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REVIEW: The Hallmark Sequel "Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up" Is as Silly as the First One

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Emily and Jared are looking forward to celebrating the holidays together as a couple, and they prepare to work with their neighbors on Evergreen Lane to make this year's Christmas celebrations the best yet.  When a house on the block goes up for sale, the soon-to-be-neighbors are holiday royalty, but they are so competitive that they nearly ruin Christmas for everyone. Starring:   Lacey Chabert, Wes Brown, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ellen Travolta, Melissa Peterman, Seth Morris, and Jennifer Aspen Image:  Hallmark Media Haul Out the Holly:  Lit Up Has a Moral When the residents of Evergreen Lane learn that their new neighbors are the Jolly Johnsons--famous holiday reality stars--they are thrilled to welcome them to the block.  Everyone assumes the Johnsons will fit right in since they share their same affinity for elf culture. Emily, Jared, and the rest of the holiday crew quickly realize that the Johnsons aren't interested in joining in on the fun--they plan to take over. Image:  Tw

Julian Morris Makes a Great Prince in Hallmark's "A Royal Queens Christmas"

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A Royal Queens Christmas Plot Summary   A prince finds his way to Queens during Christmas when a local woman enlists his help with a children's show. Starring :  Megan Park and Julian Morris (2021) Image:  Crown Media Who Is Julian Morris? Hallmark "royal" movies are in no short supply, but you never know when an actor is faking an accent or when it's authentic.  Either way, accents are definitely attractive.  In the case of Julian Morris, the English accent is the real deal. Though his mother is from Zimbabwe, and his father is from South Africa, Morris was born and raised in London and grew up in the Jewish faith. Through the years, Morris has starred in movies with big names like Vanessa Redgrave, Liam Neeson, Susan Sarandon, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, and Jennifer Aniston.  He's definitely no rookie, even though Hallmark has only recently cast him in both A Royal Queens Christmas and The Presence of Love . Morris has a strong presence.  Without his in

Hallmark's "An Unexpected Christmas" Trivia QUIZ!

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An Unexpected Christmas Plot Summary A writer convinces his ex-girlfriend to pose as a couple for Christmas. Starring :  Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hynes Released :  2021 Image:  Crown Media Egos Are Fragile! It's the first Christmas Jamie's family will be spending without grandpa, so he doesn't want to add to their sorrow by admitting he and Emily have called it quits.   When Emily ends up at the airport on a work assignment at the same time as Jamie, his family naturally assumes they've come together.  Why would Emily go along with the charade and pretend they are still a couple?  When her campaign spokesperson can't make it to Fulton, Illinois, Jamie promises the state's governor will fill the spot and save the campaign, as long as Emily pretends to still be his girlfriend.  Everyone can see Jamie and Emily are the perfect couple.  Whatever possessed Jamie to break up with her?  He admits it's because her career is taking off and his isn't--he doesn&

Hallmark's "The Nine Kittens of Christmas" Trivia QUIZ!

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The Nine Kittens of Christmas Plot Summary Zachary and Marilee are thrown back together at Christmas when they're tasked with finding homes for a litter of adorable kittens. Starring :  Brandon Routh, Kimberley Sustad, and Gregory Harrison Image:  Crown Media Hallmark Throws an Interesting Curve Ball One thing is guaranteed with every Hallmark movie:  the guy always gets the girl.  In 2014's The Nine Lives of Christmas , Zachary and Marilee ended up together, and until 2021, fans assumed their happy ending continued. The Nine Kittens of Christmas begins with an unexpected twist--Marilee has moved away from home and has a new boyfriend, Miles.  In addition to being romantically involved, the couple co-own a veterinary practice.   The biggest hurdle facing Marilee and Miles is that he is a workaholic who doesn't make time for her and the things that are important for a healthy romance.  When Miles reneges on joining Marilee at her sister's house for Christmas, she pulls

Hallmark's "Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas" QUIZ!!!

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Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas Plot Summary During the holidays, a woman with amnesia catches a ride with her handsome nurse to investigate the only clue to her identity--a newspaper clipping. Starring :  Jessy Schram and Brendan Penny (2021) Image:  Crown Media Fans Love the Time to Come Home for Christmas Series  Dorothy Shackleford and Travis Thrasher introduced us to this series with their novel Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas , which is also based on a song title by Blake Shelton (Shackleford's son).  Hallmark produced the subsequent movie in 2018, which starred Megan Park and Josh Henderson. In 2019, fans were treated to another installment to the brand called Time for You to Come Home for Christmas with Alison Sweeney and Lucas Bryant.   Hallmark continued the successful trend by bringing us Lacey Chabert and Stephen Huszar in 2020's Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas , and since fan interest showed no sign of waning, 2021 saw the release of Time

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