Easter themed movies (which I hope they do), I hope they take the time to explore the messages and themes that the Easter holiday has to offer.
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My overall impression:

For their first Easter themed movie, Hallmark did a really good job with Easter Under Wraps! While there were a few “Hallmark movie clichés” in this film, the overall quality of the other components made me overlook them. There was so much about this movie that I liked, from the acting to even the festive decorations. This is, so far, the best Hallmark movie I’ve seen this year! I really hope that Hallmark continues to make Easter themed movies, as there are some interesting stories that can be told. I also wouldn’t mind if this movie got a sequel, since it definitely has the potential for another chapter. There’s no doubt that I had an egg-cellent time watching Easter Under Wraps!

 

Overall score: 8.6 out of 10

 

Which 2019 “Spring Fever” movie was your favorite? Would you like to see more Easter themed movies from Hallmark? Let me know in the comment section!

 

Have fun at the movies!

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The Best Supporting Actor division of the Gold Sally Awards has officially begun!

Hi there! The time has come for the arrival of the Gold Sally Awards’ Best Supporting Actor division! For these set of polls, you will decide which actor will receive the title of Best Supporting Actor in a Hallmark Channel Movie and Best Supporting Actor in a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie. Like the previous polls, you will be able to vote for more than one nominee. However, you can only vote once per person. All votes can be left in the comment section of this post. Voting for the Best Supporting Actor division will end on April 29th.

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Best Supporting Actor in a Hallmark Channel Movie

Dewshane Williams – One Winter Weekend

James Brolin – Royal Hearts

Preston Vanderslice – Cooking with Love

Barry McGovern – Royally Ever After

Rob Kipa-Williams – Pearl in Paradise

Dennis Haysbert – Christmas Everlasting

Cole Gleason – Christmas at Pemberley Manor

Laurie Murdoch – It’s Christmas, Eve

Nicholas Banks – Christmas at the Palace

Giles Panton – A Gingerbread Romance

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie

Bill Dow – Marrying Father Christmas

Giles Panton – A Godwink Christmas

Jordan Dean – Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane

Mark Humphrey – Christmas Bells Are Ringing

Curtis Tweedie – Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: The Disappearing Game

Edward Ruttle – Garage Sale Mysteries: Picture a Murder

Viv Leacock – Hailey Dean Mysteries: 2+2=Murder

Chris William Martin — Garage Sale Mysteries: Murder in D Minor

Geoff Gustafson – Darrow & Darrow: In the Key of Murder

Jake Stormoen – Christmas Wonderland

 

Have fun voting!

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It is time for the Best Supporting Actress division of the Gold Sally Awards to begin!

Hello, everyone! Today starts the Best Supporting Actress division of the Gold Sally Awards! In honor of this occasion, I decided this would be the perfect time to introduce 18 Cinema Lane’s new logo! This version will be the official logo of the blog from now on. It was created by K from K at the Movies. Make sure you check out their blog for more reviews and insights about film!

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Now, on to the voting! These polls are to determine who will be the Best Supporting Actress in a Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie! Like with the previous polls, you can only vote once per person. However, you are allowed to vote for more than one nominee. You can place your votes in the comment section of this post. The Gold Sally Awards’ Best Supporting Actress division will conclude on April 18th. After that date, two actresses will receive this honor of being named Best Supporting Actress from the Gold Sally Awards!

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Hallmark Channel Movie

Brittany Bristow – Christmas at the Palace

Gwynyth Walsh – It’s Christmas, Eve

Maddie McCormick – Christmas at Pemberley Manor

Rukiya Bernard – One Winter Weekend

Naomi Sequeira – Pearl in Paradise

MacKenzie Vega – Love, Of Course

Andie MacDowell – The Beach House

Kayla Wallace – Once Upon a Prince

Jordana Lajoie – A Gingerbread Romance

Elva Mai Hoover – Entertaining Christmas

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie

Sarah Grey – Hailey Dean Mysteries: A Marriage Made for Murder

Wendie Malick – Marrying Father Christmas

Laura Leighton – Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane

Rebecca Staab – Christmas Bells are Ringing

Colleen Winton – Hope at Christmas

Sitara Hewitt – Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery

Nicola Lipman – Garage Sale Mysteries: Murder in D Minor

Jessica Sipos – Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To the Altar

Kelly Hu – Christmas Wonderland

MacKenzie Porter – Darrow & Darrow: In the Key of Murder

 

Have fun voting!

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The Gold Sally Awards’ Best Actor division has arrived!

Greetings, everyone! Now is the time for the Best Actor from a Hallmark Channel Movie and Best Actor from a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie voting divisions to begin! Remember, you can vote for more than one nominee and you can place your votes in the comment section of this post. But you can only vote once per person. The Best Actor division of the Gold Sally Awards will end on April 7th. When Round 5 is over, two actors will be crowned Best Actor from a Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie!

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Best Actor from a Hallmark Channel Movie

Brett Dalton – Cooking with Love

Torrance Coombs – Royally Ever After

Chad Michael Murray – The Beach House

Robert Gant – Wedding of Dreams

Dondre T. Whitfield – Christmas Everlasting

Mark Deklin – Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa

Michael Rady – Christmas at Pemberley Manor

Duane Henry – A Gingerbread Romance

Matt Long – Christmas Joy

Andrew Walker – My Secret Valentine

 

Best Actor from a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie

Josh Kelly – Christmas Bells are Ringing

Paul Campbell – A Godwink Christmas

Colin Ferguson – Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane

Tom Cavanagh – Darrow & Darrow: In the Key of Murder

Yannick Bison – Last Scene Alive: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery

Steve Bacic – Garage Sale Mysteries: The Mask Murder

James Tupper – Past Malice: An Emma Fielding Mystery

Matthew MacCaull – Hailey Dean Mysteries: A Marriage Made for Murder

Josh Henderson – Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas

Corey Sevier – Northern Lights of Christmas

Have fun voting!

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Word on the Street: Hallmark announces next Hallmark Hall of Fame movie + updates on upcoming Hallmark films

I know that I’ve been talking a lot about movie news relating to Hallmark. However, there’s been a lot of Hallmark movie updates that need to be talked about. One of these things is the next Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. When Hallmark’s Winter TCA Event took place last month, I was so disappointed when there were no announcements about an upcoming Hallmark Hall of Fame film. As the weeks went by, I wondered if we were going to get a Hallmark Hall of Fame project outside of the Christmas line-up at all. According to a synopsis I found on Hallmark Channel’s website, we are indeed going to receive another Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. Besides the new Hallmark Hall of Fame film, I found confirmations for other projects that have been confirmed as Hallmark productions. I even found some tidbits that could lead to a Hallmark Christmas movie! Since you’ve been patiently waiting, let’s start sharing these pieces of movie news!

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Yesterday, I came across a title on Hallmark Channel’s website called Love Takes Flight. While reading the film’s synopsis, I discovered that it was the next production from Hallmark Hall of Fame. When I found this piece of movie news, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed. The title itself, Love Takes Flight, does not sound or feel like a Hallmark Hall of Fame title. If anything, it feels like a title from a generic Hallmark Channel movie. I was also disappointed in the synopsis, which you can read here:

 

“In the Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation, single-mom Lizzie Beauman is encouraging when her young daughter unexpectedly befriends a widower named Walter as part of her Mission: Find a Friend”. – From Hallmark Channel’s website

 

As I’ve pointed out in my Hallmark Hall of Fame Reading Challenge, a good amount of Hallmark Hall of Fame movies have been based on pre-existing novels. While it’s unknown, at this time, if Love Takes Flight is based on a book, this story just sounds and feels like a generic Hallmark Channel movie. However, I am curious about what “Mission: Find a Friend” is. Maybe it’s a program to help military veterans or an anti-bullying initiative?

The last thing that I am disappointed about is the starring cast. While Nikki DeLoach is a really good actress and while I’ve enjoyed her performances in Truly, Madly, Sweetly and The Perfect Catch, I was hoping that the creative team behind Love Takes Flight would have cast an actress that has never starred in a Hallmark movie before. In last year’s film, Christmas Everlasting, Tatyana Ali starred in not only her first Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, but also her first Hallmark movie ever. Rebecca Romijn made her debut in the Hallmark community through her appearance in the film, Love Locks. The casting for Love Takes Flight does remind me of the casting for The Christmas Train. The two lead actors in The Christmas Train were Kimberley Williams-Paisley (who is a Hallmark Hall of Fame alumni) and Dermot Mulroney (who had been cast in Northpole: Open for Christmas prior to starring in The Christmas Train). Nikki DeLoach (who has starred in several Hallmark Channel films) and Jeff Hephner (who starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film, The Water Is Wide, back in 2006) will be the leads in Love Takes Flight. However, because Hallmark’s audience is used to seeing Nikki appear in more light-hearted and romantic focused movies from Hallmark Channel, this Hallmark Hall of Fame movie feels no different from a typical Hallmark Channel project. As of March 2019, Love Takes Flight is scheduled for an April 27th release.

Here is the link to the synopsis of Love Takes Flight: https://www.hallmarkchannel.com/love-takes-flight

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Another title that I discovered yesterday was Easter Under Wraps. On the website, Creative BC, I saw a title on the “In Production” page listed as “Undercover Easter”. This project will be in production until March 20th. According to Hallmark Channel’s website, “Undercover Easter” changed its name to Easter Under Wraps. The official synopsis for the film has also been posted on Hallmark Channel’s website, which you can read here:

 

“Erika goes undercover at her family’s chocolate plant to see why sales are down when she meets head chocolatier, Bryan, who has new ideas on how to update the Easter product line” – From Hallmark Channel’s website

 

While I’m happy that Hallmark is finally making an Easter themed movie, I’m disappointed by the sound of this synopsis. No matter how many Christmas movies they make, Hallmark always focuses on the Christmas holiday with a sense of reverence and respect. For Easter Under Wraps, however, it seems like the corporate side of Easter will be focused on more than the holiday itself. The lead actors that have been attached to this film are Brendan Penny and Fiona Gubelmann. I have enjoyed watching Brendan’s and Fiona’s performances in Hallmark productions in the past, so it will be interesting to see if they have any on-screen chemistry. As of March 2019, Easter Under Wraps is scheduled for an April 20th release.

Here is the link to the synopsis of Easter Under Wraps:

https://www.hallmarkchannel.com/easter-under-wraps

Here is the link to Creative BC’s “In Production” page:

https://www.creativebc.com/crbc-services/motion-picture-services/in-production/films.php?type=mow

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In a Word on the Street story last month, I announced an upcoming Hallmark movie called “Message In A Bottle”. Within this post, I shared that Bethany Joy Lenz and Andrew Walker would star in the film and that the film would premiere during Hallmark Channel’s “Spring Fever” line-up. Recently, Hallmark Channel posted the official synopsis of the film, which can be read here:

 

“After being stood up, Abbey gets inspired to open her heart in a letter, put it in a bottle and toss it out to sea. Months later, a man fishing discovers it and opts to reach out” – From Hallmark Channel’s website

 

Even though there are probably going to be some “Hallmark movie clichés” within this story, I think this movie sounds interesting. From what I can remember, Hallmark has never really told a story like this before. I’m really liking the creativity that could be incorporated into this film! This would possibly explain how the winery in one of the photos from the Instagram account, joylenznews, is included in the overall narrative. It’s also important to note that the film has changed its name to Bottled with Love. I like this title more than “Message In A Bottle”, as it sounds more creative. As of March 2019, Bottled with Love is scheduled for an April 13th release.

Here is the link to the synopsis of Bottled with Love:

https://www.hallmarkchannel.com/bottled-with-love

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While looking on Instagram to find any information about upcoming Hallmark projects, I came across the hashtag, #aringforchristmas. When I clicked on this hashtag, Hallmark was referenced in the descriptions of a few of these photos. Also, on Instagram, I found a post from a business called Clipper Family Chiropractic. In this post, it is announced that “Hallmark is filming scenes for “A Ring for Christmas” in our building this weekend”. Even though these posts on Instagram mentioned Hallmark in their descriptions, Hallmark has not confirmed that “A Ring for Christmas” is their movie. However, a potential Hallmark film that I have talked about has been confirmed to be a Hallmark film! Two months ago, I reported that a Hallmark Christmas movie was filming in Stonington, Connecticut. An article from The Day has recently revealed that the movie is a Hallmark Channel movie called “Holiday for Heroes”! If this title sounds familiar, that’s because this project was announced as an official Hallmark Christmas film in an article from Entertainment Weekly! None of these films currently have a release date.

If you want to check out the references that I incorporated in this Word on the Street story, you can visit the Instagram account of Clipper Family Chiropractic (@clipperfamilychiro), visit the photos on Instagram with the hashtag #aringforchristmas (type #aringforchristmas into Instagram’s search bar), or visit these links:

https://www.theday.com/article/20190215/NWS01/190219672

https://ew.com/tv/2019/02/08/hallmark-christmas-movies-2019/

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How do you feel about these pieces of movie news? Are you excited to see any of these movies? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

 

Have fun at the movies!

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