Hallmark Channel Releases 2021 “Countdown to Christmas” Line Up

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Make room on your DVRs because Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” 2021 movie lineup is officially here, and we’re so excited.

‘Tis the season for fuzzy socks, hoodies, sweatpants, blankets, and warm drinks. The highly anticipated programming block is celebrating 12 years of their Christmas programming with 41 new holiday movies this year.

The release of the 41-holiday movies will take place over the next three months beginning Friday, Oct. 22, with Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Miracles of Christmas.

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The network streaming service “Hallmark Movies Now” will debut an original holiday movie for the first time.

Candace Cameron Bure, aka the queen of hallmark shared with U.S. Weekly this year, she’ll be starring in a movie with her fuller house co-star John Brotherton, who played Matt Harmon, DJ’s love interest during the show’s run. This brings the two back on our screens since the show went off the air for the first time.

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Back this year for another film is The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls. Starring Robert Buckley, Ana Ayora, Jonathan Bennett, and Brad Harder. The Christmas House 2 brings Mitchell brothers to see who can create the best Christmas house. Originally aired in November 2020, The Christmas House was the first movie for the network to feature a same-sex couple prominently. 

Check out the whole movie lineup below.  

October

Friday, October 22

You, Me & The Christmas Trees

Stars: Danica McKellar, Benjamin Ayres, Jason Hervey

Saturday, October 23

Boyfriends of Christmas Past

Stars: Catherine Haena Kim, Raymond Ablack, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee

Saturday, October 23 (Airs on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)

Christmas in My Heart

Stars: Heather Hemmens, Luke Macfarlane, Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sunday, October 24

The Santa Stakeout

Stars: Tamera Mowry-Housely, Paul Campbell, Joe Pantoliano

Friday, October 29

Christmas in Harmony

Stars: Ashleigh Murray, Luke James, Loretta Devine, Michelle Williams, Basil Wallace

Saturday, October 30

Coyote Creek Christmas

Stars: Janel Parrish, Ryan Paevey

Saturday, October 30

The Christmas Promise (Airs on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)

Stars: Torrey DeVitto, Dylan Bruce, Patrick Duffy, Greyson Holt

Sunday, October 31

Christmas Sail

Stars: Katee Sackhoff, Patrick Sabongui, Terry O’Quinn

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November

Friday, November 5

Open by Christmas

Stars: Alison Sweeney, Erica Durance, Brennan Elliott

Saturday, November 6

Next Stop, Christmas

Stars: Lyndsy Fonseca, Chandler Massey, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd

Saturday, November 6

Debbie Macomber’s A Mrs. Miracle Christmas (Airs on Movies & Mysteries)

Stars: Kaitlin Doubleday, Steve Lund, Caroline Rhea

Sunday, November 7

A Christmas Treasure

Stars: Jordin Sparks, Michael Xavier

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Dates to Be Announced

Christmas at Castle Heart

Stars: Lacey Chabert, Stuart Townsend

The Christmas Contest

Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, John Brotherton, Barbara Niven

The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls

Stars: Robert Buckley, Ana Ayora, Jonathan Bennett, Sharon Lawrence, Treat Williams, Brad Harder

The Nine Kittens of Christmas

Stars: Brandon Routh, Kimberley Sustad, Gregory Harrison

The Christmas Bond – Working Title (Airs on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)

Stars: Holly Robinson Peete, Lyric Bent, Nik Sanchez

Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday and Sister Swap: Christmas in the City

Stars: Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Ashley Williams

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA

Everything Coming and Leaving Netflix in October 2021

A new month means new content on Netflix, and October is about to be a fun month.

October will include new episodes of the hit series “You,” “Are You Afraid of the Dark” reboot, Locke & Key Season 2, and in the Dark Season 3.

On My Block fans, prepare yourself for October 4 because the series returns for the fourth and final season, which means we’ll find out what happened with the two-year time jump that aired toward the end of season 3.


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Families of little ones can celebrate because CoComelon returns with new episodes on October 15. Parents with older kids keep tabs because the Colin Kaepernick bio series “Colin in Black and White, releases at the end of the month. 

Finally, be sure to get that last-minute viewing of Billy on the Street Season 1-5, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Legally Blonde, and Angel has Fallen because these titles all leave this month.

Check out the complete list below of everything coming and leaving Netflix in October, and let me know what you’re watching this month by sharing your favorite titles with me on Twitter and Instagram @MikeStarkCA.

Coming to Netflix 

Oct. 1

A Knight’s Tale

An Inconvenient Truth

Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Season 1

As Good as It Gets

Awakenings

B.A.P.S.

Bad Teacher

The Cave

Desperado

The Devil Inside

Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

Double Team

The DUFF

Eagle Eye

Endless Love

Ghost

Gladiator

Hairspray (2007)

The Holiday

Jet Li’s Fearless

The Karate Kid (2010)

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Léon: The Professional

Malcolm X

Observe and Report

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Project X

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Rumor Has It…

Seinfeld: Seasons 1-9

Serendipity

Spy Kids

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Spy Kids 3: Game Over

Step Brothers

The Ugly Truth

Till Death

Titanic

Tommy Boy

Unthinkable

Waterworld

Zodiac

Oct. 3

Scissor Seven: Season 3

Upcoming Summer

Oct. 4

On My Block: Season 4

Oct. 5

Escape The Undertaker

Oct. 6

Bad Sport

Baking Impossible

The Blacklist: Season 8

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

The Five Juanas

Love Is Blind: Brazil

There’s Someone Inside Your House

Oct. 7

The Billion Dollar Code

Sexy Beasts: Season 2

The Way of the Househusband: Season 1 Part 2

Oct. 8

A Tale Dark & Grimm

Family Business: Season 3

Grudge / Kin

LOL Surprise: The Movie

My Brother, My Sister

Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle

Pretty Smart

Oct. 9

Blue Period

Insidious: Chapter 2

The Baby-Sitters Club: Season 2

Going in Style

The King’s Affection

Shameless (U.S.)

Oct. 12

Bright: Samurai Soul

Convergence: Courage in a Crisis

Making Malinche: A Documentary by Nacho Cano

Mighty Express: Season 5

The Movies That Made Us: Season 3

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It

Smart People

Oct. 13

Fever Dream / Distancia de Rescate

Hiacynt

Reflection of You

Violet Evergarden the Movie

Oct. 14

Another Life: Season 2

In the Dark: Season 3

One Night in Paris

Oct. 15

CoComelon: Season 4

The Forgotten Battle

The Four of Us

Karma’s World

Little Things: Season 4

My Name

Power Rangers Dino Fury: Season 1

Sharkdog’s Fintastic Halloween

The Trip

You: Season 3

Oct. 16

Misfit: The Series

Victoria & Abdul

Oct. 19

In for a Murder / W jak morderstwo

Oct. 20

Found

Gabby’s Dollhouse: Season 3

Night Teeth

Stuck Together

Oct. 21

Flip a Coin -ONE OK ROCK Documentary

Go! Go! Cory Carson: Season 6

Insiders

Komi Can’t Communicate

Life’s a Glitch with Julien Bam

Sex, Love & goop

Oct. 22

Adventure Beast

Dynasty: Season 4

Inside Job

Little Big Mouth

Locke & Key: Season 2

Maya and the Three

More than Blue: The Series

Roaring Twenties

Oct. 24

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Oct. 25

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Oct. 26

Roswell, New Mexico: Season 3

Sex: Unzipped

Oct. 27

Begin Again

Hypnotic

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight Part 2

Sintonia: Season 2

Wentworth: Season 8

Oct. 28

Luis Miguel – The Series: Season 3

The Motive

Oct. 29

Army of Thieves

Colin in Black & White

Dear Mother

Mythomaniac: Season 2

Roaring Twenties

Thomas and Friends: Season 25 A

The Time It Takes

Written By: Mike Stark | @MikeStarkCA


ViacomCBS Announces New Streaming Service Paramount Plus

As the rebranded version of CBS All Access, Paramount Plus will launch March 4 and is set to feature a massive catalog of movies, television, news, and sports.

At their latest event, ViacomCBS unveiled an expansive slate of both old and new content coming to their reinvented streaming platform. This will include everything from its subsidiary networks and studios, including Paramount, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, CBS, and the Smithsonian Channel.

Viewers will have access to a vast portion of ViacomCBS properties, consisting of 30,000 episodes, 2,500 movie titles and over 1,000 live sporting events, plus 24/7 news coverage. There will be two pricing tiers: a $9.99 per month premium plan available on March 4 and then a $4.99 per month ad-supported option that launches in June. Over the next four years, ViacomCBS is reportedly spending $5 billion on streaming in hopes of drawing in 65 to 75 million subscribers worldwide.

A Cornucopia of Content: What to Expect

In addition to their existing library of fan-favorites–from Spongebob Squarepants to Hunger Games–Paramount Plus will carry a number of feature films, reboots, and original series based on popular franchises. President and CEO of ViacomCBS, Bob Bakish, stated that Paramount Plus will primarily focus its efforts on children’s programming, scripted dramas, and reality TV. This will carry debuts of over 50 original series over the next two years. Notable mentions include revivals of Criminal Minds and MTV’s The Real World, new shows based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe, and movie projects from Workaholics and Beavis and Butt-head. Select Paramount films are also set to premiere exclusively on the platform shortly after their theatrical releases, including A Quiet Place II, Mission Impossible 7, and a Paw Patrol movie.

In addition to the plethora of movies and TV series offered, Paramount Plus will stream live sports with exclusive rights to NCAA, NFL, PGA Tour, and UEFA Champions League games.

You can read more about what’s coming to Paramount Plus on their Twitter thread as well as the ViacomCBS website. With the streaming wars heating up, how do you think Paramount Plus will stack up against the likes of Disney, Netflix, HBO, NBCUniversal, and other major players?

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Written by: Nathalie Lum, Entertainment News Correspondent

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Set for a March Release

Following years of rallying fans and online campaigns, Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of Justice League is set to release March 18, 2021 on HBO Max.

It’s been three and a half years since Justice League hit theaters. What went wrong with the first movie? And why is there a need to release another version? Here’s what you need to know and what to look forward to:

2017’s Justice League: The Hit and the Miss

With the exception of a few films including Wonder Woman and Aquaman, DC Films has struggled to achieve both commercial and critical success. Justice League was intended to be an action-packed culmination of the ultimate superhero team-up that fans had been waiting for–and then it wasn’t. Along with criticism regarding the film’s plot and pacing, the film tanked at the box office and caused Warner Bros. Pictures to lose an estimated $60 million.

A combination of production issues, changes in creative direction, and pressure from the studio were just some of the factors that contributed towards this box office bomb. Zack Snyder served as the film’s director, after previously working for DC Films in directing Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. However during filming, the studio reportedly wanted to undergo extensive rewrites and reshoots to change the course of Snyder’s direction, based on the negative reception Dawn of Justice received. With most of Snyder’s version already filmed, these reshoots caused further problems going into post-production.

Due to a personal tragedy, Snyder had to step down as director. Warner Bro. eventually hired Joss Whedon to take Snyder’s place and handle all post-production duties. This drastically changed the plot of the movie and most of Snyder’s original version was scrapped. The end result obviously didn’t sit well with critics and fans alike, but we’ll soon have the chance to see Justice League’s original vision come to life.

What We Know So Far About the Snyder Cut

HBO Max and Warner Media reportedly spent $70 million on updates, including a new score and special effects. This version is set to be four hours long, without using any of the reshot footage from Whedon. Snyder’s version will also feature a different villain, Darkseid, as the main antagonist (as opposed to Steppenwolf in the 2017 film) and will even feature an appearance by Jared Leto as the Joker. In a November 2020 Interview with YouTuber Grace Randolph, Snyder teased some information regarding his cut, but not much has been revealed about the actual plot. We’ll have to wait and see if Snyder’s cut lives up to the hype.

You can check out the official trailer here

Written By: Nathalie Lum

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