You can watch the brand new ABC Family Original Holiday Movie “The Mistle-Tones” for FREE online at ABCFamily.com.
I love Christmas movies! I can’t get enough of them. I know… most of them are rather cheesy, but this is the time of year where warm fuzzies are all that matter.
However, I was pleasantly surprised by “The Mistle-Tones.” It’s fun and filled with holiday cheer, though I’ll admit the ending was a bit different than I expected (which I appreciate, it gets boring when you can totally predict every movie). Yes, there are those heart warming moments in this one too, so get ready for that warm, fuzzy feeling! Best of all: The Music. This is considered a musical afterall.
I almost got to speak with Tia Mowry about her role in the movie, but her production schedule didn’t work out with the interview date. However, she did take the time to answer a few questions via e-mail!
The clothes in this movie are fabulous. Did you have any say on your character’s wardrobe?
I did! It’s nice to be able to say if you like something or not because for me, it’s all about comfort!
In your opinion, how are you and your character Holly similar?
We’re very much alike in the sense that we love Christmas and everything about it! She also has such a genuine warmth to her, which I think is similar as well.
What is your favorite Christmas family tradition?
We love decorating the Christmas tree together. It’s my favorite tradition every year!
We got to chat with the stars of the show, Vanessa Marano (Bay Kennish) and Katie Leclerc (Daphne Vasquez)!
Switched at Birth has so many fans. What has been your favorite experience or reaction from one of the fans?
Vanessa Marano: Katie, you want to take that?
Katie Leclerc: Sure, yes. I have to tell you, I Tweet and I love Twitter. It’s just the immediate response that is so readily accessible. I love going on and we’ll get comments from fans that are small mementos like, ‘I learned how to be patient with my deaf cousin because of Switched at Birth’, or big mementos like, ‘I understand the importance of and the need for interpreters so I changed my major to ASL because of Switched at Birth’. I mean, it’s a very broad spectrum, but I think the response has just been overwhelmingly positive and I understand why. When we working on it, I think all of us felt like we were doing something that was special and important. Now that those fans have kind of responded similarly, I’m just proud to be a part of it and thankful to have been along for the ride.
Vanessa Marano: Katie and I both did a signing at Planet Hollywood in New York and it was amazing to see the hearing fans and the deaf fans; how many of them there were and to see them together and to see each community that there is not necessarily a divide between, but both joining a program for different reasons and similar reasons. I think that that’s been the most amazing thing is that we have such a colorful group of fans because they’re hearing, they’re deaf, they’re teenage, they’re mothers, they’re male – a lot of them which is surprising. And I think that that’s great.
With such a broad range of fans, what do you think is the connecting thread that this show seems to connect with so many different people?
Vanessa Marano: I think it’s because it’s so relatable. There’s a character for everybody to relate to. You’re a Daphne, you’re a Bay, you’re a Kathryn, you’re a Regina, you’re a John, you’re a Toby, and you’re an Emmett. I think that what really resonates with people is that there are so many story lines and to top it off, you’re learning about culture and community that a lot of people weren’t introduced to beforehand.
Did you miss the Project Runway Season 10 Finale last night? No worry! It’s available to watch for free on MyLifetime.com.
before you click away to see the last episode, be sure to watch our interview with Nina Garcia. It’ll only take a couple of minutes. 😉
I love what you wear on the show. How do you choose what to wear on Project Runway?
Nina Garcia: I choose what I feel comfortable wearing, and what will look good on TV. I try to keep in mind what looks good on TV and makes me feel comfortable, which not always goes hand-in-hand, but I try my best.
Have you ever had times when the guest judge is not helpful or maybe even make the judging process harder?
Nina Garcia: Yes that has happened. I will not name names but some guest judges come on and they decide to not really speak their mind or they—what can I say they are skeptical about really hurting peoples’ feelings, but this is a show where it’s about giving them constructive criticism. It’s about helping them through your observations. I’ve never been of the school to tell them something just to help ease the blow. You are there to really help them, mentor them, help them grow, and some judges feel very uncomfortable with doing that.
It wouldn’t be Project Runway without Tim Gunn! Tonight the Season 10 Finale premieres at 9/8 central, and the winner will be revealed. If you miss it on TV you can watch it for free on Friday on MyLifetime.com.
Yesterday Style Savings Sarah chatted with Tim about Season 10 and has shared that interview here with us.
Do you think the challenges on Project Runway are getting more demanding on the designers each season?
Tim Gunn: No… I don’t think the challenges are more demanding. I will say the dramatic turn for me, and it’s been true the last several seasons but especially this past one, the challenges are getting shorter. This season (I think I’m correct) with the exception of one challenge (the last one) they were all one day challenges, and Heidi will occasionally talk to me off camera and ask, “Why doesn’t this work any better?” And my response is give them more time. I mean it’s really a matter of time more than anything else.
I mean I think that they’re all very demanding, all the challenges, and I make my experience with each season of designers … this to my experience teaching and every semester I would have a whole new group of students with different DNA and different chemistry among them as a group, and that’s what you just don’t know when we launch a season of the show. You just don’t know how the designers are going to respond to the challenges, how they’re going to respond to the ever increasing level of exhaustion both physical, emotion, creative, and mental exhaustion. It’s really daunting.
On the one hand the longer they stay on the show hurray congratulations. On the other hand can I please go home? It’s really very demanding.
Tim Gunn: Is your perception that the challenges have become more difficult?
Thrifty Divas: Not so much the challenges, the time crunch. It just seems like they’re shorter and shorter.
Tim Gunn: Oh yeah. And I actually am quite serious about it. I always say to the designers this challenge begins and ends at Mood. If you can’t fashion work for me you don’t have what you need or the ingredients aren’t correct you’re really in trouble, and it’s harder to pull out of that.
Thrifty Divas: I guess you’re going to have to make sure the next designers know that very well.
Tim Gunn: Well, actually I had a very serious talk with them the first time we went to Mood (this seasons group of designers) about … issues having to do with time constraints and materials. I mean for instance why if you’ve never use a silk chamois before why would you choose it? I mean it’s incredibly difficult to work with. Work with things that you’re familiar with and that you feel you have command over as opposed to things that are ruling you and dictating to you. It just doesn’t make any sense to me.
Thrifty Divas:Thank you Tim for your insights on everything. I love you on Project Runway! It wouldn’t be Project Runway without you.
Tim Gunn:Aww… thank you, Sarah. Well, I’ll tell you as long as there’s Project Runway, I’ll be there. Even if I’m in a wheel chair or an iron lung.
I’m hooked on the ABC Family show “Switched at Birth.” It’s compelling, dramatic, and interesting not just for teens but for adults too. In fact, for those of us either old enough to be fans of “Back to the Future” (or for the younger crowd that caught it on TBS reruns) the famed Lea Thompson plays Kathryn Kennish, one of the mothers affected by the mistake at the hospital. Yes, she plays the sweet, rich parent, but she’s surprisingly dynamic and as usual for Lea, completely likeable. 🙂
If you haven’t caught onto the Switch at Birth craze, you are in luck! You can watch the entire series, all 29 episodes (as of October 16) for FREE on ABCFamily.com.
Best of all, we got to chat with Lea Thompson herself!
Do your daughters watch Switched at Birth? And what do they think of the show?
Lea Thompson: My daughters love ABC Family and they love the show. And they’re always squealing, and it’s really fun, we all get in my bed and watch the show, which is really fun. I love that it’s a show that they like to watch. They’re 17 and 21, and they’re both actresses, and so it’s just great. And they’re fans of all the actors and they geek out, and it’s really, really awesome.
There are so many twists and turns on Switched at Birth, do the writers let you know what’s going on ahead of time, or do you find out these surprises as you get each script?
Lea Thompson: They do not tell us what is going to happen ever. And the only reason that Lizzy Weiss, the creator, doesn’t tell us is because she loves watching us go, Oh, I can’t believe that happened. She really just literally gets some kind of sadistic pleasure out of it, I don’t know, and so it makes for fun. And also always the re-dos, because we always do a re-do, it’s always really fun, sometimes we don’t get the script until right when we’re going to read it through and so we’re right there. What’s nice about it is that we can understand how much fun it is for the fans to discover these things as they happen.
Okay… this isn’t exactly a freebie because I’m not sure if you’ll be able to watch this one for free on MyLifetime.com after the premiere Sunday, October 7th at 9pm.
But… I do have a free treat for you. Here’s our interview with Executive Producer and Star Queen Latifah, plus Co-Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan!
(Listen to the interview in this video)
I love that you choose positive and inspiring work. What is your personal criteria for choosing which projects to do?
Queen Latifah: Well first of all it’s the quality of the material and also it’s who’s involved, you know, who’s a part of what we’re going to do. And then it’s also, you know, I like to kind of service the full audience of America at least. So I try to do things that are maybe just real artistic.
They don’t have the most money but it’s a great piece of work. Then there’s like big, fun comedies, big animated movies for kids like I want to do things for my nieces and nephews. So I mean my – it’s always been a kind of a full circle moment for how I choose material.
But I think, you know, a lot of it is based upon, you know, what the material is and then who’s involved, you know, and who is it going to service. You know, because ultimately we’re trying to deliver something entertaining to an audience.
So as long as it can entertain the audience, if it makes me laugh I think, you know, if it makes my, you know, my nephew laugh or my niece laugh then I think it’s good. You know, if it makes someone laugh or cry then those things are good.
I mean it’s a very varied, you know, I definitely service, you know, my African American audience but I also want to service other audiences, you know, of different cultures.
So if there are other cultural things that can be involved in it I like to make it diverse because I grew up in New York and New Jersey and so I’m used to growing up around a different, you know, different cultures.
So if there’s something that can, you know, kind of be involved in that sense I always want to, you know, give a little something there. So it varies, you know, but ultimately those are the main things.
As long as we service the audience, we give people the entertaining night, you know, that’s kind of how I choose things.
And I always have like a woman thing in there.
And then for all three of you, since all three of you produced this, what were the biggest challenges to overcome to produce this new version of Steel Magnolias?
Queen Latifah: Location. Location. Location.
Neil Meron: Well location but, you know, I actually didn’t think about this or I don’t think any of us did think about challenges to overcome. I think it was just the challenge to make the best movie we could. And, you know, I don’t think any of us really looked at the past.
We just looked at what we had. And what we had is something that we loved and so we just made the best version of that.
Well it’s true actually. I mean we never said oh, they did this before like this. No, we didn’t. You honor the material you have.
The summer finale of “Bunheads” was last night, but you can watch it for free on ABCFamily.com or Hulu.com! Plus, currently episodes 1-5 are still available so you if you missed out on this new show this summer, you can catch up on the beginning. Though don’t worry, the series is only 10 episodes in and most likely during hiatus the rest of the episodes will be available online.
More good news, “Bunheads” will return with new episodes on ABC Family this winter! (Which typically means early January. 😉 )
Can’t get enough of Bunheads? Our friend Style Savings Sarah interviewed Kelly Bishop, who plays Fannie the owner of the dance studio and the main character’s new mother-in-law. You’re sure to recognize Kelly from Gilmore Girls (Bunheads was created and is written by Amy Sherman-Palladino, same as Gilmore Girls), though you may not know she also has a long history of dance.
Much like the young characters on Bunheads, you grew up studying dance. What did you like the best about it and what was the hardest part of that lifestyle?
Kelly Bishop: What I liked best about it was simply dancing. I just love to dance and I was actually watching a thing on the New York City Ballet School. When you want to dance, when you need to dance and you love to dance, it’s just a wonderful world. It’s terribly hard. It takes you away from any social life you have at school. I mean, I never went to an after-school dance or a prom or a football game or any of those things, and yet I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. I would rather have been taking another class at the ballet school.
So it’s a completely different world. It’s very focused. You kind of have tunnel vision actually. It’s just a very focused world, because it’s so very, very difficult. Ballet is really a hard discipline and it takes years and years to just properly even do a position or a step. So you get so wrapped up in that.
It’s also very beautiful. It’s exactly like—I don’t know if you know that, but in A Chorus Line, I played a character who sang at the ballet, which was a song that was written from my life story, from my interviews, which was really very flattering to take my words and turn them into the lyrics of a song. It was about how everything is beautiful to ballet. There is a real romance to it. It’s a beautiful form of dance. We all know how pretty ballet dancers are and how beautiful it looks even if we don’t understand it.
The hard part is having to dedicate yourself completely, and the good part is how much fun it is and how romantic it is. It’s just a great world if you love it. It’s true of gymnasts. I’m sure it’s true of athletes. It’s true of anyone who loves a particular thing. You just get lost in it. I wish that everyone could find their dream and follow that road, because it’s really the way to live life. So I’m very, very happy that my life worked out the way it did. Read More
You know we love the show Jane by Design! We participated in the Jane By Design Style Challenge and have excitedly watched the show all season long. Now we get to give one lucky Thrifty Divas reader a copy of the Jane By Design Season 1 DVD. Plus everyone gets to enjoy our short little interview with Erica Dasher who plays “Jane.”
Thrifty Divas – What is your advice to fans that are wanting to fashionable but are on a budget?
Erica Dasher – I love vintage shopping. I actually don’t spend a lot of money on clothes at all. I live right around the corner from a little vintage shop and I do a lot of rummaging around, those kinds of places. I think the quality of the craftsmanship in vintage clothes is hard to come by unless you’re able to buy higher-end labels nowadays, and I think you can find a lot of higher end labels that are more affordable in a vintage shop.
But in college too we would go to Goodwill to get costumes for theme parties or whatever. I think if forces you to be more creative. If a dress doesn’t quite fit you find a belt that works. But I love vintage and resale stuff.
Thrifty Divas – I read that you’re from Houston, Texas. Do you miss it terribly?
Erica Dasher – I miss my family, but I do not miss the humidity. I’ve really grown to love L.A., but I do miss my family a lot. I’m able to visit them a lot, and they come out here too. I have an 11-year-old sister so it’s really important for us to see each other as often as possible. They just figured out how to do Skype so it’s been very exciting. We Skype like every day.
Jane By Design Season 1 on DVD will be available for sale on March 20th. You can pre-order your copy on Amazon.com.
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