Friday, December 5, 2008

Holiday clip of the day...

It's been a great week for New York City tree lightings.

On Tuesday, my wonderful friend Cheyenne Jackson brought down the park (and the skating rink!) at the Bryant Park tree lighting and sang "Silent Night" and "Sleigh Ride".

On Wednesday, Harry Connick, Jr. performed at that other little tree lighting they do at Rockefeller Center.

And yesterday, Peter Cincotti sang (and, of course, played the piano in his usual fantastic way) at the New York Stock Exchange tree lighting.

I have said it before and I will say it again...if Peter Cincotti had his own holiday album, the world would be a better place.

The boy's got magic.

Diana Rissetto

No secret...

...but this time of year, I love my share of cheesy Lifetime and Family Channel holiday movies.

Love love love.

Apparently, there is somebody who loves cheesy Lifetime and Family Channel movies as much as I do (however, he's not nearly as pathetic as I am, since he gets paid to be in them...while I do not get paid to watch them. Maybe somewhere out there, there really is a job where I can get paid for crying over holiday sap all day.)

Steven Eckholdt.

You probably recognize him.

He is one of those guys that is in just about every movie and television show ever filmed.

I personally fondly remember him as the ill-fated Vietnam soldier Peter in the television mini-series adaptation Danielle Steel's Message from Nam...the character was a blond in the book. Steven,however, made it work. (I used to read a lot of Danielle Steel in junior high and high school. Maybe those books set me-up for a lifetime of disappointment.)

Steven also turns-up frequently in holiday movies on television.

Like Santa Who?

Santa Claus develops amnesia after accidentally falling out of his sleigh and only the innocence of a small child can save him. Meanwhile, Santa has to battle the disbelief of a newsman.

Steven plays the reporter who doesn't believe. I'm not giving away much, but by the end of the movie?

He believes!

(Because that plot has never been done before.)

And then there's Comfort and Joy...which I watched last night. Now, when it comes to TV movies, I think Nancy McKeon of Facts of Life fan knows how to pick 'em.

The life of Jane Berry was all materialist, until one Christmas Eve, she is involved in a car accident that changes her life forever. She wakes up to discover she is the mother of two, a wife and that her only job is in the house, besides her frequent volunteer work.

In this one, Steven is the husband of the woman who doesn't remember ever marrying him or having children.

The ending is pretty saccharine and freaking adorable. Jane gets out of her car after her accident, and sees the man she was married to in the dream sequence (or whatever you want to call it) and tells him, "I know who you are! You're Sam! I have always loved you! You have a green toothbrush!"

Sam isn't freaked out at ALL, and they go walking-out into the Christmas moonlight together.

And then there was Secret Santa...which I (gasp!) have never seen! (I know...I can't believe it, either.)

Newspaper reporter Rebecca Chandler, who feels she got no fair chance to prove her worth in her thee years career, looks forward to a Hawaian holiday with her fiancé Ryan, but instead of a ring he brings her- walking orders, he found better. So she accepts again to be the bachelor on duty in the Christmas season, and write the annual romantic non-news feel good-story, once more about the elusive Secret Santa in small-town Hamden, where the Christmas spirit it said to last all year. Bad luck follows her from Indianapolis: her car breaks down, she can only get lodgings in a home for the elderly without Internet, and nobody wants to help her unmask the secret Santa. Soon she guesses it must be the only rich philanthropist, but the popular Mr. John Martin Carter doesn't grant her an interview and isn't tricked either, in fact meets her at the worst repeatedly without her knowing him, until he arranges to be presented at the mayor's Christmas party, then invites her for dinner and proves a charming widower, yet denies being secret Santa, causing her boss to panic and explode. After more bad news and another red herring she is resigned to return defeated

Steven filmed this film, Our First Christmas, recently. I don't know if this one has been aired yet.

Christmas plans are destined to be ruined when two families come together

I obviously don't know Steven Eckholdt...but I think he's a kindred spirit.

Diana Rissetto