“Apple Mortgage Cake,” Is Served Sunday On UP

Apple Mortgage Cake

UP TV’s charming original movie, Apple Mortgage Cake premieres Sunday, April 20 (7pmET/ 8pmPT) and tells the true story of how one woman’s creativity, determination and fantastic apple cakes saved her home from foreclosure. Thirty-five years after she sat in her grandmother’s kitchen learning baking and life lessons, Angela Logan (Kimberly Elise) sits again in her grandmother’s kitchen (now hers) facing the home’s foreclosure. Her mother’s medical and funeral bills depleted her savings, a divorce stole her trust for others, a storm and a flood made several areas of her home uninhabitable, a shady contractor stole her money and her … Continue reading

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Valerie Harper: “I am not cancer free”

Valerie Harper: "I am not cancer free"

Hoping to clear up erroneous media reports that she claimed to be “absolutely cancer free,” Valerie Harper, while on a press junket in New York City for her guest-staring role on Hallmark Channel’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered, clarified her original statement to Closer Weekly that was the apparent source of the confusion. Valerie Harper offered this statement: “I am grateful for an opportunity to bring clarity to the story in this week’s Closer Weekly and, more importantly, to address the headline which states that I am cancer free. I am not cancer free. As I have stated on many occasions, I … Continue reading

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VOD Spotlight: The Nut Job

The Nut Job

Part of the fun of watching an animated film as an adult is hearing the voices of familiar actors come out of the mouths of, say, colorful fish or toys-come-to-life or, in the case of The Nut Job, various woodland creatures like squirrels, moles and raccoons. In the film, Surly the Squirrel has finally taken his capers one step too far, causing the animal community’s winter food supply to be destroyed. Surly and his rat friend, Buddy, are exiled from the group and need to figure out how to survive. Fellow squirrels Andie and Grayson are sent by Raccoon to … Continue reading

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VOD Spotlight: Behind the Scenes on the set of Ride Along

Ride Along

Because Ride Along is an action-comedy, the director and crew had a lot of wiggle-room to make over-the-top stunts. Shares producer Will Packer: “We had an opportunity to do some really cool driving sequences. We had guns going off and blew up a building. Even Kevin got a kick out of being able to shoot big guns.” But, according to Packer, sometimes Hart pulled back. He laughs: “Kevin was so excited about it. He wanted to do all of his own stunts until it was actually time to do the stunts. Kevin is the guy who says, ‘I’ll do my … Continue reading

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On Demand DVD New Releases April 14-20

Philomena

On Demand DVD New Releases April 14-20 The Bachelor Weekend A bachelor party weekend in the great outdoors takes some wild detours in this hilarious and heartfelt comedy. Andrew Scott, Amy Huberman (TVMA, 1:34) 4/15 Available same day as theatrical release. Beneath the Harvest Sky Desperate for a way out of their town, two teens find their friendship pushed to the brink when one is pulled into drug smuggling with his outlaw father. Emory Cohen, Callan McAuliffe (TVMA, 1:57) 4/15 Available same day as theatrical release. Bright Days Ahead In this sophisticated and sexy tale, a married woman in her 60s (French icon Fanny Ardant) tumbles … Continue reading

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TCM remembers Mickey Rooney with 24-hour film marathon

TCM remembers Mickey Rooney with 24-hour film marathon

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will remember Mickey Rooney this Sunday, April 13, with a 24-hour marathon of his classic films beginning at 6am ET. Rooney passed away April 6 at the age of 93. According to TCM, the memorial tribute to Mickey Rooney will include some of his most iconic performances, including Boys Town (1938) and its sequel Men of Boys Town (1941); the first two films in the Andy Hardy series, A Family Affair (1937) and You’re Only Young Once (1938); Babes on Broadway (1941), one of Rooney’s many pairings with Judy Garland; Captains Courageous (1937); and National Velvet … Continue reading

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Power of the popcorn: 2014 MTV Movie Awards preview

2014 MTV Movie Awards

Given that the summer movie season actually starts right … about … now, the MTV Movie Awards were bumped up from their traditional June slot to April last year. Now Hollywood could maximize pitching its wares to that young demo with all the disposable income and the time to dispose of it. Get More: 2014 MTV Movie Awards, Latest Movie News   It must have worked. The MTV Movie Awards are back this month (airing live on MTV on Sunday, April 13, at 9pm ET (tape-delayed PT), with Conan O’Brien hosting at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Their unique … Continue reading

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This week’s On Demand & DVD New Releases

This week's On Demand & DVD New Releases

This week’s On Demand & DVD New Releases August: Osage County A dysfunctional family in Oklahoma comes together because of a family crisis. The very different family members are quickly thrust back together with their matriarch and realize that life was never easy in this house. Despite dark subject matter, an acting master class is in session from Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts that makes this film worth a look. Top to bottom this has a marvelously talented cast. Also stars Ewan McGregor (R, 2:01) 4/8 Grudge Match Imagine two of the greatest fighters of all time coming together to fight 30 … Continue reading

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Review: Hallmark Channel’s “Lucky in Love”

Review: Hallmark Channel's "Lucky in Love"

It’s the beginning of a new month, and not just any month — the lovely month of April. Everyone knows that April 1 marked the glorious day of April Fool’s Day, and a few days later, last Saturday, Hallmark Channel brought us the premiere of a new movie called Lucky in Love. The star of the cast, Jessica Szohr, plays the character Mira. Mira is a woman who we find out has an okay life, but one that could definitely be improved. The beginning of the movie starts on April 1, and everyone is playing mediocre April Fool’s pranks on … Continue reading

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VOD Spotlight: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

There’s no doubt that fans of the film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) were ready to see their favorite newsman return to the big screen. Will Ferrell, who plays Burgundy, was very aware of that fact. “It’s kind of grown into cult status. Anchors on ESPN SportsCenter refer to the San Diego Chargers as ‘the San-de-AH-go Chargers,’” a reference to the character’s now-classic mispronunciation of his home city’s name. “And we got a photo emailed to us of a troop transport carrier in the middle of Baghdad with a stencil of Ron Burgundy’s face that said, ‘Stay Classy … Continue reading

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