Lifetime Holiday Movie Collections Due on DVD Nov. 1 Exclusively at Walmart

Several holiday collections of Lifetime movies will arrive on DVD Nov. 1 from Lionsgate, available exclusively at Walmart.

Lifetime’s A Very Merry Movie Collection Vol. 3 ($24.98)  is a set of 12 films, including Holiday in Santa Fe (starring Mario Lopez), Merry Liddle Christmas Baby (starring Kelly Rowland) and Miracle in Motor City (featuring R&B icon Smokey Robinson). Titles in vol. 3 include:

  • A Fiancé for Christmas
  • A Picture Perfect Holiday
  • Baking Spirits Bright
  • Holiday in Santa Fe
  • Merry Liddle Christmas Baby
  • Miracle in Motor City
  • Mistletoe in Montana
  • Under the Christmas Tree
  • Welcome to the Christmas Family Reunion
  • Writing Around the Christmas Tree
  • An Ice Wine Christmas
  • Candy Cane Candidate

 

Lifetime’s A Very Merry Movie Collection Vol. 4 ($24.98) features 12 films, including Match Made in Mistletoe, Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas and Reba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune. Titles in vol. 4 include:

  • Match Made in Mistletoe
  • Rebuilding a Dream Christmas
  • Saying Yes to Christmas
  • The Holiday Fix Up
  • Toying with the Holidays
  • You Make It Feel Like Christmas
  • A Christmas Dance Reunion
  • Christmas Movie Magic
  • Dancing Through the Snow
  • Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas
  • My Favorite Christmas Melody
  • Reba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune

 

Lifetime’s Ultimate Holiday Movie Collection ($69.98) features 50 holiday-themed stories. Titles in the collection include:

  • A Fiancé for Christmas
  • Holiday in Santa Fe
  • Miracle in Motor City
  • Mistletoe in Montana
  • Under the Christmas Tree
  • Merry Liddle Christmas
  • Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding
  • Merry Liddle Christmas Baby
  • Feliz NaviDAD
  • You Light Up My Christmas
  • Christmas Hotel
  • Radio Christmas

Vizio SmartCast Adds A+E Subscription Streaming Apps

Vizio SmartCast viewers now have access to A+E Networks commercial-free subscription streaming apps History Vault, A&E Crime Central and Lifetime Movie Club.

History Vault and A&E Crime Central are each available for $4.99 per month and Lifetime Movie Club is available for $3.99 per month, all found in the app row on the SmartCast Home Screen.

History Vault  features more than 3,500 hours of content offering the breadth and depth of The History Channel’s extensive catalogue, complete with series, specials and documentaries, including some content only available on History Vault. Programs include library documentaries (military history, biographical) and docuseries such as “America’s Greatest Feud: The History of the Hatfields and the McCoys,” as well as past seasons of series such as “American Restoration” and “Ice Road Truckers.”

A&E Crime Central features more than 1,300 hours of content, including exclusives, spanning crime-genre content from A&E, The History Channel, Lifetime and LMN, including titles such as “The First 48: Missing Persons,” “Beyond Scared Straight” and “Cold Case Files.”

Lifetime Movie Club (LMC) has more thanr 300 movies from the Lifetime movie library, including Flowers in the Attic, Death of a Cheerleader and Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret.

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“Vizio’s commitment to offer viewers a wide breadth of compelling content and experiences makes expanding A+E on SmartCast a natural fit,” Katherine Pond, VP of business development for Vizio, said in a statement. “With A+E’s entertainment portfolio that tells amazing stories and spans multiple genres, we’re thrilled to be launching these additional A+E apps that are sure to keep the whole family entertained.”

The A+E subscription apps join ad-supported streaming channels available from A+E across Vizio’s WatchFree+ streaming service, including three channels debuting on the SmartCast platform, single series channels “Ax Men,” “Ice Road Truckers” and “Modern Marvels.”

Additional A+E channels on WatchFree+ include Crime 360, Lively Place,
Skills + Thrills, Movie Favorites by Lifetime, Defy TV, TrueReal and Tiny House Nation.

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“This integration with Vizio SmartCast TVs extends the reach of these popular streaming apps and greatly adds to our connected TV footprint, making it easier than ever for our engaged audiences to access their favorite content when, where, and how they want,” Mark Garner, EVP of global content sales and business development or A+E Networks, said in a statement. “We value our relationship with Vizio and look forward to building new ways for viewers to tune into their favorite library content across our brands.”

Lifetime Movie ‘Highway to Heaven’ Arrives on DVD March 1

Highway to Heaven, a new original movie reboot inspired by Michael Landon’s iconic 1980s television drama, arrives March 1 on DVD from Lionsgate. 

The Lifetime movie reboot stars Jill Scott (TV’s “First Wives Club,” Flint, Why Did I Get Married?), Barry Watson (TV’s “The Loudest Voice,” TV’s “Naomi”) and Ben Daon (TV’s “The Mysterious Benedict Society,”TV’s “The Astronauts,” Broken Diamonds).

It follows Angela Stewart (Scott), an angel sent back to Earth in order to help people in need. The story finds a junior high student struggling with the tragic loss of his mother as he and his dad drift apart. Angela takes a temporary job as a school counselor working alongside principal Bruce Banks (Watson) to bring the broken family back together.

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Mahalia Jackson Biopic Due on DVD Jan. 25 From Lionsgate

Lionsgate will release Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia on DVD Jan. 25, telling the story of Mahalia Jackson, one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century.

The Emmy-nominated biopic, which aired on Lifetime in April, stars Daniella Brooks as the singer known as the Queen of Gospel.

With a career spanning more than 40 years, Jackson rose to international stardom, her vast discography and powerhouse performances making her the voice of the civil rights movement and inspiring iconic activists and singers for generations — from Martin Luther King Jr. to Aretha Franklin.

The cast also includes Wolsey Brooks, Max Boateng, Rob Demery and Marci T. House.

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Gifts of Romance From Lionsgate

Lionsgate has six romantic double feature DVDs of favorite Lifetime Christmas movies ready to fill stockings this holiday season:

Christmas à la Mode/You Light Up My Christmas

In Christmas à la Mode, when a handsome stranger, Charlie, visits the family dairy run by Emily during Christmas time, Emily has to hide her attraction to him when it turns out he works with her ruthless sister who plans to sell the farm. Emily dreams up an ingenious plan to buy her sister out — an online ice-cream flavor contest that goes viral — but it’s up to Charlie to supply the key ingredient — and a recipe for romance.

You Light Up My Christmas follows Emma (Kim Fields), who returns to her hometown built around her family’s pioneer Christmas light factory to find the lights dim in the once festive town. Emma reconnects with her old flame and they set out to fulfill her father’s dream of creating the brightest light, as both the town and their hearts are set ablaze by the joys of Christmas. Lisa Whelchel, Mindy Cohn and Nancy McKeon — who costarred with Fields in the iconic TV series “The Facts of Life” — reunite as new characters in this charming holiday film inspired by true events.

A Very Vintage Christmas/Random Acts of Christmas

In A Very Vintage Christmas, when hopeless romantic Dodie (Tia Mowry-Hardrict), owner of a vintage store in the quaint town of Mountain View, finds a box with old keepsakes chronicling a timeless romantic union, she decides she must deliver it to its rightful owner. She persuades Ed (Jesse Hutch), a local contractor at the box’s listed address, to help in her quest, and in the end, they not only find the couple, they also rediscover the joys of Christmas — and true, ever-lasting love.

In Random Acts of Christmas, when anonymous random acts of Christmas kindness begin to pop up all over Chicago, investigative journalist Sydney joins forces with competing reporter Cole to land the big story of the festive season, and reveal the identity of this “Secret Santa.” As the city — and Sydney — are caught up in the spirit of the season, Sydney starts to fall for Cole. But he may not be the man he claims to be, and Sydney must choose between her cynical mind and her newly opened heart.

Christmas Hotel/A Storybook Christmas

In Christmas Hotel, when Erin’s company asks her to open a hotel in her hometown of Garland Grove, a small mountain town in love with all things Christmas, she decides to create a year-round “Christmas Hotel.” But first, she’ll have to use all of her charms — and some holiday magic — to win over Connor, her childhood crush and the man spearheading the movement against her new hotel.

In the romance A Storybook Christmas, if event planner Celeste Everett is going to save her business and treat her niece to a merry Christmas, she’ll need help, so she hires a nanny. But when the nanny turns out to be Taylor, a man who challenges her beliefs and ignites her passion, Celeste comes to a surprising realization: The holidays may be bringing her the gift of love.

A Date by Christmas Eve/Grounded for Christmas

A Date by Christmas Eve follows kind-hearted brand strategist Chelsea Simms, who discovers the latest dating app for her firm, The Good List, has given her the magical ability to teach all the “naughty” people in her life how to be good with a swipe of their name. When Chelsea falls for her next-door neighbor, Fisher, she lets the app get the best of her and puts him on the naughty list by mistake. Can she right her wrongs, get Fisher’s forgiveness, and find her way back onto the “nice” list in time for Christmas?

In Grounded for Christmas, Cleveland airline pilot Nina Rooney has plans for an exotic getaway over the holidays, but a snowstorm grounds all flights. When arrogant, womanizing pilot Brady Sloane has nowhere to go, Nina invites him to her nearby family home on the condition that he lie about being her boyfriend so she can survive the night without getting grilled for being single. But the storm continues, and they must maintain the ruse. As Christmas draws near, will the ice between these opposites begin to melt?

Always and Forever Christmas/Staging Christmas

Always and Forever Christmas follows Lucy Bowers, who arrives in Stowe, Vt., to help finalize the sale of Forever Christmas — the year-round Christmas store she inherited from her grandfather — and instead finds romance with handsome café owner, Scott. After learning the vital role the store plays in spreading holiday cheer to the community, can she really go through with shutting it down, or is Lucy willing to leave the life she knows behind to recapture the true magic of Christmas?

In Staging Christmas, it’s the holiday season, and for Lori, who stages homes for a living, it brings a special new client: Everett, a wealthy widower who asks Lori to design the perfect Christmas at his estate to surprise his daughter, Maddie. As Lori decks the halls of Everett’s home and spends more time with him, she realizes she’s created more than the ideal holiday — she’s set the stage for love.

Every Day Is Christmas/Jingle Belle

Every Day Is Christmas follows shrewd money manager Alexis Taylor (Toni Braxton), who gets the holiday visit of a lifetime in this movie inspired by the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol.” A self-proclaimed workaholic who “hum-bugs” love, Alexis ends up embracing the spirit of Christmas when her past, present, and future collide, forcing her to risk the one thing money can’t buy: her heart.

In Jingle Belle, every year, Isabelle (Tatyana Ali) and her high school sweetheart, Mike (Cornelius Smith Jr.), rocked their small town’s annual Christmas Eve Pageant with a sweet Christmas duet. But after graduation, Isabelle left to study at Juilliard in New York — leaving Mike behind. Years later, Isabelle returns to her hometown to write music for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant, which Mike is directing. Can Isabelle and Mike put the past behind them and reunite on stage for another show-stopping duet?

Lifetime ‘Love & Temptation: 3-Film Collection’ Due on DVD March 24 From Lionsgate

Lifetime’s Love & Temptation: 3-Film Collection will come out on DVD March 24 from Lionsgate.

Lifetime’s first steamy book-to-screen series from New York Times best-selling author Jane Green includes the movies Tempting Fate, Family Pictures and To Have and to Hold, three tales of forbidden lust, shocking secrets and desperate love. In Tempting Fate, Gabby (Milano) meets Matt, jeopardizing her marriage to Elliot, as what begins as a business opportunity develops into an emotional affair. In Family Pictures, Sylvie and Maggie are strangers living on opposite coasts with husbands that travel for work a lot, but when they befriend each other on their daughters’ college tour, they discover a shocking secret. In To Have and to Hold, Alice allows her husband to mode her into his ideal socialite wife.

The films star Alyssa Milano (TV’s “Insatiable,” “Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later,” “Charmed”), Zane Holtz (Hunter Killer, TV’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”), Erika Christensen (Traffic, TV’s “Ten Days in the Valley,” “Parenthood”), Antonio Cupo (TV’s “Blood & Treasure,”  “Ice,” Beaches TV Movie), Andy Favreau (TV’s “Single Parents,” “Champions,” “Aquarius”), Justina Machado (TV’s “One Day at a Time,” “Queen of the South,” “Jane the Virgin”) and Elisabeth Rohm (TV’s “Jane the Virgin,” “The Oath,” “Flaked”).

Vanessa Hudgens Plugs New Netflix Holiday Movie on Black Friday

Move over Hallmark and Lifetime. Netflix, which is streaming original winter holiday-themed romantic comedy The Princess Switch, starring Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers), upped public awareness of the title Nov. 23 by releasing a YouTube video featuring the High School Musical star sharing her holiday traditions and behind-the-scenes moments.

The movie, which finds a duchess switching places with an ordinary woman (both played by Hudgens) from Chicago and they each fall in love with each other’s beaus — co-stars British actor/musician Sam Palladio (“Nashville”). It was filmed in Romania.

Verizon Ups Video Content Rights From A+E Networks

Verizon and A+E Networks announced an expanded distribution partnership of both licensed and original content for the telecom’s pay-TV and Oath platform – the latter including Yahoo and AOL.

In addition to A&E, Lifetime, History and Viceland content for Fios, the deal includes first window rights for content from 45th & Dean – A+E’s digital entity.

Pay-TV and TV Everywhere rights include History’s “Knightfall,” which premiered Dec. 6; as well as “Vikings,” currently in its fifth season.

Other programs include Emmy-winning “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” and “Live PD;” Lifetime’s National Women’s Soccer League games and fashion competition series, “Project Runway;” in addition to Viceland’s “Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia” and “Desus & Mero.”

Verizon’s mobile and digital footprint, which ranks No.1 in monthly U.S. millennial reach and No.2 in total monthly U.S. digital audience, will expand access to A+E’s digital content and create new mobile options for viewers across its family of media brands, including content geared toward women and other specific audience segments.

“This partnership expansion is yet another example of how we’re fueling our new Oath media brands,” Brian Angiolet, SVP, global chief media and content officer at Verizon, said in a statement.

Original mobile and digital content provided by 45th & Dean features short and medium-form content, including Frankenstein-themed sci-fi drama “Second Chance,” which reached over 80 million views in its first season, and unscripted pranks show, “Bae or Bail,” whose first episode has garnered over 40 million views to date.