The Sweeter Side of Life debuts on Hallmark tonight at 9p and you will want to eat this movie up.
Desiree Harper (Kathryn Morris) is living the high life in Manhattan married to a very wealthy doctor, and then one day he comes home and tells her he wants a divorce. He gets everything; the house, money, clothes, jewels and their friends and she finds herself living back with her dad (James Best) in NJ. He runs a struggling a bakery and since she has nothing better to do she decides to help him out. While she is working for him she finds out that baking makes her happy and so does Benny (Alastair Mackenzie). Now that she is happy there is only one thing that might make her happier, what if her ex-husband would take her back. When he shows up she has to make a choice, which life will she choose? You will have to tune into this very sweet movie, that was written and directed by Michael Damian, to find out!
James Best came out to support his son-in-law Michael Damian, and he looks just like he did when he played Rosco on The Dukes of Hazzard. Can you believe he is 86 years young because he looks just like he did in the early ’80s show!
Tonight at 8p A Princess for Christmas makes its debut on Hallmark Channel, and this enchanting family movie will quickly become a holiday classic.
Jules (Katie McGrath) is a young woman who has been raising her young niece (Leilah De Meza) and nephew (Travis Turner) since their parents passed away about a year ago. She just lost her job, her car died, the nanny walks out on her and it is Christmas. Luck is not on her side until a knock on the door from a stranger will change everything. The children’s estranged grandfather is sick and his butler has come to bring the three of them to him. So what’s the big deal about that? Their grandfather is a Duke and lives in castle. So now the three of them are leaving Buffalo for Castlebury Hall in Europe for what they think will be a magical Christmas. Well when they get their they find out the Duke, brilliantly played by Sir Roger Moore, is a Grinch who doesn’t care for the holidays and bans everything about it. Will the three of them warm his ice cold heart or will Jules streak of bad luck continue? Tune into to find out this sweet modern day fairytale!
A Princess for Christmas is written and directed by Michael Damian and his wife Janeen. The two of them are really making in their mark in enjoyable family films with this, the Flicka franchise and Marley & Me: The Puppy Years.
Travis Turner is starring in the family flick Marley & Me: The Puppy Years that’s out now on DVD and Blu-ray and I got to talk to him about it at the premiere.
He is playing Bodi, who is taking care of the World’s Worst Dog while his aunt and uncle are away. His mom also needs to go out of town, so Marley and him have to go to his grandfather’s while she away. While he is there, he meets a girl who tells him about a competition to find the best pups and he enters Marley and two other Golden Labs.
As you can tell from the above description the teenager had the hard job of working with more than one puppy in the prequel to Marley & Me and he told me it was like to do so by saying it “super fun and super challenging.” He added that, “Every scene is like a stunt. You have to work with the trainers, but at the same time they are puppies and they are so cute. It’s fun and challenging.” And those puppies are super arfdorable, but we all know that most dogs are not the most well trained at that age. When you watch the movie, you will see what a good job all of them did!
The movie is directed by Michael Damian, who many of you know as Danny Romalotti on The Young & The Restless and also as a singer, so I was curious if he knew who he was before they started filming. He did not know him as a director (Flicka 2, Moondance Alexander and Hot Tamale), but he knew him for his music. He said, “I have older sisters, and they knew Rock On.” Sadly his oldest sister didn’t make it to set to meet Damian.
So what is up next for this up and coming actor, he is starring in Nick Cannon’s hip hop fairytale Rags that will be airing on Nickelodeon. Besides acting, he also does hip hop under the name Little T. He shared with me that he wrote the song for the end credits for Marley and the intro for Rags. Not bad for someone his age!
See what a great job he did in Marley & Me: The Puppy Years that is available now and check out his music as Little T.
Marley & Me: The Puppy Years is out now and you are going to want to adopt this Blu-ray/DVD today so you can play with it anytime you want.
John and Jenny Grogan have gone away on vacation and they have left their pup Marley with his sister and her son. When she also has to go out of town, Marley and her son Bodi (newcomer Travis Turner) are sent to her strict father’s (Donnelly Rhodes from Soap and Double Trouble) while she is away. While Bodi is walking the little pup, who is just as bad in this movie as he was in the first one, he meets Kaycee who is walking her pugs. She tells him about a neighborhood pup competition that she is entering her pups in and says he should the same. How will Bodi train the world’s worst dog and 2 other yellow lab pups in time for competition? Find out in this arfdorable family comedy that gives everybody’s favorite movie dog a voice.
Not only does Marley have a voice so do the other cute puppies that include 3 pugs, 3 collies, 3 dobermans, 2 yellow labs and the neighborhood cat. Each one of the four-legged creatures have their own personality and they are so well trained you almost forget that they are animals. Seriously the 12-15 week old dogs are better actors than those who stand on 2 legs. Not only are the animals good this film, so are the humans.
Michael Damian did an amazing job directing all of those mammals in this enjoyable flick that he co-wrote with his wife Janeen. And I hope they are working on a sequel to the prequel!
So pick up Marley & Me: The Puppy Years today exclusively at WalMart because you are going to want to watch this sweet family animal film over and over again with kids, kids at heart and man’s best friends!
Besides getting the movie, you also get these three special features. In Marley & Me: The Puppy Years Go to Training Camp you get to see how they got the dogs to do what Damian wanted. With Part of the Family you see how everyone got along on the set. Finally get to share highlights from the set in My Favorite Moments. Those extras are just as enjoyable to watch as the film itself. So what is stopping you from adding this to your collection, go to WalMart.com and buy it now!
Marley & Me: The Puppy Years is coming out on DVD on August 16th exclusively to WalMart and to honor the release of the prequel they are having a day dedicated to the four-legged friends of the film at The Grove in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 13th.
If you have a furry friend and want to make Man’s Best Friend feel like a pampered pooch you can come out to The Grove to make them feel like a star.
Starting at 2pm, your dog can experience:
· The Ultimate Puppy Championship – Test Your Dog’s Agility on the Special Course Presented by Zoom Room
· Shelter Dog Fashion & Runway Show Featuring the Summer & Fall Lines from Ruff Ruff Couture
· Marley Photo Booth – Get Your Picture Taken with the Adorable Little Star
· Booths promoting pet adoption from spcaLA, LA Animal Services and Best Friends
· Doggie Spaw and Relaxation Area with Free Nail Painting and Massages for Your Animal
· Doggie Treat and Dining Area
· “Stupid Dog Tricks” Contest
· VIP Gift Bag Raffles Presented by Stella & Chewy’s Treats and Three Dog Bakery
· World Premiere Screening with Marley and his Pooch Pals Walking the Red Carpet and Strutting Their Stuff
Sounds like a lot of fun for them, but what about us two-legged people who walk and feed them? Starting at 7:30p they will be screening the movie for FREE on the lawn. I saw the Marley & Me: The Puppy Years yesterday and let me tell you not only did they give the World’s Worst Dog a voice, they made him even more arfdorable.
So whether you are a dog, own one, wanted one or none of the above; next Saturday will be a lot of fun no matter how many legs you walk on. Well unless you are a cat then that is a different story.
We all know how Marley’s story ended, and now we know how it all started in Marley & Me: The Puppy Years. The prequel written and directed by Michael Damian is out DVD on August 16th exclusively at WalMart and I can’t wait to own Marley’s canine adventures. What I like about this film, is they gave him a voice. And if ever a pup needed us to understand what he was barking about, it is the world’s worst dog!!! Seriously doesn’t this film look arfdorable!
Michael Damian just posted some exciting news on his site…he will be rejoining The Young and the Restless again in May! Last month he returned to Genoa City as Danny Romalotti to celebrate Y&R’s 35th anniversary, and I guess a lot people agreed with me that it was nice to see him again on the show, so the show decided to bring him back sooner rather than later!
Last month I asked Michael Damian what could get him back on the show:
SOW:Any chance of you going back to Y&R full time? MD: That depends on 3 things. 1. Y&R would have to make me an offer. 2. It would depend on my schedule as a film director. 3. I would only return to Genoa City full time if I could wear my 80â€™s hair and spandex.
I can”t wait to see him with the ’80s hair and spandex again!!!
If you can’t wait to until May to see him on Y&R you can download his single Getting So Much Better on iTunes and check out his new movie Moondance Alexander on April 29th that he wrote and directed!
Not only is Michael Damian back on Y&R to celebrate the show’s 35th year on TV, he will also be performing a few songs on the show. Here is the song he will be singing to his TV son Daniel today. He sounds and looks amazing like when he first started on the show.
Earlier in the week I spoke with Michael Damian about being back on the show and here is what he told me:
Seriously? OMG! WTF?: What is like being back on The Young and the Restless?
Michael Damian: It was a lot of fun. Sort of like a high school reunion. It was wonderful to have a chance to see all my old friends again and meeting some new ones. The cast and crew surprised me with a standing ovation when I walked on the set. It was a very touching moment for me.
SOW: What was your reaction when they asked you back to celebrate their 35th year on TV?
MD: It was a great call to get. It was a pleasant surprise. It was sort of funny because my first question was, â€œwhat is the story going to be?â€ but they had no answer because it was during the writers strike. So it was all a big mystery until I got my first script.
SOW: What was it like singing on the show again?
MD: Surreal. Specially since the concert that Iâ€™m performing on the 26th had almost the entire cast in the audience. That was a first. Looking out in the crowd and seeing Victor Newman bustinâ€™ a move was really fun. I think this was very important for the character of Danny. When I came back to the show in 2004, Danny didnâ€™t perform any music which seemed to be out of character for him. The fans really gave me a hard time about that.
SOW:Any chance of you going back to Y&R full time?
MD: That depends on 3 things. 1. Y&R would have to make me an offer. 2. It would depend on my schedule as a film director. 3. I would only return to Genoa City full time if I could wear my 80â€™s hair and spandex.
SOW: When are we going to get a new album from you? What can you tell us about it?
MD: My new EP is available on iTunes now featuring my new single â€œGetting So Much Better.â€ which I will be performing on Y&R March 26th.
Let’s hope Y&R brings him back fulltime because I miss Danny Romalotti on the show!
Michael Damian is back as Danny Romalotti (my favorite actor on the show) on The Young and The Restless to celebrate it’s 35th Anniversary this week, but before we see him on CBS he answered some of my questions like what it is like to be back performing on the show and what he is up to now!
SOW: What is like being back on The Young and the Restless? MD: It was a lot of fun. Sort of like a high school reunion. It was wonderful to have a chance to see all my old friends again and meeting some new ones. The cast and crew surprised me with a standing ovation when I walked on the set. It was a very touching moment for me.
SOW: What was your reaction when they asked you back to celebrate their 35th year on TV? MD: It was a great call to get. It was a pleasant surprise. It was sort of funny because my first question was, “what is the story going to be?” but they had no answer because it was during the writers strike. So it was all a big mystery until I got my first script.
SOW: What was it like singing on the show again? MD: Surreal. Specially since the concert that I’m performing on the 26th had almost the entire cast in the audience. That was a first. Looking out in the crowd and seeing Victor Newman bustin’ a move was really fun. I think this was very important for the character of Danny. When I came back to the show in 2004, Danny didn’t perform any music which seemed to be out of character for him. The fans really gave me a hard time about that.
SOW:Any chance of you going back to Y&R full time? MD: That depends on 3 things. 1. Y&R would have to make me an offer. 2. It would depend on my schedule as a film director. 3. I would only return to Genoa City full time if I could wear my 80′s hair and spandex.
SOW: When are we going to get a new album from you? What can you tell us about it? MD: My new EP is available on iTunes now featuring my new single “Getting So Much Better.” which I will be performing on Y&R March 26th.
SOW: You recently directed and wrote the movie Moondance Alexander, can you tell us about it? How do you like being behind the camera? MD: I love writing and directing. It is such a creative process with so many moving parts. It really is a tremendous challenge but is equally rewarding. It’s a thrill when you see the final result on the big screen. I wrote the movie with my wife, Janeen. It is based on her adventures in Mississippi with her Pinto pony named Checkers. It’s an against all odds story that leaves you feeling inspired. We wanted to make a film with positive family values that was also fun and entertaining to watch. It stars Kay Panabaker, Don Johnson, Lori Loughlin and James Best. We were fortunate to have great success in the festivals. We won best picture at Newport Beach, the Grand Jury Prize in Vienna and Best screenplay at L.A. Femme, 20th Century Fox is releasing the film on DVD April, 29th 2008.
SOW: Tell us about your radio show? Where can we listen to it and how did it come about? MD: I enjoy guest hosting for the Independent Music Network. It’s great to always keep up with the newest music scene and helping introduce new artists is a real thrill for me. The show airs all around the world but you can always catch it on www.michaeldamian.com.
SOW: What else are you working on if the above is not enough? MD: Janeen and I are writing a new script right now. We are also gearing up to shoot our next movie “Christmas at Castlebury Hall” this fall.
I hope that they bring Michael Damian back to Y&R because I miss him spandex with ’80s hair! That was a good look for him! Even though he looked great in the ’80s, his career is only getting better in the new millennium with being back on Y&R, a new EP Getting So Much Better, writing and directing two features Moondance Alexander and the upcoming Christmas at Castlebury Hall and a radio show on The Independent Music Network!
BTW he looks the same as he did when the started on the show back when had ’80s hair and wore spandex! He hasn’t aged a day!
Thank you to Catherine for setting up the interview and Michael Damian for taking the time to do it!