It’s time for the fourth poll of the 2020 Gold Sally Awards!

The fourth poll of the 2020 Gold Sally Award is here! This poll is meant to crown the Best Ensemble out of the movies I saw in 2019! Like the previous polls, you’re allowed to vote for more than one ensemble. But you can only vote once per person. This poll starts today, February 28th, and ends on March 5th.

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What is the Best Ensemble of 2019?
A Godwink Christmas: Meant for Love
Avengers: Endgame
Ben-Hur (1959)
Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy
Easter Under Wraps
Holiday for Heroes
Mystery 101: Words Can Kill
Rome in Love
Swept from the Sea
The Nine Lives of Christmas
Created with Poll Maker

 

Have fun voting!

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Take 3: A Brush with Love Review

If you’ve looked at the movies that I reviewed in March, you would notice that I’ve been in a movie reviewing slump. Out of the four movies that I reviewed, I thought only one of them was good. The rest were ok. So, since it’s been a month since I last talked about a Hallmark Channel movie, I decided to review A Brush with Love! Out of all the movies that are included in the “Spring Fever” line-up, this movie was not one of my most anticipated. While I was curious about the art aspect of the film, the story itself didn’t sound as intriguing as some of the other movies. However, I was happy to see that Arielle Kebbel had been cast in a Hallmark production. The last movie that Arielle starred in was 2015’s Bridal Wave. Was her return to Hallmark a triumphant one? Put on your art smock and get your paint palette ready, it’s time to review A Brush with Love!

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Things I liked about the film:

  • The acting: I really enjoyed seeing the various acting performances throughout this film! Everyone did a good job portraying their respective characters. Nick Bateman gave such a strong performance in A Brush with Love, especially since this was his first starring role in any Hallmark movie! He definitely added enough charisma to make his character as likable as he was. It was also nice to see Arielle Kebbel return to the Hallmark community as one of the lead protagonists in this movie. Her performance came across very naturally, which helped her character appear relatable. The acting was absolutely one of the strengths of this film!

 

  • The incorporation of Spring-time: The season of Spring was incorporated into this story very well. From the scenery to the props, everything looked and felt like it was an appropriate fit for this particular time of year. I also liked the overall color palette that was found throughout this film. Almost everything was bright and cheery, helping to keep this story upbeat during the more light-hearted moments. It’s interesting to point out that this color palette complimented the season that was found within this movie. This added to the consistency of the over-arcing theme.

 

  • The idea of a “vision board”: A “vision board” is a concept that has rarely been seen in a Hallmark production. Because of that, I think this idea was a very interesting choice for the creative team behind this movie to incorporate in this specific story. Not only that, but the “vision board” itself was tailored to compliment the main protagonist’s passion; art. I found this detail to be creative and something that I hadn’t thought of until I saw A Brush with Love. Yes, I was aware of what “vision boards” were. But I wasn’t aware of the different ways that a “vision board” could be created. This movie showed that there is no set way on what a “vision board” should look like.
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What I didn’t like about the film:

  • The “vision board” in a small role: When I read the synopsis for A Brush with Love, I was led to believe that the protagonist’s “vision board” would play a large role in this story. But, in the overall context of the film, it felt like the “vision board” was just a component to a subplot. To me, it seemed like the story focused more on Jamie and Max’s growing relationship. When it came to the “vision board’s” inclusion, it was very disappointing.

 

  • The art school expansion subplot: In A Brush with Love, Jamie was planning on expanding her art school to more than one location. Within the overall story, this subplot didn’t make as big of an impact as the other subplots. While it made sense in the grand scheme of things, it kind of seemed like it was there for the sake of filling up the film’s run-time. It also seemed like this subplot just provided a reason for the protagonist’s parents to be featured in the narrative. I ended up not being impressed with this particular subplot.

 

  • A slower pace: Throughout this film, I found the pace to be on the slower side. This pace did effect the quality of the movie, causing some scenes to feel longer than they might have been intended. While the pace wasn’t as slow as in other movies I’ve seen, it could have been faster.

 

  • The conflict: I won’t spoil anything if you haven’t seen this movie yet. But I was not a fan of the conflict that happened toward the end of the movie. It seemed like that part of the story was incorporated into the overall narrative just to give the main characters a reason to get upset. Because of this conflict, it caused one of the protagonists to make a decision that felt very egotistical. This appeared so out-of-character for that particular protagonist, especially since they had never displayed any behaviors or actions that came across as self-centered. I understand that the creative team behind this film was trying to do something that other Hallmark projects don’t often do. However, I don’t think that creative decision worked in this story’s favor.
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My overall impression:

Despite the flaws, I think that A Brush with Love was a good, sweet film. Overall, this story was better than I thought it would be. There were several strengths that this movie had, such as the acting performances. This whole cast was really good, from the lead stars to all the child actors. That aspect of the film added to my enjoyment of the movie! Even though my favorite film from Hallmark Channel’s “Spring Fever” line-up, so far, is Flip That Romance, A Brush with Love is still a solid movie. I would recommend it not only to people who like Hallmark projects, but also to people who like the inclusion of art in their stories.

 

Overall score: 7.7 out of 10

 

Have you seen A Brush with Love? What is your favorite “Spring Fever” movie so far? Tell me in the comment section!

 

Have fun at the movies!

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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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The Best Actress division of the Gold Sally Awards is here!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! Today starts the first day of voting for the Best Actress from a Hallmark Channel Movie and the Best Actress from a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie! Like in previous polls, you can vote for more than one nominee and you can place your votes in the comment section of this post. However, you are only allowed to vote once per person. This round of polls will end on March 27th. After Round 4, two lucky (get it? Lucky? St. Patrick’s Day?) actresses will win the title of the Gold Sally Awards’ Best Actress!

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Best Actress from a Hallmark Channel Movie

Ali Liebert – Cooking with Love

Fiona Gubelmann – Royally After Ever

Tatyana Ali – Christmas Everlasting

Debbie Gibson – Wedding of Dreams

Kelly Rutherford – Love, of Course

Nikki DeLoach – Truly, Madly, Sweetly

Jill Wagner – Christmas in Evergreen: Letter to Santa

Jessica Lowndes – Christmas at Pemberley Manor

Danielle Panabaker – Christmas Joy

Tia Mowry-Hardict – A Gingerbread Romance

 

Best Actress from a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie

Erin Krakow – Marrying Father Christmas

Kimberly Sustad – A Godwink Christmas

Alicia Witt – Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane

Emilie Ullerup – Christmas Bells are Ringing

Kellie Martin – Hailey Dean Mysteries: A Will to Kill

Candace Cameron Bure – Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: The Disappearing Game

Megan Park — Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas

Kristin Booth – Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To the Altar

Jewel – Deadly Deed: A Fixer Upper Mystery

Kimberly Williams-Paisley – Darrow & Darrow: In the Key of Murder

 

Happy voting!

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The Book Adaptation Tag — 2019

When I published my review of Meet Me in St. Louis, I posted my 75th movie review! In honor of this accomplishment and because it’s still National Reading Month, I’ve decided to participate in a book related tag! I’ve never done a tag on 18 Cinema Lane before, so this will be an exciting post not only to write, but also to share with my readers and followers! For this tag, I will answer a list of questions relating to book adaptations. I first saw this tag on the blog, Madame Writer. Before I begin, I just want to say that all of my answers are based on honesty and my own opinion. This post is not meant to be mean-spirited or negative toward anyone’s opinions/preferences. So, with that said, let The Book Adaptation Tag begin!

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  1. What is the last book adaptation movie you saw?

Meet Me in St. Louis. I didn’t even know this movie was based on a book until I saw the opening credits.

 

  1. What book movie are you most excited for?

There’s actually two. The first movie is Rome in Love. While I haven’t read this book yet, it has been on my TBR (to be read) list for a while. Because this book is being adapted into a film, it’s actually encouraging me to read Anita Hughes’ book! The second movie is Words on Bathroom Walls. I haven’t read this book either, but I’ve heard really good things about it. According to his IMDB filmography, it appears that Charlie Plummer will star as the lead character! I’ve seen All the Money in the World and, in that movie, I was really impressed with Charlie’s performance. Like with Rome in Love, the novel’s aforementioned positive word of mouth and Charlie’s involvement in the film are encouraging me to read the book!

 

  1. Which upcoming book movie will you definitely NOT see?

After. Based on what I’ve heard about the book (I haven’t read it and don’t plan to) and the teaser trailer that was released a few months ago, the movie appears way too inappropriate for my liking. Also, I have a feeling that the main relationship might be promoted as a romantic one, even though it appears to be problematic. Personally, I just think there are better cinematic stories that are worth my time.

 

  1. Which book movie would you NEVER watch again?

The Twilight series and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. For me, the quality of the Twilight films seemed to get worse as the movies went on. I thought the third movie was so bad, I didn’t even bother to watch the last two films. The third movie was also the worst movie I’ve ever seen in the theater. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was the first movie I saw this year (I had never seen it before) and I did not enjoy it. The only two things I liked about the movie were the acting performances and the special effects (both practical and CGI). I have never read any of the Twilight books (nor do I plan on it) or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

 

  1. Is there a movie you saw that made you want to read the book, if you hadn’t yet?

Last year, I saw Oliver! and reviewed it when I received 50 followers. I enjoyed this movie so much, that it was not only one of the best movies I saw in 2018, it also made me want to read Oliver Twist! Yes, I know that the book will probably not have as many light-hearted moments as in the movie. But as long as the story is as engaging as it was in the film, I think I might like the book.

 

  1. Conversely, is there a movie that made you never want to read the book?

Lifetime’s adaptations of the Flowers in the Attic series and My Sweet Audrina. As I said in a Word on the Street post last month, these movies are not “Hallmark appropriate”. So, there’s a good likelihood that the books are also inappropriate.

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  1. Name an adaptation that has almost nothing to do with the book it’s supposedly based on.

I can think of two; Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Count of Monte Cristo (2002). Both of these movies made the exact same mistake: they only adapted 50% of the book. While the first half of The Count of Monte Cristo did a really good job at translating the literary material to the screen, the second half of the movie was just a mess. Several important details and story elements were either left out or completely changed. In Something Wicked This Way Comes, some of the plot points and details were exactly like the book. However, there were others that were changed just for the sake of being changed. One example is a character in the film that wasn’t in the book. Anyone who has read the book and seen the movie would know exactly what I’m talking about.

 

  1. Have you ever left the theater during a movie adaptation because it was so bad?

No. I don’t go to the theater often, so I try to see films that I either have a strong feeling I will like or that are from a movie series I’ve seen before.

 

  1. Do you prefer to watch the movie first or read the book first?

Personally, I try to read the book first so that I can form my own ideas about the text before the movie creates its own ideas about it. But I’m not opposed to reading a book after I’ve seen its respective film.

 

  1. How do you feel about movie adaptations that age characters up? (ex. characters that are in middle-school, but in the movies they’re all 18)

I think it’s a case-by-case scenario. For an opposite example, in The Beach House, some of the characters were younger than they were in the book. At first, I was not a fan of this decision. But, when I watched the movie, I ended up ignoring this detail because I was more focused on how good the acting performances were.

 

  1. Do you get angry when the actors don’t look like how you thought the characters should have looked?

Again, it’s a case-by-case scenario. I remember when Shailene Woodley was cast as Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars. Her portrayal of the character did not look anything like I had imagined the character to look in the book. However, this difference did not bother me because Hazel’s physical appearance was not emphasized within the book.

 

  1. Is there a movie you liked better than its book?

Hallmark Hall of Fame’s The Beach House. I’m currently reading this book (I’m more than half-way through the novel) and I think it’s just ok. The biggest issue I have with this novel is how unnecessarily long it is. In my opinion, I don’t think this particular story needed to be 400+ pages. Because of the story’s page length, it makes the chapters and even the book itself feel longer than it might have been intended. Also, there were things that were included in the book just to satisfy this 400+ page length. In the movie, however, it felt like the screen-writing improved upon the narrative from the text. Only the important story-lines were translated to the screen and the length of the movie was just right. Also, the narrative felt more like a Hallmark Hall of Fame story in the film than it did in the book.

 

  1. Name a book that you would love to see as a movie.

Definitely Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby! I think that book would make a great Hallmark Hall of Fame movie!

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Have you ever participated in a tag? What are your thoughts on book adaptations? Let me know in the comment section!

 

Have fun at the movies!

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Round 3 of voting for the Gold Sally Awards has arrived!

Now is the time for Round 3 of the Gold Sally Awards to begin! For these polls, the two categories that you can vote on are Best On-Screen Couple from a Hallmark Channel Movie and Best On-Screen Couple from a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie! Remember, you are only allowed to vote once per person. But you can vote for more than one nominee. If you want to participate in the voting process for the Gold Sally Awards, please place your votes in the comment section of this post. Voting starts today, March 6th, and ends on March 16th. Have fun voting!

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Best On-Screen Couple from a Hallmark Channel Movie

Rukiya Bernard and Dewshane Williams – One Winter Weekend

Fiona Gubelmann and Terrance Coombs – Royally Ever After

Ali Liebert and Brett Dalton – Cooking with Love

Jill Wagner and Kristoffer Polaha – Pearl in Paradise

Debbie Gibson and Robert Gant – Wedding of Dreams

Tatyana Ali and Dondre T. Whitfield – Christmas Everlasting

Jessica Lowndes and Michael Rady – Christmas at Pemberly Manor

Tia Mowry-Hardict and Duane Henry – A Gingerbread Romance

Danielle Panabaker and Matt Long – Christmas Joy

Kellie Pickler and Wes Brown – Christmas at Graceland

 

Best On-Screen Couple from a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Movie

Viv Leacock and Alvina August – Hailey Dean Mysteries: Marriage Made for Murder

Jewel and Colin Ferguson – Deadly Deed: A Fixer Upper Mystery

Josh Henderson and Megan Park – Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas

Aimee Teegarden and Brett Dalton – Once Upon a Christmas Miracle

Alicia Witt and Colin Ferguson – Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane

Emilie Ullerup and Josh Kelly – Christmas Bells are Ringing

Erin Krakow and Niall Matter – Marrying Father Christmas

Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Tom Cavanagh – Darrow & Darrow: In the Key of Murder

Matthew MacCaull and Kellie Martin — Hailey Dean Mysteries: Marriage Made for Murder

Steve Bacic and Lori Loughlin – Garage Sale Mysteries: The Mask Murder

 

Happy 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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Introducing the Hallmark Hall of Fame Reading Challenge

Happy National Reading Month! When this time of year comes around, I usually don’t do anything to celebrate the occasion. As a reader, I have felt bad about not doing anything to acknowledge it. But, now that I have a blog, I have the opportunity to commemorate National Reading Month! Over the years, I’ve observed how many Hallmark Hall of Fame movies are based on pre-existing literature. This inspired me to create the Hallmark Hall of Fame Reading Challenge! As I was researching the history of Hallmark Hall of Fame, I discovered that there are a lot of plays, short stories, and novels that were adapted into films. Honestly, there were so much pre-existing literature associated with Hallmark Hall of Fame, it took me several days to complete this list. Even though this reading list is very long, you do not have to complete this reading challenge within the month of March. In fact, you can complete this challenge whenever you want! Also, you can read as many or as few books as you like! If you want to watch the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies that these literary works were adapted into, that is completely optional. Now, I’ll explain the set-up of this reading challenge list!

Starting on the left, each book is listed in the chronological order of the film’s release. For instance, even though Richard Paul Evans’ book, The Locket, was published in 1998, the movie adaptation was released in 2002. The title of the book and the book’s author are listed next. After that, the title of the film is placed within parentheses. There are times when a film adaptation does not share the same title as its respective piece of literature. A recent example of this is The Second Sister being the basis for Christmas Everlasting. Feel free to scroll through the list and find your next piece of literature for the Hallmark Hall of Fame Reading Challenge!

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Hallmark Hall of Fame Reading Challenge

2018 – The Second Sister by Marie Bostwick (Christmas Everlasting)

2018 – The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe (The Beach House)

2017 – The Christmas Train by David Baldacci (The Christmas Train)

2017 – Love Locks by Cory Martin (Love Locks)

2016 – A Heavenly Christmas by Rhonda Merwarth (A Heavenly Christmas)

2012 – Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas (Christmas with Holly)

2012 – A Smile as Big as the Moon by Mike Kersjes with Joe Layden (A Smile as Big as the Moon)

2011 – Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom (Have a Little Faith)

2011 – Nobody Don’t Love Nobody: Lessons on Love from the School with No Name by Stacey Bess (Beyond the Blackboard)

2011 – The Last Valentine by James Michael Pratt (The Lost Valentine)

2010 – The November Christmas by Greg Coppa (November Christmas)

2010 – The Lois Wilson Story: When Love Is Not Enough by William G. Borchert (When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story)

2009 – A Dog Named Christmas by Greg Kincaid (A Dog Named Christmas)

2009 – Irena Sendler: Mother of the Children of the Holocaust by Anna Mieszkowska (The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler)

2008 – Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had by Brad Cohen with Lisa Wysocky (Front of the Class)

2008 – Sweet Nothing In My Ear: A Play In Two Acts by Stephen Sachs (Sweet Nothing In My Ear)

2007 – Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff (Pictures of Hollis Woods)

2007 – The Valley of Light by Terry Kay (The Valley of Light)

2006 – Candles on Bay Street by K.C. McKinnon (Candles on Bay Street)

2006 — If Nights Could Talk: A Family Memoir by Marsha Recknagel (In from the Night)

2006 – The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy (The Water Is Wide)

2005 – Silver Bells by Luanne Rice (Silver Bells)

2005 – Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon (Riding the Bus with My Sister)

2005 – The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel (The Magic of Ordinary Days)

2004 – Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler (Back When We Were Grownups)

2004 – Plainsong by Kent Haruf (Plainsong)

2004 – The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Toibin (The Blackwater Lightship)

2003 – Fallen Angel by Don J. Snyder (Fallen Angel)

2003 – A Painted House by John Grisham (A Painted House)

2003 – Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland (Brush with Fate)

2002 – The Locket by Richard Paul Evans (The Locket)

2002 – My Sister’s Keeper: Learning to Cope with a Sibling’s Mental Illness by Margaret Moorman (My Sister’s Keeper)

2001 – Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby (In Love and War)

2001 – Follow the Stars Home by Luanne Rice (Follow the Stars Home)

2001 – The Flamingo Rising by Larry Baker (The Flamingo Rising)

2000 – The Runaway by Terry Kay (The Runaway)

2000 – Looking for Lost Bird: A Jewish Woman Discovers Her Navajo Roots by Yvette Melanson with Claire Safran (The Lost Child)

2000 – Cupid and Diana by Christina Bartolomeo (Cupid & Cate)

2000 – Atticus by Ron Hansen (Missing Pieces)

1999 – A Season for Miracles by Marilyn Pappano (A Season for Miracles)

1999 – Caleb’s Story by Patricia MacLachlan (Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter’s End)

1999 – Durango by John B. Keane (Durango)

1999 – Night Ride Home by Barbara Esstman (Night Ride Home)

1998 – Grace & Glorie: A Play in Two Acts by Tom Ziegler (Grace & Glorie)

1998 – Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler (Saint Maybe)

1998 – Thunderwith by Libby Hathorn (The Echo of Thunder)

1998 – The Love Letter by Jack Finney (The Love Letter)

1997 – Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons (Ellen Foster)

1997 – What the Deaf-Mute Heard by G.D. Gearino (What the Deaf Man Heard)

1997 – For the Roses by Julie Garwood (Rose Hill)

1997 – The Wild Palms by William Faulkner (Old Man)

1996 – Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn by Paul Watkins (Calm at Sunset)

1996 – Lily Dale by Horton Foote (Lily Dale)

1996 – The Boys Next Door by Tom Griffin (The Boys Next Door)

1995 – Journey by Patricia MacLachlan (Journey)

1995 – Redwood Curtain by Lanford Wilson (Redwood Curtain)

1995 – The Piano Lesson by August Wilson (The Piano Lesson)

1994 – The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy (The Return of the Native)

1994 – Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler (Breathing Lessons)

1993 – To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay (To Dance with the White Dog)

1993 – Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan (Skylark)

1992 – A Shayna Maidel by Barbara Lebow (Miss Rose White)

1992 – O Pioneers! by Willa Cather (O Pioneers!)

1991 – Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (Sarah, Plain and Tall)

1990 — Decoration Day by John William Corrington (Decoration Day)

1990 – Father’s Arcane Daughter by E. L. Konigsburg (Caroline?)

1989 – The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher (The Shell Seekers)

1988 – The Tenth Man by Graham Greene (The Tenth Man)

1988 – April Morning by Howard Fast (April Morning)

1988 – Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr (Stones for Ibarra)

1987 – Foxfire by Susan Cooper (Foxfire)

1987 – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden)

1987 – Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitemore (Pack of Lies)

1987 – The Room Upstairs by Norma Levinson (The Room Upstairs)

1985 – Love Is Never Silent by Joanne Greenberg (Love Is Never Silent)

1985 – The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas (father) (The Corsican Brothers)

1984 – La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas (son) (Camille)

1984 – The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson (The Master of Ballantrae)

1983 – The Winter of our Discontent by John Steinbeck (The Winter of our Discontent)

1983 – Thursday’s Child by Victoria Poole (Thursday’s Child)

1982 – Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie (Witness for the Prosecution)

1982 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

1981 – Dear Liar: A Biography in Two Acts: Adapted from the Correspondence of Bernard Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell by Jerome Kilty (Dear Liar)

1980 – A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities)

1980 – Gideon’s Trumpet by Anthony Lewis (Gideon’s Trumpet)

1979 – All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (All Quiet on the Western Front)

1978 – Stubby Pringle’s Christmas by Jack Schaefer (Stubby Pringle’s Christmas)

1978 – Homely Girl, A Life: And Other Stories by Arthur Miller (“Fame” is included within this book) (Fame)

1977 – The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer: A Novel by Douglas C. Jones (The Court Martial of George Armstrong Custer)

1977 – The Last Hurrah by Edwin O’Connor (The Last Hurrah)

1976 – Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (Peter Pan)

1976 – Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (Beauty and the Beast)

1976 – Meeting at Potsdam by Charles L. Mee Jr. (Truman at Potsdam)

1976 – Works of George Bernard Shaw by George Bernard Shaw (“Caesar and Cleopatra” is included within this book) (Caesar and Cleopatra)

1975 – The Rivalry by Norman Corwin (The Rivalry)

1975 – Valley Forge by Maxwell Anderson (Valley Forge)

1975 – Eric by Doris Herold Lund (Eric)

1975 & 1974 – Paul Gallico’s The Small Miracle by Paul Gallico and Bob Barton (Something Wonderful Happens Every Spring & The Small Miracle)

1975 – If Only They Could Talk & It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet by James Herriot (All Creatures Great and Small)

1974 – The Gathering Storm by Winston S. Churchill (The Gathering Storm)

1974 – Still Life by Noel Coward (Brief Encounter)

1974 – Crown Matrimonial by Royce Ryton (Crown Matrimonial)

1974 – The Country Girl by Clifford Odets (The Country Girl)

1973 – The Borrowers by Mary Norton (The Borrowers)

1973 – Lisa, Bright and Dark by John Neufeld (Lisa, Bright and Dark)

1973 – Peanuts & You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown)

1972 – The Man Who Came to Dinner by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart (The Man Who Came to Dinner)

1972 – The Hands of Cormac Joyce by Leonard Wibberley (The Hands of Cormac Joyce)

1972 – Harvey by Mary Chase (Harvey)

1971 – A Death in the Family by James Agee (All the Way Home)

1971 – The Snow Goose: A Story of Dunkirk by Paul Gallico (The Snow Goose)

1971 – The Collected Works of Paddy Chayefsky: The Stage Plays by Paddy Chayefsky (“Gideon” is included within this book) (Gideon)

1971 – The Price by Arthur Miller (The Price)

1970 and 1953– Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

1970 – The Greatest Story Ever Told by Fulton Oursler, Henry Denker, and Warren Parker (Neither Are We Enemies)

1969 – The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell (The Littlest Angel)

1969 – The File on Devlin by Catherine Gaskin (The File on Devlin)

1968 – Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (Pinocchio)

1968 – The Works Of J. M. Barrie by J. M. Barrie (“The Admirable Crichton” is included within this book) (The Admirable Crichton)

1968 – Elizabeth the Queen by Maxwell Anderson (Elizabeth the Queen)

1967 – Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw (Saint Joan)

1967 – A Bell for Adano by John Hersey (A Bell for Adano)

1967 – Anastasia by Marcelle Maurette (Anastasia)

1966 – Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward (Blithe Spirit)

1966 – Barefoot in Athens by Maxwell Anderson (Barefoot in Athens)

1966 – Lamp at Midnight by Barrie Stavis (Lamp at Midnight)

1965 – Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (Inherit the Wind)

1965 – The Magnificent Yankee by Emmet Lavery (The Magnificent Yankee)

1964, 1954, 1953, 1952, and 1951 – Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti (Amahl and the Night Visitors)

1964 – Painting as a Pastime by Winston S. Churchill (The Other World of Winston Chuchill)

1964 – The Romancers by Edmond Rostand (The Fantasticks is loosely based on “The Romancers” (The Fantasticks)

1964 and 1958 – Little Moon of Alban by James Constigan (Little Moon of Alban)

1964 – Abe Lincoln in Illinois by Robert E. Sherwood (Abe Lincoln in Illinois)

1963 – Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (Pygmalion)

1962 – Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand (Cyrano de Bergerac)

1962 – The Teahouse of the August Moon (play by John Patrick, novel by Vern Sneider) (The Teahouse of the August Moon)

1962 – Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring (Arsenic & Old Lace)

1961 – Victoria Regina by Laurence Housman (Victoria Regina)

1961 – Jean Anouilh: Five Plays by Jean Anouilh (“Time Remembered” is included within this book) (Time Remembered)

1960 and 1954 – Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Macbeth)

1960 – Lost Horizon by James Hilton (Shangri-La)

1960 – Captain Brassbound’s Conversion by George Bernard Shaw (Captain Brassbound’s Conversion)

1960 and 1956 – The Cradle Song and Other Plays by Gregorio Martinez Sierra (The Cradle Song)

1960 – The Tempest by William Shakespeare (The Tempest)

1959 – A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (A Doll’s House)

1959 – Winterset by Maxwell Anderson (Winterset)

1959 – Ah, Wilderness! by Eugene O’Neill (Ah, Wilderness!)

1959 and 1957 – The Green Pastures (play) by Marc Connelly and Ol’ Man Adam an’ His Chillun by Roark Bradford (The Green Pastures)

1959 – Berkeley Square: A Play in Three Acts by John L. Balderston and The Sense of the Past by Henry James (Berkeley Square)

1958 and 1956 – The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare (Kiss Me, Kate and The Taming of the Shrew)

1958 – Johnny Belinda by Elmer Harris (Johnny Belinda)

1958 – Dial M for Murder by Frederick Knott (Dial M for Murder)

1958 – Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge (Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates)

1957 – Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)

1957 – On Borrowed Time (play) by Paul Osborn & L. E. Watkins and On Borrowed Time (book) by Lawrence Edward Watkin (On Borrowed Time)

1957 –Yeoman of the Guard by W. S. Gilbert (The Yeoman of the Guard)

1957 – There Shall Be No Night by Robert E. Sherwood (There Shall Be No Night)

1957 – The Lark by Lillian Hellman and Jean Anouilh (The Lark)

1956 – The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman (The Little Foxes)

1956 – Works of George Bernard Shaw by George Bernard Shaw (“Man and Superman” is included within this book) (Man and Superman)

1956 – Born Yesterday: Comedy in 3 Acts by Garson Kanin (Born Yesterday)

1956 – The Corn is Green by Emlyn Williams (The Corn is Green)

1955 – Dream Girl by Elmer Rice (Dream Girl)

1955 – Works of George Bernard Shaw by George Bernard Shaw (“The Devil’s Disciple” is included within this book) (The Devil’s Disciple)

1955 – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)

1954 – Moby-Dick, or, the Whale by Herman Melville (Moby Dick)

1954 – Richard II by William Shakespeare (King Richard II)

1953 – Imaginary Conversations by Walter Savage Landor and Charles George Crump (Aesop and Rhodope)

1953 – Favorite Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (“The Courtship of Miles Standish” is included within this book) (The Courtship of Miles Standish)

1953 – Of Time and the River: A Legend of Man’s Hunger in His Youth by Thomas Wolfe (Of Time and the River)

1953 – The Imaginary Invalid by Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere (The Imaginary Invalid)

1953 – The Trampling Herd: The Story of the Cattle Range in America by Paul I. Wellman (McCoy of Abilene)

1953 – The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke (The Other Wise Man)

1953 – Lincoln’s Little Correspondent by Hertha Ernestine Pauli (Lincoln’s Little Correspondent)

1952 – The Small One: A Story for Those Who Like Christmas and Small Donkeys by Charles Tazewell (The Small One)

1952 – Father Flanagan of Boys Town by Fulton Oursler (The Vision of Father Flanagan)

1952 – Mistress of the White House: The Story of Dolly Madison by Helen L. Morgan (Mistress of the White House)

1952 – Finding Providence: The Story of Roger Williams by Avi (The Story of Roger Williams)

1952 – Doctor Serocold by Helen Ashton (Doctor Serocold)

 

Will you be participating in the Hallmark Hall of Fame Reading Challenge? Which piece of literature from this list would you be interested in reading? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

 

Have fun reading!

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