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Many holiday films tangle around the naughty vs. nice theme. Throw in a bit of family struggles right before the holidays, a love interest and it’s a trifecta. So it is with Christmas in the City. When she discovers her family candy store struggling, Wendy (Ashley Williams) and her six-year-old daughter Grace move to the city where an old friend (scene-stealer Shanola Hampton) offers her a job in the toy department of Wolmans. She plans to save money to help her mom save the store back home. However she runs into interference from the store’s new consultant, Teanna, (Ashanti) who doesn’t appreciate Wendy’s do-gooder, cheerful attitude. It gets in the way of her grand scheming.
As Teanna, Ashanti’s delightfully cutthroat, conniving, bold and direct. She implements unconventional changes for the holiday like pink Christmas trees and hunky male underwear models. She also makes unpopular cutbacks. Ashley Williams portrays Wendy in a sugary sweet manner. Grateful for everything. Surprised by everything. When she and Tom Wolman (Jon Prescott) fall for each other it’s not a shock at all. I’m not sure what city they’re in but it seems small. Are they in Canada? Maybe. She’s been raising daughter and running her father’s candy shop. That’s not exactly living in the fast track. Of course the store Santa turns out to be very mysterious and knows more about Wendy than expected. Shanola Hampton has all the fun in this film. She performs Christmas songs in the store. She’s spirited and optimistic. Overall, this is a cutesy, predictable happy happy Lifetime film.
Christmas in the City airs on Lifetime on Saturday, December 7 at 8pm.
–PETA has launched a limited-edition sheet of U.S. postage PhotoStampsTM featuring famous vegetarians throughout history.
Stella McCartney: “[Vegetarianism is] a philosophy of how you conduct your life and time on the planet. … One of the things I was taught growing up was, ‘Do unto others as you would have done to yourself.’”
Sarah Silverman: “When I was 9 or 10 years old, my dad took me over to a neighboring farm to help get stuff for the meal. The farmer, Vic, told me to look at all the turkeys and pick one out. I saw a cute one with a silly walk and cried, ‘Him!’ Before my pointing finger had even dropped to my side, Vic had grabbed the turkey by the neck and slit [the animal's] throat. Blood and feathers went flying. I had sentenced that turkey to death! Up until then, I didn’t know where meat came from—and I’ve been a vegetarian ever since.”
Bob Barker: “The answer to enjoying life is nutrition. I recommend that you become a vegetarian and exercise if you want to enjoy the golden years. … I became a vegetarian about 25 years ago, and I did it out of concern for animals. But I immediately began having more energy and feeling better.”
Edie Falco: “Once you’ve seen [the undercover factory-farming footage], you can’t pretend you didn’t. It’s over. The stamp is in my brain, and the idea that we commit such atrocities against animals—it will be our fatal flaw as humans, I think, to not bring the situation to light and stop it.”
Natalie Portman: “Eating for me is how you proclaim your beliefs three times a day. That is why all religions have rules about eating. Three times a day, I remind myself that I value life and do not want to cause pain to or kill other living beings. That is why I eat the way I do.”
Sir Paul McCartney: “If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. That’s the single most important thing you could do. It’s staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.”
Morrissey: “I think animals look to humans for protection, and of course humans lead them into slaughterhouses, which to me is just like an image of leading children into a slaughterhouse. There’s no difference.” Morrissey’s stringent views on vegetarianism inspired his album with The Smiths’ titled Meat is Murder.
Cherie (Lindy Booth) works as a children’s librarian in Manhattan. Although it’s a public library, it’s in a private building and the lease runs out and it’ll close because the Shaughnessy family plans to develop it into housing. Turns out she somehow lives in a [beautiful] rent-controlled apartment in the same building as Tony Shaughnessy (Robin Dunne). She quickly meets him and his grandmother in an attempt to save the library. She can’t convince either. To save the library, Cherie decides to hold a Christmas tree decorating contest with the theme “what the library means to you.”
The library custodian reveals his inner dream to be a chef with his Victorian culinary themed tree. The head librarian goes with fantasy. Cherie wavers for a while but then decides to go Irish realizing that it might sway Mrs. Shaughnessy. A married couple who met at the library almost quit the contest when they can’t agree on a theme. Tony joins the competition and his professional interior designer Cordelia (Mel B) insists on helping him. Cordelia’s the spoiler in the wings. She appears to have designs on more than just Tony’s various projects. Cherie and Tony grow closer despite their sparring over the library.
Tony: “I was born into the family business. My grandfather stapled an application to Harvard Business School to my forehead when I was in the crib.”
Tony: “What is your definition of success?”
Cherie: “Living your passion every day, helping other people and enjoying life.”
Cherie’s spot on about passion and what one should do with one’s life career-wise particularly if it comes with a gorgeous rent-controlled apartment in Manhattan. Lindy Booth’s spirited and determined as Cherie. She makes this movie a delightful holiday treat. Twelve Trees of Christmas is a sweet film for bibliophiles and library fanatics. A sparklingly positive celebration of literacy and literature.
Twelve Trees of Christmas
Saturday, November 16, at 8pm ET/PT
Local librarian Cherie (LINDY BOOTH) is ecstatic to celebrate the holiday season until she learns that real estate developer Tony (ROBIN DUNNE) plans to demolish her library. Cherie establishes a Christmas tree decorating contest to save the library. Tony joins the competition and recruits professional interior designer, Cordelia (MEL B), to help him beat Cherie. Will Cherie’s devotion be enough to save her beloved library?
Kristin’s Christmas Past
Saturday, November 23, at 8pm ET/PT
Estranged from her family, Kristin (SHIRI APPLEBY) falls asleep alone on Christmas Eve only to wake up and discover it’s Christmas morning 1996 and she has to relive the worst Christmas of her life! But this time, Kristin decides to do things differently to change not only her imperfect past, but also her less- than-perfect future. ‘80s icon and Golden Globe nominee JUDD NELSON returns to the screen alongside DEBBY RYAN and Revolution’s ELIZABETH MITCHELL.
Dear Secret Santa
Saturday, November 30, at 8pm ET/PT
After breaking up with her boyfriend, Jennifer (TATYANA ALI) moves back to the house she grew up in, bringing back memories of her recently deceased friend Jack (LAMORNE MORRIS). But after receiving a Christmas card from a secret admirer, she is stunned when she discovers the truth. JORDIN SPARKS, BILL COBBS, DELLA REESE and ERNIE HUDSON headline the star-studded cast.
Christmas in the City
Saturday, December 7, at 8pm ET/PT
After closing down her small-town family business, Wendy (ASHLEY WILLIAMS) and her six-year-old daughter Grace move to the big city where an old friend offers her a job in the toy department of Wolmans. But her excitement is short lived when the store’s new consultant, Teanna (ASHANTI), ruins the holiday spirit throughout the store by replacing Santa with a hunky male underwear model. It’s only when Grace begins to lose faith in the holiday that Wendy realizes she must bring the true meaning of Christmas back to Wolmans before it is too late.
Christmas on the Bayou
Saturday, December 14, at 8pm ET/PT
One Tree Hill alums HILARIE BURTON and TYLER HILTON reunite in this charming love story. When successful New York marketing executive Katherine (BURTON) discovers her workaholic ways are taking a toll on her eight-year-old son, Zac, she decides to spend Christmas with him and her mother, Lilly (MARKIE POST) in her home town on the bayou. When Caleb (HILTON) tries to rekindle a childhood romance and convince her to move back home, Katherine is torn between the bright lights of the big city and the quiet, gentler rhythms of her Southern roots. Only a Christmas miracle orchestrated by Papa Noel (ED ASNER) can steer her heart to her true home. Also stars RANDY TRAVIS.
A Snow Globe Christmas
Saturday, December 14, at 10pm ET/PT
A cynical television executive (ALICIA WITT) looks at the perfect world inside a snow globe and rants about how the Christmas movies she produces fall short of real life. Upset, she tries to smash the globe in to pieces, but instead, ends up knocking herself in the head. She wakes up in a perfect snow-covered town, married to her ex, Ted (DONALD FAISON), with two kids. Trying desperately to return to her old life, she slowly realizes the importance of family and begins to find happiness. Also stars CHRISTINA MILIAN and TREVOR DONOVAN.
“My lesbian roommate has taken on a lover. So now, I’m officially classified as a lesbian third wheel. In this new role I find myself engaging in a series of girl-on-girl activities. On the agenda this past weekend, hiking with our dogs while wearing Crocs.”
“V is for victory. Double V is for vaginal victory.”
“Just as a black woman and being a part of Hip-Hop, I always feel like I’m at the bottom of the totem pole — at the bottom of every totem pole really– in terms of proving yourself, in terms of showing that you’re intelligent and you can carry on a conversation and you can speak about many different topics. So I felt like I was representing for rap and then black women and then women in general.”
Nicki Minaj to Queen Latifah on The Queen Latifah Show about being a judge on American Idol
Yet another chance for parents to exploit their children on national television. Chasing Nashville debuts on Lifetime at 10 pm ET/PT and these girls seem very young, naïve and inexperienced. On the first episode, singers from the Appalachia region compete at the “Hillbilly Days” singing competition in Pikeville, Kentucky. This year there’s a Nashville producer as a judge so that’s major for these girls.
Lauren Marie Presley IS merely 13-years-old. Her single mom seems convinced that her birth father was related to Elvis Presley and constantly reminds Lauren. Her mom says: “you have Presley blood in you. You have the King’s blood in you.” No pressure Lauren Marie.
Autumn Blair comes from a “back holler” of West Virginia, a third generation coal-miner’s daughter. The Nashville producer says to Autumn: “You’re a star. You’re going to have a bright future.” What seems a worry: her family has a lot riding on Autumn’s success. It will get her father out of the coal mine. No 18-year-old needs the responsibility to rescue her entire family.
“Spoiled girl” Savannah Little from Pikeville, Kentucky wears braces and lots of makeup and pretty dresses. Evidence that she’s 16 going on 26. Her “momager” will give her whatever she wants and needs to succeed as a singer and performer.
Talented singer and banjo player Helena Hunt lives in a log cabin in Clyde, North Carolina. She’s quiet and rather geeky compared to the other girls. Before her performance she says: “ I’m a bit nervous about what I’m going to say to the crowd. I’m afraid they’re going to think I’m weird if I say the wrong thing.” She’s so sweet.
Behind-the-scenes with a Nashville producer working with musicians intrigues me. I just wish these were adults not teenagers. What’s the fascination with such young girls all the time? I worry about these girls.
Chasing Nashville premieres October 22, 2013 on Lifetime at 10 pm ET/PT.
Host: Alyssa Milano
Judges: Georgina Chapman and Isaac Mizrahi
Mentor: Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi
S8 (2nd Runner-Up)
–formerly Andy South. Educating world about transgender community.
S10 (4th place)
–worked as shoe designer for Sam Edelman but was laid off
–“obsessive” designer of handbags
–grew up on Long Island
–trained at Fashion Institute of Technology
S11 (4th place)
–role model for Hispanic LGBT community, he speaks out about being bullied as a child.
–from Austin, Texas
S10 (6th place)
–from Ukraine, immigrated to U.S. at age 10
–has an online shop for her brand and ready-to-wear line called iimuahii42wear
–she also works as a costume designer
–Parsons School of Design graduate
–started own bridal line
–designed gowns for celebs such as Selena Gomez for 2011 People’s Choice Awards
–former member of the band Lifter
–tooks classes at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
–clothing line Cosa Nostra
–celeb clients include Gwen Stefani, Dave Navarro, Madonna, Marilyn Manson, and Jennifer Lopez
–developed high-end children’s line La Miniatura available in Niemen Marcus,, Harrods, Bloomingdales, Barney’s and Fred Siegel
–born in Liberia and immigrated to Canada in 1990
–studied fashion design at L’Academies des Couturiers Design Institute in Ottaw, Ontario
–lives in Little Rock, Arkansas
–designs The Saba Collection of eco-friendly jewelry for Madera Exotic Woods
S10 (2nd runner-up)
–grew up in Michigan, attended University of Michigan
–while working as a sales associate in Los Angeles she decide to study fashion at San Francisco’s Academy of Art
S3 (4th place)
–born in Germany and raised in Alabama
–worked as an intern at Wilbourn Exclusives
–became a stylist in the music industry
–has his own label Mychael Knight
–designs have been worn by Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Rowland and Queen Latifah
Seth Aaron Henderson
–has created designs for Lexus, Intel
–designed a line of fashionable iPad covers
–has been involved with the Project Runway family by serving on fashion judging panel for seasons 8-12
S9 (2nd runner-up)
–born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Los Angeles
–attended FIT in New York but didn’t graduate
Dom, Bradon, Justin and Alexandria will be showing their collections at New York Fashion Week but it’s not Project Runway without another challenge. They must replace a current design with a “washable fabric” for the TIDE PODS WASHABLE LOOKS CHALLENGE. Enough with the sponsors Project Runway!
“My collection is weird in a great way. It’s mixing fabrics that people would not think to put together.”
Dom thinks Bradon’s collection looks old.
Tim thinks one of her designs might look “janky.” He says it’s all about “silhouette, proportion and fit.”
Bradon thinks Dom’s collection looks great and is surprised that Tim’s so tough in his critique.
Justin thinks Dom’s his biggest competition.
Making a reversible look for the Tide look.
Alexandria likes Justin’s 3D accessories but wonders if that’s the highlight of his collection.
Making a washable silk pant for the Tide look. She’s “scared.”
Tim: “You need to do something to make these looks command more attention so they’re not 10 monotonous looks.”
Tim brings everyone in for a gather around. “What I really love about going into tomorrow is it’s anyone’s game. I love you. Make it work.”
The next day, they arrive at Lincoln Center and freak out about the runway and then start freaking out in their own ways backstage. Dom remains pretty calm and since the second episode I’ve remained confident in her talent and abilities as a designer and in her overall personality and demeanor. Alexandria’s being “neurotic” according to Dom. Tim give Justin the news that one of his models broke her ankle so he gets a replacement model who doesn’t fit the garment and it’s too late for him to make the proper adjustments. Bradon tells his models to move away with their food and drinks. “They’re way too close to my clothes.” And sure enough, a model poured coffee down the front of a blue charmeuse gown.
based on being deaf and hearing for the first time when I was 18
Justin didn’t have any colors and Nina Garcia didn’t give him a hard time. He used white, black and gray.
collection titled “Retro Redux”
—“my heart is jumping out of my chest right now. I am so excited to be here. The first sign of spring is what my inspiration is.”
I liked Dom’s and Bradon’s collections best. I think I’d also wear pieces from Alexandria’s collection as well.
Dom is my absolute favorite and has been from episode TWO.
Heidi Klum: “This was a great show today. But as you know only one winner of Project Runway.”
Zac Posen: “I feel like I’ve been on a whole journey with you. You all presented very strong different points of view and they shined.”
Nina Garcia: “Thank you for sharing all your talents and efforts with us.”
Kerry Washington: “Today, to be able to celebrate new designers and to witness your work out there for the first time was a real honor.”
Zac Posen: “I think you presented a beautiful collection. I commend you for working with 3D printing. The shapes have a balance of ease and they’re feminine.”
Kerry Washington: “I was thrilled toward the end when there were some sheer fabrics because I loved that there was more diversity. I loved the sound waves dress.”
Heidi Klum: “Your collection was very polished. It was very cohesive.”
Nina Garcia: “I saw many different shapes from you. There’s a gentle architecture to your work. I wish I saw two more outfits that had a wow factor.”
Zac Posen: “I loved your inspiration.”
Kerry Washington: “It was masterful the shaping and the draping of it (the first piece).”
Heidi Klum: “another favorite of mine is the unconventional material dress. That is a cool dress.”
Nina Garcia: “For me it was a surprise for you to be not-focused. To me you have too much going on. People who don’t know you, don’t know the story.”
Nina Garcia: “I thought this was an extremely entertaining show. Without any words you told the story. That’s a good show. You really pushed yourself.”
Kerry Washington: “I’m impressed that you do the prints yourself. They’re modern but very tribal but also architectural. They’re very unique.”
Zac Posen: “The one weak outfit was the bathing suit look.”
Heidi Klum: “I really like your collection. It looks very young. It looks very hip. It looks very now.”
Zac Posen: “I thought it was a really successful runway show. Your woman has that spice and attitude and that strength but she’s also vulnerable. That’s a really nice niche juxtaposition that you’re playing with.”
Nina Garcia: “Your show was styled very well. It was very editorial. It was very effortless.”
Kerry Washington: “it was exciting for me.”
Heidi asks why they should win Project Runway.
Justin: “I cannot count how many times I’ve been walked over because I’m deaf and it’s to show the people it’s possible. And I’d just point out one thing. I haven’t won one challenge this season and I’d like to win this challenge.”
The only designer not to cry.
Dom: “I just feel it in my soul this is what I need to be doing for the rest of my life. This is more than I need the money. This is my life. I can turn it into something spectacular. You’ve seen my message. I would really like the opportunity to bring more of that to the table.”
Bradon: “I danced for 30 years and I was so scared that I would never have anything else I would like that about in a career and in less than three years I found it in fashion. If I take nothing else away from this show, that will propel me for the rest of my life.”
Alexandria: “I’m bankable. I understand what girls want to wear. I sacrificed everything and I work hard. I work all day and all day. I sacrifice everything because I love what I do. It’s like air. It’s like breathing. I want it. It’s my turn.”
Heidi to Justin: “We loved your collection. You took a very personal inspiration and turned out very unique clothes and accessories.”
Heidi to Alexandria: “So many women would love to wear your collection including us. Your collection was cool and cohesive.”
Heidi to Dom: “You took a huge risk and it worked. Your collection was really fresh, original and playful.”
Heidi to Bradon: “You have won many challenges throughout this season. You have shown us some stunning pieces. And as usual they were meticulous. We did feel like the collection was not as cohesive or as focused as it should’ve been.”
4th place: Bradon
3rd place: Justin
2nd place: Alexandria
WINNER: DOM STREATER
Zac Posen: “Dom you are so beautiful inside and out.”
Dom: “I’m poor. I’m working two jobs people.”