Interview with Andy Garcia for the Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie: Christmas in Conway #Trailer #Song #ABC #HallmarkHOF #Sweepstakes #ChristmasInConway

Repost from the RCR Article Christmas in Conway’s Andy Garcia Will Grab Your Heart and Make this Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie a Classic 

We spoke with Andy Garcia after viewing a screener of Christmas in Conway, where he plays the husband, Duncan Mayor to Mary Louise Parker’s character, Suzy, who is the love of his life. The movie is an emotionally charged one where Garcia plays a hard-working, determined man who says little to those around him, all with a mission in mind for his wife, one last grand gesture that shows his love for her. Don’t miss the trailers below and the original song that is performed by Andy for the movie!

Mark your Calendar

The Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Christmas in Conway, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2013 (9:00-11:00p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Our Interview with Andy… and he sings (below)

We all know Andy as an Oscar®, Emmy® and multiple Golden Globe® award nominee for movies like The Godfather Part III and For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story but he’s genuinely an artist as he shares why he made this film.

We asked Andy what drew him to this project? He told us that he was struck by the idea of this romantic notion where a couple would be in this place in their lives, at the end of her life (his wife), and his character challenges himself to get it done, the final gesture was beautiful.

When asked how he got into character for this role, he told us there were no tricks, it’s the craft, you have to live truthfully in this imaginary place created for you to tell the story.

Working with Mary-Louise Parker: Andy tells us that she was magnificent to work with. They shot the movie in 20 days and didn’t have a lot of prep-time and their relationship was very spontaneous in that they felt a kinship. Andy tells us there wasn’t much time to establish the bond they had to portray in the movie but from the moment he brings her home, walking her in the house in the opening scene, they showed up and executed.

Working with Cherie Oteri: Andy said when he heard she would be int he film he was excited because he knew she could bring levity to the role she was cast in and was very fun to work with.

Behind the Scenes

Christmas in Conway  © 2013 HALLMARK/American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved

Christmas in Conway
© 2013 HALLMARK/American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved

We asked Andy what he liked about his character, Duncan Mayor? He told us that being a family man himself, being married for 35 years, helped him prepare for the role as he tells us that you will do for the person that is the greatest love of your life what you have to, especially if you are about to lose them.

His character feels the pain and suffering but doesn’t show it to his wife, everyone sees it, but she sees his love and enjoyment of her company. His character doesn’t want help, or want to ask for help, he wants to do everything for his wife.

Andy tells us that on set they were focused at the task at hand even though there were times where they laughed a lot there was a great ease and enjoyment in making the film, even though they had to make it look like winter while suffering the humidity and heat of a North Carolina summer. The people in the town they shot this movie in were very hospitable.

Andy Sings!

Christmas In Conway End Credits Theme Song performed by the movie’s own Andy Garcia.

Christmas In Conway (End Credits)

  • Performed by Andy Garcia
  • Lyrics by Andy Garcia
  • Music by Arturo Sandoval and Andy Garcia
  • Arrangement by Arturo Sandoval
  • Arturo Music Company ASCAP (Andy Garcia)
  • Sandoval Enterprises of America ASCAP ( Arturo Sandoval)

Sweepstakes

Between now and December 1st, you can enter the Hallmark Hall of Fame Sweepstakes for this movie.

  • Grand Prize Winner will receive a Christmas in ConwayTwig Reindeer and a Hallmark Hall of Fame DVD ofChristmas in Conway
  • Second Place Winners will receive a Christmas in Conwayt-shirt and a Hallmark Hall of Fame DVD of Christmas in Conway
  • Runners-Up will receive a Hallmark Hall of Fame DVD ofChristmas in Conway.

Online entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (ET) on 12/1/13 for Grand prize and received by 11:59:59 PM (ET) on 12/15/13 for remaining prizes (Second Place and Runners-Up). Limit one entry per person/per day.

CHRISTMAS IN CONWAY Social Networks

Airs on DEC 1 @ 9|8c on ABC follow the movie socially with #ChristmasInConway @MLP_Central @TheMandyMoore @cherioteri
Christmas in Conway is directed by John Kent Harrison (What the Deaf Man Heard, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler). The script is by Stephen P. Lindsey (Hachi: A Dog’s Tale) and Luis Ugaz. Hawk Koch (Source Code, Gorky Park) and Brent Shields (The Magic of Ordinary Days, Remember Sunday) are executive producers. It is produced by Andrew Gottlieb (Have a Little Faith,Christmas with Holly). It is from Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions.

2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Press Conference

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Winners will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 1, 2014 during a luncheon on the beach in Santa Monica, with the premiere broadcast airing later that evening at 10:00 pm ET/PT exclusively on IFC.

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ABOUT THE FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS
Now in its 29th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience. The winners of the Spirit Awards are voted upon by Film Independent and IFP Members. The production team for this year’s Spirit Awards includes Executive Producer Diana Zahn-Storey; Director and Producer Chris Donovan; Producer Shawn Davis. The Spirit Awards are sponsored by Premier Sponsors Piaget, the Lincoln Motor Company and IFC and by Principal Sponsor Stella Artois. WireImage is the Official Photographer and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent. For more information on submission guidelines, voting, media and publicist credentials, and the history of the Spirit Awards, please visit spiritswards.com.

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Friends of the Saban Community Clinic 37th Annual Dinner Gala

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About the Event
“House of Lies” costars Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell hosted this year’s Friends of the Saban Community Clinic 37th Annual Dinner Gala with a musical performance by The Fray and comedy by Sarah Silverman. The star-studded event honored Showtime Networks Inc. President of Entertainment David Nevins and Friends of the Saban Community Clinic Board Member Eric Siegel. Nevins and Siegel received the Friends Leadership Award and Lenny Somberg Award for their leadership and support of the Clinic’s work in improving health care access for thousands of Los Angeles families each year.

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About Saban Community Clinic
Saban Community Clinic first opened its doors in 1967 as The Los Angeles Free Clinic. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, Saban Community Clinic serves low-income and uninsured men, women, and children, providing more than 100,000 patient visits each year. Our three health centers, located in the Los Angeles and West Hollywood areas, provide affordable access to quality medical, dental and mental health services. To make a charitable contribution, call (323) 330-1670. For appointments, call (323) 653-1990 or visitwww.sabancommunityclinic.org.

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MTV Teen Wolf Fan Appreciation Event #TeenWolfFanPanel #MTVTeenWolf

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Mingle Media TV’s Red Carpet Report host Brandi Chang were invited to come out to cover the Teen Wolf Fan Appreciation Event hosted by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and MTV Network. The event included a panel discussion with Jeff Davis (Creator, Writer, and Executive Producer) and cast members and was followed by a VIP party.

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About Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf is an American TV show on MTV developed by Jeff Davis and is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name. Watch seasons I, 2 and 3 at www.TeenWolf.com, follow on Twitter and Facebook. The new season premieres on January 6th 2014. The DVD release for Season 3 Part 1: December 10, 2013 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
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GBK’s Pre-American Music Awards Lounge 2013 #GBKMusicLounge #AMA

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Mingle Media TV’s Red Carpet Report host Danielle Robay were invited to come out to cover the 2013 American Music Awards with a Gift Lounge for a Cause featuring a Celebrity Poker Tournament and Fundraiser hosted by GBK.

About the Event
GBK, well-known for their unique luxury lifestyle gift lounge, honored the 2013 American Music Award Nominees and Presenters with their annual GBK Gift Lounge at the L’Ermitage Beverly Hills complete with trend-setting gifts and featuring the music from DJ Shy. The event was followed by a celebrity poker tournament to raise money for Model Citizen Fund. The Model Citizen Fund’s mission is to distribute life-sustaining backpacks filled with 150 items that include food, health, and survival essentials to the homeless and disaster victims, giving them the tools and confidence to build/rebuild their lives. More info: www.ModelCitizenFund.org.

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ABOUT GBK:
GBK, formerly GBK Productions, is a luxury lifestyle gifting and special events company, specializing in entertainment marketing integration. Formed in 2000 by Gavin Keilly, the company’s Founder and CEO, GBK consists of five divisions: GBK Celebrity Gifting, GBK Special Events, GBK Weddings, GBK Charitable Consulting and GBK Marketing/Public Relations. Widely known in the entertainment industry for bringing that little extra something into the Gifting Lounge environment, GBK offers its clients a full range of marketing services. For more information on Gavin B. Keilly (CEO), Carla Domen (VP) or GBK, please go to gbkproductions.com.

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Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz Preview Event #PaleyCenter

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Mingle Media TV’s Red Carpet Report host Brogyn Gage were invited to come out to cover the Los Angeles premiere gallery exhibition of Star Trek: the Art of Juan Ortiz at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles.

About Star Trek: The Original Series
Star Trek: The Original Series occupies a rarefied place in popular culture and continues to be a force in all facets of media. Artist Juan Ortiz’s groundbreaking effort to personify each of the series’ 79 episodes, and the original pilot, through a collection of original art posters embodies his passion for the series, the transformational Sixties, and the often visceral reaction generated by each episode.

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About The Paley Center for Media:
The Paley Center for Media seeks to preserve the past, illuminate the present, and envision the future through the lens of media. With the nation’s foremost public archive of television, radio, and Internet programming, the Paley Center produces programs and forums for the public, industry professionals, thought leaders, and the creative community to explore the evolving ways in which we create, consume, and share news and entertainment. In an era of unprecedented change, the Paley Center advances the understanding of media and its impact on our lives. The Paley Center for Media was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visitwww.paleycenter.org.

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#Baby2Baby Celebrity Stuff-a-thon #CelebsGivingBack

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Mingle Media TV’s Red Carpet Report host Stacy Ike were invited to come out to cover the Celebrity Stuff-a-thon benefiting Baby2Baby who supplies Los Angeles families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children up to age 12.

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Did you know: One out of three moms has to choose between diapers or food for her children, and struggles to provide the most basic items for her family. The need in Los Angeles is particularly acute, with the city having one of the highest rates of poverty in the United States.

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Baby2Baby was founded in 2006. Baby2Baby collects donations of gently used children’s essentials such as strollers, cribs and clothing at their headquarters and at 20 drop-off locations throughout Los Angeles. By distributing new and gently used items to over 50 non-profit organizations, including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs and hospitals, Baby2Baby serves over 50,000 children each year. For more info visit www.baby2baby.org

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